Recipes for BEing: The Power of Seven by Dawn Airhart Witte
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Would you like seven power tools to help you sort through life’s twists and turns with grace and ease?
What could you accomplish and dream and create if you had simple self-care tools to call forth whenever you need to?
Welcome to Recipes for BEing:The Power of Seven ~ a book that delves into seven words that help you celebrate living your life of purpose by design ~ kind, grateful, inspired, happy, strong, genuine and love. The co-authors of Recipes for BEing: The Power of Seven live these words and are well-versed in self-care. Their stories and ideas will tune you in, tune you up, and set you on a course for living your BEst life, your way.
Thank you so much for this opportunity to share my work. All of the questions are so fun that it will difficult to only choose a few. I was initially going to answer seven questions because of my seven magical power words but they were all so fun that I answered eight.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers? I think there is a difference between having a big ego and having confidence. I don’t think having a big ego is helpful to anyone in any industry for any reason, but being confident in who you are and what you stand for is essential in everything we do. One of my seven magical power words is “Genuine” and to me that means being true to who you are and expressing that in the world. When we are true to who we are we are able communicate our thoughts and ideas in the world with the understanding that not everyone is going to like what we write or what we do but if we know our purpose we can say, “Thank you for your opinion,” and not let it hurt our hearts while not diminishing other’s points of view.
Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Sometimes. I have a few books that I have started and not finished but I have been writing so much that my reading time has lagged. I do love those books that you just can’t put down
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? When I first had the notion to write “Be…” I thought I wanted to write three books. Since that first book came out, I now have published three more and am working on two more that will be out next year. My writing is about spreading the message of my seven power words; love, kind, strong, inspired, genuine, grateful, and happy. Helping people navigate through this precious gift of life that we have been given and helping them live into their highest potential is my purpose and I truly love being able to do it.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? A few years ago I met the beautiful soul named Laura J. Swan. She is a transformational women’s empowerment coach and she taught me so much. Two lessons I will always credit her for is teaching me to trust my own voice and to set personal boundaries. Those two ideas truly changed my life because I stopped that negative self-talk in my head and also realized that I can’t be everything to everybody all of the time without including myself on that list. I feel this advice applies to all of life and to definitely to writing. Putting one’s thoughts and ideas out into the world can be a little scary but I have learned that even if someone doesn’t understand or agree with my ideas, they are still valid. If my writing can inspire other’s it’s not my business if someone else doesn’t like it.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? I absolutely adore animals and love them all but DOGS? They are undoubtedly my soul mates. Last year I went on a Shamanic retreat where we called upon our spirit animals. I know not everyone believes but I do. The spirit animal that came to me was a silverback gorilla. That made so much sense to me because I have always had a strong love for monkeys and gorillas. I am convinced that the reason for my strong affinity for them is because they are indeed my spirit animals.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? I absolutely do. I hope my writing inspires others to live into their own purpose while putting more love and kindness into the world. Love and kIndness is the highest teaching of all great religions and being able to share that way of being with others is very spiritual to me.
Do you Google yourself? I do google myself to see what comes up every once in a while. I like to see how far my reach extends because I want to touch as many lives as I possibly can. It has been a very thrilling journey. I have heard from people around the world who have told me that my books have inspired them. That is the highest praise I could every receive.
What is your favorite childhood book? I have always loved to read and if I have to only choose one author, I would definitely say that I love all things Dr. Seuss. His messages are so beautiful and powerful. I still get goosebumps each time I read, “That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and “The Sneetches” are two of my very favorites of his books because of the profound messages of love and acceptance in them.
Do you believe in writer’s block? (DO NOT ask whether they’ve had writer’s block). I do believe in writer’s block but I also believe that everything happens in divine timing, so if I am not feeling in a creative mental space then I give myself a break from writing and tackle something else until I am feeling inspired. I believe that we will bring out the best in ourselves and others when we come at everything from a place of inspiration.
About the author: Dawn Airhart Witte is the Founder and Director of the Desire to Inspire Foundation, the co-founder of I Give On The Givers Marketplace, a Life Mastery Consultant with the Life Mastery Institute, an international speaker, philanthropist, humanitarian, and author of the book, “Be…”
25% of the Be Tour and Be Tour Product proceeds will be donated to the Desire to Inspire Foundation. (www.desiretoinspirefoundation.org)
Being a mom is her proudest role and title. Because of he great love for children she started the Desire to Inspire Foundation which provides children around the world with a mother’s love and care. A philanthropist from an early age, Dawn’s company I Give On, began with her passion for fundraising and the nonprofit sector, while supporting businesses and artists who generously donate to worthy causes. Her steadfast resolve in eradicating hunger and extreme poverty is one of her greatest passions and driving forces.
Her lifelong appreciation for community involvement earned her the honor of the Glendale News Press’s “One of the 103 Most Influential People in the Foothills.” Dawn served two terms as Public Works Commissioner for the City of La Canada Flintridge, California, and two terms as President of the National Charity League-Los Angeles Founder Chapter (NCL-LA). Raising her daughters, Taylor and Carrington, is her proudest accomplishment.