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Tune in for a new episode every Tuesday and Thursday to hear our honest conversations about topics like wellness, entrepreneurship, spirituality & self-development. IT’S REAL, IT’S RAW AND IT’S UNFILTERED. Inspired by our transition from our twenties to our thirties we realized it’s so much more than that. Almost 30’s mission is to provide you with the tools & motivation you need to propel your personal growth and to navigate any transition in your life. We are an online and offline space where listeners can gather, relate and connect to one another in our beautiful and global community.
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Jul 18, 2019

Today’s conversation with Afton Vechery is for ALL of us ladies! Afton is the Co-Founder and CEO of the women’s health company, Modern Fertility. They provide a comprehensive, fertility hormone test you can take in the comfort of your own home. The company offers more than just a test—they also provide research, education, and support to help in making decisions around reproductive health. 

 

Understanding fertility hormones isn’t only about potentially having babies—it gives us a deeper look into our overall health. Afton explains how different lifestyles and cultures affect fertility, and that it’s relevant to us all. Our conversation explains how the test works, the different hormones that are measured, and the deep understanding you gain about your reproductive health.

 

We also talk about:

  • What your egg count says about health
  • Deep look into PCOS and POI
  • Understanding egg freezing
  • Opening up the conversation around miscarriage
  • Modern Fertility’s timeline tool to help you plan

 

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Jul 16, 2019

Today’s listen is applicable for all the women in our community—from mothers, to corporate babes, to entrepreneurs. We are joined by marketing strategist, New York Times best-selling publicist, and host of The Influencer Podcast, Julie Solomon. As the creator of Pitch It Perfect, she teaches bloggers and influencers how to pitch to brands and create a sustainable online business.

 

Our conversation digs into who Julie was before becoming an entrepreneur—working that corporate life as a music publicist turned book publicist in NYC. She explains how she wouldn’t be where she is today without these jobs in corporate America. Her life advice on making the most of a job you don’t love deeply resonated with us. After relocating to Los Angeles, she moved into the lifestyle/mommy blogging space. From there is where Julie figured out her genius, and how to apply it to create her own business. We also talk about her life as a  mom, and experiencing postpartum blues after pregnancy. You’ll leave this conversation feeling motivated and uplifted to let go of expectations, and pursue YOUR unique path!

 

We also talk about:

  • Excuses we make to keep ourselves small
  • Shifting mentality to be more expansive and open
  • Getting clear on what truly drives you
  • Letting go of curated perfection
  • How to find your true zone of genius
  • Julie’s experience with a natural pregnancy
  • Authenticity and vulnerability online
  • Creating sacred time with your partner

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Jul 11, 2019

Today we are joined by Whitney Port! You might know Whitney from “The Hills”, the MTV spin-off of Laguna Beach. “The Hills: New Beginnings” just debuted on MTV—be sure to tune in!  Since her time on the show, Whitney has built a brand and a family. Not only does she have a new podcast, With Whit, she also has a wildly popular series on her YouTube channel, Whitney Port, titled “I Love My Baby, But…”.  It gives viewers an honest look at motherhood and how it has affected her, her marriage, and everything in between.

 

Our conversation begins with Whitney’s first year of motherhood. She shares her emotional and physical battle with breastfeeding, and developing mastitis three times. We look at her changes in routine, health, and time spent with her husband, Timmy. We love the beautiful honesty between them—such as discussing fears over having multiple kids. Whitney also opens up about the hardest year of her life, 2013, when her father passed away from cancer. She opens up about her grief, and how she copes every day. From careers to relationships, to motherhood and grief—we can’t wait to share this conversation with you.

 

We also talk about:

  • The importance of honesty in partnership
  • How losing her father impacted her relationship
  • Finding gratitude and silver linings in grief
  • Closing her clothing brand
  • Balancing motherhood with career
  • How reality TV influenced her path
  • Moving out of a lack mentality

 

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Jul 9, 2019

Today’s conversation highlights how the heartbreaking “no’s” we receive in life can take us in a better and more meaningful direction. Our guest is Sheri Salata, whose humor and wild spirit is infectious. After a twenty year career as the Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Sheri is now the author of The Beautiful No, co-host of The Sheri + Nancy Show, and co-founder of thepillarlife.com.

