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!

IMG_0442.JPG

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!

IMG_0400.JPG
IMG_0394.JPG

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!!

IMG_0407.JPG
IMG_0413.JPG

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

 

WANT TO START YOUR OWN PODCAST?

Have you ever had the feeling that you’re not fully expressing yourself? That you have more to say? Maybe that there’s something missing? 

Although I have a blog, The Hundred Blog, which is and has been an outlet for me in a myriad of ways, I knew there was more. I knew that I could connect with more people in a different way. 

So I asked for more. 

Seriously! I asked the universe for the missing piece.

As things would have it, Lindsey (Simcik), my future podcast co-host was brought in my life. Along with her fun loving spirit, desire for growth and love of life, she had that same feeling I did. Each time we’d talk about what we want to do next, I’d reference podcasts that I had listened to that had inspired me. Podcasts like Being Boss, Rich Roll and Tim Ferriss. After so many conversations, Lindsey said, “why don’t we start a podcast”? 

Well, why don’t we? 

Once Lindsey and I had that first idea for Almost 30, we got to work right away. Even though 99% of it was unusable, and will never see the light of day, we recorded. We spent 6 months, and countless hours cooped up in closets recording what we thought would be a great podcast. 

Behind two microphones, we talked about everything. We didn’t really know the concept or idea, but we tried on a few different ideas and concepts we had pulled from all of the podcasts that I loved and listened to daily.  

That’s our process. We’re do-ers, not planners. We like to try things out, physically do them to figure out our path. The plan, came later. 

Although we didn’t know what the format would be, or if people would even listen, we knew what we wanted it to be about. Almost 30 Podcast is about transformation, about growth, and it’s about navigating some of the most formative years of your life (your twenties and thirties). These are the years when you’re choosing who to date, where to work, where to live, which friendships to keep, how to manage your finances, how to connect with your spirituality, how to stay inspired…it’s a super transformative time! 

As a whole, Almost 30 Podcast is a fun way to approach topics that can have a positive impact on your life. We talk about career, dating, sex, love, money and so much more. It’s approachable, authentic, fun and available each week on iTunes. I recommend you listen!

The best part about podcasting is that when you hear me speak you’re able to catch my tone, and hear my cadence…You can actually feel that person that you’re listening to using their voice. 

My impact has been so much greater, my connection to an audience and the listeners of Almost 30 Podcast feels so much deeper and more authentic than ever before, too. When people recognize me, or reach out, or give me a compliment, its feels so much more real because they’ve heard me say something as it was intended to be said. There is only so much emotion you can put into writing sometimes. 

If you’re thinking you’d like to start to do more, and maybe doing video or YouTube seems intimidating, having a podcast could be it! I knew that YouTube intimidated me way too much. Unless I was committing myself to be a full time YouTuber, it wasn’t going to happen. Plus you can podcast without makeup on, I mean how amazing is that?


Tips on how to start podcast:

Listen to Podcasts: This is/was key for me! You need to hear what you like, what you don’t like, how they are structured, what is the flow, how do they work with sponsors…it’s so important to actually like the medium itself before you decide to get into it! I wrote about my favorite podcast episodes here.

Ask to be a guest on someone else's podcast: Join other podcasts and speak your truth in front of an audience. If you are able to collaborate with others who have podcasts this will give you practice sharing your voice, being recorded on a microphone. It can feel weird at first so working through the awkwardness is so important!

I have been on, Actually Adultish, Becoming Fearless, and Digital Overwhelm as an example. 

Record yourself on your computer: Try to use the microphone and Garageband on your computer for a while. Play around with editing sound and hearing your voice. Again you need to get and be super comfortable with yourself.

Be consistent: Nothing is worse than when someone starts podcast, or any project, goes full throttle for a month and then stops. Like any business venture, you need to be committed and commit yourself to creating consistent content. 

Think about answering these questions:

  • What is your podcast about?
  • How will you position yourself in the market?
  • What kind of microphone will you use? 
  • How will you produce and edit your show? Who will produce and edit your show?
  • How will you integrate creating this into your workflow?
  • How will you launch and market your podcast?
  • Will you have other people on your podcast? If so, who?

I think the most challenging part is figuring out the audio and sound. We have a studio, sound guy and editor that we use, and it’s critical for the quality of our sound. Having quality sound allows a seamless experience for your listeners and keeps them focused on what you are saying instead of the other noises, or lack of clear sound they are hearing. 

