UPLIFT – Book 1

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UPLIFT – to raise or elevate spiritually and emotionally.


After a few months of hard work, I am thrilled to announce that the UPLIFT – Book 1 is ready for release into the world.

A beautiful collection of inspirational stories, poems, motivational quotes, and art to inspire and uplift, produced in full colour.

This book has been created by The UPLIFT 2020 Project with the aim of Raising Spirits, Sharing Love and Inspiring Hope at a time when the world needs it most. The project brings people together and supports mental well-being.

Full of short inspirational stories by real people, poems to inspire hope, artwork to enjoy and original quotes to motivate. It also includes some useful coaching tools to help cope with stress and overwhelm. Contributors are people who care from the UK and across the world.

All profits from the sale of this book will go to support the following UK charities –


Sneak-Peek inside…

SUPPORT – Please purchase a copy and tell your friends, or even gift them a copy too! By buying a copy of the book, you are supporting the NHS, MIND and PORCHLIGHT.


FREE Gifts for You When you Buy The Book…

PLUS when you buy a copy of the book you will find a link to lots of amazing FREE gifts from some of the contributors, which includes: courses, meditations, sleep guide, bedtime story book, coaching calls, colouring in book and much more…

Janet Groom
Founder of The UPLIFT 2020 Project
Author, Writer, Book Coach & Transformational Life Coach
www.janetgroom.com





2019 in Review

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Tiny Tim: God bless Us, Every One!

— Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’

Oh my goodness, it is hard to believe we are coming to the end of yet another year. Where does the time go? It has been a rollercoaster ride of a year for me and I wanted to share with you some of my literary highlights. And keep scrolling to the bottom where you will find a little extra Christmas story for you…

I re-publishing the first book in THE NAKED KNITTING CLUB series. I was delighted to bring the first book back out into the world under my own terms, and all is aligned for me to continue to write the follow-on books (yes, it is a series…) and publish with ALP House Publishing. This has taken the pressure off and I feel much happier to have control. Book 2 will be released in the first part of 2020 – click here to sign up to the mailing list to be kept informed.

I enjoy writing and 2019 also saw the ‘birth’ of two fiction books by Janet Groom. The first was WRITE TO HEAL, an opportunity for me to tell my own personal trauma to triumph journey (my old stories) and share 10 amazing techniques to aid healing using the power of WORDS and WRITING, from working on mindset through to forgiveness. In 2020, I am planning to set up an online course to accompany the book, and hold some ‘live’ workshops focussing on some of the key techniques and how to use them.

Then I has the privilege to work with ELLIE J. HART to assist her to produce her beautiful book of 52 quotes on the topic of ‘I CHOOSE…’. I adore this book and love that you can flick through and use the quote as a positive prompt for your day ahead. Ellie was inspired to write her book after reading the amazing story of Holocaust survivor Dr Edith Eger’s book ‘The Choice’, as it helped her transform her own life from victim to winner.

Then I discover an ebook I had written a few years ago LIVE THE RAINBOW, and decided to update it and re-release it. It is a bright book about using the power of colours to influence our lives in a positive and uplifting way. It includes a basic introduction to CHAKRA, CRYSTALS, and even rainbow-coloured FOODS.

Finally, the year ended on a high note as I was honoured to be part of an anthology book ‘VOICES OF HOPE’ compiled by Brenda Dempsey. It felt good to share my own personal journey from victim to finding my way to a happier life through books, words and writing. You can read my story, along with 30 other stories, in the book and be inspired that even when life throws you a curveball there is still HOPE to shift things around and create a life you enjoy. Oh, I am a now an Amazon Bestselling author!!

So, I am excited to get going with 2020, book 2 in The Naked Knitting Series is underway, and I have ideas for a few more books – some fiction and a few more non-fiction. Additionally, watch out for Creative Writing workshops and Retreats happening in the UK next year, and get started with writing your own books. If you are interested in writing your book or joining a workshop/retreat, please contact me – click here

HAPPY CHRISTMAS
HAPPY WRITING IN 2020

With Love & Blessings

Janet

Janet Groom
Author, Writer, Book Coach & Transformational Life Coach
www.janetgroom.com


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The Power of GRATITUDE

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Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.

