Writer, Coach, MBA. Contributor to 1010ParkPlace and Author of Engage the Fox: A Business Fable. Helping women rebrand in mid-life.
Jen Lawrence knows what to do when life does not turn out as planned. Whether you've survived divorce, the death of a loved one, abuse, a negative diagnosis, disability, depression, or simply feel stuck, Jen can help you get your life back on track by helping you write a brighter future.
Jen Lawrence has widely written and spoken on storytelling, reframing your narrative, and bouncing back after setback. Holding an MBA, Jen is a former banker and not-for-profit executive who turned to writing after her children were born. She was a pioneering mommy blogger at T.O. Mama and MUBAR: Mothered Up Beyond All Recognition.
Jen is the author of Engage the Fox: A Business Fable about Thinking Critically and Motivating Your Team and is a contributing writer at 1010ParkPlace.com. She is currently at work on a self-help book for midlife women who want to get unstuck.
Ah, summertime, when the living is easy. It's hard not to feel happy during the warmer months. But what if life could feel summer-good all the time? Summer is a wonderful time to put in place some spiritual practices that will serve you well all year long. Here are 10 ways to get started.
The stories we tell ourselves are the most powerful stories of all since the constant soundtrack running through our heads provides lots of reinforcement. In order for us to live our most fulfilled, happiest lives, it's important to make sure that the stories we tell ourselves are helpful. Here
The other day, our Wi-Fi died and we were without Internet or television for 36 hours. Yes, that includes Netflix. The kids did not know quite what to do. What about Minecraft? What about Pokemon Go? To this generation, Wi-Fi is like oxygen and they cannot imagine a world where it isn't available all the time. Internet is, after all, considered a basic human right.
Scrolling through Facebook and singing the everybody-is-at-the-cottage-but-me blues? If for you, summer is a noun, not a verb, you may be feeling a bit deprived, but here are 14 ways to get the cottage experience without having access to a cottage.
I have a group of women in my life who can draw on their personal and professional expertise to advise me on everything from decorating to divorce law to the DSM-5. In turn, I'm the go-to person on moving, critical thinking, and how to source a vintage designer bag. I've found that it's so much easier to "do life together" and draw on each other's experience, than for each of us to try to master everything on our own.
I'm currently in the middle of moving house. I've moved six times in eight years and, people, it never gets easier. There is something about putting all of your earthly possessions into boxes that is spiritually draining. And don't get me started on the soul-destroying nature of switching over one's internet.
Being single on Valentine's Day can be rough stuff. Since this is the time of year when the world conspires to tell you that there is something wrong with you if you are not happily paired, it may be tough to keep your spirits high. If you find yourself less-than-happily single, here are ten ways you can make Valentine's Day a little better this year, from someone who knows what she's talking about.
Even if you started off the year with a heart full of good intentions, it can be hard to maintain your enthusiasm. To celebrate the fact that there are still 11 months left to make this your best year ever, here are 11 ways to give yourself a mid-winter boost.
It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect circumstances. Sickness, grief, and loss do not ta...
Even better than all of the gee wow validations the medium provided, however, was the amazing sense of comfort I felt after the reading. I'd gone into it as a bit of a lark and came out feeling quite revitalized. Whether her words were heaven-sent or not, she gave me some excellent advice.
When you've survived trauma, it's unnervingly easy to slide back into the depths. When I tumble into that headspace, there are a few things that can almost always pull me back out. Hopefully they might be helpful
The film is, on the surface, about a botched space mission that leaves Matt Damon stranded on Mars. It's also a film for anyone who's found themselves thousands of miles away from the life they'd planned. If you've lost a child, lost a spouse, survived a crime, been disabled, been diagnosed with a critical illness, you likely have had moments when you feel alone on a strange planet with no guarantee of making it back home.
Many of the well-known quotations that routinely get slapped on coffee mugs and fridge magnets are just plain wrong. Someone must have come up with that profound line, but rarely was it Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Abraham Lincoln.
Recently, a friend asked me if I could help a neighbor whose life had fallen apart. I have the bittersweet reputation of being someone who's lived through some soul-shattering events and has managed to stay vertical, so she thought I might be able to offer some comfort and advice.
As a business writer, people often ask me what books they should read to become better leaders. For years, my answer has been the same: read good fiction. If you want to learn how people think and behave, read a novel, a short story, or a play. Think of how effective we could be as leaders if we used our understanding of people to better empathize with our employees, clients, and boards.
Whenever I talk to someone who is making a big career change such as going back to work after staying home with kids, or leaving the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, one of the key stressors is the loss of routine. Habit disruption adds to the stress of an already stressful time.
In an era where women are still struggling to be recognized and paid for their leadership skills, it is a frustrating message that one's best shot at elevating her status is to wait patiently for opportunity to appear. Rather than sitting around waiting for a Fairy Godmother to magically deliver your next promotion, here are five movie-inspired steps you can take to prove you are a capable leader and elevate your status at work.