Summer (or winter) needs you!

The impetus behind this mini-course of support that starts today was hearing myself describe to my husband Bob my plans for this summer. I told him that I’m going to train for a “heavy” trail half marathon, go on a three-week, unplugged UK vacation, hang out with friends, read tons, plan my book launch, write the second draft of my book, take care of my Mastermind writers,  create new content every week for the Oasis, AND plan our fall launch of Get Scary S**t Done…

Maybe it was the horror on his face that snapped me awake, or maybe it’s the work I do every week with the Oasis to live with intention and focus, but I pulled myself up short and got real.

We can scurry, hurry, try to squeeze in all in, fall down exhausted…

We can be vague, hope for the best, dream big, feel bad and lose momentum when we fall short…

OR

We can listen to our desires and embrace our human-scaled life! That’s the sweet spot we’re going to explore over the next five days.

Watch the short video, comment about what you discover, ask any questions you have, and let this process of making what you want over these next three months begin!

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Mary - May 29, 2019

Thank you, Jen. So needed right now. Off to write about what I’m hungry for and then looking realistically at my calendar. Hugs and love to you.

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    jlouden - June 1, 2019

    thanks for playing along Mary!

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Monica - May 29, 2019

This is such perfect timing–tomorrow is my birthday, which I usually think of as the beginning a new year. I appreciate your use of the word “reorient”–it’s exactly what I want right now.

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    jlouden - June 1, 2019

    happy belated birthday Monica!

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Lynn - May 30, 2019

Thanks Jen! What I’m hungry for this summer is more ease. It can be a tricky balancing act when you live in a part of the world that everyone seems to want to visit. My roster of guests isn’t full yet so I have the opportunity to give myself permission to say no to people if I find that that the calendar is starting to look crowded. After all, isn’t that what hotels are for?

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    jlouden - June 1, 2019

    Lynn you can make like you have an AIRNB and block out certain dates… for you! Why do guests get to decide your summer? 🙂

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Melissa Capers - May 31, 2019

Thanks for the geography/season thoughts. Here in Virginia, summer is…oppressive, at least for me. When the humidity gets to where it can get, I tend to hide. Your words helped me to acknowledge that, which helped me give up on the decades-long project to “just get over it,” and think instead about what I want from a season that will be shaped by this sticky weather: how to capture the hours of morning when something is possible outside, and what I’m hungry for in the long indoor afternoons.

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    jlouden - June 1, 2019

    Melissa I hate heat and humidity and I remember you do too. How to capture the mornings, yes that is a great reminder for me too.

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Linda Williams - May 31, 2019

Jen, love your thoughts and prods. Wish you would print a list of the questions. You tend to get soft when you tell us what you want and my computer just doesn’t carry it. I picked most up from the comments…
What are you dealing with, Look realistically at my calendar, re-orient, What am I hungry for. Working on that. Got into this late, but will follow through. Wishing I were literally in class with you!

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Linda Williams - May 31, 2019

I start with what am I hungry for: Time that is truly mine. Time to write, to create, to submit writing, and to take literal writing workshops.
What am I dealing with? A husband who is compromised with health issues: Parkinsons, Gastric issues, Arthritis, eye issues. He has to rely on me more and more for transportation and support. This puts borders on my “free” time. I preserve certain times: Tuesday AM Writer’s group, and special dates for meeting with groups I belong to… good support friends. Because I make all the doctor’s appointments, I can avoid those times. I value that! Now I need to figure how to preserve really private time. When I’m home I tend to focus on the things that need to be done, laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.
How can I re-orient myself/ my time? I think I need to pick a place to “go” for short periods of time when he is occupied… sort of mini-retreats that I designate for thinking only of writing.

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    jlouden - June 1, 2019

    Sorry you couldn’t hear me Linda! i love how you are thinking about mini-retreats. that sounds like a fantastic and easy to do idea.

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