Ask the Author with Award-winning author, speaker and Heart Flow Healer, Caroline PalmyOct 19, 2021
By Tricia Scott.
Award-winning author, speaker and Heart Flow Healer Caroline Palmy is leading the way for women over the age of 40 to release their blocks and begin on a path to a fulfilled, purposeful life. Using her own experiences, powerful, intuitive Energy Healing, and deep insight, Caroline walks her talk and shares her stunning work with the world through her books and publications.
In her series of books, Caroline shares experiences of motherhood, divorce, self-love, intuition and healing.
Here, Caroline joins The Female CEO to talk about her work as an author, sharing her story and finding inner peace in a hectic existence.
Caroline, firstly, thanks so much for being here and sharing a bit of your journey as a writer. Could you tell us about what made you decide to share your personal experiences with the world via books?
Thank you for having me here, Tricia. 13 years ago, when I was going through my divorce, which dragged on for over five years (I needed that time to learn to stand up, so thank you, Universe), I shared my stories with some select friends, and every time they heard a new one, they said, you need to write a book. Even as a child, I wanted to be an author one day, though I was not particularly eager to write my Daily Journal during the summer breaks as a child; I remember my Dad had to sit with me to make me do it. So back to my stories of going through a divorce, I love to help people, and I love to inspire, and I knew I could reach many women going through a similar experience with my book. Talking to my publisher, we realised the book's format of sharing independent chapters with insights at the end, a helpful tool for each reader to practice. Writing is sharing from my heart, and I love to reach my reader's heart with my books.
You're clearly dedicated to connecting women to themselves in a deeply empathetic way. What has been the typical reaction to your work?
Women worldwide shared with me how much my book has helped them on their journey, how all of a sudden they don't feel alone anymore. They love my inspiration and my bravery to share my stories to help them. Many women commented that they read my book from beginning to end, and then each day they opened the book at a random chapter (like picking an oracle card) and then realised that this chapter and insights was just what they needed as a reminder for this day.
One woman shared that it was an easy read, and first, I was a bit taken aback. Yes, English is not my mother tongue. I might not use a very high sophisticated vocabulary. Still, eventually, I realised it was a compliment, as I can reach the hearts and the words don't matter, and I have written in a language that is easily accessible.
Self-love and acceptance are still topics that so many women struggle with; what message do you want to send to any female living less than her most purposeful life?
You are amazing just the way you are.
You are so loved and lovable just by being you.
I know Self Love is a journey, and no matter where you are on your journey, keep going one step at a time. This is your journey and your journey alone, so please do NOT compare yourself to anyone else. No two are the same.
Take time to go within daily (yoga, meditation or any other form you love)
Release lower energies and beliefs daily.
Connect with the sparkly diamond that you are daily.
Trust that you have all your answers already within; you got this.
Practice listening to your inner guidance, your inner wisdom and intuition; she will always guide you lovingly.
Hug yourself daily, and then switch arms so that the arm below is now above, feel into the discomfort, and love and hugs yourself a bit more.
This way, you hug all of you, not only the comfortable areas you already love but also the ones you shy away from or don't like so much yet.
I accept you fully (your name) is one affirmation that helped me learn to accept myself.
Remember you came from love. You are going back to love, and here on earth, we all crave that feeling of love; you will only truly find it within you. You are worth it.
How did it feel when your first book was finally published, and you could see the finished product in print?
You know, when I have finished writing my first book, I said, ok, I have done it, that's it, no need to publish it. Then I realised that I am afraid of the book being seen or being judged by others.
So I took some time, did some healing and eventually published it. Yes, writing is a healing journey on a whole new level! When the books arrived, I was over the moon; I felt so proud. It's like holding a newborn baby in your arms. Finally, it is here, and you can see it and hold it. It is, indescribably, simply amazing.
What does literary success look like to you?
For me putting anything out in words is a success. Writing and publishing a blog post, writing an email, asking for help in written form are significant successes (something I struggled with for a long time). I have published an e-book before, and seeing how many people sign up and read it and come back to me, sharing how much it helped them, is a success.
Same with my books, knowing that I can help one person with my book is a success.
Being able to inspire one person and help them see the light at the end of the tunnel is a success.
I was amazed when I heard that I got a mention on Jane's platinum award, which was never on my radar, so humbled and happy, and the warmth around my heart area tells me this is what literary success looks like all of the above. With or without an award. With or without being on the bestseller list, with or without a considerable revenue.
How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
Writing is healing. Being on this journey for years and feeling like I have dealt with it all, I learned there was yet another level of healing that could be reached. Yes, writing took me on another deep healing journey, bringing it out to paper; I cried. I cried while writing my second book with a new sense of compassion and understanding for myself.
Bringing words to paper has something cathartic. I often tell my clients to vent it out, if something is bothering them or if fears wake them at night, get up, write it all out (Venting) and keep writing, letting it all go, and over time you realise that you arrive at a solution. Try it out for yourself.
If you could choose someone to play you in the movie of your life, who would it be?
Julia Roberts. Absolutely, Julia Roberts
Do you read your book reviews?
Not necessarily, only when they come to me directly via email or messenger.
What's next for you as a writer? Can we expect any more of your work to appear on our bookshelves soon?
I love writing. For a long time, I felt I would write the 3rd book 'Spiritual Conversations With Me', but somehow it never felt right, and I feel new things are brewing within.
Stay tuned; we never know when inspiration strikes.
Finally, what's been the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
I have always done it my way. I did not take on any advice. I just wrote. So maybe I can share a bit of advice here?
Listen to your rhythm, do as it fits your journey. Many writing coaches might tell you that you have to write every day at a particular time; maybe that works for you. For me, that was not the case. I needed space, S P A C E, so I never felt like writing when I already had 2 or 3 things that day. I might not have written for a week, and then on Sunday morning, I got up and felt compelled to write, and then I wrote five chapters in one go, just like that.
Trust your flow.
If you would like to know more about caroline and her gorgeous work you can read on here. You can also catch up with her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube. You can also read her latest book, Loving Conversations with Me here.
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