“The dream is to inspire women through writing and performance. To be recognised as an inspiration and have my work acknowledged and published worldwide.”

-Jo Marshall, Co-Author of the Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies, Mindfulness Practitioner & Actress

Today in the inspiration lounge we’re hanging out with Jo Marshall, the Co-Author of the Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies. In my eyes, anything that helps us to live more fully in the present and enjoy our lives in the here and now is so valuable. When I met Jo last year and she told me she had co-authored the Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies, not only was I seriously impressed, I knew I had to get my mitts on it as soon as I could. It’s a wonderful book, full of simple, instructional tips and insights to help you reap the benefits of being more mindful in your day to day life (such as more clarity, energy, better sleep, concentration, vitality; put like that, it’s easy to see the huge impact mindfulness can have on every area of our life).

Tell us a bit more about what you do for a living?

I am the co-author of the Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies, mindfulness practitioner and actress.

What inspired your interest in Mindfulness?

I went through a series of stressful events in my life; relationship break up, having no work and having to move house. When this happened, I felt like the ground moved underneath my feet and I had no control over events in my life. I then worked with a yoga teacher who introduced me to a mindfulness practitioner and author and I started studying and applying the mindfulness practice which greatly helped me.

How did the opportunity to co-author Mindfulness for Dummies come up?

The mindfulness practitioner who I had been introduced to had already written a book on mindfulness. He needed someone to write the second book with him as he didn’t have time to write the book on his own. I had experience in writing but nothing published. After a table of contents was created for the ‘Mindfulness Workbook For Dummies’ I picked a sample chapter to write and send to the publisher. After looking over the sample chapter they agreed I could co-author the book.

How did you discipline yourself to finish the book?

I practised what I preached. I had a mindfulness meditation practice I would do every morning for focus and inspiration, then I would spend two hours in my local library without a mobile phone or internet connection. There were no distractions and I could fully focus on my writing. The more I wrote, the more ideas would flow and it was easy to stick to my morning library routine.

What’s been the biggest highlight for you?

There have been several amazing highlights over the course of finishing the book from receiving the first printed copy to seeing my book on the shelf in a bookstore, but the book launch in Waterstones in High Street Kensington has to be one of the best ones

What’s the big dream?

The dream is to inspire women through writing and performance. To be recognised as an inspiration and have my work acknowledged and published worldwide.

What advice would you give to other women that dream of getting their work published?

To keep writing, even if its a little every day. To start a blog and see what ideas form. To not be afraid to have a play and see what happens. Keep reading, read all sorts of published work. Also, not to be disheartened if something is rejected. What’s wrong for one publisher or literary agent may be right for another or the work may need a little bit of tweaking. In a nutshell, keep going!

If you’d like to discover the power of mindfulness in your life then you can purchase The Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies here

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