For The Love With Jen Hatmaker Podcast

Jen Hatmaker

  • 50 minutes 14 seconds
    Matrescence: Unraveling the Myths and Realities of Being a Mother

    Today we’re diving into the profound biological, psychological and social shifts experienced when becoming a mother - a process known as "matrescence.” Jen sits down with science journalist, Lucy Jones, who experienced a seismic identity shift that arose after the birth of her first child.  

    Lucy and Jen unpack groundbreaking neuroscience research and they expose the deep-rooted myths and unrealistic expectations surrounding modern motherhood. From the minimizing of postpartum struggles to the pressure of "natural birthing" ideals, Lucy reveals how these systemic fictions can breed shame, isolation and maternal mental health crises.


    Jen and Lucy discuss:

    • The concept of "matrescence" - the biological, psychological and social transition to becoming a mother that renders profound identity changes
    • How modern cultural myths and idealized notions of motherhood as blissful and "natural" can be deeply alienating and contribute to maternal mental health issues
    • The systemic lack of scientific research and societal rituals to prepare and support women through the seismic transformation of matrescence
    • The need to construct new narratives, share vulnerable experiences, and build community care around the modern realities of the matrescence

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    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    “[Matrescence] is a very simple concept that means the process of becoming a mother. The word is a little bit like 'adolescence'. It was coined by the late American anthropologist Dana Rafael in the 70's. She also coined the word 'doula'. She first wrote about it in an essay collection published in 1974 where she talks about how, in most societies and cultures across the world, people have always had a sense that a mother is born when a baby is born. But she also describes your identity, your social relationships, your roles, your everyday life, your mind, your psychology, and your emotions." - Lucy Jones

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    Matrescence by Lucy Jones - https://bit.ly/4dDYI83

    Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones - https://bit.ly/44E9Uxp

    Losing Eden by Lucy Jones - https://bit.ly/4byVO2k

    Dana Rafael (an American Anthropologist) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Raphael 

    “The Birth of a Mother” (A New York Times Article by Alexandra Sacks) - https://bit.ly/4bow0WK

    2017 NIH Article on Pregnancy Leading to Changes in the Brain - https://bit.ly/3UAGiMK

    Of Woman Born by Adrienne Rich - https://wwnorton.com/books/Of-Woman-Born/

    Andrea O’Reilly - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_O'Reilly

    Guest’s Links:

    Lucy’s Website: https://lucyfjones.com/

    Lucy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucyjones

    Lucy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucyfjones/

    Lucy’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucyjonesbooks/

    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - https://jenhatmaker.com/

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    Jen’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenHatmaker/

    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker

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    22 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 52 minutes 21 seconds
    On Our Best Behavior: Elise Loehnen Pushes Back on the Patriarchal Narrative

    In this episode of the Matriarchy series, we explore how deeply ingrained patriarchal narratives can create a policing effect on the behavior of women. 

    Author, Elise Loehnen, discusses her book "On Our Best Behavior" which examines how concepts like the seven deadly sins have historically been used to restrict women's behavior and police their adherence to an idealized form of "goodness." Loehnen unpacks the insidious ways women are culturally conditioned from a young age to suppress normal human drives like anger, ambition, and sexuality. And how disrupting rigid gender stereotypes is important when raising the next generation in order to build a more compassionate world. 

    Jen and Elise discuss:

    • How women are culturally conditioned and expected to embody "goodness" while men are oriented toward power 
    • How concepts like the "seven deadly sins" have historically been used as a patriarchal "punch card" to police women's behavior
    • Why raising boys to have an emotional inner life nurtures positive identity development
    • The current era of politics that calls for women to challenge the patriarchal system while also having compassionate dialogue to build a new, care-centered world where everyone can flourish

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    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    “Women are trained for goodness and men are trained for power.” - Elise Loehnen

    “The worst thing for a woman is reputational harm--just the assigning of her badness. Bad mother. Toxic coworker. Toxic boss. Unkind. She says the wrong thing. And it's sort of impossible to defend yourself against that. We have zero tolerance, and it's very scary.” - Elise Loehnen

