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How to Write if You Hate to Write But Have to

Sometimes people come to my writing workshops and retreats because they need to write. To build their business, to share their ideas, for an important work assignment, or because they have a story they must get out and into the world. But they don’t like writing. They may even hate it. Perhaps they were shamed […]

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[May] Jen’s Monthly Round-Up

Steady as She Goes This month, I’ve been concentrating on surfing the sensation of steady. Not giving in to my ups and downs. My grand plans and fantasies. Or my worst case scenarios. I’ve long known equanimity is the best psychological and spiritual path for me; however, I’ve always judged that as terribly boring. I […]

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The Essential Act Every Creative Must Do

I sat down to write this post and my heart sank. What did I have to say that was worth your time? I write to you every week because the discipline forces me to learn, to think, to grapple with the ideas I want to be a stand for in this world. But most of […]

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Making Space for New Voices – Guest Post with Leesa Renee Hall

I feature a woman of color’s work once a month. I hope you will support their work and learn from them. Please click the links and explore! I love Leesa’s work, and the story of her discovery of her writing process and the incredible questions she offers to unpack colonization. Thanks Leesa for being here. […]

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The Singular Longing

  I’m just back from leading a writing retreat in Taos where I’ve been hosting retreats for seventeen years. Seventeen years of learning what creates a strong and deep container for the work. Seventeen years of learning what women need to re-mojo their creative hearts. Seventeen years of learning to lead and not hide behind someone else. Seventeen years of learning to hold strong, […]

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[April] Jen’s Monthly Round-Up

  Early this month, Bobby Mac (that’s my husband’s nickname) and I went to see Wes Anderson’s new movie Isle of Dogs (basically a slow-motion acid trip), and afterward we went out to dinner. I’d been grumpy for the last two days, an out-of-sorts rumpled around the heart feeling, and over a fine Sauvignon Blanc, […]

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Can you lend me a hand?

The hardest thing for me about being self-employed is the aloneness. I don’t mean being alone all day – my head is such an interesting place I don’t feel alone  – but the aloneness of holding the whole kit and kaboodle by myself. I have a great support team but in the end, it’s me […]

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