Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Simcik.
Lindsey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, minutes from where Washington crossed the Delaware—OOO AHHH! I was a kid with an active imagination, who would befriend praying mantis’ and caterpillars, and bring them to meet my imaginary friends, John and Susan. They along with my parents, were my biggest fans and sat front row for complicated performances I would produce weekly on our fireplace. I was a ham. I am the oldest of four kids, two sisters and a brother. My parents saw my intense interest in performing and quickly put me in dance and acting classes and vocal and piano lessons. Performing was my favorite way of expressing myself. They eventually enrolled me in an all-girls, private, Catholic school, which was known for its theatre program. It wasn’t long before I was cutting my hair to play “Peter” in Peter Pan–which is a role that changed my life. Sounds a bit much, as I was only an 8th grader in this high school production. But I was being bullied at the time and so to be able to express myself on stage when in school I was silent, was such a blessing and a great lesson in compassion for me. Our theatre director, Newton Gilchrist, became my mentor very early on. Seeing in my what I didn’t even see in myself. I was able to build a substantial theatre resume during high school, which helped me to get into Boston College. There, I studied Theatre and English. The theatre program, although not a conservatory, was exceptional. Outside of the theatre, I dated a football player, drank too much, and lost my creative spirit in so many ways.
After graduating, I moved to New York City to pursue my dreams of becoming the next Broadway star. While I was immersed in classes and workshops and auditions, I was also working at three different bars, 6pm-4am most nights. My energy levels were low, lack of sleep was making me crazy, my long term relationship was suffering and coming to an end, NYC was wearing on me and I wasn’t able to show up 100% for my dreams. In the midst of it all, I found SoulCycle. I could connect with myself in that room and it felt good to move my body to the rhythm of the music. It was more than just a workout for me, it was an opportunity a few times a week (or whenever I could afford it) to disconnect from the craziness of the city and return to myself. Long story short, I auditioned for SoulCycle after a few instructors urged me to do so, I got it and completed the 10-week training program, while I was bartending and now fit modeling for a fashion brand. I didn’t think about how I was going to do it, I just knew that if my WHY was clear, the way in which I could logistically do it all would present itself. And it did.
After three months of teaching in NYC, SoulCycle asked me to move to LA. I said yes immediately, and three weeks later, landed with two suitcases, no friends or family… just a knowing that this was all a part of the plan. About a year and a half into my time in LA, I was connected by a mutual friend to Krista Williams, my future co-host. After a serendipitous turn of events, she ended up moving from NYC to LA and we became fast friends, who were both experiencing similar transitions, challenges, asking ourselves the same questions. We knew that we couldn’t be the only ones. We wanted to make the conversation more accessible… she asked me one day “Do you think we could start a podcast?” … I said, “I have no idea, but I’m down to give it a try!” With my performance and production background, I set up a makeshift studio in my closet, which is where we practiced for six months before launching “Almost 30” in September of 2016… (please see other notes for more on the podcast).
Has it been a smooth road?
My toughest challenge to this day is dealing with the voice in my head. That voice has the ability to stop me in my tracks, discourage progress, doubt love and joy…It can send me spiraling into a fury of comparison and it can compromise my physical body, too. I’ve gotten bad colds or the flu after a week of intense stress. As women, when we soften, we are able to feel more. That feeling is the answer. We get so in our heads because of what we think others expect from us, what we think we should do or be, who we should love. One of my most favorite practices and now pieces of advice for women is to spend more time FEELING into their bodies. That could mean getting quiet in meditation, that could mean dancing freely, that could mean rolling around on the ground, that could mean yoga… and when you ask the body a question, like “Should I go out on another date with him?”, the body will tell you. It will be an indescribable feeling, and you’ll think it’s just your head telling you that… but the body will give you the quickest response. The more you listen, the clearer it will communicate with you. So, eventually, you won’t dwell over things, trying to figure out how you feel and what you should do… the body will be so clear and concise.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Almost 30 story. Tell us more about the business.
I was a creator from birth. I mean we all are. We just lose it and realize it constantly. It is the most painful and rewarding ebb and flow of my life. I am redefining success for myself by the day. All I know is that creating is my lifeline. Whether I am working on my dark comedy series, songwriting, creating odd characters inspired by my work at the Groundlings, or producing Almost 30, I am a happy camper if I’m able to express myself creatively. I’ve always been a bit of a hustler, which is not bragging by any stretch. The challenge now is to find the flow. But I’ve been a bartender, fit model, and a Senior SoulCycle Instructor among many other odd jobs, which unknowingly prepared me for Almost 30–a creative endeavor, the sheer mass of which, I could have never anticipated.
The Almost 30 Podcast is a top-rated lifestyle podcast, brand, and community brought to life by LA-based best friends Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik. Hailed as “The Best Wellness Podcast to Listen to Right Now” by Coveteur, Krista and Lindsey have created an online and offline space where listeners can gather to navigate any transition as their best selves. Think of them as your virtual best friends, who are there to listen, share, and learn right along with you.
GirlBoss notes, that “Almost 30 Podcast is basically me hanging out with my girlfriends, but more educational. I absolutely love hosts Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik for their incessant curiosity and great guests who focus on all aspects of the wellness industry.”
Delving into themes such as wellness, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and self-development, Krista and Lindsey are known for creating real, raw and hilarious moments during their weekly interviews with fascinating guests. Each episode proves to provide their listeners with actionable aha! moments and highly relatable stories.
With over 12 million downloads, the podcast has reached people in over 126 countries. The community of “Almost 30 Nation” is made up of inspiring, enthusiastic and loyal listeners who gather at events hosted by Krista and Lindsey all over the world. Almost 30 is proud to continuously collaborate with brands such as Sakara, Away, Thrive Market, Tory Burch, Kopari, HUM Nutrition and more; and have been featured in Nordstrom’s The Thread, Brit + Co, Entrepreneur Magazine, 99Designs, and Buzzfeed.
Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
We interview inspiring women almost every day for the podcast. The ones whom I stand in awe of most are those who are able to surrender and soften in the hardest times. The softening allows them to feel into their bodies, which amazingly and consistently holds all of the answers. Founder of Poo Pourri, Suzy Batiz, is nearly dedicated to her spiritual practice and commitment to her development, even after an incredible amount of success. Her ability to soften into the moments when she is moved to tears, angered, frustrated, is her greatest talent. She gives the resistance/reaction space to breath and move. This might all sound a little woo-woo for some people, but our mind-body-soul connection is trying to be back in alignment always. So, we have to get quiet enough and aware enough to listen to the messages, understand the purposes and lessons along the way.
- Website: www.lindseysimcik.com
- Instagram: @lindseysimcik
Arielle Levy (orange and pink on couch // green dress against white wall // fur jacket), Heather Shane (the rest are shot by Heather)