    "We need a culture where the men are like, 'I would like to be more like women. I need to be caring. I want to be nurturing and creative. And yes, I can be strong and I can be masculine, but I also need this underdeveloped muscle.'" - Elise Loehnen

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    On Our Best Behavior by Elise Loehnen - https://bit.ly/44tz41D

    Goop - https://goop.com

    For the Love of Being Seen and Heard ft. Lori Gottlieb - https://bit.ly/4b8YT9C

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb - https://bit.ly/3JO7FOn

    Evagrius Ponticus (Fourth Century Christian Monk) - https://bit.ly/4b7zEV5

    Pope Gregory on the 7 Deadly Sins - https://bit.ly/3y1J1XK

    Harvey Weinstein Abuse Cases - https://bit.ly/4b5ktM5

    Carol Gilligan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Gilligan

    In a Different Voice by Carol Gilligan - https://bit.ly/3JQ9IBh  

    Human Voice by Carol Gilligan - https://bit.ly/3UQ1Rcn

    Andrew Tate - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Tate

    Order, Disorder, Reorder (An idea Developed by Richard Rohr) - https://bit.ly/44xzHqK

    For the Love of The Enneagram ft. Richard Rohr - https://bit.ly/3QzzZaW

    Loretta Ross - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretta_Ross

    Guest’s Links:

    Elise’s Website - https://www.eliseloehnen.com/

    Elise’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eliseloehnen/

    Elise’s Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/eloehnen

    Elise’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EliseLoehnen/

    Elise’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/elise-loehnen-b867523/

    Pulling the Thread (Elise’s Stubstack Blog) - https://eliseloehnen.substack.com/

    Pulling the Thread (Elise’s Podcast) - https://www.eliseloehnen.com/episodes

    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - https://jenhatmaker.com/

    Jen’s Instagram - https://instagram.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenHatmaker/

    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker?sub_confirmation=1

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    15 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 52 minutes 54 seconds
    [BONUS] Jen Hatmaker Book Club ft. Violeta by Isabel Allende

    Jen and Isabel Allende discuss her novel, Violeta, and why Allende makes her bold choices in characters, events, and settings. Allende shares her fascinating personal background - born in Peru, living as a refugee, and eventually immigrating to the U.S. where she began her writing career.


    Allende explains how Violeta's story was inspired by her own mother's life and letters, which Allende has meticulously preserved over decades. The author discusses how Violeta's complicated romantic relationships and experiences of political upheaval mirror Allende's own life.


    Particularly compelling moments include:


    • Allende's description and showing of the extensive archive of her mother's letters
    • The author's insights on the challenges women writers face, having to work harder than men to achieve respect
    • Allende's personal experiences with family tragedy that informed the novel
    • The author's delight in crafting the "villain" character of Julián, as well as the beloved nanny character based on Allende's own housekeeper


    Overall, you’ll hear a dynamic conversation between Jen and Isabel on life, love, and loss. 


    Novel Summary:

    The novel follows the life of Violeta, who is born in 1920 in the aftermath of World War I and the onset of Spanish flu pandemic. The story traces Violeta's tumultuous life as she navigates historic events, including the Great Depression forcing her family into poverty and a relocation to a remote part of their South American homeland.


    Structured through a series of letters Violeta writes to her grandson, the narrative portrays her resilience, passion, and humor against the backdrop of major 20th century historical events and upheavals, including women's rights struggles. The story arcs through Violeta's experiences of love, heartbreak, and the ebb and flow of wealth, set against the sweeping historical context of an unnamed South American country.

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    Guest’s Links:

    Isabel’s Website - https://www.isabelallende.com/en 

    Isabel’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/allendeisabel/ 

    Isabel’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/isabellallende

    Isabel’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/isabelallende/ 


    Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    List of Isabel’s Books - https://www.isabelallende.com/en/books 

    Violeta by Isabel Allende - ​​https://www.isabelallende.com/en/book/violeta 

    James by Percival Everett - https://www.amazon.com/James-Novel-Percival-Everett/dp/0385550367 


    Connect with Jen!

