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Lovely Review! 💜

By | My Life on a Plate, White Petals, Writing Stuff

Weather has been really dull this week, and I’ve not been feeling too well, either.

I was sulking around the house this morning, drinking ginger and honey to try and boost my immune system a bit, and as I sat down to check my emails etc, I was uplifted by this lovely review…

“I’ve just finished White Petals, and I was so happy with the way it ended! 😀 There was a bit in the last couple of pages where Emmeline says about how human beings always try to explain everything in life, but sometimes we can’t really explain things, and we just have to accept them and have faith. She talks about all the ‘thousands of little synchronicities that we are mostly unaware of’, and that paragraph really struck me. I’ve been going through a bit of a tough time lately, and something about those words brought comfort to me.”

– Casey, 17

Casey’s words came at the right time for me, and just as the words in my book brought comfort to her, her words brought comfort to me. So, Casey, wherever you are, thank you! This was a little synchronicity that I needed today, and I’m very grateful to you! 🙏💜

January Joy!

By | My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

January, for me, is not about starting something new. It’s about resting after Christmas! 😂

I used to follow the crowd, by making New Year resolutions, setting goals, making plans… And then I’d feel bad when I started to feel the pressure of trying to keep up with them all.

So, a while back, I decided to just not do it.

I kind of stuck my middle finger up to it all, and gave myself permission to breathe, relax, rest, heal, embrace and enjoy myself exactly as I am.

Right here, right now. Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. I’m good. 😀💫

I tell you something – it did me the world of good! And I’m happy to say that I’m still in that lovely space of self-acceptance, self-kindness and self-love now.

It’s not always easy – it’s something I always have to work on, because my inner bitch loves to try and ruin my good mood by nitpicking at my flaws! But you know, I’ve even made friends with her along the way. We have an understanding now. We’re frenemies! 😂 She is as much a part of me as the rest of my body and mind, so I figured that she deserves her rightful place in my life, too. And since then, she’s actually a lot nicer to me!

So, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing and however your life seems at the moment, please give yourself a break! Give yourself the same amount of acceptance, compassion, kindness and love that you would give a baby or a puppy. And this month, instead of pressuring yourself with goals and resolutions, try embracing yourself and your life with the fullness of your presence, and just embrace your January Joy! 🎉🙌

Happy January!💜

Surrender in 2018

By | Uncategorized

I’ve just written a HuffPost article on the importance of Surrender in 2018

Surrendering to ourselves, our lives, to rest and to our natural rhythms, cycles, inner seasons and flow.

I’d really love it if you could take a few minutes to read the article, and I hope that in some small way, it resonates with you.

I also hope that your 2018 is filled with love, laughter, peace, wonder and joy! 💫

Happy New Year!

Lots of love 💜

Maria xx

Surrender in 2018 – HuffPost

Walking the Path: The Next Natural Step

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

Just had my article/review published on HuffPost for Walking the Path – the follow-up course after Path of Love, both by Path Retreats.

It seems I am on a linking path with this community, and I welcome the journey, the work and the connection. These have been my favourite things to do this year, and by far the most beneficial personal development retreats/courses I have ever done!

Feel free to have a look at the article/review, and see what you think! 🙂

Much love 💜

Maria xx

Review of Walking the Path Retreat

Path of Love : Boot Camp for the Soul!

By | My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

In June this year, I was given the opportunity to attend the Path of Love retreat in Buckland Hall, Brecon.

Path of Love is a global seven-day intensive personal development retreat, and is famous worldwide for its therapeutic and transformational process.

I was nervous about going, but boy am I glad I did!

Here’s the link to my third HuffPost piece – Path of Love: Boot Camp for the Soul!

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

With love,

Maria xx

 

 

Typing Blanks

By | My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized, Writing Stuff

For a while now, I’ve had some trouble accessing my creative inspiration. I’ve managed to write a couple of articles, but when it comes to writing stories, I’ve been suffering from the dreaded disease that all writers are afraid of: Writer’s Block.

Yes, friends. I’m typing blanks.

The honest truth is that after suffering with some health problems, it’s not just my body that’s been affected. My mind has been affected, my heart has been affected, my mood has been affected, and my creativity has been affected, too. It’s been a real bitch of a few months, and I’m having treatment for both the physical and emotional effects of my health issues, so I’ll get there. In the meantime, though, I’ve decided to take a little break from writing because I don’t want to force the writing process. If I’m driven by pressure, instead of pleasure, then quite frankly, I’m screwed. I can’t write well, if my body and mind isn’t well. I can’t write well, if pressure is the reason I’m writing. I write because I love it. My love of writing has to be my primary driving force, otherwise what’s the point?

So, in the spirit of being kind to myself, I will be taking a little break from writing. Just for a few months. I’m going to snuggle up, rest, live gently and get well. Once I feel well enough to write again – however long that takes – then I will be back with a new HuffPost article and hopefully a new boost of energy!

Wish me luck!

With love,

Maria

xx

Firefly YA Panel

By | My Life on a Plate, White Petals

I really enjoyed the Firefly Press Day at Waterstones Cardiff.
It was so nice to be on the YA panel with such great authors! The kids seemed to love the children’s authors, and the YA panel got a full house of readers in the audience.
Thanks to everyone for making it such a good day! 🙌😀💜

Amazing Authors in August!

By | My Life on a Plate, White Petals, Writing Stuff

I was asked to do an interview with The Book Activist for Amazing Authors in August.

I have to say, I absolutely loved it! There’s no better interview than a juicy or/and fun interview! I really like it when interviewers do something a bit different and put their own twist on the interview and the kind of questions they ask . It makes the interview fun and interesting for me to participate in, and I’m sure it makes for better reading for the audience.

So, thank you to The Book Activist for inviting me to be one of their Amazing Authors in August, and here’s the interview link below:

Introducing Maria Grace – Amazing Authors in August – The Book Activist Amazing Authors in August

Happy Reading! <3

My First Huffington Post Article!

By | My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

The time has come.
I have finally got myself a place in the Huffington Post family! I’m so pleased! Yaaay! 😀
I have to stop using so many exclamation marks, I know. I’m just so excited, though!
I won’t babble on about it for too long, but I will say that my articles will be written on a mix of different subjects – not just about writing. I’ll be writing about personal development, women’s issues, parenting, relationships, health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I’ll be writing about lots of different things during my time with Huff Post, and I’m really looking forward to it all!

So, here’s my first official Huffington Post blog post. It’s titled, Working with your Editor. It’s about … erm … well, working with your editor. If you don’t know much about what an editor actually does during the writing and publishing process, then this article is a good place to start learning.

Enjoy! xx

Working with your Editor – Maria Grace – The Huffington Post.

 

 
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