#ALMOST30NATION! MERRY/HAPPY EVERYTHING! With 2018 right around the corner, we wanted to gift you an episode that will help you “release the white knuckle grip on what you think should happen” this coming year, and lean into the unpredictable, trusting that you will learn more about who you really are. Krista and Linds sit down for a beautiful + intimate conversation with Natalie Kuhn, Executive Director of The Class by Taryn Toomey, a cathartic workout that will give you a physical and emotional release unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Natalie lives every day following her soul’s purpose.
We touch on a sudden loss and the process of grief – but Natalie never ceases to be positive, honest, vulnerable, and dedicated to finding humor. We also unwrap...
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The funny, the passionate, and mega intelligent Suzanne Hall, Co-Founder + Editor-In-Chief of The Chalkboard Mag, joins Krista and Lindsey this week for a wellness pow-wow. The girls LOVE Chalkboard because it offers a really positive, motivational, and sexy space for people to learn about the hottest new trends in wellness. Interested in living well, building a brand, building a business in the wellness space, or how to find your gateway to wellness? Suzanne is your gal. We chat about:
We’re also getting excited for the New Year, so Suzanne reflects on her favorite trends of 2017 and predicts what she believes will be the biggest + best trends of 2018.
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Charity Lighten is here to inspire and teach. For most of her life she was “dying to be skinny.” We discuss her path to an inner awakening that has led her to honor her body and pursue a career as a Plant-Based Nutritionist + Food for Life Cooking Instructor. She is on a mission to inspire and educate people on keeping our bodies healthy, so that we don’t wait until we are sick to do something about it. Krista and Linds are obsessed with how the gut and bacteria affect our brain, digestion, mood, and holistic health, so this conversation is really enlightening (and emotional!). Charity also opens up about her husband’s battle with cancer. Perhaps the most inspiring part of this conversation was the way in which the Lighten chooses love over fear EVERY DAY. Grab your tissues.
You can expect to learn more about:
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The #1 fitness babe in LA, Danielle Pascente, is back! Krista and Lindsey love Danielle for so many reasons. At the top of that list is her REALNESS. It has been incredible to watch Danielle over the last year. She has experienced exponential growth in her business, and behind the scenes has been working hard to balance her hormones naturally and heal her digestion issues. Danielle has been super vulnerable and shared her journey on social media, giving women dealing with similar issues hope and support. This is what it’s all about. As always, our sit-down with Danielle is full of laughs and honest convo. What you can expect to learn:
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To say Jessamyn Stanley is inspiring would be an understatement! Her truth gave the girls SO MUCH PAUSE. This episode is a shining example of why Krista and Lindsey love interviewing people for Almost 30. They were shaken, shifted, and felt inspired to take a closer look at how they are living. Jessamyn is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, and the author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body.
Linds, Krista, and Jessamyn sit down for an incredible conversation about how she first got into yoga (which she hated at the time), social media, community, self-esteem + self-worth, and why she believes that yoga can save the world.
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Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley
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Linds sits down for a one-on-one interview with Tero Isokauppila, the Founder + President of Four Sigmatic, a natural superfoods company specializing in mushroom-based drink powders (that you’ve probably already heard Krista and Linds talking all about). Mushrooms aren’t new, but they’re about to be the next BIG thing! Are you ready to hop on the wellness train?
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Krista & Linds are catching up with each other after an eventful weekend, and they have a lot to talk about! Also, Lindsey isn’t an almost anymore – she’s 30 now (and she’s excited)!
Krista spent the weekend at Summit LA17, where she was surrounded by people who are doing BIG things, dreaming bigger, giving back, and wanting to make the most of their lives. Linds went to PatreCon, a conference for creators put on by Patreon.
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Today on Almost 30, Krista and Lindsey are honored to welcome Lacy Phillips. She is the creative, connected spirit behind the blog Free and Native and a Manifestation Advisor.
She had a conscious awakening at 25, which changed the trajectory of her life. Started manifesting her own way after reading a slew of manifestation books that didn't resonate with her. We talk to Lacy about the birth of Free and Native and how she began sharing her own way of manifesting with friends and clients. Soon she realized, IT WORKED.
