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My Summer Reads

It’s been a pretty good summer for reading. Backpacking and camping trips gave me extra time to read, and I worked less than normal in June and July. Also, when I lead retreats, I go to bed early and read. It’s how this introvert recharges. I read for pleasure, I read to be a better […]

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How to Recover from a Vulnerability Hangover

After 11 years of failed books and ideas, I hit send on a book proposal I’m truly excited about. More than excited: committed. The plan was to send the book proposal to my agent during a live Facebook event because I wanted support and a dose of confidence from my community (thanks for being there […]

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Self-Care Isn’t Always a Sublime Goddess Kind of Experience

There is an idea floating around certain corners of the internet that self-care should always feel delightful or be soulful or important somehow. Maybe involve scented candles and make you feel like a goddess. Or a unicorn. But I want to talk about when we don’t want to take care of ourselves. A lot of […]

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Are you too tired to dream?

Over tea with a friend I love and who lives far away, after catching up on our kids and partners and parents, we got to the yummy stuff of talking about our dreams, our “bright shinies” as we call them, the new creative inklings beckoning to our hearts. I sipped my lemon ginger tea and I waited for my friend […]

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How to Start

Accept that there’s no right way to start because a trackless wonderland has no maps and not a single do not trespass sign to speak of. Gently tug your dutiful mind away from trying to begin at the beginning. Who knows what that is? Begin where there is energy or an image or a line […]

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Lose Your Voice to Find Your Voice

I can get so darn sick of my writing voice. Too acid, too cheerleader, too dull, too… There are days when I want to never write another word. Sometimes this does mean I need a break, that I’ve been forcing myself to produce too many words without taking in enough of the world. Or without […]

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[June] Jen’s Monthly Round-Up

From time to time I’ll share what I’m learning from writing my new book. Not excerpts, at least not yet, but peeks into what I’m discovering. I have a lifetime habit of starting easily and strong – my first book remains my biggest seller, my first foray into art was the most satisfying, my first […]

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