If anyone had told me that, in my first month at my very first professional career job, I would have finished four audiobooks and started obsessively listening to past episodes of two wonderful podcasts, I’m not sure I would have believed you.
But I have. And I’m here to discuss.
So I’ve already mentioned Panic, by Lauren Oliver – I listened to that one in the week before Christmas. Between Christmas and New Years, I listened to Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard. Personally, I like the television show better, but it was an interesting listen. Then, I went back to Lauren Oliver and listened to Delirium. Gosh, I could write a whole other post about how frustrated I was with Lena and Alex in Delirium (just be lovers in the nighttime already!), but I won’t. At least not tonight. Maybe another time. I will eventually listen to the rest of the trilogy, but I needed a break from the frustration. So I delved into something nonfiction for a change. I listened to Judy Greer’s book of essays I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, which is absolutely fantastic. The whole message of the book was that she is a constant costar. I found it funny, because I love her. I watch movies because she’s in them. She’s so great. So I enjoyed that a lot, The books have been fun, but that’s not what I’ve been most excited about.
It’s the podcasts.
As a side note, did you know that podcast is short to iPod castaway?
I found an article (I think it was on Levo League) about new podcasts to watch now that the first season of Serial has concluded. Out of their list of ten, I found two that I really like. One is called Stuff Mom Never Told You, which is hosted by two women and discusses random and interesting women’s issues, ranging from the gender wage gap to weather diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend. And the episodes go back to 2009, so there are hundreds for me to listen to before I catch up. I love that! The other is called How Did This Get Made, which is hosted by three comedic actors who love terrible movies. Every other week, they discuss a terrible movie and try to figure out how it got made. LOVE! It’s so funny. I recommend both of them, and I will be listening to the old episodes for a long time to come.
Now, I do want to say that I don’t anticipate always being able to listen to podcasts and audiobooks while I’m working at this new job. But for now, while I’m still learning and doing a lot of work that doesn’t require a ton of thinking, it’s nice to have something to listen to. I enjoy it. I’m learning, and my brain isn’t just being lulled into sleep or numbness. I’m expanding my brain. And I love being able to do that.
Does anyone else listen to podcasts? What do you listen to? I’m always open to more suggestions!
Keep workin’ it, my young professional friends.