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12 Engaging Podcasts for Purposeful Women

Podcasts. Episodes are longer and by association sometimes meatier than TED talks but shorter and more digestible than audio books. You can listen while you make dinner or run errands, and they’re topical, so you can choose episodes that interest you and skip the ones that don’t.

Basically, there’s so much to love about podcasts!

I personally am drawn to podcasts that give me pieces of wisdom I can immediately implement in my life. I also love a great speaking voice and tend to shy away from slow-paced conversations and over-sentimentality / cheesiness… but that’s just me!

Because my whole life runs better when I have great content to listen to while I change sheets or work online, I feel like I owe it you as friends to share my favorite listens. Enjoy!

12 engaging podcasts for purposeful women—

Purposeful Living 

The Lively Show with Jess Lively 

This is the podcast I listen to most. It is perfect for any woman looking to live from her values. And I adore Jess on a personal level as well.

The Simple Show with Tsh Oxenreider

In this show, Tsh (the writer of The Art of Simple) explores the idea of “living holistically with your life’s purpose,” which sounds deep and serious, and it can be, but it generally has light and conversational tone that is a pleasure to listen to.

Slow Your Home with Brooke McAlary

“For the ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%.” What a great line, right? I’m new to this one but was absolutely gripped by the name of their show. Brooke and her husband (bonus, Australian accents!) host fascinating guests in the field of psychology, minimalism, mindfulness, and more.

This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt

That Michael Hyatt. He is just an all-around standup guy. I wish I were related to him. 🙂 This podcast has a bent toward entrepreneurship, but it’s also about just living your best life wherever you are.

Creativity & Entrepreneurship 

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

Great subject matter, great guests. In this podcast Liz Gilbert builds off the topic she explored in her book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

The Accidental Creative with Todd Henry

Short, topical posts for those with entrepreneurial hearts. Todd has a fantastic speaking voice. My husband would say that by “fantastic” I mean sexy, but those are his words, not mine. 😉

Building a Story Brand with Don Miller

This podcast is brand new, but I adore Don Miller, the author of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Scary Close, and I can’t wait to see where he goes with this. He’s a wise guy who speaks from the heart.

Motherhood & Parenting

Amplify Your Life with Shawn Fink

A great new-ish podcast for women who want to be more playful, present, and peaceful. Hosted by my friend Shawn, founder of The Abundant Mama Project. I’ll take shawn’s wisdom any way I can get it! I was lucky enough to be a guest on the show, which you can find here!

Power of Moms Radio with April Perry & Saren Eyre Loosli

I love that this podcast covers such diverse topics related to motherhood, from reducing your family’s materialism to putting more nature into your nurturing to sex talks and road trip tips. This show has big-time practical applications, along with a lot of fun, recognizable guests.

A Mom’s Mission Field with Tiffany Castleberry

I was first introduced to this podcast when Tiffany reached out to me asking if I’d like to record an episode. Since then I’ve done some catchup listening and have been inspired by Tiffany and her guests, who dive into some courageous subjects like adoption, special needs parenting, healing after child abuse, and thriving in motherhood. It has a beautiful Christian thread throughout, for those who are interested. (You can find my episode here!)


Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Hosted by the writer of The Happiness Project and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, this show has an easygoing pace, like you might expect between two sisters, but it’s filled with really practical tidbits to help you live happier.

What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel

I’m a longtime follower of Anne’s blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy (she’s even written here at Let Why Lead before!), and because of her, I am never without something to read. 🙂 In her relatively new podcast, she and her guests talk about all things books, with conversations about personality types and work/life balance thrown into the mix. (I put this in the happiness category because books = happiness, right?)

In case you need any help subscribing to podcasts, Anne walks you through how to subscribe in this post.

Do you listen to any of these? Let me know in the comments if you have any other favorites that you’d add! 

Last thing—I saved two of my very favorite podcasts for my list of my top 16 resources, which you get a copy of with each (quarterly) newsletter I send out. 4 podcasts, 4 blogs, 4 TED talks, and 4 blogs—for women living with their whole hearts. Sign up in the sidebar or right here!

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    March 30, 2016 at 4:28 am

    I look forward every week to episodes of Sorta Awesome, The Popcast, Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, and Death, Sex & Money podcasts!

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      Erica Layne
      March 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Ooh, more to look up! Thanks, Krista!

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    Jess Lively
    March 30, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Thank you so much for sharing + including The Lively Show!


    PS – I love your site name. : )

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      Erica Layne
      March 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      You’re so welcome, Jess! I’m a longtime fan! Thanks for all you do. Your episodes make me better.

      And thanks for the kind words about my site’s name. 🙂 You could say it’s another way of describing the concept of values-based intentions… or the clouds and the dirt!

      Best wishes to you!

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    Lauren Kaczmarski
    March 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Great list! And yes, I agree with Krista, you must add The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey – my absolute favorite!

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      Erica Layne
      March 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      YES! I really have no idea why this hasn’t happened yet. I’m on it!

      Thanks, Lauren!