— Amy Collette

Today is THANKSGIVING in the United States of America. A day to remember the struggles of the early settlers and how the pilgrims sat down with the Native American Indians and gave thanks together.

Having lived previously in the States, I loved this holiday. It brought people together across the divides and allowed families, friends, neighbours and strangers to sit down and over a meal to give thanks. 

Fast forward a few years into my spiritual journey and I realise that every day is the day to give thanks. Finding the things, both big and small, to be thankful for — is the true blessing. It is all too easy in our world to fall into the trap of complaining. Don’t get me wrong, I am not devoid of falling into this trap too, but when I do, I have to drag myself out pretty quickly. Complaining and blaming keeps us in a negative emotional vortex, which impacts our well-being and closes us off from seeing the good and beauty in our everyday lives. 

Shifting to embracing GRATITUDE as a daily habit is a powerful perspective shift. The lens of your focus changes and the more you look to find things to be thankful for, the more you will find. And making it a regular habit, ten minutes per day, it soon becomes the norm. You will see more of the good and less of the bad in your world.

When I wrote the book ‘Write to Heal’, it was clear to me that developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is a key step in the healing process. It is a powerful ally to shift negative moods and mindsets. 

How do I know?

Well, because I have tested it in my own life, and when I make it a daily habit to write my gratitude list, my life shifts too. I feel happier and lighter. I see more good in the world than bad. I see the potential in people. I find that I can deal with ‘blips’ easier because I know they are only a minor bump along the road of my life journey.

Why not try it out for yourself?

Start today and either observe or write down TEN things that you are thankful for in your life. Once you get started this list can quickly grow. I recommend start with TEN and do this for one month and see how your life starts to change. TEN things and only TEN minutes…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Today and Every Day!

With Love & Blessings

Janet

Janet Groom
Author, Writer, Book Coach & Transformational Life Coach
www.janetgroom.com


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Reading and Writing

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The more that you read, the more things you will know.

— Dr. Seuss

Someone asked me recently when did I discover my love for reading and books.

To be honest, I don’t remember books being part of my life when I was very young. I would love to say that there was a favourite bedtime storybook, but there wasn’t. My first contact with books happened when I started school at the grand old age of five.

I can still feel the excitement I felt when the teacher handed out our reading book. There, in bold print, on the front cover was my name. I was tickled with delight that out of all the girls’ names in my primary one class, it was mine on the cover. From that point onwards, I loved reading. I adored that the words on the page came together to tell a story, albeit a very short story of few words in my formative years.

I was won over to reading by seeing my name in print in my first reading book.

Books became my gift of choice on my birthdays and Christmases. Ladybird books were popular at the time and I had a little collection of fairy tales and fables, with Cinderella being one of my favourites. I could quite happily sit for hours on end re-reading the stories, almost to the point where I could recite them verbatim.

Infrequent visits to our local library were a highlight for me. I used to drive my mother and siblings mad by taking so long to choose my three books. So many books called to me and it hurt my heart to only be able to take three home at any given time. I also have vague recollections of a mobile library visiting our school, not sure how often it came, and have the distinct feeling these extra books made up the deficit in my life.

Fairy tales ignited my imagination for fantasy, leading me into the world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Chronicles of Narnia. Followed swiftly by The Hobbit, and an introduction to wizards, dwarves, elves, dragons and Gollum. These were the books that saw me through the challenge of growing up in the midst of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. A time that was frightening and dangerous, and hard for my little mind to comprehend the violence on my doorstep. To escape the real world, I was more than happy to dive headlong into my books.

When I left home to go to Australia and finally ending up in London, via Manchester — books took a backseat to my real life adventures. However, dealing with a daily commute into central London soon called for my book buddies. Morning and night, I would sit on tube and train cradling a book and escaping the hum drum around me.

Reading may have come in fits and burst during my adult years, with a serious return to reading following a major emotional breakdown a decade ago. Books were a key part of my recovery, and I was more than happy to indulge my pleasure for reading, in particular, fantasy books. I, of course, read the Harry Potter series. But these just ignited my need for more. I was like an addict seeking the next ‘fantasy book’ fix. Bless all the wonderful authors who wrote the books that quelled my heart and revived my soul — Madeleine L’Engle, Rick Riordan, Cornelia Funke, Philip Pullman, Angie Sage and Eoin Colfer.

