Welcome to the first post in the Ag Éisteacht series, in which I chat about what podcast I’m most listening to at the moment. This month, I’m all about The One Girl Band Podcast, by Lola Hoad.
The One Girl Band Podcast is a series of podcasts that comes out weekly when there isn’t a break in series, and whil it is currently releasing episodes, I’m working through the backlog of episodes, having gone back to the very first episode. I heard about this podcast from the fabulous Karen of Lovely Girlie Bits, who shared that she had been listening to it on her InstatStories a while back.
So, what’s The One Girl Band podcast all about? Aside from having a *great* title, it is described in its blurb as being ‘little pep talks’ and that’s essentially what each episode is – a little pep talk aimed at female entrepreneur and creative types who are going out on their own. While I technically am not currently being an entrepreneur, or in any way creative, really, there is a lot of this podcast that I can still apply to both my college and my work life, I find.
The episodes are quite short, which makes them easily digestible, but they are quite broad, so you don’t have to skip a bunch of episodes that aren’t relevant to you. Lola’s voice is always quite cheerful and pleasant (that feels like a weird thing to say, but when it’s a listening medium the voice counts!). I like to put an episode on when I’m lacking in self-belief or motivation and I’m always left feeling more like I can accomplish anything by the time it finishes.
The only criticism I would have of this podcast, and perhaps it’s the app I’m using, or my phone, is that even when I have the volume turned fully up, the sound is fairly quiet on it – this means that I can’t really listen to it when I’m outdoors, as if a car goes past for example, it completely drowns it out. But again – that could be a *me* problem, not an *it* problem!
I’m still working my way through old episodes, but so far, my favourite has been the episode on Imposter Syndrome. I happened to come to that one right when I was feeling like Imposter Syndrome had come true for me – I’d have negative experiences in a lot of areas of my life and I was feeling really useless and unmotivated. While I don’t think Imposter Syndrome ever really goes away, either for women or for those in academia (and I have the misfortune of being in both those categories currently!) this episode really helped give me a kick start and I felt able to start picking myself up again.
What podcasts have you falling asleep with your headphones still on? Do let me know in the comments!