Creativity, Self-Care & Comfort


“You must give up the life you planned in order…”

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell I’ve always loved that quote because it appealed so strongly to 12-year-old me, the me who carried a copy of Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe everywhere, and told anyone who asked […]

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Sixteen Writers, One Dog and Two Boxes of Gluten-Free Oreos

Sitting in a circle of women, all heading out together into the unknown, is so crazy good, it makes me wonder why don’t we all do this? How different would the world be if we all had safe places to tell our stories and stretch into our chosen craft? Hmmm…. Good question. You need these […]

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How to Be a Creative Tour de Force

The lovely Michael Margolis recently wrote in a Facebook group I’m part of: “Every community has a collective core wound that’s a mirror of its leaders’ shadows. What do you see as the collective core wound/shadow of your own work? And the communities you cherish? As in we teach what we need to learn most.” […]

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How I Build My Ideal Work/Life Balance

I admire Racheal Cook because she stands for creating a real business rather than a business based on “look at my fabulous, perfect life — now hire me and I will tell you how to be me.” That’s why I said yes to “The Business That Loves You Back Blog Tour” in which Racheal invited me […]

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How to Be with the Natural Cycles of Expansion and Contraction

I’m fascinated by the natural cycle of expansion and contraction that happen as you grow spiritually and creatively. You venture on a writing retreat, or you disappear into your creative cave, or you hike for miles into the wilderness – and you are changed. You are so awash in joy, connected to all that is, so buoyed by a cushion of love and […]

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Self-Care When Writing Hard Stuff

I am writing and it is hard. Emotional. Raw. Messy with a capital M. Add to that the fact that I don’t know what this project will become – if anything – which drives the part of me crazy that loves to be of service, and you have a very tender Jen. But here is […]

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How is life wanting to live you?

In a recent meditation training I attended, our teacher kept asking us different versions of this question: “How is life wanting to live you?” I ate that question up and it made me squirm. I loved the invitation of it – something larger flowing and carrying me, much like the river in the Rilke poem […]

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Creating a New Cultural Story

My friend and master coach Michele Woodward introduced me to Brigid Schulte, author of the NYT’s bestseller Overwhelmed, when she saw me singing the praises of the book on my Facebook page. I was delighted when Brigid agreed to have a conversation with me about: How writing the book changed Brigid… and how it didn’t […]

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I’ve helped a million+ people plumb the question: How do you shape & live your truest life?

No pat answers, just imperfection you can use.

I’ve helped a million+ people plumb the question: How do you shape & live your truest life?

No pat answers, just imperfection you can use.