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Unbelievable Freedom Conversations with Kim & Jen

Unbelievable Freedom Conversations with Kim & Jen

By Kim Smith
I’m Kim, and this show began when I decided to share with the world what Unbelievable Freedom means to me. The story starts with my grandmother’s passing and a desperate desire to be free from a mire of struggle. In pursuit of her parting words Enjoy Your Life, I heard God’s voice and came into agreement with the truth that I was created for freedom. Staying out of struggle means staying out of agreement with lies about God, His nature and His promises. Join me as I talk with my friend Jen each week about messy healing, surrendering struggle, and accessing supernatural joy in Jesus.
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Episode 68: Season 3 Premiere
Greetings, Freedom Seekers! I’m back for another season of the podcast but it’s not just me. This time around, I’ll be joined by my friend & spiritual mentor Jen Burgess. In this brief introductory episode, I explain a little about why I changed the format and what you can expect from our Unbelievable Freedom Conversations. Www.Unbelievablefreedom.Com
15:45
July 26, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: My Enjoy Your Life convo with Riley, ash+ivy show 06.28.2021
With Riley’s permission, I’m sharing the conversation we had about my grandmother, my new book, and what Enjoy Your Life means to me. Check out Riley’s awesome podcast, the ash+ivy show, here: https://rileysloanpowell.podbean.com
01:02:51
July 12, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Enjoy Your Life Launch
I’ll be back with Season 3 in a few weeks. Meanwhile.....Enjoy Your Life: Pursuing My Grandmother’s Three Word Legacy is live for ordering now. Amazon Affiliate link here: https://amzn.to/3fUvtSp
03:45
June 7, 2021
Episode 65: Only One Spring (Season 2 Finale)
We have four seasons but we only have one spring. I heard that recently in the lyrics of a song by Chris Renzema. It struck me that even though writing my current book is an active and engaged process, it’s also “letting the ground rest” in terms of creating front-facing content. Therefore, this will be the last episode of season two and I hope to return when the new book is published in July. Enjoy Your Life! Www.Unbelievablefreedom.Com
08:30
May 11, 2021
Episode 64: Becoming Kiki, Month 3
Becoming Kiki is a broad way of describing how I’m showing up in my new life. This episode focuses on my grandson, now into his third month of life, and the lessons he is teaching me. He is a Wonder Boy and I’m grateful to be able to share him with you.
11:03
May 4, 2021
Episode 63: Plants & Podcasts
I’m now a plant lady, officially having five different house plants growing and thriving in my apartment. Turns out that having a podcast is a lot like having plants. If you want them to thrive, or at least prevent them from dying, you have to give them your energy and attention. So here I am, sharing a bit about where I hope to go from here
09:41
April 27, 2021
Episode 62: Losing & Gaining (Followers)
Back after a one-month hiatus, I’m still following the flow and finding new directions. God has encouraged me to share what He has done in my life, and so far, obeying that call has mostly caused my small audience to shrink! That’s OK because I’m living from a place of trust and grateful YOU are still following along. For updates on my new book due Summer 2021, get on the mailing list at www.unbelievablefreedom.com
10:20
April 20, 2021
Episode 61: Wondering What’s Next
This episode talks about the newest Unbelievable Freedom Journal called Wondering What If. The book is about exploring “what if” God’s promises are true. It’s the last episode before I go on hiatus for a few weeks, doing more of my own exploration of what God wants me to do with my platform. Find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Wondering-What-If-Invitation-Unbelievable/dp/1954248032/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=wondering+what+if&qid=1616177831&sr=8-4
12:35
March 23, 2021
Episode 60: Freedom as a Strategy
In this episode, Ryan and I continue our conversation about good, behavior, old patterns, being mindful and gentle, and generally being strategic about freedom
14:18
March 16, 2021
Episode 59: Sustaining Weight Loss
As we near the 4 year mark of our fasting journey, I wanted Ryan to come back and talk about how we’re sustaining the 200 lbs we lost - what maintenance is & isn’t, and what freedom means now
16:51
March 9, 2021
Episode 58: Oasis of Magic
My grandson was born Thursday evening, healthy and gorgeous. It has me reflecting on the way my grandmother created an oasis in my life. Her vibration felt like magic to me. We all have the opportunity to participate in the lives of others this way!