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    10 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 38 minutes 56 seconds
    [BONUS] A Year Lost and Found: Brittney Griner's Story of Survival

    For this special bonus episode, Jen talks with WNBA star, Brittney Griner, who shares her powerful story of resilience after she was wrongfully detained in Russian prisons for nearly a year. Brittney provides a heartbreaking firsthand account of the inhumane conditions she endured, from the lack of legal rights and translators to cruel psychological tactics by guards. She opens up about the pivotal role her faith played in giving her mental strength to survive.

    Brittney also discusses the ongoing trauma she has faced since returning home, and the renewed sense of motivation to use her voice and platform to advocate for other detainees abroad still seeking freedom. 

    Jen and Brittney discuss:

    • Griner's harrowing account of being imprisoned in Russia and how she’s fighting to get more US prisoners home
    • The pivotal role her faith and reading the Bible played in giving her strength to survive mentally and emotionally.
    • Her candid discussion of the ongoing trauma she's working through since returning to the U.S.
    • Her optimism about the WNBA's rising popularity to force meaningful change in addressing the glaring pay gap with men's basketball.


    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    "My biggest fear was the fear of being forgotten." - Brittney Griner

    "We feel like we're in control a lot in our everyday lives. But being over there, I was in a place where I needed help. I couldn't control anything. It was out of my hands. I had to rely on something, or I would have gone crazy...I would have Bible study on Sundays and I think that's what got me through, honestly." - Brittney Griner

    "We need everybody to buy into [the WNBA]. We need to challenge companies to stop just checking a box and saying, 'Oh, we fight for equality. We had a month. We had some shirts.' That's a step. But we need you to put dollars down to make a difference." - Brittney Griner

    Resources Mentioned in this Bonus Episode: 

    Caitlin Clark - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caitlin_Clark

    “It Gets Better Project” - https://bit.ly/4al2EaZ

    Coming Home by Brittney Griner - https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Brittney-Griner/dp/0593801342

    Guest Link:

    Website - https://wearebg.org/

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/brittneyyevettegriner

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/brittneygriner

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BrittneyGriner

    Connect with Jen!

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    9 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    Summoning Resilience In Our Darkest Times: Bozoma Saint John on Loss and Motherhood

    Continuing In our For the Love of The Matriarchy series, Jen talks with powerful women who are taking innovative approaches to their work, their relationships, and their joy. Bozoma Saint John is a trailblazing marketing executive whose career has taken her to the heights of companies like Pepsi, Apple, Uber and Netflix. But her path to becoming a "badass" has been one marked by profound loss and upheaval. 

    From the loss of her first child and her husband's battle with cancer, to being told she's "too much" by those closest to her, Bozoma opens up about summoning resilience from life's lowest lows. She discusses redefining what true strength looks like, embracing authenticity even when it ruffles the status quo, and pioneering a collaborative model of single parenthood that makes space for her daughter's voice.


    Jen and Bozoma discuss:

    • Embracing authenticity even when it ruffles the status quo and offends those in power
    • Redefining strength not as impenetrable toughness, but as the pliability in experiencing brokenness yet still rising again
    • The complexities of reconciling life's tragedies with its gifts and holding space for gratitude amid loss
    • Pioneering a collaborative, trust-based model of single parenthood that makes space for her daughter's voice and needs


    For anyone craving inspiration to honor their scars while uncompromisingly claiming their power, this is a master class.

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    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    “Privilege is a reliable enemy of equality. And it is sometimes insidious the lengths we’ll go to protect it because we're still benefiting [from it].” - Bozoma Saint John

    "You don't have to have had the same losses I've had or suffered the same way I suffered to prove that you are worthy of the scars that you bear. You have them and it's okay." - Bozoma Saint John

    “My parenting has changed because I need to make space for [my daughter] to be honest with me about what she needs so that I can be the mother that she needs; not necessarily the mother that I think is needed.” - Bozoma Saint John

    "The most amazing thing about being human is how incredibly tied we are to each other. And it is a beautiful thing that even through our pain, we are still tied together as human beings." - Bozoma Saint John

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    Bozoma’s Marketing Hall of Fame Induction: https://marketinghalloffame.org/inductees-leading-marketers/bozoma-saint-john-2022-marketing-inductee/

    2021 Most Influential CMO: https://www.forbes.com/connect/event/2021-wmi-cmos/

    Ambassador to the African Diaspora and Special Envoy to the President of Ghana: https://bit.ly/4bhmVig.

