My Master List of 26 YouTube Channels for Your Best Life

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Sometimes it seems to me like YouTube can only grow and grow in popularity. Did you know that by this point, people spend a total of over one billion hours per day watching YouTube videos? That’s more than 100,000 years… in one day (YouTube).

I'm no scientist but I think that’s because there’s just something magical about being taken through an audiovisual experience. While I appreciate all forms of media, I feel like my life wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful intersection of writing, photography, film, and music that is VIDEO! Do I sound like a nerd yet?

Basically I love making videos and WATCHING videos, so today I wanted to share with you my big, big list of all of my favorite YouTube channels that inspire me, keep me fit, make me laugh, teach me things, etc. etc. Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to share your own favorites in the comments!

P.S. Overwhelmed by all of these? I've created a handy little summary graphic that you can get at the bottom of the post :)

Career, lifestyle, and motivation

Lavendaire

Aesthetic videos and the most calming voice ever? Sign me up. Watching Aileen’s videos truly makes me a better and more focused person.
Watch if: you don’t know what to do with your life
Start with: How to Plan Your Life (Interactive Exercise)

Rowena Tsai

I don’t have an older sister so I basically know nothing about what that’s like, but watching Rowena’s videos feels like getting advice from your super smart, organized sister. Lots of productivity, self care, and life tips.
Watch if: you’re feeling disorganized. 
Start with: How to Save Money 💸 Budgeting & Lifestyle Tips

Yes Theory

These guys do crazy things and also try to get strangers to say yes to doing crazy things and the end result is me always feeling inspired to step out of my comfort zone more often.
Watch if: your life is feeling a little too… safe. 
Start with: Asking Strangers to Fly Across the World to give a TED Talk with us!!

Casey Neistat

Honestly I’ve only watched a few of his videos but I keep coming back to “DO WHAT YOU CAN'T”.
Watch if: you want to see why this guy is basically the most famous vlogger out there and you want to get inspired by his success.
Start with: DO WHAT YOU CAN'T

TEDx Talks

You really can’t summarize this channel. My favorite TED Talk is linked below.
Watch if: you want to learn how your world (and your mind) work. 
Start with: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

Lifestyle and Inspiration

Jenn Im

Beautiful person, and videos edited so beautifully I could cry. Jenn never fails to inspire me and her personality is so sunshiney.
Watch if: you’re a YouTuber and want to step up your editing game. 
Start with: Spring Festival Lookbook | Eggie Drop 4

Joan Kim

So stylish and put-together, I don’t know how she does it. She vlogs about her life, so... 
Watch if: you agree that Joan is a cool person and you want to get to know her more, I guess? Also if you’re curious about life in South Korea!
Start with: April Favorites 2018: I'm back in Korea!

Jem

Queen of cute thumbnails and a relaxing filming/editing style.
Watch if: you need to just chill for a little while. 
Start with: 📚organize with me!📚(my messy desk)

CatCreature

This cutie is truly and artist inside and out. I am always in awe when I expect a simple video, cookie-cutter video and get philosophical life musings, instead.
Watch if: you’re an aspiring art student or want to get inspired to love life again. 
Start with: WILDFLOWERS ON MY MIND // Sketchbook Entry

BestDressed

I’m obsessed with Ashley. She’s so effortlessly funny and relatable and stylish and gorgeous.
Watch if: you need style inspiration or just a good laugh.
Start with: outfits for hot af summer days (ft. me being sweaty)

Krist Soup

“Creative” is a word we throw around too lightly these days but if anyone deserves it it’s her. She makes a variety of videos, from aesthetic food to travel videos to her pink door.
Watch if: you want something refreshingly creative.
Start with: My Creative Juices Recipe.🥛⚡️

Jenny Mustard

Honestly just started watching this channel but I already love her minimalist style and practical tips (and her accent!).
Watch if: the minimalist lifestyle interests you.
Start with: FRENCH STYLE VS SCANDINAVIAN STYLE | feat. justine leconte !

Travel

Wild We Roam

I’ve been following Dana and Lou since their channel was called The Plant Based Traveler. Ah, nostalgia. They always inspire me to travel and their filmmaking creativity is out of this world. Also, cutest couple ever!
Watch if: you’ve got wanderlust. 
Start with: We got a DRONE!! (DJI Mavic Pro Platinum)

sweetandtastyTV

I love her style of narration! It's like a funny, sarcastic documentary. She tries so much delicious food (mainly in Korea) but I also love watching her travel vlogs where she shares her train and airplane experiences.
Watch if: you’re super curious about traveling in and around South Korea. 
Start with: Flying BUSINESS CLASS on Asiana Airlines ♦ Overnight Flight from Singapore to South Korea

Fitness

Yoga with Adriene

The only yoga channel I ever watch because Adriene simply has the kindest and most encouraging personality. When I watch her videos I get to not only move my body but learn something about myself and feel a little calmer.
Watch if: for whatever reason, you need a good yoga session. 
Start with: Yoga For A Dull Moment | Yoga With Adriene

Blogilates

It’s crazy but somehow Cassey is so cheerful and her thumbnails are so colorful that I actually willingly subject myself to her deadly workouts.
Watch if: you need a quick workout, especially if you want to target a specific area of your body. 
Start with: Perfect 10 Abs!

