Hopping the Blog

Posted on July 28, 2014. Filed under: Spiritual Practice |

Writing 1Writing.  It’s such a vital form of self-expression for me – and obviously for many other talented women!  I’m honored to have been asked to participate in a “Blog Hop” by the amazingly talented J.V. Manning.  When I was first introduced to J.V.’s writings, I was touched by how deeply her words resonated with my soul.  As I continue this journey, I have been blessed to have connected with many other amazing women who also use writing as a means of self-expression, self-exploration and self-declaration.  I encourage you to take some time to explore the writings of my friends Jenny G. Perry and Sheila Burke.  All three of the wonderful ladies have published their own books – be sure to check out their blogs sites for more information!

What am I working on?

Writing, while a staple in my life, has not been my main focus lately.  Rather, it has been a supplement to what I have been focusing on.  It always adds to my life in that way.  Writing helps me to clarify, to integrate, to go deep within.

Typically, I use journaling to help me both record what I’m going through (though why that’s important isn’t always obvious to me) and to share with others the insights I’ve gained.  The energy is gathering though, and it feels that soon I will be focused on my writing in a way heretofore not experienced.

Perhaps it’ll soon be time to dust off the book that I started writing two years ago. Maybe its time is coming soon.

How does my writing differ from others of its genre?

My writing is very personal, yet I believe it touches a cord of familiarity within my readers.  Those who know me often comment that my writing sounds just like me talking.  In many ways, that’s all it is.  I guess I am just transcribing the conversations that are occurring in my head.  And somehow, when I talk to people, especially my clients, I sound like an old friend.  I like to think that my writing comes across in the same way.

Writing 2Why do I write what I do?

As I already said, I write to reach clarity and insight for myself, and I write to share what I’ve learned.  Writing is an expression of who I am.  It is a passion, a dream and a way to bring my dreams into reality.

I really don’t know how to write any other way.  I write from my heart.  Through m y writing I bare my soul.  In saying that, I realize how exposed I am once I put a pen to paper.  Other writers may hide behind their pen – or at least try on different personas.  Not me.  When I write, I’m putting all of me out there – and that only scares me if I stop to consider what someone might think about my writing.  But as long as I write for me, any reaction at all by my readers could be considered a good thing.

I write what I do because it helps me to grow.

How does my writing process work?

That’s a funny question to me – and I suppose the answer, “Very well,” is a bit too flippant.  But that’s the truth.  It does work very well for me.

What I’m irreverently saying is that I really don’t have a process.  I write when I have something so vital to say that I cannot NOT write.  I write when I need to sort something out.  I write when I want to remember how something felt.  And I write when I want to share my insights and understandings.  I also write when I want to deeply connect with someone else.

Sometimes I go for a long time without writing anything at all.  And sometimes I write every day.  But I write when I feel inspired to write.  I don’t want writing to become a “have to” in my life.  It brings me too much joy and to many gifts to ever let it feel like a chore.


J.V. Manning

JVManning PhotoWho is J.V. Manning?

She is at times her own best friend and at times her own worst enemy. Some days she has her stuff together. Some days she is a hot mess. She drinks way too much coffee, but always seems to be tired. She thinks a lot – probably too much. Her brain never really shuts off. She is quirky. She is a bit random. She is a tad bit crazy at times. She has been to hell and back and isn’t afraid to write about it. She is a bit outspoken, probably too blunt and tends to speak her mind. She refuses to break regardless of what life throws at her. She likes to make people think.

She is the woman next door, the chick at the coffee shop, and the one singing in her truck at a traffic light. She is a wife, stepmother, sister and friend. J.V. is simply a woman who has seen both the darkest of days and the brightest moments that life has to offer and who one day decided to write about them.

J.V. Manning is the author of the wildly successful blog “Random Thoughts n’ Lotsa Coffee.” Her first book, “Random Thoughts n’ Lotsa Coffee: A Collection of Writings Inspired by Real Life,” was published in 2013 and her second book “The Other Side- Where all the life lessons learned from your past are put to use for a brighter, happier future” was released on May 2014.

J.V. lives in Gorham, Maine, with her husband and stepson. She can often be found down at the coast – coffee in hand – contemplating life while staring out at the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean.

