Podcasts are a perfect medium, aren't they? We include music playlists in each of our care packages because we both love the power of a song to set the mood or switch things up, and including a playlist extends the experience into a forever-accessible feeling as well as a material gift. But podcasts are even better, immersing you in a world and helping you feel like you're part of something bigger for the duration of the episode.
Podcasts are uniquely transformative: intentional, specific, comforting. The perfect mix of escapism and social engagement. There isn't the emotional noise of radio news interruptions, or the fast-pace visual overwhelm of TV... just you, doing what you usually do, but with a pal in your ear, talking about something that interests you.
This week we were lucky enough to be featured on a BBC Scotland podcast Word Up! Hosted by Vanessa Kanbi and Etienne Kubwabo, it's a series that celebrates the diverse stories of people across Scotland today. Episode 10 showcased Black business owners. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak about some of the things we feel most passionately about: the myth of the "self-made" business; the hope for a future where none of us has to edit ourselves in order to show up in public spaces; and the joy of taking leaps of faith in business. The series is packed full of inspiring people and you can listen to Episode 10 of Word Up! that features Nadia here.
Did you catch the announcement that we're busy working on our own podcast, launching in summer? We'll keep you posted over on instagram...
With Bank Holiday this weekend, we hope you have time blocked out to do nothing but chill. And if not, maybe you can put your headphones on and tune into something nourishing while you go about your days. We had fun putting together this list of our favourite podcasts. You can find them all on Spotify, and we hope there's something to see you through, whatever you're craving...
O N C R E A T I V E L I V I N G
Dream and Do Podcast with Nicola Rae-Wickham
Independent Thinking Podcast
Let's Talk Shop with Therese Oertenblad
The Lisa Congdon Sessions
O N W E L L B E I N G
Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chaterjee
All the Small Things with Venetia La Manna
Super Soul with Oprah
Cleaning Up the Mental Mess with Dr Caroline Leaf
O N S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
Live Wide Awake - Sustainability & Conscious Leadership
Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press
A Sustainable Mind - with Marjorie Alexander
O N H I S T O R Y
Witch Hunt on BBC Radio Scotland
Scene on Radio with John Biewen, Chenjerai Kumanyika + Celeste Headlee
Good Ancestor Podcast
O N C O M M U N I T Y
Word Up! on BBC Radio Scotland
Growing Up with gal-dem
Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
The Anfield Wrap
The Morgan Harper Nichols Show
Go grab your headphones, carve out an hour in your favourite spot (or ten minutes! keep pressing pause! keep returning to it...). Hope there's a podcast in here that speaks to where you are right now. And let us know any you think we'd like. Type your favourites in the Comments!
Here's to a sunny and restorative weekend x