FitnessBlender

My go-to channel for when I’m working out at home and am sick of doing circuit workouts.
Watch if: you want a no-frills workout that’s all planned out and ready for you. 
Start with: 30 Minute HIIT Cardio and Lower Body Strength Workout - Muscle Building, Fat Burning Home Workout

POPSUGAR Fitness

They invite all sorts of guest instructors so there’s so much variety - from barre to boxing to dance. Also the atmosphere is just so positive!
Watch if: you want to get fit but also have fun and try new things! 
Start with: 30-Minute Leg-Toning and Booty-Burning Workout

Entertainment

Solfa

A South Korean filmmaker whose videos kinda remind me of Buzzfeed. Think social experiments that make you laugh but can also occasionally bring a tear to your eye.
Watch if: you like social experiment-style videos and learning about other cultures
Start with: Rating People's Looks (Eng sub cc)

Big Marvel

I don’t think anyone knows where this channel is going at this point, to be honest. The only constant seems to be creative music covers and $1 vs $1000 ___ comparisons (piano, English, makeup, you fill in the blank). The randomness always puts a smile on my face, though.
Watch if: the world is too serious and you just want to laugh at silly things. 
Start with: 1$ English Vs 1000$ English

Safiya Nygaard

I always thought this former BuzzFeeder’s videos were kinda clickbait-y until I actually watched some and was amazed at how interesting, well thought-out, and enlightening the documentary-style videos were.
Watch if: you’re even the slightest bit interested in fashion and makeup because I guarantee she covers these topics in ways you won't expect. 
Start with: I Got A Tokyo Makeover

Bon Appetit

You can probably guess from the title, but this channel is everything food-related! My favorite series are where they try to make gourmet versions of classic packaged foods and also the cute “Kids Try” series.
Watch if: you like food (hehe, everyone). 
Start with: Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Lucky Charms | Gourmet Makes | Bon Appétit

Learning

Austin Newman

Very well-made Premiere tutorials, and lots of helpful tips for adding that professional touch to your videos.
Watch if: you want to step up your filmmaking game. 
Start with: How To Fast Forward Effect | Premiere CC Tutorial

Jessica Kobeissi

This channel always gets me so excited about photography! All of the photos are absolutely gorgeous. I mean, her skills are insane. And she has so many creative video ideas (like challenges and cool locations) that you never get bored.
Watch if: you love photography but want to love it a little more.
Start with: Photoshoot Inside a Cake Patisserie

Mango Street

Another photography channel with beautiful photos and videos that are actually super educational and fascinating.
Watch if: you have a photography question (but be prepared to learn much more than that).
Start with: How to Take Better Photos in Low Light

sweetandtastyTV

Tons of lessons on learning Korean that range from the basics (like Hangul) to interesting mini-lessons like how to say “just kidding".
Watch if: you want to learn Korean, duh.
Start with: JUST KIDDING in Korean (KWOW #212)

Geography Now

Basically the only time I will ever enjoy learning about geography. These videos are fast-paced, hilarious, and fascinating.
Watch if: you want to learn about a country but don’t want to read a boring textbook.
Start with: Geography Now! Lithuania gotta plug my home country ;)

TEDx Talks

This channel basically IS the education category.
Watch if: you want to get smarter.
Start with: My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic


YouTube channels master list for a better life favorites The Bliss Bean

Whew, that's it! Did I miss any of your favorite YouTubers? Let me know in the comments! I've also condensed my recommendations into this little graphic for easier viewing, so feel free to save that for reference! And if you enjoyed the post, don't forget to share it :)

Thanks so much,
Beatrice x

The 5 Apps I Use to Keep Me Healthy

Hello everyone!

I took a brief blogging break to save up my willpower to finish out the school year. The end of junior year wasn’t even difficult. In fact, finals were a breeze. But getting through those last two or three weeks of school was like wading through mud. SO slow, SO unbearably long.

Now it’s finally summer, which is such a relief. Although, to be completely honest, it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet. I have a tendency to overschedule myself. So even though I’m not doing an internship or anything like that, somehow the first few days of summer have been packed - yikes! There’s just so much I want to do! I’m trying to work on that, though, and I’m trying to remind myself that summer should also be a time to relax and get refreshed before… senior year, dun dun dun.

Oh, also, this external hard drive fiasco last night didn’t help (basically, it became corrupted and basically, me being the occasionally careless optimist that I am, there was no backup for the files on there). I spent practically the whole day dealing with that, cried a few times, and just got super tired. On there was a video I was making for a local soccer club (nearly finished), my blog archives, as well as a room tour video I’d spent a lot of time filming and starting to edit.

As of writing this I am awaiting the news to hear if the Best Buy Geek Squad was able to do a data recovery! I’m hopeful, yet ready to face the news if it’s not what I want to hear. In the meantime, I’m just going to keep trucking along, writing blog posts with a (slightly nervous) smile on my face.

