A Practical Guide To Awareness
by Susan Nefzger
Can you share a bit about your back story with us.
I’m a 30 year PR veteran who had been on the path of self awareness for much of that time. Studying the Masters such as Paramahansa Yogananda and his Self Realization Fellowship, as well as others helped me tremendously. In 2015, I attended a Conscious Writing Retreat in Glastonbury and had an epiphany which inspired me to write “A Practical Guide to Awareness.
I basically started writing it the very first day of the retreat and knew in six weeks, I was finished.
How and when did you know that you wanted to write a book?
I just had an instinct my whole life, never really knowing which book I was going to write.
Tell us about your book.
It is a step by step guide to finding fulfilment through self-awareness. This guide is illustrated by the story of a woman and her steadfast adherence to a journey of faith.
What were the hardest things you faced whilst you were writing it?
Being married to a French man who was opening a restaurant, because I was assisting and marketing the restaurant and my own business and writing/editing the book. Then the day I received the edits back from my editor, my now ex-husband asked me for a divorce. That was a distraction, but I promised myself I would work 30 minutes of each day on the corrections. I did begin that effort in March of 2017 and finished the corrections in August, prior to divorce being final but after moving into in an apartment due to the divorce. (OY) I rewrote it and had a draft. I then assisted my best friend’s mother in transitioning from the planet by being on the care team for her. I moved again prior to relocating to Atlanta, I self-published in January of 2018.
What were the best things you experienced during the process?
The best things I experienced included the vibration and knowledge of the message I was delivering which kept me in alignment and on the path as my heroine herself achieved. She was my guide. I received an overwhelming amount of support from all the people in my home town of West Palm Beach when I published my book and had book signings.
What’s next for you?
I am working on conducting self-awareness workshops in order to help others discover their true purpose, so we may all share joy and lift up the planet. I am also writing a historical fiction book about a young woman from the late 1800’s who was a real go getting during her time and received the first college degree in the State of Georgia, she was a journalist and a teacher. She ran an all girls school here in Atlanta, that Margaret Mitchell attended. Because at the time women were not encouraged to be self sufficient or educated. Her efforts helped women in Georgia have a way to earn a living. So I think that is a very gutsy and brave way to live from that time period in the U.S.
Can you share your top 3 #booktips.
1) Self-Perception Activity
Try to sit in a quiet place and visualize your dreams.
See your perfect world. Assemble images that depict an ideal world for you.
These images represent how you see yourself. After you have an album of images, see how much better you feel by changing it to reflect your inner happiness. See how specific changes to the album reflect your feelings. Pay attention to your inner discourse and journal it. It will assist you in clarifying your needs and thereby knowing yourself better.
2) Creating Space
Create space in your daily life that brings you to awareness.
This can be done through affirmations, meditation or even by the practice of recognizing the commitments in your life. It forces us to review our responsibility to ourselves and others with calmness and patience prior to any issues arising. We then see what may cause a problem later on in the day or month and we can reconcile it.
Self-care is most important because in order to care for others we must be happy and healthy. If not, we cannot fulfil our commitments to our family, friends and colleagues.
Put your needs first by recognizing them.Then put those needs ahead of any other.
What is it that starts your day off on the right foot? A cup of coffee on the porch, a walk in the park, meditating for five minutes? Do it. Like being thirsty for water, being thirsty in your soul can lead to unhappiness. Consider how your continued unhappiness affects others in your life. This is being self aware. Practicing self-care leads to enhanced energy and greater happiness.
How can people connect with you online and find out more about your book?
You can find me online at:
Website – https://snefzgerpr.wordpress.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/SNefzgerPR
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