1/14/2013

Continuing Resolution Momentum with Podcasts




Around this time of year, for many of us, our New Year's Resolutions have started to lose steam. Maybe that trip to the gym keeps getting pushed off or your goal of reading a book a month has been replaced by reading a Vanity Fair at your hairdresser. It can be hard to continue your momentum when your couch looks so comfortable and all of your television shows have just started back up.
But if you have started to lose your motivation or maybe you want to pick up a new habit, you may want to try out a podcast or radio show to learn a little more and spend some time each week thinking about your goals.

Your Resolution:
I want to learn to meditate or I want to relax more.

The Perfect Podcast For You:
Meditation Oasis
While countless studies have shown the health benefits of meditation, it can still be a difficult endeavor for a newcomer to start a practice. For myself, Meditation Oasis has proven invaluable in providing guided meditations for beginners and experts that range from brief five minute breaks to longer thirty minute relaxation techniques. It can be very difficult to focus yourself at first and a guided practice will assist in walking you through what to do. Soon you will find the time passing quickly and yourself looking forward to your daily break.
Your Resolution: I want to become a better cook.

The Perfect Podcast For You:
KCRW's Good Food
Continuing my own personal love affair with KCRW (one of my favorite radio apps on the iPhone), Good Food is an excellent look at global and local food around L.A. which will get you excited about food and educate you on the best ingredients. While there are more hands on cooking podcasts out there, Good Food will make you a better cook through expanding your knowledge and encouraging you to be a little more daring in the kitchen.
Your Resolution: I want to read more.

The Perfect Podcast For You:
Escape Pod or Selected Shorts
It may sound funny at first that a podcast can assist in helping you read more, but if you are having a hard time finding the time to read, an audiobook can be a great option for still allowing your to escape into a story. Escape Pod is a weekly podcast featuring a science fiction short story read by a narrator. Most episodes run between 15-30 minutes and it is a great way to be introduced to new authors. If sci-fi isn't your thing, try out Selected Shorts from Public Radio International to hear great actors reading wonderful works of art.
Your Resolution: I want to keep up with the news, but I am not sure where to start.
The Perfect Podcast For You: Global News - BBC World News Service or NPR: Most E-Mailed Stories
It can be difficult in today's world with its wealth of sources and opinions to find an easy way to get up to date with the news. But by making it your goal to listen to one of these podcasts each day, you will be on your way to be a more news-savvy person.Both of these podcasts give an overview of news in under 30 minutes, but from different perspectives. The Global News podcast is compiled by the BBC of world news events, provided with great information and very little editorializing. In my opinion, the perfect pair to this podcast is NPR's Most E-Mailed Stories podcast that compiles the day's stories that the majority of visitors to their site chose to share with friends. This will often include important U.S. related stories, but also interesting human interest and world news stories.  Combined they will give you a great overview of what is happening in the world and put you on your way to be a current affairs expert.
Your Resolution: I want to learn a new language.

The Perfect Podcast For You:
The "Coffee Break" series of podcasts
One of the hardest parts of learning a new language can be perfecting your accent and practicing with a native speaker. The Coffee Break series of podcasts gives you a quick chance to practice some common vocabulary and hear it pronounced in order to repeat. It is a great supplement to any language practice or a quick way before a vacation to increase your abilities.
Your Resolution:I want to make it big in Hollywood (or succeed in your chosen field).
The Perfect Podcast For You:
Making it with Riki Lindhome
Currently on hiatus, this is a great time to catch up with Making it with Riki Lindhome from the Nerdist Industries Podcast Channel. Whether your goal is to make it huge in the entertainment business or you are a creative person who wants to hear how other creative people inspire and motivate themselves, Making It features a weekly interview with someone in entertainment explaining their path to their current career. Hearing about others' process and methods to achieve in their field can help you even if you aren't trying to land a big role but rather are trying to find your own work/life balance or understand how to function as a creator in today's world.
Your Resolution: I want to be able to make better conversations at parties.

The Perfect Podcast For You:
Who Charted?
Full disclosure, Who Charted? is my current favorite podcast, so I would suggest this beyond any resolution. Each week, hosts Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack with a guest from the world of comedy go through one of the top Billboard charts and the top movies of the week. Whether increasing your knowledge of the top songs on the Korean billboard charts or helping you stay up to date on what is big at the box office, Who Charted? is guaranteed to help you from being left out of a conversation about the latest TSwift song. Additionally, the friendship between Wie-Wie and Ku-Ku (as they call themselves) makes the show both funny and adorable, making it seem a little bit like you are eavesdropping on two BFFs sharing opinions after a movie.

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