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Jen Hatmaker

Episode 12, Set Yourself Free

Look in the mirror. Discover who you really are. That is the woman who can set you free to flourish authentically and thrive. Jen Hatmaker, best selling author of Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You, experienced this liberation and she wants you to do the same.

Who are you already? Who were you always meant to be? What is your core personality? What is your wiring? How do you flourish on this earth? What beautiful ideas are in your brain? How are you created to thrive? These are the questions that Jen Hatmaker asked herself. The answers propelled her toward becoming a New York Times best-selling author, national speaker, blogger, host of the award-winning For the Love podcast, creator of the popular Jen Hatmaker Book Club, and star of the HGTV series My Big Family Renovation.

Freedom requires truth. It’s the only path. My hope for women is that my book will set their feet on that path all the way to full freedom.

Hatmaker admits her journey of uncovering her true self was a struggle, “much like pushing on a bruise.” However, the process also nurtured what she describes as “self-recovery.” She explains, “it’s like taking an ice pick and excavating into those places of hurt where you feel isolated and lonely.” Hatmaker goes on to add that the results of this self-discovery have been startlingly powerful. Naming the things that hold you back ultimately gives you the ability to recognize them clearly and respond. It’s empowering. Says Hatmaker, “Sometimes it gets a little worse before it gets better,” but the feedback from women is just “universally beautiful.” Women are saying, “Thank you for naming this, thank you for offering tools and resources to live in a way that feels more true and real.”

The tools she offers aim to help women navigate workplace inequality, social media comparison traps, set healthy boundaries, speak their minds, celebrate each other instead of competing, and live genuine full lives. She believes that “women can reclaim the self-confidence and sense of worth, often eroded by society.” Hatmaker acknowledges the hard work required but says women are up to the tasks entitling her new book, “be fierce, free, and full of fire” to get on that path to being “gloriously you.”

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What you’ll learn

  • The ways society has trained women to not believe in themselves (4:02)
  • Why her message is important for men to hear too (10:33)
  • The dangers of women competing with each other instead of lifting each other up (14:05)
  • How to escape the comparison culture of social media (16:59)
  • How to live life honestly and with intention (22:25)
  • How Hatmaker discovered she was an introvert and learned to balance this with her public life (26:28)

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