So you want to start a podcast?

Hi babes.

I get messages almost daily about starting a podcast. They're HUGE right now, and growing. It's the new blogging, and I am so glad I got in over a year and a half ago before it felt so saturated.

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I love the medium so much, because you can't game the system. You have to have a good personality, and you need to be interesting and likable, period. You can't hide your personality on a podcast. 

What I'm saying is, go on with ya bad self. I never felt more fully expressed until I started podcasting. There's so much more to say that I convey in my tone, my speech, my jokes and during a natural conversation where I seek to share someone with you. 

But I wanted to write about starting a podcast and share a few tips if you're thinking about starting one.

If you want the full low down, check out my Podcast Guide - it goes into detail, the steps to starting and growing a podcast. 


What you must know first about starting a podcast:

Make sure you're sound is on point: Oh honey child you need to have good sound. It messes up the flow of your conversation, and gets really distracting if there's popping, crackling, differences in volumes...you can lose people easily. To make sure your sound is quality, you need to be in a quiet space (duh) you and your guests need to have headphones or headsets in, and if you want, hire someone whose professional to help out. We've done that from square one and it's been a huge differentiater for us. Make this a priority.

If you want to buy equipment, you can use this link here to buy what we use on Amazon!

 

Practice, practice, practice: People have REALLY short attention spans y'all. If you didn't notice when you're on your phone the entire time that you're watching TV, while making dinner and ordering things you need on Amazon...it's hard for us to pay attention to one thing at a time. Take this into consideration when putting out your podcast. You need to make sure your first episodes hook em in :) it may be your only chance to get listeners, and if they don't like it at first listen, you could lose em. So, practice, be in your voice, and make sure you get out all the shitty parts, awkward parts, uninteresting parts, before you share your gold with the world. 

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Have something to say: This is so major man. I cannot express it enough. This can't be the message to buy certain products, or to join this e-course...it needs to be the message of your soul. It's corny but the message of your soul, is channeled from your higher self. It's a message from source, God, whatever, that the person on the receiving end needs to hear.  If you're being inauthentic, or hiding something, or have an ulterior motive, people can tell. The #1 reason for our success is the fact that from day one Lindsey and I have been our authentic selves. We have not held back in any way shape or form, and everyone's seen the process. The messy, messy process. 

There's a lot more about technicalities marketing and growing an audience in the guide, and I could go on for days about how much work it is (I don't take weekends off and spend most mornings and nights working on things). But that could be boring :).

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I'm always here too if you have questions, etc. just email me and I am here to help ya!

Oh yes, and you can download The Almost 30 Podcast here

Love ya,

Krista 

Why Intermittent Fasting is the best non-diet you can do

Greetings babies!

How are you? Hope all is well! I'm doing a bit of travel this week with work which is busy, but nice! It's so great to be in person with people :). Hope you're having a good one so far! 

Lately, I have been meaning to talk about Intermittent Fasting with you! Something I have been doing lately and LOVING IT.

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If you think that my diet tends to be trend based I would say, yes, in a lot of ways it is. Although I've been vegan for years and vegetarian before it was cool, so I feel like I need to use that credibility, haha.

I love IF because it feels like something I can actually do. It doesn't restrict what I can eat, or tell me about what I should and shouldn't eat. To be honest, I know what to eat. I don't really need anyone else to tell me what to eat. 

Sounds silly but I am surrounded by so much information about it, it's more of the challenge to FOLLOW the info, than to get it.

It's like girl eat what you want, just make sure you're eating during this time frame, and you'll feel better.

Obviously not going crazy and just eating S'Mores and kettlecorn all day, but you get the picture.

To help me with IF I have been using this amazing app called 'zero' that basically helps you to track the time between your fast. 

I do typically 15-16 hours between meals about 4 days a week. The other days I will do around 12-13 hours, nothing really less than that for no reason other than I don't get that hungry late at night. I'm a morning hunger kind of gal.

More information on what Intermittent Fasting is:

"Intermittent fasting (IF) is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it is not a "diet" in the conventional sense. It is more accurately described as an "eating pattern." Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week."

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What's key for me there, is that it's an eating PATTERN, not which foods I should and shouldn't eat. Does that make sense? I am a rebel by nature so not being told what to eat or what not to eat is KEY. 

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Benefits of Intermittent Fasting:

  1. Intermittent Fasting can help you lose weight and belly fat.
  2. It can also help with digestion, giving your body a break between meals so that your digestion can fully process your meals. 
  3. It can help to change the function of hormones and genes in a positive way
  4. Studies show that intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative damage and inflammation in the body. People believe that this has can help reverse aging so you look young and fresh always. 
  5. Intermittent fasting can also improve numerous risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides and inflammatory markers.
  6. Fasting triggers a metabolic pathway called autophagy, which removes waste material from cells. This helps to keep your cells in tip-top shape.
  7. It may increase growth of new neurons and protect the brain from damage! 
  8. Studies that they have done in animals suggest that intermittent fasting may be protective against neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease.

 How I practice Intermittent Fasting:

So IF has been really rad for helping with my digestion, helping to feel better when I am eating, and has actually helped me sleep better.

I like that I finish my dinner around 5:00 and then wait until the next morning at 10:00 AM to eat. Then too, I am actually hungry for my meals. I also like that I feel more in control of my eating pattern, but at the same time it's less restrictive. 

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My schedule:

Monday, Tuesday and then two other days during the week. Sometimes I can do this during the weekend because I am a loser and go to bed at 9 PM and work all weekend. Plus I don't love going out to late dinners, I would rather do an early breakfast or lunch with someone :). But, DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. If you like to eat later, have your breakfast later, just make it work for how your life is.

I will usually have breakfast at either 8 AM and finish my last meal at 4 PM, or eat breakfast at 10 AM and finish my last meal at 6 PM. Again, I don't love eating a big dinner, I never have. So not being hungry at night is fine and if I am hungry, I will drink a Four Sigmatic Hot Cocoa. 

Again, do what works for you. Just suggesting something that works for me!

ALSO SIDEBAR THE PODCAST THIS WEEK IS SO GOOD. YOU MUST LISTEN! Go here

Questions? Have you tried this? Let me know!

xoxo

Krista


What I'm wearing in this post:

Black Sweatshirt

Marbled Leggings

Adidas Boosts

Other Favorites from Varley:

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Bourbon Barbies X Almost 30 Podcast

SO CITED.

We’ve got new merch y’all!

Pumped to share with you the Almost 30 Podcast X Bourbon Barbies Collab!

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Bourbon Barbies is a enviornmentally friendly eco-concious brand owned by two badass women. They are all about no waste, and creating one of a kind authentic pieces. 

So we wanted to bring that to #Almost30Nation!

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Everything now available on The Almost 30 Podcast site, and each piece is custom (aka we only have one!)

Once all 8 are gone, we'll have new monthly releases of gear. 

My personal favorite is the crew neck sweatshirt. For real these are really comfortable, soft and fit JUST right! I am loving the mustard one for right now honestly! 

But you can also wear the flannel in so many ways, with jeans with a tank top, tied around the waist. These are so versatile! Plus they have the Almost 30 Podcast logo on the back, AYY!!

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If you haven't already listened to The Almost 30 Podcast - you must! Click the link here :). We talk about all of the things, and we keep it realllllllllllllll.

So citing! Let me know whatcha think :)

xoxo

Krista