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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 –


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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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A Christmas Story

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A Story of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy

A story of Love, Peace, Hope and Joy

“Christmas isn’t a season; it is a feeling.” 
– Edna Ferber (Novelist, Writer & Playwright)

The Story of Christmas

I grew up hearing about the birth of the baby Jesus and his humble beginnings in a stable, being watched over by the animals as he was lovingly laid in a stall by his mother, Mary. The shepherds came to worship him, followed by the three Wise Men from the East to bring gifts to the new-born King. I love the nativity story, and the joy of watching children retell this unique story. It is part of my Christmas tradition.

Now I know that not everyone has the same Christmas story, and there are so many beautiful traditions celebrated around the world. Perhaps not the same story of the Christ child, but often stories of hope to inspire generations.

Believing in the Magic

For me at this time of year, it is a period to reflect on the year drawing to an end, while enjoying quality time with friends and family, sharing together the spirit of Christmas – love, hope and joy. It is also a time to exchange gifts with loved ones, and, of course, find a little something from Santa Claus– hopefully!

Somewhere along the way, commercialism has muscled in on the act, and now expectations are high, and letters to Santa grow longer with more and more demands. It is a shame that so many have lost the Magic of Christmas, with stress rising and many spending far beyond their means.

I love that the Swiss adopted a more straightforward approach to the festive season and they have their particular traditions with their own version of Saint Nicholas. The Christmas period is time for the family to get together for a meal on 24 December and gifts are small, often homemade cookies or chocolates, and because of that, they are appreciated all the more. 

Perhaps we can all learn from the Swiss, and bring back the MAGIC of Christmas into our festive celebrations, by refocussing on the parts that make it JOYFUL.

A Story of Hope, Love, Peace and Joy

Many of the Holiday period traditions are about bringing families, friends and communities together, to offer fellowship through LOVE and connected energy to bring PEACE.

In the winter, and I’m talking about the Northern Hemisphere here, the tradition of putting up lights around your home, sending out a warm and welcoming glow, is heart-warming to witness. The twinkling fairy lights on the Christmas tree brightens up the long dark winter nights, and along with the flickering candles, they representing HOPE – shining LIGHT across the world in even in the darkest of times.

Being with others we care about at this special time, is sharing LOVE; and in giving thoughtfully chosen gifts, we are opening our hearts to JOY. And that feeling grows in our hearts as we reach out and give to strangers whose need is more than our own. When you walk past a homeless person on the street who is cold and hungry – go and buy them something hot to eat and drink. When you see a stressed Mum battling with a pram and a tired and irritable child – offer them help. 

Share the love and even a simple smile of acknowledgement and understanding can go a long way. By caring and supporting one another in the spirit of ‘LOVE’, we are sharing the ‘Spirit of Christmas’, and perhaps this is something we can all continue to do throughout the new year ahead.

What Christmas Story are you Telling Yourself?

As we shift gear into the Christmas season, stop and think about your Christmas Story. What are your traditions, and what do they mean to you? Where do you bring the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ alive? Do you reach out and share the love to not only your family and friends but to the strangers in your daily lives?

Make this Christmas extra special by doing something extra special for someone who you don’t know – offer HOPE, share LOVE and bring them JOY!

Make this your best Christmas ever!

Wishing you all a Christmas filled with Love, Peace, Hope and Joy!



COMING IN 2019… The Year of You!

Starting with Self-Love, Self-Care and Self-Compassion

I am excited to let you know that next year will bring a new series of episodes on The WRITE Word Show, when I will be talking with some incredible and inspiring women about the importance of Self-Love, Self-Care and Self-Compassion.
This is a topic that many of us ignore, putting ourselves so far down our list that we often forget about ourselves, and as many of us find out the hard way, this often leads to issues of self-worth, low self-confidence and may even lead to health problems and possibly depression. 

Make 2019 the year you put yourself top of your list!
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“After all, self-care is not selfish, it is recharging your battery so you have more to give. Learn to FLY by First Loving Yourself!”

The Power of the Feminine Collective

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Endings and Beginnings

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When one writing project ends, it’s time to get excited for the next one to begin.

