A few years ago, I started spending far more time in my car than I like, and for a while it just felt like a complete waste of my time, and a bit frustrating.
Until I discovered Podcasts...!
I think it's fairly safe to say that my life literally changed forever, after I discovered the wealth of inspiration and information available in that little purple App on the phone.
My first love, and to this day, long time favourite, (you never quite forget your first!) was BBC4's Desert Island Discs. There is something so soothing about Kirsty Young's mellow eloquence and the warmth with which she approaches her interviewees.
The weekly guest on the programme is allowed to choose eight discs, a book, and a luxury, which they would bring with them, should they be cast away on a desert island. Throughout the interview, we learn about the castaways background, their achievements and what drives them.
The guests are always extraordinary in their own way, and have all contributed to society in some form. From scientists to authors and artists, every castaway has changed the world in a small or big way, and I find it impossible not to feel inspired by the wealth of brilliant people that live in this world. It can turn any grey Monday into a morning of ideas and positive thoughts.
I think Desert Island Discs gave me the inspiration to start With Love Darling. After listening to so many uplifting people who had pursued their own hopes and dreams, it seemed silly not to pursue mine.