Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Episode 20 - Life After Tampons with Jennifer Boykin

Episode 20 - Life After Tampons with Jennifer Boykin

Jennifer Boykin is the creative visionary behind the midlife reinvention movement “Life After Tampons” who speaks, teaches, and writes about women who rise. She frequently contributes to major Internet sites and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post. Jennifer has experienced many losses in her life, including the death of her only daughter over 20 years ago. She joins Charlie on the show today to discuss dealing with loss, busting through fear, her website community at, and much more.

Key Takeaways:

01:36 – Jennifer experienced the death of a child over 20 years ago, which led to the start of her movement.

03:40 – Jennifer had always felt that motherhood was always necessary to her happiness but not sufficient so she went back to graduate school.

06:21 – The one rule at Jennifer’s website is they don’t talk about their loved ones and families so they don’t hide behind it.

08:04 – A lot of women spend so much time and energy devoting to family that when they finally have some time, money, and space, they don’t have the first clue about what they want to create.

11:25 – There is nobody talking about what Jennifer talks about on her website, and there are a lot of women who are looking for that sense of community.

12:09 – The biggest challenge for Jennifer has been getting up to speed on technology and staying current with it.

14:59 – Women have a deep yearning for a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

18:52 – Combine your urge for meaning and purpose with what your great loves are.

20:18 – Make it your business to know yourself.

26:39 – Every gain comes with a loss.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Jonathan Fields

Pamela Slim

Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.