Turn Your Commute into a Learning Session With These 7 Podcasts
During daily car rides to B+C HQ, plane trips for work and play, and long runs outside, I enjoy spending time learning new things as often as possible. When that doesn’t involve reading a book or scanning my Twitter feed for the latest news, I’m usually tuned into my favorite podcasts.
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You can tell a lot about someone from their choice of podcasts, and my lineup is pretty esoteric, if I do say so myself. Here’s the 411 on what I’m usually tuned into:
1. The Bobby Bones Show: This one is *technically* a nationally syndicated weekday country radio morning show based out of Nashville, TN, but it has been a staple for me going on 12 years, ever since I lived in Austin. Even if you don’t like country music, trust me when I say to give it a try — it’s 98 percent entertainment and comedy and 2 percent country. I try to tune into this one every day — or at least as often as I can — and it never disappoints. It’s #1 on my list for a reason!
2. The Tim Ferriss Show: This podcast, hosted by the author, entrepreneur and angel investor Tim Ferriss, focuses on everything from business to body hacking to life hacking. On each episode, Tim brings on a guest and they deconstruct areas of their field to pull out tactics that are useful and routines that make them successful. Whether they’re sharing their favorite books, must-do exercises or time-management hacks, I leave every episode with at least one tidbit I try to implement into my own day-to-day life.
3. #GIRLBOSS Radio: Hosted by my good girlfriend, Re:Make 2016 speaker and the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso’s series brings insights into other #GIRLBOSSES that have made a name for themselves creatively, culturally and/or entrepreneurially. Through interviews on this show I’ve picked up a ton of professional advice and tips. Oh, and I may or may not be making a guest appearance in the coming months — stay tuned!
4. StartUp: Similar in structure to the hit podcast Serial, this series goes through what it’s really like to get a business off the ground — the good and the bad. And it’s pretty accurate too. (Maybe that’s why I’m so interested in this one… ;) While prior seasons of this podcast have followed one company’s journey over a string of episodes, the latest edition tells multiple stories of various companies throughout, so you can see how a variety of entrepreneurs are handling (or not handling) their trials and tribulations.
5. Monocle’s The Entrepreneurs: If you’re looking to get the inside scoop on some of the most inspiring people, companies and global business ideas, this is the weekly podcast for you. Tune in for fresh ideas, developing tech, ways to revitalize a brand and so much more. As a bonus, there are usually people with British accents doing the interviews. Gotta love a good Brit ;)
6. TED Radio Hour: For those of you that can’t get enough TED Talks, you need to subscribe to this podcast STAT. This series takes a look at various research studies and opinions — like where happiness comes from — and brings the ideas to life through lively talks. You can’t walk away without learning at least one interesting new thing.
7. The RobCast: Hosted by bestselling author and notable pastor, Rob Bell, the RobCast offers both self-motivational sermons as well as inspirational interviews with people from all walks of life. One of my favorite episodes of this series is his interview with Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic author (and one of my creative inspirations) Elizabeth Gilbert. The words she uses to describe the way people view creativity are literally some of the same sentences I’ve been speaking for years. I got goosebumps listening to it and know you will too.
Do you listen to any of these podcasts? What others do you deem as a must-listen? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter, @brit! And make sure to head to my Pinterest page for more motivation and inspiration.
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)