Why Bother: Discover the Desire for What's Next
"Why bother" can be the most important question you'll ever ask yourself.
After a few hellish years that included grief and divorce, personal growth expert Jen Louden found herself at an all-time low and asked herself, "Why bother." This question dragged her down into meaninglessness until a scary coincidence snapped her awake and got her wondering: what if "why bother" was actually a fantastic question to kick-start the next phase of her life? Jen found that "why bother?" is the essential question every thinking woman must answer for herself. If you can't pretend anymore, it's the question you need to ask.
How do we bother after heartbreak, after career and creative defeats, after giving up our own dreams to raise kids or take care of a sick parent? How do we bother when our lives have always been about doing the right thing, but never doing our thing? And what do we do after we've checked off most of the boxes on life's accomplishment list, and don't know if we have energy for anything more?
Jen shows that "why bother" is not a cynical or ungrateful question, but can crack open your mind, your heart, and your life. She guides you as you follow where the question leads, as no one wants the alternative-- giving up, shutting down, or phoning it in. In this essential guide for all women, Jen Louden shows you why now is the perfect time to get your why bother on.
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About the Author
Jennifer has been teaching women's writing and self-care retreats since 1992 and creating vibrant online communities and innovative learning experiences since 1999. She writes weekly to her email list and hosts an online paid community of over 600 members. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. www.jenniferlouden.com
--Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead A truly brilliant book. Jennifer Louden is warm, down to earth, and thoroughly practical as she explores the profound question of what matters most to each of us. It's quite stunning how she weaves together personal stories, deep reflections, inspiration, and immediately useful actions. A gem.
--Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness I ended my own book with the words, 'Now what?' When I picked up Jennifer Louden's book, I felt as if it were a follow-up to my own question. Why Bother? spoke to me as if I were speaking to myself (in a loving voice, instead of the jerky one) and it has become my guide, my map, my bible, my confidante. I want everyone I know to own a copy as tattered as mine.
--Jennifer Pastiloff, author of On Being Human In Why Bother? Jennifer Louden shows with great honesty that feeling what is ours to feel is how we endure our way into a more authentic dream where who we are is more than enough. Without being prescriptive, this book is a strong and sensitive companion on the path of becoming fully human. It will help you unravel your entanglements and live.
--Mark Nepo, author of Drinking from the River of Light and The Book of Awakening This book is a revelation. Why Bother? woke me up from my creative slumber and revitalized the desire I had pushed to the side in favor of 'getting things done.' Jennifer Louden's words gave language to the areas of my life that felt stagnant, and immediately catapulted me into the action my soul craved. If you've been looking to tap back into your truest desires and deepest purpose so you can craft a life of meaning, this book will help you do exactly that.
--Amber Rae, author of Choose Wonder over Worry: Move beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Potential Why Bother? is a reclamation. With curiosity, wisdom, reverence, and grace, Jennifer Louden shows us how to transform two simple words from the ultimate expression of futility into a path back to desire and, eventually, meaning. Read it, then live it.
--Jonathan Fields, author and founder of Good Life Project