It's about time I talked about my family.
These are the people supporting the same causes as myself in helping writers create not just successful books, but successful lives.
This top ten list* contains the holistic and the spiritual, lightworkers, poetesses, INFJs and catalysts - the ten #wholewriters to watch this year -influential women who are dedicated to your emotional wellbeing and your creative soul. These are the people I myself trust with my own creative journey to help support me, so I hope they will be super useful to you as well.
I've talked about traditional writing blogs, and how much I hate them (besides these very select few), but OH do I love alternative creative blogs that speak to your soul. That is my whole deal, after all.
It's time to celebrate my sisters and give you wonderful people a few more blogs to check out that share the same values we do.
Lauren Sapala - (Lauren Sapala)
Lauren Sapala is probably my oldest soul sister who has been there with/for me since the very beginning!
I still thank my lucky stars everyday that we got to meet, connected so well and respect each other so much that mutual support is so easy.
She's one of the people I thank in the acknowledgements of The Authorship Program® book and she was a crucial player in its creation and development.
Oh, and her blog? It is KILLER. It's not a request that you go and check it out, it's an ESSENTIAL - if you are a spiritually inclined type of person you will go crazy for the power in her words, her vulnerability and just insane practical knowledge of writing and the writing life.
Jackie Johansen - (Your Words Electric)
I feel like I've known Jackie forever and relate to her on a deep soul level.
She is just the kind of person that radiates so much good energy, just seeing her fun profile pictures makes me happy and she's always the friend I want to turn to when I need someone trustworthy and non-judgemental. I feel like if I had to be away from my business for whatever reason, there's no one I would want more to stand in for me than Jackie because sometimes I read her content and think "she's saying exactly what I was thinking."
Jackie is so cool, she's recently incorporated Reiki into her writing coaching - I've never seen anyone incorporate creativity and lifestyle in such a unique way, and so it's something I'm dying to invest in myself!
Cassie Paton - (Witty Title Here)
Cassie is someone that I was a huge fan of before we even became friends.
She was talking about motivation on her blog at the time, and I thought one thing in particular she said was so incredible that it's now a quote in The Authorship Program® book (and one of the most liked and favourited, at that). Immortalized forever.
Cassie is a powerful, passionate writer who now runs a blog "for female writers who give a damn".
I am just in love with everything she does, and know you will be too.
Jordan Rosenfeld- (Jordan Rosenfeld)
Jordan Rosenfeld is a reading, writing, creating MACHINE, and I'd be surprised if you haven't already heard of her.
Even if you think you haven't, there's a chance you might have read one of her articles on Writers Digest, CreativeLive or The Atlantic, to name just a few.
You have to go and check out how many places she's written for seriously, it's legendary.
I was first drawn to Jordan due to her blog tagline which is "Practice, Polish, Persist", but when we got to know each other even better through me conducting interviews with her and becoming friends, I loved that she had many more similar values to me in terms of creativity and wellbeing.
Jordan is a wise, loving, wonderfully creative artist and there is something for everyone over on her blog.
Claire De Boer - (The Gift Of Writing)
Claire De Boer is one of the strongest, most influential women I know and I always have 100% trust that everything she creates will be AMAZING. I tracked her down a couple of years ago and made her become my friend by sheer force of will, which was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.
I've seen her do so much great work over the years, including the work she dis as former editor of SheLoves Magazine.
Every favour she ever asks of me will be done, the answer will always be yes because I trust in her and her work, completely.
Katrina Pffankuch - (Creative Katrina)
I love this woman so much I can spell her last name on the first try without even thinking about it, haha! As a fellow Leo, she just has a beautiful aura of calm and friendliness, and there is no one I rely on for spiritual guidance or support more.
She has a great podcast called Flirting With Enlightenment which is a blend of mindfulness, creativity and spirituality covering tips that help you tap into your inner wisdom.
Allison Marie Conway - (Glory Begin)
I owe it to Allison for giving me my favourite quote of ALL TIME: "Sometimes even more important than what you build is what you burn".
What I love most about Allison is the way that everything she does or says is so unique and innovative.
Her work seems as if it comes from a higher place - as if she has no choice but to express it and share it with the world. Her aura of spiritual power has gained her quite a cult following, and with her new book Vein just out, I'm so excited to see how well she does in the months and years to come.
Jo Malby - (Inspire Portal)
Jo is one of my most treasured friends, an absolute wealth of knowledge and I am so proud to know her.
Having worked with Jo I know that the beacon of light that shines through in her words online is absolutely genuine - that she has a stedfast mission for creatives and is 100% committed to making it happen.
That mission is finding inspiration and offering it through creative and healing practices, ancient wisdom, and modern techniques, to fuel your writing, art, and life. I bow.
Colleen M Story - (Colleen M Story)
Colleen is one of the most consistently brilliant people I know. She's so hard-working and creative, I don't think I've ever seen her at a loss for words and ideas. And more, she is relentlessly supportive of other creatives.
Her blog is phenomenal, just jam-packed with incredible information that "puts the power of you behind your best creative life".
Since a writer’s life is typically so sedentary, she started it to help inspire other writers, artists, and creatives to watch out for their physical and mental health while pursuing their art.
(Exactly the same thought process I had when I created The #Wholewriter Mastermind Group).
Lucy Flint - (Lucy Flint)
Lucy Flint is just a massive bowl of cheery sunshine. She's like the best friend every creative writer deserves. Go and say hi to her on Twitter and see if you don't feel better, just by the enthusiasm and energy she brings! I love how her passion shines through in her blog, which is about "the lionhearted writing life", and her product reviews are the most useful and relevant reviews I've ever come across. I can't WAIT for her book to come out.
So there you have it! I do hope you do check out all of these wonderful people and subscribe to their amazing, juicy content - you won't regret it. And let me know in the comments:
How many of these wonderful women did you already know about? Or is this all brand-new?
*This "top ten" was not written in order, I don't rank my friends. Haha.
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