One of my favourite fantasy series by the loveable and witty Irish writer,
Eoin Colfer.

Now I read a diverse range of genre and include a few self-development books too, alongside a few chick-lit fun reads, punctuated with a smattering of classics.

Reading is key to learning, and it is, I believe, paramount for writers.

Without reading, we are now strengthing our craft. There are two sides to a book; the view of the author, and the journey for the reader. Both are equally important and must be considered. An author who writes without thinking of his/her reader is missing a key part of the puzzle. Reading is fuel for a writer, you expand your imagination, your word base and see how other writers have tackle different challenges/issues, both real or make believe.

Books are written to be read — and Writers need to Read.

So, you may ask what is my all-time favourite book?
My answer is there can never be just one…


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The Power of CHOICES

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Our CHOICES empower us and set us Free.

— Ellie J. Hart (Author of ‘I Choose… 52 Quotes to Inspire and Empower through Choices)

To choose or not to choose, that is the question…

I couldn’t choose. I was stuck.

Stuck in a holding pattern in my life – no moving forward or going back. It was like Groundhog Day, replaying the same bad scenes time and time again. This was my life for a long time. Too long.

My marriage was going down the pan. Two people living together in a state of bitterness. I’m not going to go into the details here, perhaps one day I will feel strong enough to tell that story, but not yet. I think you get the picture. Two people driving each other nuts, knowing how to press each other buttons to grate and provoke. Oh, unhappy days!

It was a cycle, one I knew only too well and one I knew deep down in my heart that it needed to end. Many of you will say ‘why didn’t you just walk away’, and I would agree with you, but FEAR kept me frozen in the never ending loop that was my reality. I guess I had secretly hoped that he would have walked away first, but then I should have realised that my pain and suffering was feeding his narcissistic ego.

Anyway, the Universe stepped in almost two years ago and put the spanner in the works to force the change. I had joined a bookclub, something for me and a chance to escape one night a week from the draining combat. The group were fun and friendly, and I derived great pleasure from the books each member took turns to select.

Then came a book that literally changed my life. The book of the month was ‘The Choice – Embrace the Possible‘ by Edith Eger. This book touched my soul in a profound way. Her experiences during the Holocaust wrenched at my heart and tears poured down my cheeks. Her story of survival through such cruelty was unbelievable, and it all came down to a CHOICE.

The CHOICE to survive no matter what.

This realisation shock me to my very core. Here was I stuck unable to make the CHOICE I needed to make to set myself free. It struck me that if a young Edith Eger could make a CHOICE to survive through such incredible suffering, I was capable of making the CHOICE to set myself free to live my life on my own terms.

It takes COURAGE to make big life changing choices, and I will admit it took me a further two months to get to a point where I believed in myself enough to go through with it, and when I did voice my decision, I was surprised at how calmly I was able to do it. My heart was fully onboard and knew it was the right thing for me.

Making the big difficult scary CHOICE was liberating.

From that point in my life I realised the power we have with the CHOICES we make. I no longer take a flippant view towards making important choices in my life. I now take time to examine and deliberate over them and check-in with myself to feel if they are right for me.

Taking back control of my CHOICES had given me back empowerment. I am no longer a victim — I am the boss of my life. I am now able to set clear boundaries, so I don’t feel taken advantage of. I find when I tune in and make a choice, I have clarity on my life purpose and where I’m heading.

Taking back control of our CHOICES is an important step in aligning with who we really are, and what we really want in our lives.

— Ellie J. Hart

My advice to anyone reading this, who feels stuck, is to really take a step back and consider carefully your choices. Tune in and listen to what your heart is telling you and then take the big brave step of making that choice with 110% conviction. Believe me, it will make a huge difference and set you free to enjoy your own miracluous life journey.

Dr Edith Eger’s book inspired me to change my life and through my experience I have learned about THE POWER OF CHOICES. In turn I wanted to pass on what I have learned, so I wrote my quote book to inspire you, and me, to make good choices every day that bring us further along the path to joy and happiness.

Life is full of fun, joy and happiness when we make the right choices to lead us there, so enjoy making those worthwhile choices.

