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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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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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[April] Jen’s Monthly Round-Up

I spent a big chunk of March in Patagonia (Chile and Argentina) trekking and trail running with my husband and bonus son Aidan. The landscape dwarfed any I’ve ever been in.  We drove through native grasslands with nary a fence in sight. We hiked into a basin beneath jagged peaks in Torres Del Paine and […]

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How to Prevent Breaking Promises to Yourself

Last week we talked about how to recover when you’ve broken a promise you made to yourself. This week, let’s illuminate how to make promises you can keep. Most of us never learned how to make clear promises to ourselves. And that causes us a whole lot of unnecessary suffering. A promise is an assurance […]

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What to do When You Break a Promise You Made to Yourself

Saturday I planned on running 5 miles. Friday night, I drank two glasses of red wine with my friend Dana. Red wine gives me a weird hangover, a sticky mix of weepy and headachy. (But it was so fun to celebrate my friend’s new job.) I did not run on Saturday. Felt icky. What did […]

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