Podcasts I've been Listening to Lately

Now that I live in LA, I’m officially married to my car. Honestly, I don’t hate it. Sometimes I miss public transportation, but then I remember that one time the seemingly cute old woman pushed me off the crowded train, or the homeless man took up an entire row for his afternoon nap, or I stepped in actual human urine. My commute now is the same amount of time, if not shorter, and it’s a hell of a lot more relaxing. I have my music, my podcasts, the freedom to sing at the top of my lungs, my snacks, and door to door service. I could go on and on about this (clearly) but I’ll get on with the post…

Podcasts. Since I’m in a serious relationship with my car, I’ve gotten super into podcasts. I also enjoy them while cooking, walking around the neighborhood, sitting on the beach and more. It’s nice to educate myself while doing other things—how productive! Adulting! I’m still a big music fan, but some days I want to learn something new.

Here are a few podcasts on my weekly lineup. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

1. It Starts With a Click by Olivia Bossert.

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This one is especially great if you’re also a fashion photographer. Or any other photographer, for that matter. Olivia’s lovely British accent makes for easy listening, and each episode is super engaging and helpful. She interviews various photographers and creatives, while also offering her own business and marketing advice. I especially love hearing a female’s point of view in a male dominated industry. Highly recommend if you’re starting or looking to grow your photography business!

2. How I Built This with Guy Raz.

This is the first podcast I ever got into that sparked my interest in others. Like Olivia, Guy Araz has a nice listening voice. That can make or break a podcast for me! In each episode, he interviews a different entrepreneur about their experience building their business from the ground up. His interviewees range from the creators of Warby Parker to the woman behind Drybar. It’s so inspiring to hear how each of these businesses got started. I definitely recommend for any small business owner, self-starter, freelancer, dreamer and whoever!

3. Anne Ortelee’s Weekly Weather.

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If you also like blaming the planets for everything, raise your hand!! But seriously, if you’re into Astrology, this is a great weekly update on the planets and the moon. Sometimes, Anne rambles a little too long for my taste, but the general points to take away are always helpful. If you’re feeling lost or weirdly emotional, Anne probably has some answers!!

4. Optimal Living Daily.

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This is one of my go-to morning podcasts because it’s quick, easy and uplifting. Each day, the host reads various personal development and minimalism blog posts. They never run more than ten minutes, which is great for short attention spans! Such a nice little way to start the day.

5. Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose.

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Sahara Rose is a bit out there, but if you are interested in Ayurveda or simply becoming a better version of yourself, she’s worth a listen! As someone who has Crohn’s Disease, Ayurveda has been a great practice to dive into. I still have a lot to learn, and I don’t think I’ll ever follow it 100% but I’m a fan. At the end of the day, it’s all about nourishing your body, thanking it for it’s hard work and practicing mindfulness to take your awareness away from the silly things that cloud our brains.

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Have you listened to any of these podcasts? Do you have any you’d love to recommend? Leave a comment below!

Through the Looking Glass // Driving through Agra, India // A Photo Journal

In 2017, I went to India. I haven’t written much about that trip (yet), because I’m still trying to process it all. India is a country overflowing with people, colors, smells, tastes, architecture, knowledge, stories and all sorts of magic. It’s a trip that will stick with me forever.

Without further ado, here is a little journal entry I wrote about my experience driving through Agra, accompanied by some images that simply don’t do it justice.

It was day two of our fifteen day backpacking journey through India. Sunrise at the Taj Mahal was better than we had hoped for. Next stop: Jaipur. We were in a car with our private driver who told us to call him Uncle. My window was dirty, smeared with fingertips and dust. With the smoggy haze, it was an oddly beautiful combination. India is not pristine, there is so much litter and the conditions are sometimes hard to look at. Yet, it’s shockingly beautiful. The vivid colors of buildings and stunning saris, the simplicity of a day spent lounging with friends, the smiles on even the most rundown faces, the children occupying themselves with silly games--all of these details seem to outshine the negatives. Their lives are simple and people don’t have much—but they’re happy. Happy to be, to live, to take in each moment. It’s a lesson we’re reminded of every day, but don’t always take seriously because we don’t have to. India isn’t perfect, but the people will teach you how truly little we need to be happy. Now that’s beautiful.

All images taken by Stacey Lamb. Agra, India. November 2017.