    Guest’s Links:

    Bozoma’s Website: https://www.bozomasaintjohn.com/

    Bozoma’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaintBoz

    Bozoma’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/badassboz

    Bozoma’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/badassboz

    Bozoma’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bozoma-saint-john-0305441/

    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - https://jenhatmaker.com/

    Jen’s Instagram - https://instagram.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenHatmaker/

    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker?sub_confirmation=1


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    8 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Breaking Free From Patriarchal Rule: Cait West’s Escape from Spiritual Abuse

    Welcome to the For The Love of The Matriarchy series where we’ll explore all the different aspects of women working to embrace agency and celebrating their worth. As we celebrate the power of women and their accomplishments, we’ll also look at the challenges women have faced in a patriarchal society (and still face) and what that means for their bodies and autonomy. 


    Cait West is an author who grew up in an extreme patriarchal Christian community. She was taught from a young age that her sole purpose was to become a submissive wife and mother. This pervasive sense of having no agency or control over her own life, combined with the constant messaging that she was inherently sinful and unworthy, took a profound toll on Cait's mental health, causing severe anxiety and depression from a very young age. Jen and Cait delve into how families can fall into toxic belief systems, and what recovery can look like.

    Jen and Cait discuss:


    • The impact of being raised in a fundamentalist, patriarchal environment that severely restricts a woman's autonomy, education, and life choices.
    • The healing power of finding community, sharing one's story, and reclaiming agency after experiencing spiritual abuse and trauma.
    • The difficult but important choice of breaking free from oppressive systems, even when it means severing ties with your own family


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    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    "[My husband] has always been my steady companion because he experienced some of that verbal abuse from my dad, and he knew what it was like...When I would have anxiety attacks, he didn't understand what was going on either, but he would just sit with me until I could get through it and come back to regulate my nervous system. He just was there with me through it. And that meant more than having someone try to fix it or totally tell me what to do." - Cait West

    "I realized I had a story to tell. Going to writing conferences and learning from other writers like you who were talking about speaking up for injustice, I decided to tell part of my story online. I started doing that around 2018 and realized there's a lot more people who've been through this and they've just been silenced or afraid — people who if they say something, their family's going to cut them off. That's what happened to me in 2019. I had an interview and I started talking online about my experience and my dad decided not to talk to me anymore. I understand that fear but once I lost that relationship, I felt liberated to tell my story. Because somebody has to. Somebody has to say something." - Cait West

    "Cait's my real first name, and then West is my grandmother's — what we call the maiden name. It's always resonated with me, my mother's heritage, because they're Southerners, they grew up in poverty. The women in my family have always been the leaders and the strong people of faith. And so to me, it's kind of like calling back to that heritage and recognizing it and trying to hold on to some kind of legacy after losing so much of my life." - Cait West

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    Christian Patriarchy Movement - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_patriarchy

    Tears of Eden (Nonprofit for survivors of spiritual abuse - https://www.tearsofeden.org/

    Rift: A Memoir by Cait West - https://www.caitwest.com/book

    Guest’s Links:

    Website - https://www.caitwest.com/

    Twitter - https://bit.ly/3UytS9l

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/caitwestwrites/

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/caitwestwrites/?hl=en

    TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@caitwestwrites

    Substack - https://caitwest.substack.com/

    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - https://jenhatmaker.com/

    Jen’s Instagram - https://instagram.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenHatmaker/

    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker?sub_confirmation=1


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    1 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 1 minute
    The Only Constant is You: Navigating Life's Changes with Najwa Zebian

    In our lives, we are often confronted with moments of profound change - whether it's the result of circumstances beyond our control, or a deliberate choice to step into something new. During these pivotal transitions, it can be tempting to focus on pleasing others or trying to meet the expectations of our family, friends, and community. However, truly transformative growth requires the courage to choose ourselves and to trust our inner wisdom.


    Author and activist, Najwa Zebian, offers a powerful example of what it looks like to reclaim one's autonomy in the face of a lifetime of feeling out of place and unworthy. Her journey of self-discovery provides a roadmap for navigating change with conviction, self-compassion, and a commitment to living one's truth.


