Ep. 116 We’re All Going to Die: Celebrating Life Through the Lens of Death with Stefan Hunt

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On the first night of Yeah Field Trip, a festival for the creative and the curious, an awesome speaker brought down the house: Stefan Hunt!!

 

 

Stefan talked about fear, taking ownership of fear, the relationship between fear + death, and changing our relationship with death – and we just had to share all of that awesomeness with #ALMOST30NATION. Through We’re All Going to Die - The Festival and some incredible art, Stefan is inspiring others to live more radically, pursue their dreams, and just be more alive.

 

 

We chat about...

 

 

  • Krista + Lindsey’s session on podcasting at Yeah Field Trip

  • Stefan’s honesty + authenticity in his opening speech

  • The inspiration for We’re All Going to Die - The Festival

  • Shifting your perspective around death

  • The integral role of art at WAGTD

  • Creating a deeper connection with the people around us

  • Choosing between a ‘what if’ and a ‘why not’

  • Why we fear death + avoid talking about it

  • Bringing the WAGTD Festival to the United States

  • Stefan’s work as a director

  • Volunteering with various global charities

 

 

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Ep. 115 Follow Your Gut: Turning $600 into a Multi-Million Dollar Brand - with Daina Trout, CEO & Co-Founder of Health-Ade Kombucha

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We like highlighting the stories behind the brands we love. That’s why we reached out to Daina Trout, the coolest Co-Founder in the land + the CEO of Health-Ade. She has an incredibly interesting, grass roots story – and she’s raw + honest about the struggle that all entrepreneurs experience along that journey.

 

 

Daina started Health-Ade Kombucha in 2012, alongside her husband and best friend. She was working in corporate America when she decided to pursue her passion for “real” food and develop the best-tasting, highest quality kombucha on the market. Under her fearless leadership, Health-Ade has grown from a small production, artisanal item made in a tiny apartment and sold at local farmers markets into the fastest growing brand in the category, now available in more than 12,000 stores and restaurants nationwide.

 

We talk about...

 

  • Create & Cultivate

  • Daina’s story

  • Why kombucha?

  • The struggle of starting a business

  • Keeping up with demand

  • Forcing yourself into the unknown

  • Tapping in to intuition

  • The ups + downs of starting a business with your husband + best friend

  • Why people invest in you

  • Women need to acquire more capital

  • Taking a 60% pay cut (and why it was a bad idea)

  • The kombucha scandal

  • What it means to make fermented food

  • Hitting goals

  • New flavors on the horizon

 

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Ep. 114 Jill Willard on Becoming an Intuitive Being, Intuitive Meditation + Living in the Now

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Jill Willard is an intuitive medium + meditation leader who helps people tune into their intuition and live in the now, gifts that allow anyone to feel more balanced and present. Jill blew us away with the wisdom in her book, Intuitive Being, and now she’s offering tools and tips on meditation and being here in presence through IM, a heart-based and intuitively-focused meditative company.

 

 

Sitting down with Jill was an incredible experience for the us.  Whenever you’re around a healer, an intuitive being, or someone else on a really high-vibrational level, your energy is affected – and spending time with Jill is like 10x’ing your energy!! It was honestly like the we were wrapped up in angel food energy: stuck, sticky, sweet, comfortable, and covered in clouds.

 

And afterwards, it’s hard to describe how we felt... except to say that weare changed!

 

We chat about…

 

  • Connecting with your intuition

  • Growing up as a psychic + Hearing voices as a child

  • Getting clear on the relationship you want with yourself, as an intuitive

  • Connecting with angels and spirit guides

  • Our culture’s misunderstanding of sexuality

  • The afterlife

  • Manifesting a broken ankle

  • Motherhood + rebirthing

  • The power of our relationships with parents and family

  • Healing yourself

  • Our chakras

  • Jill’s thoughts on dreams + the different types of dreams (make sense of your dreams at dreammoods.com)

  • Why self-care needs to be simple

  • Why Jill created IM

  • Transitioning to 30

  • Listening to + trusting your body

 

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Ep 113 Fertility, IVF, The Impact of Birth Control + The Future of Genetics with Dr. Robert Anderson

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As we approach (and pass) 30, a lot of us are thinking about our plans for conceiving – and, unfortunately, many of us are or will experience fertility issues! Most women assume that they’re fertile and can have a baby tomorrow, if they want to, but until you try to get pregnant or see a fertility expert, you just don't know.

