Writing is only one method you use to communicate your message. Tell us about what you do.
I am a messenger who wants to share information on enhancing relationships with respect, kindness and understanding. I share my message as a keynote speaker and trainer at conferences for those who work as early childhood leaders and parents. I also have a weekly radio show, a website and I write articles, blogs, and books.
You’ve written many books on many topics, including anxiety, depression, confidence and self-esteem, cultivating character, and life balance. What makes you an expert in your field?
As a life educator and trainer for 25 years, I have had the blessing to meet many thousands of people who want to build a better life for their family. They just need the tools and guidance to reframe negative beliefs and behaviors into more positive attitudes and actions. Auntie is an honorary title in many cultures for a wise woman who encourages and supports others in reaching their goals and dreams. Artichoke is my logo because it symbolizes getting to the heart of the story in the journey of life. Thus, I am called “Auntie Artichoke.”
You are a prolific writer of articles on topics that relate to the subjects previously mentioned--and hundreds more, including Stress Triggers for Kids, Broke or Poor? One is Temporary and One is Forever, Writing Articles for Readers, and Sequencing--If I Knew Then What I Know Now. What are some of the places we can find your articles?
You can find me online at WAHM Articles, Ezine Articles, and SelfGrowth.com. I host a Blog Talk Radio Show each Thursday morning and am a regular columnist for Women’s Online Magazine and Montana Woman.
Much of your work focuses on children and families. What is your most important piece of advice for families?
The best advice is the old Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
What is the title of your most recently published book? Briefly tell us what it’s about and let us know where we can buy it.
Building Self Confidence with Encouraging Words is available on Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble, as well as the local book stores in your area. You may also order online at http://www.encourageselfconfidence.com/ for a discounted price from the author (me).
Why did you write Building Self-Confidence with Encouraging Words?
As a parent and life educator, I meet people from all over the world who are struggling with confidence and self esteem issues. Children model their beliefs and behaviors from the adults around them. I felt spiritually called to strengthen the internal esteem and outward confidence of those who are hurting right now. This is an ideal book for you or someone you love if you are feeling shaky or unsure about the future because of economic times and past experiences. My goal was to help you learn to reframe the past to serve your future better.
What is your favorite quote?
I have two: “Focus and finish,” and “It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done.”
What are the addresses of your website(s) and blog(s):
Blog for parenting and relationship advice: http://www.askauntieartichoke.com/
Blog offering help for dealing with the loss of a loved one: http://www.ifdeathisnear.com/