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


Let's Talk about Alcohol

Guys,

This one's an interesting one, but I need to write about it and discuss it with ya.

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It's about alcohol. Drinking. 

GET READY Y'ALL. 

(I posted this on a Monday so if you're feeling a Sunday Funday, this will hit HARD). These photos are from the recent Almost 30 Podcast event with Energy Muse and Spirit Daughter. WHICH also reminds me that having events and doing things like this REALLY helps me to not drink.

Because 'll just say it, I don't drink really. It's been about 3 years that I've been this way. 

Sure, I'll have a glass of wine once a month with girlfriends or hold a drink at a club. But I'm just not into it.

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I'm very black and white with things that affect me personally, so, it's like 100 or nothing (PUN!!!!) and I just am zero on drinking. When I do drink it's Bright Cellars wine that's sent to my house (their wine is the best and we always have bottles on hand, you can get free wine here if you'd like!)

Don't get me wrong, I definitely drank in college, and went through a period of time where I drank A LOT in Chicago. Not like, during the week, but on the weekends, I would get DRUNK. That was the goal.

I think it was beginning my meditation practice that began the shift away from drinking. Or just a greater sense of interest in my body and wellbeing. 

But I feel like I've never actually even liked it in the first place. I was talking to a friend who knows me from WAY back, about how I was glad I don't need to feel like I have to drink anymore, and she goes "even in college you never liked to drink". 

Which was true. I would do it, sure. But I wasn't enjoying what it was doing to me physically and mentally. Even emotionally. 

Ever seen a drunk girl cry outside of a bar? Yeah. Exactly.

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("WHERE'S JESSICA? I THOUGHT SHE WAS WITH YOU?")

("CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE HIM!")

In college, I LOVED my friends, hanging out with people, yes. Did I laugh a lot, and was it fun, yes. But the days spent on the couch watching Real Housewives of Orange County, nursing hangovers or feeling sick from late night pizza, I don't miss. What I could have done with that time!

But having phased it out of my life slowly, really has changed everything. 

Maybe I never felt like everyone did when they got drunk. For sure I was fun and funny, but it was almost like, I wasn't present or didn't remember anything. Which means that I wasn't really THERE in the first place. If I'm spending time with you, I actually want to BE there. 

No judgement of course, everyone I know for the most part drinks, but I wanted to share some of the benefits I've seen since cutting back. 

A lot of people's problems can be solved by not drinking, ya know? Want better skin? Don't drink. Want to sleep better? To feel better? To have a better workout schedule? To manage your mood? To feel more connected to yourself and your body? 

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Benefits I've noticed from of not drinking:

Spiritually, feeling more connected: Alcohol does the opposite of supporting your spiritual growth. Alcohol lowers your vibration, numbs your psychic senses, and creates energetic holes in your aura. I know it's a bit out there, but it's true. My connection with myself, God (Source) whatever, and my angels has been so much easier to access now that I don't drink.

Your SKIN: It's made a huge difference on my skin, it's elasticity and overall plumpness. I can tell if I ever have a few glasses of wine how much less vibrant I look. Since I don't drink my skin has been so much more clear and bright.

Alcohol has a dehydrating effect, which can give skin an unhealthy color and texture. By not drinking, your body is able to absorb more vitamin A, increasing cell turnover, which keeps skin looking healthier and younger.

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Mental clarity: Having clarity in my thought - makes me feel like it's me making decisions, not a hungover self who is tired, groggy, achy...etc. I am able to be super sharp and multi-task a million things because I don't have the sugar or alcohol slowing me down. You also are able to have much more clarity on your emotions. Ever been drunk and cried? YUP. It really just exacerbates things.

It's help my sleep: my quality of sleep is really so much better since I stopped drinking because I get into DEEP sleep. I don't wake up still tired, or feel so exhausted because my body has been fighting poison and blood sugar spikes all night.

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Alcohol can disrupt the two most important parts of our sleep - Slow Wave Sleep, which is the most physically refreshing part, and REM Sleep, which is the part which helps us learn and remember.

Therefore, most light to moderate drinkers (like I was) who reduce their alcohol intake or stop drinking altogether, will see a marked increase in the quality of their sleep. 

Feeling better in my body: I respect my body now so much more than ever, so being kind to it by not feeding it alcohol has been really amazing. I can get in every workout that I plan on doing (I don't cancel because I'm hungover) and really focus on what's going on in my body without a fogged mind. 

More meaningful relationships: Truly. Having conversations 1-1 with friends and people in my life without alcohol is everything. Getting really deep or just having fun with THEM not the drunk person they/you become allows you to really create a deep meaningful relationship. 