11:38
March 2, 2021
Episode 57: Notes from Kiki
My grandson is scheduled to arrive this week so I’m kicking off a segment called Notes from Kiki. I hope encouragement to stay out of the mire & enjoy life is my grandmother legacy from the get-go. Www.Unbelievablefreedom.Com
10:39
February 23, 2021
Episode 56: Those Who Flow
This episode was recorded wayyyyy back when....December 2020. It’s interesting to reflect how setting the intention for ease & flow in 2021 has already come true in so many significant ways. Www.Unbelievablefreedom.Com
13:33
February 16, 2021
Episode 55: Participating in Magic
Having something transform from “out of reach dream” to “my current reality” in 11 calendar days felt like participation in real-life magic 🦄 www.unbelievablefreedom.com
10:14
February 9, 2021
Episode 54: Stop Feeding The Beast
This episode talks about how important it is not to do things deliberately that fuel the “beast” of one’s own struggle. For me, that struggle is always about resentment. I also announce the fact that the podcast will be going on hiatus for most of February 2021. Enjoy Your Life!
09:40
January 26, 2021
Episode 53: Self/Not Self
This episode is all about my human design chart and my efforts this year to stay in my “Self” energy of satisfaction over my “Not Self” energy of frustration. Blank Page Bliss is closed but the waiting list is at https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
10:37
January 19, 2021
Episode 52: South Beach Trail
I’ve talked a lot about driving on the intuitive rumble strip, knowing on some level that you’re going off course, and a funny talk to text error help me give a name to those wrong turns: South Beach Trail! www.unbelievablefreedom.com
09:42
January 15, 2021
Episode 51: Drawing from a Deep Well
This episode continues the New Year conversation about my book Unmired, focusing on Week 11 “Drawing from a Deep Well.” In that Contemplation, I talk about the profound sense of physical well-being I experienced in my early months of fasting as a lifestyle, and why I’m choosing to lean back in. Unmired’ s Amazon link is here: https://www.amazon.com/Unmired-Transforming-Struggle-Into-Serenity/dp/1095589873/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=unmired&qid=1609799024&sr=8-1
11:12
January 12, 2021
Episode 50: Urgency Is Not An Emergency
Here in the new year, I’m taking a look back at my own book Unmired to see what inspiration I can gain around trusting my body.  In this episode, I reflect on the Contemplation from Week 2, ”No Emergency.”  That entry in the book is about how hunger isn’t an emergency and learning to trust my body through pausing helped me become less reactive in general.  You can find my book Unmired on Amazon at this link:  https://www.amazon.com/Unmired-Transforming-Struggle-Into-Serenity/dp/1095589873/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=unmired&qid=1609799024&sr=8-1
12:48
January 8, 2021
Episode 49: The Power of Inspiration
Here in 2021, I am leaning back into the story about my grandmother helped me transform my entire life with just three words. They created permission & possibility that brought me beyond myself and into a spiritual surrender. I invite you to consider the power of Inspiration in your own life. For more about journaling with me, visit https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
08:48
January 5, 2021
Episode 48: RADICAL SELF HONOR (Flipped Switch #5/5)
What flip will I switch in 2021? Only time will tell, but my intention is to be radically self-honest and make self-honoring choices. I consider myself in recovery from chronic self betrayal and this will be a theme within Blank Page Bliss. See more info here: https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
13:06
January 1, 2021
Episode 47: SURRENDER (Flipped Switch #4/5)
For the final five episodes of 2020, I talk about shifts I’ve made, or switches I flipped, over the past few years. This one is about 2020 and SURRENDER. In some ways, it was the most beautiful of all. Blank Page Bliss is underway & we would love you to join us! Https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
12:11
December 29, 2020
Episode 46: EASE & FLOW (Flipped Switch #3/5)
For the final five episodes of 2020, I’m going to talk about the shifts I’ve made, or switches I’ve flipped, over the past few years. This one is about 2019 and EASE & FLOW, also known as joy. I invite you to come join us in https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
11:20
December 25, 2020
Episode 45: WORTHINESS (Flipped Switch #2/5)
For the final five episodes leading up to 1-1-21....I’m going to talk about a major flip I made in each of the past four years, then the one I hope to make in the coming year. This one is about 2018, releasing shame and standing in WORTHINESS. Each flip flows to the next, and I hope will help you reflect on your growth journey. Blank Page Bliss is accepting members: https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
10:23
December 22, 2020
Episode 44: CAPABILITY (Flipped Switch #1/5)
For the final five episodes leading up to 1-1-21....I’m going to talk about a major flip I made in each of the past four years, then the one I hope to make in the coming year. This one is about the year 2017 and embracing CAPABILITY. Each flip flows into the next and I hope will inspire you to reflect on your growth journey.
10:04
December 18, 2020
Episode 43: Every Thought Is An Affirmation
You may have heard the expression “thoughts are things”...in this one I talk about just that. As I understand just how much my thoughts, not my circumstances, have been the cause of my suffering, it’s undeniable. I have to attend to my thoughts, which drive my feelings, which create my life.
