“You can’t fill someone else’s if your bucket is empty.”
This quote really resonated with me. It felt custom made for moms everywhere. We’re always running in a million different directions at a million miles an hour. Metaphorically, I sometimes feel like I’m a contestant in a relay race…carrying buckets of water that are either constantly splashing onto the ground or being used to fill up someone else’s bucket (the kids, the husband, parents, a friend in need. The list goes on). There is beauty in being needed and in filling other’s buckets. But I’ll have to admit that sometimes at the end of the day…we are left with an empty bucket.
You are not Super Woman. And that’s okay.
It’s important to slow down, refill your bucket, and take the time to rest and relax. While this may feel in total conflict with our role as mothers, there are ways to find moments of self-care in the midst of our busy days.
Yes, we know you are a multi-tasking pro. You call out spelling words while folding laundry. You eat lunch while driving to soccer practice. You play hairdresser while the kids eat breakfast.
But what if you could use some of that downtime to do something fun?
My favorite multitasking secret? Podcasts.
Yes, we’re all aware of the podcast craze that launched a few years ago. Plug your favorite word + podcast in a search bar and you will find a series on just about anything—from plants to cats, to designing to nutrition. Listening to a podcast can make the most tedious tasks enjoyable. And unlike watching TV, you don’t have to sit on a couch to partake. It’s one of my favorite activities and I try to fit them in wherever I can (walking the dog or little one, cleaning the house, solo drives, etc.).
So why not find a podcast that fills your bucket, lets you relax, or even inspires you? Here are a few of my favorite podcasts to help get you started.
- Coffee and Crumbs: This awesome podcast is made for moms. It covers everything from personal style to home decor to birthday parties. It provides real-world tips in their “This Is How We Do” episodes, as well as episodes featuring guests like Jen Hatmaker.
- Don’t Mom Alone: It is so easy to feel lonely and isolated as a parent. Don’t Mom Alone with Heather MacFadyen features podcast episodes made to dispel the loneliness and let moms know that we are all in this together.
- The Longest Shortest Time: This podcast is known as “the parenting show for everyone.” Journalist Hillary Frank and the show’s guests share funny and ridiculous stories about raising kids and how parenting changes us as people.
- Terrible Thanks for Asking: Nora McInerny had a rough couple of years—she had a miscarriage, her dad passed away, and her husband died. She now has a podcast that provides an empathetic look at life, acknowledging that bad things happen and provide some comic relief in the meantime.
- Second Life: This is a fun podcast that proves it’s never too late to pursue your dreams; it features stories of different business owners who didn’t start out as entrepreneurs. It can provide inspiration for moms who want to pursue their career while parenting.
- Jesus Calling: This podcast shares the same title as the popular devotional and shares faith stories from country artists like Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire, but also authors, pastors, athletes, and more. They even interviewed Tim Tebow recently. The focus is not on the author and more on the testimonials from the people who find peace and joy through the daily devotional.
Podcasts are also great for kids, but can often be noisy or irritating for parents. Check out Little Stories for Tiny People for a soothing story-telling podcast perfect for kids two years old and up.
Multi-tasking doesn’t have to be a bad thing. And who doesn’t want a little entertainment while doing the dishes, folding laundry, or during a commute? I promise…you’ll only find encouragement, humor, advice, or tips…whatever your bucket is longing for.