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I don't mean this as preachy, by any stretch, but I definitely get asked about it, all the time. For each person, that asks, it's mostly a response of agreement, that they also feel better when they don't drink. Which is interesting. 90% of the people in my life drink, and it's for them. I still go out to bars and clubs, and seriously just chill and people watch. It's also nice to be a sober person, watching my friends, keeping track of purses, making sure everyone's safe and ALWAYS being the DD. I love that part of it. 

If I could sum it up, I would say that, what I want out of my life, I won't get by being drunk.

For the peer pressure? It actually doesn't exist. Yes, I've been in situations where people probably want me to drink, but also people don't care about what you're doing as much as you think. 

The bottom line is that I DO NOT GIVE A FUCK IF YOU THINK I'M LESS COOL BECAUSE I DON'T DRINK. Period, bye.

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So reminding yourself of all the benefits, maybe sipping on a soda water is really the key for me in getting the MOST out of my life. Building this massive business that's Almost 30 Podcast, feeling aligned, feeling healthy...it's all worth it for me.

Okay, phew what do you think? Do you guys drink more, drink less or what has your pattern been? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Have the best week!

xoxo

Krista 

 

Why you need a SELF CARE WEEK

Two weeks ago, I had the best week ever. 

Honestly, I had no plans that week. I looked at my calendar and realized that there was actually no obligation for me to be anywhere, and I wasn't required to do anything. 

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I was elated. So I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity, and I decided to have a reboot week, where I dedicated each day/night or time that I could to self care.

This meant one week of:

  • Prioritizing Sleep: Getting 8+ Hours each night
  • Exfoliating 3x with a body scrub
  • Turning off my phone by 7:30 PM and not touching it until 9 AM
  • Scheduling 2 cryotherapy appointments (I go to CryoZone in Santa Monica)
  • Stretching each night for at least 20 minutes
  • Yoga 3x
  • Drinking as much water as possible
  • Walking 10k steps daily, by taking walks around the block when I can or either 
  • Mediating 2x daily (usually I do once)
  • Journaling in my gratitude journal for 5 minutes each morning
  • Less than 1 hour of social media time
  • 1 acupuncture appointment 
  • Eating SUPER clean (using KleanLA)
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As soon as I was able to get my week structured, I knew that eating clean was the key component. I needed to make sure that my diet was the foundation. Having clean, nutritious meals, where I'm eating tons of nutrient dense foods and making sure I am avoiding excess sugar and fake shit. 

I've written about my love for KleanLA previously when I was preparing for a bachelorette party in Cabo here, but I do KleanLA's 6 day reset when I want to really get myself feeling great. 

They have vegan, low sugar, filling, healthy, nutrient dense foods delivered to my door 3x a week, and it's some of the best food, ever. With KleanLA you're able to eat 4x a day, these amazing mini-meals that keep you full and happy. 

Example Day:

Meal One
Chickpea Scramble Kale & Carrot
Mushroom, Bell Peppers & Red Onion on Spinach
Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Meal Two
Grilled Artichokes & Roasted Bell Salad
Grape Tomato, Dry Blueberries, Jicama & Cucumber on Mix Greens
Chile Lime Quinoa
Toasted Pepitas
Lime Honey Vinaigrette

Meal Three
Coconut Dijon Tarrago Butternut, Peas & Mushrooms
Haricoverts & Carrots
Brown Rice with Parsley
Lemon Wedge & Micro Flowers

Meal Four
Rice & Corn Burgers
Grilled Red Onion, Mexican Squash & Pineapple
Sweet Potato Mash
Micro Cilantro

Knowing that my meals are covered, I don't need to think about it, or stress about it, or even go to the grocery store to have the temptation of getting a treat, was the GAME changer for my week. It helped me to spend more time at home, relaxing, stretching, sleeping and journaling than I would have if I was focused on getting food each day. 

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I cannot tell you how good it felt to really recharge. To reset, and take a step back and just nourish and love my body through movement, walking, nutrition and just s-l-o-w-i-n-g down more than I have in a long time. I felt such a calling to make plans. You have no idea, I almost texted about 3 of my friends to make plans to do something, but resisted so hard and was so proud that I allowed myself to be. To watch some TV (Queer Eye is my favorite) and to relax.

You can try KleanLA by going here to check out their meal plans, and keep an eye on The Almost 30 Podcast IG Wednesday for an exciting giveaway for one week of their Get Going Special (the one I love!) 

For the babes that do not reside in LA, I would suggest that you:

  • Plan your meals ahead
  • Make them nutrient dense
  • Allow yourself more food than you want to, just make sure it's good for you
  • Buy things like sweet potatos, cauliflower rice, quinoa, carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, veggie patties...have them on deck so you always have a healthy option
  • Try having 4 300-400 calorie meals a day (or up it if you need more!) 

These are some of the foundation components of KleanLA that you can apply to your life if you're not here in Sunny CA.

Inspired? Me too! What else would you add to a self care week?

*Thanks KleanLA for partnering with me on this post!

xoxo

Krista