59: Finding Freedom When You Feel Trapped By Life (with Beth Kempton)
Do you ever feel trapped by your busy life? Desperate for a little more freedom? Beth Kempton felt the same way. While pregnant with her second child Beth found herself completely burnt out and feeling trapped by her busy schedule. Beth arranged her affairs as they say, and took a 5-month break to relax. During this time she did a lot of thinking and figured out the 8 keys to finding freedom, which she shares with us in this episode.
Beth Kempton is a fierce champion of women living free and happy lives, doing what they love. If you were to read her resume from her early career it would include stints working for the UN and at many of the world's top sports events like the Olympics, hosting her own TV show, and the fact that she speaks Japanese, but the most important thing to know about her life now is that she is on a mission to inspire all of us to fly free. For the past six years she has run a company called Do What You Love which has helped thousands of people to create a life that makes them happy, through online courses and retreats. She is also a wife and mother of two sweet girls, and has recently become a Hay House author. Her first book ‘Freedom Seeker: Live more. Worry less. Do what you love.' has just come out.
Nuggets of Wisdom from Beth:
“What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~Goethe
“If you can see something in your mind's eye, then you almost already know how to do that thing. And when you really do that you become bold and you take those difficult steps and you start to see magic unfold.”
“For the first time I could see what cage I was trapped in, what it was that was holding me back from the fuller life I used to know…I was just this shell of myself, feeling guilty all the time, not running my business properly, not being a good mother…I was never where I was supposed to be. So if I was playing on the carpet with my baby my hands would be in the game and my head would be in my inbox.”
“What I discovered was that the key was taking my mind to somewhere where I could get head space and heart space.”
“It was almost like I saw a free version of myself out in the world and I asked myself, ‘What did she have that I don't have now?' And realized that it was space. She had a vast amount of space, both physical space in the places she was visiting, but also space in her day, space in her mind, quiet… And I had none of those things. I was very heavily pregnant so it wasn't really realistic to get a plane and go to Siberia. But I thought about ‘How can I make some space?' and I started really small with 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there… I would just go outside and stand on the grass and look at the sun or have a cup of tea and read Flow Magazine. And then that would build up, I'd go to a yoga class or spend half a day walking on the beach. And that made a big difference and I felt better.”
Some of Beth‘s Favorite Things:
Personal habit: “I'm really bad at habits. I have a lot of good intentions. I think my lust for adventure and for wanting things to be fresh and new means I'm very, very bad at habits. But I do know that I'm much better in going through my day when I'm organized, so I do like to sit down and plan my week and have a moment of quiet with a cup of tea.”
Easy meal: “Miso and rice. I lived in Japan so it's definitely my favorite.”
Favorite kitchen gadget: “Rice cooker.”
Best advice received: “Moisturize your neck every day.”~Beth's Mom “Keep your eye on the prize. Don't let other people's opinions of how big your idea can be LIMIT your opinion of how big your idea can be.”~Lord David Putnam
Beth's Happiness Formula:
“Love + Adventure + Freedom.”
“Happiness is something that happens on the side when you aim to feel free.”
A Challenge from Beth:
“Ask yourself today what it is that's making you feel trapped and to take yourself to a place when you've felt free in your life and look at the difference and think what can you do right now, in this moment, to feel more like you did the last time you felt free.”
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion
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