The most important part, of course, is to stay true to who you are. Authentically. If you love Harry Potter, create a Harry Potter podcast, and put everything into it. Whatever it is that you have to say, use this space to say it!

If you want more information, and ALL of the nitty gritty details, I'd suggest getting my guide, here:

What's included in this guide:

  • Worksheets to help brainstorm your podcast name and niche
  • Questions to help guide an exciting style and vibe that people will want to listen to 
  • Detailed help for getting your RSS feed, and understanding the 'HOW' of your podcast
  • Tips and tricks to use when growing your audience
  • A document with strategies for getting sponsors and amazing guests
  • Information on the tools you'll need to record for crisp quality sound

I now work with babes who want to start their own podcast, to strategize and figure out the message they want to share. If you want to do 1-1 podcast launch help, I have that here. Having grown Almost 30 to a half million downloads in under a year, we've learned a lot! So I am so happy to work with and share with others.



OKAYYYY so questions? How can I help? Let me know let me know!

I love ya!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

Interview with Kathlyn Hart: Podcast Host, Life Coach, Website Designer and Overall Amazing Human

Oh hi guys!

I want to introduce you to someone awesome today :) 

Kathlyn Hart of The Big Leap Show. She's a life coach, motivational speaker, podcast host and overall kind, funny, and driven babe that I was thankful to be introduced to about a year ago by my friend David.

I was on her podcast, The Big Leap Show earlier this year, and it was one of my favorite conversations with someone. She's SO FUNNY, she's so open, her questions are amazing  You can listen to that episode if you want, here!

Guys I have to be honest too, Kathlyn's voice is like SMOOTH BUTTA. It's seriously soothing, melodic and just f'ing beautiful. You must hear it! I am slightly in love.

Kathlyn knows all about chasing your dreams, going for what you want, but also being super smart and saavy about it. She's really well connected to TONS of badass ladies through The BLS and I consider her a knowledge center for dreamers and doers in life. 

I also just really like her as a human, and feel excited to see her grow!

So excited to introduce you to her, and make sure to listen to The Big Leap Show Podcast too - it's AMAZE.


Tell us a little about who you are, what you do :) 

My name is Kathlyn Hart but everyone calls me Kat ;)  I'm a motivational life coach, business website consultant and host of The Big Leap Show podcast!

 

What is The Big Leap Show Podcast? What is the mission?

The Big Leap Show is a weekly podcast where I interview badass women in business about their leap into entrepreneurship. 

So many women are craving the freedom of being their own boss and starting a business of their own. 

Taking the first step and starting though can be overwhelming and scary. 

The Big Leap Show's mission is to get real with boss babes to learn what it took them to take the leap and start a business of their own.

Technically, what does it take to create a podcast? Can you talk about that process? 

Sure! 

The most basic podcast can be done by recording a basic audio file on your computer or phone, and then uploading that file to what's called a "hosting service" that will store your file online.  There are audio specific hosting sites that you will want to use for your podcast because the files can be quite large. 

I use Libsyn (https://www.libsyn.com/) which I really like. 

Then, to get your audio file into iTunes or any other podcast directory you need to submit your unique "RSS feed URL" which your hosting service provides.  After that boom, you have a podcast.  Every time you upload a new audio file to your hosting provider, iTunes and all of the other directories which you have submitted your RSS link to will automatically detect that you have a new episode.

Now to have a more professional podcast there are number of things you might want to buy or consider using including...

A mic (I use the Audio-Technica ATR2100) - link = http://amzn.to/1OLyjoH

Intro/Outro Music (I bought mine from Audio Jungle) - link = http://audiojungle.net/?ref=kathlynhart

Audio mixing application (I use Garage Band)

A website (I host mine with BlueHost and create it using Wordpress) - link = http://www.bluehost.com/track/kathlynhart

To learn more about starting a podcast feel free to reach out to me!

You interview some pretty badass females. What's been something that has stuck with you recently? 

You know the biggest "ah-ha" is that you you don't need to have a website or even social media to have a business. 

One of the women I interviewed didn't have the greatest website and didn't have any social media accounts. 

Yet her business was easily making over $100k.  For all of us who grew up with the internet we automatically assume if we want to start a business, the first thing we need to do is set up a legit online presence. 

The problem with this is we can get so caught up in LOOKING like we have a business, that we forget to even validate our business idea. 

Don't let the cart get ahead of the horses. Test and validate your business idea first. 

After you know you have a good idea, then you can start setting up your online presence (that is if you feel like it will help you to bring in business).