13:06
December 15, 2020
Episode 42: Not Just Nice
In this episode, I curiously challenge the distorted thought that I’m approaching 20K downloads on this podcast because people are “just being nice.” When we chronically think thoughts that prevent us from expanding into feeling good, it’s an Upper Limit Problem in action. Check out my newest offer at https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
13:31
December 11, 2020
Episode 41: Blank Page Bliss
In this episode I share how my journaling practice is another foundation of my freedom, and I invite listeners to experience what I call Blank Page Bliss. Check out more information at https://unbelievablefreedom.podia.com/blank-page-bliss
11:46
December 8, 2020
Episode 40: Transformation is a Trip (Season 2 Premiere)
I’m bringing the podcast back after a very brief hiatus because I was starting to descend into overthinking. This is one of my traps, so I decided to return now with a message about how transformation is a trip...it’s a journey but also a “head trip” or mind game. That’s OK! I’m here for all of it, and hope you will be, too.
12:22
December 4, 2020
Episode 39: Mire No More (Season 1 Finale)
We started the season talking about Mire, what it is, how I got in there, and how I got out. We’re ending the season talking about how strongly I intend to stay Unmired, because the Mire was simply a spiritual situation with a spiritual solution. We will return for Season 2 in December 2020.
11:21
November 20, 2020
Episode 38: Homecoming
This is the next to last episode of season one, and I talk about my unborn grandson and what he’s teaching me as I continue to come home to the truth and to myself.
12:21
November 17, 2020
Episode 37: Admitting What I Do Know
The original title I put on this episode was, what’s next? I sat down by the river and riffed a bit about what’s next for me, what’s next for the podcast, and a little bit of “this I know it’s true.”
10:01
November 13, 2020
Episode 36: Pretending Not to Know
We have an intuitive guidance system that’s just like a rumble strip on an interstate off ramp. We can drive for miles, so to speak, pretending not to know. In this episode, I share a bit about what I’ve been knowing but not admitting. What are YOU pretending not to know?
11:26
November 10, 2020
Episode 35: Better Boundaries
Setting boundaries is more than a buzz-phrase. If you’re willing to set and enforce them, boundaries can help you protect your energy & enjoy your life
09:44
November 6, 2020
Episode 34: Struggle is a Spiritual Situation
For a while now, I’ve wanted to share my thoughts on why struggle, such a common part of my life, is ultimately a spiritual situation with a spiritual solution. My birthday seemed like the perfect time to finally do so :)
11:53
November 3, 2020
Episode 33: No Needless Negativity
At times, I realize that I am still tolerating unnecessary negative energy and at its root, it’s people pleasing behavior that’s to blame. In this episode I talk about it within the context of social media, and why I am exercising my freedom to eliminate needless sources, more now than ever. For details about my Struggle Freedom course, visit www.unbelievablefreedom.com
11:16
October 30, 2020
Episode 32: Roll With The Changes
I experienced a pretty major change in my life this past week, losing our 14 year old dog, and I share how I’m rolling with it. Just as with struggle itself, it’s about recognizing -being present and willing to experience it all in a flow. Now we are embarking on our pet-free Enjoy-Your-Life Experiment...
11:46
October 27, 2020
Episode 31: ULP (Again!)
More riffs on self sabotage, ego stories, the Upper Limit Problem, and getting comfortable with feeling great.
11:55
October 23, 2020
Episode 30: Finding Fascinations
What fascinated me: people and what makes them tick...especially what makes me tick! It has brought freedom to focus on the things that bring me joy & let the rest go.
11:16
October 20, 2020
Episode 29: Tweak, Dont Freak
I’m almost willing to say that the worst thing you can do for any situation is bringing the energy of struggle. Panicking, freaking out, or generally going into a negative spiral is always a trap. In this episode I talk about how to approach “tweaking” your practices in a calm and gentle way.
11:08
October 16, 2020
Episode 28: No (Self) Shame
A major factor in staying stuck in the mire was being hard on myself, beating myself up, and generally lacking self compassion. In this episode, I explore a bit about why I no longer shame myself and how it supports my freedom
10:42
October 13, 2020
Episode 27: Introducing Struggle Freedom
In this episode, I explain why I decided to create my brand new course modeled after my own daily health & happiness practices. Struggle Freedom teaches a process for recognizing & releasing struggle as it arises daily. You can get details on enrolling at www.unbelievablefreedom.com
11:10
October 9, 2020
Episode 26: Show Up As Yourself
Whether we are talking about intermittent fasting or any other topic, the best way to be of service to others is to show up as yourself. By this I mean, being who you are, liking what you like, and being willing to attract and repel accordingly. Enjoy Your Life!
