Happy Wise Wednesday Everyone,
Sheereen, The Lightening Bug asked me a couple of months ago to do an interview and as time would have it, we finally got around to sharing it with you today. Not only that, but we managed to get a little time “live” just a few minutes ago. It’s always one of my highlights to share time with Sheereen.
She’s not only a wonderful blogger and interviewer but she is a doctor working with cancer patients with all types of cancer at all stages. She lights up the hospital and brings hope and compassion to each one of her patients. She recently won an Essay Competition on the theme of Doctor-Patient Relationship from the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital and Medical research Institute which truly brought tears to my eyes. The essay is an example of what sets her apart in the medical field and why patients love her so much. I hope she will share it with you soon.
Without farther delay, let’s begin the interview-
1. Can you tell us a little about your book, “Recreate and Celebrate“?
What inspired you to write it?
My book is a shortcut to my own personal struggle and journey of years of work, put into a short, concise book with the tools you need to transform your life.My inspiration came from my ability to heal deeply and knowing if I could do it, so could others that were ready.
Well that’s true. Talking to you, sometimes, is a therapy itself. I can talk about myself: some words with you are good to bounce back always.
2. As a blogger and life coach, how do you think your experiences have influenced the ideas and concepts presented in your book?
Hearing the universal struggles of clients and fellow bloggers gave me the fortitude to share the concepts I have used in my book to meet people where they are and take them on an inner journey of self.
Doesn’t that take toll on you sometimes? Listening to struggles of different people daily may be mentally taxing.
3. What are some key themes or messages that readers can expect to find in “Recreate and Celebrate”?
The answers are inside and we all have access if we’re asked the right questions and we listen to the answers that spring forth. Follow through is key. It isn’t enough to say you want something. You must be gentle with yourself and yet dig deep and keep your commitments to yourself to see a change you want to have.
Wise words indeed. We look outside when they are always within.
4. How do you approach the idea of recreation and celebration in your own life? Any personal anecdotes you’d like to share?
I get out in nature most days which inspires me to see the beauty all around. I celebrate small wins daily to create space for more abundance. I eat well and include dark chocolate most days, pet my animals, call my parents and walk my talk. Shifting focus is key. If you always see the negative, the law of attraction pulls you to that gravitational space to and that’s exactly what you are going to attract. If you want a different outcome you need to see the glass half full instead of half empty. It’s a daily job of shifting focus to being grateful for every waking moment no matter what hell you may be going through. You must acknowledge where you are so as not to go into denial but it’s imperative to reframe as fast as you notice your mind off to the races.
We must enjoy little things in life. Take a break when needed. Being thankful for your life everyday also helps the case.
5. Can you highlight a few practical tips or techniques from your book that readers can implement in their lives to enhance their personal growth and well-being?
1. Wake up everyday and take some deep breaths and spend some time coming to the present moment.
2. Practice mindfulness in everyday activities to train your mind to stay in the NOW.
3. Acknowledge yourself for things you are proud of.
4. Keep your word to yourself and others.
5. Fan your small wins and watch them catch fire.
6. Never compare yourself to others!
You speak like “Guru” now Cindy! Cindy always the wise old lady. I know you wouldn’t like being old. So let’s call you wise young lady.
6. What challenges did you encounter while writing “Recreate and Celebrate”? How did you overcome them?
With a busy schedule time was a challenge. I sacrificed sleep at time to get through it. I’m not recommending that but just saying! Sleep is vital and everything changes in sleep; bodies, moods, metabolism, weight, headaches and the list goes on and on. So make sure you get plenty of it. Having an outline was critical to keep my thoughts cohesive. Technology is the bane of my existence since I’m not a techie but I’m learning to befriend it.
My writing is so personal raw and vulnerable I felt fairly exposed and revealed more about my life than I planned which is what I think made it really hard to put out in the world. I think it’s also why people love it so much. The support of friends encouraging me made all the difference in the word in being brave enough to share it, so thank you all for that. Having others eyes on my work, an editor that helped pull things together and authors and professionals I admire who felt my work was worthy was a huge confidence boost.
I read the book. It’s just as good as its author. I could feel your presence while reading it. And also, agree that you are always busy. You sometimes even forget to reply to my messages
We would be so honored if you would kindly go here to read the rest of our interview
Sheereen’s poetry book, Thorns and Blossom, is hot off the press and available in India and will hit the International market soon. Look at the beautiful cover! I can’t wait to read it.
Thank you so much for joining us and a huge hug of appreciation to you Sheereen in taking time to give me more to smile about. Your friendship means the world to me. Have a great rest of your week and see you on Fri-Yay babies pending!
Love and Blessings,