The End

Towards the end of writing my book, I found myself starting to feel saddened. Can you believe it? I was reaching the end of a monumental project, and instead of feeling pleased, excited and happy; I was feeling uncomfortable and dragging my heels to complete the last part.

What Was Going On?

Anyone who has ever been engaged in a significant project, one in which they are wholeheartedly engaged and devoted, will perhaps recognise what I am talking about.

When you are committed to and enjoying what you are doing, you actually don’t want it to end.  A bit like a child enjoying a party and when it is time to go home, they don’t want to leave. Indeed, that it is how it felt to me – like the party was coming to an end, and I didn’t want it to finish. Or, when you are reading a book and the story is riveting, and suddenly you find yourself at the final chapter… do you find that you get that feeling, and you might even start to read more slowly, trying desperately not to reach the last page, the last word — and then it is over.

The End. It has a feeling of finality.

The Joy of Finishing a Project

When this happened to me as I was writing the last part of my debut fiction novel (The Naked Knitting Club, due for release November 2018), I had to draw upon my coaching experience and change my thinking. Shifting how I thought about the situation helped me to release the feeling of sadness and move to a sense of being proud of what I had achieved, and to allow myself to get excited about what comes next.

As a writer, we are driven to write. It is our creative outlet. Weaving plots, as well as bringing to life the characters born in our mind, is a joyous — if not sometimes a little frustrating — feeling. Like any artist, it takes a lot of time, effort, belief, determination, and love to do the work.

The ending of one project should be cause for celebration. We need to stand back, take a deep breath, and commend ourselves for a job well done. Even when we feel that there is still more work to be done, we need to permit ourselves to finish; otherwise, we would never complete a piece.

Make Way for New Beginnings

Wrapping up a project — any writing project, a blog post, a book, a poem — is exciting, as it opens the door to a whole new adventure. This is the way I look at it now. I allow myself the ritual of completing, celebrating and tidying up the old; then take some time to re-energise and release myself ready to start the new project with renewed vigour, a clear head to download new ideas, and the energy to keep going.

New Beginnings may also open new doors, take you down new paths, and allow new amazing characters to come to light. Oh yes, a new project is full of joy — and that feels good. There is a thrill of anticipation when you sit down and stare at a blank page — thinking about the range of possibilities that may come to light, once you pick up your pen and start to allow the muse to share her ideas with you.

The Journey is as Important as the Destination

You perhaps have heard the saying, “The Journey is as Important as the Destination”, and I believe, for me, that is definitely the case.

Writing my book was not only a long-term dream being realised, but it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have learnt so much on this journey.  I have learnt about writing, I have learnt about discipline, I have learnt about sacrifice, I also learnt a lot about myself. Writing my book was a healing experience and allowing my story to unfold and my character to come to life, was a phenomenal feeling.

Next Time

Always remember the more we write, and the more projects we have under our belts, the more we develop and grow. Know that each time you pick up your pen or sit about your computer keyboard, you are honing your skills. Try new things — be playful and enjoy the experience. Make it fun and break the rules, allow your unique style to develop, and step into your greatness.

Endings and Beginnings

Accept that writing comes in phases and cycles — just like the seasons.

Enjoy the time in one season, and rejoice when a new season comes upon us. Each new season brings with it its own beauty and rewards; and so it is with your writing projects.

So, now that I have completed one book, I celebrate it, allow myself to recharge, and I am already excited about the next project. Will it be a follow-up book – a book 2 in Cate’s adventures with the ladies from the naked knitting club, or perhaps I might feel inclined to take a different path and write a  book on an entirely different topic?

Writing is an exciting Journey — so enjoy the Beginning, the Journey, and the End Destination.



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The Magic of Writing

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Words are Powerful – they create magic in the heart and mind of the reader.

Why do people write?  Why do I write?

Stepping into my role as a writer has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.  It has been 15 years since I first had the idea for my novel, and even before that it was a long-held dream to walk into a bookshop and see my book there on the shelf.

What held me back?

