Friday Favorites

My Friday Favorites: Podcasts for the Curious Mind

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I love listening to podcasts. They are a great way to learn interesting and fascinating things. It just so happens that on Fridays while I am working I’ve designated it as my podcast listening day. I want to share with you some of my favorites as well as some new ones I recently discovered.

Some of My Favorites

Myleik Teele’s Podcast

This is my favorite podcast. I listed to it on a weekly basis. I first discovered Myleik from an interview she did with Farnoosh Torabi on her So Money podcast another favorite of mine. From that interview I was simply intrigued by her. I loved her hustle, business mind, how personable she was, and how she is in her thirties kicking butt. She exudes black girl magic. This lead me to her podcast. On her podcast Myleik keeps it real with you and the way she delivers is like you’re having a conversation with your best friend. She gives practical life advice on how to navigate work, relationships, success, business, health, makes the best book suggestions, and she answers listener questions. The podcasts aren’t long either so great for a car ride. Do yourself a favor and subscribe. Let Myleik become your newest virtual BFF.

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

The So Money podcast is not your normal money podcast. In fact the intro says that if you’re looking for this podcast to be on how to clip coupons this is not the podcast for you. Farnoosh is an author of several books and contributes to other financial publications, so she is well-versed in this subject. On the podcast however, she mostly interviews successful entrepreneurs and authors. The interviews are great. I like them in particular because it introduces me to new people and possible books I can add to my reading list. She does cover financial subjects by answering listener questions in her Ask Farnoosh segment. This girl really knows her stuff! Check her out!

Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer

Mama Joyce! Need I say more. I like to start my day off with a booster shot to my faith and Mama Joyce does just that for me. She is an awesome bible teacher and speaks profoundly in the area of your thought life, speaking the right things into your life, and developing a true relationship with God.

Snap Judgment

I believe this is the first podcast I listened to when I wanted explore the podcast world. From that search I stumbled upon Snap Judgement. Started by Glenn Lewis, Snap Judgement is storytelling with a beat. Every Friday, they cover a story related to the week’s theme. The stories are vivid, intriguing, and stay with you well after it’s over. I started listening to this podcast a year ago, so I know I’ve heard thousands of stories through this podcast. A couple of stories that stick out to me was the story of two Jewish boys who were arms dealers and became one of the biggest arms dealers in history but got into big big trouble with the Feds and the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, “the world’s worst opera singer.” She was a very rich socialite from the 1920s-1940s. She liked to entertain friends with her not so good singing voice. The funny thing about this whole thing is that she actually sounded decent when she was pretending to sing. Go figure! Overall Snap Judgement is a great podcast. If you like intriguing life stories, this podcast is for you.

My New New Favorites

NPR’s How I Built This

Discovered this little gem a few weeks back. Let’s just I love Monday’s again. LOL! Every Monday a new episode is released. Hosted by Guy Raz, he interview prominent entrepreneurs, innovators, and idealist. He gets the scoop on how they built their business. I love the people’s stories so far. My favorite interviews thus far include Cathy Hughes of Radio One, Sara Blakely from Spanx, and Joe Gebiba from Airbnb in that order.

Bruce Lee Podcast

Growing up I remember my father being a huge Bruce Lee fan and watching the movies. Naturally I was exposed to it too. Man, I thought Bruce was the man. Well there’s a podcast about his life and philosophies. Hosted by his daughter Shannon Lee and culture analyst Sharon Ann Lee, each week the ladies dive into some of Bruce’s wisdom and personal philosophies that he was famous for. You get to learn not only who he was and how he lived but you also learn something you can take away for your own life. I also like the segment on there where they share about Asians and Hapas doing really awesome things with their lives. Learn how to “be the water” and give this podcast a listen. It will make you more wiser.

I hope that you give one these wonderful podcasts a listen. Even if you don’t, there are well over 100,000 out there to choose from.  A lot I know, It just means that there are some out there for you.  Below are some great places to find the perfect podcast for you:

iTunes

Soundcloud

Stitcher

Podcast Network (NPR, WYNC, Slate, Panoply, etc.)

Happy hunting! Do you have a favorite podcast? Share them with me in the comments below. I would love to checkout some new ones.

