2218Heart of a Writer is for those who wish to bring positive change to their life; whether it be spiritual, emotional, physical or a lifestyle change. It is my hope that Heart of a Writer, through my poetry and prose, will help pick you up as you journey through life. I will also share helpful and inspirational tips every now and then.



As far back as I can remember, I’ve created peaceful spaces in my home and yard where I would shift gears from my busy job and take care of my mental, spiritual, and emotional health. I’ve loved to write as far back as I can remember. I am a self-taught indoor and outdoor gardener, birder and surround myself with blossoms and songbirds year round….even during the cold Minnesota winters. Over the years, I also became serious about living a healthy and eco-friendly/green lifestyle. I felt it was my responsibility to not only keep my body and mind healthy, but to keep God’s Earth clean.


I must confess, there have been times in my life when I’ve stumbled away from a healthy, reflective lifestyle, but I’ve always bounced back even stronger and further committed to my purpose. Perhaps you can relate. Several years ago, I was going through a very hectic time in my life and realized I had abandoned the quiet moments of mental and emotional escape which I often gifted myself. I often took advantage of those moments to open a book of poetry, write, diffuse my favorite oils, browse through a gardening magazine, pray, walk through my gardens, or just watch the birds feeding. During those moments my mind and body relax and rejuvenate. No matter how hectic life is around me, I try to grant myself those mini vacations of renewal—most of the time succeeding. Fortunately, it’s never hard for me to bounce back because of my determination and commitment to my emotional, spiritual and physical health. How many of you can relate to what I’ve written? How many have put your emotional and/or physical well-being on hold as life got busier and busier? How many of you feel that you don’t have permission to allow yourself this much-needed time to decompress. I will tell you right now—you DO have permission and it is essential that you take care of yourself and the world around you. Heart of a Writer isn’t just about one thing. You are invited to indulge in my writings, and the tips I share, as you discover a well-rounded, healthy, prayer-filled, calming lifestyle. Discover those quiet moments that touch your senses and the world around you.

May the Peace of Jesus be in your heart, mind and soul!

~~ Jewel