Crystal Uncorked

Crystal Uncorked

Join Crystal Vilkaitis, a curious, wine-loving entrepreneur, and some amazing guests, while they have open and honest conversations about relatable business and life topics. You’ll have fun, learn something new and get inspired so grab a glass of wine (or drink of choice!) and get comfortable. This...is Crystal Uncorked! 🍷

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October 20, 2021 49 min

No, it’s not made of strawberries. Strawberry Wine is a country music-inspired wine company that captures a moment in time. Kate Edgecombe, friend, sommelier, and creator of Strawberry Wine Company, joins me today to talk about her wine and the inspiration behind it. We are both drinking her Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is delicious. She also has a Rosé and announces in this episode, for the first time ever, the newest wine to be add...

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Have you ever wondered what could happen if you just followed your passion? In this interview with Kelly Gunn, owner of Part-Time Pickers and host of the Crazy Good Vintage Podcast, she shares how she changed careers at age 54, followed her passion, and created a job she loves.

In her early career, Kelly was a retail goddess. She was really a name to be known. She worked with A-list brands and was incredibly successful. All of this ...

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Are you building a new business? Are you wanting to switch up your current business? Marcy Browe, the California branding photographer, is sharing her tips to unleash your branding brilliance.

It’s all about the vision. Marcy’s first step in working with a new client and their business is to interview them, get a feel for who they are and what they want. She asks targeted questions to ensure that the clear vision for the brand is ou...

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In this solo episode, I am sharing some stories of manifestation. I really believe in this, but I am by no means an expert. I hope this gives you some inspiration!

A few episodes back, I was talking about my indecision on the situation with our house here in California with our upcoming move to Colorado. I am excited to announce we ended up selling our house! Life is just so surreal right now and I definitely feel like I am living i...

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Human Design is the science of who you are and you can use it to create more ease and flow in your life.  In this interview with Adina Kroll, Human Design expert, and business and sales coach, she breaks down the types of Human Design and how the knowledge of what type you are can change how you operate your life.

There are five types of Human Design and beyond that many directions that lead to your exact profile. Adina explains th...

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Aubrey Terrazas is the Co-Found, Marketing Director, and Master Sommelier Candidate for the Palate Club. Her intro into the wine world began with her degree in French and as she waited tables alongside sommeliers. She continued her learning and worked as a sommelier for many years at the start of her career in wine.

As an avid wine enthusiast and lover of learning, I have thought a lot about becoming a sommelier. Through my research...

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If you’ve been listening to the show, you know Dustin and I have a lot going on. Our move to Colorado has been moved from originally February 2022 to October 2021, just a few weeks from when this episode airs. Amid all the normal business of business and the typical moving stresses, we have a big decision to make. This is a decision that has really been affecting me lately and I think even hurting other decisions and to-do lists in...

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One of the many reasons I love business is the opportunity to learn every day. Brandy Searcy joins me today to discuss her company, Rain Organica, a vegan skincare line. We talk about the lessons she’s learned in the journey of building her business and even some bonus tips and information for your skin health. 

Brandy is an engineer, scientist, and skin health junkie. Her need for a clean solution to her skincare problems and her p...

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25 episodes are certainly something to celebrate. My boyfriend, Dustin Peyser, flipped the script and interviewed me, Crystal Vilkaitis. We enjoyed a few bottles of wine while we took a trip down memory lane. Cheers!

This podcast has become such a labor of love for me. I have so many listeners from near and far. It’s such an honor for me that anyone listens to the show, but especially my dear friends. Time is our greatest resource, ...

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Last week, we talked all about my three-day strategy meeting with my mentor, Patricia Norins. I’m back to finish up with the remaining four of the seven lessons I learned during this incredible meeting.

Lesson Four: Compete with Yourself

I had to admit I was spending way too much time looking at other creators and businesses and comparing myself to them. Patricia really helped me see this was such a  waste of my time. If I’m not com...

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Recently I spent three days all about strategy with my mentor, Patricia Norins. I have been working with her for 7 or 8 years. In this episode, I am sharing three of the seven lessons I learned over the course of this meeting. I am sharing behind-the-scenes takeaways that are relatable but also really personal. I am drinking a 2014 Merlot from Mount Palomar Winery, located in Temecula. Cheers! Let’s get into those lessons.

Lesson On...

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We are shaking things up this week. Today, I am pretending we are at a dinner party together, and I am sharing some of my favorites and things I would talk about with my friends. The wine I am “enjoying” today will be that of my future self when I am drinking at dinner, enjoying the view with my friends just a few hours after recording this episode.

If you were a friend at my house for dinner, we would start by talking about some o...

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July 21, 2021 29 min

Some stuff came up for me on my vacation surrounding anxiety. We are back from Maui and I started to have some serious anxiety come up during our trip. I am not sure if it's getting worse as I am getting older or it's all that is going on in the world, but it's at a high level for me right now.

have some serious anxiety come up during our trip. I am not sure if it's getting worse as I am getting older, or it's al...

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July 14, 2021 55 min

Once upon a time before I started Crystal Media, I had the honor of working with Ted Teele. My mentor and friend Ted is here today to share his wealth of wisdom. Ted is a Harvard BA and MBA and an expert in digital marketing. In this episode, you get a snippet of his brilliant business mind with information on marketing, building a business, and the importance of strategy.

Building and growing a business starts with the foundation. ...

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You’re not always perfect in business and in life. That’s okay! I talk about a real fear that holds some of my clients and people that I know back. One thing about me is that I definitely put myself out there. I love to do videos and go live. I like to have that personal online presence. Many people are afraid to join me on the podcasts or even utilize Facebook live for their own business. Why is that?

What I am hearing from a lot o...

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What was once a photo pinned to the wall like a dream and a goal, is now the reality of Akash Winery. I am talking with Akash, the owner, and namesake of this Temecula, CA winery. His family bought the land in 2010 and 9 years later in 2019, Akash opened their doors only for COVID shutdowns to begin 6 months later. Now on the other side of the pandemic, I am able to sit with him in the vineyard and enjoy an Akash Wine while he enjo...

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I am finally introducing you to my dear friend, team member, and integrator, Pauline Blasetti. Pauline has been working with me for 8 years, bringing me balance and pushing our business to the next level with her anything is possible attitude.

You wanted to hear from my integrator, and she tells us about how her job came to be. Years ago, Pauline told me I was a “Bad Manager” and she was right. As I talked about in episode 003, I di...

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I got to chat with Rusty Sutton about how he is changing the retail shopping experience with The Green Monkey. Between his bright personality and the well-placed bar in his store, he created a one-of-a-kind gift shop experience.

Rusty set out to create a new way to shop. Instead of a traditional gift shop, he built a community in Raleigh, NC. Customers may initially come in to purchase an item from the retail gift shop, but they sta...

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June 9, 2021 26 min

Today we are celebrating me! This is my birthday episode and I’m going to share 5 things that I’m hoping to achieve over the next year. I always ask friends celebrating their birthday what they want to achieve. What’s in store for them this year? It can be a tough question but it’s worth taking time to think about it.

Here are my five things:

1. To Write More

This past year, I’ve been writing more of everything and anything imaginable...

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In this episode, I’m so excited to be talking to my doctor and friend, Dr. Michelle Wolford. Dr. Wolford runs a successful private practice treating children and adults for a variety of acute and chronic conditions. She combines her training in western medicine with her profound knowledge of eastern medicine, including plants, energy medicine, nutrition, body movement, meditation, breathwork, and spirituality.

Dr. Wolford recalls on...

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