How I Gained Inspiration from Podcasts


This post is part of an ongoing series titled Things That Have Improved Your Life.

In this series, I welcome readers of this blog to share an improvement they’ve made in their life. This improvement could be anything – from a new diet or exercise plan to a certain place visited or person they’ve met.

I then ask questions as to how their life has improved, and whether they would recommend others try to make this same thing possible in their own lives.


How I Gained Inspiration from Podcasts

Today’s interview takes place with Kathryn Schwab.

Kathryn tells us how she was able to better her life by listening to podcasts. This then led to the discovery of an entrepenurial spirit which she didn’t know existed.

Introduce Yourself

Hi! I’m Kat, Founder of Tons of Goodness, a blog created to help others learn simple ways to build a happier and healthier life. I am passionate about fitness, healthy eating, mindfulness, and enjoying the little things in life.

I am a mom, a wife, a writer, a photographer, and a school psychologist. I have many passions and it is a goal of mine to always learn new things and seek out new adventures.

What Improvement Have You Made to Your Life?

What has improved my life lately is listening to podcasts. It is a simple thing that exposes me to new ideas, inspires me, brings feelings of support, and teaches me something new each time I listen.

There is the saying that who you spend time with the most is who you will become. So, it is important to me to surround myself with positive, inspiring people. It is sometimes difficult to meet new people, especially when working from home, so one way that I listen and “meet” new people and ideas is through podcasts.

Some of my favorites right now are Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, Over It and On With It with Christine Hassler, Earn Your Happy with Lori Harder, and TED Radio Our by NPR. I listen to them when I’m in the car, going for walks, and when I’m getting ready in the morning.

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.” – Wilfred Peterson

Why Did You Start Listening to Podcasts in the First Place?

I decided to try listening to podcasts initially because I had a long commute to work and needed something to keep me feeling uplifted along the way.

Listening to podcasts on your phone
It’s so easy to listen to podcasts on your phone these days

I felt like by listening that I was still being productive and making good use of precious time.

How Has Your Life Improved Since – Can You Give an Example?

When asked this question one podcast immediately comes to mind. That is How I Built This with Guy Raz.

With this podcast, Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies and weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists and the movements they built. This podcast triggered an entrepreneurial spirit in me that I didn’t know was there. Listening to this inspired me to be more creative and to start a business of my own.

Would You Recommend Other People Give This a Go? If So, How Should They Start?

Yes! I would definitely recommend that people try this.

There are so many great podcasts that I am sure that everyone can find one that inspires them. There are podcasts for every topic including health, finances, parenting, religion, etc. The list goes on and on. I use the Podcast app for iOS and subscribe to podcasts that I love. Podcasts are free and you can subscribe to a podcast or listen to individual episodes.

Where Can We Find out More About You?

People can find out more about me at my website tonsofgoodness.com, on Facebook @tonsofgoodness, on Pinterest at tonsofgoodness, and on Instagram at tons_of_goodness.

Anything Else You’d like to Share?

I would like to encourage everyone to learn something new or try something new every day. Go outside of your comfort zone and listen to something you wouldn’t normally listen to or read. You may be surprised how it changes your life.

“How to win in life:

  1. work hard
  2. complain less
  3. listen more
  4. try, learn, grow
  5. don’t let people tell you it can’t be done
  6. make no excuses”

– Germany Kent


I’d like to say a big thanks to Kat for sharing her life improvement story with us today.

My takeaway points:

  • Instead of listening to music next time, try listening to a podcast.
  • Listening to podcasts is a great way to learn something new – you might uncover something within yourself.
  • Branch out and listen to something outside of your comfort zone every once in a while.

Have you made an improvement to your life that you would like to share? Check out this post and get involved. Your story could end up being featured in this series.

You can find the rest of the reader interviews in the series here…

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