EPISODE 45: ARTIST, FASHION DESIGNER, + WOMAN OF CHANGE CHELSEA LEIFKEN ON THE KEYS TO HAPPINESS

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Artist, designer, woman of change, and amazing light of creativity, CHELSEA LEIFKEN, joins Krista + Linds this week in the #Almost30Lounge, and it's as real as it gets, people. If you don't know who Chelsea is, YOU SHOULD/GET ON IT. Not only is she one of LA's coolest designers, but she's the creator of fabulous lines of leather goods, hand painted by her with love and the most inspirational messages. After studying at FIDM and working the 9-5 lifestyle in the tremulous fashion industry, Chelsea realized she was meant for something greater. That she had more to give to the world as an artist. Battling depression, anxiety, and the challenges of starting your own business, she's the badass we all need more of.

Talk about a motivational episode right? SIDE NOTE: There's A LOT of laughs in this one. Some hot points in this one include ...

  • high school BS
  • learning about, understanding, and knowing yourself
  • the power of LISTS
  • part-time Starbucks employees have bomb health insurance?!?!
  • Chelsea's journey as a designer, from her first trade show to manufacturing her designs
  • all of the tools in Chelsea's toolbox for HAPPINESS
  • the importance of giving back
  • dating through the phone ie. Tinder, Bumble, etc.

BONUS EP: HOW EVERY WOMAN CAN ROCK HER CAREER + GET WHAT SHE WANTS WITH CEO OF CAREER CONTESSA LAUREN MCGOODWIN

BOSS BABES assemble!  We have Lauren McGoodwin CEO of CAREER CONTESSA in the Almost 30 studio this week.  If you are: 1) Not sure what the heck you want to do 2) Looking for a new job 3) Want to advance in your current career....This episode is FOR YOU.  Lauren gets real and breaks down the current career landscape for women and how to effectively navigate it.  Did you know that there are more men CEOs named "John" than there are female CEO's of Fortune 500 companies!?  YO, take cover...KNOWLEDGE BOMBS AWAY.  We cover:

  • the questions to ask yourself and potential employers as you explore different career options
  • how Lauren went from hating her first job, to rocking it at HULU to CEO of Career Contessa
  • why avoiding connecting with those with your job title or those with the job title you want is your major block
  • how to ask employee for flex time (if you're having a baby!!)
  • why investing in the quality of your site is everything
  • how to show em' who's boss babe and ask for what you want
  • how to network inside of your company and why it should be your priority
  • how to detox your toxic work environment
  • why ensuring that your co-workers like to work with you will take you to the next level in your career

Um, women supporting women for the WIN.  There is room for us all at the top!  As always, notebooks out..Happy listening!


EPISODE 44: FENG SHUI-NG YOUR LIFE FOR GOOD VIBES WITH DANA CLAUDAT

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Ever heard of the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui?! It's not some crazy interior design technique people have used for centuries. It's a way of cleaning your space AND your life!

To dive further into what this technique and practice is all about, Krista and Linds sat down this week with Feng Shui expert and personal curator, DANA CLAUDAT. Dana studied Art History at Stanford University and then moved on to become a Pyramid School Feng Shui consultant. Krista and Linds literally asked her, "DANA TEACH US YOUR WAYS." Because it's about time we all learned about how bomb feng shui is ...

  • Feng Shui means "wind" and "water", so it's all about BALANCE. And in ancient times, it was all about survival and structure of your home in relation to the wind, weather, geography, and water.
  • Dana's job is "expansive design", design to help you expand your life, through art and feng shui.
  • She also breaks down the stereotypes of feng shui, everything from how strict it is and what are the rules.
  • Ways to make any space feel better! Big ... small ... doesn't matter, Dana's got you.
  • How do homeowners "fung-shei" a previously owned home? Mysterious stuff? Weird neighbors? That's stuff you gotta find out ...
  • What to do to "fung-shei" YOUR DESK at work! THIS is a big one.
  • Getting good vibes in your house for under $10

NOTEBOOKS OUT #ALMOST30NATION


Dana Claudat website

HUM Nutrition - ALMOST30 code for 20% off

Coola Suncare - ALMOST30 code for 30% off

EPISODE 43: BUSINESS COACH ANGIE LEE ON WHAT MAKES AN ENTREPRENEUR + BUILDING THE MINDSET TO BE THE BEST

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Find yourself drifting off during your daily routine, thinking of big ideas, money, and a life you truly want? Stuck in your ways but distracted by your passions? Love health & wellness and don't know how to monetize it? THIS is your episode homies.

Angie Lee is a health coach and business superstar, who went from broke to five figures from finding a hole in the health market. And trust us, she tells us exactly how it is. One small idea she had in college grew to a multi-million dollar reality. She sits down with Linds + Krista to talk about her journey and everything in-between:

  • Don't doubt or ignore your naiive motivation
  • the constant battle of corporate jobs and monotonous 9-5 routines
  • entrepreneurs are who they are because they're "stupid enough to do it" and go through with their "crazy" ideas
  • what to do when you don't know what to do as an entrepreneur
  • how taking a break from EVERYTHING, even motivational speakers and inspirational books, can bring you more answers than anything
  • her mistakes over the years as a coach & how they're VITAL to your development
  • the power of showing up
  • how to be EMOTIONALLY ready for entrepreneurship
  • how making money and doing a lot of good are mutually exclusive

To say you need your notebook out for this one is an understatement.


