For 28 years and counting, best-selling author and passionate teacher Jennifer Louden has been a leading voice on self-care and creative transformation.
Jen has appeared on hundreds of media platforms, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her insights on wellness, mindfulness, creativity, and leading a meaningful life have reached millions of people worldwide.
She helped launch the concept of self-care with her 1992 bestselling debut book The Woman’s Comfort Book. She is the author of five additional books, including The Woman’s Retreat Book, The Life Organizer and Why Bother?
With close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages, Jennifer is a sought-after speaker and passionate educator. She is a former columnist for Whole Living, a Martha Stewart magazine, and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows and podcasts. Her work has been featured in People, USA Today, CNN, and Brené Brown’s books Daring Greatly and Dare to Lead.
Her newest book, eleven years in the making, is Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What's Next.
How do you bother after heartbreak, after creative and career defeats, after loss, after sidelining your dreams to pay off debt, raise kids, or take care of aging parents?
How do you keep going when you’ve always done the right thing, but never your thing? How do you move forward when your to-do list is checked off, and you can’t find the energy for more? Does anything you do matter when the world is in such dire straits?
The original self-care pioneer, Jennifer Louden, faced these questions after a number of hellish years that included grief, creative faceplants, and divorce. “Why bother?” she asked herself, as she spun into a good old-fashioned existential crisis. That question dragged her down into meaninglessness—until a scary coincidence jolted her awake.
What if she actually tried to answer the question?
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As we weather this pandemic, why bother will become an increasingly urgent question. We may wonder what matters, if anything, as the world convulses. Or we may find ourselves very clear about what’s most important and rise to our best self... and then real life comes back and we may feel lost. Either way, this book shows readers a steady way through to hope and action.