10:37
October 6, 2020
Episode 25: Riffs w/Ryan: Tuning into Intuition
Ryan returns and talks with me about food-as-coping and how difficult it was to do any kind of intuitive eating whatsoever- until we found intermittent fasting. The appetite correction is real, folks!
11:56
October 2, 2020
Episode 24: Your Identity Habits
This content appeared on my YouTube channel as “New Story, New Life.” It’s my thoughts on recent learning from James Clear and his book Atomic Habits. He crystallizes the concept of how I was successful with my weight loss. After my grandmother’s passing, I could no longer practice habits that were incongruent with my new identity as a non-struggler. ... Amazon affiliate link for the book here: https://amzn.to/32Lx5r8
11:33
September 29, 2020
BONUS: Make Your Life Sacred
Spontaneous and raw impressions following a sunrise sea stroll
08:02
September 26, 2020
Episode 23: Riffs with Ryan/Fairy Tales
Ryan joins me again to talk about weight loss, so-called happy endings, and becoming flexible in our interpretation of messes & magic.
12:18
September 25, 2020
Episode 22: Food Fodder
Why do I have so much resistance to talking specifically about what I eat? It’s not just that I don’t think my way is “the” way - it’s because I don’t think any way is “the” way. Still, I’m willing to share a little about my daily practice. ... To get my email mini series Four Steps Toward Struggle Freedom, visit www.unbelievablefreedom.com
12:26
September 22, 2020
Episode 21: Resting from Digesting
Intermittent fasting is the name of the practice I’ve engaged in every day for 3.5 years. So why am I moving away from talking about “IF”? There are a lot of reasons, but mainly because I simply think of it as resting my digestive system to promote healing, and I use this episode to explain a bit about why. *** www.unbelievablefreedom.com
11:35
September 18, 2020
Episode 20: Transforming TURD cycles
Yes, this podcast is going to talk about digestion, including in the very next episode, but in this case we are talking about an acronym. Timid-unmet need- resentment-dissatisfaction. Being stuck in that cycle for a long time created a Mire of misery, but I figured out how to do the opposite. This episode tells you a little bit about the mindset shift. *** To learn more about the book I reference, The Liberated Self by Paula Cookson LCSW, visit the website at www.unbelievablefreedom.com
11:11
September 15, 2020
Episode 19: Weight & Worthiness
I want to tell you what it’s been like to share my “transformation photos”, otherwise known as weight loss before-and-afters. While I know that worthiness has nothing to do with weight, I’ve sometimes felt held back by fear that my photos would make others feel less worthy. Something that happened this week shifted my perspective on the role of photographs & power of understanding your worth so that you can change your life. ... Sign up for my email miniseries Four Steps Toward Struggle Freedom at www.unbelievablefreedom.com
11:37
September 11, 2020
Episode 18: What Mindset Means To Me
I often get asked if I believe that my area of expertise is mindset. I guess it is. My mindset is one focused on my own freedom through life enjoyment. Using that as a barometer allows me to stay out of struggle, and I believe it can do the same for anyone. ... Sign up for my email miniseries in Four Steps Toward Struggle Freedom at www.unbelievablefreedom.com
11:03
September 8, 2020
Episode 17: Replacement Value
In this episode, I talk further about the process of recognizing and releasing my struggles. Specifically, I want to highlight the fact that it doesn’t end there. We need to replace our released struggles with something new that supports our life enjoyment flow. In the case of releasing my struggle with food, I replaced it with my joyful fasting/feasting balance. This recognize-release-replace method can be applied to so many other struggles as well.
11:37
September 4, 2020
Episode 16: Then & Now (Ryan Part 2)
This episode features the second part of my conversation with Ryan about our Unbelievable Freedom journey. He shares some important insights about men’s mental health and the challenges of facing about what was beneath his weight problem.
12:40
September 1, 2020
Episode 15: Then & Now (Ryan Pt 1)
The first part of a two-part conversation with my husband Ryan about what it’s been like to gain weight together, lose weight together, and share the whole story with the world.
11:07
August 28, 2020
Episode 14: My Attention Deficits
In this episode, I talk a little about my (undiagnosed) ADHD and how I believe it contributed to my struggle, especially my dysfunctional eating & weight gain. Fasting eliminated decisions and freed up bandwidth that helped me stop struggling in a number of other ways. Reframing and refocusing my attention issues supports my life enjoyment!
