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    Kara Loewentheil has a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Harvard Law and she just so happens to be one of the most beloved self-help gurus working in the podcasting space today. In the last three years since leaving her legal career behind, Kara has grown her life coaching business from 0 to 7 figures. She's the host of the iTunes top-rated self-help podcast Unf*ck Your Brainwhich has been downloaded over 5M times, and she has been featured in Marie Claire, Mind Body Green,, The Huffington Postand more. On this special episode of BUST’s Poptarts podcast, recorded LIVE at the BUST Craftacular in Brooklyn, she helps explain why some of us immediately turn into petulant teens when we go home to visit our parents for the holidays, and she gives valuable tips for unf*cking our brains and getting more centered in 2020.


    About:  BUST's PoptartsPoptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience

    This podcast was produced for BUST by Cait Moldenhauer and Jessy Caron at More Banana Productions and was recorded by Logan del Fuego.

     Photo By Teresa Earnest


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    In 2018, I was in a funk. After a life-changing experience living abroad, I begrudgingly moved back to the States and the disappointment was palpable. Then it occurred to me: by focusing on what I thought I’d lost, I couldn’t appreciate all that I had. I decided to start a gratitude practice, and it’s been transformative. These days, I’m notably happier. I laugh more, complain less, and go with the flow of life instead of swimming against the tide. The good news? You can do it, too! Gratitude exists in abundance. Here’s how to get started:

    Don’t Overthink It

    Gratitude doesn’t have to be deep, grandiose, or time consuming. You also don’t need a fancy journal to make it legit. Grab a notebook, use your phone’s notes app, or even record a voice memo if writing isn’t your jam, and document up to three things you feel grateful for each day. Nothing is too small! I’ve written about good cups of coffee, full nights of rest, and exceptionally delightful pieces of pie. Commit to the practice for one week, and evaluate how it impacts your mood.

    Get Specific

    Energetically, there’s a huge difference between “I am grateful for my partner” and “I am grateful for my partner because they hold space for me when I need them to listen.” Getting specific about why you are grateful helps bridge the gap between expressing it and really feeling it. 

    Feel Into It 

    Feeling gratitude is magical. It roots us in the present and makes it easier to identify our blessings. Here’s an exercise to help you tap into it: close your eyes and envision something you are truly thankful for (let your intuition guide you, there’s no wrong answer). Now hone in on the reasons why—e.g. you may be grateful for a bonus check because it provides financial security, allows you to start saving for that big vacation, and enables you to take care of yourself with greater ease. When finished, take three rounds of breath. Smile, give thanks, and allow your eyes to gently flutter open.

    By Aja Vines, @ajavines
    Illustrated by Kah Yangni

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