Welcome to episode 103 of the Your Kick-Ass Life podcast! As always I am delighted to bring you today’s guest, Jen Louden. Jen has been a consultant and a teacher for over two decades, and one of the areas she focuses on is helping women to not hold back. When I asked what she means by that she explains not holding back means life is living us. Typically we are the ones who get in our own way and she helps women to stop doing that, and to stop holding back.

Jen and I also talk about the role creativity plays in keeping us alive and “juicy”! Jen says we are all creators, whether it’s a meal we make, flowers we arrange, or the lives we build. And because of that we must remind ourselves over and over again we are the ones who can and do make things happen.

You’ll Also Hear:

  • What do we need before we can surrender?
  • How to know if you are staying below the radar and holding back.
  • Why creativity for the sake of creativity is necessary for our vibrance.
  • The difference between comfort and numbing out?
  • What puts us in touch with our essential experiences?
  • What are shadow comforts and time monsters?
  • Why we need to always begin again, and give ourselves room for failure.
  • Why making small promises is so powerful!
  • And much more! Including what this quote has meant to Jen:

“While the hero journeys for external fame, fortune and power, the heroine tries to regain her lost creative spirit. Once she hears the cries of this lost part of herself needing rescue, her journey truly begins.” – Valerie Estelle Frankl’s Girl to Goddess

Also on today’s episode Jen explains the importance of consistent creativity in our lives, what her latest book is about, and the questions to ask ourselves about our comfort habits to find out if they are truly serving us.

This is a fun, insightful and thought-provoking show with Jen, join us to hear so much more on the 103rd edition of the Your Kick-Ass Life podcast.


Jen Louden’s website
How to Stop the Doubting Yourself / Quitting/ Looking for a Magic Solution Cycle – Today, Jen’s blog post
Jen’s retreats
Jen Louden’s books
From Girl to Goddess, by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Jen-Louden-Headshot-02Jennifer 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 6 additional books on well-being and whole living: The Couple’s Comfort Book, The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book, The Woman’s Retreat Book, Comfort Secrets for Busy Women (The Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life in hardcover), The Life Organizer, and A Year of Daily Joy. There are about a million copies of her books in print in 9 languages.

Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada and Europe, written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine, been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines, and appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows, even on Oprah. Jennifer has been teaching retreats and leading workshops since 1992, and creating vibrant on-line communities and innovative learning experiences since 2000. She married her second husband at 50, and is the very proud mom of Lillian and very proud bonus mom to Aidan.

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