With lots of love & blessings
Ellie J. Hart
xxx
Lover of Life and Purveyor of Joy

Ellie’s debut book ‘I Choose… 52 Quotes to Inspire and Empower Through Choices’ is now available to purchase on AMAZON in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

Available in Kindle and Paperback formats on AMAZON >>> mybook.to/Ichoose52quotes

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Write Your Story

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Sharing your personal healing journey offers hope to others who are suffering. That’s your gift to the world!

— Janet Groom (Author & Book Coach)

Perhaps you are like me, you have read lots of books by people sharing their own story, their personal journey through a major life challenge. And importantly, how they found their way through the pain and suffering back to feeling alive again. Back to a place of finding joy in the little things in life. 

These books have inspired me on my own trauma to triumph journey. They provided the much needed glimmer of hope. They provided a beacon of light to follow through until I was once again back on safe ground, able to breathe again and see the world from a new perspective.

The best of all, most of these books were written by people, normal people, just like you and me, who suffered and found their way through. They then used their learnings to grow and develop. They learned important life lessons that profoundly changed their lives. And, then, they went one step further – they made the huge decision to write a book about their experiences in an effort to share their story and pass on the baton of hope, while sharing the important lessons they discovered. These books are capable of making a powerful impact on the right person. 

Your Story will offer Hope to others

It takes courage to step up and write a book, sharing your innermost pain and suffering, and sharing your vulnerability. Some authors are even brave enough to unveil secrets. Secrets kept hidden away from the world for fear of judgement and criticism. These writers truly are valiant heroes.

When I wrote my non-fiction book ‘Write to Heal: 10 Ways to Use Writing and Words to Boost Your Well-Being and Transform Your Life’. I felt called to share my healing journey through the pain of my infertiliy. It has been such a dark and scary time, taking several decades to finally come to terms with the reality that I would never have my own children.

The pain was so deep and raw, and I choose to become numb in order just to survive. I hide the truth away behind a wall, pretending to get on with my life. It was only when things hit rock bottom, that I finally got the help I needed. My healing journey began, and it took time to learn the skills to reach a point where I had accepted my fate and it no longer held my emotions to ransom. That was the pivotal point for me, I knew I could start to share my story with others, with the strong desire that it would go out into the world and offer that glimmer of hope to someone else who suffered as I did. It would let them know they are now alone, there is hope and guide them to start their own healing.

Writing the book was at times painful when, on occasions, some lingering deep-seated emotions broke through. Yet by doing so it was extremely cathartic. It allowed another layer of healing to take place at a much deeper level. 

Writing my story was healing.

It was as if by writing down the words, I was setting myself free from my ‘old story’. The tight grip of pain lessened, and I could breathe again.

So many people I have spoken to who have been brave enough to share their hero’s journey, often claim to have experience the same results. And, there is nothing like receiving feedback from a reader, who has found the book an inspiration and helped them to make the changes they needed to find their path to heal.

Your Book is like a Helping Hand

Do you have a Trauma to Triumph story to tell?
Are you ready to make a difference to someone’s life by writing and sharing your story?

Let’s talk and start your book today and kick-start your book of hope.

Write Your Book and Spread Hope

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Book Coaching

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Books are the way to the soul. The words you write and the stories you tell touch hearts and transform lives.

— Janet Groom (Author & Book Coach)

Over the past few months, as I finally step up to become more visible in my capacity as a BOOK COACH, I have been asked ‘What is Book Coaching?’

Therefore, I felt I would answer the question and explain more about book coaching and my role in empowering amazing people to share their stories and bring uplifting and inspirational books into the world.

Before I get into the ins and outs of book coaching, I want to start by explaining how and why I found my way to this role, so that you understand it is much more a passion and I am driven to do this work, with a big vision in mind.

My love of books started back in my childhood growing up in the midst of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. As a highly sensitive child, I struggled with what was going on around me. All the bitterness, hatred and killing were too much — books were my way to cope. I escaped into my imagination, enjoying adventures in new fantasy worlds with incredible characters. Books saved me.

Later in my mid-20s, I was hit with the trauma of being diagnosed with early menopause. This rocked the very foundations of my dreams and aspirations. With no support offered to help me deal with such a monumental blow, I coped, the only way I could at the time, by shutting down my emotions to numb the pain. This went on for decades until the emotional dam burst. I was forced to face and accept the reality. It was the catalyst in my own transformation and healing journey. And, once again, books and words played a pivotal role in my healing process.

