How do you get your creative & scary sh*t done? And how do you keep getting it done… even when life is hard and busy and full of distractions?
And why get it done anyway when it might not matter? When you think you’re not good enough? When doing your scary sh*t triggers every last ounce of self-doubt you have?
Because getting your creative and scary sh*t done is your growth point. It’s all of ours. It’s where we develop our character, live our purpose, discover what we are truly capable of.
Maybe this sounds familiar to you. You get an idea for a project. The excitement and momentum and clarity is all there. This time you’re going to follow through.
But then the day-to-day realities of life show up and with it, all of the reasons why you should table the project. Why you need more time before you do it. Why you must have the perfect job or degree or creative space before you can do it. Or why you must be crowned worthy by someone else in order for you to put your time and energy and effort into the project.
So you put it on the back burner… only to revisit it – and get excited about the idea of it – a hundred more times in the next year. Maybe even over the next decade!
But here’s what happens when you declare your desire to create something but you don’t follow through. You learn not to trust yourself. You learn you can’t be counted on. You learn that what you want? It doesn’t matter. You learn not to listen to and follow through on the thread of your life. Which eventually leads you to conclude you’re simply not good enough.
Which is a big soul-sucking lie.
My job is to help you discover what’s keeping you from getting your scary sh*t done so you can finally get your creative, important, and straight up joyful work out of your head and your heart, and into the world.
Whether that work is a book, a business, an act of activism, more health, more connection, whatever calls to you.
Because your voice, your art, your creative expression, your life deserves a seat at the table. It matters.
Getting your creative & scary sh*t done is an act of bravery. But it’s NOT reserved for the chosen few. Never!
I know because I’ve been wrestling with getting my scary sh*t done for over two decades. In the beginning, the battles were hard fought and often lost, at least for a few weeks. Then I would pick myself up and start again. All those years of writing eight books, speaking nationally, teaching retreats, appearing on national TV while being scared sometimes to the point of almost running off stage? They taught me a lot about fear. These days, working with my fears has become a practice that’s so deeply part of me that I surprise myself about how much scary sh*t I do on an almost daily basis – and how much joy I often feel in the process. Joy – who knew that was possible?!?
That doesn’t mean it’s not hard for me. Fear still trips me up, for sure! But I’ve learned the power of holding both thoughts: this is hard AND I’m also going to do it. I’m afraid AND I am not my fear. I love to make stuff AND I am utterly enough just as I am.
And through my books, the Oasis, my writing retreats and online courses, I’ve helped something like a million women identify their scariest sh*t and then get to it… because this is what I know for sure: with each scary desire you follow through on, you change how you see yourself. And you change who you can become and what you can create. Because once you do that one really scary thing, you’ll do the next one, too.
If this idea stirs your heart like it does mine, then please join me. Because getting your scary sh*t done is not an adventure you want to do alone. I would love to accompany you.
Get your creative & scary sh*t done.
The “official bio”:
Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first best-selling book The Woman’s Comfort Book. She’s the author of 6 additional books on well-being and whole living: The Couple’s Comfort Book, The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book, The Woman’s Retreat Book, Comfort Secrets for Busy Women (The Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life in hardcover), The Life Organizer, and A Year of Daily Joy. There are about a million copies of her books in print in 9 languages.
Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada and Europe, written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine, been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines, and appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows, even on Oprah. Jennifer has been teaching retreats and leading workshops since 1992, and creating vibrant on-line communities and innovative learning experiences since 2000. She married the love of her life at 50, and is the very proud mom of Lillian and very proud bonus mom to Aidan.
WHAT I’M OBSESSED WITH
Climate change and how we can collectively create a new story that, like the story we told during WWII, draws us together to change how we live so we can continue to live.
Barn burning & moon finding. I’m writing a book about how do we let go of the past during crucial moments so we can see by the moon of the present.
Story structure – what makes stories work? Also sentences, careful reading of sentences, that is making me swoon.
Running especially on trails and in half-marathons.
WHAT I’M TOTALLY CHUFFED ABOUT
My daughter Lillian and my bonus son Aidan. It’s a marvel to watch your kids grow up and become their own people.
Letting myself be loved by Bob. Letting myself be seen for who I am. (Sometimes so hard!)
Ever refining my teaching and living what I’m teaching.
Weaving meditation with writing.
Creating a brand-new offer based on all my work!
WHAT’S TRIPPING ME UP
Desiring to be done with my new book.
Sometimes not feeling well because my gut gets out of whack really easy.
Shame that I write slowly.
MY CURRENT DAILY RITUALS
Morning starts with cuddling Bob, then meditation, then coffee!
Then – on a good day – right to writing.
I’m a believer in the power of creativity + awareness + action to shape a better world for all. Let’s create that together.
Live & create with no holding back.
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