My all time favorite song is, “The Greatest Love Of All,” originally recorded by George Benson in 1977 and was the main theme orf the biopic of the late, great, Muhammad Ali. The late great, Whitney Houston, re-recorded the song in 1985, changing the title to, “Greatest Love Of All.”
For a young girl, who felt rejected and ashamed, this song really resonated with me. The song for me, gave me hope that no matter what they said, I would live my life my, way, on my terms. It took me a while to get to that point, but the song, along with the help of God, helped me to finally get to loving me, regardless, of what others thought about me, would say about me, or how they treated me.
It was through this song, that I learned the love of Jesus Christ. I found the greatest love of all, inside of me. Thank You Jesus, thank you George Benson, thank You Whitney Houston!
One of my favorite inspirational quotes, is “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” by the late, great Maya Angelou. I have always been an admirer of Maya Angelou. Her words were profound and she was passionate about humanity. And Lord knows, she spoke the truth.
The reason, this is one of my favorite quotes, because to me, it speaks of the pain that most women endure, when they hide or run from their demons, as opposed to facing them. I can relate, because I had been running for a long time. Once, I was able to tell my story and share my testimony, I felt free my the pain that I allowed to hold me hostage.
Rest in Heaven, Maya Angelou
My greatest influence was my late mother, Maryellen Waller. She was my biggest supporter and the reason that I write and had written my first book. She always wanted the best for me and believed the best in me, even when I didn’t believe in it, myself.
When I became a mother, my son, became my biggest motivator and still is, along with my beautiful granddaughters. Everything that I do, I do to leave a legacy for them. And lastly, my husband of almost three years is my biggest supporter. he often calls me the “Energizer Bunny,” but, at the same time, realizes what I do, and why I do it!
They Wouldn’t Let Me Fall!
Because of my passion for writing, my blog is all about writing. I have been writing, since I could pick up a pen. My favorite subject in school, was English. I can remember as a child, I would get the neighborhood children to play school. Guess who was the teacher? That’s right, and we always had English class. I would have the “students” write.
I also used to write poetry. I would sit in my bedroom as a little girl and express my thoughts. I was a bit of a loner. I didn’t really like going outside, but my mother made me be social. It didn’t matter. I always found a time to write. I guess, it paid off, as I went on to be an editor and contributing writer in junior high school and high school. My senior year, I won a National Journalism Award. I later decided to enroll in junior college in the Radio and Television program. My goal was to be a broadcast journalist. Well…that didn’t happen.
So, writing has been in my heart and soul for as along as I can remember. I truly believe, that if you write the vision and make it plain, he will run, that readeth it. And at that time, it may not have been for the appointed time, but it did not tarry (Habakkuk 2:2-3). It’s ALL WRITE, RIGHT NOW!
Greetings! My name is Coach Jaime and I want to welcome you to my website!
Just a little about me. My legal name is Jaime L. Washington. I am a woman of God, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother of all girls! I was born in Syracuse, NY, currently residing in Charlotte, NC.
I love to sing, dance, write, help others and cook. My favorite artist of all time, is Yolanda Adams. I used to be a ballerina dancer and actually taught dance at a local community center. The girls danced to, Janet Jackson’s Control and came in second place to an eight year-old, who sung one of my favorite songs, “Home” by Stephanie Mills.
My favorite foods to eat are Italian, Seafood and Salads. While, I love other foods, these are my favorites to eat and to cook. I can make a mean chef salad, and is often requested of me, during family outings and cookouts.
I look forward to getting to know you and you getting to know me!
Five years ago, I had written my first book, Give It Up, Turn It Loose: A Woman’s Journey from Dominion to Deliverance. It was four years from the time I began writing, until it was published. Like many of you, I was struggling with fear, doubt, anxiety, worry, guilt and shame. I was terrified that by writing my book, my skeletons would be let out of the closet, for the whole world to read about.
I finally grew sick and tired of allowing my past to hold me prisoner. It was time to push that book out. In doing so, I was able to finally forgive, let go and move on to discovering the true purpose and plan, God had designed for my life. And the rest is HIStory. To God be the Glory, for my story!
You can use writing as a tool to help you do the same! I would love to help you! Please schedule your book writing strategy session and let me help you to get clarity, gain confidence and stay committed to writing your best selling book!
Not ready? Read my book and allow my testimony to bless you and prayerfully, demonstrate how writing your story, can lead to you to give it up and turn it loose!
I know and understand that writing a book can be very challenging and overwhelming. The truth of the matter is, it is the truth. However, you may be thinking you cannot afford the investment or the time. Well…you cannot afford NOT to, and this is why.
Book writing has become the new calling card, the new business card, the new, “I have arrived.” Just about everyone that you speak to these days, have written or are planning to write a book. Albeit, for different reasons. I bet, if you choose at least 10 random people on social media, most of them, if not all of them, have either written a book, thinking about writing a book, or know someone who has. YES, it is all about that.
Now, whether you do or not, that is certainly up to you. If you are not sure about the benefits or what’s in it for you, please allow me to share 10 reasons why you should definitely write your story.
1) To help let go of your past
2) To seek forgiveness or to forgive
3) To help yo to heal
4) To help find your purpose
5) To overcome Fear
6) To earn additional/multiple streams of income
7) To gain confidence
8) To gain credibility
9) To become an expert
10) To be a blessing and a lesson to and for someone else
There are so many reasons as to why you should write your story, that it may be overwhelming just to pinpoint the ONE reason that is the BEST reason/s for you. I would love to help you to figure that out, so that you can finally get that book out of your head and into print!
