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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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Did another day just whoosh by…

Without you getting any writing done? Or if writing isn’t your thing, maybe it was another day without painting or working on your business or finally trying out those new recipes or…? Another day when everything and everybody else took precedence. Another day when you wanted to start on your creative work but didn’t know […]

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How & Why To Know Home

I often use terms in my work that have evolved over many years and I often neglect to define them. In honor of my many new readers (welcome!) and in preparation for my upcoming Life Navigation Course, I hope you find this short series of “Jen’s lexicon” or “What in the heck is she talking […]

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Step Back

I write this from the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos where I am drenched in rain, thunder and wonder. Today some of the women went to Pat Woodall’s gallery and painted. Pat kept telling everybody to “step back” so they could see what they were painting. Julie said, “He kept telling me to step […]

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The Greek Island Fantasy

(This is a rewrite of a post from June 2010.) I was hanging with another self-employed coach/writer friend recently and we were both having a hard day. One of those days in which you wonder, “What is it I do? And why?” You may bemoan not becoming a nuclear physicist because at least they know […]

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Best Story of Change Ever

I’m often asked when interviewed about The Life Organizer book, “What’s the biggest change someone has experienced because of your book?” I always answer, “I don’t know this woman personally, but there is a review on Amazon that blows me away every time I read it.” Here it is: By M. E. Sumner-Wichmann (Email me if you […]

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Taos Writer’s Retreat Registraton

Dear Blog Only Readers, Just wanted you to know that registration for my Taos Writer’s Retreat opens only to my email list tomorrow. It will not be announced here on the blog but only via email. To get that invite, you need to be on my list. Sign up here. I’m teaching two retreats this […]

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Savor & Serve July Love Lights

  July has been a sea soaked, raspberry studded, sunshine infused hoot around here. Bob and I are approaching our wedding day (August 17th!!) and July has been about the gratitude of preparing. By preparing, I mean buying blue mason jars and kazoos, choosing blueberry and marionberry pie for dessert, memorizing poetry for my vows… […]

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Savor and Serve with Shauna Niequist

  Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, and Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes.  Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, […]

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