In today’s blog, we’re delighted to have spoken to author and writing coach, Greta Solomon.
Greta talked to us about the health benefits of journaling and how she’s helping women tap into this empowering and therapeutic pastime through her new book Heart, Sass & Soul.
Tell us about your new book.
Heart, Sass & Soul is a warm, honest, deeply supportive guide to journaling your way to a life that not only looks good – but feels good. One where you’re not trying to be an all-round girl boss / vixen / superwoman who rises at dawn to slay like Beyoncé. Instead, you’re aiming to be more and more YOURSELF, because that’s where your true power lies.
There has never been a better time to be your own guru. Freewriting and journaling in the ways laid out in this book can be life-changing – for all the right reasons. They put you in charge of what YOU think and feel, which is a welcome relief in this hyper connected world. And while there are lots of beautiful journals on the market, there are very few comprehensive guides on how to USE them to create magic and meaning in your life.
Why did you write this book?
I wanted to show people exactly HOW to journal. Not in a 1-2-3 step kind of way. But how to access the deeper parts of you, and how to clear the creative blocks that may stop you from journaling in the first place.
Writing has unlocked so many doors for me (and not just because I became a journalist who got paid to interview celebrities, go to events and drink champagne at parties)! Through my life and work I realised that through writing I ask for things that I wouldn’t dare speak out loud. Better still, I could write things into existence. Things that were never there before, except for wishes or dreams in my head. And when there were very dark, difficult times, writing has been a helpful friend. My mother committed suicide 11 years ago and writing helped me to heal and chart a new path.
From a professional point of view, I began writing this book in 2016 at a time when I needed a break from my business. I had spent four years pitching, developing, creating and delivering business writing workshops (alongside being pregnant and then a new mum). And I needed to get back in touch with myself. I cleared my schedule with the aim of doing nothing in particular. And that’s when the yearnings, inklings and frantic writing began. After years of writing to order, I finally wrote what I wanted to write. At first it was like clearing the phlegm from my writing throat. But soon, the channel was open, and the essence of this book flowed. As did a workshop in writing for creative self-expression which sold out within hours. I knew I was onto something and I began to realise the true power of writing for creative self-expression.
We didn’t realise that writing and journaling could be so empowering. What are the other health benefits of journaling?
Psychologists have found that expressive writing (where you write about thoughts and feelings) results in fewer doctor visits and can even boost the immune system in the short-term. It can help you to recover from depression, find happiness and make you feel better about yourself and your life. In Heart, Sass & Soul, I show readers exactly how to journal in order to overcome self-doubt and develop a new creative identity; transform dark times into something beautiful; find moments for healing themselves without judgement and to become empowered with uninhibited self-expression. I also love the fact that all you need to journal is a notebook and a pen. Journaling is cheap and can pretty much be done anytime and anywhere. It literally puts the power of self-care and wellbeing into your own hands.
What is your link with St Kitts and Nevis?
My dad and his family are originally from St Kitts and my dad grew up in Nevis. We actually lived in Nevis for a year when I was five before returning back to the UK, to London. So these island have always been an integral part of my life.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
My mission is to build a thriving community of empowered, self-expressed women, who know exactly what they think and feel, who can face uncomfortable emotions head on, access their higher wisdom and tap into the creative current of life. Meaning is made from walking through loss and grief, not from dancing around it. And a joy-filled life is not only possible, but inevitable when you are creatively free. When you are ready to answer the call, I’d be honoured to be your guide.
Where can our readers order a copy of Heart, Sass & Soul?
Heart, Sass & Soul by Greta Solomon is published on 15 April 2019, and is available to pre-order now on Amazon.
We’re delighted to say that Greta is offering a free writing masterclass worth £77 for everyone who pre-orders Heart, Sass & Soul before 15 April. To claim that gift please visit https://www.gretasolomon.com/preorder-gift-with-heart-sass-soul
About Greta Solomon
Greta Solomon is a British journalist turned writing coach and the author of Heart, Sass & Soul: Journal Your Way to Inspiration and Happiness. In 2006, she discovered a talent for helping people overcome the blocks, fears and shame that stops them from fully expressing themselves. Through talks, workshops and online programs, she teaches real-world writing techniques and inspires others to live rich, full lives. Her work has been featured in Forbes.com, The Numinous and The Huffington Post. She is a published poet and songwriter, a psychology graduate, certified life coach, trained lifelong learning teacher and holds a specialist certificate in lyric writing from Berklee College of Music. She lives in London with her husband and their daughter.
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