EPISODE 77: Viral Poet + Activist Yung Pueblo on The Power of Social Media and the Evolution of our Collective Consciousness

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Originally from Ecuador, our talented guest this week, Diego Perez, actually goes by another name which you might know him by - 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 to live your life by. 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:

  • Why "Yung Pueblo"? Diego talks about his Ecuador roots and the true meaning of his people, origins, and name
  • the inspiration for his words, which come from SIMPLE HUMAN LESSONS we learn growing up
  • Fun Fact: Diego mediates for not one but TWO HOURS a day - DAMN, teach us your ways!
  • how his words and his creativity grows through mediation
  • his Catholic upbringing & how he was a big "doubter" - not feeling complete in his spiritual practice
  • his fascination and focus on LIBERATION and FREEDOM
  • what its like to go on a 10 DAY MEDITATION & how much sh*t presented itself to Diego when he embarked on it & how it WORKS
  • Diego's upbringing, his drug + party filled college and post grad experience
  • drugs, alcohol, and how it AFFECTS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
  • how taking hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, etc.) affect YOU, your THOUGHTS, and the way you LEARN
  • being PRESENT, whether it means you are sober or not
  • the power of MEDITATING instead of doing drugs AKA the mind calming and the mind stressing
  • the idea of ONENESS VERSUS NOTHINGNESS, that there's not one answer to everything
  • how the chaos in our lives are VITAL to understanding your inner self and peace
  • how INNER PEACE contributes to GLOBAL peace and collective consciousness
  • the POWER of SOCIAL MEDIA and lying to yourself

EPISODE 76: Modern Mystic + Sexual Goddess Alexandra Roxo on Unleashing Your Inner Shaman + Changing the Female Narrative

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 and 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!


EPISODE 75: The Philosophie Founder + Wellness Guru Sophie Jaffe Opens Up About Balance, Being a Mom + How She Saved Her Marriage From the depths of Addiction

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:

  • her liberal, optimistic, and CAN-DO UPBRINGING, with parents that encouraged her to trust her instincts and do what she wants
  • the rough, but CRAZY INTERESTING BEGINNINGS of her health and wellness career at 19 years old
  • working and COOKING for A-list celebs like George Clooney + Gerard Butler
  • being entrepreneurial/starting a business at a VERY YOUNG AGE
  • getting a serious relationship, very fast
  • the TRUE DEPTHS of falling in love - sex, lies, identity & THE WORK IT TAKES TO MAINTAIN IT
  • the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY of marriage, children, and making love last
  • dealing with and PROCESSING your emotions in some of the darkest times of your life and HOW TO TURN IT INTO A POSITIVE LIGHT
  • filtering out your SOCIAL NET(WORK)
  • sharing the current events of the world with your kids

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EPISODE 74: Polly Rodriguez of unbound box on surviving cancer, redefining sexuality, + what it means to be a ceo

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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 BustleThe 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:

  • Polly's experience with colon cancer while living abroad in Spain - having the symptoms and not knowing what to do, dropping out of school, chemotherapy, surgeries, being catapulted into menopause, and ultimately being embarrassed by her illness and sexuality
  • the negative stigmas with menopause and any major health deficiency
  • her professional time on Capitol Hill, then moving to Manhattan and deciding to go into business strategy and working for a dating startup
  • why SEX is so stigmatized & how Polly found the market opportunity to address it through a brand new project
  • the resistance and criticism she received for starting Unbound Box, with her reputation being highly judged
  • her first sex trade show, the mechanics of the show, & how it was male dominated
  • what it's really like to not only start a business as a female, but to FIND INVESTORS as a female for a sex business
  • how to get the attention of INVESTORS and the art of the PITCH
  • what is a SEXY that people can relate to
  • how sex is more a WELLNESS and SELF-CARE action than a taboo
  • how for women, sexuality is all about PERMISSION and we talk about how to give to yourself

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EPISODE 73: How Curvy Songstress Isabelle Breaks the Music Industry Mold Through Body Positivity

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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 ...

  • experience with AMERICAN IDOL - how she never wanted to audition, got to the top 20 women finalists, how the whole thing is very unrealistic, and what it did for her career
  • HOPES and EXPECTATIONS on making it + her career during American Idol
  • the deep knowing of the outcomes of your experiences + opportunities
  • time on BROADWAY - and the up's and down's of that life
  • move to LOS ANGELES, like many of our amazing guests
  • new song UNLABELED, the music video, + how it stemmed from being told she was "too big" to be a singer or to be in Hollywood
  • real issues behind being a BODY POSITIVITY ACTIVIST - like Isabelle and Danika Brysha
  • solutions and optimism for building body positivity, whether you're bigger, smaller, older, younger, and anything in between
  • ability to FEED HER CREATIVITY
  • response to people saying she's so "brave" for just being her
  • take on PHOTOSHOP (*thumbs DOWN)

SO MANY QUOTABLE GOODIES in this episode #Almost30Nation! We hope you feel as inspired as we do by our conversations with Isabelle.


EPISODE 72: Achieving Ultimate Mind-Body Wellness with Ayurvedic Practitioner Sahara Rose

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:

  • Gain clarity on your life's purpose based on your unique strengths Dosha's and Dharma
  • How ayurvedic practitioners study the body
  • How to detect imbalances in your Dosha's Practices you can implement today to help balance your Dosha's
  • How your Dosha is related to your Dharma
  • What are Krista + Lindsey's Dosha's and how do they explain the way they feel
  • The Ayurvedic stance on colonics

You can connect with Sahara Rose at www.iamsahararose.com, and you can listen to her podcast, "Highest Self", on iTunes!  

 

 

EPISODE 57: REDEFINING COMEDY ONE EMBARRASSING STORY AT A TIME WITH LA FUNNY GUY, BILLY GRIFFIN

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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 ...

  • pumping up his crowds
  • getting pre-show jitters no matter how charismatic you are
  • his very first gig
  • all of his comedian friends and their equally funny encounters
  • what it means to be a "Warm Up Guy" for show audiences
  • how dating in LA is like having a JOB - you have to be proactive
  • the fear of grabbing coffee with someone you don't know that well ...
  • dating PET PEEVES
  • the best questions to start dating app convos with 

EPISODE 56: DETOXIFYING YOUR BODY, SOUL + ENVIRONMENT WITH SHIVA ROSE

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#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:

  • how the evolution of her life has built her character and her gratitude
  • how she remained strong at a very young age as she was escaping Iran during the revolution
  • why her rebellious nature helped her to be her own health advocate
  • how nature healed her soul after her 16 year marriage ended in divorce
  • why she believes growing your own food and consciously detoxifying your life should be mainstream
  • the inspiration behind her skincare line
  • why women need to love their pussy's (insert kitty emoji)

Shiva's spirit, her brand, and her mission are nurturing and nourishing, and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS!  For more Shiva goodness, visit www.shivarose.com.