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Stop Waiting for the Universe to give you Permission

I love synchronicity and coincidences and feeling like I’m on the right path as much as the next person. I know when I am pushing and need to back off, take a break, wait for my mind to calm down and for my next steps to show up. I believe there is so much more […]

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What’s Pleasure Got to Do with Rewriting Anything?

Our theme at the weekly Oasis for July has been Pleasure and Freedom. I usually take each theme to heart, reading about it,  cogitating on it, turning it over in my mind and heart. I was rewriting my book (it’s due this Friday to my editor!!) and I was getting jumpy, having a hard time […]

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ME AND MY GIRL

I wanted to share a picture of my daughter Lillian and me during her spontaneous visit to see Bob and me this week. Lilly lives in Seattle. She stayed in the PacificNorthWest after we moved to Colorado four years ago, as did my bonus son Aidan. It’s the only thing about the move I didn’t […]

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Go Big and Go Analog

A simple idea has revolutionized my writing life and made writing my book so much easier. It does not involve any of the weird writing productivity rituals you read about in writing books and blogs. I’m not writing naked tied to my chair until my husband Bob releases me at the end of the day […]

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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? Another day without writing or painting or working out or finally trying out those new recipes? Another day when everything and everybody else took precedence. Or you started but then didn’t know what exactly to do so you got distracted. Or you started but you weren’t sure it was […]

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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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