After a long day, it’s such a treat to put on headphones and listen to your favorite podcast. There are so many motivational podcasts you can listen to for free on platforms like Spotify! When I’m at the office, I like to play a podcast in the background as I do busy work. It makes the day go by so much quicker and I always feel like I learn something new after an episode!
I actually read an interesting article the other day on Billboard. It said that podcast listening is on the rise! A lot of millennials enjoy podcasts and are changing the scene with audio listening. I thought that study was super neat and quite accurate! Truth be told, there’s something special about podcasts. They’re powerful because one episode can inspire you to think deeply and reflect on life!
You can find a ton of amazing podcasts out there. I’ve def compiled quite a big list of new faves lately. Right in time for the new year! ✨
Here are 15 motivational podcasts to listen to in 2020! As I created this list, I made sure to add a good mix of popular podcasts and hidden gems! 🎧
Motivational Podcasts to Listen to in 2020
1. Radical Transformation Podcast | Faith Mariah
The Radical Transformation Podcast is a mental health podcast by Faith Mariah. In the podcast, she covers topics like depression, anxiety, happiness, and so much more!
On her blog, Faith says that she created the podcast in 2018 to share the details of her mental health journey. Aside from that, she uses the podcast to answer common questions that she receives from readers.
I follow Faith on Pinterest and only recently started listening to her podcast. She is a part of the blogging world, which is really cool! Also, I love that each episode is like a pep talk for her readers. She talks a lot about her personal life and experiences, so it feels like you’re having a convo with a really good friend!
2. Savvy Psychologist | Dr. Jade Wu
If you enjoy informational podcasts, this one is for you! Dr. Jade Wu is a clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology. She backs up all of her statements with research and facts. Not only is Dr. Wu an expert in her field, but she also has a calming and open personality. Her motivational podcasts are always so reassuring and positive!
When I’m winding down after a long day, I like to play an episode of Dr. Wu’s podcast. She gives such helpful tips for everyday life situations. The episodes go by really quickly and all of her advice is realistic and straight to the point!
3. Happy Place | Fearne Cotton
Happy Place is a podcast that I recently discovered this month! In her podcast, Fearne helps you sort through challenging emotions so that you can unlock your inner happiness. She draws a lot from personal experiences, but also invites experts on her show as well. This podcast is so relatable, because we all experience trying times and moments of sadness in our lives.
My fave episode was when Maisie Williams came on the podcast! She talked about all of her highs and lows while filming Game of Thrones. It was so interesting to hear her take on fame and success. Maisie delved into how she navigates her daily life as a young actress in the public eye. Truly one of my go-to motivational podcasts right now!
4. Food Heaven Podcast | Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones
Food Heaven is a wellness podcast by registered dietitians (and BFFs) Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones. In their weekly podcast, they cover topics like food and culture, intuitive eating, and body acceptance. This podcast is perfect for you if you’re a foodie or wellness lover! I love the chemistry between Wendy and Jessica and their episodes are always so much fun and relaxing.
Def enjoy this podcast with a healthy snack or cup of tea!
5. Nothing Much Happens | Kathryn Nicolai
Oh my gosh, this podcast is amazing! I’ve always had trouble with sleeping and Kathryn’s podcast helps me wind down before bed. Consider adding Nothing Much Happens to your nightly routine. In her podcast, Kathryn reads you calming bedtime stories that are all less than 30 minutes long. She has such a soothing voice and tells each story in a quiet, peaceful way!
6. The Glow Up Podcast | Lené Hypolite
The Glow Up Podcast is one of my favorite motivational podcasts about business and personal growth! Lené gives such great career advice! She’s a tech professional by day, and an entrepreneur by night. In her podcast, Lené shares her own personal experiences as an entrepreneur. On top of that, she gives you valuable tips about the business world.
In one of her latest episodes, she talked about five lessons she learned as an entrepreneur. She opened up about staying motivated, monetization, and growing her podcast. I really enjoyed and related to this episode as a blogger!