 

Our conversation begins with an emotional recounting of when Sheri’s brother passed away suddenly from a heart attack nine years ago. For years, she avoided processing her grief by immersing herself in work and caring for family. She shares the ways she was able to move through her grief by deepening her spirituality and making self-care a top priority every single day.

 

Sheri’s humor and honesty as she reflects on every single job she’s had, how each one has made her who she is today as an entrepreneur, and how the No’s ultimately gave her everything she needed to succeed, one lesson at a time. From managing a convenience store and a toy store, to working as a secretary. Sheri has started over and felt lost countless times, but kept searching for something to fill her with meaning. At age 35, she landed an entry level job at The Oprah Winfrey Show, and finally found what she was searching for—purpose.

 

We also talk about:

  • Using gratitude for your growth
  • Importance of dreaming and creating
  • Uplifting others, seeing their potential and verbalizing it
  • Being choosy about who you share your space with
  • Cherishing our bodies in a deliberate way
  • Sheri’s decision to have a plant-based diet

 

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Jul 4, 2019

Today we are sitting down with author, mother, and one of our favorite humans, Peta Kelly. Let us give you a few reasons why we love this woman so much: 1) Peta holds family as one of her greatest values 2) She is funny as hell 3) She walks the talk 4) She has taught us how to have hard conversations 4) She is constantly evolving without needing anything from anyone.  The list continues to grow—especially after today’s interview.

 

Since becoming a mom, she has really focused on the intimacy of motherhood, and shares the outside fears pushed on her during pregnancy, and the trust she maintained within herself. Peta explains what ancestral healing is and the work she does to help heal the painful experiences of her family’s past, like having open conversations with her husband. 

 

While in her twenties, Peta focused on soul growth, while working hard as an entrepreneur to set herself up financially before moving into motherhood. We discuss how she’s evolved spiritually since then, since writing her book, Earth is Hiring, and how her self-care rituals, such as stepping off of social media and Cacao ceremonies, have changed since becoming a mom. We could talk to our girl all day, but we hope this conversation will fill you up for a while—self-expression, personal growth, and relationships—LET’S GO!


We also talk about:

  • Peta’s preparation & rituals for her home birth 
  • Relationships with plant medicine
  • Importance of trust in soul growth
  • The masculine & feminine in relationships

 

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Jul 2, 2019

If you’ve ever struggled with substance abuse, or are the loved one of someone with addiction problems, today’s transformational episode is for you. We are joined with Khalil Rafati, author of I Forgot to Die, owner of SunLife Organics, and founder of the transitional living facility, Riviera Recovery.

 

The son of immigrants, Khalil describes his childhood, especially school, as riddled with racism and bullying. At home, he dealt with violence, neglect, and sexual abuse, which triggered decades of self-hatred. Khalil found alcohol and marijuana at a young age, eventually dropped out of high-school, and found himself in a downward spiral of heroin and cocaine abuse.

 

At 33 years old and 109 pounds, living on Skid Row in Los Angeles, he decided to get sober.  He takes us back to the moment that he chose life over death and we get an in depth, raw look at his journey to overcome addiction.Khalil also shares his thoughts on money’s role in happiness,his relationship with God, and his love of crystals.  

 

Be on the lookout for his second book (working title of Remembering to Live) and upcoming documentary, as well as SunLife Organics smoothie/juice bars opening near you!

