The 7 Best Podcasts Not Related to Your Career That Will Spark Your Imagination

So you probably have a favorite podcast (or five) centered around your career, but what about when you're off the clock? The world of podcasts is vast, so before you lose yourself in the depths of iTunes, I'll lead you straight to the best podcasts to spark your imagination when you don't want to think about work. (P.S. Don't forget to check out our favorite podcasts for your work commute!)

Inspiration can come in the most unexpected of places. That couldn't be more true with podcasts. There are literally podcasts about every subject imaginable from guys talking about Gilmore Girls to storytelling designed to put you to sleep. Just like inspirational Instagram accounts, you can get all the inspiration you need from the comforts of your phone. Let's dive into seven of the best podcasts that won't have you thinking about work.

1. Tough Girl Challenges

Let me just give you a rundown of what a few guests on the Tough Girl Challenges podcast have accomplished: cycled to the South Pole, sailed around the world, and summited Everest from both sides. Tough Girl Challenges is one of my favorite podcasts because it shows us so many incredible things women are capable of accomplishing. Even if you're not into the outdoors, you'll be inspired to push yourself and your body in new ways once you hear these amazing stories.

2. Happier

If you've ever read Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project, you absolutely must be listening to this podcast. Otherwise, you need to get the book and download the podcast. In the Happier podcast, writer and happiness guru Gretchen is joined by her sister to explore hacks and habits that will ultimately increase your happiness and satisfaction with life. This one will get you thinking about how you live your life and what you might be able to change to squeeze out even more happiness. If you need something light in between your career success jam sessions, go for Happier!


3. Black Girl in Om

Black Girl in Om is a fresh podcast on all things wellness, self-care, and self-love. The show was created to uplift and empower women of color by featuring lady boss experts in holistic lifestyle, clean beauty, and more. If you're looking to add something a bit more woke to your playlist, this is the one for you. What I love about Black Girl in Om is that it has created a positive and empowering environment for women in the media. With all the negativity we're hearing on a daily basis, it's nice to have an oasis like this one.

4. The History Chicks

Who better to expand your imagination than women who've made history? The History Chicks share the most interesting stories and bios of the women that have come before us. The fantastic hosts of this show cover fascinating women of the past from the fictional to the very real. I guarantee you will learn something mind-blowing within one episode.

5. Science Vs

Wish you had the time to watch science documentaries, but just don't? Check out Science Vs. This show will get your curiosity going. Wonder what's happening with the bee-pocalypse? Curious if cleanses really work? Thinking about ghosts...or immigration? Science Vs seeks to answer all your questions and maybe even get you brainstorming a few more.

6. The Simple Sophisticate

Consider yourself a Francophile? Or just interested in how people of another culture live their day-to-day lives? The Simple Sophisticate podcast is your spot for a more refined lifestyle hacks. I love this podcast for its interviews on French culture, simple lifestyle tips, and constant relatability. I'll put it in their words, "The simple sophisticate is someone who prefers quality over quantity, sensible living over mindless consumption, personal style instead of trendy fashions, has an insatiable curiosity for life’s endless questions and a desire to live a truly fulfilling life rather than being led around by the nose." Interested? I thought so. 

7. Reply All

When you need inspiration for water cooler talk or tidbits to share at your next brunch, Reply All will be your treasure chest of knowledge that hardly anyone has ever fathomed. This show takes topics from deep, down around the internet and answers questions you would never have thought to ask. Is Facebook listening into your conversations? Who actually falls for phishing attacks? These are just a few of the questions you'll find answered on Reply All. Trust me, you really just have to listen to wrap your brain around this one-of-a-kind podcast.

What's your favorite not work-related podcast? Share your picks with us in the comments below!