    Jen and Najwa explore: 


    • The profound impact of emotional neglect and feeling out of place can deeply shape one's self-worth and choices later in life.
    • Connecting with the power of language and self-expression can be a vital lifeline and pathway to healing.
    • Making bold choices for oneself can be a necessary and courageous act of self-preservation.
    • Allowing one's "world to revolve around you" and trusting your own inner wisdom is essential for navigating life's changes and uncertainties with conviction and self-compassion.


    Author Bio

    Dr. Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian activist, author, speaker, and educator. Najwa began to write to connect with and help heal her first students, who were a group of young refugees. Through that effort with her students, she began a deep healing process for herself. She is the author of six books. She delivered the Ted Talk, “Finding Home Through Poetry.” She also recently launched a digital school called Soul Academy and a podcast called “In the Clear.” Her latest book is called “The Only Constant.”

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    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    “Neglect isn't just about not getting your basic needs met. I think the most harmful neglect is not getting the things you do need." - Najwa Zebian

    "There was always this invitation to not allow myself to experience anger because it was a negative thing. But now I realize there's healthy anger; there's healthy resentment; and it's also healthy to project those feelings outwards. Otherwise, they're inside." - Najwa Zebian


    "I look at myself as a people pleaser — as somebody who's like, "I can't handle disappointing someone, I can't handle disappointing my family, I can't." But it got to a point where I was definitely willing to do that because I was so aware that continuing to live my life in a certain way meant that I was going to be suffering so much, and I wasn't willing to suffer in that way [anymore].” - Najwa Zebian


    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    Finding Home Through Poetry (Najwa’s Ted Talk) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNRygxe_8Ys

    Soul Academy (Najwa’s Digital School) - https://najwa-soul-academy.teachable.com/p/home

    In the Clear (Najwa’s Podcast) - https://najwazebian.com/podcasts

    The Only Constant by Najwa Zebian - https://najwazebian.com/the-only-constant

    Welcome Home by Najwa Zebian - https://najwazebian.com/welcome-home

    Hijab - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijab

    Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian - https://najwazebian.com/mind-platter


    Guest’s Links:

    Najwa’s Website - https://najwazebian.com/

    Najwa’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/najwazebian

    Najwa’s Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@najwazebian

    Najwa’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/najwazebian1

    Najwa’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/najwazebian

    Najwa’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/najwazebian


    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - https://jenhatmaker.com/

    Jen’s Instagram - https://instagram.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenHatmaker/

    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker?sub_confirmation=1


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    24 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 4 minutes 1 second
    Introducing: Million Dollar Advice

    Million Dollar Advice is a work and career advice podcast hosted by friends and colleagues Kim Lessing and Kate Arend. Together, Kim and Kate run Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions and are very cool and good at their jobs. Each week, they will help live callers with their work-related dilemmas. Whether you have a question or you just like listening to other people’s problems, this show will change your life. If you have a problem at work or a career question big or small, write in to [email protected] or leave a message on the Million Dollar Advice Hotline (888) 799-6327. 


    Kim and Kate can’t wait to give you some Million Dollar Advice!

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    Connect with Our Friends!

    Million Dollar Advice Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/million-dollar-advice/id1737475094

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    22 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    Embracing Small Habits To Impact Who You Want to Become ft. James Clear

    Making a change in our lives can feel like a big, all encompassing thing; and sometimes we avoid change because of that very notion. But here’s some good news: making meaningful change in our lives actually starts with one small choice at a time, and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or hard. This week, we’ve got the inside scoop on how to form habits that you actually want to stick with and someone who is going to let us in on the simple secrets to real and lasting change. James Clear is the bestselling author of “Atomic Habits.” His approach to building sustainable habits has resonated with millions, helping people make positive changes and reach their full potential. 

    In this conversation, James shares personal stories and scientific principles to empower journeys of growth and transformation. Jen even shares her personal experience of choosing one small habit to do each day in the wake of her seismic divorce and how that choice radically affected the trajectory of her recovery. 

