I Quit.

Oh man. 

OhHHhHHh man.

Ya'll ain't ready for this.

Words cannot express to you how good I feel right now. To say that quiting my job was the right thing for me.

I wish you could sit with me and have me explain so let me do the best I can.

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I worked for two years at an amazing company.  I mean honestly it couldn't have been more perfect for me. It was flexible, everyone was great, I loved my boss....plus it was in marketing/digital media so I wasn't so far outside of the realm of what I do outside of my work anyway. Truly, I couldn't have had a better experience. 

But ya know what man.

Even if it's working, and you know in your heart that it's not what you want or that it's no longer aligned or serving you...then you gotta make a move. 

With the full time job, Almost 30 Podcast and Hundred I was working 7 days a week.

All day. Most nights, some mornings, and I lived at a constant heightened level of stress. I would go to the bathroom at client meetings and post a sponsored post on Instagram. Or take interviews for Almost 30 during my lunch break.

I'd walk out to take calls with sponsors, or check my emails when I would walk to the bathroom at work. I always felt like there was more to do. 

I also felt like okay I am doing this. I am getting away with it....(in the sense that I was still alive, HA)

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I survived another week. Phew. Got it. Now I can work all weekend, get everything done that I wanted to all week...

But I had a few expanding moments. One of them was speaking at an event, where, I said no at first. 

I had to work. 

They came back and asked what the price was? How much would it take for me to do speak at their event as a panel moderator (aka my dream).

I gave them the same price as one of my corporate job paychecks. More actually.

To my surprise, they agreed.

I knew in that moment, that I could make money, more easily, more quickly, doing things I loved than doing things I didn't.

The ability we have to make money when we are doing things we love is infinite. 

With Almost 30, for me, making money is FUN. I get to talk about my favorite brands, and to share them with people I love and want to experience the brand too. I also get to host events, hang with my best friend, grow and develop Chloe and our interns....

There's nothing better. I know I am not the norm. I know that people don't find what they love to do. I know I'm lucky, but the path hasn't been perfect.

But I also answered the calling.

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When I asked for it, I followed the voice. When I prayed to find a job where I was impacting peoples lives in a positive way, utilizing my skills as a communicator, interviewer, and generally curious person...

I got the tap to start to record, to be authentic, and try something new with Lindsey.

I worked at it, I went for it, and then I worked for it again. But I never pushed aside the calling and messages that I was given.

That's the thing, is that so often people ask for their dream job or passion, or to find something they love that they can make money from. But once that hits given to you, the message for what that is, EVEN IF IT'S CRAZY, you need to go for it. 

It doesn't need to be quitting your job, it doesn't need to be crazy or put you into debt, but if you want it, you need to follow it, to get scared, to take risks and to choose fear over faith. 

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I knew that I needed to walk in alignment with the messages I was spreading on the podcast.
How could I talk to these badass entrepreneurs, who have lost it all, gained it back, taken risks, grown businesses, helped others, been scared....and live my life scared and unaligned? 

It just felt right.

So I did it. Didn't overthink. Just acted and did. Got my healthcare in order, got us set up with payroll, figured out finances and how things were going to work. Got BUSY with my schedule and Almost 30, but also allowed myself to nap.

Yes, nap. The week after I quit I let myself nap each day. There really is nothing better (especially as a projector) than a nap. It's the ultimate recharge, and feels like the epitome of self care to me.

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How I prepared:

  • Saved: Oh I saved. I have more money in my bank account than I have in my whole life, and that money may or may not be used, but it's about 6 months salary to sustain myself, allow myself to still travel for fun, move into a bigger apartment...etc. This number is different for everyone so find one that works for you.
  • I stopped asking everyone else what they would do. Because it doesn't matter what they would do. It's my life and I needed to take ownership for it.
  • I took my own advice, and actually thought about the messages I shared with others to live a life aligned, and made my own life more aligned.
  • I got myself in a great position with Almost 30 Podcast where one job replaced the other. Lindsey and I grew Almost 30 Podcast so much that when I left it felt like I didn't skip a beat. We had so much to do, that I haven't slowed down working since, it's just changed.

It's so personal to you how, when and why, but in the Secret Almost 30 Podcast facebook group we talked about this all the time. There have been so many women that said they left their jobs that weren't filling them up for greener pastures.

It's not about jumping, or taking the leap, or reckless abandon. It's about being the person that you want to be and preparing for years to build a life you love. 

Truly.

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I am so excited to create more, do more, share more, be MORE for you and for the listeners of Almost 30 Podcast. Finding more ways to SERVE

I love you!

xo

*Photos from our Seattle Tour Stop by Catching Cali Photo


What I'm wearing in this post:

Brass Clothing Romper (code ALMOST30 for a 15% discount)

Jeffrey Campbell Boots

Quay Sunglasses


Getting rid of my DOUBLE CHIN.

Hello!

So there once was a girl who moved to LA, and as things go, she got a bit older and put on few lbs. It wasn't crazy and the weight went into places that were okay, but one of them just happened to be in her face.