 

We also talk about:

  • Transforming life & health through food and nutrition
  • Khalil’s rituals and self-care routine
  • Astral projection experience as a child
  • The dangers of EMF & ways to block it
  • How media and music influence & desensitize us

 

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Jun 27, 2019

Our relationship with Mother Earth, and the need for even the smallest of actions to protect her, is our focus in today’s podcast with Ayana Young. She is the founder of the nonprofit For The Wild which now encompasses the 1 Million Redwoods reforestation project, For the Wild podcast, and a new spinoff series birthed from a preservation campaign around the Tongass National Forest. Ayana’s journey as an advocate and protector of our Earth began when she was studying Ecology at Columbia University.  She eventually dropped out to become a full time political organizer. She intertwined the environmental concerns with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement to bring awareness to the decline of our planet’s health.

 

Ayana’s passion comes through as she illustrates how we are connected to everything; our modern lives are directly related to taking resources from the planet and not reciprocating. She explains the detriments of logging and building dams and howgold mining has created genocide in the west by producing high volumes of waste water. She urges us to invest in our local communities, and to educate ourselves and become more aware of climate change even when it’s overwhelming and heartbreaking. Ayana shares how she recommits herself to the Earth every day, and how each of us can reestablish that connection.

 

We also talk about:

  • The politics behind forest fires
  • What organic really means
  • Funding of scientific studies
  • The extinction of animals
  • Being a steward of the earth

 

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Jun 25, 2019

This episode if for anyone who has ever felt disconnected from their body and intuition, for anyone navigating life after betrayal and for anyone wanting to forgive others and themselves. This is an intimate conversation on relationships, trust, listening to your physical and emotional bodies. Joining us is physical therapist Dr. Jen Esquer, founder of the The Mobility Method, known for relieving pain, preventing injury, and optimizing movement. Jen is all about affecting change in the body through education, movement, and building appreciation for what our unique bodies are capable of doing.

 

But we are honored to have Jen talk about more than mobility today. She opens up about her past relationship ending in infidelity, the way she handled the heartbreak, and how connected she became to her inner knowing. It really struck a chord with us when she discusses the importance of having friends that can hold a safe space, without judgment, to release the spectrum of emotions that may arise. We unpack the benefits of breathwork and the effect it can have on your parasympathetic nervous system.  For example, it allows one to release emotions so they don’t stay trapped. Jen gives a generous tool box if we ever lose ourselves in someone or a situation and want to reconnect with who we really are.

 

We also talk about:

  • Knowing when to leave and when to work on a relationship
  • How our triggers may affect other people
  • Finding forgiveness for yourself
  • Expectations versus reality (when someone shows you who they are, believe them!) 
  • Understanding pain, mobility, and breath

 

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Jun 20, 2019

Today we are sitting down with Loraine Dowdy, founder of the American made cosmetics line, Coloured Raine. After 16 years of working a high-powered job in the financial industry, Loraine pursued her dream of creating a cruelty-free makeup line that encourages diversity, self-expression, and shades for women of color. In our conversation, you can feel Loraine’s passion for creating pigments that accentuate the beauty of all skin tones.  We couldn’t help but geek out over our mutual love of nature shows--in fact, Loraine confided how her upcoming makeup line is inspired by nature. Loraine is open and honest about the trials and tribulations she’s gone through starting a business as a woman of color, and how nourishing it is to have relationships with other women in the industry.

 

Keep an eye out for the Coloured Raine’s upcoming partnership, new foundations, makeup tutorials, and Christmas bundles! You are going to love their array of vibrant pigments and cruelty free cosmetics.

 

We also talk about:

  • Self-awareness tips for changing careers
  • Scaling and building a team using trust
  • Tapping into your creativity
  • Behind the scenes of the cosmetic industry
  • Monetizing your podcast

 

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Jun 18, 2019

Today’s episode features world-renowned yoga instructor and author of To Love and Let Go, Rachel Brathen. Also known as Yoga Girl, she is a heart-centered leader who brings the human element of emotion to social media. Becoming who Rachel is today was not without a history of struggle, and she shares with us how her childhood and rebellious teenage years led her to first find meditation, then yoga. This brings us deep into the conversation of finding identity, especially in our teenage years, when we have been influenced by our parent’s traumas and shaped by our communities.