7. Sierra Unfiltered | Sierra Schultzzie & Skylar Pollitt
So, I found out about Sierra’s podcast through her YouTube channel! Sierra is a fashion YouTuber from Cali! In her videos, she talks a lot about body positivity and confidence. Not only does Sierra have an inspiring message, but her videos are always creative and fun to watch. She’s also super sweet!
Her podcast with her bestie, Skylar is just as fun to listen to after a busy week! The dynamic between them is the best. You can just tell that they have been friends for so long. In the podcast, they go over topics that any 20-something can relate to — body image, self acceptance, and just figuring life out!
8. The Daily Refresh | John Lee Dumas
Start your mornings with a dose of positivity! The Daily Refresh with Josh Lee Dumas is awesome, because all of the episodes are short (about 5 minutes long) and impactful. It’d be the perfect podcast to listen to right before work or as you get ready for the day.
In every episode, Josh will share a quote, statement of gratitude, or some form of positive affirmation. Then he’ll lead a guided breathing exercise to make you feel more energized.
I like to listen to his podcast as I do my makeup or make a pot of coffee in the morning! ☕
9. Anna Faris is Unqualified | Anna Farris
Anna Faris is just hilarious! I love her sense of humor and realness. In her podcast, Anna invites celeb guests to chat with her about life and relationships. Ultimately, her goal is to not only make her listeners laugh, but also comfort and inspire them! My favorite episode so far is with Justin Long. Ugh, I’m probably a bit biased though, y’all. He’s such a cutie and I loved He’s Just Not That Into You!
10. Clever Girls Know | Bola Sokunbi
Clever Girls Know is a podcast for women about all things money! Their goal is to empower women to achieve financial success. Some of the topics include assessing finances, paying off debt, and goal setting. Wow, let me just say — I wish I discovered this podcast sooner! Each episode is so relevant and helpful!
At the moment, I’m working on paying off student debt while planning a wedding and looking at homes. This podcast makes me feel empowered to achieve all of my goals! I’d def recommend giving Bola’s podcast a listen! 💛
11. Daily Breath | Deepak Chopra
Another super relaxing podcast! Deepak covers meaningful topics about life like happiness, gratitude, and love. Each episode is short and simple. This podcast will help you practice mindfulness and give you a lot of perspective about the human experience.
Every time I finish an episode, I can’t help but sit back and reflect. This is a good podcast to listen to right before bed or when you wake up!
12. Happiness Spells | Amanda Meyncke
This podcast is so dreamy! ☁️
Happiness Spells is literally a podcast about happy things. It’s like spoken word poetry, which is lovely! The host recites a list of reveries and all of the beautiful aspects of life. After listening to an episode, you can’t help but feel happy and relaxed. This is another one of my go-to motivational podcasts because it reminds me of all the little things to be grateful for in life! ☀️
13. The Receipts Podcast | Tolani Shoneye, Audrey Indome & Milena Sanchez
Ahh, out of all the motivational podcasts on this list, I listen to Receipts often! It feels like you’re just hanging out with a bunch of friends and chatting in your kitchen! Tolani, Audrey, and Milena will seriously make you crack up and motivate you. They’re all so funny and vibe well together. Receipts offers a fresh perspective of what it’s like being a millennial woman. 💗
The podcast is cheeky and fun! If you had a rough day and need a laugh, I def recommend checking out Receipts!
14. How to Fail | Elizabeth Day
The tagline for Elizabeth’s podcast is “the podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right.” The truth is everyone goes through tough times and down periods. Failure is a hard part of life. But I love that this podcast teaches you how to learn from and find strength in failure. Overall, she has a beautiful message.
15. The Confused Millennial | Rachel Ritlop
When I first started blogging, I never knew that it could be a career! Rachel was one of the first bloggers that I ever saw with such a large following on Pinterest and Insta. She started her blog to help out 20-somethings and I love that she is so open with her readers!
Rachel writes about wellness, personal development, and shares real life sentiments in her posts. Needless to say, I was super excited when I found out she had a podcast.
The Confused Millennial podcast is an extension of her blog. Definitely check it out — because she has a truly inspiring story!
I hope that you enjoyed this post, lovelies! Have a great Friday and weekend! x
What are some of your favorite motivational podcasts? Any faves from this list?