 

 

We want our listeners to be fully informed, PERIOD. So we dive into a topic that we believe is not being talked about enough—Fertility! The truths, the myths, and the incredible new options available due to advances in In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) procedures – and that’s why we sat down with our dear friend, Dr. Robert Anderson, a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist & Founder of the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine.

 

Dr. Anderson is an innovator in the field, running one of the top fertility clinics in the world, and he takes us deep into the process, including the physical, emotional, and financial commitments involved.

 

We discuss…

 

  • Our first attempt at recording this interview (over two years ago…)

  • Founding SoCal Center for Reproductive Medicine 25 years ago

  • People traveling from all over the world for fertility treatment with Dr, Anderson

  • How much IVF has improved

  • What a healthy embryo is

  • Why you may want to freeze your eggs

  • Egg donors + surrogates

  • What both parts of the IVF procedure is like

  • The multiple pregnancy problem of yesterday

  • Choosing gender

  • The new procedure that Dr. Anderson invented

  • Why you should consider getting your eggs tested

  • Dr. Anderson’s kind + direct bedside manner

  • How the industry markets IVF unrealistically + setting realistic expectations

  • The emotional + financial aspects of IVF

  • Restoring your hormonal environment

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • Holistic treatments that Dr. Anderson offers

  • Genetic testing + treatment for diseases

  • The promising future of CRISPR

  • Testing + improving male fertility

  • Accessibility for LGBTQ communities

 

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Ep 112 Manisha Thakor on Empowering Women to Build Financial Strength, Get Out of Debt + Marry Power with Purpose

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On today’s episode, Krista and Lindsey are SO excited to introduce Manisha Thakor- the founder and CEO of MoneyZen Wealth Management and a "Wall Street Journal" expert panelist. She has an MBA from Harvard and possesses a wealth of experience in all things finance.  She is regularly in the "New York Times" + "More Magazine" and on CNN + "The Today Show.” The conversation is empowering and eye-opening.  The girls also open up about where they are personally struggling in their relationship with money. After all, they can’t be alone!

 

 

They discuss...

 

  • How this generation is the first to be dealing with unprecedented levels of student debt, and that this financial stress takes up MAJOR mental space and serves as a real distraction.

  • Women and their changing relationship with finances- becoming primary breadwinners and stepping into our POWER.

  • Women wanting to use their money to make a stand. For women, it’s not about how much we make, but about how we can make an impact with our finances while still being smart and receiving financial return.

  • Tips for getting people on the front end of the funnel before even getting into student loan debt! Moreover, ways to climb out of debt once you’re already in the thick of it.

  • Pursuing certain career paths where you can get loan forgiveness after you have gone through a certain number of years of teaching school in certain kinds of neighborhoods or doing more community oriented work.

  • Manisha’s definition of what it means to possess financial strength.

  • Approachable and salient definitions + metaphors for understanding financial terms that may intimidate those of us not in the know. Alternatively, “Male Speak” in finance.

  • Shutting down your femininity or silencing yourself in “business” or “finance” settings to blend in and be more accepted- and the ways in which “me too” is changing this coping mechanism/default behavior!

  • Manisha’s recommendation to read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

  • How the third person in a committed romantic partnership is MONEY. So getting right with that part of your life will help your relationships become infinitely more cohesive!

 

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Ep. 111 Rethinking Clean, Going Beyond Your Diet with Annie Jackson and Allison Evans - The Women Behind Today’s Top Clean Beauty and Household Brands

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In today’s episode, we talk to TWO amazing ladies in the clean home + beauty products space. Allison Evans, of Branch Basics, talks to us all about her journey leading up to partnering up with her aunt (Marilee) and best friend (Kelly) to form Branch Basics, which sells a multi-purpose Concentrate to make cleaning simple, affordable and sustainable. All their products are refillable and can be used for ANY cleaning job. The Concentrate is significantly less expensive than similar single-use products. Annie Jackson, acting COO of Credo Beauty, shares her wide-ranging knowledge about the beauty industry (both conventional and natural). Between Credo’s brands, the leadership, and their consumers, there is a common thread: transparency. Credo promises INTEGRITY. They will never carry products with known harmful ingredients and they only stock brands that never test on animals. Both Allison and Annie share SO much amazing information on why you should buy CLEAN and vote with your dollar.

