‘Almost 30’ is a podcast about when shit gets real. Inspired by life transitions and the years between your twenties and thirties, Almost 30 is about having fun and staying inspired. Oh, and we also bring amazing guests on, because we’re all about community, learning and growth. Hosted by Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik, it’s real, raw, and unreserved.
1 | Tell me about your podcast? What is it all about?
Almost 30 is a funny, insightful podcast about navigating life’s transitions. We bring on experts, guru’s, rad humans to help us figure this sh*t out together! We discuss everything from health and wellness to entrepreneurship, to spirituality, to relationships and sexuality. The conversations are unedited, raw, funny, and relatable.
The Almost 30 Podcast was born from the idea of the transition from your twenties to your thirties. This period is SO UNDERRATED how full of translations it is. You’re leaving the nest, out of college, figuring our who you are, what you’re going to do…among SO many other things. So we wanted to bring this topic to light, and make it funny, fun and interesting. Now, we’re more about navigating transitions overall, and providing our community the tools, insights, and resources to elevate their lives and be their best selves. We’re a badass community and lifestyle podcast.
2 | How long have you been working in media and communications?
I am an actress and have been pursuing this career professionally for almost 10 years! The podcast is a little over a year old and was not a part of our “plan”…but that has been the most beautiful and rewarding part.
I have been in media and communications since 2012. I started my career in management consulting, moved to digital marketing and media when I moved to NYC. It was such a great time and place to be in the mix, and I have been in the field ever since. I started my blog, The Hundred Blog in 2015 when I was working in both New York and London, so was traveling quite a bit. I wanted to share travel guides, fashion inspiration and wellness tips for babes on the go. From there it was just a learning process, trial and error and going to as events, or classes where I can learn as much as possible about the industry. It moves so quick, so I feel like everyone is constantly learning and you need to keep up!
3 | What are some challenges you have faced being an advocate in the health and wellness environment?
I think the most challenging part of being in the health and wellness space is to put into practice what works for me specifically, as opposed to what is on trend. I will try just about everything. But, as I get older, I am listening closely what feels good to my body. I feel like it is my responsibility as a SoulCycle Instructor and Podcast Host, to truly practice what I preach and to be incredibly honest when things aren’t working.
I love being in this space. It’s beautiful and evolving and the premise of it is good, but there is the part of it where, nothing is ever good enough. There are always new products, treatments, vitamins, healings, workouts….it never stops. So, it can make you feel like you’re never doing enough or that there is something out there doing more to be healthier than you, etc.
For me, I am vegan, and being in that space is challenging because people get really passionate about the food they eat and why. I never want anyone to do anything they aren’t comfortable with or pulled to do, but sometimes I do feel like if we just ate more plants, and less processed meat, we’d all be better off from an environmental perspective (reduced green house gas emissions, preventing deforestation) and from a health perspective.
4 | How much has social media impacted your business?
Our Instagram and “Secret” Facebook group have been major sources of growth for Almost 30. These are the places we connect with our listeners the most. On our Instagram we post inspiration, hilarious memes, relatable content, announcements and giveaways. In our Facebook group you will find our community chatting about everything, sharing openly, laughing, relating, supporting, comforting, and offering advice and resources.
Social media is so much of what I do and who I am able to connect with. I know so many people talk about the negatives about social media, but I am super thankful for all the people that I have met, and for being provided a platform where I can share my life and be my complete self. I seek out people that are positive, inspirational, authentic and creative online rather than looking at anything that could potentially make me feel insecure or be a trigger for me.
For my blog, The Hundred Blog, it’s all about my presence online, sharing on Instagram and other social media outlets, curating a beautiful experience that represents my brand. With Almost 30 Podcast, we really want to make it more of a community that’s fun, light, and inviting.
It also allows me to stay in constant contact with my listeners and readers. Their feedback and insight is everything to our evolving brand.
5 | What motivated you to take the leap and start a podcast?
Meeting a creative partner like Krista gave me the inspiration and confidence to jump into something I knew very little about. At no point did we think about where we would land. Our goals are getting clearer and bigger, but we are still enjoying where we are right now.
Literally Lindsey and I (my co-host) recorded for 7 months before we actually got it down. We had some other names, but it just fell into place and we liked the way it sounded. Now it’s sort of screwed us because people are like “well I’m not 30” LOL.
I always wanted to record a podcast, because as much as people know me on Hundred, I wanted them to hear me and I want to hear them (we take callers on some episodes!). I love sharing on the blog but having an outlet that I can use without having to put on makeup, where I can connect with thousands of badass people – is EVERYTHING.
It’s important that we be a source of inspiration and joy for women in their twenties and thirties. This time I underrated as fuck and there is SO MUCH going on and happening. I want to make people laugh, make them feel good about themselves and feel less alone. We bring on guests that are relatable, interesting and inspiring and we talk about shit that no one else does.
6 | What advice can you give to your fellow millennial entrepreneurs?
Share your vision, your dream with others. Don’t judge the process and ask for help. It will be greater than you could ever hope for if you collaborate with what is happening/who is in front of you RIGHT NOW.
It’s going to take way longer than you think 🙂 but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be successful. I remember a year ago I quit my job to pursue Hundred Blog full time thinking it would happen overnight, and I just wasn’t ready. There’s so much work that goes into your business, and getting to a place where you are doing it full time takes so much time, effort and years of hard work. There will be days where you think you what you’re doing is terrible, and days where you’re so proud of yourself but you need to ride those waves and be super consistent. Consistency will be the ultimate key to your success.
7 | What is your favorite product and why?
EVER!? Woah. Hard to say. I love taking collagen. My skin is brighter and tighter, my hair is thicker, nails are stronger, and my joints don’t ache when I workout a lot! I also love using essential oils! Saje Wellnes Peppermint Halo has cured headaches, anxiety, and put me to sleep!
I swear by washing your face every day. It is MAJOR to keeping your skin clear. I switch around products but have been loving this Dior Face Foam Cleanser. I also swear by collagen – from Vital Proteins which has changed the game for my hair skin and nails and Tarte BB Cream has people stopping me in the street complimenting my skin, and in a place like LA, that is CRAZY. It is smooth, velvety, and affordable.
8 | Who is your biggest influencer or inspiration?
My friend Orly Shani was on the podcast and shared with us that she is her biggest inspiration. That has resonated with me ever since. I AM my biggest source of inspiration. I’m finding a lot of joy learning, no matter how messy or uncomfortable it gets. I know those moments will serve as my next batch of inspiration.
I get inspired when I am not looking for it. I do not necessarily have anyone that I look to for inspiration – because for me sometimes it seems to closely align to copying J although I do have blogs that I follow and love. I think real human connection, having a good, conversation with a friend is what I use to keep going and stay inspired.
I also recently attended an event called Summit where I got to listen to influential people speak and present for 4 days, and when I am hearing different perspectives and stories I am invigorated for days. Continually learning is KEY to staying inspired.
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