Well, I can say that my life as an expat the moving around, the constant challenge of re-building my life with every new move. I could blame my husband for his career messing up mine, and me becoming a trailing-spouse.  But really it was me – all me.  I used excuses, and created obstacles to appear, in my own mind, that I was too busy to take up my pen and write.    OK, over the years, I did write on-and-off, but I never fully committed. It was like a dream that just felt too big for me, and I was, if I am honest, too afraid to reach out and grasp. I allowed “FEAR” to hold me back. Fear that I would be a failure and be judged, criticised and laughed at by my peers, family and friends.  I secretly feared that the book might just be an overnight success and it would catapult me into the arena with the likes of J.K. Rowling – and I just could not handle that level of visibility.

Thanks to the alignment of the fates, I was introduced to Sean at That Guy’s House Publishing, and we hit it off immediately. He loved the idea of my book and I was delighted to join his writing family.  Working with Sean has been great, as I have accountability to get the writing done and I love our calls to hear his feedback on the draft chapters I submit.  The process previously was so dauntingly huge and the idea of writing 80,000+ words and then working out all the technical aspects of self-publishing overwhelming. Now it is not only manageable but also fun.  Belonging to a group of authors has been so supportive and encouraging – each time one of us releases his/her book into the world, we all celebrate.

Writing is a journey and giving myself permission to step into this creative sacred space has been a magical experience.  Every time I sit down and write, either on my book or a blog, I tune into “creative magic”, and this creative flow is like a charge of inspirational energy feeding my very soul.  It makes my heart sing and my soul shine – and this is my big WHY I write.

I truly believe that when I write with heart and soul – the magic that is created touches so many lives, and mostly my own. Writing continues to be part healing and part expansion.  It is a journey of self-discovery, where we learn to listen and tune into the creative muse, we tap into the power of our imaginations, we write the stories that are being shared with us and most of all we learn the power of our vulnerability.

What do you mean Vulnerability?

Ask any author and you will hear the same thing – when you put your book, your “baby”, out into the world it is a scary place. A writer spends months, and even years, writing with their heart and soul.  They are so connected with their book – they feel strongly about their work, and believe in the storylines, characters, twists and conclusions.  When they release it into the world they are allowing the world to judge them, and no-one likes to be judged and found wanting.

When you write, deeply, with ferocious intensity and put your heart and soul into it – it is putting yourself in a place of vulnerability.   Amazon reviews can make or break you.  Book reviews on Goodreads can end writing careers.  As a writer, you need to learn to embrace your vulnerability and lean into knowing that reviews are only that.  An established writer will learn to accept their imperfections, and only take onboard feedback and critique that helps them to improve their craft, ensuring that the next book will be better.

 

Being a Highly Sensitive Writer

Writing can be a wonderful healing and cathartic experience.  Writers draw on their own personal experiences, and many people choose to write books to help others through an often-traumatic experience they lived through. As a highly sensitive writer, it is particularly hard to share your inner emotions and relive events that you would prefer to leave firmly in the past.  Writing to share your experience can be deeply healing – many writers feel a great sense of relief after the physical act of writing their story.

A highly sensitive writer need to be supported when they go through this process, they need people who get them and understand what a challenging experience it can be.  That is why having a writing coach or mentor is valuable.  Not only do you get support, but you get someone who emphasizes the process you are going through – both for writing and for emotional support.  They are there to hold your hand and bolster your resolve to push through.  The right writing coach will help you navigate your way and be there at your side as you release your “baby” into the world.  They will be the first in line to help you celebrate and they will be on hand to support you to sift through reviews and find the feedback to make you a better writer.

Writing is a Magical Experience

Writing is a truly magical experience.  Leaning into writing and growing as a writer, is an incredible and life-changing experience.  I believe, and will always believe, in the power of words – and each one of us has a story to tell, and many of us have many stories to tell.  People love stories, and there is always someone out there who will love the story you have to tell.

Do you have a dream to be a writer?
Do you have a story you wish to tell?

If you feel called to write, either sharing stories fabricated in the kaleidoscope of your imagination or your “true life” story – and you are a highly sensitive person – I recommend you find a writing coach with whom you connect and start your writing journey today.  Push your “fears” aside and step up and grab your pen – I guarantee it will be one amazing magical ride, and one you will be glad you took.

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Finding My True Self

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Who am I really and truly?  Do you know your real self?