Angie Lee website

Angie Lee on Facebook

Angie Lee on Instagram

EPISODE 42: TALKING BALANCE, RITUALS, + SELF-CARE WITH THE GALS OF "THAT'S SO RETROGRADE"

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Linds + Krista get SO retrograde with Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari, AKA the firepower that is That's So Retrograde podcast. Talk about a MAJOR collaboration. They're some of LA's go-to wellness girls, all about living a balanced, healthy, and holistic life. But with a cool twist.

The four of them connect through their childhood days, whether it was growing up in Michigan or Pennsylvania, as well as their journeys that lead them to the west coast. But more importantly, their WELLNESS journeys! And we're not talking just eating health and working out, but getting in touch with yourself and manifesting your dream life. The ladies touch on:

  • finding + building your spiritual practice, no matter what that is
  • the trick with readers/psychics
  • MORNING ROUTINES for the spiritual and well-balanced
  • getting yourself out of negative spirals
  • writing a LOVE letter for yourself, ROMANCING yourself  
  • understanding how you TRULY feel about being single or being in a relationship

EPISODES 41: FORGIVING OUR 20'S US + THE ART OF FORGIVING IN YOUR 30'S

COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM PALM SPRINGS!

Krista & Linds are soaking up the rays and hanging by the pool in sunny Southern California. This week, they bring back a #almost30nation fan favorite, 20s + 30s US!

*Que expensive "20s US VS 30s US" theme song*

They're talking MAJOR throwbacks like matching your eyeshadow and makeup with your outfits, Lisa Frank, Lindsey's old obsession with all of the #crimping techniques and experiments, and how opposite their beauty routines are today.

HOWEVER, the main topic Krista & Linds are discussing this week is FORGIVENESS. Everything forgiveness, the who, what, when, where, why, and how. They get DEEP during this conversation, especially with:

  • cheating and romantic relationships
  • friends and reciprocation
  • if people can/will change
  • the power and struggle of letting go
  • usually when you're wrong in the situation, you hold on to it more than anyone
  • family, family, family
  • not understanding other's beliefs or values, ie. religion/spirituality
  • people don't want to hear about those people you can't forgive
  • not forgiving others can ruin your other relationships
  • And most importantly, YOURSELF

EPISODE 40: CURVE MODEL + CEO OF MODEL MEALS DANIKA BRYSHA ON HER BATTLE WITH FOOD + HOW IT TRANSFORMED HER LIFE

Once again, Linds and Krista bring on the best of the health, wellness, and body positivity industries. This week's guest is DANIKA BRYSHA, is a curve model with IMG Models, the CEO of Model Meals, a leader in the health and wellness world, and an inspirational rockstar for everyone. Danika has been featured in InStyle, Shape, PopSugar, People, and many more publications. Her story has inspired thousands of women who are struggling with loving their body, their relationship with food and addiction, and transforming their lives.

Danika shares her story, which starts at a young age, battling with drug usage, fad chronic dieting, and being "the chubby girl", using her food to process her emotions. But that didn't stop her from being one of the best curve models in the world, after being discovered in a Bank of America. Needless to say, she took her insecurities and built a life for herself off of them.

Some of the most useful food/body tips you'll ever hear from this episode are:

  • drop the FOOD RULES
  • the answer to losing weight is "NOT trying to lose weight"
  • it's never about the food, it's about YOU (your childhood, you mentality about yourself growing up, specific circumstances you were under)
  • don't waste your energy on worrying about food, worry about YOUR DREAMS
  • it's about how you FEEL after you eat food
  • how much the MEDIA REALLY INFLUENCES the way you think about yourself

EPISODE 39: HOW CRYSTALS, CARDS, + SHAMANS SAVE LIVES: COLLEEN MCCAAN SHARES HER PSYCHIC GIFT

Pick a card, any card ... because on this week's episode we are joined by shamanic energy medicine practitioner, the official shaman for VOGUE Magazine, and founder of STYLE RITUALS, COLLEEN MCCANN. 

If you're into crystals, tarot readings, spirituality, intuition, spirits, ghosts, EVERYTHING MAGIC, this episode is for YOU.

So for those of you who are new to the tarot card and crystal thing thing, it's basically a visual narrative of your past life, your current life, and your future life, as well as the emotions you are currently dealing with. Krista got a past life card, and she's pretty sure she's dealing with some karmic debt, while Lindsey got a Five of Cups card, meaning she's got plenty o' abundance.

On the other hand, shamans are conduits to things people can't see in the unseen world, and  provide messages and healing to those who need it. Shamans can realize they have their gifts at any age, and Miss McCann realized her's in her late twenties. From hearing voices constantly, having premonition dreams, seeing ghosts, and having other healers tell her she had a gift, Colleen knew she had to listen to the voices and put her 15 plus year in the fashion industry to an end.

Although, Krista, Linds, and Colleen go over a plethora of spirituality- related topics in this episode, the main takeaway is the importance of dabbling in various practices before you find the one you like. Or the one that "speaks" to you.