Eventually, through years of healing, I found my way to writing my first fiction novel (The Naked Knitting Club). Becoming a published author was something I had dreamed of doing since childhood. The muse delivered a great book idea and it stayed with me for over 15 years until I was ready to write it, when I did give myself permission to sit down and write the book, it was liberating.

My creativity flowed and I found my voice. I found a way to express myself through the words I wrote. Even though it was a fiction book, I was able to use it to transform my pain and promote further healing.

Writing is a powerful healing tool

Writing is deeply healing for me, and I felt compelled to share my learnings, which led me to pen my first non-fiction book ‘WRITE to Heal: 10 Ways to Use Writing and Powers to Boost Your Well-Being and Transform Your Life’. An easy-to-use guide of practical exercises to use writing and words in the healing process. Simple, yet highly effective, techniques — boosting well-being and transforming lives in a powerful and positive way.

It was after this I realised my BIG VISION.

I feel a strong desire to share the incredible power of writing with others, and to encourage amazing HEART-LED ENTREPRENEURS to share their own AUTHENTIC VOICE with the world to inspire and spread JOY.

Books, filled with your stories and words, are an incredible way to share your message and touch the hearts of readers across the world.

IMAGINE YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE,
YOUR TRUTH,
IGNITING THE FLAME OF INSPIRATION
AND JOY IN HEARTS WORLDWIDE.

Write Your Book and Spread Joy

How can a BOOK COACH help you?

Using a plethora of skills gathered over a lifetime, I am here to support YOU on your author journey, making it an experience filled with EASE, FUN, OPENNESS and CREATIVE JOY.

I serve my Author-preneur clients with INTEGRITY, CREATIVITY and JOY, in the following ways:

Accountability

We work together to create an action plan, breaking the project down into digestible chunks. You set the goals and we have regular calls giving you deadlines to work towards. As a former project manager, I know how overwhelming a project may seem, and how with the right approach it becomes easily achievable.

Structure

In the planning stage we brainstorm your book idea and together create a plan and structure outline for you to work on. This is the ‘backbone’ of your book, which we then build on. This is a key stage of writing your book and good planning creates a solid foundation on which to work.

Feedback

Open and honest feedback is a valuable tool in the creative process. You have a sounding board to bounce ideas off, and you receive feedback on your writing, including editorial input to improve the delivery and flow of your message.

Mindset & Motivation

Ask any writer and you will hear how ‘self-doubt’ can often lead to inaction and that dreaded ‘writer’s block’. With my background as an NLP and Transformational Coach, I have great tools to assist you in building a confident writer’s mindset and keeping the creative flow open.

Technical Expertise

Having experience of publishing several books, and working with an Independent Publishing House, you have the value of my experience to ensure you are aware of all the ‘little details’ you need to consider when compiling a book to publish. You also have access to an amazing editing and publishing team to remove frustration and allow you to bring a professionally produced book into the world. Additional marketing strategy ideas are offered to promote your book and your visibility as an expert in your niche.

AS A BOOK COACH, I EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURS
TO CREATIVELY EXPRESS THEIR AUTHENTIC VOICE,
INSPIRE JOY AND GAIN FINANCIAL FREEDOM.

Writing a book is a powerful journey for the author and when the book is written in the right way with the right energy, that comes across to the reader. It is a valuable tool to connect with people on a more profound level.

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Powerful Intentions

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I dream of a life filled with love and laughter, with no stresses or money worries; where my life is an endless joy of good health, travels and inspiration.

— Janet Groom

OK, how many of us dream of winning a mega-win on the Lottery? How many of the authors amongst us dream of writing a bestselling book and earning millions from a Hollywood movie deal? I know that I do, and I know that I am not alone.

Dreams sustain us through the hum-drum of our daily lives. Allowing ourselves to tap into our imagination and for a moment, see what our lives would be like ‘What if’…

Law of Attraction

Some of you reading this may also be familiar with the Laws of Attraction and take steps to manifest your dreams into the real world. And many others will work harder and harder, longer and longer to achieve their self-imposed goals.

Make a Wish

If you still struggle to create a life you feel you deserve, then I suggest that you try out tapping into the power of INTENTIONS. And right now, at the NEW MOON, an auspicious time to plant those seeds of desire.

