Let's be honest: sometimes getting back to the classroom after Christmas can feel like an uphill catch-up battle. I have a lot of teachers ask and request educator workshops that will help fuel their (and their students') inspiration through that second semester slump. It's hard to balance those extra professional development hours, keep up with your classroom work, and still find the time + energy to stay inspired with your own creative ventures!
Trust me, I'm right there with you.
I live in Nashville--which means I spend approximately 120 minutes EVERY DAY in traffic--and I'm sharing my 4 favorite podcasts that put those 120 minutes to good, creative & inspirational use. Because at the end of the day, those you influence won't be inspired unless YOU ARE, right?!
So take a listen... I promise you won't be able to listen to just one episode. Besides, what's the worst that could happen? Maybe miss that 4 minute Justin Bieber song that's been on the radio for 3 months?
The STORY podcast creates brings all kinds of creatives to the table to discuss their careers, pitfalls, successes and their journey through it all. It's a series of unique conversations to fuel the creative class and leave you inspired to do your best, most meaningful work. They even talk with Dan Goods, the “Visual Strategist” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab where he develops creative ways to communicate complex concepts by transforming them into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. I mean, COME ON... how can you NOT be inspired?!
You can watch some of the talks from their 2016 conference on their website too.
2. MAGIC LESSONS
Elizabeth Gilbert's (you know, the lady that wrote Eat. Pray. Love.?) creativity podcast features her interviewing people about how they overcome the fears that are inherent in the creative process, and calling up famous creatives to get their input. I like the fact that she actually provides advice to her guests, and acknowledges the challenges we all face in being creative.
3. Sounds Like a Movement
CJ Costa gravitates to individuals who are up to everything good and stirring the pot of change. Take a listen and you'll hear voices from all walks, careers, and points of life who are pioneering movements in our world. I DARE you to listen to one episode and not be inspired.
4. The Moment
Koppelman talks to creative folks about their creative process, how they do what they do, and the ‘moment’ that changed things for them. He's able to be very vulnerable, so his guests open up as well. This podcast always makes me feel more sane. Or at least like I belong to some really awesome club of weirdos.
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