A Day With... Greta Solomon
Today we spend a day with Greta Solomon. Greta is a writer and journalist. She teaches classes in writing for creative self-expression and is the author of Just Write It! (McGraw-Hill, 2013) she has been teaching, coaching and mentoring writers since 2006. Greta's clients have included executives from multi-million pound companies, students, entrepreneurs and creatives. She has a psychology degree and qualifications in life coaching, teaching and lyric writing.
Greta has a new book on the way, 'Heart, Soul and Sass' which is a self-help book about using the practice of writing to create a fulfilling life. The book part of a pre-order campaign which features a number of packages including 1:2:1 coaching with Greta! The pre-order crowd fund ends on 16/05/18 when her book will be pitched to publishers, the more pre-orders she gets the better so click here if you would like to pre-order.
We are fortunate enough to have two guest posts from Greta, one on returning to her natural hair and another on the ways in which motherhood can take over your mind. Over to you Greta!
I set my alarm for…. 6.30am
I actually get up at… As I have so little time in the mornings I’m usually up by 6.35am and straight in the shower.
My morning ritual(s) is/ are... Having a large glass of water, and creeping downstairs before my five-year-old daughter, Savannah wakes up – so that I can have some quiet time. Unless he has an early meeting, or flight, my husband gets up later than me. So, I love having the house to myself. I don’t do it every morning, but I love sitting down with a coffee and writing morning pages, which are three pages of stream of consciousness writing. I usually get my best writing ideas at this time, so I’ll jot down my thoughts into my phone or in a notebook, and flesh them out later.
To wake my kid up I… Nine times out of 10, Savannah just wakes up spontaneously between 7am and 7.30am.But if she’s had a particularly busy schedule, then it’s really hard to wake her up. She’ll snooze several times, and I’ll have to coax her up by playing music on Spotify, and encouraging her to get up and dance.
For breakfast I have… Porridge and blueberries, or peanut butter and banana on rye bread. Sometimes, I’ll have scrambled eggs, or a couple of boiled eggs with oatcakes.
My go to outfit is… For the school run, I just wear jeans and a t-shirt and flats. If I have a book coaching client that day, or I’m delivering a writing workshop, then I’ll change into a dress, or a nicer top, and style-up my outfit with some jewellery.
I chose my profession because…. I always wanted to be a journalist, and started out as one in 2000. The career I have today as an author and creative writing coach, has just kind of presented itself as I’ve gone along the path of self-development. I love how flexible it is, and that I can fit my passions around my family life.
Describe your typical work day… I go through seasons with my work, but right now a typical day sees me fitting in a quick writing session once I’m back from the school run. I’ve just finished writing my book Heart, Soul & Sass: Write Your Way to a Fully-Expressed Life, and I’m running a crowdfunding campaign for that (until 15 May). So, I’m writing social media copy, blog posts and articles.
Then, I pop to the gym, which is a five-minute walk away for a class – this can be anything from pilates or yoga to HIIT, or boxing. Once I’m back, it’s a bit more writing and then preparing for whichever book writing client I have. I help people who are writing how-to, self-help or inspirational books. I work hands-on with the content, helping you to shape it, and I coax all the magic out of you. The end result is that you have a killer proposal, and first chapters, to send to agents and publishers. Then I’ll race through whatever chores I have before collecting Savannah from school at 3.15pm.
If I’m delivering a writing workshop, I’ll usually have my babysitter do the school pick-up. Then I’ll do Belinda Davidson’s chakra balancing meditation to get me in the right energy zone to perform, connect and be present.
For lunch I… Have a salad, or soup, or leftovers, or a sandwich (and usually something sweet afterwards)! If I’m out and about, then an Itsu sushi box and smoothie is my go-to of choice.
My biggest career related achievement is… Following my heart, and forging my own path. From an early age, I was a model student and did everything ‘right’. I was Head Girl at high school, got three A-grades in my A-levels and went to a top university. I then worked as a full-time journalist for women’s magazines. By 2002, at the age of 24, I had a life that looked good on the outside. But inside I felt creatively blocked and stifled and as though I didn’t have a voice. I felt a lot of pressure to continue to live this ‘socially acceptable’ life, but I’m really proud that I went freelance, and spent four years exploring my creativity. I went to drama school, studied lyric writing and published songs and poems. I became a model and represented Great Britain in the Model of the Universe competition, and I did a lot of travelling. I successfully made a living without a job, and supplemented my freelance writing work with everything from being a tequila girl to handing out leaflets. It was the best thing I could have ever done, and naturally from all this my career as an author, writing coach and business writing trainer emerged.
I dread work when… I have a large, looming deadline and not enough time to complete it. If I have a publisher or editor waiting for work, I will work all hours to get it done!
If I could exchange my profession for any profession in the world it would be… I know it sounds cheesy, but I really am doing the work of my heart, and I wouldn’t willingly exchange it.
At the end of the work day I... Scramble around trying to make sure I’m on time for school pick-up.
The first thing I do when I get home is… Savannah and I get home together so it’s TV-time, playing, making things, and general pottering around.
My go to dinner is... For my husband and Savannah, it’s Spaghetti Bolognese. I used to be a vegetarian, so sometimes I’ll make a veggie sauce for me. My husband is the managing director of a technology company and works much longer, more traditional hours than me. So, I’ll eat dinner with Savannah and we catch up over leftovers later.
I unwind with…. A glass of red wine a few times a week, and I love reading women’s magazines.
Before I go to bed I... Make sure I’ve got a bottle of water by my bed (and some lip balm – I’m addicted to the stuff)!
We love Greta's work she has contributed posts for use here and here. Greta has a book being published which will be a handy treat for anyone with an interest in writing a book. You can pre-order the book here until 15th May 2018. Here is some information on Greta's book.
Greta’s book Heart, Soul & Sass: Write Your Way to a Fully-Expressed Life is available to pre-order until 15 May at https://publishizer.com/heart-soul-sass/As a thank you for placing an early order, Greta is offering some amazing bonuses ranging from a spot in her upcoming Writing for Creative Self-Expression online workshop to a coaching session for bloggers, business people or self-help authors.
Thank you for sharing your day with us Greta. You can keep up with Greta via the links below!