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Jen Louden

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Fighting For the Life You Want: Jen Louden, author of ‘Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next’, [reads] ‘Why Bother?’

2 Pages with MBS

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages‘Why bother’ is a question we ask ourselves at certain moments in our lives; moments when life beats us down and we’re finding it harder and harder to keep caring. How do we muster up the will to fight for the life we want? How do we avoid giving up?Jen Louden is a national best-selling author of 9 books and the host of Create Out Loud, a podcast for creatives. For almost 30 years, Jen has been a leading voice in the spheres of self-care and creative transformation. Get‌ ‌book‌ ‌links‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌at‌ https://www.mbs.works/2-pages-podcast/Jen reads two pages from her book Why Bother. [reading begins at 7:47]Hear us discuss:“Sometimes, you just have to fight for your life.” [5:48] | “It’s not unique to feel disappointment about our lives.” [10:51] | Leaving the past behind to make room for the future: “Nothing can be new unless it first turns to ashes.” [12:39]  Committing to the process: “Letting go of the outcome does not mean giving into resignation.” [16:41]

20mins

9 Aug 2022

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54 | 7 Best Tips for Creating Out Loud with Jen Louden

Create Out Loud With Jennifer Louden

In this last episode of season 2 of Create Out Loud, I share with you some tips for creating out loud, making your thing, finding your desire to create, putting pen to paper (and brush to canvas)...  Listen to the episode to learn:  What it means to give yourself permission to be seen as a creator  Why quantity over quality can help you produce better work  My top tip for picking a project up again when it’s been forgotten  How to be uncomfortable with uncertainty  How to create a daily habit without becoming prisoner to it  Why forgetting about talent is one of the best things you can do for your creative work Why you are not your work and why you need to remember that  This was one of my favorite solo episodes to record, because I got to share with you the tips for creating out loud that I usually only share during one-on-one coaching or on retreats.  Episode resources:  My book, Why Bother: Discover the Desire for What’s Next, is a great resource for learning to create out loud.  Your feedback is so important to me! I’d love to bring back Create Out Loud for a third season, but I need your feedback about what you’d like to hear on the new season. You can leave a review on Apple podcasts, or email me at jen@jenniferlouden.com

19mins

7 Jun 2022

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53 | Create + Climate + You = Hope & Action with Jen Louden

Create Out Loud With Jennifer Louden

Does the thought of the climate crisis decimating our world fill you with thoughts of doom and gloom…  Thoughts like:  No matter what I do it doesn’t matter…  Why bother with ANY of my desires if there won’t be a world to live in?...  I’m powerless in the face of large corporations that continue to ignore their impact on the planet so they can profit…  Take a deep breath. And another one.  In this episode of Create Out Loud, I talk about one of the topics that moved me to write my book, Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next – climate change. Climate crisis. Climate emergency.  Instead of stopping the conversation with “we’re doomed”, I’m challenging you in this episode to think about what you can do, as someone who creates. How can you use your creativity, and your desire to amplify the message, provide support to climate scientists, and spread the message of hope. Because without hope, we give up, and if we give up on trying to solve this problem then we are 100% doomed.  Do I know if hoping and creating will cause global change?  No. But I know what the immense cost of doing nothing is.  Listen to the episode to learn:  Why you don’t need to be a climate scientist to talk about climate change  How you can leverage your creativity to make a difference  Why thinking about global impact will keep you stuck… instead, think about community impact  Why we need to make the problem smaller and ourselves bigger  Resources:  A lot of my thinking about climate change is informed by A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety by Sarah Jacquette RayGet your copy here: Amazon | Bookshop Check out the first chapter of my book, Why Bother: Discover the Desire for What’s Next right here

12mins

31 May 2022

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50 | Solo Ecosystem Marketing with Jen Louden

Create Out Loud With Jennifer Louden

Do you spend thousands on marketing, or hours researching trendy new marketing strategies… and it doesn’t move the needle forward?  Then this episode of Create Out Loud is for you.  In this episode, Jen Louden talks about the importance of ecosystem marketing.  It’s all about finding out where your people are, and communicating with them there.  Not to sell anything. Just to connect.  Are you…. sweating just thinking about that? Are you thinking “that’s not me! I don’t do all that social media stuff?”  Or do you just desperately wish your book could market itself (don’t we all)? Reaching out and connecting with people can be terrifying, but when we do it IT WORKS.  In this solo episode, Jen talks through why ecosystems are so important and how they can be nourishing instead of scary.  Listen to the episode to learn more about:  What ecosystem marketing is  Why relying solely on traditional marketing is giving up control  Why YOU are the only one who can build and connect your ecosystems  How being in relationship and connection with your audience can make you a stronger writer How connecting with others doesn’t have to mean relying on technology or social media  Episode Resources:  Check out the Create Out Loud episode with Pam Slim about her book The Widest Net.  Buy The Widest Net by Pamela Slim Here’s a great newsletter about making money from creative pursuits. It’s a bit bro-y, so take the good parts and leave the rest. Need an extra push to get started on your non-fiction book? Check out this free resource. 

