Pantheon of Paradox: Jennifer Louden on Self-Care

I am delighted to announce a new feature that I will be hosting on my blog which I am calling "The Pantheon of Paradox". In this series I am inviting authors, thinkers and innovators to share the paradox they have brought to the world. The paradox we are starting with is the idea that you can be more productive, more creative and even efficient by engaging in self-care. I know, I know...this is so counterintuitive to our "more is ALWAYS better" idea of what it takes to succeed. Many of us still hold to the bad, sad and self-destructive idea that you have to drain yourself and live on four-hours of sleep, a vat of coffee and deny yourself sunlight in order to achieve what you are after. Yes, it is shocking but true, the better we care for ourselves the more we can accomplish. JenLouden_2013-5-cropped

Jennifer Louden is THE authority on how self-care can make us more productive. Jennifer helped start the self-care movement with her first book, The Woman's Comfort Book. She's written five more books, including The Woman’s Retreat Book and The Life Organizer that have inspired more than a million women in 9 languages. 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. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. 

Her book, "The Comfort Queens Guide to Life" is part of what I am giving away in my Self-care/Comfort Contest( be sure to enter!!). Please enjoy Jennifer's video on the importance of self care, and be sure to check out her website. Thank you Jennifer for this wonderful video and thanks for being part of the Pantheon! Also, thank you for your extraordinary books that have been an important self-care references for me.