Today I am so pleased to welcome my friend Trisha Harner to my blog. You will be energized by her in a minimum of two sentences…I guarantee it! She is a contributing writer in the book Bold is Beautiful. Trisha, please tell us about yourself.
I am a creative juju instigator, and champion of your heart’s desire. I know you have the mind blowing, heart pumping, DNA changing ability to create change in your life. As a trained Visioning ® coach and instructor I teach women how to use their God-given tools, their brains and hearts to overcome the blocks that stop them being, doing, and creating what it is they desire to experience in life. I’m a mother, daughter, wife and friend who is passionate about creating my own over all well-being, rocking relationships, and life’s work. And I love to write. It’s my art. It’s the place I go where time slips away; I can’t imagine my life without being able to write.
And I know this is true because I just had a session with Trisha that showed immediate results in my success as an author! Tell us about the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a writer.
One day I was lying on the couch in a real funk. I was considering giving up on my dream of becoming a published author. Seriously, I was starting to listen to that inner mean voice that was telling me to give up, go back to an old job that I had left two years earlier and get real about my life again. That I didn’t have it in me to be a real writer, let alone become published. Then all of the sudden there was a knock at the door. I opened it up and found a legally blind elderly lady at our door who had lost her way home while out for a walk on a very blustery March afternoon. I quickly grabbed my coat and shoes to escort her home. She lived just a block up the street, she had for decades, and this was the first time I met her. I found out later she had been walking in our neighbor every day, while legally blind, for years. As we walked, very slowly, toward her home we started to chat. When I asked her name she declared, “Why I’m Dorothy Yates and I am a writer!” The sidewalk faded as time stood still, and I nearly stopped in my tracks. The chances of her finding my front door at that very moment I was going to surrender to my inner mean voice, well, even my family knew it was a sign from the Universe to not give up on my dream.
Having a writer like Dorothy Yates show up at your door is definitely a sign from the Universe! How did writing a book change you or change how you look at the world?
Dreams do come true. Now I knew this, but it affirmed my knowing that when we know what our heart desires, when we can feel it to our core, we have to honor that, and trust the way will be shown. The opportunity to be a part of Bold is Beautiful dropped out of the sky and when it appeared I knew to say YES! It became a #1 best-selling international book almost overnight. Now that rocks.
What is the biggest chance you’ve taken as a writer? How did that work out?
The piece I wrote for the book was a risk. It is a very personal story that includes my husband and his mother. I wasn’t sure how my husband would perceive what I had written, and I had already submitted it to the editor. There was turning back, unless I pulled out completely from the project. I finally had him read it, a few weeks before it was released. I hid in the closet waiting for his reaction. He found me, hugged me and told me he was proud of me. Phew…now that was a true testament to following what your heart desires. When you are aligned with your heart, everything turns out for the best for everyone involved in your life. It was worth the risk, and I’m beyond thrilled with how it turned out!
That is amazing! Often fear of how others will react to what we write holds us back. What courage you had to be true to yourself. Do you keep a notebook in your pocket, briefcase, purse, or on your bedside table to write down ideas that come to you right away so you don’t forget them? Have any of these ideas developed into a successful piece?
Oh my gosh! I always think up ideas in the shower…so many times I’ve scooted through the house in a towel dripping wet to my office to write it down or get on the computer to add the idea to my files I have saved in Word. I know I could keep a notepad nearby but this works best for me. Also while I am out walking…the juju starts to flow. So it is always good for me to take time for an afternoon walk and come back to writing after it.
I know! I always get ideas while walking. For your non-fiction book, what most inspired you about writing this book? A person or people? A place? Something else?
My daughters, hands down, inspired me to follow through with this dream to become a published author. The woman I write about in my piece was their grandmother and she taught me loads about going after what it I am craving to experience in life. All the women I meet and have in my life, including my mother, are my inspiration to continue writing and reaching new dreams for writing more books.
What books have influenced you as a writer?
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I had always, since childhood, dreamed of becoming published. But in my early 20s I set that dream aside and got on with life. After some rude awakenings in my life that showed me I was not on my right path, I discovered this book. I reconnected with my creative self and together we rekindled my desire to write. I accepted that I needed to write in order to feed my soul. I was able to start calling myself a writer during my experience with The Artist’s Way, and started my first blog. I am forever grateful for Julia Cameron and this book.
Trisha, what a delight to visit with you today. I know that I am energized any time I have the pleasure to spend time with you. I wish you great success with this book and those that will follow, and with your Vision Coaching workshops.
Bio: A #1 International Best Selling author and Certified Vision Coach, Trisha Harner is the founder of It’s Your Life, Create It! Through workshops and one-on-one coaching, she helps people tap into their authentic creative selves – creating empowering self-awareness and positive changes in careers, health, and relationships. Organizations, entrepreneurs, families, and individuals benefit from her proven methods for opening up creative centers and integrating the right and left brain. Her clients are guided to find their true desired goals and work toward these visions.
She’s studied under Lucia Capacchione, PhD, ATR, REAT, originator of Creative Journal Expressive Arts (CJEA) and Visioning®. A Certified CJEA Instructor, Harner lives in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Links for book: http://trishaharner.com/book/