Are you feeling stuck? Wrapped up in the self-help books and wanting clarity on the process to attract what you want? Do you consistently attract the same type of people or the same type of chaos? Are you curious about the deep connection between your subconscious and your reality? Do you want to call in your future partner? If you are simply on a journey to get to know yourself better.....than this episode is for you.
We talk about:
#Almost30nation, we are so stoked to hear from you once you start implementing Lacy's manifestation method. It's exciting and empowering when you realize that you have the ability to attract what you want most in this life. Be sure to check out Lacy's blog, Free and Native, linked above! Grab a notebook, happy listening!! xx
Ever wondered what it's actually like to "Follow The Yellow Brick Road"? Well, newsflash IT'S HARD WORK. And the hilarious and talented rising star, MIA SERAFINO is here to tell us why. We're in need of some serious everyday inspo so get ready for grounded girl talk with Mia, an actress who's been on Shameless, Saving Mr. Banks, Crowded, and you guessed it, Oz: The Great & Powerful.
This episode is honest and hilarious. We talk about the true consistency it takes to get what you want when pursuing your dream, being an actress in a town like L.A, putting your head down and doing the work, her transition between her early 20's and her late 20's, the challenges of being female in the entertainment industry, doubling for Mila Kunis, and kissing Hugh Jackman. That's right, HUGH FUCKING JACKMAN. Who then became one of her major acting mentors. #SAME.
Mia inspired us to the MAX, sharing her mantras that make her feel legitimate and confident in any situation. But in terms of the battle of balance - relationships, career, your craft, money, and everything in between - even if you're not an actress, this conversation is something that we can all relate to. Some goodies from this episode...
It's that time of year again ALMOST30NATION. Booze, cookies, candy, holiday craziness in general ... the temptations ARE REAL. That's why we brought in JESSICA SUCHAN, LA Holistic Nutritionist + Health Coach, to save us (and our booty's) from falling off the wagon this holiday season. Not only is this episode going to help navigate you through the next few months, but Jess (of Body Bliss by Jess) is all about navigating you through your food journey, emotionally, physically, spiritually, scientifically, etc. AKA you're gonna need a notebook. Maybe two.
If you remember one of our OG Guests, Hormone Queen + Expert, Candace Burch, is actually the mother of Miss Jessica Suchan. Body Bliss Coaching definitely runs in their fam bam. But Jess had a long and unique story on her road to being a health coach. Because her family was health-oriented from the get-go (we're talking buying almond milk before anyone even knew that existed), it was engraved in her brain being active and eating well. It wasn't until high school when she quit sports and continued to eat the junk food she had been consuming for years, that she started going down an unhealthy path with food. In order to loose weight, she restricted herself, binging on the weekends, saving up to buy "the ab belt", and weight loss pills. When Jess got to college, everything just escalated.
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This week we're givin' off some HIGH VIBES, talking all things CRYSTALS, and much much more with the founders and CEO's of Energy Muse, HEATHER ASKINOSIE + TIMMI JANDRO! Long story short, Heather and Timmi have been friends for nearly 45 years, living lives of adventure, spirituality, and self-exploration and healing. While Heather was the queen of holistic energy experiments in her home in Manhattan beach for many years, Timmi worked in the garment industry for just as long. And with that combination, Energy Muse was born - celebrating the use of crystals for living your best, most magical life!
Back to the show though, for those of you who don't know anything about crystals and need that CRYSTALS 101 lesson, this episode is for you. We start off with a CRYSTAL STONE READING (oooo la fricken la), to reveal what's going on in our lives and find more clarity. And from there we explore ...
“Do something consistently for yourself for 11 days, or even 40 days, for 11 minutes a day, you’re going to learn more about yourself in that time frame than you can in years of therapy.”
Timmi + Heather on how crystals and self-energy work is more than about just you, but it's about being a COLLECTIVE WORLD
the power of that recent ECLIPSE in August and what's happened to the Earth since then
and LINDSEY'S ACCURATE and MOVING READING from Heather - it's going to BLOW YOUR MIND
Originally from Ecuador, our talented guest this week, Diego Perez, actually goes by another name - YUNG PUEBLO! This past year he blew up on Instagram under the pen name @yungpueblo sharing poems, love notes to the universe, and everyday, simple mantras by which to live your life. Not only is he a writer, but a student and expert practicer of Vipassana mediation and speaker. Through his work, he hopes to support the healing of the individual, knowing that when people release their personal burdens it helps humanity build a global peace. MIC DROP. Or more like PEN DROP ...
