Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why Listen to Podcasts + Giveaway

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Are you tried of hearing me talk about podcasts yet? Don't answer that.  Have you ever discovered something so cool that you immediately want to tell everyone you know? That pretty much is how I feel about podcasts.  To commemorate the second and final podcast in this post Burke Does and I are also bringing you a great giveaway!  Catch up on last week's post about our top podcasts to listen to here.

Give your eyes a break. Our minds are in a constant state of sensory overload. All day long we are staring at computer screens, scrolling on our phones, reading through documents at work. Our eyes get tired. It's not healthy on our eyes to have so much screen time. Also, wrinkles. Excessive squinting and scrolling can cause wrinkles (isn't that reason enough?). Give your eyes a break and use your ears. When I come home from work it's so tempting to unwind by turning on the TV. But I've noticed a huge difference in headaches, eye strain, and my sleep patterns since cutting back on screen time and opting for listening to podcasts or other activities.

Long drives will never be the same once you start listening to podcasts! Radio stations tend to play the same songs on repeat until you literally NEVER want to hear certain songs again. Podcasts bring refreshing material that will keep your interest and make trips a breeze.

I have a short attention span. One of the main reasons I struggle with consistently working out is my lack of patience and attention span. I could never jump on a treadmill with a playlist and churn out a long workout. Now I look forward to my workouts so I can tune into my "stories" and get lost for 30 minutes or an hour. I won't let myself listen to new Undisclosed episodes until my workout time!

After going to school for most of my life I thought I would never want to learn another thing again--let alone during my free time! Wrong. I've begun to realize that I'm a lifetime learner and I bet most of you are too. With podcasts you can learn new things but in a much more interesting and entertaining way than you ever did in school or with a text book. More importantly you can learn about things you want to learn! Start out with Stuff You Missed In History Class.

Where do you find inspiration? This blog is my creative outlet but often I find myself grasping at straws for new ideas. Podcasts provide an extra outlet of information to get your creative juices flowing. If you've got the entrepreneurial spirit I would check out StartUp and After The Jump!  Both of these discuss issues involving building a business and After The Jump focuses on makers and how to build your brand.

Um...hello...they're FREE! Yes, that's right, almost every podcast is absolutely free to you for download. It's honestly quite amazing that such quality content is at our disposal for the taking. Having said that it's important to sponsor your favorite podcasts by giving whatever you can to make sure that they stay free!

Oh yea, I mentioned a giveaway before my spiel. We're happy to bring you a giveaway from the Ashley Shelly Shop!  Fall is the perfect time to start new and get yourself organized. Who doesn't need help keeping themselves on a budget? I sure do. Countless coffees and those new shoes for Fall I just had to have can really add up! I love the idea of a budget notebook to keep up with everything and hold yourself accountable for your purchases. A lucky reader will win a Ashley Shelly Budget Notebook that includes a bills list, savings tracker, financial goals, purchase wish list, 13 full spread layouts for budgeting, a debts overview, and debt repayment plans inserts.

Be sure to hop over and check out Emilie's post as well!

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  1. My boyfriend is OBSESSED with podcasts and is always trying to get me to listen but I haven't really given them a shot yet...though it would definitely be helpful with my subway commute!

  2. i love podcasts for my commute to work. it's 20-30 min, which isn't bad, but it helps time fly by!!

  3. Great post! I really do need to start listening to podcasts. Thanks for the reminder ;-)

  4. I'm with you! They help make my commute feel less like wasted time!

  5. I love listening to a few different kinds of podcasts. I love news related podcasts where I learn something and am keeping abreast of current events. I love podcasts related to my career that offer insights and advice. I love podcasts founded in storytelling that allow my mind to wander while I'm cleaning or driving and I love listening to my friend's podcasts and hearing what's on their heart and the message they are seeking to get out into the world.

  6. I LOVE podcasts! I used to listen to them a lot at the beach because I would get so bored, but trying to read and be comfortable was also difficult!

  7. Ever since your last post on podcasts, I've been addicted. Thank you... :) Haha.

  8. I love listening to them when I am hitting the treadmill. I always find them interesting and it helps me get my workout on.

  9. Ok, confession. I haven't ever listened to a podcast! I know, I know. You make a strong case though :)

  10. I've never been a big podcast person, but now that I'm experiencing a 45 minute drive both ways each day I think I might have to try it out!

  11. My job allows me to listen to podcasts during a good part of it, so I've been a big fan for a while. I would have lost my mind by now if I couldn't listen to them. I have an iPod classic with a ton on there that I listen to at my desk!

  12. My husband has been listening to podcasts for a long time now. I never got on board until you, really. I had listened to a few where people I follow are guests but that's it..: until you told me about Sword and Scale. ;-) I LOVE that podcast.

  13. Podcasts have been my jam for the last year or so. I absolutely ADORE them.
    Some of my favorites are:
    Serial (the gateway podcast)
    This American Life
    Death, Sex, & Money
    The Generation Why
    #BossGirl Creative
    Reply All
    Radio Lab
    The Longest Shortest Time

  14. I know I said it before but I really need to get on the podcast train, you're so right when it comes to giving our eyes a break from sensory overload. That's why I love to put pandora on the tv and listen to music while I'm cooking dinner sometimes, and they'd be great for long car rides :)

    Green Fashionista

  15. I discovered my love for podcasts when my husband and I moved from Colorado to Indiana over Thanksgiving a few years ago and I found myself warmly comforted by the Splendid Table podcast on npr. It was on for 12 hours and it was full of recipes, guests' family stories and pure love. It was wonderful and cheered us up!

  16. I don't really listen to podcasts but my son and daughter in-law do. I guess I'll have to check some out. Thank-you. :)

  17. I got into podcasts early this year and I love them!! I need to find a few good new ones to listen to! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  18. Serial was my gateway drug into Podcasts and I love them now. I really enjoy The Jess Lively show!

  19. I am obsessed with podcasts too! I listen to them all the time! My new favorite The Balanced Table!

  20. Ooh this is so good! I love podcasts and have a lot of painting to do. Serial got me through the last room but I need some new ones, so I will be pinning this! I miss stimulating my brain these days, so listening to some podcasts are a great easy way to do it! Thank you!

    Annie- All Things Big and Small


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