 

 

We discuss…

 

 

  • All the ways in which the Almost 30 podcast has grown and progressed since its inception about a year and a half ago.

  • "The details relating to Allison Evans’ (Branch Basics) testimony that safe, clean household products along with ridding her home of toxins and eating a real-food diet have healed her various serious health issues."

  • How much perseverance + trial and error went into coming up with the PERFECT all purpose cleaner.

  • That many conventional household cleaners actually utilize harmful (+ unlisted) ingredients (i.e. pesticides).

  • The importance of educating the masses on why they ought to purchase safer cleaning products. The keys to a healthier life are AWARENESS + BRAND TRANSPARENCY.

  • Annie Jackson’s employment history in the beauty industry, beginning with Estée Lauder + Sephora!

  • Annie’s transition out of conventional beauty and into cleaner beauty options.

  • The challenge of getting consumers to ditch their beloved skincare products for the ones you’re selling (even if yours ARE cleaner, safer, + better).

  • Misconceptions about natural, safe beauty products.

  • How Credo Beauty hires estheticians and make up artists to work in house and assist clients personally.

  • Moving away from the feeling of GUILT for the past use of “unhealthy” beauty products, and just making the best possible choices going forward.

 

 

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Ep. 110 A New Definition of Success + The Spirituality of Humanness with Author of “Earth is Hiring”, Peta Kelly

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Peta Kelly, wow.  In a space so saturated, Peta stands out.  She is human AF. She’s an entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist, cacao enthusiast, and a voice for the millennial generation. Recently ranked by Inc magazine as a "Top 10 Female Entrepreneur" changing the world, Peta’s mission is to mobilize the next generation of conscious change makers. In today’s episode, we talk all about Peta’s book, Earth is Hiring, learn about how Peta has cultivated this HUMAN AF life, and moreover, the ways in which she has flipped the script on the old school of thought that you can’t live a life that you love while also making a lot of money. This interview is a total game-changer, and gets better and better as the episode progresses.

 

 

We discuss...

  • All things regarding Peta’s book, Earth is Hiring.

  • Peta’s transition from her life as a scientist to becoming an entrepreneur and a voice for the millennial generation.

  • Her thoughts on creating financial freedom in order to give back to the world in greater, more plentiful ways.

  • Why Peta feels inspired to lead as an example for others and where this desire originated from.

  • That the key to her success is unwavering focus.

  • Her thoughts on looking for inspiration within oneself rather than outside forces.

  • Learning that spirituality is humanness.

  • Peta’s thoughts on the initial righteousness people experience when shifting their lifestyles, and then transitioning to a place of less rigidity and more acceptance.

  • How Peta’s definition of success shifted over time.

  • Peta’s cacao ceremonies + finding activities as a mother that are just for her.

  • “Working hard” vs. THRIVING.

 

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Ep. 109 Ladies Get Paid: On Career Coaching + Standing in Your Power - with Claire Wasserman

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Claire Wasserman is a career coach + founder of Ladies Get Paid, an organization + global community that helps women rise up at work. She says on her website of this business endeavor: “I created Ladies Get Paid because I needed it. The lack of women in leadership roles disturbed me and I was craving a space where women could support one another.” With a background in event planning, Claire launched her businesses to both career coach and help women negotiate salaries like a pro with Ladies Get Paid. In this episode, we delve into all things gender, creative directing, film representation, and more! You’re going to love her helpful advice as much as we did!!

 

 

We discuss...

 

  • Claire’s tips for how to negotiate like a pro! These include knowing your market value, learning to brag about yourself, what to do if the company in question doesn’t have a budget, how to be less nervous, and understanding ways to combat gender biases.

  • Knowing your value at work and sensitivity around discussing money.

  • How the perspectives of creative directors (largely white men) shape our understanding of the world.

  • Claire’s Ladies Get Paid salary negotiation course.

  • Advocating for yourself financially, because when YOU are negotiating for yourself, you are actually negotiating for HER!

  • The gendered notion of apologizing excessively over email, etc. and how to combat the temptation to say “sorry.”

  • Finding small successes in your day-to-day life rather than waiting to become “successful.” It’s all about mindset!

  • Educating yourself about money as a means of self-love.

 

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