Is there a theme you've noticed with the guests you've had on?

At one point or another all of them said, "I'm just going to do it."

We can get so caught up trying to perfect our ideas and best prepare for taking the leap. 

At a certain point though, you have to just jump in.  You might fail, and you will definitely fall along the way, but who cares.  You'll learn something with ever step you take, and if in the end taking a leap is a total flop, you'll be better prepared for the next leap!

For other themes you can check out the video I made to celebrate the show's 6 month anniversary which recaps the top 10 tips from guests: 

http://www.thebigleapshow.com/top-10-tips-taking-big-leap/ 

I love that you are also a life coach. You have managed to take things that you are super talented at, and are uniquely qualified to do, and made it an aspect of your business. Like Wordpress and creating websites for people as an example. I'd love to hear how you made this a business and what it takes to do that. 

My businesses all developed pretty naturally. 

After I quit my job as a software designer I began meeting tons of business owners who knew nothing about websites, email marketing, or social media while backpacking through Asia. 

I love doing all of those things, so when they started offering to pay me to help them I thought, "Why not?!" It meant more money to keep traveling, so I was happy to do it. 

The same thing happened with my coaching practice.  After switching my jobs multiple times, negotiating to double my salary, saving over $16,000 to quit my job and travel and then starting my own website consulting business I've gotten more and more strangers reaching out to me for help. 

In the beginning I did it for free, but overtime I developed it into its own coaching practice.

How did life coaching transition to the podcast, The Big Leap Show?

I've always like podcasts.  In fact when I was saving to quit my job, I would listen to shows on my way to work and back everyday.  The idea for The Big Leap Show came two years after starting my website consulting business.  In those two years I had met tons of fellow female business owners who would secretly share how freaking hard it was for them to start a business (especially when it seems like every other business owner via social media is killing it and "living the life"). 

I realized that nobody really talks about the hard stuff. 

The challenges, the fears, and how to work through them. 

So I created a show I wish I had when I first started.  Real conversations with badass women where we could pull back the curtain and talk about what it really took them to take the big leap to start a business of their own. 

What's one piece of golden advice you give your coaching clients that you could share with readers? 

Tap into your inner wise self and screw the inner critic. Our inner critic keeps us small and safe.  It tells us, "You're not ready, you don't know enough, it's already been done..." Begin tapping into your inner wise self by questioning your automatic beliefs.  Why do you not feel ready?  How could you become more ready?  Who can you ask for support or guidance? 

When you start asking questions and get curious, life gets a whole lot juicier ;)

What are some daily rituals that attribute to your success?

Oh so many I love rituals! 

My top two would have to be coffee and gratitude.  Every morning before getting to work I like to slowly make my coffee. 

This is my "All right let's do this baby" ritual. 

While it's brewing I like to think through what I need to accomplish that day and visualize myself completely all of it effortlessly.  Then every night before going to bed I write out everything I accomplished that day (both big and small) + little "moments of joy."  Moments of joy for me can be everything from catching up with an old friend to making a bomb dinner.  I find that writing my accomplishments plus moments of joy help me to find deep gratitude for the day and my life :)  

A bonus of doing this is on shitty days I can remember not to be so hard on myself by going back to my list and seeing all the progress I've made!

What's been the most exciting moment of 2016 for you?

Getting a dog! 

I work by myself from home, and it can get lonely.  My pup, Mr. Bernadino (or Bernie for short) has brightened my life because he is a total goof ball.  He not only makes me smile whenever I look at him, but he also forces me to actually go outside and see the sun.

What's challenging about what you do? 

Honestly, promoting myself out as a coach.  Like I mentioned my coaching practice came organically, so promoting myself is still uncomfortable.  To get through this, I have to remind myself that it's not about selling my services to people who don't want them, it's about sharing what I do so I can connect with and be in service of women who DO want them. 

Your life mantra is:

If you live each day to the fullest life only gets better

Where can people connect with you further?

Email: kathlyn@thebigleapshow.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/hustlynhart

Twitter: www.twitter.com/hustlynhart

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hustlynhart

Online: www.thebigleapshow.com


Such a badass, right? I love how down to earth, open and SMART this lady is. she is truly DOING IT in all the best ways possible. Living in flow and supporting others along the way. 

Okay, hopefully you loved this, I thought you would! Let me know what ya think, and if you know of any badass babes to interview, let a sister know!

Loving you!

xo

Krista

Photos via Kathlyn Hart on Instagram @hustlinhart