 

The three of us also explore the interconnectedness between spirituality and business, and how Rachel balances motherhood with maintaining closeness with her husband. We also take a dive into plant medicine, sharing the insights and clearings Rachel gained during her cacao ceremony.


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  • Being present in our social media era
  • Nourishing your body and mind during pregnancy
  • How motherhood positively affects your ability to be present
  • The importance of ritual in our day-to-day lives
  • Being vulnerable and open on social media
  • How our ancestors experiences influence us

 

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Jun 13, 2019

Today we are sitting down with Catt Sadler, the three-time Emmy-winning journalist, previous host on E!, and host of the podcast NAKED with Catt Sadler.  We are incredibly inspired by Catt’s ability to be vulnerable and honest with us about her experience leaving the E! network to stand up for equal pay in December of 2017. Catt is a powerful voice for women, and has inspired so many to stand up for what they deserve. In this episode we delve into the struggles of being a woman in show business—the outer forces at play, how crucial it is to know your worth, and how to feel safe in your own skin when you’re in the spotlight. We also discuss what parenting is like in today’s digital age, especially with teenagers. Catt shares with us her experience with collaborative parenting after divorce, and how being a child of divorce directly affects her parenting style. This truly showcases the importance of consuming meaningful information, empowering one another, and trusting your inner knowing. 

 

We also talk about:

  • What parenting is like in today’s digital age (especially with teens!)
  • Cultivating a positive self-image when you’re in the spotlight
  • Staying true to yourself in the entertainment industry
  • What it means to stand in your truth
  • How Catt uses her platform to make a difference for women, at the risk of being blacklisted
  • The women who stood with Catt during her departure with E!

 

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Jun 11, 2019

Today we are joined with author of the book Keto Diet and founder of the wildly popular and trusted, Ancient Nutrition, Dr. Josh Axe!  Dr. Axe is a doctor of chiropractic, natural medicine doctor, and clinical nutritionist who also started a world renowned functional medicine center in Nashville, TN.  

 

He begins by opening up about the journey his mom faced with cancer, and how this shaped his relationship with food and medicine. We dive into the many benefits of going keto, from hormone balancing to breaking that sugar addiction, and you’ll learn how to get started on this clean, anti-inflammatory diet. Dr. Axe’s appreciate for and knowledge of Chinese medicine had us taking copious notes for our own health.  The connection between food, emotions and organs is fascinating. We also discuss why herbs should be a staple in each of our homes .

 

We also talk about:

  • Keto diet and herbs for hormonal balance (at all ages!)
  • The relationship between foods and organ health
  • Gut-brain connection & probiotic use (learn #1 probiotic we are missing!)
  • The negative effects and overuse of antibiotics
  • Strength vs. Cardio training vs. Interval training
  • Personal growth in the way of helping others

 

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Jun 6, 2019

Today on the podcast we welcome Lindsay Mack, the creator of Soul Tarot, and host of the popular Tarot for the Wild Soul podcast. Soul Tarot is a reinterpretation and intentional utilization of the Tarot as a healing tool, assisting us in differentiating the noise of our brain from the truth of our soul. Soul Tarot is a fusion of Lindsay’s 23 years of experience reading and studying Tarot, her work with her mentor, Michelle Sinnette, her own healing journey through complex PTSD/chronic illness, and channeled wisdom from her Guides.

 

Through her regularly sold out workshops, retreats and online Tarot courses, Lindsay has had the profound honor of teaching Soul Tarot to thousands of people from all around the world. In our conversation with Lindsey, the three of us talk about the origins of Tarot, how Lindsay uses it in her day to day, and using Tarot for yourself as a tool in your own journey. Lindsay also shares her path of healing through PTSD and chronic illness, and how her spiritual side has helped her through these hardships.

