1. Tell us about yourself.
First of all, we’d like to say just how grateful we are to have connected with you! We love connecting with people who are also looking for a deeper, more soulful experience of life. It’s a pleasure to be sharing this journey with so many others who are listening to – and following – their souls’ whispers in such loving ways.
We’re a happily married couple who live in Oregon with our three cats. We work together from home – writing spiritual books and blogs, creating personal-growth ecourses, connecting with soulful communities, and enjoying our lives together. We also love walking on the beach, singing, watching Abraham DVDs, and playing backgammon.
Life hasn’t always been so soulful, loving, or fun for us, though. We’ve both had our share of dead-end jobs (many of which involved cubicles), unsatisfying relationships, and periods of spiritual skepticism and dissatisfaction. But we always felt that there was something more – something deeper, more meaningful, and more loving. A big part of our life-puzzle was completed when we met, but in some ways our journey was just beginning. Over the past few years, our external lives have begun to catch up with our internal lives – as we’re able to devote more and more time to our spiritual journey…and to sharing this journey with others!
2. Was there a special event that led you to this career path?
The first big turning point in our career path came shortly after we got married in 2004, when we decided to quit our jobs and start a handmade gift company. To be honest, our initial motivation was to be together as much as possible! But over the years, we found that our business also enabled us to inspire, to connect deeply with others, and to share our own souls in creative ways. This began in small ways, such as adding original affirmations and writing prompts to our handmade journals, which led to our Soulful Journals series. The positive response to these books inspired us to do even more soulful writing – which we’ve continued through our blogs, ecourses, communities, and now our first collaborative book.
3. What inspired you to start the book project "365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul"?
It started in perhaps the least likely way – by doing our taxes! In the midst of going through the endless stacks of paper and methodically entering each item into a spreadsheet, we came across a receipt from several years back. We pulled it out of the pile – wondering how it ended up there. We were just about to toss it aside and get back to the taxes when we noticed something scribbled on the back. It turned out to be a seedling for this book idea!
Before going to sleep that night, we asked for more clarity regarding our next step. When we woke up, we received this fully formed idea – a collaborative book with one tip for each day of the year about how you can connect with that deeper part of you – that pure, loving part that’s connected to All That Is.
We were so excited about it but weren’t sure if anyone else would be. But we felt such a strong calling that we decided to let our soul lead the way – and we began sharing our idea. Almost immediately the first contributors started signing up, and before long over 200 others had joined us. We were absolutely elated that others shared in this vision!
4. What do you want readers to get from this book?
We would love for readers to see that connecting with your soul doesn’t have to be hard work or solemn drudgery – it can be easy and fun! We also want to show that there isn’t one and only one “right” way to connect with your soul – there are hundreds of soulful possibilities! This is why it’s so wonderful that we have authors from all over the world sharing such a wide array of soulful techniques and topics – including meditation, creativity, gratitude, self-care, and so much more. This way, when you read the book, you get to survey the many possibilities and gravitate toward the ones that feel best to you!
5. Do you have a healing affirmation or message that you would like to share with readers?
While we acknowledge that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” practice or message that’s right for everybody, we would encourage everyone to schedule some “soul time” each day – time away from the to-do list, time away from others, time where you can be still and simply BE. You can use this time to meditate, journal, or do any soulful practice that calls to you. (And if you’re not sure where to start, you can always turn to the “365” book for suggestions!)
6. How can people learn more about your book and pick up their own copies?
The book officially launches on November 17, at which time people can find it on Amazon. In the meantime, you can learn more at www.365waystoconnectwithyoursoul.com, where you can see some of the topics covered, see the list of contributors, and get a preview of all the bonus gifts (over 100 freebies – including meditations, ebooks, and courses – all offered by the book’s contributors).
You can also connect with us on Facebook (where we’ll be having a launch party on Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. PST – we hope to see you there!)
Thank you again to everyone who is helping to share this message about connecting with your soul…and to everyone who is living their lives soulfully! We are so grateful to the beauty and love you are adding to our lives and to the world!