about gg

Teaching my Writing the Layers Workshop.  Photo by Aycee Brown.

Hi, I'm GG and I’m a writer. 

Even if I didn’t write for a living, writing would still be my way of life because I write better than I talk and I have a lot to say.  So, yeah.  This is how I get it all out.

I started blogging in 2009 and in 2013 I left my full-time job in finance to build a career out of my writing hobby. I was tired of chasing appearances and a lifestyle that my heart didn’t want. I wanted to be home with my kids and 100% committed to doing work that I love. So I leaped.

Now I write books and create courses focused on growth and self-discovery. I work one on one with women who want to become more fully expressed and self-aware through writing. I coach and ghostwrite for bloggers and creatives who want to write words that move and emotionally connect with their readers.  Outside of my creative writing, I'm also a freelance investment writer.

Before I made these drastic changes, I was stuck in every sense of the word, afraid to be who I really was and say what I really felt. Afraid to step outside of what was expected of me. I had so many limitations in my mind that I’ve had to gradually tear down and prove wrong. 

I know how it is to feel like you're not living the life you were meant to live.  I know how it is to be scared but filled with a passion for something that you can’t leave alone. That’s why I’m here.

My mission is to help you see yourself and remember who you were before the world told you who you should be. That means taking whatever lives deep down inside and finding the courage to pour it out and create beautiful things, beautiful connections and a beautiful life.

I believe in awkward honesty, making mistakes and trusting your journey.

I believe in creative soul mates and love as a religion. I believe in contradictions and courage and being okay with uncertainty. I believe that forgiveness makes life peaceful and that gratitude -- true, deep down, tear jerking gratitude -- is life changing.

Sometimes all you need is to feel connected, to see your thoughts reflected back to you through words and stories.  You will find this blog to be a non-judgmental space where soulful women gather to inspire each other, share stories and be encouraged.

What’s a soulful woman?

We are multifaceted. Always seeking intimacy. We embrace the pain and the pleasure, the enlightenment and the foolishness that we must experience in order to discover our deepest truths. We explore our extremes and allow them to freely coexist. We are down to earth and perfectly imperfect.

We have many layers.

If you're like me, you want to do it all. You want to be successful in your career, in love, and in your relationships. To be physically, spiritually and emotionally fit. You strive to carry yourself with grace and learn from your mistakes. You want to make a positive impact on the world in your own unique way. And of course, you want to look good and have fun while doing it.

Does this sound like you?

If you can relate to those things, maybe you can also understand that it's easier said than done. The past comes back to haunt you, self-doubt distracts you and sometimes you can't seem to get out of your own way. You may even wonder if you deserve to have the life you want.

That’s where I come in.

I’m here to inspire you, never with perfection but always with honesty. To show that peace and happiness and fear and pain exist in all of us and the sooner we accept our extremes, the sooner we can make them work for us.

My most recent project, the Writing the Layers self-discovery and coloring workbook is available here and here.   I published The Beautiful Disruption, a free verse, semi-autobiographical story about my journey back to my true self in 2014.  I've also published a book called Wallflower, a collection of essays to inspire quiet women who want to be heard.  My next book, Lovedrunk, will be published in 2016.

I hope you find something here that stays with you and makes you want to be more creative and brave with your life.  Before you go, please subscribe to my monthly newsletter here and you will receive my free e-book, The Quiet Guide to Loud Self-Love.   To receive my blog posts in your inbox, subscribe here.

For business inquiries, please contact me at ggrenee at allthemanylayers dot com.

Thank you for stopping by.  xo


  1. Hey GG Renee,

    I have been following you and think we have a lot of things in common! I just changed my blog to ThatNYNaturalista.com and would love for you to follow me!

    PS I love what you're doing here...

    1. Hi Faye!

      Yes I know we do have a lot in common. I stalk your pins on pinterest! Lol!

      Thanks so much for the love. I'm heading over to check out your new blog now. I'll stalk you there too. Haha. Just kidding :)

  2. A friend of mine linked me to your blog and I am so excited that she thought of me! I love it already! I can't wait to start receiving your posts! Check out my blog removethemakeup.com I would love for us to connect! Take care!

    1. Hi Caneeka! I'm glad she did too! I'm heading over to check out your blog now. I LOVE connecting with new bloggers :) Thanks for saying hello!

  3. A blogger after my own heart! Love your concept! It is very similar to mine, I want to inspire woman starting with my family, ending with the world!! So glad I found your blog...I will be e-stalking you, LoL!
    Check me out at NicoleCharnel.blogspot.com.

    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I will definitely check out your blog and e-stalk you back!! :)

  4. Like many people here, I am so drawn to you. Thank you for sharing everything that you do. I have come across your blog a few times, and it always seems to be just when I need it. The first time was regarding your blog on being introverted.

    I am also the daughter of a parent who suffers from schizophrenia, my father. My mother is an alcoholic. There was a lot of chaos growing up... domestic violence and just all around unpredictability. I was always the level headed one, even as a child, the one that everyone relied on. It took a toll, to say the least.

