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Podcasts Every Candy Girl Should Give a Listen

Whether you're looking for a productive way to spend an hour or want to boost yourself out of inevitable summer boredom, these gems are perfect listens worth your phone's extra memory.

When you're bored out of your wits by your standard Spotify playlists or are suffering through hours of traffic on the road, there's nothing more entertaining than tuning into a podcast. There's a wealth of informative and interesting radio shows out there that make you feel like you're listening in on a cool conversation or even talking to a friend. Whether you're looking for a productive way to spend an hour or want to boost yourself out of inevitable summer boredom, these gems are perfect listens worth your phone's extra memory.

  1. Ladies who Lunch with Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes
    ladieswholunchshow.com/listen/

YouTube creators Ingrid Nilsen (known for her lifestyle and beauty videos) and Cat Valdes (artist and gamer) discuss relevant topics that empower women of all ages. Feminists in their own right, Ingrid and Cat tackle everything from relationships, social phobias, sex and more, all with a sense of humor and a willingness to share their own personal anecdotes. PS: They also share what they're munching on every episode, which will make you want to get off your seat and grab a bag of hot Cheetos.

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Shows to listen to: Episode 52, Reconciling with an Ex; Episode 48: The Bitter Feeling of Being Betrayed

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  1. The Rookie Podcast with Tavi Gevinson
    mtv.com 

Who doesn't love wunderkind Tavi Genvinson? The phenom behind the independent online magazine Rookie, has recently joined the podcast game by delivering Rookie-relevant content to listeners worldwide. Every episode is chockfull of interviews with actors, artists, musicians and more. With interesting segments like "Ask a Grown" (where Tavi solicits sound advice from trustworthy grown-ups), "Life Skills" (which discusses super practical advice like "never settling for less") and starter kits to initiate you into your next new hobby (love the astrology breakdown), this podcast keeps all Rookies well-informed and well-rounded.

Shows to listen to: The Year of Emotions, Feat. Lorde and Hilton Als; Be Proud of Who You Are, Feat. Ibtihaj Muhammad and George Saunders

  1. Perfectly Imperfect with Christine and Regina
    perfectlyimperfect.simplecast.fm 

Christine Chen and Regina Fang are big advocates of the Asian American community in media, but are also overall just supporters of women in general. Listen to these two dish it out about friendship, family, relationships and school—they're insights make you feel like you've got an older sister hearing you out through the good, the bad and the ugly parts of growing up. Bonus, Christine is taking one-on-one calls with listeners to help spread the good vibes no matter what crisis you’re gong through.

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Shows to listen to: Why is Everyone Else so Perfect?; Friendship Status: It's Complicated

  1. Disney Princess Deathmatch
    itunes.apple.com

Think you're too old for Disney Princesses? Think again, as these two friends pit every official Disney Princess against each other to see who takes the trophy as the absolute best. Hosts Liz and Sarah take things very seriously when it comes to the competition, judging each princess according to strict criteria: aria (their signature princess "I Want" song), animal companions, outfit, and even how they would fare in a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. See if your princess of choice actually makes it up the deathmatch ladder and find out who the eventual winner is!

Shows to listen to: Moana (Disney Princess Deathmatch Special); Anna & Elsa and the Final Restults

  1. Dear Hank & John
    soundcloud.com/dearhankandjohn 

You may know the Green brothers from their Vlogbrothers YouTube videos (Reviewing for a science or history test? This is an excellent resource!), or perhaps you're a fan of John Green's books... In any case, Hank and John make for a fun listen when you're in the mood for some curious trivia or some all out laughs. Every week, the duo takes in questions from listeners and with a very staunch disclaimer that all their advice is actually "dubios," attempt to answer everything from serious relationship questions to inquisitive inquiries ("Where are chicken's ears located? Why don't I see them?). Each episode starts off with a reading of a short poem and ends with a deep and thorough update on each of the brother’s passions: what's happening on the planet Mars and AFC Wimbledon.

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Shows to listen to: "Life is Hard and Also Has Good Things"; "The Kindness Muscle"

  1. Modern Love
    wbur.org/modernlove

If you've ever followed a link to one of The New York Times' Modern Love essays, you know that this series will provide thought-provoking, heartfelt and sometimes gut-wrenching true stories about love and all its many facets. Every week, an essay is read by an actor, artist, or notable personality and is followed up by updates on the essayists themselves. With this audio version of the popular column, you aren’t just left with a satisfying end to every read, but with a "what happens next" interview to clue you in on life after love.

Shows to listen to: "In a Small Bag"; "The End of Small Talk"

  1. The History Chicks
    thehistorychicks.com 

If you've gotten a bad rap from your parents for sitting around aimlessly and doing nothing, you can show them that you're actually increasing your brainpower when you've got your headphones on by listening to this educational podcast. On every episode, Beckett and Susan tackle the life of an important female figure in history, tracing her family tree, figuring out what made her famous, and ultimately what led to her untimely end. Whether you're an actual history nerd who loves herself some biographies, or are just plain curious about people like Marie Antoinette, Joan of Arc or Zelda Fitzgerald, this podcast will lead you down a rabbit hole that will make you realize just how important women are in running the world.

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Shows to listen to: "Frida Kahlo"; "Mulan"

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Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer for several publications in Manila and overseas. An architect by profession, she loves to travel, dabble in design, bake brownies, bike, surf, practice yoga, and contribute to her family's blog, thehappylab.com.ph. She has released three novels, and her latest fictional short story will be published this month under Buqo Bookstore. She is currently working on a collaborative novel. Chinggay is also a yoga instructor teaching vinyasa yoga, foundations and restoratives. 
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I was, but I am not. Desperately, I am trying to reach you – my hope. I am in this particular space in my own constructed world where doubts and frustrations recur. Emphasizing how scared I am being here, I never explored this area before. I was always in those places filled with benevolence, hope shining like the light the sun and the moon possess. And I didn’t have any plans to visit a ‘dark’ place, as how I described it then. But, as funny as how my world suddenly flipped, I am now here, completely lost with monsters persuading me to go insane.

How did I end up here? I can’t logically tell you the answer for that, but I guess, I know when. It started when I had to consider what college course do I want to pursue. Well, if you want to ask what ambition had occurred in my mind when I was young – which is usually the case in terms of life when you were like 7-year-old young - it was definitely being a doctor. I’d thought about wearing a medical coat with a stethoscope around my neck, ready to cure people from their illnesses. It was actually stuck in my mind for so long I almost thought that I was sure of it, yet, as a particular song yields, almost was never really enough and still, it is and will never be.

When I realized that such a perspective was slowly draining me, I tried my best to stand tough. I convinced myself that this was just temporary, that I could think of a way out of this. “There’s still plenty of time,” I once convinced myself. However, my environment demonstrated the contrary: I felt like I was completely out of time.

I was there when my classmates were happily talking about that ‘dream course’ they wish to take in their ‘dream university.’ I was there when my family was suggesting the thought of using my ‘suitable’ speaking voice for broadcasting and voice acting purposes. I was there when my teacher was convincing me that Education suited me the best. That ‘Stand tough!’ aura I used to own back then, suddenly transformed into ‘I give up!’ state, slowly destroying my being. And now, I am here in this space where doubts and frustrations are filling my former enthusiastic self. I need help.

I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.

LIFE ADVICE YOU NEED TO HEAR WHILE YOURE STILL YOUNG

This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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