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    Jen W
    March 31, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I had no idea that Elizabeth Gilbert had a podcast related to her awesome book. I’m excited to listen to hers as well as these others. Thanks so much for a such a great list! And I’m making note of the others mentioned in the comments! 🙂

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      Erica Layne
      April 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      I’m glad I could point you to it, Jen! And yes, I LOVE getting ideas from other commenters. 🙂 Happy listening!

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    March 31, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I agree Gretchen Rubin’s Happier is GREAT and I also recommend Inspired to Action by Kat Lee!!

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    Linda Kester
    March 31, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Gretchen Rubin & Elizabeth Craft are amazing! I smile driving around listening to them. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Liz Gilbert is wonderful. Always inspiring.

    The other podcast I listen to is So Money by Farnoosh Tarabi. Great advice .

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    March 31, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I have to admit that I haven’t gotten into podcasts, although I read about them a lot. I think you’ve convinced me to check them out and see what I’m missing. I’ll probably start with these two: The Lively Show and The Simple Show. Thanks for writing this. Found you on WFMW!

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      Erica Layne
      April 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Those are great ones to start with! Thanks so much for visiting, Mary!

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    Kelly Pietrangeli
    April 1, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I’m also a big fan of the Happier Podcast with Gretchen and Elizabeth. Another I enjoy every week is the Zen Parenting Radio podcast, hosted by husband and wife team Todd & Cathy Adams.

    I’m looking forward to checking out your suggestion here too!

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      Erica Layne
      April 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Oooh, Zen Parenting DOES sound right up my ally. Thanks for sharing, Kelly!

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    April 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I’m tearing up as I look over your blog! I’m so glad I stumbled onto it!! I write but my main role right now is leading our MOPS leadership team (Roseville area) and all the mops mamas so I’m excited to have your blog as a resource!

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      Erica Layne
      April 4, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for your sweet comment—I’m honored to have you here! I know how valuable a mom’s personal time is, and I’m grateful you’re taking some time to read here! What a great thing, leading your MOPS team. A valuable work, for sure.

      Oh and 101 uses for a cardboard box? What a cute (and applicable!) blog name!

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    April 17, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Very excited to delve into this list. I would add On Being with Krista Tippett. If you want social issues delivered with a ton of humor, check out Another Round with Heben and Tracy. Thanks again for this!

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    Alexis Tanner
    April 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    The power of moms is one of my favorite podcasts. I actually look forward to cleaning my kitchen Wednesday mornings because that’s when I listen to their podcasts. I love every one! I also recently started listening to Extraordinary moms – she interviews moms every week. Also very good.

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      Erica Layne
      April 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Love those useful little brain tricks!

      And I hadn’t heard of Extraordinary Moms – I’ll look them up! Thanks!

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    Sierra Burton
    April 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I’m definitely going to be listening to these. I need some more “purposeful living” in my life. Bad. Thanks Erica!

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    April 25, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for this post. It will be interesting to get more about Rubin’s Happiness!:)

    Incredible podcast/author for insightful parenting is Carol Tuttle’s Chilwhisperer:



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    jacqueline tardie
    April 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    The Longest Shortest Time with host Hillary Frank is hands down my favorite podcast right now. Wonderful topics on parenting talked about with honesty and often humor.

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    April 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Love the Longest Shortest Time, and Modern Love. And, I’m hosting a new podcast with Coffee + Crumbs. Hope you’ll listen! Thanks for the great roundup.

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    Erica Layne
    April 28, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Lesley! I’m a big fan of Coffee + Crumbs but somehow had missed that you guys have started a podcast! I’m so glad you told me! I will definitely be tuning in.

    And if you ever need a guest, I’d be game! 😉

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    Rita Gomez
    April 29, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I love Totally Mommy and Totally Mommy hosted by Elizabeth Laime! It’s a very real and open view on motherhood along side co-host Vanessa Ragland and marriage with her husband Andy. It’s both funny and entertaining!

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    Jessica Dimas
    May 31, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    This was such a helpful and perfect post! Thank you for sharing it!

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      Erica Layne
      May 31, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jessica! Podcasts are the best. I listened to two episode today! One while folding laundry and one while driving. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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    Angela @ Setting My Intention
    June 2, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I love most of the podcasts you mentioned – Slow Your Home is one of my favorites, along with the Lively Show. I also love So Money, Inspired to Action, and At Home with Sally (Sally Clarkson). I’ve got some new ones to check out now – thanks!

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    August 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Oooooh, thank you for this list! Slow your home is a current favorite and The Simple Show is on my feed. I used to listen to Gretchin faithfully but there are others on this list I have never heard of (but will be checking out). I love podcasts:)

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    August 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Give Women’s Hope Podcast a try! They are on iTunes, Spreaker, and Stitcher!

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    I really enjoy Invisibilia and Yours Sincerely

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    July 25, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Bookmarking this, thanks so much! I recently found a podcast for couples who are in business together – http://www.allbusinessandpleasure.com just thought I’d share 🙂

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