Nine Steps to Setting Your Intentions

In my book ‘Write to Heal: 10 Ways to Use Writing and Words to Boost Your Well-being and Transform Your Life’, I introduce the concept of setting Intentions in Chapter 6 – Intentions and Desires. In the chapter, I share my NINE STEPS on HOW TO SET INTENTIONS. This is a process I follow, and I am pleased to say have worked well for me, and I wanted to share them with you. I’m not going to go through the steps here, and invite you to purchase the book, but if you don’t wish to do so, then I am happy to share a PDF to download with the steps (

When you discover the ‘magic’ in setting POWERFUL INTENTIONS, your life will never be the same again.


FREE – 9 Step Guide to Setting Your Intentions


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Write to Heal

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Pick up your pen and open your heart.
Allow the emotions to spill forth, 
and unburden your Soul. 
Safe in the knowledge 
that there will come a point when
the pain will start to heal.
You will feel reborn.

– Janet Groom

I was inspired to write the book ‘Write to Heal: 10 Ways to use Writing and Words to Boost Your Well-being and Transform Your Life’ as I do the work to clear each layer on my own healing journey. It explores my insights and conclusions of what works for me, as well as techniques which have proved useful for many of my transformational life coaching clients too.

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Life has certainly had its ups and downs on my rollercoaster journey, and to many viewing my life from the outside, I look to be enjoying a privileged life living between a typical Swiss chalet in the breath-taking snow-capped Alps, and the UK. I have now written several books. I have travelled extensively, including having lived now in four different parts of the world. To many, my life looks charmed, if not ‘perfect’ with my loving husband and best-friend at my side. 

However, much the picture looks rosy, there is a dark side to my life, and if you knew the half of what has taken place, you would be shocked by what challenges life has thrown in my path. When people find out, they don’t quite believe me, and when they realise I am telling the truth, they are surprised at my ‘normality’ and praise my strength of character. 

Finding My Way Back

In the book, I talk about these life obstacles and how they caused me to shut-down and survive the daily routine of life in a ‘zombie-like’ state. My heart was ‘walled up’ to prevent the pain from surging through as my heart was on the verge of eruption with all the pent up emotional anguish. I chose numbness over, allowing my feelings to override me. I decided to enter ‘survival mode’ to get through each day.

Some of you may relate to this, but I will warn you at some stage, perhaps not today or tomorrow, the dam will burst, and all those emotions will pour forth — and indeed this is what happened to me after several decades of keeping it all in check. The day came, and my world imploded. The searing pain raced through my mind and body, and I spiralled into a deep dark depression. 

With loving support from my husband, along with medication, and my strong will to survive — I managed to crawl my way back to the ‘light’. It was a dark, lonely and scary place, and I never want to go there again.

For a long time, I teetered on the edge of the abyss, and when my equilibrium was rocked, I could feel the pull and spiralling starting. It was at this time; I realised I needed to find my own way to keep myself safe. To find techniques to boost my mental well-being and shift from negative thinking. 

What followed was a period of research and study. I explored and learned amazing new techniques and modalities. I found my way to NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Hypnosis, Meditation, Life Coaching and Energy Healing. I love the way that NLP focusses on the words we use and ways to shift our thinking by reprogramming our unconscious mind. Hypnosis and Meditations allowed my body to relax and find a way back to balance, while Life Coaching supported me to look forward to planning out the life I desired, and Energy Healing connected me to a new way of thinking about the energy in my body and how I was using, or in my case abusing, it.

Time to Change and Time to Write

This new learning formed the foundation of my healing journey, but in reality, it all came together when I wrote my first fiction novel (‘The Naked Knitting Club’); and was the real turning point in my journey. By permitting myself to write, I allowed myself to step into my creativity, and this was powerful.

Writing, in many shapes and forms, has always been with me throughout my childhood to now. I love words and now see their importance in our lives. Our words shape us. I believe in the Power of Words, and know through NLP how important it is the words we use and the beliefs we form.

In my book ‘Write to Heal’ I share ten ways that writing helped me on my healing journey, and techniques I still use today. I am a ‘Work-in-Progress’, and slowly, I am healing, layer by layer. Each step of the journey makes me feel freer and lighter as the burden of pain and suffering eases.

