Are You Frustrated? Exhausted? Overwhelmed?
 

Often times along with the new year hullabaloo, there can also be a sense of frustration. Another year and I’m still working on this. Another year and this is still on my goal list. WTF.
 
Can you relate?
 
What I’ve found in myself and in my clients is that this frustrated piece of us is really good at taking over and running the show. Meaning when we feel frustrated with ourselves or where we are in our lives or both, it feels like that frustration is all there is. I should be further along by now, period.
 
So we let this frustrated piece set the intentions, set the daily habits, set the goals. We let the frustrated piece push us and make us feel behind. We let the frustrated piece drive us to exhaustion and overwhelm. 
 
Then we wonder why we feel so tired and unmotivated. Then we get more frustrated with ourselves. And the cycle continues. Am I right??
 
This frustration is indeed very good at taking over and causing quite a bit of mayhem while it’s at it.

So today I want to invite you to notice that the part of you that’s frustrated is actually just one part of you.
 
For instance, there’s also the part of you that feels scared – scared to do what you need to do or scared that you aren’t capable of doing it. And there’s the part of you that feels tired or overwhelmed. The part of you that just wants relief, to give it all up entirely.
 
Now I want you to notice the part of you that knows that everything is actually ok. The part that can hold all the frustration and fear and sadness and simply sit with it.
 
Maybe it’s in your heart or in your yoni or along your spine. Maybe it’s a shimmery energy around your whole body. Just open your mind and notice.
 
This might take some practice, especially if you’ve never tried to do this before. Close your eyes, take some slow deep breaths and ask yourself, where is the part of me that knows everything is ok? Whatever you experience, take a few more deep breaths and really soften into that.
 
See if you can feel a little relief. A little release. A softening.
 
Or if you can’t, check in and see if you need to create space for that release to happen. Get up and shake your whole body. Scream into a pillow. Fake laugh until you cry. Cry until you laugh. Move and sound however your body wants, regardless of how silly or weird it might seem. Go until your body is ready to stop.
 
And now try again. Close your eyes. Where is the part of me that knows everything is ok? That knows I am where I am and can simply soften and open into that?
 
What does this piece – this piece of you that can hold and accept all of your pieces – what does it know about your intentions and goals for 2018? What does this piece know about what your body and spirit truly need to thrive this year? What wisdom does it have for you?

 

Breathe. Listen and breathe.

 

Whether you are able to tap into this accepting of it all piece of you or not, it doesn’t matter. You can still notice how the frustrated piece is just one part of you.

And the more awareness you bring to that piece – maybe even giving it a name or a persona – the more you can notice when it’s running your show and question whether you want to buy into everything it says about where you “should” be by now and how much shit you “should” have on your to do list.
 
Because I promise, when you stop letting your frustrated piece blindly run the show, the new year feels a lot more simple, gentle, and potentially expansive.
 
My intention for this space in 2018 is to share practices which are helpful and transformational, ideas and invitations that bring you home to you. The truth of you. That means more awareness, more breathing, more expansion, more surrender, more exploration, more confidence, more trust. You have everything you need within you already, sweet one. Let's explore it together.

Thank you so much for being here.

Lots of love and self-compassion to you for wherever you are today –
Rachel

 
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{ripen 014} The Pressure to Pick the "Best" with Rachel Sizemore
 
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There's a lot of underlying pressure in our world to figure out "the best" of all of our options, the best foods to eat, the best restaurant to go to, the best partner to marry, the best school for your kids. We are both blessed and cursed to have so many options, and one way we cope is to focus on the elusive "best."

But searching for the best can be exhausting and overwhelming. And frankly, it can be limiting, too.

In this episode, I share a simple alternative framework for how to easily navigate decision making when you're flooded with options and feel pressure to figure out the best one.

 
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RESOURCES

+  Awaken Your Desire, live workshop with Rachel in Culver City on June 29, 2017

+  Episode 13 of Ripen with Connie Chapman for more on deepening your connection with yourself

+  Episode 9 of Ripen with Katarina Arneric for more on using the wisdom of your body to make decisions


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+  Website: rachelsizemore.com

+  Facebook: /rksize

+  Instagram: @rksize


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Tuning into your unique intuition and desires - sounds lovely in theory but can be a bit tricky in practice - particularly if we are in the habit of racing through life and filling any downtime scrolling on the phone.

