JoAnne Macco and I met through our blogs several years ago, and her ‘Anything is Possible’ blog is an inspiring place to find ‘feel good’ stories, articles on JoAnne and her husband David’s creativity and her kind thoughts. JoAnne is a child of nature and this shines through her words and the stories she shares.
JoAnne’s book ‘From Loneliness to Love: Five Steps For Finding a Healthy Relationship’ is now available on Amazon. She is a heartfelt writer and her words vibrate with loving energy and feeling for her fellow man.
It is a joy to share an interview with JoAnne today.
What motivated you to write, From Loneliness to Love?
I realized after publishing my first book, Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again, that there were specific steps I’d taken that helped my soulmate find me. I wanted to share a shorter version, a more practical “how to” book, focusing on what I learned. I believe the steps can work, not only for a soulmate search but for any heart’s desire.
Where do you write?
I usually write at home at the table in our little dining area with a big window view of the backyard trees. In comfortable weather, I sometimes write outside on the back deck.
How do you replenish your creative and emotional batteries? (Sorry that’s two questions in one!)
My creative batteries are replenished by reading – books and blogs – and by painting, doodling, and taking photos of nature. My emotional batteries are replenished by some of the same things. Being in nature, swimming, and singing nurture me emotionally and spiritually.
Have you always been a writer?
I remember writing, especially journaling, around the age of 9. For most of my life, writing has been a helpful way to organize my thoughts and release or clarify feelings.
What is your favourite form of creativity?
It’s hard to pick just one. I enjoy painting and taking photos just for fun. I also enjoy writing poetry which I occasionally post on my blog. Stream of Consciousness writing which I do in my Saturday post is an adventure because you never know what’s going to come up.
What is your favourite place in nature?
I love being in a forest and near water. The mountains of North Carolina offer this. My second choice would be swimming in the ocean. I live near the ocean most of the time and visit the mountains when I can. Sometimes I wonder if my first choice would be the ocean if I lived in the mountains full time.
If money was no object, what would you do?
Now that I’m retired, I am very grateful to be able to be home to paint, write, and putter around the yard. If money was no object, I would like to have a lot of land for an animal sanctuary.
How have you found lockdown and how have you coped?
Lockdown hasn’t been as hard for me since I’m retired. I do miss my yoga class and need to have more discipline to exercise which always makes me feel better. David and I have reached that point in our lives when we are ready to travel, and most of that has been put on hold. I’ve been collecting photos of places I want to visit. We’ve been walking more around the neighbourhood and started a vegetable garden. I’ve come to appreciate my backyard and the birds singing even more.
Do you believe in a universal flow of energy?
I believe energy is powerful. Our thoughts are powerful and reach much further than we realize. Manifesting our hearts desires is a theme in both of my books. In my first book, Trust the Timing, it took 39 years for David to find me again, but I believe there was always a connection, a fine spiritual thread that stretched over time and 700 miles. After my first marriage ended, I prayed for God to take away the desire for a partner or send me a good one. God, the angels, and the Universe heard my prayers and conspired to bring David and me back together again when the timing was perfect.
What sustains you when life gets hard?
One of the benefits of getting older is that we learn we can get through hard times. Remembering how I’ve gotten through hard times before helps. My experiences have taught me that God (who I believe goes by many names and comes in many forms) can take something awful and turn it into something good. I see God in the beauty and consistency of nature. Remembering that I am deeply loved by my Creator sustains me.
What brings you joy?
Being in the ocean, being among the trees, dogs (though we are dogless for the first time in many years), music (I like to sing and play the guitar), playing with colour, and birds singing are some of the things that give me joy. Seeing rainbows and fireflies give me a giggly, euphoric joy.
JoAnne kindly shares a line from ‘From Loneliness to Love: Five Steps for Finding a Healthy Relationship’ here:
“See yourself as a whole, confident individual who is fully capable of saying ‘no’ to people and situations what are not good for you, and ‘yes’ to the things that help you grow.”
A loving book full of gentle wisdom and practical advice…
I loved this book by JoAnne Macco. It is chock full of loving wisdom which is gentle, practical and relatable and her suggestions are fabulous and do-able. Macco’s writing style is supportive and I can hear her voice as I read this book and I’m going to re-read it a few times more.
I love the ideas of the index cards, collages, and feeling our future, of which the yard chairs is a loving example.
People can find their own way within her words and suggestions and that shows a natural skill in how she communicates.
I highly recommend this book from a sensitive author who supports and never dips into preaching and look forward to more books from JoAnne Macco’s heartfelt pen.
Book buying links:
Trust the Timing: A Memoir of Finding Love Again – Amazon UK
For all those who wish to connect with JoAnne and keep up to date with her latest creations, her online links are below:
It has been a pleasure to welcome JoAnne here today and I know you all join with me in wishing her every success with her book, blog and future books. <3