 

We also talk about:

  • Feeling like she finally found her calling
  • How she found help in her darkest moments
  • Reparenting ourselves
  • Working on herself solo, and with her partner
  • Identifying as a queer woman
  • Staying committed to being yourself
  • Tarot spreads and questions that Lindsay loves to use
  • Guidance for 2019

 

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Jun 4, 2019

Today we are joined by theSkimm co-founders, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg. In 2012, friends Carly and Danielle created this subscription based newsletter full of easy to digest news stories. The Skimm makes it easier to live a smarter life by integrating in the routines of their target audience, female millennials. In our conversation today, the four of us talk about creating culture within a growing company, starting a business with your close friend and what challenges that brings, building a team, and much more.

 

We also talk about:

  • Leaving their jobs to start the Skimm
  • Deciding what to spend their money on
  • Staying aligned with one another + letting other people in
  • Self-care and setting boundaries
  • The upcoming book + tour for Carly and Danielle

 

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May 30, 2019

Today we are sitting down with Jen Pastiloff, author, speaker, and the creator of the workshop series, On Being Human. In her workshops, Jen bring women together along with movement, writing, sharing, and fun in order to create space for awakenings within her guests. Jen has been featured in multiple popular media outlets for her unique style of teaching, which has led to helping thousands of women all over the world. When you’re around Jen, you have no choice but to be yourself. In our conversation today, Jen shares personal journey with hearing loss, the healing process around her father passing away in his late thirties, and the turning point moment in her life where she had a direct connection to her soul.

 

We also talk about:

  • The cost of hearing aids + the BS story that Jen had surrounding receiving them
  • Stepping into the idea that she was worthy enough to write her book
  • Working through depression and anxiety
  • How to listen better with your heart
  • Being a no bullshit mom
  • Bearing witness

 

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May 28, 2019

Lizzy Jeff, medicine woman and leader of an emerging renaissance, joins us on today’s episode. She is dedicated to elevating consciousness through plant medicine, art and radical self love. Lizzy is an advocate for ascension on SO many levels, with the belief that cannabis & self love is the gateway to the universal healing we need on this planet. In her curated pop-up events, Zen + Kush, Lizzy incorporates marijuana into high frequency creative expression.

 

We love that Lizzy is constantly pushing boundaries and challenging those around her to fully embrace their most authentic selves. In our conversation today, Lizzy shares her journey with us and what it means to be truly high vibe. Lizzy serves as a beautiful reminder that we can have open, grounded, and elevated conversations wherever we go, and this conversation showcases that :)

 

We also talk about:

  • Being a CBD being
  • Honoring our womb
  • Lizzy’s self-love awakening
  • The shifting that’s happening across the world
  • Why being creative is so important to Lizzy
  • Moving forward consciously

 

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May 23, 2019

Today’s episode with Shaman Durek is MUCH anticipated.  Buckle up! We were ready and willing to go where we have not gone before and holy holy were we cracked open!  A spiritual guide and gifted healer, Shaman Durek acts as a bridge between the spiritual and physical planes, applies ancient spiritual wisdom, coupled with decades of devoted study and practice, to help bring success, happiness and healing into people's lives. He is also an author, activist and a women’s empowerment leader.

 

In our conversation today, Shaman Durek dives deep into his ideas on the “Queendom”, what the matrix truly is, and how women can and should be tapping into their power and intuition every moment of every day. Shaman Durek was so generous and gave Lindsey and Krista  incredibly powerful readings, which get especially personal and emotional, but open so much up for each of us.

