If you are someone who knows me personally, you know that I hate my commute – with a passion. You see, after 10 years of living in less populated areas of the Pacific Northwest, I moved to the DC area and now live exactly 38 miles away from my workplace, which is in downtown DC. I think the thing that frustrates me most about the long commute is the time wasted. I like to be as efficient with my time as possible (I know, quite comical since I have a toddler). Over the past five years of traveling into the city 4 times per week, an event that takes 3 or more hours out of my day (yes, rush hour causes the 38-mile trip take upwards of an hour and a half), I have tried a variety of things to make the trip as palatable as possible.
First, I tried listening to audiobooks through Audible.com. That worked for a while, but only if I found the book really interesting. Some books just put me to sleep (I am a great car-, bus- or plane-sleeper). I still find the occasional book that keeps my interest. Then I got a Kindle and was going to try to read on the bus. But then I remembered that I get motion sick. I ultimately used the Kindle to play cheesy online games such as Oregon Trail, which seemed to be a better option for me and my stomach. I got a bit embarrassed, though, when fellow riders would glance over and see that I was working on my ‘crops.’ But then a revelation… In just the past year, I have discovered podcasts. Yes, I was a little late to the game on that one, but so glad I finally joined in.
I started with Beyond the To Do List, a productivity podcast recommended by a few coworkers. Through the various guests on this podcast, I learned about two websites – Power of Moms and Brilliant Business Moms – both with content and podcasts that felt more relevant to me. The sites spoke to the challenges of being a working mom, along with pursuing your passions despite being pulled in 10 different directions on a daily basis. And I began to realize three things: 1) I have always been an entrepreneur at heart, 2) I love writing, even though I seldom make time for it, and 3) I have a passion for learning new things. So, once I learned a little more about blogging (one of many topics covered on the sites), I decided this might be a good place to reintroduce those passions into my life. And that’s where this little blog came from.
While I still have to make the trip daily into DC, I find that I look forward to catching up on the various podcasts I subscribe to. Since I am listening to some of these podcasts years after they started being made, I have a ton of episodes to keep me busy for a while. Each one teaches me something new, whether about business, the web in general, blogging or just life hacks as a working mom. I’ll share with you, my community (or my ‘tribe,’ as Seth Godin puts it), what I learn. Stay tuned!
If you have a favorite podcast (or other activity to lessen the pain of commuting), please tell us about it in the comments, below.