    Jen and James explore: 

    • How to embrace a 1% improvement mindset - small, incremental changes compound over time and lead to meaningful results.
    • The willingness to try different approaches and habits until you find what works for you
    • Why we’ll be set up for success in the long run by having a toolbox of different strategies instead of adhering to specific “must-have” habits
    • The importance of focusing on your identity and becoming the type of person you want to be, rather than just setting goals.


    No matter where you are in life —you have it within you to make meaningful and practical changes in your life.

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    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    “There was a time in my life when I was forced to start small. So I was trying to find little wins; just something I could look at and be like 'Today was a good day.' I think that mindset ended up really helping me in later life." - James Clear

    "The whole world is going to emphasize your position and where you are. What I'm trying to emphasize is, "Are you getting 1% better? 1% worse? Is the arrow pointing up to the right, even if it's just a little bit? Or have you flatlined?" Because if you're on a good trajectory, all you need is time. All you need is patience. Time will magnify whatever you feed it." - James Clear

    “There is no one way to build better habits. There are many ways. My job is not to tell you how to do it. My job is to lay all the tools out on the table, rather than trying to tell you this is the way to build habits.” - James Clear

    “It's very easy, once you're listening to a conversation about habits or thinking about your own habits, to bite off more than you can chew, or start getting pulled in ten directions and be like; 'I'm going to change all ten of these things.' I think one good thing to remind yourself of is this energy will naturally extend into other areas of your life. So maybe take just one of those ten things and try to really master that.” - James Clear

    "There's this common advice that if something doesn't work, you should try, try, try again and I think the better advice is if something doesn't work, you should try, try, try differently." - James Clear

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits

    James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter - https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1

    Guest’s Links:

    James Clear’s Website - https://jamesclear.com/

    James Clear’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jamesclear/

    James Clear’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/JamesClear

    James Clear’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jamesclear/

    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - https://jenhatmaker.com/

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    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker

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    17 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 45 minutes 4 seconds
    [BONUS] Jen Hatmaker Book Club ft. Worthy by Jamie Kern Lima

    Hey, book lovers! We’ve got something a little different straight coming to you from the Jen Hatmaker Book Club this month, and if you haven’t been a part of the conversation, we invite you to join us and all our fellow book nerds over at JenHatmakerBookClub.com. We’re sharing our March selection, with you, our dear listeners, and we hope it will inspire you and have you thinking a little differently about the lies we tell ourselves as women and how we can get to that next right thing for our lives. We’ve got the fabulous Jamie Kern Lima, the author of a new book called “Worthy.” If you don’t already know about Jamie, she’s the founder of IT Cosmetics and the author of another book, “Believe It,” which told the story of how she founded IT in her living room and how IT went on to be the largest luxury makeup brand in the country. But if that wasn’t enough, she eventually sold the company to makeup giant L’Oreal, making her the first female CEO of a L’Oreal brand in the company’s history. But her story is much more than a rags to riches adventure, which she continues in “Worthy”--it’s about how she overcame a fear of failure, the paralyzation of never feeling like she was enough, and a litany of rejection she faced through all phases of her career.


    “Worthy,” contains key lessons Jamie’s learned toward reversing lies we’ve been told and claiming new truths for ourselves, including:


    • Why self love is important (and not selfish) and mirrors how deeply we can relate to and love others 
    • You can never achieve enough to feel like you are enough; that comes with believing in yourself innately as who you are
    • Your past mistakes do not define your present worth or determine your future


    As Jamie says, the moment we learn to believe we are worthy is the moment unhealthy relationships fall away, ideas are birthed, and art is shared with the world. She invites us to step into the freedom that happens when we embrace who we truly are and believe we are worthy of the good things that come our way.