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She really had chubby cheeks her whole life, but the double, the double was new.

This double appeared in every photo, in every video, anything that she was doing, and it was REAL apparent. 

Yes this girl is me.

A few months ago, I did a video for a brand, where I felt fine, whatever, and when the video was released, my GOD. My face was seriously chubby, and my chin had multiplied. I have always had a pumpkin head, but this was next level.

It was really embarrassing and honestly, I want to never see that video again. I feel bad for the brand actually, I didn't even promote it I was so embarrassed. You know those things you think of and shudder? 

Yes that's it.

So I looked into Kybella. Which is an injectable that dissolves fat, and does so for people under their chin. But I just didn't want to risk that, and it's expensive as fuck since you need to get more than one vial of it most likely. PLUS you puff up before it settles and dissolves. 

So I got an email from NuFace, about their new 'microcurrent' device. Not sure what it was, but when it came I was down to try it.

It's promoted like a workout for your face, to tighten, tone and lift. Which I needed! So it was perfect.

I need to be honest too that, I was not expecting for it to work, and I was not expecting for it to change my LIFE.

Honestly, my face structure is better than it's ever been. I like, understand how celebrities keep their faces tight, their cheekbones high and looking more chic. 

First I need to tell you that I was not paid to write this. I was gifted NuFace but I just really think it works and want to share it with you. I have been talking about it on The Almost 30 Podcast and in our secret FB group. 

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What it is:

"Microcurrent is a clinically tested therapy treatment, and one of the hottest innovations in the anti-aging industry. It is used in top spas and medical offices for facial contouring, toning and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative anti-aging results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing and most clients feel nothing at all.

Micro-current is a safe and effective technology for clients who wish to attain and maintain a healthier, younger looking appearance. The results can be so dramatic that micro-current therapy treatments are often referred to as the "5 Minute Facial-lift."

It's a small, hand held device that you basically work along your face, to tighten. It doesn't feel like anything, and I basically think of it as little shocks that work to 'work out' the face.


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How I use it:

First, I cleanse the skin with a regular cleanser. I love Dermalogica, Kopari and BioClarity.

Next, I apply your choice of NuFACE Gel Primer in a mask-like layer in sections as you treat, beginning with the cheek. Skin should appear wet, and you should feel little to no sensation from the device. 

Then, I turn on the device and toggle the appropriate button until all of the blue lights are illuminated. Intensity can be adjusted. I keep it high just because. 

I run it over the structure of my face. So starting along my jaw line, under my chin, and underneath my cheekbones...I really just follow slowly the structure of my face. Concentrating on the areas that I feel need the most help like my chin and jawline area. 

You can read the official NuFace directions here.


Okay what questions? I have the NuFace Mini - which is perfect and I've been taking it on the go with me when I travel.

I will say that you do need to use it as directed to see a difference. For me that was once a day for 10-15 minutes for about 8 weeks. Now I use it a few times a week and for the amount of effort I put in (very little, I do it watching TV or in my car) it's been a game changer for my confidence level when in photos, videos, etc. 

Okay :) had to share! Let me know what Q's or tricks you have for your double?

xoxo

Krista

How to POSE in photos (the 3 best photos to try to look good in any picture)

Hello hello!

When I was in San Diego for my trip a few weeks ago, I was shooting with Arielle Levy, and she had a real nice compliment :) she was complimenting my posing skills.

Honestly I know how to pose to survive in this game. If I didn't know how to pose, there is no way that I could survive taking so many photos. I don't LOVE taking pictures, it's not my favorite thing to do, but I understand that I have to do it because that's what it takes to be a blogger/podcaster/whatever.

Even if you're not a blogger/podcaster you want to look good in photos right? I think we all do, and nowadays everyone is taking photos and everyone is posting them on the 'gram. It's not vain, but it's about working with what you got and making yourself look as best as you can for a photo. 

I would say that I learned how to pose by seeing 12323253490 bad photos, and having 3 good in that mix. If take photos, study them, what's working, what's not and what do you like or dislike about it. Don't say everything because you so beautiful girl!


So my secret sauce, my favorite 3 poses. 

  1. The LEAN: AH YES. I think this is the secret weapon. Truly. Put the small parts of your body forward. So, for me, I always put my leg out a bit, to make it look longer or I'll lean forward with my arms out so that my body is in the background, and looks smaller. Because you are leaning forward, that appears to be larger, and your body smaller. 
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  1. The SQUAT: The Squat is my spirit pose. Truly it is. Gives you a nice curve, and is SASSY as hell. I really love to show off shoes, show off pants, or get down. Make sure your leg is out a bit in front of you, so it elongates your leg. You want to suck in, arch the back and little and keep the arm off your body, to not smash it. 
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  1. SIDEWAYZ: For real, turn your body sideways and you'll cut yourself in half. I usually make sure that my arm is really far away from my body, because you don't want to smoosh that thing and make it look huge. Just keep it away, let it breathe and give it space from your armpit. 
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Any poses I missed? LET A SISTER KNOW. We're in this together honey's.

LOVE YOU.

xo

Krista