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UnF*ck Your Brain

UnF*ck Your Brain

UnF*ck Your Brain is the podcast for high-achieving feminist women who struggle with anxiety, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome. If you know you?ve accomplished a lot professionally but still secretly feel like you?re unqualified?.if you want to feel confident but you worry about what everyone else thinks about you...if you want to succeed but fear failure...this podcast is for you. In each episode Master Certified Confidence Coach Kara Loewentheil, J.D., will teach you how to overcome social conditioning and your own self-critical thoughts so that you can reduce your anxiety and insecurity, boost your self-confidence, and get what you want in life. Download a free guide to creating confidence at www.unfckyourbrain.com/podcastconfidence.

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UFYB 175: QA: Business Building Thoughts & Getting Negative Feedback at Work

Do you feel pressured to have a ?life goal? or to discover your ?calling? in life? Do you struggle with defensiveness when receiving negative feedback at work? In today?s Listener Q&A episode, I?ll answer some common questions about work and entrepreneurship, and share the thoughts I used to scale my business from $50k to 1 million, and beyond.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/175

2021-03-04
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Welcome to UFYB: Start Here!

Welcome to UnF*ck Your Brain! This podcast teaches you concrete, effective, mind-blowing tools that you can use to reduce anxiety, improve your productivity, dial-up your self-confidence, and dial down your insecurity and people-pleasing.

I?m Kara Loewentheil, a master certified life coach with degrees from Harvard and Yale ? and a former high-powered career working for women?s rights. I?ve taken all the best neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and coaching tools I know and combined them with feminist theory to create a set of powerful practices and life-changing ideas that will teach you how to liberate yourself from the inside out.

You can be the strong, empowered, confident woman you?ve always wanted to be ? you just have to learn how to clear away all the negative self-talk and messages from the patriarchy that are keeping you small.

So let?s not sit here just talking about it ? because I?m all about teaching you how to take smart action! You can start anywhere you like, every episode stands alone ? just scroll and find a topic that calls you, and hit play. Join the feminist mindset revolution - your life will never be the same.

2021-02-25
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UFYB 174: Greatest Hits Vol 3. Radical Self-Love & Self-Care

We live in a society that teaches women to put themselves last, and the more marginalized identities you live in, the more ways you are told you?re not good enough or worthy of taking up space. For those who live in marginalized identities, self-love is a radical political act that enables us to claim our worth and challenge oppressive belief systems. Tune into today?s Greatest Hits episode to learn how to cultivate radical self-love and how to use it to transform the world.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/174

2021-02-25
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UFYB 173: Greatest Hits Vol 2. Dating, Perfectionism, & Anxious Attachment

Do you lay awake at night obsessing over why a new date or partner took 3 hours to respond to your text instead of their usual 30 minutes? Or maybe you start to feel avoidant when a new partner wants to hang out too much, and worry about losing independence in a relationship? Whatever your attachment style, this Greatest Hits episode will help you discover how it may be affecting your relationships - and how to use thought work to feel secure in your relationships.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/173

2021-02-18
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UFYB 172: Productivity, Self-Worth, and the Industrial Revolution: A Conversation with Simone Seol

Do you tie your self-worth to how productive you are? You know the signs: Never feeling like you?re doing enough, criticizing yourself for being ?lazy? or ?unmotivated.? If you feel stuck in a cycle of burnout and self-criticism, this episode?s for you. On today?s podcast, I join business coach Simone Seol to explore cultural beliefs about productivity - and how shifting your own beliefs about productivity can help you compound your results.

Get full show notes and more information here:https://unfuckyourbrain.com/172

2021-02-11
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UFYB 171: Greatest Hits Vol 1. Perfectionist Fantasies + Tomorrow Thinking

Do you believe that if you just got that new job title, got married, or achieved any other fill-in-the-blank-accomplishment, you?d be happy and confident? And then do you create unrealistic plans to achieve that goal and abandon them entirely when you inevitably stumble in the execution? Tune into this Greatest Hits episode to learn how your perfectionist fantasies are holding you back - and how to build integrity with yourself (and accomplish your goals) by letting them go.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/171

2021-02-04
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UFYB 170: Weight Loss, the Diet Industry, and Self-Love: A Conversation with Corinne Crabtree

It?s no secret that I am an anti-diet coach. On today?s podcast, I?ll introduce you to my dear friend - and wildly successful weight loss coach - Corinne Crabtree. We?ll dive into our shared qualms with the diet industry, explore how Corinne holds space for unconditional self-love and body diversity in how she teaches weight loss, and discuss the top three lessons we?ve learned from each other.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/170

2021-01-28
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UFYB 169: Misconceptions about Thought Work & Mindset Coaching

There are a lot of misunderstandings about life coaching out there - that coaching is about gaslighting and spiritual bypassing, that it?s about learning how to ?fix? yourself on your own, that it?s only for privileged people. In today?s podcast, I break down the 5 biggest misconceptions about mindset coaching to reveal what coaching is really about: taking control of your experience of the world and generating more love and compassion for yourself and others.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/169

2021-01-21
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UFYB 168: Not Normal - Conformity, Safety, and Fear of Standing Out

Most women feel immense pressure to be ?normal.? We evolved to conform for our literal safety, and patriarchy has socialized us to fit in, to defer to the needs of others, to not challenge the dominant social norms. But in order to create an extraordinary life, you have to learn how to leave normal behind and be YOURSELF, fully, weird and wonderful as you are. Learn how in today?s episode.

Get full show notes and more information here:https://unfuckyourbrain.com/168

2021-01-14
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UFYB 167: Belief, Confidence, and Shattering Glass Ceilings: A Conversation with Brenda Lomeli

Why is it so valuable to set audacious goals, and how would it feel to have full confidence you could create exactly what you want this year? Find out in today?s podcast with Master Certified Coach and holistic nutritionist Brenda Lomeli, who has changed lives and shattered glass ceilings on the way to accepting herself fully. We?ll share 3 things we?ve learned from each other, how diversity benefits the entire coaching industry, and why it?s sometimes good to feel nauseous.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/167

2021-01-07
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UFYB 166: Perfectionism & Achieving Impossible Goals

Are you a perfectionist who wants to do something big? Most of the tools life coaches use to help their clients go after big goals don?t take perfectionist thought patterns into account, which sets you up to fail before you?ve even started. Tune into today?s episode to learn how to work WITH your brain and blow your f*cking mind.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/166

2020-12-31
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Bonus: How to Make & Keep Resolutions

The year is almost over, which means a lot of people are making ambitious resolutions that they will fully abandon by February 1. Tune into today?s bonus podcast to learn how to use the concepts of constraint and massive action to break the cycle of abandoned resolutions and achieve any goal you make for yourself this year.

Get full show notes and more information here:https://unfuckyourbrain.com/make-keep-resolutions/

2020-12-28
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UFYB 165: Saying No

Do you agree to do things you?d prefer not to because you?re worried it would be rude or uncomfortable to refuse? Whether you take on extra obligations at work or make subtle concessions at home to ?keep the peace,? your discomfort with saying no is likely impacting every area of your life. Tune into today?s episode to learn how you can say YES to yourself by getting better at saying NO to others.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/165

2020-12-24
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UFYB 164: Money Mindset, Safety, and Being Yourself: A Conversation with Stacey Boehman

This week, I invited fellow life coach, friend, and sales savant Stacey Boehman onto the podcast. Stacey is a Master Certified Coach who teaches other coaches how to sell and make money. Tune in as we explore the top three lessons we?ve learned from each other, where security and safety come from, and Stacey?s history of deer-related trauma (yes, you read that right).

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/164

2020-12-17
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UFYB 163: Loving Lightly

Do you get attached to the things you love? Many people wear their attachment as a badge of honor, thinking that loving something deeply means fearing its loss. In this episode, I?ll teach you why loving lightly - without attachment - is so revolutionary. You will learn how to love others lightly by committing to your OWN happiness, knowing that you will always love yourself and your life, no matter what.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/163

2020-12-10
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UFYB 162: Soulmates, Friendship, and Coaching Breakthroughs: A Conversation with Rachel Hart

What happens when two coaches fall in (platonic) love? You?ll find out in this episode, where I?ll introduce you to life coach - and best friend of mine - Rachel Hart. You?ll get a window into how our friendship has transformed both of our lives, and find out the three most valuable lessons we?ve learned from each other.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/162

2020-12-03
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UFYB 161: Anticipatory Stress (Insomnia, Public Speaking, etc.)

If you have insomnia, do you spend so much energy dreading the possibility of waking up at night that you literally can?t fall asleep? This is a perfect example of anticipatory stress, the stress we feel in anticipation of anything we label ?bad.? It?s also the main source of our suffering in any situation we dread. Tune in to learn four simple steps you can take to feel calmer even if what you fear comes to pass.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/161

2020-11-26
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UFYB 160: Your Self Story & DEI Update

Do you define yourself by what you have or haven?t achieved in the past? If you?re in debt, do you think of yourself as someone who?s bad with money? If you?re perpetually single, do you think you aren?t capable of love? Most of us judge ourselves because we want to change - but doing so actually PREVENTS us from changing. If you want to change your life, you have to start by changing your beliefs about yourself.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/160

2020-11-19
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UFYB 159: You Are Not the Reference Point

How often do you look at someone else?s behavior and think, ?If I were them, I?d do that differently?? This may seem like an innocent habit, but it can wreak havoc on your relationships and stagnate your growth. In today?s episode, learn how to let go of your judgments and generate curiosity, compassion, and love for those around you.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/159

2020-11-12
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UFYB 158: Giving Yourself Permission

Do you ever notice a low hum of discomfort and anxiety when you do things that someone, somewhere along the line, told you that you shouldn?t do? Like, say, eat carbs or take a nap. In this episode, I?ll teach you a simple brain hack that will instantly dissolve your guilt and discomfort. Get ready to take control of your life and experience WHATEVER you choose with more ease, relaxation, and pleasure.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/158

2020-11-05
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UFYB 157: Election Emotions (2020 Politics & Beyond)

Are you feeling anxious and worried about the upcoming US presidential election? Our brains are wired to fixate on anything in the future that they perceive as a potential ?threat,? but you don?t have to let your fear consume you. In this episode, I?ll teach you how to wrangle your brain when you are spinning out about the election (or any other future-focused event you?re stressed about).

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/157

2020-10-29
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UFYB 156: Victim Blaming & Self-Shaming

A lot of people think that ?your thoughts create your feelings? means they should blame themselves if they?re struggling, even if they?re dealing with the effects of trauma. Listen to this episode to learn how to ACCEPT what you?re feeling rather than judge it, and why applying this radical acceptance to your life will set you free.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/156

2020-10-22
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UFYB 155: Resourcefulness vs. Resourcelessness

Do you know how to solve your own problems? Resourcefulness is one of the most important qualities you need to live an incredible life, but many of us have brains that just throw up their metaphorical hands and want to die whenever the smallest hurdle arises. Learn why resourcefulness is so important, and how you can develop this critical skill, in today?s episode.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/155

2020-10-15
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UFYB 154: Ghost Patterns - Anxiety, Fixation & Survival

Is your brain haunting you? Most of us experience ghosts of old anxious thought patterns even after we?ve used coaching to feel more confident and secure. In today?s episode, I?ll teach you why these sparks of anxiety are so persistent, and what you can do the next time you experience a ?haunting.?

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/154

2020-10-08
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UFYB 153: Copenhagen & Croissants

You would never go to a toy store for a gala dress, so why do you stay with someone who?s afraid of commitment, when you?re looking for a life partner? Why do you seek validation from a parent, when they?ve never once approved of your choices? In this episode, I?ll teach you how to stop seeking validation, love, and approval from people who will never give it to you - and how to give it to yourself, instead.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/153

2020-10-01
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UFYB 152: Hope & Commitment

Are you feeling hopeless, afraid, despondent, or angry at the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg? In today?s podcast, I will teach you how to take hopeful action even when you aren?t FEELING hopeful, by using the coaching model to generate feelings of commitment. Hope feels good when it happens to arrive, but commitment will create a revolution.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/152

2020-09-24
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UFYB 151: Maximalism

Do you wish your life looked more like those minimalist Instagram homes full of light and clean lines and constraint? In today?s podcast episode, you will learn about the patriarchal underpinnings of minimalism and why I embrace MAXIMALISM instead. Tune in to get a taste of what life could look like if you stopped restricting yourself and gave yourself permission to be as colorful, loud, and abundant as you wanted.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/151

2020-09-17
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UFYB 150: Compromising: How and When

Women are socialized to compromise our needs and happiness behind the needs of family, friends, even strangers. At the same time, we?ve also experienced situations where compromise is helpful and growth-promoting. In this podcast episode, you will learn a few simple questions to ask yourself so that you will always know when to compromise and when to stand firm.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/150

2020-09-10
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UFYB 149: Diet Culture, Internalized Oppression, & Fat Bias - My Story

Most of us are so steeped in fatphobia that we don?t even realize it exists?and yet it impacts every aspect of our lives, from what we think about our bodies to what our doctors tell us when we are sick. Listen in to learn how I used thought work to overcome my own internalized fatphobia, and how you can set yourself free, too.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/149

2020-09-03
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UFYB 148: Intuition

Listen in this week to discover why the framing of intuition as something you use to categorize an experience doesn?t serve you, how it gets confused with feelings of anxiety, and the role of cognitive bias here. You need to examine the assumption that you should act on something without question if it?s coming from your intuition, and I?m guiding you through this process today.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/148

2020-08-27
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UFYB 147: Listener Q&A Vol. 17

Listen in today to get a taste of what it?s like to join The Clutch where I coach every single week on topics like body image and thought work. I?m doing a listener Q&A to coach on some of the most frequent questions I get sent. If you?re loving what you?re learning here and want a chance to have your questions addressed, come join us there!

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/147

2020-08-20
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UFYB 146: Using TW Against Yourself

Listen in this week to discover if you might be using thought work against yourself. There are two main ways that I see this play out very commonly, and I?m showing you why using thought work within these contexts can sometimes bring you awareness, but ultimately they are longer paths to getting to that point.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/146

2020-08-13
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UFYB 145: Mental Flexibility

Join me this week as I show you what mental flexibility is and why this skill is crucial in thought work. I?m outlining the irony that exists in resisting being challenged or in trying on a new contradictory thought, and why accepting, allowing, and holding space for two conflicting beliefs is what will help you move into alignment with the thing you want to become or have.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/145

2020-08-06
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UFYB 144: Get Out of Other People's Models

Join me on the podcast today as I show you when it?s useful to think about other people?s models, when it?s not, and why. Making your mental and emotional state contingent upon what other people might be thinking, feeling, or doing is useless and a waste of energy, and my goal is to show you that you never have to know what someone else is thinking to decide what you are going to think.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/144

2020-07-30
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UFYB 143: Radical Self-Love & Self-Care

Join me this week as I show you the power that lies in practicing radical self-love and exquisite self-care, why it is a radical subversive act, and how liberation from an oppressive ideology is an inside job. Radical self-love is where change has to start, and it?s a tool that will give you the emotional resources and mental freedom to transform your life.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/143

2020-07-23
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UFYB 142: Are You Underacting or Overacting?

Join me today as I share the nuances that come with being an overactor and an underactor, and the antidotes for each type of behavior. Both types are self-critical and often feel miserable about their goals, and I?ll be showing you how balanced action is the key to your own growth and appreciation for the journey, no matter what you may be working on.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/142

2020-07-16
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UFYB 141: Closure

Join me today as I show you what true closure is and how to get it. I?m outlining two things that many people believe will bring them closure if they had it, why these things are just lies our brains feed us, and the only thing that is really in your way of being happy right now.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/141

2020-07-09
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UFYB 140: Selling Yourself on Your Thoughts

Join me on the podcast today as I show you why you have to sell yourself and commit to watering, nurturing, and growing the new thoughts you?ve planted in your brain to make your visions and dreams come true. You?ll inevitably have mixed results along the way, but that?s just part of the process.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/140

2020-07-02
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UFYB 139: Let's Talk About Sex Vol. 2

Today I'm showing you how thought work can be used in various scenarios to improve your sex life and your physical experience of sex. It?s not all biology, your thoughts have a huge impact on the sexual dynamic between you and your partner, and your experience of sex overall.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/139

2020-06-25
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UFYB 138: Let's Talk About Sex Vol. 1

Listen in this week as I share a technique that I?ve found effective in connecting to your sexuality by embodying your own desire. This can feel uncomfortable and it may bring up strong emotions for you, and that?s totally okay and normal. The great thing about this work is that you can take it as slow as you want, without anyone else being involved.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/138

2020-06-18
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UFYB 137: Defensiveness & Shame

Join me today as I show you what is actually happening when you feel defensive, and how shame feeds into this feeling and prevents you from consciously digging into your thoughts. Anxiety, shame, and defensiveness are signals for you to get curious, and cluing yourself in and asking the right questions will allow you to see where you might be out of alignment and make changes.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/137

2020-06-11
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The Role of Thought Work in Living with Racism: A Conversation with Erika Royal (UPDATED)

Join us today as Erika shares her experience of navigating racism and her own journey of finding her voice to speak up and have difficult conversations as a black woman. You?ll hear how learning the coaching tools has impacted her life, and she illustrates the nuances of how she uses thought work to process her experiences, allow her emotions, and take action.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/junebonus2

2020-06-08
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UFYB 136: Anti-Racist Thought Work for White People

Listen in today to discover the most productive ways for you to be an ally and to make anti-racism a practice. I?m showing you how to use thought work to start questioning your belief systems. There is no one right way to do this, and creating guilt and shame for yourself never results in transformation. 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/136

2020-06-05
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TW & Anti-Racism Resources + Free Coaching Call

What I think the role of thought work is in moments like this and how we can use it to process challenging times and create change in the world.

I also address how white people can use thought work to get curious about our thoughts and to get honest about our own internalized racism. If you are a white person listening to this, I invite you to stay with me on this episode and to trust what I?m saying today so that it can be a tool for individual liberation and help us contribute to social change.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/junebonus1

2020-06-02
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UFYB 135: Embrace the Suck

Today I'm sharing two big reasons why you need to embrace the suck. We?re going to experience it at least 50% of the time anyway, so why not accept that and move through the world knowing that it sometimes sucks to be a human? There is no perfect way to do this, and willing to stay present is a skill that will help you embrace the other 50% that is full of joy and happiness.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/135

2020-05-28
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UFYB 134: A Year of Thought Work Vol. 3 - Money, Money, Money

This week, I want you to hear from some of my Clutch students who have used thought work to change their relationship with money. I love that they each bring a unique perspective on this topic, coming from various fields and industries, and every single of them has used what they?ve learned in The Clutch to create a more abundant financial mindset.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/134

2020-05-21
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UFYB 133: Your Financial Value & Worth

This week I illuminate the importance of this work in feeling secure in your moral value and worth, and why you, as a human, have inherent and intrinsic value just for existing. It?s no surprise that women tend to experience a lot of emotional drama when it comes to financial conversations or discussing their economic worth, and I?m untangling all of this on the podcast today.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/133.

2020-05-14
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UFYB 132: Pleasure First Principle

You can experience pleasure whenever and however you want, without permission from anyone else. I?m diving into how women don?t spend time on things we truly love, and why we?re not encouraged to take real pleasure seriously. Taking the time to create and experience pleasure is the best thing you can do for yourself, and I?m showing you how today.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/132

2020-05-07
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Bonus Podcast With Brooke Castillo

Kara and Brooke Castillo of the Life Coach School explore how the Covid-19 outbreak is presenting a unique opportunity for us to level up our thought work skills. Learn why loneliness, fear, and misery are not inevitable reactions to the crisis - and how to shift your thinking to get relief.

2020-05-05
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UFYB 131: A Year of Thought Work Vol. 2 - Dating, Breakups, & Social Justice

Listen in this week to catch Marissa and Deb share their experience around dating, breakups, social justice, and how The Clutch has helped them shift their perspective. This is such a rich and interesting conversation, and I know that the discoveries they?ve made throughout their time in The Clutch will show you what is truly possible for you too.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/131

2020-04-30
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