SO LET'S GET TO THE GOOD STUFF & WHAT WE TALK ABOUT:
With everything going on in the world, good & bad, it's about time we have another MYSTICAL MAMA on the show to work with our energy. The fiery and foxy ALEXANDRA ROXO (side note: what a fabulous name) is one of LA's best ENERGY and TRANSFORMATIONAL workers, seeking all things mystical and magic. She's also an actress and director, working with names like Spike Jonze, Clive Owen, and Steven Soderbergh. Needless to say, she's a bundle of creative light that we all need right here, right now (Not to mention, she's speaking at our Sex, Love, & Other Things event).
With a Catholic father from a Brazil and a New Age-y mother from Georgia, Alexandra began immersing herself in a spiritual lifestyle from the early age of 12. From angels, spirits, ghosts, and auras, she was constantly surrounded by religion and the curiosity of other-worldlyness, with the help of her guide Bobby. When she got to college at New York University, she took it to the next level and dived into studying meditation in Italy, living a healthy lifestyle, and studying Eastern Religion Traditions. However, when she discovered Moon Rituals from one of her professors at NYU, she realized that kind of feminism was missing from all of the other practices. And she found her calling as a healer and energy worker.
From there, we went into ...
PLANT MEDICINE - in particular, AYAHUASCA - what is it? why should you use? what does it do? where do people use it in the world? what is it like?
how Ayahuasca HELPED Alexandra FORGIVE HERSELF, about everything from body image, doing good, and letting go of guilt and shame
"Hey girl you either do good stuff on this planet, like everything you say has to be for the good of all, or don't say a word." - Alexandra on what she realized during her use of Ayahuasca
"All of that is useful to heal and to work through things that are causing barriers between you and your best self. It's not just for play but if you really want to break through to the other side, it's self-awareness, self-consciousness issues, body image issues, issues with your parents, all of those things can really help you." - Alexandra on practicing plant medicine
we touch on ALIENS and fairies too (hehe)
her WRITING about sex, medicine, wellness, and spirituality on The Numinous, Mind Body Green, and Horoscope.com
her badass, raw, and real MENTORSHIP PROGRAM - intuitively bringing women into their emotional bodies and connecting with every part of your body
MOON CLUB - her group mentorship program based on the Moon's Rituals, making yourself your own healer, and sharing stories in a safe/open community
how to find a SPACE OF SURRENDER (not involving tequila)
"One thing is that a lot of spiritual practices are actually masculine-centric in the sense that they come from a place of structure and rigidity. Our whole lives are so structured, I mean we have fricken Google Calendar and all of this stuff going on all day. What I find missing from women's lives is a space of surrender." - Alexandra on surrendering
the difference between being SLUTTY and SEXUALITY
how WOMEN TRIGGER EACH OTHER - especially with men and beauty
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HEAL/EMPOWER YOURSELF!
This week we are not holding back from getting deep, deep, deep and neither is our angel of a guest SOPHIE JAFFE! If you're in the mood to talk relationships, trusting your instincts, carving your own path, and figuring our your life "philosophies", then this episode is going to change your week (month, or year honestly). For those of you who aren't familiar with the spiritual spearhead that is Miss Sophie Jaffe, she's a Southern Californian, certified raw food chef and yoga teacher, health and wellness expert, and founder of the raw food brand Philosophie! She's also a mother of two beautiful boys, and a wife, making family and relationships a HUGE part of our discussion with her. One thing that people don't realize about Sophie, is that she started making huge, extremely independent life choices at a very young age compared to most people, whether she knew it or not. She started a business, had a publicist, worked religiously when other people were in school, and fell into a serious relationship, with a lot of loose ends. She's FULL of life lessons and Almost 30 wisdom.
