Stop Living For The Weekend: Finding Joy In Every Day (Author Interview)

What inspired you to write your book?

The inspiration behind writing this book was a personal journey of transformation. For years, I was caught in a cycle of living only for the weekends, missing out on the beauty and joy each day holds. Recognizing the importance of embracing everyday moments, I embarked on a quest to reshape my perspective and find fulfillment in the present. I'm passionate about sharing these revelations with readers and guiding them toward a more gratifying and purpose-driven existence. This book recounts my pursuit of everyday happiness, and I hope it will inspire others to do the same.

Who (type of reader) did you write the book for?

This book is for all readers, especially those who yearn for a more fulfilling and joyful life. If you've ever found yourself caught in the routine of waiting for the weekends to truly live or seeking a way to infuse your everyday existence with purpose and happiness, then this book is tailored just for you. