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.
Bonus: Roe v. Wade & Thought Work
Some of you know that I was a reproductive rights activist, advocate, litigator, and academic before I became a coach. So I am sadly not surprised by this decision as the writing has long been on the wall. But here's what I have to say as a coach:
The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
How do we meet this kind of challenge, from a coaching/thought work perspective?
Today is a day of mourning for anyone who cares about human autonomy and freedom. This ruling is a violation of the rights of anyone who can get pregnant, and in keeping with a long history of patriarchal control over women/childbearing bodies. As usual, the burden will be worse for people of color, disabled people, poor people, and anyone else living in a marginalized identity or a retrogressive state.
Thought work is not about finding a “silver lining” in human rights violations. It is not about seeing oppression as “perfect” because it exists.
It is about equipping ourselves to return to the fight.
It is about increasing our own resilience, to show up for what we believe, even when we seem to be losing.
It is about reclaiming our own ability to make meaning of our struggles and our lives, no matter what circumstances we live in.
It is about power in the one place that no one else can control: The inside of our own minds.
This work is about liberating ourselves from the inside out, so that we can continue to work to liberate the world.
So allow those emotions today. Anger, sadness, fear. Cry, grieve, scream, howl.
And when you’re ready, manage your mind. Choose what you want to believe – about this decision, about this world, about yourself, about your capacity to hold your experience, to find joy, to create change, to help others.
Many terrible Supreme Court decisions have been overturned in time. It is worth continuing the fight.
If we give up in our own minds, we are giving up on the world. That's how the patriarchy wins. Don’t give up.
P.S. If you want more guidance: I recommend Episode 31, What About Sexism, and Episode 70, Clean v. Dirty Pain.
P.P.S. The quickest thing you can do to help equalize abortion access in a post-Roe world is to donate to local and state abortion funds that will pay for women to travel to states where abortion is still available. You can google to find one close to home or you can donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/supportabortionfunds?refcode=nnafwebsite
Here is another list: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/abortion-funds-to-donate-to-how-to-help-1351451/
Using Mindset to Succeed in White Male-Dominated Industries & Social Media: A Conversation with Isa Watson
While it would be nice if we could sit back and wait for our incredible intelligence and value to be recognized and rewarded, that unfortunately isn’t the way things work, especially for people socialized as women.
My guest on the podcast this week, founder and CEO of Squad Isa Watson, has masterfully navigated the white male landscapes of science, tech, and now startup, as a Woman of Color, and has used managing her mind to succeed in each of them.
Tune in to learn how creating opportunities for yourself and discomfort go hand in hand, why learning to be your own hype person is so important, how managing your mind can help when going through proper institutional channels (like HR) fails, and the difference between mentorship and sponsorship (and why you should intentionally cultivate the latter).
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/243
Bonus: Is This a Cult and Other Questions About the Clutch
Listen in as Kara answers questions like "Is the Clutch a cult?" and more in this bonus Q+A episode.
Get more info here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/bonus-clutch-qa/
Bonus: The Root Cause of All Your Problems (It Isn't Just Your Thoughts)
Doors to the Clutch are now open! They've been closed since last year, but you can join now through Tuesday, June 21. Listen to learn what kind of transformation is waiting for you when you join the incredible Clutch community.
Get more info here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/theclutch
What Is Human Nature and How Do You Motivate Yourself
Have you ever wondered if we (or the entire human race) would enter into total anarchy and violence in the absence of self-judgment, worry over other people’s feelings, or agreement on ethics or morality? More importantly, have you ever wondered *why* you think that would be the case? It all boils down to whether or not you think humans are inherently good or inherently bad - to what you believe the nature of humans is.
Listen to this week’s podcast episode to learn why it’s so critical to examine and intentionally choose your beliefs about human nature, how women’s socialization adds an additional complicated layer to the way we view human nature, and the role our beliefs about human nature play into how we motivate ourselves.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/242
Four Questions for A Yearly Review: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Remembrances
Annual mile markers, like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays prompt us to reflect on the past year. The act of reflection helps us to cultivate appreciation and enjoyment from our past experiences, but doing it in thoughtful ways is actually a really effective way we can work to create our future intentionally.
I recently celebrated my 41st birthday, a milestone in my business, and my anniversary with my partner, and took time to do my own little ritual of reflection by answering just four simple questions. Listen to this week’s podcast episode to learn what the four questions are and how the answers can help you create a future so good, you can’t even imagine it right now.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/241
I’m a feminist, new author who left a cult
Excellent content! I’m the author of the new release graphic novel CULT GIRLS (on Amazon & Barnes) by Natalie Grand. It’s a light hearted comedy, based on a true story of 4 women born, raised in the Jehovah’s Witness cult.
If you are looking for an anti-cult activist special guest my Twitter is Natalie Grand.
A podcast for the WOKE
If your looking for smart WOKE content that sounds like talking points for the left instead of intellectual curiosity, go all in on this podcast. If you want a diverse range of thinking, go elsewhere.
Has strategies based in mindfulness that can be helpful. However, she makes listeners feel as if they need to be apart of “The Clutch” in order to achieve their best life. She uses all kinds of selling strategies that could go unnoticed if you were really in a vulnerable place looking for help. Wants people to join the clutch based on “their decision” but finds a way to go around every concern they may have about joining. Preaches for people to “trust themselves” except when it comes to their doubts about purchasing her program. You do not need to pay 100 a month to love yourself. You are lovable just as you are.