Karen C.L. Anderson helps women use the troubled relationships they have with their mothers and/or daughters as a catalyst for growth, empowerment, wisdom, and creativity.
In our conversation she shares her current exploration on the connection between Power, Emotion and Creativity - including this gem:
‘Creativity is the ability to summon emotions to be able to do what we want to do.'
We dive into how she has been able to work with her own difficult relationship with her mother to grow and explore what it means to be a woman and, 'the pain of being a woman in a culture that does not value women equally.'
Karen's work is deep and wise and never flinches from the unvarnished, sometimes difficult and always insightful truth of being a woman. I've learned so much from her over the years and I'm thrilled to be able to share this conversation with you.
She is the author of Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters, A Guide For Separation, Liberation & Inspiration (March 2018), The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal: A Guide For Revealing and Healing Toxic Generational Patterns (January, 2020), Dear Adult Daughter, With The Emphasis on “Adult”, (May 2020), and Overcoming Creative Anxiety: Journal Prompts & Practices for Disarming Your Inner Critic & Allowing Creativity To Flow (June 2020).
Karen runs the Make It Real membership community (for women who want to “make real” the concepts in her books) and is at work on a memoir, A Letter To The Daughter I Chose Not To Have.
“I offer a process that shows women how to summon feelings in their bodies on purpose so they can wield them intentionally in service to what they say they want. This is the essence of creativity.“
Links to Karen and her work