UK tabloid The Sun may not always be the most reputable source, but in this case we’ll take it! The Duchess of Sussex has (apparently) called our postpartum book “her bible.” We’re thrilled she can help spread the message of dedicated maternal care wider! The article claims, “She was recommended this book, read it, and then sent it to Meghan who said it had become her ‘bible’ – she wants to adopt the key principles in as much as her royal status allows. Obviously she cannot shut herself off completely from the outside world but she and Prince Harry are in agreement that her visitors in the first two weeks will be family members only. Meghan is a deeply spiritual woman, and wants to use this precious time to fully bond with her child.” See the full tabloid piece here!
Just launched from Rodale Books: A brilliant collaboration I did with renowned healer and subtle medicine guru Dr. Linda Lancaster. Foreword by Terry Tempest Williams, testamonials by Robert Redford and others. Not a bad mix of legends in one book! Dr. L explains how to safely live in a polluted world, tending to your physical, mental, and emotional fields. Working on this book turned my brain inside out … please read it and change your mind about health and wellness too! For a quick glimpse, see the Look Inside feature here.
Super stoked to have helped icon of music, fittest-man-in-Nashville, and all around awesome guy Mr. Tim McGraw capture his health and fitness philosophy for HarperWave. He can inspire even the most entrenched couch potato to get after it and change their life! I learned a lot. Stay tuned for a November release.
Oscar-winning Freesolo director Jimmy Chin may not remember but he helped me any my husband meet. He also introduced me to modern Ayurvedic brand Hanah, which brings time-honored Ayurvedic supplement products to busy, stressed modern folks. I loved everything I tried when I wrote about them for The Purist, especially their superb Chyawanprash called Hanah One. This is a daily supertonic taken for all around support and wellbeing; it’s super carefully sourced and masterfully created from thirty herbs including aswaghanda and myriad other adaptogen and hormone-supporting plants swirled into super pure ghee, sesame, and raw honey, by silver-haired Kerala doctor Dr. Venugopal. (Who also graciously spoke to me for an hour on Thanksgiving night on Skype from India, chatting about preconception care for our sequel book to The First Forty Days.) You can take Hanah One from the spoon with warm water, or stir into a morning chai or coffee. Chyawanprash has always been a favorite product and I love how Hanah is bringing to a whole new audience! Read more in the magazine’s Winter issue here.
A brief look at the cell-scrambling effects of manmade radiation and the at-home steps that may help to mitigate it, for Winter issue of The Purist. What I do personally? a) Live fairly remotely b) Hardwire router & remove Smart Meter from house c) Wear a GIA biofield pendant d) Turn of Wifi on computer when writing e) Take weekly radiation-reducing sea salt and baking soda baths, outlined in my book collab Harmonic Healing.
Melinda Joy Miller of Shambhala Institute has cleared three of my homes, making them better places to live, and in one case, helping to clear the, ahem, entities that stood in the way of a property sale. She’s also a gem of a human—the sweetest, kindest energy worker, shamanic gardener, master of the invisible, and entity-chaser you’ll ever met. I was so happy to feature her work in The Purist; she’s the kind of expert you want to have on your Life Team.
I’m super excited to be working with a true legend of energy medicine on her long-awaited first book. Not only has she been my personal doctor for twenty years, she is known and loved by thousands of people— bold faced names and regular Jo’s alike. She has so much to teach us about allowing our bodies to heal and thriving in a challenging milieu and her approach is extraordinarily simple and accessible. She is a master homeopath, a legendary naturopath, and a servant to humanity who is a true yogi at heart. We’re working hard on the book for Harmony in the US and Hay House in the UK and more details (and her name!) to be revealed soon …
Some projects work better when you tackle them as a team. As half of the writing duo Greeven & Belger, I have experienced how powerful two can be when it comes to accomplishing books from scratch and creating complete website copy. Berkeley-based writer Marisa Belger and bring two sets of knowledge and experience to every project as well as two problem-solving minds, and we can often deliver material in significantly less time than a single writer. Especially drawn to writing about women and wellness, we paired up to co-write The First Forty Days with author Heng Ou. We have also revamped websites for major organizations and created content for leading wellness brands. We maintain separate projects and clients, but when the right project calls us, we leap on board with capes flying in the wind, tackling it as a twosome.
What spurred two wordsmiths to step out of their solitary writers’ caves, leave their egos behind, and split prestigious projects in half? Our kids. Though Marisa and I had long danced around the idea of collaborating, trying it on for size on small brainstorming and editing sessions over the years as self-employed writers, having children made pairing up a necessity. The stress of writing-to-deadline when small, teary beings needed us more; the fatigue that comes with parenting, and the unpredictability of day-to-day life meant we needed something that writers almost inevitably, and painfully, lack—support.
So far, we’ve worked together in various capacities on three books, including a new release for Rodale in collaboration with a leading voice in the wellness field. With my deep expertise in nutrition, wellness, and years of writing “the voices” of celebrities and thought-leaders, and Marisa’s unerring editorial ear for real readers’ needs and experiences, not to mention a studied connection to yoga, spiritual practice, and mothering of her own, when we put on our G&B hats, we find that idea-generating moves faster, editing sails along quicker, challenging days juggling family and work feel a little softer, and the entire process of creating a book or copy project is about 100% more fun than if we were going at it alone. And for writers, “fun” is something that too often barely gets a look in.
Good things happen when moms circle up.
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