Create out loud

with Jennifer Louden

33 | Giving Yourself Permission To Return To Old Projects

Show Notes

In this solo episode, I talk about one of my favorite concepts — giving yourself permission to always begin again. You don’t have to create every day. You can go in and out of your creative life and create joyfully in the midst of the life you have right now.

0:45 – One possible reason behind the anxiety we feel when we pause our creative projects

2:00 – The science behind allowing wiggle room in your goals

2:50 – Giving yourself permission to take breaks in your work

3:24 – The problem with toxic productivity

4:04 – Why we should embrace always beginning again

5:20 – Normalize the need to put your projects aside when life happens

6:06 – Beginning again after failure and disappointment

6:29 – What works for me to begin again when it’s scary

9:17 – How I began again after my memoir fizzled and my book was rejected

10:36 – Disappointment as a heart-opening experience

11:05 – Connecting with creative community to remind yourself that you’re not alone

11:52 – Why I think we get stuck in disappointment

12:19 – Disappointment as a learning opportunity and the value in adopting a growth mindset

14:20 – If creating consistently doesn’t work for you, don’t do it!

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