Welcome to the Self-Improvement Blog. This space is devoted to articles on deepening our understanding and giving us tools for improving those parts of ourselves that need uplifting. They will vary from pieces on making best choices to self-respect, creativity and many more. Your comments and contribution in the form of articles are much appreciated. Sending Love, Joanna.
On self–acceptance- On self–acceptance All spiritual teachers speak of the importance of self-acceptance. At the beginning of my conscious spiritual journey (conscious because all our life is really that but only at a certain point do we become conscious of that notion) … Continue reading On choices- A few days ago I rewatched one of my favourite films, What the Bleep Do We know? It is a favourite, not because of its aesthetics but because of what it teaches me about the possibilities of my life. I … Continue reading On being a paranoid/obsessive writer- Are you a paranoid writer? I am. I’m worse than that – I’m paranoid, impulsive perfectionist. If you have personality problems as a writer, you should feel better about yourself already – at least you’re not me! Though I’m usually … Continue reading On Finding a Niche- When I finished the nth draft of my novel I knew that I would need to stop writing and start thinking long and hard about the audience for it. This is not unusual if your writing does not neatly fall … Continue reading On coming out of a spell- At different times of my life I have been under spell of various periods of history, literature or art – but always associated with one particular place. In my twenties it was Paris and its times of greatness: the era … Continue reading On the Writing of a Novel- I am sure exactly when and how I decided to write my novel. The idea for the novel came to me the same time as when I finally sat down to write Jerusalem Diary; that is in December 2007. But … Continue reading On Publishing and Self-Publishing- As debate continues on the general state of the publishing business, the problems publishers and writers face, the desolation of bookstores, and the impact of internet booksellers such as amazon. com and The Book Depository, there is also, of course, … Continue reading On moving houses- Today we are moving from our beautiful Jacaranda House. As with many houses before, I loved this one. This where I wrote my book, The House of the Beloved, this is where I have been happy with my partner, where … Continue reading On Being an Eclectic Soul- If I were to be completely honest, beyond any pretence, beyond all the shorthand clichés on websites that are always only selected parts of ourselves, I am an eclectic soul. I am an eclectic soul and I am learning how … Continue reading That job application: Part two- So where did the click go? Did I listen to the energy, the intuition, the inner gut and refuse to act on fear, or did I follow all the signs and not apply? It is so nice to see all … Continue reading That job application: Part One- Recently, I went to the Writers Festival in Byron Bay and I had a revelation: in my next life I want to be a gorgeous surfer girl who writes whenever she feels like it, has no problem with letting go … Continue reading Why I wrote Jerusalem Diary- Why Jerusalem Diary? During the last couple of years, I have been asked why I wrote Jerusalem Diary. This question was often asked by people who knew and liked my literary writing, my short stories and essays, but could not … Continue reading