Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
So far I have self-published one book, Create a Life You Love: 10 Healthy Habits to Transform Your Life Now. I am a special educator currently serving as an Instructional Coach and have experienced first hand how the stresses of life can take a toll on your physical and mental health. I strive to teach others ways to find a healthy, balanced life through my book, YouTube channel, and blog. I aim to share with authenticity and vulnerability how to use practical habits and routines to Create a Life You Love.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest, and so far only book, is called Create a Life You Love: 10 Healthy Habits to Transform Your Life Now. It is part self-help, part memoir. I reflect on my own journey through the self-help world and offer practical tips on how to incorporate these ideas into your own busy schedule.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I joined a program called Self-Publishing School which taught me to mind map my ideas before ever sitting down and typing. At first, I felt like I was back in middle school and resisted the idea, however, after hitting writer’s block I decided to give it a try and ended up loving it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Too many to list, but I will attempt to name a few; Brene Brown, Jen Sincero, John C. Maxwell, M.K Mueller, Byron Katie, and so many more.
What are you working on now?
I am currently in the process of promoting my first book and then I would like to make an online companion course as well as go to organizations and school districts to share these simple strategies to help others.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Being a new author, I am figuring that out currently.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you have a dream to be an author, go after it with gusto. Let nothing and no one stand in your way!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Love what is” from Byron Katie. We cannot change some of our pasts or our current circumstances, however, we can change our perspectives and learn to accept and love what is. This was a very challenging lesson for me that brought much personal growth and peace over time.
What are you reading now?
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have plans for other books which will take these self-care and other vital strategies and tailor them to more specific audiences such as; educators facing burnout, women struggling with past or current domestic violence situations, and spouses of first responders.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, a complete box set of a series such as The Hunger Games, and something along the lines of “Surviving on a Desert Island for Dummies.”