Do you have to burnout?

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I made another spontaneous video – now that I’ve started, I can’t seem to stop.  In this one, I’m actually wearing a little lipstick (I had to go to the accountant, which for me is a big outing and thus the celebratory lipstick).

But lipstick that is not the topic of this video, creative burnout is. What do with it and what not to do with it.

I have pushed myself the edge of burn-out so many times, and I’ve often felt shame about this. “I should know better.” I gave some thought to what I do know and hit record. I hope it is useful to you, dear one. Let’s make room for all our experiences, okay? Okay!

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P.S. Thanks for being here.

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Bea Arreola - March 6, 2013

I have reached creative burnout big time since shortly after the 1st of the year. I haven’t created much and I really haven’t wanted to. I put too much pressure on myself about doing creative things…I’m still grieving a few things that I didn’t grieve last year…and then some things happened (major rejection in my life) that I haven’t quite come to grips with. So here I am…I’ve spent some time reading, watching some TV, cooking, and waiting for my creative mojo to return. That’s where I am…just waiting until the tide turns and I’m back to working with more of a balance.

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    jenlouden - March 8, 2013

    be with the down time fully Bea and let it carry you to your next desire.

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Teray Garchitorena Kunishi - March 6, 2013

Again, you got right to the heart of it Jen.
I am only just (!!!) beginning to assert my real and true need for lots of time to sleep. I’ve wished I didn’t and cursed my sometimes frail body…and now, I’m starting to be friends with my true energy level. And honoring it. And sometimes still feeling like I’m missing out – on all the fun things and people out there in the world.
Now, finding an inner solidarity with my self, growing like little slender seedling. Just in time for Spring. Thank you for reminding me and may be both continue to honor our true needs. Much love.

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    jenlouden - March 8, 2013

    oh I can so relate! may we find peace with who and where we are – for entire moments at time. 🙂

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Sue - March 6, 2013

Oh Jen! You are so (my favorite word of emphasis) amazing! I love you! Thank you for all your spontaneous videos. I’m smiling now.

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    jenlouden - March 8, 2013

    thank you Sue!

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Letitia Elizabeth - March 8, 2013

Ah Jen you are adorable. Can I say that? Is this still an acceptable word for smart, sophisticated and well versed women? Ha! Who cares. I loveeeee this video and its so true and exactly what I am learning AND teaching to my clients. Love sharing kindred journeys….

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    jenlouden - March 8, 2013

    are you kidding me? I want to be adorable, esp. at 50~! I’m glad you are out there teaching this Letitia – we all need to hear it again and again!

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Paula - March 8, 2013

I LOVE these spontaneous videos because one of my anti-burnout strategies is taking small breaks in my “what I get paid for” work to rejuvenate so I can do another round of it – so I can sometime schedule some time to do what I really do, which is write creatively about our dog, about our vegetable growing business disaster and about how secondary students can survive and even thrive in high school writing classes.

Just recently I discovered that I do far less of the second, creative type of work because I feel “selfish” about “taking” time to do it. Your videos bring me back to a place where I know that my creative work is not “selfish” and I do not “take” anything by doing it – in fact, I am working on giving the world something. Thanks for reminding me.

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    jenlouden - March 8, 2013

    that is some deep wisdom Paula, might have to do a video about that – how we avoid what we most want! LOVE!

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      Paula - March 8, 2013

      Thanks! Would love to see this video and will be doing some more writing about this topic and the language around it (taking/giving, self/world …)

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Ang Wilson - March 9, 2013

oo Hi Jen, i LOVE the image of you snuggling down in bed with ‘Nashville’ (I am not sure what that is but am thinking my equivalent would be Downton Abbey) and the fabulousness of that feeling of losing yourself in that world for a while and hanging your mind up on a hook to rest – and not have to push push again as we women tend to do , to just get this or that done, and the deliciousness of rolling aruond in that – ahh its so nourishing – thanks for the remembering it makes me want to smile all over and I have that excitement bubble nside that makes me want to do that nobody watch dance! Love to you Ang

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Jane LaFazio - March 11, 2013

yes, yes. yes. Oh I am so ready to hear this and do this. My girlfriend (who I also lead retreats with) said yesterday, “If we’re gonna keep doing this until we’re 70, we’ve can’t keep working this hard!” So, finding down time, finding/hiring people to help, making decisions that make it easier on ME. yes. yes. yes.

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    jenlouden - March 31, 2013

    Exactly! It’s impossible to give and teach without self-care – I know!!

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Reading When Writing Ebbs - March 14, 2013

[…] Mountain Dreamer wrote about Feeling What We’re Avoiding  and Jen Loudon asked Do You Have To Burn Out? Both posts comforted me as I negotiated the latest ebb in my writing […]

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Christina Solstad - March 31, 2013

Dearest Jen! I so love you and your spunk and real-ness and message.
Yikes! Creative burnout … oh yes. Have been feeling it lately myself, and don’t feel like I have any space for downtime and just Being. A day job plus building my biz, and somehow having creative energy too … And my Dad’s birthday this week threw me for an emotional loop (1st since he died last July) and I still tried to do too much, even tho it is the last thing I wanted to do. Even today, Easter, felt like I needed to get stuff done (my reasoning was that I didn’t have family here or plans anyway, so might as well — bad idea). Another fabulous reminder that we need to build in the downtime, to recharge, to (gulp) take care of ourself first.
Thank you, thank you! Love how I came across this just when I needed to hear it. Bunches of love to you! Christina

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    jenlouden - March 31, 2013

    i’m so glad it was of use to you dear one. you have a ton of energy to give the world and that can be a gift and a burden. love to you as you remember all your sweet dad gave you and the world.

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