We got home from our final vacay of summer last night, and let’s just say that our transition back to reality was… a sudden one. This morning I got up early, unpacked suitcases, then got our crew ready for “meet the teacher” at Phoebe’s elementary school, and tomorrow we’ll all be up before sunrise for the first day of school.

On one hand, I love the structure and schedule that fall brings; I can get back to working out regularly, see friends who I’ve missed during our summer travels, and get some good long stretches in the office to work with my team as we gear up for the holiday season. That said, a part of me feels sad that those freer days of summer are in the rearview mirror. And thought we’ve still got a handful of sunny weekends to jump in the pool and cook all our food on the grill, the vibe undeniably changes from carefree to one that’s more focused and goal-oriented.

To make the transition less of a bummer, I’ve been listening to some of the podcasts I can always count on to pump me up and get me excited for the busy weeks ahead.

They’re the ones that put me in a productive and healthy frame of mind, whether it’s getting back on track with healthy eating, optimizing my work habits, or being the most intentional parent I can be. Read on for 5 podcasts that never fail to get me motivated, and I’d love to hear in the comments how y’all are getting inspired to say buh-bye to summer and hello to getting sh* done!

How I Built This With Guy Raz

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. From Bumble to Whole Foods to Soulcycle, the innovators and entrepreneurs share the firsthand stories behind the culture-shifting movements they built.

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The Goal Digger Podcast

How do I build my dream job? How do I make money online? Am I ready to leave my 9 to 5? How can I grow my Instagram following? And the biggest question of all, can I *really* turn my passion into profits? My favorite thing about the Goal Digger Podcast is the incredibly practical AND tactical advice shared by Jenna Kutcher and her guests. Each episode is highly specific and directly addresses a common challenge shared by entrepreneurs, freelancers, or all-around hustlers. Consider this a handy new addition to your work life toolkit.

Episodes to try:

On Purpose with Jay Shetty

This is my latest podcast discovery, and I’m hooked. Shetty explores the convergence of business and a more soulful kind of wisdom, and explores fascinating people about their journeys to discovering success (and what that actually means.)

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The Marie Forleo Podcast

If you’re not familiar with Marie Forleo yet, you’ve got to give her podcast a try. Marie is smart and savvy, quirky and kinda weird, and it comes together for a unique show that’ll make you giggle, make you think, and give you multiple lightbulb moments all in under an hour. Named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies, Forleo is all about empowering you to grow into the person you most want to be.

Episodes to try:

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert brings in guest experts to advise aspiring creatives on overcoming their fears and exploring their work in a more joyful way.

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3 comments
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    Dee Nowak | August 21, 2019 at 7:32 am

    These are great picks and I love Goal Digger as well.. I’m looking forward to binging on the ones I haven’t heard yet. There’s nothing as uplifting and motivating as a podcast when you’re freelancing or working on your own and don’t have colleagues to motivate you when it’s needed.

    Dee ~ Vanilla Papers

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