For the rest of this summer, Saturday posts on the blog will feature the seven books that I consider the foundational texts of my creatively organized life. This week, let me introduce you to The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden.
What’s it about?
An intuitive planner for women who want to fit themselves back into their busy lives.
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.
Why read it?
This isn’t the sort of book I usually read. I mean, I’m pretty femme, I suppose, but I’m not really feminine, and I’m not a fan of the “Women’s Circle” “Women’s Group” “Women’s Calendar” “Women’s Planner” kinda thing. I’m human first, you know?
The idea of planning from within–of using the calendar structure to reflect on what the heck is going on in your head, heart, body, and soul–I like that a lot.
I’ve never worked with it/through it with the same sort of devotion I’ve given to The Artist’s Way, and I don’t argue with it or re-read it as frequently as I do The Great Work of Your Life. But it’s got a special, permanent place on my bookshelf.
Theme word for my (your) year.
Jennifer Louden’s The Life Organizer is one of the resources I draw upon in my Organized Creative workshop and guide. For more information, pop over to mjanecolette.com/SECRETS.