 

We also talk about:

  • Letting others serve you while you serve others
  • Being data open
  • The shifts and changes of health and wellness
  • What Queens do + the you-first movement
  • The parties that we need to be having for ourselves

 

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May 21, 2019

Our guests today are Danika Brysha and Billy Haley! Danika is our dear friend and the founder and CEO of Model Meals, as well as a successful model.. Billy is a private chef and the owner of Culinary Recovery Foods. Together, the two toured the United States in 2018 to host The Brunch Series, a workshop style gathering to define and design self-care for each woman in attendance.  Lindsey and Krista had the privilege of attending the series in Boston and were blown away by how Danika’s vulnerability and strength empowered every woman there to take an honest look at where they could be taking better care of their mind, body and spirit.  In our conversation today, we hear from Danika and Billy in the middle of their conscious uncoupling, speaking on how that has been both healthy for their relationship together and incredibly painful at times.. This episode is for those trying to navigate relationships, those struggling to understand loved ones in recovery, for those in relationships where you aren’t sure of the outcome but know you need space, and for human beings who are dying to communicate honestly and openly with those they love most.. We are honored that Danika and Billy  chose our platform to share their experiences and current status

 

We also talk about:

  • Planning out the Brunch Series

  • Discovering their codependency dynamic

  • Having intuitive hits in the relationship

  • Shame from the past overpowering love from family and friends

  • The importance of doing the work on yourself

  • Mindful masculinity and what it means to Danika and Billy

  • Using energy work and hypnotherapy to heal

  • Recovery steps being applicable to anyone

  • Billy’s relationship with a higher power

  • Having real, honest conversations

 

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May 16, 2019

Today we are joined by Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, a business woman, NY Times Best-Selling Author, activist and blogger. Lauren’s story is one of extreme determination and growth after a tragic accident. Several years ago, Lauren was pulled into the propeller engine of a plane and lost her arm and her eye. In the wake of the accident, her faith in God and in herself is now unshakeable.  But it was a long road to get to where she is now. Lauren’s passion to bring hope, restore dignity, and ignite faith in girls and women with limb loss inspired the Lauren Scurggs Kennedy Foundation. The foundation provides beautiful cosmetic coverings for prostheses. In our conversation today, Lauren shares her personal journey with us all, the work she’s doing to help other women living with limb loss, and how her parent’s relationship influenced all of her future relationships.

 

We also talk about:

  • What she learned from her parents choice to be vulnerable with her
  • Her accident The fears from the aftermath of her accident
  • Experiencing PTSD over a year after her accident
  • EMDR sessions
  • How Lauren met her husband, Jason Kennedy
  • Building confidence + helping others do the same
  • The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation
  • The Beautifully Flawed Retreat she founded with Bethany Hamilton

 

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May 14, 2019

Today, Krista shares her unique experience with ayahuasca  Just a few weeks ago, Lindsey shared her own personal ayahuasca experience, so be sure to give that one a listen, too!  The girls felt that it was important to share their own unique experiences, explain what scared them, what they found to be transformative and what wasn’t.  Even though Krista feels that she is still discovering her journey and receiving downloads on the lessons she’s meant to learn, she wanted to share her experience thus far.  For her, the most profound takeaways have been in the subtle moments. As always, this solo episode is as honest as it gets!

 

Krista talks about:

  • Feeling the medicine call her
  • The reservations that Krista had towards ayahuasca
  • The three things to ask the medicine
  • Allowing herself to operate from the heart
  • Being shown her sexual traumas
  • The power of saying “no”
  • Calling in kindness
  • Stretching her energetic field to a point of discomfort

 

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May 9, 2019

Today we have Dr. Jeff McNairy from Rythmia joining us on the podcast. Dr. McNairy is bridging the gap between ancient modalities and western psychology through plant medicine practices. Dr. McNairy has worked in a variety of medical environments and seen the struggle individuals have when actually trying to heal. Through Dr. McNairy’s intense experience with the most desperate patient populations (addiction, acute mental health, and trauma), he has seen that the only real healing can come from within. In this conversation, recorded in Costa Rica at Rythmia, Dr. McNairy shares the medical perspective on what is happening in our brains and bodies while taking plant medicine, what about the medicine is creating the reprogramming, and his own personal journey of connecting with Gerard Powell and joining the team at Rythmia.

