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I’M MARY E. KNIPPEL

The Soul Story Writing Mentor

Unleash the Power of Your Soul's Wisdom

Supporting Transformational Leaders connect to their soul's calling and articulate it into the written word (books/blogs & more), to grow their business, attract clients & leave a legacy so their message exists beyond today.

Author Coaching & More

Publishing your Anthologies, Memoirs, Blogs, Signature Talks, Journaling and More!

Wise Woman Wisdom Retreats

Half Moon Bay California,

March 6th-9th 2024

Author Mentorship

Unleash the Wise Woman Within You

My goal is to empower my clients to embrace the story only they can share with the world. I'm on a mission to help anyone who feels silent and invisible to claim their voices and share their unique gifts with the world. Gifts the world is not only waiting for, we desperately need!

Supporting Co-Authors with publishing their book from Start to Finish

Speakers who need a Signature Talk

Bloggers who need accountability to consistently create content

Those who need a safe space to express their hard feelings

VIP Days to Develop and Refine your Soul's Story

Retreats to Ignite your Creativity

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Creativity

The Core of Expression and Passion. This is what brings us joy.

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Purpose

Make a difference, leave a legacy. What do you want to be known for?

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Authenticity

I will support you to always be true to yourself and your values

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Respect

I will support you with dignity and honor. This is my vow to you.

What Is Author Coaching?

Who is this for?

My clients come to me when they are overwhelmed about where to begin, what to say and how to make sense of the life-changing message they know they are here to deliver. I believe passionately everyone has a soul story of hope that the world needs to hear. I help my clients polish their words until their message sparkles and shines as a beacon of hope for those in search of a solution contained in my clients' message. !

Budding Authors

Publish a Blog Consistently

Become a Speaker

Journaling as a Tool for Healing

Creatives

About Mary

As Your Writing Mentor, I play three roles:

  • Your Muse

  • Your Cheerleader

  • Your Architect

  • Your Nudge

Everything I do is customized and personalized. Let's talk, Soul to Soul, so that I can get to know you and your needs. With the help of my intuition, you and I can then determine the best place to start right now and where it is that you want to go.

Mary E Knippel, author, speaker, Your Writing Mentor, and founder of Your Writing Mentor guides Small Business owners (coaches, consultants, authors) to articulate their soul's wisdom into the written word gleaned from their life's experiences as a powerful driver of business growth. She has a knack for helping you to get their expertise out of their head and onto the page so that your readers can find you and know the difference you offer the world.

If you are looking for a proven professional who uses her 35 years of experience as a journalist to ask provocative questions to uncover the heart of your message with clarity and compassion, help you craft the compelling soul story of your business, and put you on the path to being recognized as an expert in your field, you’ve come to the right place.

Testimonials

"Mary connects heart to heart, soul to soul with women that have a story burning in them. She helps them unmute their voice so that their words are infused with their passion and the confidence flows through them to share their story.” L.Garris

"I had never considered myself a writer, however Mary has taught me we all have a story to tell. Her Writing Room is a safe place for me to go write for an hour every Tuesday. She helps us to relax and hear our inner voice and to get it on the page. I highly recommend that you check out Mary, especially because we all have a story to tell. When will you start yours?" Tina P.

"I hired Mary to write an article for me which was going to be in Coastviews Magazine. It was a beautiful article and is still linked on my website. Later she wrote my press release when I moved my business. When the need arises I will hire her again." - Antoinette

Blog

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Honor Your Soul Story

March 15, 20247 min read

Are you honoring your Soul Story? I’m asking not just because we are in Women’s History Month, I’m asking because I’m genuinely curious.

What do you think I mean by that question of honoring your Soul Story?

Well, I believe it is the story that matters most. Your Soul Story is right up there with great literature and cherished spiritual writings such as the Bible, or Tora and writings that carry great significance for you.

Your Soul Story is something you know it intimately. And it may be something you have never really explored.

