Updated: Mar 6

Only if you live in a bubble will you not be familiar with the word podcast. And chances are you have your iPhone in your bubble and will have listened to at least one lol...... Over 197 million Americans have heard about a podcast. So if you're not familiar get ready to jump on the train.

Well, I can tell you about my first time hearing about a podcast it was the Joe Budden Show. I tuned in as a friend suggested, to get my mind off my long commute traveling from store to store in my car. After laughing and hearing Joe Budden the host of the show keep it real and was spilling the tea of "men secrets" that only they would share in a barbershop amongst other men, I was hooked. I began my quest to search for some of my favorites authors, actresses, motivational speakers, and reality tv personality to see if they had a podcast. Nine times of out Ten they had a podcast or was least a guest on a podcast.

What I found the most intriguing about the world of podcasting is that it allowed me to see the vulnerable side, the realness, the unapologetic side that the world of podcasting gives you the freedom to do so. Listening to a podcast is a way for me to fill my cup on so many levels. My mommy moments of needing some encouragement as a mom raising teens that sometimes I just needed to hear an outlet from other mothers. I discovered R C Blakes needing to be preached too, but not too preachy. Mike Tyson 'Hotboxin' yes he's a philosopher in my eyes always making me feel like a champ and giving me the feeling I can do anything if I want it bad enough!

How many of us can say we have more in common and can see we're more relatable to the people we see on T.V, our favorite athlete, or anyone intriguing for that matter. That is what the world of podcasts has opened up to me.

So if you haven't already downloaded the app that's free on your phone I encourage you to delve in and beware it's addictive! It will be your morning cup of coffee in the car while your commuting to work. It will be your alone time when you need some relaxation from the world, it will be your motivation when you need to hear something uplifting or even you will find a new set of girlfriends that you can tune in to listen to and be apart of every week.

I have listed a few of my favorites that you can check out below:

  1. The Unzipped Podcast. (Lifestyle)

  2. Earn Your Leisure ( Financial)

  3. 2 Dope Queens ( Comedy)

  4. UnF*ck Your Brain ( Mental Health)

  5. On Purpose with Jay Shetty ( Business)

  6. The Blogging Millionaire ( Marketing)

  7. Son of a Hitman ( Conspiracy)

  8. The Michelle Obama Podcast ( Society & Culture)

  9. Dead Ass with Khadeen and Devale Ellis ( Marriage)


Mary Elle

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For most of us, working from home has always seemed like a dream. Being able to work from the most relaxing spot in your home with coffee and food whenever you need it. May even have your favorite show playing in the background lol ( you know it's true). But, now that it's mandatory for some (due to COVID) it has become a daunting part of the day. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed, some of you may have kids learning from home, pets that won't sit still, a home that is well overdue on cleaning, laundry stacking, and a massive to-do list that is too long for a Thursday. It can be A LOT!!

So we've decided to share 7 amazing self-care products that you can use to keep you feeling calm and refreshed while working from home. Say NO to stress and YES to some sage, eucalyptus, and all things calming.

Before you jump on your next Zoom, order one of these!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

- Pink roses, orange blossom, grapes, rosemary, and mint, Screams relaxation! This mist will give you the calmest feeling in the midst of chaos.


True Botanicals Stress Relief

- A deep breath for your mind that promotes deep feelings of calm. Light, elegant scent with notes of woods, herbs, and a touch of floral.


The Unzipped.Co Let's Get Unzipped Candle

Step into your day feeling real, unapologetic & calm! This perfect warm will fill your home with Tonka & Oud setting the most amazing vibes.


Salt Lamp Himalayan Glow

If you love to bring all the zen feels to your space, check out this Salt Lamp. These lamps are great for exuding soothing and calming vibes. It's also super cute for home decor.


Positively Poosh Diffuser Set

Bring positivity to your space with this stone diffuser. Revitalizes the air in your space using 100% plant-based and beneficial essential oil blends. Change the aroma to fit your mood.


Apothekary Chill the F*** Out Tea

This is a serotonin-boosting stress-busting elixir targeting cortisol levels. It tastes like a peppermint hot chocolate mix and contains two powerhouse adaptogens, Reishi and Ashwagandha. What's amazing about this tea, you don't feel sleepy it gives you a lot of energy and mental stability.


Saje Stress Release


Escape the pressures of every day and let your worries fade away. Any time of day, breathe in deeply to help you return to a state of calm and relaxation.


Stay STREE FREE Ladies!!


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We're all born into this world the same, we are born average. Most grew up with desires to be like our favorite icon, entertainer, or someone that we looked up to once as a child. If your athletic your hopes are to be like Micheal Jordan or Kobe Bryant and for the women we can say Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, or Michelle Obama.

But what is the secret of being great or the greatest? Most will say talent, socioeconomics, and even genetics. Those factors will most definitely give you an advantage. However, what people don't teach you is all you have to do is have the discipline to be the greatest. The discipline to not just be average. To be the greatest comes with a great cost and the will power to do everything it takes to be the greatest. This is something that takes training not just physically but mentally.

This comes at a price that you will pay almost every day that you wake up that has to be paid. But you have to keep in mind that it will not be a choice it will be a way of life. As I studied some of the greatest from ( Business Guru's, Entertainer's, and Athletes). One commonality is the desire and determination to be the greatest is just as important as breathing.

You wake up earlier to train your body and mind while others sleep. You have late nights working on your craft and still have the discipline to wake up even if it's on 3 hours of sleep.

Your sacrifice will be time away from being with family and friends.

That's the sacrifice and the cost of giving up what most will make excuses for. The difference is only in the fact of being the greatest no excuses have room to exist. Not matter what it takes, you will turn your dreams into a reality. NO, and CAN'T is not apart of your vocabulary.

No matter what you choose to do in life if you have the passion and the heart to be the greatest. Do it without fear of humility.


Mary Elle

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