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Episode 10: Did You Hear That?

Description: Dr. Boogren presents a simple, fun initiative this week to inspire, entertain, and/or relax.

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 10 of season four of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren. This week's invitation is to find a new podcast. I don't know about you, but I love podcasts. I think, gosh, what did we do before podcast? Which I guess maybe audible books, the radio, but podcasts are such an important part of my life. And, what dawned on me is having dinner with friends the other night, we started talking about podcasts, and people were sharing the podcast that they love to listen to. And, I got so many new ideas, and I thought, gosh, isn't that just typical, like so many things ... I kind of get stuck in ... It's not a rut. I just get stuck in it in a habit and a pattern of listening to the same podcast, which is great because those are the podcasts that I love, but while there's just a whole world out there, there's so much content, and I know this is like anything like TV shows and books and movies, but this week I was just specifically thinking about podcasts and maybe if you are not a podcast listener currently, maybe your invitation this week is to try it.

Yeah. To jump over to your podcast app or in Spotify or Apple podcasts, wherever it is that you listen to podcasts and do a little browsing and see if listening to a podcast makes you happy like it does for me. I listen to all sorts of different podcasts. So some of my favorites are Happier with Gretchen Rubin. I also love the one that her sister does, which is Happier in Hollywood. Even though I have nothing to do with Hollywood. They have more tips and tricks and ideas. In terms of interview podcasts, I always love Armchair Expert. That's when I've got like a long drive. For shorter podcasts that really make me laugh, Smart List. Smart List is one of my favorite podcasts. Those are interview podcasts. And, just a whole slew of kind of. real specific things that I love, but I am convinced that there's a podcast for every interest out there.

There's so many of them and different formats, different timing. For example, you know, this one, I purposely keep it short because I don't do interviews, that this is meant to be just a teeny, tiny little, little nugget in your, in your ear on your way to work, or maybe on a walk of just reminding you of some things. And, I purposely like to keep it short. There are other podcasts that are like the perfect length for when I'm getting ready. That's really when I listen to Happier and Happier in Hollywood. That is like the perfect amount of time when I'm standing in the bathroom getting ready. So, I love that. And then, those longer form podcasts, interview podcasts ... My husband listens to some comedians, just kind of sitting around talking. It makes him happy. There's specific sports. So, some running podcasts, cycling podcasts, I just, again, I am convinced that anything out there probably has a podcast.

And if not, maybe you start a podcast. There's tons and tons of teaching podcasts, as well. Solution Tree has a podcast In the Tree House, which is fantastic. So, make it your mission this week to explore and discover something new. And, if you get stuck, it's a great topic of conversation when you're sitting around with your friends or family, just ask them, what are the podcasts that you listen to? And, you will watch people just kind of light up. They grab their phone. They start talking about these, these different podcasts that they listen to. And, you get to decipher and think about which ones appeal to you. Oh, there's so many like the news ones, the true crime ones. I have a bunch of friends that listen to kind of the true crime stuff, which I, I absolutely cannot do as a person who travels by herself. I cannot do those, but I know there's a ton of interest in them. So, that's it.

That's all I want you to do. Fun, fun little invitation this week. I want you to either jump into the world of podcasts, and if you're not quite sure how they work, I totally get that. 'Cause I didn't get it either. Just ask someone. It's actually pretty simple once you kind of get into the apps and kind of understand and play around. You'll be able to explore. But, if you're not even quite sure where to start, ask someone. I guarantee you, you got a teammate, you got a child, you got a colleague, you got a family member that can help you with this. And, I love just the idea of sitting around and swapping ideas for different podcasts to explore. Then, think about when can you listen to them? So for me, I usually listen to them when I'm getting ready in the morning. I'll do a little mix of music and a little mix of a podcast. I ... When I have drives, like, I don't drive a ton when I'm at home. I don't need to drive a ton when I'm at home. We live right in the city, which we love. But traveling, I'm in the car quite a bit. Oftentimes from airports to hotels and then hotels podcasts can be a great way to fill that time. I actually get excited when I get kind of, some longer form podcasts. A lot of Armchair Expert ones that I'm excited to listen to because those are pretty long, and so it really makes makes the drive time easier.

And, I know some of you have quite a long commute, so you probably have already figured out which podcasts work for you. So, maybe this week is just about finding a new one. Maybe you unwind at the end of the day with a podcast or maybe it's a little treat at lunch. You put your earbuds in or just sit in your classroom or in your office and listen to a podcast where you're eating lunch. Lots of, lots of ways and times to use this. So, that's what I want you to play around with this week. Let's explore a new or maybe just podcasts in general and see, see how that makes us feel. See if it's a little, little happiness boost for us.

As always, thank you, thank you, thank you, Brooke. She makes the magic happen behind the scenes, and we are so grateful for her. Thank you to Marzano Resources and Solution Tree for this job I get to do that I just continue to love. And, to you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. I'm cheering so hard for you.

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