Please share a bit about your journey to become a published author
I published my first two books A Strong Core for Life (2007) and my Yoga for Fertility Handbook (2009) to provide resources for my clients and for my instructor training and certification courses. It was back when the self publishing industry was young and simple. I loved the idea of print on demand because it was an affordable option for new authors and also created less of an environmental impact.
Shortly after, I knew in my heart there was another book waiting to be conceived. I practised infinite patience to allow the book to come. Little did I know, those years in between would challenge me to the core of my being. I embarked on a healing journey to release the burdens of my past and bring my soul, mind and body into harmony.
It wasn’t until the spring of 2013, after speaking to Julie Salisbury, that the spark grew into the flame of creation. I attended her weekend writing workshop and I came home with a full outline to start writing. The chapters came fast and Julie’s coaching was an essential part of bringing my book to life.
For 4 months the words were pouring out of my heart into my fingers and onto the pages. I had almost finished writing the book when all of sudden the inspiration came to a complete stop and my health took a downward spiral. Apparently I had some more healing to do before I could finish the story. Within a year my book “Heart Led Living” was published and I felt strong enough to share my message on international stages.
Last spring I felt a strong heart nudge once again to write another book. When I tuned in during meditation I received a vision of writing a collaborative book with members from my heart led living community. I am so honoured to have worked with 9 other authors sharing their “miracles” in this new book to be launched on November 16th titled “Expect Miracles” 10 beautiful souls sharing stories of Hope, Inspiration & Transformation
How does the writing process work for you? Do you schedule a time every day, work madly when inspiration hits or ?
When the inspiration to write hits me, it is like turning on a tap and the words flow through my heart and onto the pages. I use my laptop because I can actually type and keep up with the speed the words are flying out of me. The inspiration can hit at odd times and I often find myself awake and writing at 4 a.m. while my family and household are asleep. I literally can be pushed out of bed to write or guided to my computer at random times to write.
There are times I will also set aside blocks of time to devote to creative writing. I turn off all potential distractions, sit in stillness and meditate to become a clear channel as I align with the message from my heart. Once I sit down in front of my laptop, I surrender my agenda, my plan and any ideas I have to my inner Spirit to allow the message that is meant to come through me. I see myself as a messenger for the message. My intention is always to be of highest service to humanity and for the words that come through me to land in the hearts of those who are meant to read them.
What did you find most difficult about the writing and publishing process? What was the easiest?
After writing my first two books I was often confused by the changes in the self publishing industry. I went from being supported by a local Canadian company to suddenly having a U.S. representative calling to up sell me on things I didn’t need. It became more difficult to navigate on my own as I didn’t understand what was happening with the publishing industry and I didn’t have time or motivation to research all the changes. It was changing so quickly I couldn’t keep up if I tried.
Once I met Julie all that changed. As a writing and publishing coach, Julie makes the publishing process much easier. She is on top of the changes in the industry and has a gift of finding ways to work with the changes to support me in getting my message out into the world in the way that will create the greatest impact.
A lot of people think that once you write the book it will sell itself. It actually takes more energy and time to promote and market the book than it does to write. I remember a conversation I had with Dr Christiane Northrup where she mentioned that even as a New York Times best selling author if she is not out there promoting her books, they don’t sell themselves.
Another myth circulating is that you will make lots of money through your book sales. It is not the actual book that makes you money. The royalties are minimal especially with the current publishing structure. It is the business you build around it that brings more income. Being a published author with a best-selling book adds credibility and opens doors to more opportunities to share your message with the world.
I have built a global community around my third book – “Heart Led Living: When Hard Work Becomes Heart Work” and I have shared the stage with some amazing individuals like Dr Christiane Northrup, Les Brown, Marianne Williamson and Dr Dennis Waitely. My third book opened doors that allowed me to touch many more lives. For me it is all about creating a ripple effect that can be felt in all corners of the globe. Each heart I touch and inspire goes on to touch and inspire others. That makes all the work completely worth it!