That being said, here's what she shared with us:
This week we're talkin' about SEX, LOVE & OTHER THINGS (hehe shameless plug for our event on October 14th) with Co-Founder and CEO of Unbound Box, POLLY RODRIGUEZ! We discuss everything from how and why she started Unbound Box, her battle at 21 years old with colon cancer and early menopause, the male dominated sex industry, to sexuality as a whole. Polly and Unbound Box have been featured in press like Bustle, The New York Times, Bravo, Glamour, and POPSUGAR for revolutionizing the sex industry and giving the best advice as a boss-ass business owner. With that being said, here's some of the goodies we explore in the episode:
Glad we got her on show before she fricken blows up around the world because ISABELLE is a superstar inside and out. This week we are joined by Isabelle Pasquelone, born and raised in Atlanta, she's a singer, body positivity activist, and former American Idol contestant. Growing up, she was the "singer chick", who was always, always, always singing, starting voice lessons at 7 years old. For college, she attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, the only college she applied to BTW (*snaps for Isabelle), where she created a vast network for herself, learned traditional songwriting and the craft as a whole, and never regretted her decision.
Basically, we dive into her music-based WORLD, including her ...
SO MANY QUOTABLE GOODIES in this episode #Almost30Nation! We hope you feel as inspired as we do by our conversations with Isabelle.
Raise your hand if you've avoided learning about Ayurveda because you can't pronounce it or it sounds really intimidating! US TOO!! Sahara Rose, author of 'Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda' joins the girls this week to make Ayurveda a practice you can begin TODAY. This 26 year old Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach has been called, "A leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift" by Deepak Chopra. Once addicted to junk food and disconnected from the excess and lack in her body systems, Sahara is now bridging the gap between Eastern and Western health systems, by helping people tap into their body's own innate healing wisdom. Have you been feeling bloated? Or lethargic? Has your skin been flaring up? Or have you had trouble losing those last few pounds? An imbalance in your Dosha's could be the answer! Here is what you can expect to learn from this episode:
Taking a break from regularly scheduled programming to say HBD to LINDSEY! In this very special and very unique episode, we take the time to wish our very own almost 30 podcast host, Lindsey Simcik a happy birthday! We've compiled all the love notes we could from her family, friends and those in #almost30nation to make this birthday extra special for the one that works so hard to bring bomb content to us each week! Now that she's no longer 'Almost 30', we may need to change the name? JK pls stop asking. Enjoy!
Pulling again from our hat of comedians our listeners know and love, we bring on the one, the only, BILLY GRIFFIN. And boy, will you sh*t your pants from laughing so hard, and within in the first minutes no less. We're keepin' things light and a lil cray cray with Billy, a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, and host, who's been on America's Funniest Home Videos, performs local stand-up, and with the infamous Second City Improv Program in Chicago.
Right away we dive into only the most random of everyday thoughts, like "How am I going to pay for my kid's college tuition?", "How did my parents even afford that?", or "Was my father shitting himself in a closet somewhere when he realized how much it cost?" Or if that isn't hitting home for you, Billy opens up about how he went from college football star, moving to Chicago and working shitty recruiting and insurance jobs, and then moving back home. But coincidentally, he won enough money on a game show to move out to Los Angeles and finally pursue comedy. Basically, this is where his comedic journey begins and he explains everything from ...
#ALMOST30NATION, Krista + Lindsey bring you an angel on earth. Shiva Rose joins us this week to help detoxify us and empower us! Shiva is the goddess behind the blog "The Local Rose" and the Shiva Rose beauty and skincare line. From her days as a successful actress in Hollywood, to her marriage at a young age to another successful actor, to her life as a young mom diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases: lupus, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis...and to her life now as an evolved citizen of earth, on a mission to heal herself and others through nature. Some highlights from their conversation include:
This week we bring on one of our long-time idols and guru for all things motivational, CHRISTINE HASSLER. Basically, she's a personal transformation genius - along with a bestselling author, podcast host, TV show host on TLC, & keynote speaker. She's a go-to mind for seeking clarity in any part of life, whether it's love, relationships, careers, personal goals, and most importantly, the immense change that happens in your 20's and 30's.
