Kick Off The New Year With These Incredibly Inspirational Podcast Episodes + TED Talks

I love podcasts. I also love TED Talks. They’re such a great source of inspiration in pretty much any topic you’re looking for. I also appreciate that they’re succinct and packed full of actionable tidbits. It’s rare that you won’t find me with a podcast or a TED Talk on in the background when I’m getting ready for the day, working, cleaning, etc. Pretty much the only time I don’t have one on is when I’m reading. Today is officially the last day of 2019, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite podcast episodes and TED Talks to inspire you in the new year.

Podcast: 10 Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Episode #168: Jeff Warren, New Year, New You

I read Dan Harris’s book 10 Percent Happier when it first came out in 2014 and really enjoyed it. If you want to utilize meditation in the new year, this episode is a great place to start. You’ll get some really helpful tips on how to start and stick to a meditation practice in 2020.


TED Talk: Shonda Rhimes

My Year Of Saying Yes To Everything

I still remember seeing Shonda Rhimes’s book on my mom’s coffee table and rolling my eyes. What could the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” really know about life? Turns out, a lot. If you haven’t read her book, I highly recommend it. But if you’re pressed for time, this TED Talk is incredibly inspirational and will have you entering 2020 saying “YES!” to life.


Podcast: UnF*ck Your Brain

Episode #62: Self Care

I love how this episode takes an honest look at self-care. Instead of the surface level self-care we often see on the internet, this episode really helps with understanding and practicing self-care in a way that changes you, as opposed to seeking dopamine hits from illusory pleasures that don’t really create any long-term changes in our lives.


TED Talk: Eduardo Briceño

How To Get Better At The Things You Care About

Do you ever feel like you’re always trying to learn new things but not really improving? Whether it’s in your job, your parenting skills or creative projects, it’s frustrating to feel stagnant. This TED Talk shares really helpful techniques to help you keep learning and growing while also constantly moving forward.


Podcast: The Minimalists Podcast

Episode 165: Habits

Looking to start some healthier habits in 2020? This episode asks some really important questions about the type and quality of habits we need to set to best suit our lifestyle. If you aren’t even sure where to start with the overwhelming options of habits to choose from, you’ll learn all about creating new and empowering habits that will help foster your true passions.


TED Talk: Tim Ferriss

Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead Of Your Goals

You are probably familiar with Tim Ferriss’s groundbreaking book, The 4-Hour Workweek, which is a MUST if you haven’t. In this quick TED Talk, Tim talks all about what he calls “Fear Setting” and how detailing things that scare you and paralyze you from taking action can help shift your mindset and ensure you thrive in stressful environments and take back your control.


Podcast: Good Life Project

Episode: To Succeed At Anything, Do This

In this episode, you’ll learn all about “Success Scaffolding,” which is a framework that applies to any goals or dreams you have. You can use this technique for anything from weight loss to relationships to career goals. Learn how to shift your mindset and your environment to make 2020 the year you succeed at everything and anything.


TED Talk: Emily Esfahani Smith

There’s More To Life Than Being Happy

This may sound counterintuitive, because who doesn’t want to be happy, right? But there’s a difference between being happy and having meaning to your life. If you want to have your best year yet, it’s time to look beyond yourself and find your purpose. This episode shares four pillars of a meaningful life and how you can achieve them for yourself.


Podcast: Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Episode: A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose

So this is technically a 10-part series, but it’s worth the time. If you’re motivated to fully transform your life in 2020, this podcast will definitely inspire you. Oprah and Eckhart Tolle break down his book in their conversations and cover everything from consciousness to checking your ego at the door. Let 2020 be the year you live a fully present life!

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram