CW:As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
AS:I always wanted to be an actress.
CW:Where does your passion come from?
AS:My passion comes from what I’ve learned through my life experiences, that in our obstacles and challenges there is always grace that walks with us if we allow ourselves to ask and receive it. To be ruthless with ourselves about feeding our goodness and not focusing on the negative aspects of what’s wrong with us.
CW:What motivates you to do what you do?
AS:One of the core messages in my new book, Wake Up to the Joy of You, 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life is to inspire people not to wait for anyone to give them permission to live the life they desire. In my book you can read about the experiences I went through in my life to make me realize instead of waiting, you have to show up in life and go after your own life path.
CW:Where did you get your idea for your recent book?
AS:When I was promoting my last book, Unbinding the Heart, I spoke to people all around the country and everyone had similar questions about life, how to have more joy, live a life devoid of fear, how to move out of disappointment, stop comparing and despairing, among other life themes. This book was born out of a desire in me to share my personal journey about how I overcame life challenges and what I learned in the process.
I was inspired to write and break down these important themes of our lives into 52 chapters, one for every week. I give people microscopic daily steps and the tools to help them breakthrough so they can move forward towards their own personal goals and dreams.
There is also an audio version of the book with 32 guided meditations narrated by me along with lovely music. If people listen to these meditations, they will be surprised how much they can help them let go of what’s holding them back. I want people to realize that meditation doesn’t have to be hard, it easier than people think, if you can breathe you can meditate, all you have to do is slow down and observe your breath.
CW: Do you view writing as a spiritual practice?
AS:Yes. Writing is really an amazing way to connect back to yourself, your spirit and also connect with the parts of you that need to be healed.
CW:How can readers discover more about you and you work?
AS:Readers can go to my website wakeuptothejoyofyou.com and they can follow me on social media: