Category Archives for Creativity, Self-Care & Comfort

The Gift of Enoughness

I recently watched the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about Fred Rogers and his long-running children’s show. I was so moved by his mission to help each child feel loved, to know they are loveable, and not because they do or accomplish anything. Mr. Roger’s story inspired me to create an audio “love note” […]

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When are you going to come out of hiding?

Many of us learn pretty dang early to hide. To hide our talents, our voices, our bodies, our opinions, our sexuality, our light (cue the hymn “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine” – oh wait, only kidding.) Maybe it was your dad saying, “You’re too much, too loud, tone it […]

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What You Can Learn From My 120,000 Words of Failure

As I shared last month, the memoir I sweated over for four years and 120,000 words is kaput. I’ve started calling it “the book that shall not be named.” I promised I would share what I learned from the book failing. I hope these are useful to you. #1 – NOTHING IS WASTED So many […]

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[February] Jen’s Monthly Roundup

Happy February!   Have you heard the saying that February is the new January? In other words, it’s always a good time to begin again.   Speaking of which, I wrote this on my Facebook page and it got a ton of attention so I thought I would share it here. We will be exploring it in the […]

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How to Stop Criticizing Yourself and Start (or Keep) Writing

Note: While this is post is about writing, it applies to any creative activity. I heard from three writers this past week who are struggling to allow their voices to emerge. A reporter who wants to write personal essays, a non-fiction writer bogged down by her research and other expert’s opinions, and a writer working […]

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Why You Can’t Possibly Be An Imposter

I taught a class at Creative Live* on Monday on Getting your Writing Done and one segment is called Why you Can’t Possibly be an Imposter. While the following thoughts are specific to writers, perhaps they can be applied to other creative pursuits… and maybe being human itself. When I asked on Facebook if anyone had […]

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What if New Year Planning Makes You Anxious?

Thousands of women have downloaded  The Writer’s Oasis Organizer and I delighted you are loving it so much and even more so, using it! Thank you! And I forgot to mention a VERY important part of dreaming and planning (Writer’s Oasis members I’ll dive into this in more depth this Friday), which is: What to do […]

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A Fable for 2018…

  Once upon a time, a girl made something from nothing. She made fairy castles from mud and twigs, painted her dreams in every color and spun worlds from words. Oh how she loved the Making. The bubbling luminescent Love of it gilded everything with possibility. And then one day, someone intruded. A neighbor boy […]

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How & Why to Celebrate Everything Little Thing You Do

When you celebrate something you did, you fire positive emotions that teach your pliable sweet brain: I can trust myself to keep my commitments! It feels good to take action! I did my scary sh*t and nothing ate me! And when you don’t acknowledge what you did, when you don’t say “Yay! I wrote my […]

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Do you have a book in you? Are you supposed to?

I’ve written a lot of books. I’m currently writing a book. I’m the kind of book nerd who when someone says, “Can you recommend a book?” my heart beats faster, I sit up straighter, and I remind myself to try not to overwhelm the poor person. I put books on a pedestal. I artfully conceal […]

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