Welcome to the That’s What She Said interviews –an exciting series to learn about the woman behind the business. You’ll be meeting amazing women who are sharing their gifts with the world through their work. These are the people who inspire me with their creativity, heart and tenacity.

I want you to know them too.

That's-What-She-Said-Jennifer-Louden

Meet Jen Louden

Jen Louden is personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement with her first book The Woman’s Comfort Book. She’s the author of 5 additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Life Organizer just released in paperback. 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.

The first time I met Jen in person I was overcome with how real and down to earth she really is and we were laughing (and swearing) about life and business within minutes. But the truth is, I’ve been following Jen online for years, she’s been a mentor to me without even knowing it. You watch some people online and think “Yuck, that’s what NOT to do.” But with Jen I always found myself saying “Oh yeah, that’s exactly how I want to do it–with integrity and generosity.” Last year, I took TeachNow and fell in love with Jen even more (oh and the course is AMAZING too!). With a generous heart Jen also beta-tested my Retreat Kit because that’s just the kind of women she is: she lifts as she climbs. We all need to be doing more of that for one another.

This may not be your first time hearing about the incredible Jen Louden but it brings me great delight to share her wisdom and humour on my blog today–and wait until you see what she’s offering up (hint: keep reading!!).

You can learn more about Jen here.

What She Said . . .

1. I encourage women to build their business by being in their element. What’s your element?

My husband and I have been watching the BBC series Doc Martin and I get so frustrated with Doc. He’s emotionally stunted and has the bedside manner of a house plant. I shout at the TV screen, “Talk to her! Don’t be like that!” I want to coach and teach Doc Martin. That burning desire to make it better is my element. That + digging in to the interstices of things to figure out how to make it better. I hate one-sized-fits-all solutions or blanket statements. Everybody is so unique.

JenLouden_2013-5-cropped

2. What does self-leadership mean to you? In what ways has it played a role in your business?

I’ve been self-employed almost my entire adult life and the whole show has been about learning to lead myself into learning. I was infected – as many smart people are – by the idea that if you are good at something, it should always be easy, and if it’s not, you should quit. What a wrong and dangerous idea! What self-leadership taught me was how to take on the everyday challenges of being a human trying to do good work and bit into those challenges, without getting discouraged or beating myself up.

JL_Taos

 3. From your early twenties to today, how has your relationship with yourself changed?

I’m closer to myself and far more trusting of my desires. I feel a greater sense of internal unity… and I’m far less interested in myself. The longer you’re alive, the more boring it gets to be thinking about you you you all the time. I’m far more interested in experiencing life and learning about you you you. Tweet this!

 

JenLouden_2013-41_crop

4. What are the three most important decisions you’ve made in your business so far?

1. Hiring the right people to help me and learning to work with them to help me, to ask for what I want and need.

2. To keep finding my own way to do things, not assuming there is a right way.

3. To increase my prices.

5. What disappointment has given you the greatest gift?

I would have to say my divorce. It taught me to learn to flower in the soil of grief. To learn to forgive myself and to be happy again.

JL_CreativeJoy

6. What do you wish you had known when you first began your business?

  • To go to other people and ask point blank questions, “How did you do this?”
  • To hire help – that would have been a game changer.
  • To reach out and build relationships with people.

7. What’s in your “biz tool kit” that you use every day?

I love Todoist for my to-do list. I arrange my list several times a day to be sure I am only committing to what I can actually get done. Google calendars so my VA’s can schedule appointments, which I hate to do. Scrivener software for writing big projects. Evernote (pro) for class planning, simple writing, and web clippings, all organized by notebooks.

jlouden_wedding

8. If you had $10,000 to spend on your business right now, how would you use the money?

I’d take a writing retreat and get my new project off the ground.

9. What is your six word business memoir? (Adapted from Smith Magazine’s Six Word memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure)

Self-care + world-care = (hopefully) wholeness for all

 

JL_Creative_Joy_Retreat

10.What special project are you working on right now?

Besides my new book project, I’m opening up my course TeachNow to new students, which is always gratifying because people get so much out of it. It’s one of those “I get to help!” fun times. I’m offering a free sampler class on April 3rd, so you can test-drive it for yourself.

A Special Give-Away!

TeachNow! ignite your teaching.

To celebrate the wonderful work that Jen is up to in the world she is giving away one free spot in her TeachNow course! Tweet this!

TeachNow is the acclaimed online program for people who want to teach anything or teachers who are teaching but aren’t thriving. Taken by 1,006 students, TeachNow includes 5 pre-recorded modules on everything from the inner work of teaching to nuts and bolts planning, an indexed library of 44 Master Teacher interviews + 5 live calls with guest experts and Jen.

UPDATE: The winner of the draw is Nichole Rhodes– Congratulations!!

 

NOTE: All TeachNow links are my personal affiliate links. I took this course and LOVED it and I know that my clients and my community would benefit greatly from the rich content in this course so I am happily promoting it. If you purchase TeachNow through my links a percentage of your payment will come back to me.

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 5 additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Life Organizer just released in paperback. 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.

