Better Self-Care through Creativity

Most moms and stepmoms put the needs of others first. I have a simple 3-step process that helps you transform self-sabotaging patterns so you can make a life rich in creativity, discovery and just plain fun.

So jump in!

Are you yearning for more? 

Always carry as many cameras as you can.

Creativity keeps life feeling fresh, interesting and endlessly expansive.

And everyone is capable of it.

YOU can find something creative that you love to do, no matter what it is — from the simplest project, to the grandest.

Sadly, most women will keep putting off what they love — or even the chance to figure out what that might be.

They keep thinking, “I have to make everyone else happy first. I don’t have the time, money or talent to really pursue that one thing anyway…”

That mindset turns your days into a total grind. Routine. Repetitive.

It eats away at your confidence and makes life feel small and anemic… Plus, you’ll be BORED out of your mind.

You never know how much time you have left on this earth.

So what about your happiness?

Make creativity a priority— and suddenly, the whole world opens up to you!

You get to feel playful, energized and free every day— no matter how hard and busy your life gets.

If you’re honest, you’re always going to be barely holding it together, right?

So stop waiting!

You need to regularly do something engaging and creative, because it feels so good and it will make you happy.

I’ve stumbled upon a way to help you take better care of yourself — by having more fun.

I’d like to share this process with you.

Here, you’ll find:

once a week blog posts
free creative photo prompts
more stick figures than you’ve seen in a long time…
weekly community challenges on Facebook
free worksheets and ebooks
and eventually,

a podcast

The whole point of this blog and Facebook community is for it to be INTERACTIVE. I want to connect with people and get to know you. So I hope you’ll chime in!


But wait, who am I?

Whoa. Fancy.

I’ve used my own 3-step process to write 3 nonfiction books, give speeches as a public speaker, and help my book writing clients land small and large publishing contracts.

Here’s a picture of some of the media coverage I’ve received, which is meant to establish authority and impress you.

Sure, seeing all those big names is awesome for any writer. But you should also know that, just like you, I’m always feeling my way in the dark.

I’ve changed the genre I normally write in. I’m wading back into the world of fiction. I’m rediscovering my love of photography. I’m going to be drawing more stick figures. (Seriously.)

My personal writing goals will be open, public experiments in mindset mastery. I’ll share what I learn in the process of creating and illustrate the techniques that get me back on track when I fall off the cliff. (Cuz it’s gonna happen…)

My job now is to keep writing and creating.

And to help you experience the joys of creativity too.


My more “official” bio in the third person

Apparently I have a lot of teeth.

Jennifer Newcomb Marine is a writer and public speaker who grew up in Madrid, Manila and all over the U.S.

She is the mother of two grown daughters, a grandmother, and a stepmom to one teenaged stepson and two young adult stepdaughters. She is happily married to a wonderful partner who’s a writer too.

Jennifer is the author of:

No One’s the Bitch: A Ten-Step Plan for Mothers and Stepmothers (GPP Life, 2009) – co-written with Carol Marine, stepmom to Jennifer’s children.
Skirts at War: Beyond Divorced Mom/Stepmom Conflict (Nest Press, 2013) – co-written with Jenna Korf.
The Stepmom’s Mini-Guide to Happiness: Self-Care Secrets to Restore Your Joy (coming Summer 2016).

She’s been featured on The Dr. Phil Show, The Washington Post, ABC News, CNN, Canada’s Globe and Mail, StepMom Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and numerous radio interviews.


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