Love being me bookshelf

I love books, so I’ve been writing books to share what I know to help you on your way to the life you want to lead.

‘I’m loving your book! You probably hear it a lot but I feel you’ve written it just for me!’

Into the Woods – £12.99 +P&P

Julie Leoni books

“Into the Woods ingeniously combines self-help with magic and fantasy. This nurturing collection of tales shines light on dark, seldom spoken about experiences to create a healing, informing and empowering resource.”

“Powerful, engaging, thought-provoking, brave, inspiring.”

“These stories are spell-binding. They draw us into tales with beginnings middles and endings; harsh legacies and histories; painful recovery and hopeful futures.   Through the genre of the Fairy Story and by drawing characteristic of the princesses, lost girls, heroines, wolves and beasts from stories told to us as children, Into The Woods succeeds in helping us to understand something very important about the vulnerability and cruelty of human nature, which often go hand in hand.”

“Retelling classic stories isn’t something new however, it takes a highly talented author to take real life examples of modern day abuse, co-dependence and domestic violence rewrite them as classic fairy tales.”

Into The Woods does not invite us to judge either the men or the women.  Instead it takes us though life journeys of dashed hopes, danger, and fear; of untold human suffering and despair of the kind that far too many women experience.”

“May these tales provide courage, hope and an opportunity for change and in doing so awaken future generations of women to their full potential”

One in four women will experience domestic abuse in their life time.

Two women a week are killed by their partners.

It is rarely talked about.

Enough is enough.

Into the Woods is a collection of fairy stories based on interviews with women who have lived with and escaped from abusive relationships.  Women who wanted to turn their dark experience into something good, to help other women, to protect other families, to let other victims know things can be different.

Let’s start talking about domestic abuse here and now.

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“I’ve been reading your book slowly and carefully. The block by block pain of all those stories need time to process. It’s such an incredible and powerful thing you’ve put together. The writing and choice of words is beautiful even when full of horror”

“This book has gotten under my skin in ways I can barely describe. Julie Leoni weaves fairytales & real life stories of domestic violence, writing with the most stunning prose… A must read for all women…all people! It reminds me of the power of the myth and story to change the world…”

“This book should be compulsory for all teenagers to read. There are so many essential messages within about how to stay mentally and physically safe, and warning signs to watch for. It provides an easy way to start difficult conversations by discussing the characters, their challenges and their decisions.Stories, fairy stories in particular, are a powerful medium for conveying deep truths. This book has the power to save lives.”

Love Being Me – £9 + P&P

Julie Leoni books

Love Being Me is for you if you have lost your mojo, your oompfh and or direction. If you look after your kids and work hard but feel like tired, stressed and stuck then this book has thoughts, theory and practical tools to get you thinking about your strengths, what you want to do and how you can get there.

What people said about it…

‘This book is a wonderfully contemporary restatement of ancient wisdom. It’s profound, funny and at times courageously self-revelatory. Anyone looking to further their life should read it’Michael Sclater, Psychotherapist

‘Fresh and stimulating containing wisdom from the ancients to moderns in an authentically experiential journey’Pat Morris, Yoga Teacher

‘I found Julie”s story very easy to relate to’Kev Llewellyn, Designer

‘I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and cry with its poignant self-awareness and acute observations. There is so much wisdom and thought-provoking content that it will keep you interested for a very long time’Dr Marilyn Tew, Academic, Educator and Counsellor

‘This is a book to keep by your bedside, Julie’s search for the patterns in her life has resulted in a remarkable synthesis of creeds which serve as inspiration and comfort alike’Ros Gore, Mother and small business owner

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Foreword by Ali Campbell

There are many places we look to for answers. Some people look up to others, other people seek out within, but in this practical, heart-warming and heart felt journey you will learn who you really are when you stay out of your own way and connect with the real you. This is not an ‘I told you so’ or ‘I know best’ book. What Julie has done here is to produce a guide you can follow for women just like you written by a remarkable woman, just like you.

In my work with some of the world’s most successful people I have learned one thing; we are all the same on the inside. We’re all insecure about something, we all make mistakes and we all have the opportunity to learn from them and make the next choice you make, the one that will change your life. The difference is whether you make that choice or not. Only you can do that.

It’s not how you start that matters it’s how you finish, it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at!

And if you’ve read this far you’ve already come further than you might think, let Julie and this book take you the rest of the way… All the way to wherever you want to go no matter where you’ve come from.Ali Campbell signature

If you prefer you canPurchase the Paperback on Amazon


6 Steps to Relationship Recovery – £9.99 + P&P

The end of any relationship is hard.  The end of a marriage, friendship, family relationship through choice or death can completely change our world and how we see our self. 

This book is full of stories, coaching tools and theory to not only help you make sense of what has happened and how you feel about it, but also to help you move into a consciously chosen future.

Step 1 – Protect – Focus on your health and your stress levels 

Step 2 – Initiate – Sort out your finances and living space and set in place new, nurturing habits

Step 3 – Accept – Understand your relationship patterns, get comfortable with all the emotions that arise at this time and use them to guide you, and develop positive thinking strategies.

Step 4 – Connect – Reconfigure your social life and your support network, connect to your community and tune in to your intimate needs.

Step 5 – Transform – Use ritual, story and affirmations to turn this experience into a positive experience

Step 6 – Create – Clarify your values and focus forward on the life you want to live

How to be Less Stressed

6  Practical Steps to Managing Stress

  1. Learn what stress is and how to spot it
  2. Manage your stressors by controlling your controllables
  3. Think differently about the things you can’t change or control
  4. Allow all your feelings and use them positively
  5. Learn mindfulness based approaches to stress relief
  6. Prevent stress in the future

Gender, Deviance and Exclusion

Gender, Deviance and ExclusionThis is my PhD thesis about the importance of emotion in schools and the imperative for adults and young people to form ‘real’ relationships based on unconditional positive regard.

It highlights which teacher behaviours help and hinder relationships with pupils and how the construction of masculinity explains why boys and excluded more often than girls.

It also argues that for effective teaching and learning to take place, teachers and pupils need to be self-aware and emotionally literate.

Teacher and pupils benefit from listening, knowing themselves, expressing themselves, being grounded and accepting. Meditation, Transactional Analysis and Circle Time are tools which allow staff and pupils to de-stress and form positive learning relationships.

The models and concepts within are also relevant to parents and other adults working with children and young people.

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