Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.
I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa.
Today we get to meet Jennifer Louden!
Jennifer, take it away…
How are you changing the world?
(What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)
Leading women to own their knowledge, talents, and desires and bring them into the world. Helping women get into and stay into action. Especially writers and creative business owners.
What challenges your heart in that journey?
Feeling that I am not doing the best job I can teaching and leading or otherwise women would not keep hiding and doubting themselves. It’s really hard when I see women not doing what they said they wanted year after year.
Social media makes it easy to see students leaving me to study with one teacher after another but the book still doesn’t get written. I understand life gets in the way for us all but I want so much for women to realize their desires.
What inspires you to keep going?
I can’t help it. I often wish I could. I would much rather be a novelist and run trails and nap. But this cheerleader in me will not lie down and shut up.
How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process?
What nourishes and replenishes you?
I have a group of peers I have met with virtually and in person for going on 10- years. I also have lots of friends who do similar work so we can compare notes. I do things that have nothing to do with my work – make art messes, run, read whatever I want, be a mom, have friends with straight jobs, volunteer.
How do you experience care within community?
How do others support you in your journey and practice?
See above. Also I have this friend who turned me onto running, Jabe. She inspires me so much. Also the community I lead, the Oasis, those women really inspire me, too.
What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?
It may not take the form you want – there is often a thing that springs from us that we cannot help but offer even though we wish we could. It may not be about you being the front man or woman – you might find yourself being a cog in a bigger machine. It must include you doing inner work so you are not foisting your vision of what people need on them. It need not mean poverty!
Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.
I believe if we could motivate everyone who cares to be active politically we could right this listing ship pretty quickly because more people care about fairness, justice, and peace than don’t. So my picture is one of political action, steady, sure, and fierce when needed.
Jen Louden is an author, a teacher and a full fledged ambassador for helping creative women get their scary sh*t done. For over 26 years Jen has taught millions of women through her books, communities and writing retreats how to create human-scaled routines that support the creation of extraordinary lives.
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