I wrote this book to share my insights and learnings with the world, in the hope that it will support other people on their own healing journey and bring them, step-by-step, to transforming their own lives to enjoy a happier and more joyful life.

My mission, and wish, is to provide some simple and easy to use tools for others to overcome and heal their own pain and suffering.


Life is a Train Ride

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Life is a Journey – a rollercoaster ride from birth to death, from the cradle to the grave; this is the reality of our human experience. 

– Janet Groom

For some, that journey is relatively straightforward, as they meander along in a cocoon of contentment; for others it is a hectic and chaotic ride, bouncing from one drama to the next, interlaced with a few stolen moments of tranquillity. Most of us are somewhere in-between with periods of calm sailing, interspersed with jolts of stormy seas, with occasional frantic bursts of swimming against the current trying to get back to a safe harbour we have long left behind.

Oh, yes, life is a journey, and I was reminded this as I rode the train today, and it struck me how a simple train ride is comparable with life’s journey.

OK, here I go trying to capture in words my thoughts and insights, based on my experience and observations.

Where do you get onboard?

I boarded the train at my start station, and how did I know where to start? Well, it was a case of choosing the nearest train station to my home. Simple and easy — it didn’t take any significant consideration. And this is like birth; we are born. Do we choose the ‘station’ where we are born? Some would say that we do, or perhaps we jump on at the nearest station to our home without too much thought.

Now, I should, of course, mention that which train you alight depends on where you want to go. Most of us have in mind a destianation of where we wish to travel to, that is not to say that some people just love jumping on a train without any plan and are quite happy to end up where they end up — the majority of us don’t, we need to know where we are going.

Where Do You Choose to Seat?

From my chosen seat, I watch the world go by as the train travels forward along the tracks towards my destination. I enjoy watching the world rush towards me with stunning views overlooking Lake Zurich (I admit I did choose to sit to the left, as I knew it had preferential views of the lake). It is an enjoyable and pleasurable experience and it makes me smile.

Now, as for my fellow passengers, I can only assume they had varying experiences — some watched the world fly by looking out the window on the other side of the carriage; others looked back at the views passing behind us, and those upstairs enjoy the advantage of a slightly higher elevation over the rooftops. And then there were a few passengers heads bent over their phones or buried in a book, oblivious to the scenes unfolding, lost in the depths of their own self-absorbed worlds.

As the train trundles along the tracks heading to a pre-defined destination, which helpfully is displayed on the noticeboard at the end of each carriage, we are notified of the stations along the way along with an announcement of the next upcoming scheduled to stop.

Do You Stay On or Get Off?

I watch as some people get off at these stations with a sense of purpose, while new passengers clamber aboard and take up residence in the recently vacated seats.

With interest, I realise that I could choose to alight at any of the stations along the way. It is within my control. However, I know where I wanted to go. I have already decided upon my end destination. I was clear on where I wanted to go and where my particular journey would end. Between watching the array of shops, houses, gardens and streets appear before me, I listened and as my journey neared it’s end, I was ready and had my belongings at hand when we pulled up and joined the myriad of travellers to getting off.

Life is like a Train Ride

Life is like my train journey, we get on the train of life and some of us where we are going, some go so far and change train, some have no clue and just stay onboard afraid to miss their stop, and others are free spirits getting on and off as they feel inclined to do so. Depending on where we wish to go some may chose the slower, scenic route and enjoy the luxury of the views along the way, while others may select the ultra-fast trains, with a view to get there as fast as they can.

Even choosing the same train journey, each person will have their own unique experience on-board. Everyone’s perspective will be different depending on their position and how engaged they are in looking out the window, watching the antics of other passengers, or burying their head in the distraction of their choosing.

As a writer, travelling, even a short train ride, can inspire my creative side. Sometimes, I watch the passing view, and other times I ‘people watch’ and occasionally I bury my head in a book or entertain myself with my iPhone.

Life is a Journey

Life is a journey, and we are all having a different experience as we are all unique and even on the same ‘train heading to the same destination’ — our choices and perspectives will ensure none of us has the identical ride, and that’s what makes life’s journey special.

There is no right or wrong journey, it is up to you and all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it. Some people will and some people won’t — it is up to you!

Relax and enjoy your life’s train ride, it can be a pretty amazing adventure if you allow it!