Books by J.V. Manning:

The Other Side: Where all the life lessons learned from your past are put to use for a brighter, happier future.


Random Thoughts n’ Lotsa Coffee: A Collection of Writings Inspired By Real Life.



Website & Social Media:

Website/Blog: www.randomthoughtsnlotsacoffee.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RandomThoughtsandLotsaCoffee


Twitter: www.twitter.com/ThoughtsnCoffee

Instagram: www.instagramcom/ThoughtsnCoffee

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/JVManning


Jenny G. Perry

Jenny G. PerryJenny G. Perry is the author of the novel The Jennifers. She’s a feisty married mother of five happily residing at the Jersey Shore. She’s a life coach who loves her work. She loves to blog on social media about her life’s journey in a fun and spiritual way. She has a passion for life, fashion, and a bold voice which preaches self-love daily. She loves to give author talks to cheer on her fellow writers and to tell everyone to go after their dreams. She has a blog called Sassy Spirit on www.beliefnet.com and has also been featured as a blogger on huffingtonpost.com and elephantjournal.com. She was also in the May 2014 issue of Oprah magazine. She is featured on the cover of the Issue #5 Spring 2014 of www.expandedfamily1wordpress.com. One of her Huffington Post blog was also posted on cosmopolitan.com and goodhousekeeping.com.

She’s given author talks for her novel The Jennifers where she not only talks about life, but also her journey of self loathing to loving. She’s done workshops on Finding Your Joy and also tips on self-publishing. She spoke at the STEPS even about Reinventing Yourself. She’s doing her first teleclass workshop titled “Self-Love Boat” with one of her soul sisters, Kim Schwartz.

Calling herself a silly-sassy-spiritual-sexpot, she aims to uplift, empower and inspire daily. You can find her blog at:jennygperry.com or jennygperry.wordpress.com. For all her shenanigans you can follow her on Facebook under Jenny G. Perry. Facebook fan pages: Peace Love Joy Sparkles, Jenny G. Perry.

Twitter: @JennyGPerry

Instagram: JennyGPerry

To book an intuitive life coaching session: jennyperryrocks@yahoo.com

Her novel The Jennifers is available on amazon.com

Contact her at: jennyperryrocks@yahoo.com PO Box 1132 Ocean City, NJ 08226

She’s also a Beach Body Coach because she believes in cheering others on to be fit versus thin. http://www.teambeachbody.com/jennygperry


Sheila Burke

Sheila BurkeSheila Burke was born, raised, and has lived in Ohio her whole life. She and her husband Shane have raised their three children in Ohio as well. She’s been on a journey of self discovery for many years. With an open mind, Sheila loves to read and enjoys learning though a variety of subjects. Sheila started blogging in 2004 and started writing inspirational books in 2010. She is also an entrepreneur and amateur photographer. Her books include Zen-Sational Living, Booyah Spirit, and Chorus of Souls. She is the founder of ZenSational Living as well as Irie.  Check out Sheila’s blog.


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Thank you for writing and sharing this Sue. I’ve been away from writing for me for far too long. Whenever I write I learn something new and that’s usually because I like facts and I have to research them to make sure it’s accurate before I hit the “publish” button.

Lately I’ve written only about astrology, and I love to do that. Astrology is my passion.

You’ve inspired me Sue. Thank you!

Thank you, Marsha! Yes, writing is a very personal thing for me too – and I actually love that about it! Share your passion with the world – it matters!

Loved reading this, Sue! I enjoyed hearing about your the inside scoop to your method of writing ~ which comes down to inspiration and authenticity ~ Truly Soul~Speaking! Also loving the yummy color pallete of this space. Is it a newsletter? Is it a blog?? I honestly couldn’t tell you. I know it’s Soul~Speaking. I enjoyed reading more about your featured women ~ feel like I got to know Jenn and Sheila, even a little bit more! As well as being introduced to Jenny and adorable Arden. Completely inspirational!! Thank you!!! And yes, please dust off that book that you begun, I look forward to reading it! ^_^

Hi Mary. Yes, this is my blog / website for Soul Speaking. Please spook around this space … you’ll find other articles that I’ve written, more info about my services, etc. Thanks so much for your on-going and delightful support!

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