Podcasts for Women Who Love Personal Development


I am podcast crazy right now. Just obsessed.

Since I’m still training at my new job, I spend a lot of time in my office reading policy, going through webinars, and reading/sending emails. This means I spend a lot of time sitting on my butt in silence. Normally, I pull out my trusty Samsung headphones (#TeamAndroid) and listen to my work playlist. Recently, though, I’ve started listening to podcast. And y’all, my world has been completely opened up. It’s nothing short of amazing, the gems in the podcast world.

Podcasts for Me

Now I know podcasts aren’t a new thing. Serial may have brought it to the mainstream, but believe me, podcast have been around for a long, long time. Still though, every day new, energetic folks join the podcasting community. What used to be a white man’s world, is now a world filled with diverse voices, both male and female, with diverse experiences and perspectives. And I swear it just gets richer and richer in content with every day that passes. I, of course, have found my people with the goal-setting, personal development, self-care, unicorn bunch. Most of these voices are those of women and I admit I haven’t done much in the way of seeking out men podcasters on these topics. At this time, though, I’m happy with who I’m listening to; I’ve gotten so much out of it.

So back to the goal-setting, personal development, self-care, unicorn bunch. My people, if you will. These women are excellent in what they do. Their advice is sound, their spirit is on point, and it’s obvious that they do what they do not out of obligation, but out of sheer desire to motivate change. Change in the way we think of ourselves, our talents, and our ambitions. Change in the way that we talk to ourselves and about ourselves. Y’all, I’m love with these podcasts.

Podcasts for Women Who Love Personal Development

Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert. You know I’m reading Big Magic right now and it’s pretty damn amazing + plus I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing, but I actually started listening to her podcast before starting the book. I devoured the first season of the podcast and was so sad when I realized I was on the last episode. I’m not sure if there will be a second season or not, but until we find out, get cho life with the first.

Myleik Teele’s Podcast by Myleik Teele. I LOVE Myleik’s straight, no chaser advice, personal stories, and anecdotes. As a Black woman business owner, she has so much relevant information to share and she shares it, unapologetically. She is like the mentor that’s been around the block, will tell you

Dear Sugar Radio by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. In a moment of pure transparency, I have to admit that the first time I listened to this podcast, I had to stop it for fear of becoming tearful in my office. I was seriously moved that much. I can’t exactly remember which episode it was, but it had something to do with a mother-daughter relationship and a new mom being fearful that she would make the same mistakes as her mom. Y’all, I resonated with this so much. Dear Sugar is definitely one to be on this list.

Brown Ambition by Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche. I was introduced to Tiffany Aliche through her DreamCatcher’s Facebook group, which, as I’ve written before, I love. When I found out she had a podcast, I just knew it would be great. And I was right; she (and Mandi) did not disappoint. What I really like about Brown Ambition, other than the name, is the real way in which they speak about money, travel, budgeting, career struggles and triumphs…all from the perspective of women of color.

Edit Your Life by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest. This is a podcast that I just recently started listening to.  I can already tell, though, that it will quickly be added to my “regular rotation” playlist. Listening to Edit Your Life is seriously like having coffee with some of your best mom friends who have “been there before.” The ease at which they discuss topics really makes me feel like I’m not alone in this mom thing AND that this mom thing doesn’t define what I can do or who I am. Since most of my friends don’t have kids yet, it’s refreshing to hear from folks that have been there and done that.

Do you listen to podcasts? Leave a comment below with your favorite personal development podcasts!


  1. June 5, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    I’m starting a new job next week that will require a lot more responsibility from me so I’ve been looking for some things to keep me on my game and inspire me. I’ve gotten my reads together (thanks to your previous post). I’ve heard of podcasts but I’ve never gave it a second thought. But that was when they weren’t as popular as they are now.

    It seems I always come to your blog at the right time to get something that I’ve been looking for. I’m going to check all of these out.

    Is there an app that would allow you to listen to them in one centralized location or do you just visit the sites individually?

    • Vaneese
      June 14, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you’ve found some value in the blog. I enjoy seeing your comments! With regard to the podcasts, I have an app on my phone “Podomatic” that allows me to hear them all from one central location. I have an Android now, but when I had an iPhone, I used iTunes!

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