14mins

10 May 2022

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46 | Jen Louden: How To Start When You’re Totally Blocked or Afraid

Create Out Loud With Jennifer Louden

Have you ever had a grand idea for a creative project, only to never actually start it?  You get excited about your big (or small) project, but you can’t wrap your head around how to start it.  In your mind it’s perfect, so how can it ever be as good in reality? Why do you feel fear and dread when you think about starting? Starting a new project can be one of the hardest parts of the creative process.  Some of the greatest writers of our generation have talked about the fear of writer's block. Nobel prize winners like Toni Morrison believed every writer faces it. Emotions of dread and uncertainty at starting a new project can get in your way, and experiencing a creative block before you even start can often nip a project in the bud before it has the chance to come to fruition.  Even in the depths of doubt and overwhelm, there are ALWAYS strategies to get back into it, and figure out how to start making progress on what you desire.  In this solo episode, Jen talks about why starting a project can be scary, and how to implement small strategies to help you get started today.    Listen to the episode to learn:  Why the plunge into the unknown feels so scary – it’s science!  How to create an emotionally safe environment for you to start  Why working in itty bitty containers at a time helps keep the momentum going in your project How to acknowledge progress, instead of chasing perfection Why you don’t always have to start at the beginning How to get honest with yourself about your schedule  A reminder that you’re not married to every project you want Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage, including:  The fear of choosing Falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic(s) Feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world

19mins

12 Apr 2022

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42 | Jen Louden: Easy Ways To Start, Stick With, and Finish Your Creative Projects

Create Out Loud With Jennifer Louden

One of the questions I’m asked often is, ‘how do I stick with a project?’ followed closely by, ‘how do I know when a project is done?’ We want to see our creative endeavors through to completion, but it’s not always easy to do or be done. This is particularly true if a project has hit the skids or we’ve lost our way in the mushy middle or it’s a big damn  project that takes a honking long time.  Seeing your creative endeavors through to a conclusion (notice I did not write THE conclusion), is about asking the right questions… What do I want out of this?  What financial impact will this project have on me?  If I died doing this, would I be satisfied?  What is finished for me? These types of questions can help us ground ourselves before we dive in, and not fall into extremes of isolation, apathy, or frustration. Sit down, buckle up, and grab a journal, because this solo episode is brimming with tips to help you create out loud and know when you have. We also cover... Why my book Why Bother? took 10 years to write Knowing what you’re looking for in doing a project  Why creative work sometimes gets harder the more experienced you are How to stay motivated throughout your project and avoid common demotivating factors The subtle dangers of easy access to learning  The power of embracing frustration and confusion How to know when you’re finished with a project when you want to keep working on it How to define what finished looks like -- what is “good enough” for you? Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will: help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

20mins

15 Mar 2022

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Jen Louden re: creating a consistent writing habit

Business Tao with George Kao

Jen Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement with her first book "The Woman’s Comfort Book". She's the author of several additional books on well-being, whole living, and creating, with the latest being "Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next". Her books have inspired more than a million women in 9 languages. Jen has spoken around the world on self-care, written a national magazine column, and even sat on Oprah's couch talking about the power of retreats. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. Check out Jen's coaching program for women writers of all levels and genres:https://jenniferlouden.com/write-now/Comment on the video here:https://youtu.be/VYQwyvjlXt8

26mins

29 Jan 2022

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Jen Louden: Helping the world + taking care of yourself [Wisdom Wednesday]

How She Really Does It

You want to help others. You want to make the world a better place. But where do you start? To make your service efforts sustainable you should look for things that fit into your life, that don't drain you, and that aren't attached to a story of what you should be doing. And be careful not to shy away from the acts of service that you could be doing because you don’t think they are big enough, sexy enough, or exciting enough. Get full show notes and more information here: [https://howshereallydoesit.com/podcast/jen-louden-world-ww/]

1hr

21 Jul 2021

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53 | Honor Your Calling As A Creative & Screenwriter (Create Out Loud w/ Jen Louden)

The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna

FOR MORE CREATE OUT LOUD: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/create-out-loud-with-jennifer-louden/id1559415253 What would it take for you to turn down an offer from JJ Abrams (you know the guy who created Lost among other block-busters)? Ask Meg LeFavue, the Oscar-nominated writer of Inside Out, who had to do just that after committing to her creative calling to become a screenwriter. Meg LeFauve and her frequent writing partner and podcast co-host Lorien McKenna get extremely candid about the challenges and essential importance of committing to your artistic path and sticking with it.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support

1hr

11 Jul 2021

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45 | Overcome Dry Spells In Your Writing w/ Self-Compassion (Jen Louden)

The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna

Find yourself asking the question 'Why bother” when it comes to your writing? Creative people are asking that question now more than ever, but bestselling author and world-renowned creativity expert Jen Louden wants you to go deeper and really ask the question, really think about it.  On today's show, she walks us through why it's important for us to bother about what really matters, and how asking that question and approaching our writing with "self-compassionate grit" can help us get back on the page. For Meg And Lorien’s Episode of “Create Out Loud”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/create-out-loud-with-jennifer-louden/id1559415253--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support

1hr 11mins

16 May 2021

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