Your Soul Story is the core of who you are, and you may not even be aware of it. Oh, but I promise you it's there. It is operating just under the surface in your subconscious. Perhaps you have this longing, a knowing, or whispers you hear with your heart. Another way to explain a Soul Story is to describe it as the wisdom you have gained from a significant life experience. It's how you are doing things differently. It's how you are living your life in a particular way than before the life event happened.

Your Soul Story is the story that matters!

Recently, I had the privilege of hosting the Wise Woman Wisdom Retreat here on the California coast side. One of our conversations focused on the whether or not they had anything the world needed to hear from them. Oh they believed other people had a story worth writing, they just didn't think there was anything that someone else would find interesting or exciting in their story. I'll be willing to bet there are lots of heads nodding at that line of thinking. Because an individual had never been written up in who's who, received awards from their business community, or achieved some athletic recognition, the assumption was that they didn't have a story worth sharing. Their lives were so ordinary. Why would anything they had to share make a difference to someone else?

Can you relate to that belief?

Consider this:  Your Soul Story is unique to you. There’s no way it is ordinary and exactly like anyone else’s. You are the only one who has experienced it and gained the wisdom that life lesson taught you.

Your Soul Story highlights how extraordinary you are!

True, our stories can have many common factors. Small town, big city, only child, oldest girl, shy, quiet, athletic, klutz, musician, tone deaf, you get the idea. It’s what happened when we were living those circumstances and negotiating life’s challenges, that contains the details of our Soul Story. And that’s what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Here’s one piece of my Soul Story…

When I was in high school, we were assigned to write a research paper on three careers we were interested in pursuing. I wrote about going to college to study acting, becoming a famous actress who could do comedy and drama with ease, was a darling of the London and New York stage and had conquered the silver screen along with television. I wrote about becoming an accomplished dancer who traveled the world performing for sold-out crowds at every venue. I wrote about writing stories that touched the hearts of those who read my words and writing in exotic parts of the world.

Although neatly typed and turned in on time, I received a C+ for the project because my career choices were judged unrealistic. I was a shy, quiet 15-year-old girl in a small midwestern farming community. How could I possibly aspire to be an actress, a dancer, or a writer, for that matter? I had never taken a dance lesson or shown any particular talent for the stage. To that point my “acting” consisted of being cast as the Virgin Mary five times out of  eight Christmas pageants at our elementary school. My writing was confined to my journals and never shared with anyone.

I had been challenging myself to follow my dreams. Speech class just about gave me heart failure. I not only actively participated in class, but I also took part in the school district speech contest for extra credit. I even managed to be part of the cast of six in our class play, The Spiral Staircase and didn’t die before, during, or after any of the five performances. 

I was advised to pursue a secretarial career. That was a more attainable goal as far as my advisor and mother were concerned. My grades were decent, mostly B’s and a few C’s. Certainly not scholarship material for a teaching degree. So, I settled for a One Year Secretarial Certificate from the local junior college.

I also married a very nice boy and helped him earn a college degree in Computer Science.

I never gave up on my dreams of what I believed my future could hold. 

I quit my secretarial job and became a full-time college freshman a week before my 30th birthday. I wanted it all…family and career. We were on the adoption list waiting to start our family. My college degree would be a milestone just for me. I would have new career options fueled by my passion for writing. I would do what was necessary to achieve that goal. I was no longer was that shy, insecure country girl. I was a young woman eager for new challenges and ready to tackle what life had in store as long as it came in small doses.

The problem is we’ve been told that our stories don’t matter.

We’ve been told so often that we should be quiet, stay in the background and do what we do best – be invisible. That whatever we had to say wasn’t going to make a difference to anyone. We’ve been told that we shouldn’t bring our personal stories into business. I don’t believe that’s true. Our personal stories are the heart of our business because they are the soul of who we are. They are our Soul Stories!

