Noelle Sterne

Author, editor, writing coach, and spiritual counselor, Noelle Sterne has published over 300 spiritual, writing  craft,  higher education articles, and essays and stories in print and online venues. These include Author Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children’s Book Insider, Funds for Writers, InnerSelf, Rate Your Story, Romance Writers Report,  SivanaSpirit, The Write Place At the Write Time, Transformation Magazine, Unity MagazineWriter’s Digest, The Writer, and Women on Writing.

With a Ph.D. from Columbia University, for 30 years Noelle has assisted doctoral candidates to completetheir dissertations (finally). Based on this practice, her handbook for doctoral candidates wrestling with their dissertations addresses their largely overlooked but equally important nonacademic difficulties. The book is titled Challenge in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping with the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2015). This book may be the first dissertation handbook to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of graduate school and offer solutions. Excerpts from the book have been published in Abstract (blog of Textbook and Academic Authors Association), Get a Life, PhD, GradShare, Graduate Schools Magazine, PhD Talk, and Women in Higher Education, with additional pieces scheduled. For a PowerPoint teaser of this book, please see

In Noelle's book Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams (Unity Books, 2011), she draws examples from her academic consulting and other aspects of life to help readers release regrets, relabel their past, and reach their lifelong yearnings. For more about Trust Your Life, view Noelle's free webinar.

Noelle's mission through writing and coaching is to help others conquer their trying life experiences, as she has been helped. She applies practical and spiritual guidance from many blessed sources. For more about Noelle and her work and to contact her, please visit here.

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Recent Releases

Entries by Noelle Sterne

This Perfect Day

Dear Readers, I know this Today’s Brilliance is a bit different, but I received this message early this morning with the instruction to write it down… This the perfect day I give you. Accept it. Use it. Express My Love through it. Rejoice in your talents through it. Rest in My certainty through it. I give this day to you freely, lovingly, fully. Use it for My glory and your joy. Feel the joy. Feel the rightness. Feel the fullness. Know you are doing all the right things this day through Me. If you are not sure, step away and ask…. Read more.

My Gratitude List

Every morning I sit outside on my high-floor terrace in South Florida, sip my coffee, and read an uplifting pamphlet or two. Then I write out my day’s schedule. Too often, despite the uplifting material, I start worrying about this client or that deadline or the seemingly endless list of tasks on the schedule. And my quiet time erodes into anxiety. The activity that’s supposed to help me ease into the day with a positive outlook has the opposite effect. Instead of returning to my home office refreshed and ready to work, I’m drained and irritable. As I kept noticing… Read more.

Love Forgive Listen Trust

After another loud, red-faced argument with my husband, I retreated to my corner to mentally reassert my rightness and curse under my breath. Our angry words hung in the air like trapped dust. We’d had too many of these arguments lately, and I hated how I felt. Like a shrew, the kind of woman who makes a scene in public and you watch, shaking your head and thinking, How could she do that? I hated too the inevitable aftermath: hours, days, of silence, polite avoiding of each other in the hallway, sleeping separately, and the only words spoken questions about food… Read more.


So often we don’t we have what we want. Why? The more I think about this question and review my own life attitudes, the more I come up with the same answer: We don’t feel we deserve it. So many of us feel we must earn worthiness. Repeating Hail Marys, trekking to Mecca, toiling in the Amazon, writing incessantly, doing massive loads of laundry, cooking massive amounts of meals, denying ourselves massive amounts of what pleases us. Sometimes we think we can earn worthiness by stockpiling money, houses, fame, titles, awards, degrees, publications. When we’ve achieved these, we may look… Read more.

We Are the Creators of Our Lives

We are the creators of our lives. We have been given the ability to imagine, declare, decree, visualize, and expect what we want. We are not tiny objects buffeted in an uncertain, perilous world. Instead, we are the masters, the victors, the creators of our worlds. Most of us don’t realize, much less claim, this gift. But some know—the golfer who visualizes the perfect swing, the dancer who envisions the perfect plié, the host who pictures the perfect feast. The more we believe in, develop, and practice with passion and expectation our creative ability, the sooner our pictures will be… Read more.