Begin Again. In Work. And Life.

Fresh Start

I’ve been playing with tag lines again. Here’s the backstory on our new one:

A few months back I gave myself the gift of a new beginning.

You may remember: I quit.

(That was, by the way, the second most popular post of all time here at Life After Tampons.)

So, anyway, I quit.


And gave myself the gift of just B-E-I-N-G.

Here’s what I’ve been doing instead:

  • Hanging out with Mr. Delicious.
  • Taking Mr. D on a cruise.
  • Going to Mr. D’s Family picnic
  • (I just noticed there’s an awful lot of Mr. D in the picture)
  • Taking my youngest to swim team and back – a gazillion times.
  • Taking my youngest to marching band practice and back – a gazillion times.
  • Working on my book – kinda sorta.
  • Taking myself to Camp GLP – great HEALING weekend.
  • Talking to my teachers.
  • Talking to my team.
  • Talking to a whole bunch of Beautiful You’s.

And here’s what I found out.

I don’t need to PUSH anymore.

Cause I get it.

I see “the Great Intersection” between what you want and need and what I love to do.


Ironic that I needed one in order to see it.

But not really.

Midlife is the IDEAL time for a Fresh Start. You suddenly find yourself with a modicum of time, energy, and maybe even CASH to invest in yourself, but maybe not the first or second or tenth clue about what you really want.

All you know is – “What I want is not this.”

Or, maybe, “What I want is more of this and less of that.”

Or, perhaps, “What I want is to be FREE of blah blah blah”

Some of you are clearer about the “what” but not so clear on the “how.”

Which is also great. Because what I found out (or actually re-reminded myself of during my time away) is that I am super gifted at helping people find the “what” in their lives.

Then I take my 41 years of strategic planning experience and help you figure out the “how.”

And even as I write this I feel kind of like I’m in 10th grade English class exploring the Beautiful Questions with Beautiful You.

WHO are you?

WHAT do you want?

WHY is that important to you?

WHEN do you want to get started?

HOW shall we proceed?

WHERE do you want to end up?


OOOOH, let’s play a game. Pick your favorite question from above and ask or answer it in the comments below. I’ll tag along behind and add a coaching comment or two.



Because this is the BEST time. To Begin Again. In Work. And Life.

Love, Jen

P.S. If you’re an entrepreneur (in actuality or just in your dreams) let’s talk. Go HERE and schedule a Soulful Conversation about how to more your Dream to REALITY.

photo: flickr, Alan Levine

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Soulful Conversations


KT King


Note: This is the last in our three-part series about midlife entreprenuership.

To me, the most tragic outcome of my life would be to die with my gift still inside me.

And I almost let that happen.

Because I was afraid.

We women postpone our dreams for DECADES while we live in service to others. Basically, we spend the first half of our lives making everyone else’s dreams come true.

And then, at last, we get a piece of time that is all ours,

So we get some time and space and guess what happens next?

Confusion sets in. We don’t know what we want. We look for clues in our past, but that doesn’t help. We aren’t the same women we were then, we want different things now.

Or rather, we don’t want the things we always thought we did.

Fame. Fortune.

Those things give way to more soulful desires like connection, difference-making.

Don’t get me wrong, we still want and need to make a very good living. But HOW we earn our money becomes increasingly important.

When I work with women to create their Legacy Business we follow a pathway I have created called The Soulful StartUP.

Yes, The Soulful StartUP process allows you to create a profitable, sustainable business.

But it is also designed to unleash the magical power that is uniquely yours. We put your SoulStamp on your work, so that you become the Difference Maker you were meant to be.

And we turn our eye toward LEGACY, by creating an intentional business design that is both profitable and serves a greater purpose.

If you’re curious about The Soulful StartUP process, go here and make an appointment: Soulful Conversations

Love, Jen

photo: KT King

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How to Make Shift Happen

Artem Popov

So, about six weeks ago, I started working with a new client – Joanne DeLawder.

Joanne started a recruiting firm a couple of years back. Here’s her Facebook Page.

Everything had been going great with her firm, but she wanted to work together because they were just a wee bit stuck at a certain level and she sensed there were roadblocks to growth that we needed to address.

We decided to address the “problem” from two angles: Ratcheting up her internal leadership style and putting a more structured marketing plan in place.

So, we created a plan. And we worked it.

Yesterday – just six weeks later — one of the “problems” that we needed to address was how to turn away clients!


Shift happened.

Joanne’s results are not uncommon among my clients.  When you finally get sick and tired of being sick and tired and are ready to get the help you need and deserve, remarkable shift can happen.

Truly, love, if you could have done it on your own you would have done it by now.

I want to help. This is not just a sales commercial; I really REALLY want to help. Let’s start with a conversation about where you’re stuck. If we end up working together, great.

If we don’t, that works, too.

Remember, my dream is to help you step in yours. Besides that, on a personal level, it simply HAS to matter that I was here – that I made a difference – that I make THE difference to other Difference Makers.

If that’s Beautiful You, let’s just chat.

We’ll see what happens.

Here’s where you go to book your complimentary Discovery Conversation. — go here.

Until then, with love, and service, and deep and abiding gratitude.


photo: flickr, Artem Popov

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My Dream is to Help You Step Into Yours


Twenty-two years ago I KNEW I was supposed to run my own company and help women all over the world RISE.

I just KNEW it.

But the power of my desire was so great it terrified me.

So, I’d start.

And then I’d stop.


A few years would go by.


I’d start again.

And then I’d stop.


A few years would go by.

And then the cycle would repeat.


Before I knew it, two decades had passed, and one day I woke up TERRIFIED that I would die with my unlived dream inside of me.

The time had come to ACT!

I know that many of you can relate. But maybe you’re a wee bit frightened too. Maybe you’re afraid it’s too late (It’s not. But it WILL be at some unknowable point.)

Maybe you’re afraid because you have no clue how to begin.

Maybe you’re afraid because you think you might fail.

But here’s the thing, love, not trying ENSURES your failure. We tell ourselves it doesn’t matter. That the kids, the memories, are all we need.

But some of you know differently. Some of you know that you’re living in denial.

It grieves me to no end to think of those of you who feel like I did and are denying yourself the JOY of your one true passion just because you don’t know how to get started.

Let’s make today the day we stop pretending that it doesn’t matter. Let’s make today the day we take the very first baby step toward living your dream now.

If you have always wanted to start a business or shift into your dream career, I can help show you the way.

Let’s begin with a little chat – a “discovery conversation” – where you get to talk about your dream and I get to give you some direction on how to begin.

There’s no charge for booking a Discovery Session. We’re just gonna explore your dream and see if it makes sense to continue together.

Here’s where you go to book your appointment: Discovery Appointment Calendar

I can’t wait to help you get going with your dream work.

Love, Jen

photo: flickr, halifaxlight

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