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+  Awaken Radio, Connie's amazing podcast *My faves include episodes #70, #68, #60

+  Gabby Bernstein

+  Free Yourself from the Pain of Negative Emotions, Episode 11 of Ripen      

 

ABOUT CONNIE CHAPMAN

Connie Chapman is a Life Coach, Speaker and Writer empowering big dreamers and soul seekers to create lives they love (from the inside out). Through her international 1:1 coaching practice she has personally guided hundreds of women and men to break free of their limitations and unlock their true potential.

Connie is the creator of The 90 Day Transformation Project, and host of the top ranking podcast Awaken Radio, which shares heart-felt conversations and inspiring interviews with experts and thought leaders from all over the world.

Known for her authentic, honest and soulful approach, Connie's transformative work is all about re-connecting with your heart and inner wisdom, embodying more love, peace and freedom, creating a mindset that empowers you, and learning to truly accept and value yourself. 

Connect with Connie:

+  Website: conniechapman.com

+  Facebook: /conniechapmanpage

+  Instagram: /connie_chapman *Connie's insta-stories are the best!

+  Twitter: /_conniechapman_

+  Pinterest: /conniechapman13


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Paradoxically, one of the simplest ways to get what you want is to start by accepting and even appreciating where you are now. But sometimes the dance of desire and acceptance feels counterintuitive, tricky, impossible even. How can you stay grateful and present for what is while working to create more? How can you accept what is when things are painful and hard?

After spending quite a few hours thinking myself in circles around this idea, I asked my teacher and dear friend Brittany Hopkins what she thought. And Brittany, being a master manifestor, creator, and an all round rad human being has some pretty powerful insights for us on today's episode of Ripen.

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+  Practice yoga with Brittany Hopkins from anywhere in the world

+  Bedtime Meditation, Abraham Hicks

+  How to Get What You Want & Want What You Have,  John Gray

+  Knowing What You Want with Rachel Sizemore, Episode 3 of Ripen

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Brittany Hopkins is owner of and teacher at Container Collective Yoga. As an YACET E-RYT 500 certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor that has been teaching movement since 1998, she creates space for students to feel comfortable and confident to stretch and move beyond their imagination, on and off their yoga mats. With a background as a professional dancer and dance instructor in Chicago, IL; Central Utah; Denver, CO; and internationally in Beijing, China, her yoga classes are fun, fluid, and challenging, and inspire students to embody a sense of ease and unconditional love that impact their lives outside of the studio. She trained with the Baptiste Institute. She is also trained in Yoga Nidra "Yogic Sleep" and Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga.

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+  Website: www.cc360denver.com and www.brittanyhopkins.com

+  Facebook: /containercollectiveyoga

+  Instagram: /thecontainercollective

+  Youtube: Container Collective Yoga and Bikes

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{ripen 011} Free Yourself from the Pain of Negative Emotions
 
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The "negative" emotions - sadness, anxiety, anger, despair - can make us so uncomfortable that we push them down and turn to our devices, Netflix or a glass of wine to check out. We simply haven't been taught how to deal with them.

And not only do we stuff down or numb these emotions, we often tell ourselves negative stories about what it means that we have these emotions. These stories hold the emotions, and us, hostage, causing us to feel stuck and even hopeless.

The good news is it's actually relatively simple to change your perspective on your emotions and handle them with a lot more ease.

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+  How I used this framework to heal my depression

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+  How we can use our emotions to get clearer about what we want and what's true for us

+  A simple mindset shift that can free up so much energy for motivation and taking action

 
 

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+  In Episode 10 of Ripen, Lisa Foster shares a simple tool for changing the story you're telling yourself

+  Guest post I wrote on the Container Collective Yoga blog about shifting my perspective on my depression

+  1-1 Transformational Private Coaching with Rachel

 

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+  Website: rachelsizemore.com

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