Schedule your book writing strategy session TODAY and let’s JUMPSTART your book writing to help you to get clarity, gain confidence and stay committed to writing your best selling book!
Coach Jaime, I am stuck and I don’t know where to start. Coach Jaime, I am confused about what to write. Coach Jaime, I know what I want to write, but I can’t seem to get my thougts to flow. Does that sound like you? If so, you are probably having issues with getting organized before you start your book writing.
It is very common for writers to seem extremely unorganized when starting to write their book. Why wouldn’t you be? You have all of these thoughts in your head, just dying to come out. Well, let me help you, with 5 steps to getting organize, BEFORE you start writing.
Pray and ask God to reveal, what is is you should be writing about. If you are in tune to His leading, he will reveal to you. Remember, He tells us to write the vision and make it plain. He has given you the vision, so He will make the provision.
2. Keep a Notebook or Journal with you at ALL times
Keep a notebook or journal with you at all times, and write down your thoughts relative to your book. They may seem scattered, but, eventually, you will be able to make some sense out of it all.
3. Determine WHY you want to write your book.
This may seem easy, but often times, our WHY doesn’t line up with our what. And therein lies the problem. For example, if you desire to write a book, because everyone else is doing it, chances are you are going to try to write your book, like everyone else is writing their book, and that just won’t work for you.
4. Go to your quiet space
Everyone has that place, where there is a sense of peace. I know, for me, my quiet space is in my bedroom. I love writing in my bedroom, when I need complete quiet. Of course, it is when my husband is not at home! 🙂
5. Get a book writing coach
If you are really stuck, don’t stay “stuck on stupid.” Get some help! You may need the guidance of a book writing coach to help you to jumpstart your book writing in the “write” direction. Schedule your book writing strategy session and let’s work together to bring your vision to life!
Social media has become a way of life for most of us. In fact, for some, it has become THE way of life. Think of how much time we spend on social media, socializing, posting, commenting, responding, looking and for some, lurking. Social media is to us now, what television was to us back then. It has completely monopolized our time and our lives.
As a writer, this is NOT a good thing. Social media as great as it can be, as informative and entertaining as it can be (and we must admit, it can be very entertaining), social media is a pure distraction and for many, an excuse. When on social media, it is a whole new world. In fact, I can admit, that for a while, I did not even watch television or the news, because I knew (and still know), that if I need to find out something, I can just log onto my social media feed/s and get the latest news, views, reviews and everything, in every way, but loose.
So, there is hope. There is a way, you can use social media to help with your writing goals. Sounds crazy right? Especially, after everything I just said, about it being a distraction. Don’t get me wrong, it is a HUGE distraction and is killing your writing game. However, you can use that distraction to your advantage, and here is how:
- You can use the posts, comments and statements you make on social media to critique your writing and find your style of writing.
- Copy and save everything you write on social media. Remember, I talked about, if you can share it on social media, you can write in a book? Well, if you save your posts or comments, you will begin to see a theme.
- Once you save your comments, begin to categorize them into topics. You will easily discover what you are most passionate about and will discover that you may actually be a SME (subject matter expert). These topics, could turn into your chapter titles.
- By listing your chapter titles, you will have a chapter outline and can use the comments that you have saved to provide a brief overview. See how this works?
- Lastly, ask others who respond or may exchange comments with you, if you can use their response for a book that you are writing. Make sure that you get their permission and be sure to let them know, that they can remain anonymous.
The point is, social media is killing your writing game, because you are not playing the social media game the “write way.” If writing your book is a goal. If writing your book is a priority, then why not benefit from the one thing that I am pretty sure is monopolizing MOST of your time?
Need help working it all out? Schedule your Book Writing Strategy Session and let’s talk about it!
So many of many of you may have noticed that I was MIA, at lease on Social Media. The end of the year, is typically when I shut down and spend some much needed time with family, work on my business goals for the new year and review last year’s accomplishments and epic fails.
During my review of 2016, I also reviewed coaching session notes with clients. To my surprise (not surprised), the top two challenges were, knowing why they want to write and for whom. The what seemed to pretty clear, which was confusing to me, because typically, the why is clear and the what needs some work.
So, I decided to address the two questions, in this post.
Why do you want to write a book, more specifically, why do you want to write your story?
The answer, is not something as a Coach, that I can answer for you. I can however, provide some guidance and steer you in the “write” direction. Your “Why” is your purpose for writing, simply put. What is motivating, inspiring you, or making you angry? What are you most passionate about? These are some of the things you want to consider.
Who am I writing for?
This is was even tougher for my clients to answer. And, NO, it is not for everyone, because frankly, not everyone will be interested or care about reading your book. When you determine your why, your who, SHOULD become clear. Whatever is motivating you or inspiring you to write, should give you an idea as to WHO should and needs to read it. So, this needs to be crystal clear, to help you maintain clarity and focus. It is also just as important as your Why.
Need assistance in working this all out? Schedule your book writing strategy session. Or, if you prefer to go at your own pace, and you’ve “Got This,” then register for my BRAND NEW JUMPSTART YOUR BOOK WRITING™ 6 Week Video Course.
Bottom line is you need to figure it out, or as my husband says, “You need to get it together!”