 

We also talk about:

  • Jeff’s work at Passages Malibu
  • Why we face our traumas while taking plant medicine
  • Purging and why that happens
  • How to dose ayahuasca
  • The research aspects of plant medicine
  • Jeff’s favorite stories from working at Rythmia
  • Preparing for an ayahuasca experience

 

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May 7, 2019

Today Lindsey is riding solo and sharing her experience with the incredibly powerful plant medicine, Ayahuasca. A few weeks ago, both Krista and Lindsey traveled to Rythmia in Costa Rica for a healing ceremony led by last week’s guest, Gerard Powell– be sure to give his episode a listen! In today’s episode, Lindsey is coming on solo to share her full experience with ayahuasca; real, raw, and unapologetically.

 

Lindsey also talks about:

  • The opportunity to experience ayahuasca
  • Her first night experience at Rythmia
  • The initial download that she received
  • Learning it’s necessary to mother yourself
  • Experiencing her own birth
  • Following and expressing her feelings again
  • Going to the ocean after the experience
  • What Lindsey has been integrating since her experience

 

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May 2, 2019

Today we are sitting down with Gerard Powell, the owner of Rythmia Life Advancement Center, a healing center in Costa Rica. In March we were able to spend time at Rythmia and had a plant medicine experience ourselves, and are so grateful for Gerard’s team helping us feel safe and supported. In this episode, Gerard shares his journey before welcoming in plant medicine, and how he now lives his life after experiencing the healing properties of ayahuasca. Gerard also talks about creating his healing center, and how he’s been able to help facilitate so many beginnings of others’ healing journeys as well.

 

We also talk about:

  • The struggles Gerard faced early on in his life
  • How he feels about his past self
  • The surgeries that occur within a plant medicine ceremony
  • Being true and authentic to yourself
  • How to know when you’re ready to experience plant medicine

 

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Apr 30, 2019

BECOMING.  RESPONSIBILITY.  WISDOM. IMPERFECT PRACTICE.  MOTHERHOOD. MEDITATION. Biet Simkin returns to Almost 30 nearly two years after we first spoke to her.  Since we have become dear friends and have collaborated and connected on a very deep level. She brought her daughter Cash to the studio, which made our entire year.  This child is other wordly and so beautiful.

 

Biet is one of only a handful of teachers in the U.S. qualified to bring meditation to the masses; featured in numerous popular media publications, Biet has led meditations at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, Sundance Film Festival, and luxury hotels from Los Angeles to the Amalfi Coast. She is a dear friend and a woman who inspires us to always dig deep and lean in to what is hard.  In our conversation today, Biet talks to us about breaking negative thought patterns, her new book, welcoming more abundance into her life, and so much more.

 

We also talk about:

  • What pregnancy looked like for Biet
  • The mindset around becoming a mother
  • Shifting her mindset for allowing abundance in
  • The connection she felt with her mother while being pregnant
  • The Law of 7
  • What Biet’s new breathwork practices look like

 

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Apr 25, 2019

HOLISTIC SEX. MASTURBATION. SEXUAL EDUCATION.  DISSOLVING THE SHAME. NON-JUDGEMENT. THE POWER OF THE BRAIN.  Here we go fam! The incredible Michelle Hope, sexpert and sexologist, joins us on the podcast today.  Michelle has developed a unique voice in helping people identify how sexuality is impacting their everyday relationships. It is Michelle’s goal to reach the masses to engage in real, raw and unapologetic conversations about sexuality. In our conversation today, the three of us talk about the current state of our education system and sex education, the prominent ideas of sex and sexuality, and reproductive oppression history. Michelle also brings up the spiritual variables that we don’t bring up often enough when it comes to sexuality and sex education, and why it’s so important to be talking about.

 

We also talk about:

  • The interview that Michelle had on Whoreible Decisions regarding R.Kelly
  • How to celebrate sexuality + the problem with porn in the United States
  • The full spectrum of sexualization and sex health
  • Shame around sex and how to remove it
  • Achieving the orgasm you want
  • Fight the patriarchy, get a vibrator  
  • Talking about sex with your partner

 

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