Encouraging and Helpful Books, Podcasts, and Livestreams for Moms

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” - Robert Browning

As moms we tend to fill everyone else’s cup and leave our own to drain dry. Life gets busy, our schedules are full, and we prioritize what needs to be done. It happens to every parent out there. It’s happened to me over the last few years, as I’ve realized that I haven’t been reading as much, I haven’t been listening to encouraging words… I haven’t made time for filling up my cup so I can better pour into my family.

Every cup needs a refill, and what better way to get that refill than to listen to, read, or watch encouraging, uplifting, positive words and thoughts that will help make our lives better and could even have a role in helping us be better individuals?

Today I’m sharing a few of the most encouraging and helpful books, podcasts, and livestreams for moms. While there are way more that I could list, I’m giving you just a handful, so the choices are not overwhelming… Because I know overwhelming is NOT what you need right now. So, pick a book, pick a podcast, or pick a livestream to watch this week and fill up your cup, Mom (or Dad). Give yourself a refill so you can be the best you can be.

Encouraging and Helpful Books

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider - I’m still not finished reading this book, but my goodness, it’s a good one. Tsh shares stories from her own life, along with encouraging words meant to help readers choose a slower way of life and to live life deliberately and with purpose. Every story has a relevancy and a purpose, and the way she weaves everything together keeps you reading page after page.

The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner - As moms we have things we enjoy doing, whether they’re hobbies or things we’d love to turn into some sort of business. Jessica shares how to take advantage of those fringe moments and hours of time you may not be aware exist… She shares practical ways to turn those empty time slots into what you love to do and make time for you.

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - This book is a book that celebrates both grace and gratitude and how gratitude can change the way we live our lives forever. Simply put, gratitude is a game changer. The words Ann writes will speak to you as if she’s speaking to you personally. It’s an encouraging and applicable read for every mom.

Encouraging and Helpful Podcasts

Hear Motherhood with Paige Ray - Wondering if it’s possible for motherhood and creativity to co-exist? Well, it is. While Paige is no longer creating her podcasts, you can still go back and listen to all of her episodes, and they are worth every minute. She brings in guest speakers/moms who have creative expertise and really hones in on topics like productivity, mom guilt, fear, freelancing, and so much more. You’ll walk away from this podcast inspired.

Inspired to Action with Kat Lee - Need a pep talk? That is what Kat Lee and all of her guest speakers do. They give you a pep talk and talk about relevant topics to being a mom. It’s a podcast geared toward motivating, inspiring, and encouraging moms with practical tips for the mom life. From conquering clutter to being present, it’s pretty much impossible to stop at just one episode.

The Simple Show with Tsh Oxenreider - Loved Notes from a Blue Bike? You’ll love Tsh’s podcast too. Tsh, Stephanie Langford, Erin Loechner, and Haley Stewart talk about topics like travel with kids, books, home, holidays, and more. They even talk Gilmore Girls!

Encouraging and Helpful Livestreams & Video

Amiyrah Martin of 4 Hats and Frugal on Periscope and/or Facebook Live - Amiyrah is very encouraging and shares practical life tips for things like how to plan your day, ways to save money, tips for menu planning, and so much more. She has a long list/short list system that is an absolute life changing system when it comes to productivity. And the great thing about livestreaming? You can ask questions and hear the answers right there during the episode. You will walk away inspired after every single video. She’s also started a very supportive and informative Facebook group called A Full Life on Less that you may want to join.

Emily Thompson of Nap Time Creations on Facebook Live - Love to craft and create? Emily is one of my favorite bloggers to watch because she sews up a project right there on the screen. You’ll find all sorts of crafty, creative inspiration through her livestreams and video creations.

Hopefully, this handful of episodes and books will encourage you and leave you feeling inspired and ready to go! Let’s get a refill, Mama!  

By The Women Bloggers member Mel Lockcuff of Adventures of Mel.