By the time she was 25, she was the youngest agent in Hollywood, getting promoted, attending all of the award shows, making more money than most people her age, and dating a hot-shot producer. She had it all ... but did she? That's what we dive into. This realization that she wasn't truly doing things for herself sparked her big transition, which included quitting her job, going in debt, and losing the love her life by the time she was 26. So needless to say, things were changing and she decided to do something about it. MAJOR KEYWORDS here, people: beliefs, decisions, change, identity ... And not to mention, all of these GOLDEN goodies from Christine:
"OH HI, HOW ARE YA? WHAT'S NEW?! OH EVERYTHING?"....Basically, how this episode starts. Krista and Lindsey are so in love with #almost30nation, wrapped around all of your lil fingers, that they have not made the time to actually sit down and catch the f*ck up! So they decided to lock themselves in the studio and do that. Krista just got back from a few weeks of traveling--she attended 100 weddings and tried to avoid talking about being vegan because LET HER LIVE. We get all of the travel deets and dont's. As we follow the convo, the girls get honest about their pet peeves, Lindsey's dating life, and thoughts on aliens. And then the conversation takes on a mind of it's own:
Krista and Lindsey are so excited to welcome Kimberly Rae Miller to the podcast this week! #Almost30nation listeners who attended the "Love Your Body" event got to read Kimberly's new book Beautiful Bodies before anyone else! The response has been, well, beautiful. Kimberly brings a balanced dose of humor, curiosity, depth, and vulnerability to the body positive space.
As a child model, she became aware of her body at a very young age. Kimberly shares what it was like dieting alongside her mom to prepare for a beauty pageant, how her obsession with being perfect stemmed from her father's hoarding, and how the exhaustion with ALL of this eventually inspired her to examine the connection between her upbringing and her relationship with her body. We unwrap:
FAM, we have all had negative self talk at one time or another. A thought that buries itself so deep in our subconscious that it creates this alternate reality where we are not good enough. Well we hope this episode assures you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. What you are feeling or have felt, someone else has felt that too. Kimberly is so honest and candid, we can't wait for you to connect with her. Take a deep breath of gratitude for that body of yours. IT IS AH-MAZING. Happy listening, babies!
Oh, this episode is just a couple of models just having a discussion about models doing model things. JUST KIDDING. But, what a discussion that would be ... On the real tho, Krista and Linds sat down this week with a #reallifemodel KARI CALHOUN, one of the most popular names in America's Next Top Model history (Season 21, what uppppp!). And we get to all the details, from start to finish on her model journey.
We talk about her story, moving from Dallas to Iowa to Los Angeles, and why she fell in love with the city full of so many opportunities. (She literally hopped off the plane at LAX) Although at first she never took her modeling career seriously, she got signed to a boutique agency and started going to auditions, which were as intense as people say they are. There was a long period where Kari's lack of confidence was showing through the camera & kept her asking "Why am I not getting it?" or "What am I doing wrong?" So how did she get her groove back? Soul searching, not giving a f*ck, letting go, taking everything step-by-step, & realizing the auditions that best fit HER.
Kari also lays down the law when it comes to #INSTAMODELS & why they shouldn't be honored or idolized. "What goes viral about you should be your character and how you live your life, " she explains. MIC FRICKEN DROP. And in addition, she touches on how gratitude can get lost during the hustle. SUCH A GOOD POINT!
But we all know you want to hear about Kari's ANTM career started, which by the way, was when Kari was holding a plank at the gym while a casting director approached her! From the drama to the producers egging things on, Kari TELLS ALL & she learned more than she could have imagined from it. But you'll have to hear for yourself now on #iTunes!
So we're over halfway through 2017 & this is where we can really make or break our year. Whether you're feeling motivated, lost AF, or just need some life inspo, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU. The gal behind Careergasm, SARAH VERMUNT, has a little career pow-wow with Krista and Linds this week, talking everything from finding your perfect job, knowing when to move on, and manifesting it yourself.
Sarah has been a writer and career coach for Forbes, Entrepreneur Inc., & The Huffington Post, making her a KILLER resource to have when it comes to finding your work groove.
For two years, she felt like she was operating through her job with the mindset that she wasn't supposed to completely love it. And this episode is about realizing what works and what doesn't, and making the changes to allow you to LOVE your job. Hence, CAREERGASM. Okay, but let's get to the good stuff. We dove through ...