My name is GG and I believe that storytelling heals. I also believe in awkward honesty, making mistakes and trusting your journey.
In 2013, after 12 years in Corporate America, I left my job in finance to pursue a career as a writer. I didn't know what that would look like at the time. Since then, I've self-published a free verse memoir about heartbreak and healing, a book of essays for quiet women who want to be heard and a self-discovery workbook that inspires self-reflection and personal growth.
I've created and hosted dozens of writing + self-discovery workshops in person and online. I've spoken at conferences and events including Blogalicious, BlogU, DC Bloggers Week, Awesome Women Entrepreneurs, and more.
For the past couple years, I've been working on a book of essays about my mental health journey. My essay, Choosing My Mental Health Over My Mother, was recently featured on Shondaland.com. I've also written for or been featured by The Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Carol's Daughter, COCOTIQUE, xoJane, and Permission to Write.
I've also tried many things that I didn't like and/or didn't work at all. It's been a journey of trial and error and wins and losses. I remember thinking that I would take the leap of faith and it would change my life drastically, then I'd sit back and watch everything fall into place.
Because that is what people say: It all falls into place.
More accurate for me: It all falls apart and you learn to trust the fall.
My plan was to leap, but I didn't think much about what would happen next. I just knew that if I didn't leap, I'd be pushed and I didn't want that to be my story. I was tired of chasing appearances and a lifestyle that my heart didn't want.
So I leaped — and if anything fell, it was me.
I fell out of favor with some, because I decided to focus on myself. I fell off the radar, looking for myself in places where no one could reach me. I fell out of love with old ideas of myself and others that were holding me back. I fell hard for my dreams and my imagination, because I finally believed that they were mine for a reason.
Along the way I've learned to fall more gracefully. Every time you are lifted up and every time you drop, you gain wisdom that expands your mind and opens your heart. How you fall becomes part of your artistry and your growth. If only we could see falling as a sign of progress.
Falling off the pedestal allows you to be free.
Here at All the Many Layers, I share my passion for writing and self-discovery and I create safe spaces for women to find their voices and tell their stories. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter and browse the site to read my essays and check out my books and offerings. If you're interested in working with me, you can contact me here. Thank you for stopping by!
GG Renee Hill is an independent author, speaker and advocate for self-discovery through writing. A candid voice for mental health and self-care, GG writes about the joys and challenges of living an authentic life and being a fully expressed woman. Her books, courses and workshops empower women to embrace all their layers, creatively and shamelessly. She brings her experience as a blogger, memoirist, ghostwriter, and coach to the products and services she offers on her website, allthemanylayers.com. Currently, she is seeking representation and writing a book of personal essays about her mental health journey. She lives in Maryland with her partner and three children and can be found on Instagram and Twitter @ggreneewrites.