Monday, January 27, 2014

"The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year," by Jennifer Louden: An Excerpt and a Giveaway!

Susan Heim on Parenting is pleased to be a stop on the tour for the book, The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year -- Tips, Stories & Prompts to Focus Your Needs & Navigate Your Dreams, by Jennifer Louden! Read on to learn more about this book, read an excerpt, watch the book’s trailer, and enter to win a copy of the book!

About this book:
We all yearn to have time for personal needs and creative dreams -- after all, this is our life to make the most of. And we all know how hard it is to remember what really matters. With distractions from jobs, aging parents, and children -- not to mention women's perennial fear of being labeled “selfish” -- following our own desires and dreams can become ever more elusive. The Life Organizer aims to help you shift your focus, augmenting traditional goal setting with the ease that comes from steady inner listening and mindfulness. It will become your trusted companion -- and maybe the most important book you'll ever own.

The book's author Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement. She is widely known as The Comfort Queen thanks to her first bestselling book The Woman's Comfort Book, has been interviewed by Oprah, and has written a total of 6 books on well-being and whole living that have inspired women all over the world. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. You can visit her online at http://www.jenniferlouden.com.

An Excerpt from The Life Organizer:

“Being ordinary and being nobody aren’t the same thing,” my friend says to me when I try to explain my struggle over needing to feel special.

My friend Mary writes a story about a woman whose husband has passed away and whose daughters are begging her to get busy. “You need to do things, Mom,” one daughter insists. But she doesn’t understand. Can’t they see how busy she is? Someone has to watch the apples bud on the old tree. Someone has to notice the peach-colored light as it travels across the oak floor. Someone has to walk outside in the early-morning dew and taste one blueberry to see if its moment of precise, firm sweetness has arrived.

In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pablo Neruda said, “I have often maintained that the best poet is he who prepares our daily bread: the nearest baker who does not imagine himself to be a god. He does his majestic and unpretentious work of kneading the dough, consigning it to the oven, baking it in golden colors and handing us our daily bread as a duty of fellowship. And, if the poet succeeds in achieving this simple consciousness, this too will be transformed into an element in an immense activity.”

If you want to write the poem that sears itself on the heart or open a bakery whose goods make the taste buds sprout wings or give birth to a movement, and you do these things to prove that you are special, no matter what you accomplish, it will never be enough. Those accomplishments will fall through your fingers like air, even as they nourish the rest of us.

If you want to write the book or open the bakery or birth the movement because you are drawn to do these things through your desire to make love to life, then your hands will be brimming and you will be nourished. And by nourishing yourself in this way, you will be a light in the world.

[Excerpted from the new paperback edition of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year © 2013 by Jennifer Louden. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com]

Book trailer:




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34 comments:

  1. Wrote 6 other books on personal issues and well being and they have been translated into 9 other languages.

    on widget as Maureen

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  2. I liked the piece titled "How to Handle Your Inner Efficiency Expert," which touches on an issue about which I definitely need to be more mindful. I think I'm afraid of what the answers might be were I to stop keeping myself *so* busy and really ponder on my desires.

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  3. I learned that she had written a bestseller by age 27.
    Thanks!

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  4. I liked what she said "to instead articulate how to savor & serve a good enough life, in hopes that might help us sustainably salve our sweet ole world." -

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  5. Studied yoga and meditation since she was 12.

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  6. She also hosts retreats so people can have a deeper experience. :)

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  7. Jennifer Louden has a blog. I like that.

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  8. I learned that there is a 2014 Taps writer's retreat!

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  9. I learned that she wrote her first best-selling book at 27.

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  10. She gave birth at home, Wow!

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  11. I thought the article about 15 Ways to Get Unstuck was interesting

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  12. nuronerd3:43 PM

    I like her view of resistance. It is not that you do not want something but that you want something more. It no longer has to be viewed as an obstacle.

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  13. She gave birth at home.

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  14. Had her first best selling book at 27.

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  15. She studied ontological coaching at Newfield Network and fell in love with ontology.

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  16. I loved her retreat info, the other books she's written. she is just WOW! Thank you for sharing about this woman! :D

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  17. I learned that she does retreats.

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  18. I like the philosophy that if you are resisting something, then you want more. That is pretty deep. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I really liked the article on 15 radical ways to get unstuck....very insightful. I also enjoyed her humor.

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  20. Anonymous11:17 PM

    I learned she canoed aroud the world when she was 27 Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  21. She wrote her first bestseller at 27!

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  22. She did a home birth

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  23. Anonymous8:18 AM

    sandra manning - I learned thats she had the guts to do a home birth and the motivation for yoga for many years

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  24. I learned she had a baby at home!

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  25. I learned she wrote six books that sold over a million copies.

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  26. I learned she wrote a best seller at age 27

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  27. She was selling her books in her twenties! Thanks so much for the chances to win.
    allison.bahr@yahoo.com

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  28. Jill Miller10:14 PM

    I learned that Jen offers retreats -- I'll bet those are really fun and inspiring!

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  29. gave birth at home oh and has sold 6 books that have sold over a million copies. homemom3@gmail.com

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  30. I learned that she offers retreats for restoration!

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  31. she's doing a

    Taos Writer's Retreat

    on July 20 - 26, 2014

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  32. i find it interesting that she traveled around the world in a canoe!

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  33. I learned she had written a best seller at 27.

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  34. Learnt that she gave birth at home :)

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