11:38
August 25, 2020
Episode 13: Happy Birthday, Gram
This episode is set to air on what would have been my grandmothers 102nd birthday. I decided to use the time to talk about her life and what made her unremarkable, yet totally remarkable. My grandmother’s legacy lives on in every one of you who listens and believes. ENJOY YOUR LIFE!
11:08
August 21, 2020
Episode 12: EYL
A quick episode about how my grandmother’s words “Enjoy Your Life” used to feel like pressure and how & why that shifted. Most importantly, it’s important to understand life enjoyment by talking about what it is NOT.
10:35
August 18, 2020
Episode 11: Faulty Forecasting
The term “affective forecasting” refers to our attempts to predict how we will feel when future events occur. I share some of the flaws in my own past thinking on this subject, and how I came to enjoy life as the best way of serving my future self. The future is ultimately unknowable and there is freedom in that!
10:42
August 14, 2020
Episode 10: It IS About You
This one is a message for my quiet strugglers. If you have ever thought that it’s not about you ....here’s my heartfelt, rambling reminder that releasing struggle, finding contentment, and enjoying life IS about you. It’s all about you. Enjoy Your Life!
09:38
August 11, 2020
Episode 9: In a Struggle Rut
Even though I live Unmired now, the old mental ruts that created my struggle are still there. Needing to make a decision can trigger old patterns of overthinking and fearing failure. I was in such a rut when it was time to record, so that’s what I decided to talk about. Being gently curious and observant of my thoughts prevents me from getting mired all over again.
09:31
August 7, 2020
Episode 8: Why Workbooks?
A little hodge-podge of an episode about the importance of digging up long-buried dreams. I talk about my early desire to become a writer, how I finally granted myself permission to try, and why I ended up writing workbooks. I also invite you to join me in the Enjoy-Your-Life Experiment program starting September 1. All the details are available at www.unbelievablefreedom.podia.com
09:27
August 4, 2020
Episode 7: Permission
This episode is a follow up to Episode 6, describing the importance of combining possibility with permission. My discomfort with the unfamiliar nature of radiant health and happiness created what Gay Hendricks calls an “Upper Limit Problem.” I want you to be able to recognize and release the struggle and even self-sabotage of an ULP if it happens.
10:42
July 31, 2020
Episode 6: Possibility
Throughout this podcast, I’ll be sharing the unfolding story of my personal Enjoy-Your-Life Experiment. It’s an invitation, too, and I want you to understand the two critical ingredients for a successful experiment. This one’s possibility and the next one is permission. The best news? You can create both for yourself right now. More information about the Enjoy-Your-Life Experiment program at www.unbelievablefreedom.com
09:45
July 28, 2020
Episode 5: The Quiet Struggle Cycle
In this episode, I describe another dynamic that kept me mired: people pleasing. It’s so common that you hear the term everywhere, but for me, I came to understand it as a stress response. My freedom was inhibited by fear of losing the approval of others. Recognizing and releasing this pattern helps me enjoy my life. *** Book title mentioned in this episode is Try Softer by Aundi Kolber
07:46
July 24, 2020
Episode 4: Five Foundations of my Freedom
Above all else, this podcast is about life enjoyment and how staying in its flow feels like freedom. I have five foundational habits that support this effect in my life. In this episode, I describe a bit about each one, how I practice it, and why it’s so meaningful to me. As always, they are offered for as a contemplation for your own experimentation. Enjoy Your Life!
11:11
July 21, 2020
Episode 3: What’s Food Got To Do With It?
Food is inherently enjoyable, so how did food become THE major obstacle to my own freedom flow? It has to do with my mental mire, fueled by the struggle energy of daily food cravings and “failures.” Fasting interrupted the pattern and created an expansive sense of space, within which I found a sense of clarity and capability. The full story is in our memoir Unbelievable Freedom: How We Transformed Our Health and Happiness With Intermittent Fasting
09:08
July 17, 2020
Episode 2: This Wasn’t In The Vows
Overlapping with the years that I spent in the mire were the years I spent struggling with compulsive eating and morbid obesity. This was a particularly complex aspect of my transformation because it’s one that was entangled with my husband’s weight struggle. In this episode I set the stage for how we came to gain 200 pounds and then lose it again. Thank you for listening. Enjoy Your Life!
11:31
July 14, 2020
Episode 1: The Mire
In this introductory episode, I describe a bit about my backstory and what I mean when I say I was deeply “mired” in a quiet struggle. I set the stage for some of the practices I will describe in the episodes to come, those that helped me find freedom. I want you to understand the things I do to intentionally stay Unmired. I hope you will subscribe and share. Enjoy Your Life! ...www.unbelievablefreedom.com
09:38
July 14, 2020