Are you hiding your Soul Story from yourself?

What is the Soul Story you are not honoring? Could it be you have a story you are not honoring that someone else is waiting to hear…that they need to hear?

·      Your Soul Story honors your transformation.

·      Your Soul Story is the greatest story you have yet to share.

·      Your Soul Story has valuable wisdom gleaned from your life lessons.

·      Your Soul Story represents hope to those who are seeking a solution to a situation that has given you the tools you have today.

Your Soul Story represents hope to those who are seeking a solution to a situation you have already coped with. A situation that has made you who you are right now.

You matter! What you do matters! Your Soul Story matters because it's the core of who you are and more than likely why you do what you do.

Your Soul Story is the story that matters and makes a difference. I promise you someone is waiting for your story right now. Yes, I’m positive there are many someone’s who need the hope of your story.

You are the only person in this Universe who knows the lesson you learned from the life events you have experienced.

I believe knowing your Soul Story holds the key to understanding yourself. It could be a way for people to get to know, like, and trust you on a brand-new level and deeper level.

I'll say it again:  the story that I encourage you to honor is your Soul Story! It’s a message the world needs to hear not just during Women’s History Month. It’s a message the world needs to hear every day all year long.

Share the story only you can share.

Curious about discovering your Soul Story? Let's have a conversation today. Book time here.

 

 

 

 

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Mary E Knippel

Mary E. Knippel, the Soul Story Writer, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, writing mentor, and retreat leader, helps Transformational Leaders connect to their soul’s calling and articulate it into the written word. Working together as a team, Mary helps you craft and package your vision into professional credibility assets to grow your business, attract clients and leave a legacy beyond this lifetime. Contact her at www.maryeknippel.com.

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Honor Your Soul Story

March 15, 20247 min read

Are you honoring your Soul Story? I’m asking not just because we are in Women’s History Month, I’m asking because I’m genuinely curious.

What do you think I mean by that question of honoring your Soul Story?

Well, I believe it is the story that matters most. Your Soul Story is right up there with great literature and cherished spiritual writings such as the Bible, or Tora and writings that carry great significance for you.

Your Soul Story is something you know it intimately. And it may be something you have never really explored.

Your Soul Story is the core of who you are, and you may not even be aware of it. Oh, but I promise you it's there. It is operating just under the surface in your subconscious. Perhaps you have this longing, a knowing, or whispers you hear with your heart. Another way to explain a Soul Story is to describe it as the wisdom you have gained from a significant life experience. It's how you are doing things differently. It's how you are living your life in a particular way than before the life event happened.

Your Soul Story is the story that matters!

Recently, I had the privilege of hosting the Wise Woman Wisdom Retreat here on the California coast side. One of our conversations focused on the whether or not they had anything the world needed to hear from them. Oh they believed other people had a story worth writing, they just didn't think there was anything that someone else would find interesting or exciting in their story. I'll be willing to bet there are lots of heads nodding at that line of thinking. Because an individual had never been written up in who's who, received awards from their business community, or achieved some athletic recognition, the assumption was that they didn't have a story worth sharing. Their lives were so ordinary. Why would anything they had to share make a difference to someone else?

Can you relate to that belief?

Consider this:  Your Soul Story is unique to you. There’s no way it is ordinary and exactly like anyone else’s. You are the only one who has experienced it and gained the wisdom that life lesson taught you.

Your Soul Story highlights how extraordinary you are!

True, our stories can have many common factors. Small town, big city, only child, oldest girl, shy, quiet, athletic, klutz, musician, tone deaf, you get the idea. It’s what happened when we were living those circumstances and negotiating life’s challenges, that contains the details of our Soul Story. And that’s what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Here’s one piece of my Soul Story…

When I was in high school, we were assigned to write a research paper on three careers we were interested in pursuing. I wrote about going to college to study acting, becoming a famous actress who could do comedy and drama with ease, was a darling of the London and New York stage and had conquered the silver screen along with television. I wrote about becoming an accomplished dancer who traveled the world performing for sold-out crowds at every venue. I wrote about writing stories that touched the hearts of those who read my words and writing in exotic parts of the world.