So after that long intro, TODAY I wanted to share with you the 5 apps that I use consistently to help me take care of my health, along with a few extras that I think are pretty dang useful. While last night’s events had me muttering “I hate technology” many times, I have to admit that technology is, in fact, pretty amazing. I’m a paper person overall, but phones just make some things SO EASY, especially in the health realm. There are apps that can help you with practically anything - from nutrition and fitness to mindfulness and women's health.

So let’s dive right in!

My top 5

7 Minute Workout App

First up is this app, because I basically credit it with getting me fit in the first place. About five years ago, I hardly exercised. I did decent on the fitness tests in gym class and I’d go on bike rides with my family, but I didn’t play sports, and willingly cueing up a workout on YouTube to do at home was simply out of the question.

I did my very first workout with this app on February 14th, 2015, because, come on, nothing sounds less intimidating than 7 minutes. I had to modify all of the pushups to kneeling push-ups at first, but slowly, slowly I got better. I started coming up onto my toes for the push-ups, building up to doing more cycles (14-minute workouts, then 21-minute workouts), and shortening my breaks. Now, 268 workouts later, I’m doing power squats, diamond push-ups, and mountain climbers like a boss.

So I highly recommend this app for anyone, at ANY fitness level. Because for the beginners, a one cycle workout with 15-second breaks and easier exercises will be just the right thing to get you started. For you crazy people out there that really wanna go hard, you can challenge yourself to three cycles with 5-second breaks and killer moves like “squat thrusts” *shudders*. Some people might think that you need an hour to get in a good workout, but I can vouch for the fact that 3 cycles with the Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout App can be KILLER.

Productive Habit Tracker

I used to track all of my habits in my planner. I’d make a gridded sheet on the computer, type everything out, print it, hole punch it, and stick it in my planner. Boy did it get annoying having to pull out my planner every time I did any little habit. After a few months I switched to using this app and I love it.

First of all, the ding sound it makes whenever you swipe right to mark a habit as done is SO satisfying. Second, creating new habits and scheduling them couldn’t be easier. For example, I do oil pulling every other day. I only see that habit on days that I have to do it, and it makes the long list of habits a lot less intimidating.

I use the app to keep track of all sorts of things, but some of my health-related habits are: oil pulling, drinking warm lemon water in the morning, drinking 5 bottles of water per day, etc.

The app has a free version and a paid one. I believe when I got premium it was a $4.99 one-time purchase (if I remember correctly) but it appears that they have now switched to a subscription-based model. So try out the free version and see if it works for you. And remember, there are tons of habit tracking apps out there so if the price is an issue, shop around!

Flo Period Tracker

The Flo period tracker is my favorite period tracker out of all the ones I’ve used so far. It has TONS of features, but you really don’t need to use all of them if you don’t want to. I just track my period dates and that’s it. But if you really want to get down into the nitty gritty sciency side of it, you can track tons of things like your weight, sleep, water, sex drive, mood, symptoms, etc. to not only help the app make better predictions but to analyze how your cycle affects you.

The app always tells you how far away you are from ovulation, which I find interesting/useful, and there’s also an “Insights” tab that delivers interesting articles about women’s health that are sometimes even tailored to what you are personally experiencing with your period at the time.

The app is also free! Always a plus.

My local gym’s app

I’m not going to share what gym it is because I think they only operate two locations in my city and I don’t want to go quite that specific, hehe. But I just wanted to include this to encourage you to download your gym’s app, if they have one. It is SO useful to have the entire class schedule on my phone. It’s handy and I can also stay up to date on how holidays affect the schedule or any last-minute changes. I can also use the app to check in, because I scanned the barcode on my key tag and it is now saved onto the app!

Insight Timer

An absolutely wonderful meditation app. I’ve already talked about it here on the blog (here, here, and here) but I’m just going to go ahead and list the things I love about it once again because it’s that awesome.

Firstly, there are tons and tons of guided meditations that you can find, and you can filter them by length, topic, teacher, etc. and save your favorites so you can easily access them.

If you prefer to do your own thang, there’s a simple timer feature where you can set up your own meditation. You can choose the duration, customize what interval bells you hear and when, add some ambient sounds (which sound amazing by the way), etc. And you can save your favorite settings as presets.

In your profile, you can keep track of your progress with detailed charts and statistics, as well as earn milestones that display as little stars next to your username. Also, in the home screen you can see how many people are meditating at that exact moment (and where they are) as well as how many meditations have been completed that day, which I think is SO COOL.

Others

Interval Timer

Great for designing your own circuit or HIIT workouts.

MapMyRide

I love to use this whenever I go on a bike ride. It maps out your route, gives you statistics on speed, elevation, etc., and more. I also used it to track my runs, back when I ran regularly, haha...

Nike Training Club

This app has fun workouts that I do occasionally when I want to try something new.


That’s all! Just remember that while apps can certainly be helpful, it’s also important not to clutter up our phones with too many apps, or to get obsessed with tracking every aspect of our health because that’s just not, well… healthy! With the right balance though, they can be a powerful tool that can make our lives easier.

I hope you enjoyed these suggestions! What would you add to this list? What health app is your lifesaver?

Talk to you soon!
Beatrice