    I've since moved away and met my now husband. I've gotten my masters degree and am now a teacher. My husband and I have built a life together that resembles nothing of my childhood, thanks be to God. Yet, it's still frightening.

    We're considering moving into parenthood, but I often wonder, "How can I provide a stable, happy, nurturing life for my child(ren), when that wasn't provided for me?" Those around me seem shocked when I say that, insinuating that of course I am going to be a great mom... but it doesn't sound that simple to me.

    P/S If you were in San Francisco, I would so force you to be my friend haha. :)


    1. Hi Jade! Thanks so much for saying hello. You must be a very strong person -- to be the 'level-headed one' growing up under those circumstances. I can certainly relate.

      I'm so happy to hear that you've come through all of that and have created a life for yourself that's so separate from the chaos you grew up in. It's so easy to repeat patterns, you know?

      As far as becoming a parent, I'm sure you and your husband will do what's best for you. But I will say this: Because of what you've been through, you would probably love being a mom because you'd give your children the environment that you wished you'd had as a child.

      I love San Francisco! Only been there once, but it was beautiful. We'll just have to be e-friends for now I guess. :) Thanks again for sharing with me!!!

  5. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I was moved to tears as I listened to my inner thoughts and my inner self through your words. Thanks for articulating our many layers. We truly are a complex, yet beautiful mixture of so many layers.

    Peace and SMOOCHEZZ to you :)

    1. Thank you for reading, Dr. Rae!! Yes! We are what we are and it really does help to declare that while connecting with other women. It's like woooooosaaaaaa! LOL.

  6. I always read your posts on CN but I should come here more often. You write with the same openness and honestly that I do... and I love that. Makes me want to dig out the blog I started 6 years ago and carry on.

    1. You should dig it out!! Even if you decide to keep it private. It can be part of your spiritual and therapeutic practice. Thank you for reading, Miss Anne. I really appreciate your kind words here and on Curly Nikki. xo

  7. Hi GG. I used to read your blog and receive your entries regularly. Then my life become overwhelming and even my milbox become cluttered so one day I deleted everything I was signed up to, including your blog. At that moment, I didn't care, I just couldn't breather and it felt like my email inbox was calling for my attention, just like everything else pulling me in a million different directions. I am in a funk and my motivation is decreasing by the day. However, on this blessed Sunday while iced in due to bad weather, I woke up, listened to church and it was just for me, then I started reading blogs, and the messages were just for me. Then I stumbled upon an article that featured you, and thus I have returned right back to your words. I read your background and it is like reading my story, the one I was always too busy, or too buried in to write. Thank you for what you do, it is true therapy, therapy that I truly need.

  8. HI GG!!
    You are absolutely AMAZING!! I've been following your blog for a while now and just like you LOVE BIG HAIR!
    I would love the opportunity to partner with you one day.

    I want to share something with you I know you will appreciate.
    I launched a project entitled The Smile Project! This is my way to share 365 reasons to smile with the wold over one full year. Read more & view my video on it here: http://kishaschiclessons.com/chic-sme-project/

    I even initiated a t-shirt campaign as well for it: http://teespring.com/ChicSmileProject2
    I would love for you to participate and share the word. You can upload your photo on my APP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kishas-chic-lessons/id777978702?mt=8
    or Tumblr: www.chicsmileproject.tumblr.com

    Please check out and share your thoughts!

    Thank you
    @KishaSpeaks (twitter)

  9. Hi my name is Cherice,
    I just want to say your a beautiful woman , extremely poetic and an embodiment of joyous soul.
    I been fighting for two years now on what kind of hair I have, and seeing your post here [url] http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/10/gg-renee-3c4a-natural-hair-style-icon/ [/url]
    I was not only delighted to find a woman which my exact hair texture but also someone goes through the same hair woo like I have.
    So thanks for making that post

  10. I don't want to sound corny but, I came across your blog today and felt very connected, emotional even. As I write this I feel like crying and I am not usually a cry-baby. Let me explain. I have two blogs and recently decided to merge them together. The process has changed my purpose for blogging and my vision. I don't see many blogs about writing that comes with the flavor of a lifestyle blog that I can relate to and decided that it's needed and the direction I am going in. I tried to look at other lifestyle blogs but most of them had fashion as it's main purpose. When I came across your blog I instantly felt connected and all the doubts I had about the direction I was going into came to an end. Seeing your work made me realize that's it's okay to be different in this blogging world and that's important to go with your heart when writing the vision. Your blog will be one of my daily reads for now on. Your work here is amazing and it has encouraged me in more ways than one. God bless you and thank you for your inspiration.

  11. Wow! I only follow your Twitter and Instagram and I am so happy I found your blog and all the beautiful tools you offer. You are inspiration and I am thankful that you are able to share.

  12. I've enjoyed you since your first article on Curly Nikki! Thanks for having the courage to be you and remove the veil. You are so beautiful. Be blessed.

  13. Hey GG, My name is London and I wanted to let you know that I am a fellow blogger (I blog about international human rights) and I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It is an award given to bloggers by fellow bloggers. You can get all of the info about the award on my website link, Peace and Blessings to you!