Although neatly typed and turned in on time, I received a C+ for the project because my career choices were judged unrealistic. I was a shy, quiet 15-year-old girl in a small midwestern farming community. How could I possibly aspire to be an actress, a dancer, or a writer, for that matter? I had never taken a dance lesson or shown any particular talent for the stage. To that point my “acting” consisted of being cast as the Virgin Mary five times out of  eight Christmas pageants at our elementary school. My writing was confined to my journals and never shared with anyone.

I had been challenging myself to follow my dreams. Speech class just about gave me heart failure. I not only actively participated in class, but I also took part in the school district speech contest for extra credit. I even managed to be part of the cast of six in our class play, The Spiral Staircase and didn’t die before, during, or after any of the five performances. 

I was advised to pursue a secretarial career. That was a more attainable goal as far as my advisor and mother were concerned. My grades were decent, mostly B’s and a few C’s. Certainly not scholarship material for a teaching degree. So, I settled for a One Year Secretarial Certificate from the local junior college.

I also married a very nice boy and helped him earn a college degree in Computer Science.

I never gave up on my dreams of what I believed my future could hold. 

I quit my secretarial job and became a full-time college freshman a week before my 30th birthday. I wanted it all…family and career. We were on the adoption list waiting to start our family. My college degree would be a milestone just for me. I would have new career options fueled by my passion for writing. I would do what was necessary to achieve that goal. I was no longer was that shy, insecure country girl. I was a young woman eager for new challenges and ready to tackle what life had in store as long as it came in small doses.

The problem is we’ve been told that our stories don’t matter.

We’ve been told so often that we should be quiet, stay in the background and do what we do best – be invisible. That whatever we had to say wasn’t going to make a difference to anyone. We’ve been told that we shouldn’t bring our personal stories into business. I don’t believe that’s true. Our personal stories are the heart of our business because they are the soul of who we are. They are our Soul Stories!

Are you hiding your Soul Story from yourself?

What is the Soul Story you are not honoring? Could it be you have a story you are not honoring that someone else is waiting to hear…that they need to hear?

·      Your Soul Story honors your transformation.

·      Your Soul Story is the greatest story you have yet to share.

·      Your Soul Story has valuable wisdom gleaned from your life lessons.

·      Your Soul Story represents hope to those who are seeking a solution to a situation that has given you the tools you have today.

Your Soul Story represents hope to those who are seeking a solution to a situation you have already coped with. A situation that has made you who you are right now.

You matter! What you do matters! Your Soul Story matters because it's the core of who you are and more than likely why you do what you do.

Your Soul Story is the story that matters and makes a difference. I promise you someone is waiting for your story right now. Yes, I’m positive there are many someone’s who need the hope of your story.

You are the only person in this Universe who knows the lesson you learned from the life events you have experienced.

I believe knowing your Soul Story holds the key to understanding yourself. It could be a way for people to get to know, like, and trust you on a brand-new level and deeper level.

I'll say it again:  the story that I encourage you to honor is your Soul Story! It’s a message the world needs to hear not just during Women’s History Month. It’s a message the world needs to hear every day all year long.

Share the story only you can share.

Curious about discovering your Soul Story? Let's have a conversation today. Book time here.

 

 

 

 

writing soul storydreamshonor your soul story inspirationknow, like & trust
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Mary E Knippel

Mary E. Knippel, the Soul Story Writer, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, writing mentor, and retreat leader, helps Transformational Leaders connect to their soul’s calling and articulate it into the written word. Working together as a team, Mary helps you craft and package your vision into professional credibility assets to grow your business, attract clients and leave a legacy beyond this lifetime. Contact her at www.maryeknippel.com.

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