Grow, Get That Money, & Glow
All my life I’ve been a super visual person. I like to see things when I’m learning but about a year I was introduced to podcasts. During this time I was already on a journey to truly bettering myself in all aspects of life; emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically, and mentally. At first, I was not here for podcasts, at all. Granted, nine times out of nine throughout the day I have my headphones, blasting music on an insane level but something about podcasts just wasn’t doing it for me. It could very well have been the podcasts I listened to but eventually, I grew to love them! Now on a daily basis, I listen to at least two to three podcast episodes. My girlfriends and I often send each other episodes that really resonate well with our lives, the goals/life we’re working on, and what we deem could be helpful to one another. As long as I have breath in my lungs and am able to write I will forever be rooting for black people, especially black women because we’re just amazing and I couldn’t possibly imagine myself being anything other than. Below I want to briefly break down some of my favorite podcasts, how they’re beneficial to my life, oh and of course they’re all by and for black women!
Money shouldn’t be the end all be all on the list of things you care about but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t extremely important. Financial freedom is one of my biggest hopes and I know I’ll get there much sooner than later. Journey to Launch Podcast keeps me reminded and motivated that it is possible! Every week Jamila talks to people who are currently going through this financial journey or have already made it through. She also gives tips and helpful information to get your money right from savings, budgeting, investing, and so much more.
H.E.R. Space has all the good vibes. The acronym H.E.R. stands for Healing, Empowerment, and Resilience which is exactly what is felt whenever I am listening on Friday mornings! All the topics these ladies discuss are super relatable and I’m always in my head screaming, “Yasss I feel it!”. One of my favorite parts of the podcast is their segment, “Oh you classatchet (classy and ratchet) ?”. Black women are so dope and so versatile, they encourage you to embrace being both classy and ratchet, which I can wholeheartedly agree that I am. During this segment, the ladies ask their guests a series of questions like if they’d rather two-step or twerk at a party? Which hairstyle do they like best on themselves? What’s their favorite book? Every week I look forward to what they’ll be talking about and who will be their guest.
I tell people all the time I believe therapy is an amazing thing! I think everyone, especially black people, needs to go to therapy at least once in their lifetime. I went to when I was a freshman in high school and I know for a fact as an adult I need again! Dr. Joy Harden Bradford makes you feel like you’re in a legit therapy session. She has such a soothing voice and talks about a variety of topics from trauma to break ups to being a stepparent. A very useful tool that Dr. Joy always mentions is the therapist directory she has on her site. The directory lets you search by state to help find a black therapist in your area! I’ve recommended this podcast to my mom and so many women around me because it’s really a breath of refresh air and gets us thinking/talking about things we usually might hold in.
Side Hustle Pro was actually the first podcast I listened to and enjoyed! Ownership, multiple streams of income are two things that have become so important to me in these last few years. Having just one way of earning money just isnt’ enough for me, not to sound greedy, but I’ve seen from personal experience that a job can easily cut you loose, with no remorse, and leave you high and dry scrambling to figure things out. We all have so many talents, why not utilize them and make money while doing so? Nicaila is always talking about her journey as an entrepreneur and bringing people onto her podcast from all walks of life with side hustles in all different industries. I’m forever fascinated and intrigued by what’s talking about in each episode.
I’ve been practicing a healthier lifestyle especially inside my mind and soul for a while now and Black Girl In Om helps to create a shared, safe space for women to do that. Every morning I get up and meditate for no less than six minutes; I know six is such a random number but when I finish and go listen to Black Girl In Om, it’s like the good energy and vibes from the show trickle down to me and is carried throughout my day. I always feel at peace and refreshed from the conversations these ladies share with us. They have had everyone from artists to cannabis experts as guests on their podcasts and it keeps me so level-headed and at ease.
Last but not least, Devi Brown is really Dropping Gems every single episode. I always feel very reminded that I am here for a purpose whenever I’m tuning in to Devi. When I hit the play button, I try to make sure I have my notebook close by so I can take notes. Her conversations always seem super authentic, especially when her guests are her real-life friends like episodes with Charlamagne tha God and her one with Schoolboy Q. One episode, I remember so vividly, was about healing yourself first; whew that was so important for me to hear that in the moment that I did. It truly helped my healing journey flow a little smoother.
During almost the entire month of August, I took a break from social media and just spent a lot of time focused on myself. Each of these six podcasts helped me tune in to who I really am, what I really want out of life, and the necessary changes and steps I need to make to do so. I am now devoted to these podcasts when they are released each week and constantly sharing with my loved ones. If you love these podcasts to and/or have some favorites I didn’t mention, let me know!