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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





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!
Click here to check out the show episodes > https://janetgroom.com/thewritewordshow/

“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!”

A Marriage of Words

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Writing is Art, a craft where the writer marries words to create stories. 

Another royal marriage descends upon us in a matter of days.  The news is full of updates on the pending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.    Whether you want to hear it or not, you can’t seem to avoid it.  The world loves a reason to celebrate, observe and/or pass judgement, and there is nothing like a British royal wedding to provide the perfect spectacular complete with pomp and ceremony.

Now, thinking about the upcoming wedding, made me thinking about how marriage is similar to writing.   A writer is a conduit to bring words together; similar to a wedding ceremony where the right words are united through love, and their joining together is a celebration.   This is the art of writing in motion – the writer an artist with a pen; like a conductor with his baton bringing the players together to create a symphony. 

Personally, I love to write with a fountain pen.  I love the flow of the ink, like the flow of the words.   The loops and strokes form the letters, then the words and together they dance on the page like a wedding minuet. I derive much personal pleasure from this process.  Even when I cross out the words that no longer fit, or insert new ones, it is satisfying to witness the words merging and the story taking flight.

Each word on each line is written with love from the heart.

Some words create a gentle harmony, whilst others come together with great energy and power generating a tumultuous roar; emulating the coupling of two souls.

OK, perhaps I am becoming a little theatrical with my writing here, but that is the joy of wielding the pen.

The writer is a matchmaker – he/she brings together and marries the right words with consideration and love.

Love knows no bounds – and words are the same.   Some can easily be tamed and will always maintain a subservient role, and yet others will demand centre-stage.  Some create balance and calm, whilst others revel in generating chaos and turmoil.  

Chose your words carefully and they will serve you well.   Bring the right ones together and they will elevate your stories and carve an amazing adventure for your readers.  Take time and feel for the right words, bring them together with consideration and love, allowing them to marry together to create a love affair on the page.

Writing truly is an art, a craft that any writer needs to practice.  Some days the story will flow and on others, nothing trickles through.  As writers we are mere channels for the muse to provide us with the story, our job is to catch the words and marry them together to recreate the story to take the reader on a journey and ensure the experience is a rich and rewarding one.

 

 

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A Story of Love

A Story of Love… or is it a Love Story?

This month my husband and I celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Hun, and many more wonderful ones to come!

Our anniversary is in, what many consider to be, the month of Love.   February is the month when many people celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, which we celebrate on 14th February.

So, I thought it would be an ideal time to talk about LOVE, and in particular, to address the topic of LOVE STORIES.

The Word ‘Love’

Let’s start off talking about the word ‘LOVE’ – what does it mean to you?   How does reading it and saying it make you feel?

To me, LOVE is one of the most powerfully emotive words in our language.  Personally, I believe that some people bandy it around so much that they diminish its power.   I use the word LOVE when something means a great deal to me, for example, I love my husband and I enjoy eating chocolate.

Love Story or Story of Love?

Many of us, particularly those of us who grew up on fairy tales, recognise the words LOVE STORY.   A love story is, in my personal view, a fantasy type of love.   It is the dashing Prince riding in on his white steed to save the Princess, they kiss, then ensues a lavish wedding (complete with dress that could rival any of the dresses in the TV show ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’), and it all ends with the beautiful couple disappearing into the sunset and living happily ever after.   Fairy tales and Disney have a lot to answer for!

To me, a STORY OF LOVE is a completely different kettle of fish.   It is set in the real world, with real people.  People, who have good days and bad days, who work long hours, who wake up with mascara smudges, and get overwhelmed on occasions with life.   They don’t necessarily have perfectly toned abs, spout romantic poetry, nor do they all drive a Ferrari and live in a huge mansion with a pool and polo paddock out the back.

Indeed, the large majority of us are regular people going about our daily routines and getting on with it as best we can.   Now, that’s not to say that each regular Jane or John don’t have dreams, and some of them can be whoppers.   Some will achieve those dreams and others may not.  Anyway, that’s another story.

Back to our STORY OF LOVE…   

I used to believe in the LOVE STORY fantasy version of love and wished and waited for my handsome Prince Charming to come along and save me from my mundane life.   Then the reality hit me that this was not going to be the case.  My Life depended on ME getting on with it, and so I did.   However, along the way, I set the intention for LOVE to come into my life, and I asked the Universe, at the right time, to find me someone kind, loving, supportive and a true friend and companion.

I forged on with my life, and it was filled with flitting romances, until my late 20s.   I had lived in London and Paris, bought my own home and had an incredible job.   However, at that time, I also was in a difficult relationship with a rather unpleasant guy.   He was controlling and manipulative, not a nice guy at all.  My first reaction when he asked me out was to say “NO”, but being the kind person I am, I gave him a chance.  (Note to self – LISTEN TO YOUR BLOODY INTUITION!!)   I am not going into the sordid details here, but let’s say it has taken a lot of therapy to put the ordeal behind me.

Anyway, I finally managed to remove myself from his clutches, and to say I ‘strongly disliked’ (I am avoiding using the word HATE here, as it such a powerful word too and has too much negativity associated it with) men at that point was an understatement.   I managed to pull my life back together, and it was at this point when I had totally given up on finding ‘Mr. Right’ and resigned myself to being a spinster on my own. But, hey ho, the Universe had other plans.

It was on a night out with friends when I met my wonderful husband.   I literally picked him up on the street in the town where I lived.   It felt like the Universe, with all its wisdom, pointed a big sign at him with the words ‘PICK HIM’.   Hand on my heart that is truly what it felt like to me.

All my other romances never even made it past the six-month mark, and most of them felt like really hard work.   Since my husband and I have been together, I can tell you that the time together has flown by.   Now to me, we have a true STORY OF LOVE – our marriage has had its fair share of hard knocks and we survived; we have lived together through the upheavals of moving to and living in four different countries; we have many common interests and we enjoy cuddling up together on the sofa in front of the fire (the joys of living in a Swiss Chalet) with a glass of wine, watching a movie.   A STORY OF LOVE is about two people’s hearts connecting and the two of them working together to face the ups and downs of life.

He is my partner-in-crime, my rock, my travel companion, my personal chef, my supporter, my friend – but most of all, he is my LOVE.  We are a TEAM.

Look for Your Own Story of Love

I see too many young, and a few older people rush into relationships and marriage because they think they are in love.   In reality, they are in love with the idea of the LOVE STORY.    Rarely do these unions work out, because they have neglected to look for all the special qualities to make a LIFE LONG STORY OF LOVE.

Being in LOVE with someone is hard work.   It takes give and take on both sides, with a good dose of compromise (in balance), a lot of compassion, and you need to be big enough to say “SORRY” (and mean it) when you mess up, and be able to dig deep to FORGIVE the other person when they get it wrong.   With LOVE in both of your hearts, you will find your way together.

If your own LOVE STORY didn’t work out, don’t give up – we all deserve to find someone to star alongside in our own STORY OF LOVE movie.

Are you looking for or living the LOVE STORY, or are you ready to commit to finding your own STORY OF LOVE?

PS   I also want to add that make sure you start by enjoying a STORY OF LOVE with yourself first.  It makes life a lot more straightforward when you love who you truly are!


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