Over to You!

What questions would you like to ask Jen about teaching, life or entrepreneurship? We’d love to hear from you!

 

{ 65 comments }

I believe we’re all on a path of moving closer and closer to our own zone of genius. The place where we can be our most together and satisfied selves. The place where we feel most alive within our work.

There’s no better platform for discovering your zone of genius than entrepreneurship because every step you take in your business can teach you something important about yourself. And, if you’re paying close attention, this information can help you make critical decisions on what to say yes and no to as you move forward.

Understanding your zone of genius doesn’t happen over night. It takes months (and often years) of showing up, testing things out, reiterating and showing up some more to really see the brilliance of your gifts emerge.

The more open you are to seeing your own brilliance the easier it will be to claim it within your business and then develop offers, processes, boundaries and structures to support it.

One of the first steps in moving closer to your zone of genius is to let go of the things that you’ve outgrown and no longer serve you. When you let go, you open yourself up to receiving what’s next.

Why does letting go feel so scary?

It feels really vulnerable to let go, to make changes, to head in a new direction. The truth is we never really know if what we’re about to do is going to work. All we can do is listen to our instincts and summon the courage to try.

I want you to know that I’m walking this path with you.

I’ve taken important steps to let go of what I needed to let go of and I’ve created space for what’s next for my life and my business. Because for me, success is about having a profitable AND life-enhancing business. It’s got to be both.

I’ve made several changes to my website to reflect how I am stepping into my zone of genius within my work:

I have all new copy.
A new 1:1 offer.
New visuals.
And a new opt-in (on personal power!).

(Thank you to my dream team for helping me get here: Krista, Lisa, Kate and Melissa–I love you ladies.)

I hope you take some time to peruse the changes around here and if you’re not already on my list please sign up — you’re going to love my new experiential primer on personal power!

Entrepreneurship takes an immense amount of strength. True success comes when we rule our business as our true selves – intentionally, honestly and brilliantly.Tweet this!

But, sometimes getting to the deeper layers of self-leadership isn’t as easy as we think it will be. Sometimes, facing our truths requires a passionate ally.

If you’re looking for a committed partner, someone who is fully engaged in uncovering your truths and helping you step into your zone of genius I’d love to meet you. Check out my new 1:1 Thought Partnerships.

Over to you!

In the comments below, I’d love to hear about your zone of genius and any challenges you might be bumping into as you step into it.

{ 8 comments }

That’s What She Said: Behind the Business with Molly Morrissey

February 19, 2014

Welcome to the That’s What She Said interviews –an exciting series to learn about the woman behind the business. You’ll be meeting amazing women who are sharing their gifts with the world through their work. These are the people who inspire me with their creativity, heart and tenacity. I want you to know them too. […]

Read the full article →

I’m Letting It Go

January 29, 2014

On February 1st I will be entering into my 8th year of self-employment. This feels significant to me. Like a rite of passage; a marker of persistance and determination; a brilliant reflection of hard-work and self-belief. Oh yeah. It totally feels like this. Eight years of doing work that I love. Eight years of  learning […]

Read the full article →

That’s What She Said: Behind the Business with Allison Smith

January 16, 2014

Welcome to the That’s What She Said interviews –an exciting series to learn about the woman behind the business. You’ll be meeting amazing women who are sharing their gifts with the world through their work. These are the people who inspire me with their creativity, heart and tenacity. I want you to know them too. […]

Read the full article →

3 Powerful Exercises To Help Your Pricing

January 9, 2014

One of the hardest aspects of becoming self-employed is that you’re no longer on salary and it’s up to you to set your prices and decide how much your work is “worth”. Worth. Value. Money. Big topics that tend to trigger so many of us. I’m curious, how do you set your prices? Do you […]

Read the full article →

Jac’s 8 Awesome Tips for Planning Your Own Personal, Powerful Business Retreat!

December 18, 2013

I totally dig it when other entrepreneurs take me behind the scenes of their business to share their personal experiences because I like knowing exactly how they did something, the quirky things that make them real and relatable, and the things they love and value–because all of these things help me to learn more about […]

Read the full article →

That’s What She Said: Behind The Business With Lisa McLoughlin

December 2, 2013

Welcome to the That’s What She Said interviews –an exciting series to learn about the woman behind the business. You’ll be meeting amazing women who are sharing their gifts with the world through their work. These are the people who inspire me with their creativity, heart and tenacity. I want you to know them too. […]

Read the full article →

The Antidote To Your Vulnerability Hangover

November 6, 2013

You put it all out there. You took the risk. Spoke your truth. Followed your heart. Led with courage. And then . . . you freaked out. Your mind went all spazzy with thoughts of what the the hell was I thinking? Your body dove head first under a cloak of dread. At some point, […]

Read the full article →

Some Babies Go Past Their Due Date (Even In Business)

October 22, 2013

My first pregnancy went by the book. I puked my guts out for a solid month and then, I felt amazing. I had lots of energy in the 2nd trimester and only slowed down a little bit in the third. Contractions began at midnight on my due date and my first sweet bundle arrived early […]

Read the full article →