 

Image above by Daniel Filho via flickr.com (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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Curious Reads

5 Books I’m Reading this Fall

Ahhh! Fall is among us. Although the official date isn’t until September 22, the start of school is always the start of fall for me. And with this season comes the time to revamp my To Be Read List. Thus far, I’ve read at little over 20 books. I am super proud of this because I haven’t read this many books in a really long time. And I’m determined to keep  going.

My mentor Dr. Stacia Pierce always says to read in the direction of your goals and right now I am focused on a few areas. They include:

  • Career
  • Personal Growth
  • Love and Relationships
  • Finance

Additionally, I do believe you should read for fun too. A good story always does an imagination good, so throw some fun reads on your list.

Here are a FEW tips for constructing your fall reading list:

  1. What are your current goals? Evaluate your goals and then determine the subjects you need to be reading about.
  2. For ideas on what to read check out reading suggestions on Amazon, Good Reads, or Pinterest on your selected subjects.
  3. Select your reads.
  4. Start reading and record your takeaways in a journal.

I’ve created a document where you can record your reading list for the fall. Download it here. fall-reading-list

Here are 5 of the books that I will be reading this fall. I plan on reading more but I wanted to share my top 5.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Skip the Party Start a Business by Ariana Pierce

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The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

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The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

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What’s on your reading list? Have a great book you’d like to recommend? Please don’t hesitate to share in the comments below.

Curious Reads

Curious Roundup

Highly recommended reads from around the web and social media. I hope you find something good for yourself. Make sure you share with a friend because sharing is caring.

For my Curly girls out there: This is Why Your Curls Won’t Stay

Ladies who Travel: Lady Bloggers who will inspire you to go and travel the world

*My favorite Travel Lady from the list: Brown Girls Fly

15 Kitchen Skills you Should Master in your 20’s

Because Productivity Matters: 44 Ways to Be More Productive Each Day—at Least One Will Work for You

For your Reading List

The Power of the Other: The startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond-and what to do about it– by Dr. Henry Cloud

 

 

Curious Reads

5 Things I Learned from Mika Brzezinski

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In a world where women are being paid significantly lower than men, women are starting to push back and get the pay they deserve. But how do you do it? Great question. Mika Brzezinski discusses this in great detail in her book Knowing Your Value. She discusses her own personal story on how she struggled to get paid what she was worth at MSNBC and she interview other prominent women throughout the book on the subject as well. This was a great read and an easy one too. So if you are woman who is looking to increase your pay and don’t know how, do yourself a favor and read this book. Below are some takeaways I got from the book. Enjoy!

  1. At some point in your life, you’ve got to know your value and it’s your job to feel it and communicate it effectively
  2. A strong sense of self-worth will serve you well
  3. Your desire to be liked must not outweigh your wish to be valued
  4. Compliments don’t pay the bills
  5. Fear of failure comes when you haven’t properly prepared

 

 

Curious Reads

A Curious Roundup

Here are my recent highly recommended reads from around the web and social media, I hope you find something good for yourself. Make sure you share with a friend because sharing is caring.

On Being Organized, because we all need to be-http://theglitterguide.com/2016/05/19/10-habits-of-highly-organized-people/

Equal Pay for Women-http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/arts/television/how-robin-wright-negotiated-equal-pay-on-house-of-cards.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Bonus! Hear Robin Wright discuss the challenges with being paid fairly as a woman https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FHuffPostWomen%2Fposts%2F1057552610979458&width=500.

Push Through-https://www.themuse.com/advice/this-sciencebacked-brainstorming-method-proves-you-always-have-more-ideas-than-you-think

Outdoor Reading Nooks-I’m in Love!!http://bookriot.com/2016/05/20/10-gorgeous-outdoor-reading-nooks/

Goo Ru Style– I just love her style and you will too. Much to my delight I discovered that WeTV gave her a web series that is exclusively on Youtube.com

For your reading list-My to be read list is never ending I promise you. Check out these awesome book titles I discovered on this week

 The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 

Capture Your Style: How to Transform Your Instagram Images, Showcase Your Life, and Build the Ultimate Platform by Aimee Song