" When you find the right words to speak to your soul something magical happens" - Joanne Bell
Well HELLO THERE
Lover of words, calm
and cups of tea
I'm Jo, a writer, qualified teacher & trained
words for wellbeing facilitator from Scotland.
I've loved words for as long as I can remember, writing stories and playing around with language. Having been a voracious reader in childhood it was natural for me to want to write novels – short stories and poems came along for the ride.
Still, I couldn't have foreseen the role words would play in my life – or that I'd start a business dedicated to spreading their magic!
The letter than changed my life
Several years ago I went through a devastating period of depression and anxiety, where I simply couldn't see my life going on.
Due to go on trip abroad I wrote myself a letter and left it on my pillow. When I returned, jet-lagged and vulnerable, the words gave me the comfort, hope and resilience I needed to move forward. They forever changed the way I spoke to myself and what I thought was possible.
During recovery I realised how much I kept inside: all the thoughts, feelings and experiences I'd been afraid to express.
It was like filling up a cupboard in your house with things you don't want to look at: the same feeling of dread and the knowledge that whether you liked it or not the cupboard will eventually pop open! I began writing about my experiences daily, a practice I still use & love.
An A-ha Moment
Path to the page
When I looked at my old journals I realised how bitterly self-critical I had been. I told myself such horrible stories about who I was and what I deserved that I believed to my bones.
I realised if I could make myself feel terrible I could also help myself feel good - by being compassionate and becoming my own cheerleader. It worked! I saw how many women around me struggled with negative inner voices and knew I could help.
Where it's taken me
Now, hundreds of people have been through my workshops and courses, experiencing the same life-changing effects they brought me!
And I still write creatively - in fact I'm working on a second book. The same calm, self-compassionate approach I share in workshops helps me to thrive in my life, by making aligned and authentic decisions.