    * * *

    Thought-Provoking Quotes:


    “If we don't think we're worthy of something, we will either stay stuck, find a way to sabotage it, or–the best case is–we’ll go for it and achieve it. But we'll still feel unfulfilled and still feel like we're not enough in the process. ” - Jamie Kern Lima


    “If you are someone that prides yourself in being selfless and being a giver, and you can't think about doing this for yourself, the greatest gift you can give people is to learn to love yourself, and to learn to believe you are worthy. Because the depth of love that you have for yourself will expand the depth of love you now have for them.” - Jamie Kern Lima


    “I do not care how many past mistakes, failures, or things that you feel are shameful or regrettable incidents [you have had]. None of them define your worth.” - Jamie Kern Lima


    “I believe your intuition is never wrong. I believe it either leads you to the next right step or the next right lesson. I have peace and trust in that.” - Jamie Kern Lima


    “The moment a person learns to believe she is worthy, that is the moment unhealthy relationships end or unhealthy friendships end or ideas are birthed or hands are raised and art is shared with the world.” - Jamie Kern Lima

    Guest’s Links:

    Jamie’s Website

    Jamie’s Instagram

    Jamie’s Facebook

    Jamie’s Twitter

    Jamie’s YouTube

    Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima

    For the Love Podcast Episode ft. Jamie Kern Lima

    Worthy by Jamie Kern Lima

    For the Love Episode ft. Daniel Pink

    Feeding America (Food Bank Charity)

    “The Life You Want” Class (Taught by guest teacher Jamie Kern Lima)


    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - http://jenhatmaker.com/ 

    Jen’s Instagram - https://instagram.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenHatmaker/ 

    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker?sub_confirmation=1

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    12 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 52 minutes 48 seconds
    Shattering the Ice Princess: Gracie Gold Reveals Her Real Self

    Continuing in our series of Embracing Change, Jen talks with an elite athlete who found their life caving in, leaving themselves with no other choice than to flow with the transitions. In this candid conversation, Jen and Olympic figure skater Gracie Gold delve into Gracie's battles with mental health, disordered eating, and the intense pressures of elite athletics.


    Gracie’s story speaks to immense strength - navigating the insidious grip of an eating disorder that spanned longer than many of her close relationships. Gracie recounts how the illusion of control through restrictive eating eventually triggered a "nuclear meltdown," forcing her to confront the compounding traumas.


    Jen and Gracie explore:


    • The toxic underbelly of perfectionism glorified in figure skating and its ties to disordered eating
    • Society's tendency to stigmatize mental illness that doesn't fit a textbook definition
    • The arduous, perpetual work of managing an eating disorder
    • Reclaiming authenticity after realizing her projected "ice princess" persona was unsustainable


    With refreshing candor, Gracie shares how curiosity and embracing life's small joys enabled her to begin reconstructing an integrated identity beyond skating's rigid expectations. Her courage to openly discuss such profound struggles is a beacon of hope for anyone confronting their inner critic.


    * * *


    Thought-Provoking Quotes:

    "In most industries, to be a woman in this world, typically and historically, you were rewarded if you were smaller." - Gracie Gold


    "Instead of feeling anxious that I don't have a plan and I don't have an exact to-do list with everything on it checked off — instead of finding anxiety in that, I try to find freedom." - Gracie Gold


    "[I'm] continuing to put one foot in front of the other and being okay with not knowing where I'm going and that the universe will bring me where I'm meant to go." - Gracie Gold


    “I just thought I could push through [depression]--very type A. I just thought 'Oh I can push through, if I just work harder, or be better, then it'll go away.' Which it didn't.” - Gracie Gold


    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

    2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team (Gracie’s team won a bronze medal) - https://olympics.com/en/olympic-games/sochi-2014/athletes


    Outofshapeworthlessloser: A Memoir of Figure Skating, F*cking Up, and Figuring It Out - https://www.amazon.com/Outofshapeworthlessloser-Memoir-Figure-Skating-Figuring-ebook/dp/B0C4J8MLF6


    Top Ten Female Figure Skaters of All Time - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest_scores_in_figure_skating


    Guest’s Links:

    Gracie’s Website - https://graciegold.figureskatersonline.com/

    Gracie’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GracieGold

    Gracie’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/GraceEGold

    Gracie’s Instagram - https://instagram.com/graciegold95


    Connect with Jen!

    Jen’s website - https://jenhatmaker.com/

    Jen’s Instagram - https://instagram.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenHatmaker/

    Jen’s Facebook - https://facebook.com/jenhatmaker

    Jen’s YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JenHatmaker?sub_confirmation=1


    The For the Love Podcast is a production of Four Eyes Media, presented by Audacy. 

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    10 April 2024, 4:00 am
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