OK, this is a big scary topic.  We all hear the word TRUTH used around us on a daily basis, and to be quite honest, many of us hear the word but are numb to it.  We use it, but honestly, are we really engaged with it at a level where we are being totally honest and transparent with ourselves?

Be Your Authentic Self

AUTHENTIC is another word that we hear talked about, and although I understand what it means, I have to say that it has taken me years to really embrace its essence – it’s meaning of being your genuine self (see the definition from the Oxford English dictionary below).

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Learning to be yourself, your true unadulterated-self, is a monumental task for many of us.  Over the years we have created layers of masks to hide behind.   We have learned to show the world what it wants us to be.  We have hidden behind some masks for so long we no longer recognise the real person behind. We have lost touch with our “true self”, and it takes time to tune in again and really learn who we are at the core level.

So many people, often women, admit that they feel stuck in their lives as they no longer recognise the person they have become. Over the years, perhaps even decades, they have been moulded like clay into the “wife”, the “mother”, the “employee”, the “carer”, the “nurse” …  So many masks and along the line they have lost touch with who they really are inside.

Learning Your Truth

Learning to own your TRUE SELF is a journey of self-discovery.  You need to go back to a point when you were still YOU.  This often means retracing our life back to our childhood.  As a child when you really knew who you were – you were free, full of curiosity and had incredible dreams.  We ran and played, we knew how to have fun and be happy.  These are the feelings we need to once again learn to embrace.  Stripping away all the layers and masks to find our INNER CHILD – our TRUTH.

What do you remember as a child?

Do you remember a specific event when you felt carefree and filled with joy?

These are the precious moments we need to dig up and feel again.  Make a note of what you were doing, who you were with and how you felt – write it down, create a strong mental image.  Reliving a moment from our childhood where we felt free and filled with joy – is precious. This provides us with the grounding we need to start to reconnect with ourselves – it becomes our anchor point.

The more we strip away the pretence, the more we can step into our own power.  We free ourselves from the shackles that society has bound us by.  We give ourselves the permission to become our true selves – and by doing so, we learn to reconnect with our passions, we learn to dream big again; we allow joy and happiness to creep back into our hearts.

Step-by-step we become who we are meant to be, and with that, there is a great sense of liberation.  Our perceptions shift, and we see the world in a new light.  We listen to our own intuition and know what is good for us.

Becoming your own TRUTH is magical – you feel you fit your own skin for the first time.

Life is so much better when you know yourself, and no one knows you better than yourself.  Own the power of you; you are an incredible being and here to live an amazing life.

Are you living your TRUTH?

I will admit, I am still a “work-in-progress” and enjoying the journey of self-discovery.  I had built up so many layers to please the world around me and to fit in – it is a slow progress of stripping them all away.  Day-by-day I am getting there and with each day I am freer and more my true self.  I am rediscovering my child-like curiosity for new things.  I see the world in a new way and I am connecting with the most amazing people who support me on my journey.  I now tune into my heart and listen to my own intuition more and more. Life is brighter and lighter, with the heaviness and darkness of self-doubt, low self-esteem and even depression becoming a fading memory.

Is it worth it?  

Absolutely – finding yourself is one of the most important tasks of your life, and when you start getting closer and closer to your core self, you will feel a sense of coming home.  A deep knowing that this is where you need to be.

Align with your TRUTH and you will be rewarded with increased joy, a greater passion for many aspects of life, increased creativity and you will radiate with incredible light.  You will touch the lives of people who come into contact with you in a powerful and positive way.

Since I started my Soul Journey a few years ago, it has been incredible the difference it has made personally for me.  I am less stressed, not so prone to depression, I have rediscovered my passion for writing and I know more and more who I am. I now recognise the importance of being aligned with myself, and it gives me the power to forge forward into the unknown with a sense of wonderment, curiosity and a deep faith that everything will work out for my highest good.  It is becoming easier to recognise “fear” and deal with it, preventing it from holding me back.

It gives me a sense of FLYING, and this means feel free and unhindered by the ties of others expectation for me.  I close my eyes and I see myself soaring, like a hawk, riding the warm thermals and seeing the world beneath bathed in sunlight with wonder and awe; and I know anything is possible.

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? 

If no – what are you going to do about it?

 

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