Freedom To Be Me
by Azmina Jiwa
Can you share a bit about your back story with us.
My career for last 30 years has been as a Podiatrist. 20 years ago my menopausal stage of life I started to feel very down, unworthy, tearful, anxious and unhappy. I sought the route of personal growth as opposed to medication. I learnt a lot from attending workshops and reading self help books, as a result of applying the tools I learnt, I started to feel much happier and realized my self worth. My passion for sharing my story and tools with others lead me to becoming a trainer.
How and when did you know that you wanted to write a book?
Some of the participants and friends were suggesting I write a book. I was passionate about sharing the tools, so after procrastination for couple of years I started to hand write whenever I had some time. I got stuck after the 4th chapter and another two years went by before I met Karen Williams. I have worked with her and Sheryl Andrews for two years to complete my book.
Tell us about your book.
My Book is FREEDOM to Be Me. It is a combination of my journey and the tools that has helped me to have the freedom to be me just as I am.
The book contains a reflection page for the readers to apply the tools to their particular situation for greater happiness, peace and fulfilment.
What were the hardest things you faced whilst you were writing it?
To be consistent in writing regularly. Because it was about my past, it brought back some of the fears and feeling of not being good enough. I also found structuring my information in some of the chapters difficult.
What were the best things you experienced during the process?
When I read what I had written, especially when my writing had flowed, I was amazed at what had come through me and felt good for the fact that this can help others on the same journey as mine.
Having the support of Mentors
Going away on the writing retreat with Karen and Sheryl where I learnt more about how I write at my best.
What’s next for you?
I would love to travel the world sharing my book by doing talks and workshops. One day translating it for children to receive these tools.
Can you share your top 3 #booktips.
1) Have proper planning and structure before you start. Get a mentor if you cannot do it yourself
2) Know How you write at your best. Is it a little every day or getting away completely to write
3) Enjoy the process and know that someone out there is waiting for your message.
How can people connect with you online and find out more about your book?
Azmina is a life coach, a trainer of the book Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway, an international speaker and an author.
Her journey from working as a podiatrist to personal development started at the age of 43 when she started to feel unhappy, unworthy, and anxious. She realised that she was not living her life the way she wanted to, she was living in fear of what others will say and do.
In her search for happiness she attended self-help workshops and started to feel very different. She moved from just existing to living a really full life.
She published FREEDOM to Be Me sharing her story and tips in October 2018.
You can find me online at:
Website – www.azminajiwa.com
Email – [email protected]
Facebook – Azmina Jiwa
LinkedIn – Azmina Jiwa
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