It’s 2017 which means “new year, new me, who dis” and all that jazz right? We can all agree that 2016 was quite the bit of a drag, but we’re happy to say that the energy that has been circulating so far this year has been nothing but pleasant and inspirational. Social media has been filled with positivity and hope, and we want this momentum to continue for the rest of the year and the rest of our lives!
How do you plan to grow in 2017?
What small actions and baby steps are you going to take to grow into this new you?
What are you going to do differently this year that you didn’t do in 2016?
To ensure that we stay lit, motivated, and mentally prepared for whatever life throws at us we must proactively feed ourselves with positive words, affirmations, knowledge, insight, and truth. What you put in, is what you get out and that relates to food, energy, thoughts, actions, and basically everything. Motivation doesn’t happen in a day, it takes time, it takes routine, it takes making the space, making the change and flexing your positive muscles.
Motivation is like taking your daily multi-vitamins: you have to take them every day to see a change, it doesn’t just happen instantly. There are so many ways to keep yourself uplifted, educated, and ready for the world. Documentaries, day-time talk shows, self-help books, radio shows, working out, seeing a therapist, you-tube videos, and a millennials favorite: listening to podcasts.
Like anything else, you have to sort through a variety of options to find what vibes with you. Music is great and has served as our daily motivation since the beginning of time, but now it’s time to switch it up. With podcasts, you can broaden your perspective and ideas even more, while also challenging yourself and truly growing intellectually and spiritually.
With that said, here are 5 podcasts that will keep you motivated in 2017 (in no particular order):
The BiggerPockets Podcast is officially the #1 top rated and reviewed real estate podcast on iTunes. The BiggerPockets Podcast cuts out the hype and BS, and delivers real, actionable advice from active real estate investors and other professionals in the industry. This podcast has everything and anything you’d want to know about investing, real estate, and creating an additional income. This helps whether you are just getting out of college and figuring out your career path to if you are a few years out of school and want to start buying a house or if you’re just simply interested in starting in making more money and shifting your life. The hosts of BiggerPockets not only offer information, but they have a huge online community dedicated to getting people connected to one another in their local area. They don’t care how knowledgeable you are on real estate they are down to help you out and pull you up! Like drake, they just want everyone to have “more life”.
Check it out here: BiggerPockets podcast on iTunes
Black Girl Podcast podcast just launched and is “so fresh and so clean clean”. Hosted and created by 5 up and coming media phenoms who met and became friends at the historical Hot 97 hip-hop radio station in NYC. The hosts include Scottie Beam (@scottiebeam on twitter/IG), Gia Peppers (@giapeppers), Sapphira (@sapphiraem), Bex (@blvckdaria), and Alysha P (@AlyshaP819/@AlyshaP). Listen as they discuss life issues, sisterhood, careers, sex, love, growth, and their journey to being successful in the cutthroat and highly populated media industry. This podcast is perfect for the everyday colored girl and especially special for the colored girl trying to make it respectfully in the “industry” as a blogger, on-air personality, event curator, TV producer, etc. These ladies hold nothing back and are always honest with themselves and their listeners, you’ll learn that you are not alone when it comes to the difficulties of being a young ambitious black girl and laugh your ass off the entire time.
Check it out here: BlackGirl podcast on iTunes
How I Built This
How I Built This with Guy Raz who does the Ted Talks podcast does a one on one interview with all of the new age icons who have invented and created all of the social media platforms or programs that we use. This podcast gives us an insight on successful innovators stories like the creators of the Airbnb, Instagram, Zumba, DryBar’s, and much more. You’ll get to hear tips, how they learned from their mistakes, and gain major keys from hearing them come from nothing to creating something bigger than they have ever imagined. This podcast is special because of its detailed and intricate stories that show how you can make your vision become a reality with planning, dedication, and persistence.
Check it out here: How I Built This w/ Guy Raz podcast on iTunes
Honestly, sometimes all you need to stay motivated and have a good day is a really good laugh and that is exactly what The Read podcast is guaranteed to give you. Hosted by Crissle West and Kid Fury, this podcast is full of life, laughs, and great energy. These two will keep you up to date and on your toes with everything that is happening in pop-culture, black twitter, news, and around the world in a ridiculously contagiously hilarious way. Consistently listening to The Read will also inspire you to be yourself and truly not care about what unwarranted people think or have to say about you. Crissle and Kid Fury are your everyday bad ass intellectual yet ratchet AF individuals, the perfect balance for a wonderful day. If you want to know even more about The Read check out their feature on The Living Civil Series.
Check it out here: The Read podcast on iTunes
Everybody’s Got Something
Hosted by Robin Roberts, this is a podcast filled with intimacy and resliency. The GMA anchor creates and produces extradorinary and life changing conversations with her fascinating guests. Listening to this podcast you will discover how others find unexpected inner strength in the aftermath of adversity. Robin’s empathy and sense of humor inspire all of us to face our “somethings” and believe in the power of resilence. This podcast is honest, uplifting, deep, insightful, and filled with courage. We all have our “somethings” that may be holding us back from being happy and from greatness, fac your “something” and see how much more fufilling and productive your 2017 will be.
Check it out here: Everybody’s Got Something by ABC News on iTunes