What title (or titles) have you released? P
Launching Nov. 16, 2017 – Expect Miracles” 10 beautiful souls sharing stories of Hope, Inspiration & Transformation – These stories will change your perception of life’s challenges and inspire you to expect and celebrate miracles. As you follow the journeys of these souls, you will see your own life mirrored in these pages and you will take away tools you can use to get out of your own way, heal your past, and embrace the sacred gifts you were born with so you can soar to great heights. You will identify with one or more of these stories that uncover childhood trauma caused by learning challenges, abuse, and family dynamics, and go on to understand how these unresolved traumas can lead to avoidance behaviours such as addiction, anger, and unhealthy boundaries. Relationship trauma such as divorce, fertility challenges, and parenting are shared in these journeys that help us understand how anxiety and physical and mental health issues manifest to show us the truth. Understand the importance of aligning with love, embracing forgiveness, and expecting miracles.
Heart Led Living – When Hard Work Becomes Heart Work (2014) – This heartfelt book will empower you to heal the burdens of your past; embrace the truth that life’s challenges are designed to awaken your soul; and take on a new perspective that whatever you go through you grow through. I share my courageous story of self-discovery and personal transformation. After years of searching for meaning in my life, I had a spiritual awakening and realized my life’s purpose. With deep clarity in knowing that I had found I calling, I made a conscious choice to embrace my gift as an intuitive healer. Today I share with audiences all around the world the truth that their life matters! Filled with transformative stories, insights and tools, “Heart Led Living” will inspire you to trust your intuition, lead with your heart, and discover your YES! for life.
Yoga for Fertility Handbook (2009) – This beautiful handbook teaches you specific yoga poses and meditation to enhance your fertility. It is filled with inspiring messages, colorful photographs and simple instructions to guide you. Available as a Yoga & Meditation Kit at www.familypassages.ca
A Strong Core for Life: A Guide to Your Deep Core Muscles Finding Strength From Within (2007) – Finding your deep core muscles provides a deeper level of strength and a greater sense of body awareness. Feel leaner and stronger and change the way your train your abdominals forever!
Do you have any new books in the planning or writing stage?
Yes I am in the process of writing another book to be published in early 2018. I will be spending three weeks on my own in Turks and Caicos to allow this book to flow through my heart. It feels like an important and timely message for humanity. I am honoured to be the messenger.
What would you like readers to know about you? (please share your business, career, passions, etc.)
When I stopped running from my gift and stood proudly, owning that I am an intuitive healer, my whole life changed. My world expanded in ways I couldn’t have imagined and the miracles are abundant. We each have a gift to share with the world. It is programmed within our hearts and it is a gift that only we can extend.
I love helping others see the invisible, feel the intangible, and do the impossible. I train, coach and mentor conscious entrepreneurs, healers, empaths, lightworkers, intuitive coaches and my community members to deepen their trust, build their confidence, and expand their gifts as they align with their soul’s purpose.
My mission is to ignite our hearts to uplift humanity and unify us in love for each other and our planet. The world needs all of us to wake up and be a full expression of our truest Self. We all have an essential role to play. The call has never been so powerful. Every day I say YES to the calling in my heart! I say YES to my life’s purpose! I say YES to life!
Will you answer the call? YES you are ready and the world is ready for you. The good news is that you don’t need to do it alone. Let’s unite our hearts, shine bright and stand strong in LOVE. After all LOVE is a powerful force for change.
I invite you to join your heart with ours at www.heartledliving.com
Anything else you’d like to share with readers?
I would like to invite everyone to join us to empower young Kenyan girls to stay in school by purchasing a copy of my new book “Expect Miracles” on or after Nov 16th, 2017. We are donating 100% of royalties to our Heart Led Living Foundation’s Kenya project. You receive a book full of miracles and Kenyan girls receive a menstrual kit through Days for Girls.
I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes. May it inspire you to say “YES to life!” every moment of every day.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
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