April Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#39)

Greetings friends! I'm writing from Austin, where I'm hanging out for a 3-day Wayfinder Gathering with Martha Beck to celebrate the launch of her new book, Diana, Herself. Been itching to write a book but not sure where to start? Or in the middle of one but stuck on what’s next? Join me for a live week-long Book Ninja course in May with soup-to-nuts tactical tips for generating momentum and getting published. Get the course for free when you join Momentum, which includes every course and template I have ever created ($700 value), live monthly workshops, and optional private office hours calls with me.

Podcast Fun

I really enjoyed getting interviewed this month on Mike Michalowicz's hilarious and action-packed Profit First Podcast: Pivoting to Profitability with Jenny Blake and Derek Loudermilk's The Art of Adventure show.

On this week's Pivot Podcast, I talk with Penney Peirce about dreams as a doorway to 24-hour consciousness. It's a fascinating conversation about ways we work through personal growth issues in our sleep, and how you can better remember, interpret, and even program your dreams for things like problem-solving and creativity. Catch-up on the previous episode, Deep Work: Eliminating Cognitive Junk Food with Cal Newport.

I know it's a bit of a pain, but I would be oh-so-grateful if you could leave a rating and/or review in iTunes! It lets me know you're listening and what types of content you find most helpful. Just click here (or search for "Pivot Podcast Jenny Blake" on your iPhone), click on Ratings and Reviews, then leave yours. Thank you in advance!

Now onto our regular cawfee tawk programming!


"I was 16 when I heard through the grapevine that I had ruined my life. (My best friend delivered the message, which had apparently originated with another friend’s mother.) I decided to ignore the established route to success—I was no longer welcome on it anyway—and forge my own path."

—Julie Clow


"Back when segmented sleep was common, this period between “first” and “second” sleep inspired reverence. The French called it dorveille, or wakesleep, a hypnotic state. English speakers called it “the watch.”

I had usually approached the post-­midnight hours full-sail, by staying up. Waking into them is different, childlike. The time feels freer. The urge to be busy abates. Conversation has a conspiratorial intimacy, as if you’ve sneaked behind the tent to find the only other smoker at the wedding."


"As hoi polloi shamelessly promote themselves, bestow disingenuous praise upon colleagues in hopes of receiving it in return and peck out snarkily hashtagged jokes during awards shows, the person who remains offline accrues mystique and is viewed as nobly intentioned, an elusive object of fascination rather than an accessible subject of self-glorification. Who knows how they’re spending their time? Likely working hard for some transcendent and paradigm-shifting purpose, their online absence suggests.

But post a tweet, and everyone knows what you’re doing at that moment: idly looking at a screen, chasing after notice."


Just for Fun

That's it for now . . . have an amazing start to Spring, everyone!