Welcome to my first blog post on my blog Believe in Bumble. The name comes from, “Bumble” which has been my nickname since my teens due to my clumsy nature and “Believe in” because alliteration is soothing to the soul (or is that just me!?). I have recently been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, so this blog to remind myself to focus on the brighter side of life. I am a 22-year-old from London. My blog will be about whatever takes my fancy whether that is days out, baking, crafts, favourite products or book reviews.
Today I am going to write about my top three favourite podcasts. Recently I have started to use podcasts as a coping strategy as they provide a helpful distraction and make me smile.
The Guilty Feminist- Deborah Frances-White
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The first episode I listened to was Episode 12 “Worth” because it included special guest Sarah Millican, who is one of my favourite comedians. However, I quickly fell in love with the show. The show opens with Deborah and her special guest stating, “I’m a feminist but”, before saying something they do that contradicts feminism. These are always funny and are a helpful reminder that not everybody is perfect (which my depression sometimes makes me think). Each episode focuses on a topic such as worth, being bossy and motherhood. It is refreshing to hear different perspectives on the topics as it allows me to explore my thoughts on the topic. I plan to see them live when they next come to London.
Happy Place- Fearne Cotton
Image taken from: http://www.officialfearnecotton.com/news/2018/2/26/happy-place-podcast
Fearne Cotton chats to celebrities such as Dawn French, Emma Willis and Matt Haig about their life, and how they maintain happiness. They laid back feel, allows the guests to be honest which I am grateful for. I enjoy learning about other people’s life experiences as it reminds me I am not alone and that there is hope.
Happy Mum Happy Baby- Giovanna Fletcher
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This podcast follows on from Giovanna’s book Happy Mum Happy Baby (definitely worth a read), guests discuss the highs and lows of motherhood. I am not a mother yet myself (though can’t wait to be in the future!), this podcast provides a realistic expectation of motherhood. Again, this episode feels like being part of a conversation which is a great comfort when I feel lonely. A couple of episodes particularly stood out to me, the episode of Jo Malone I found inspiring, learning how she overcame personal struggles and how they helped her to build her successful business. The other episode was with Michelle and Elle, discussing baby loss. Their stories were heartbreaking, but I do believe it is important to discuss. I also found hope in this episode as knowing they got through their grief reminds me nothing in life lasts forever.
I am always keen to listen to new podcasts, so let me know if you have any recommendations please do let me know!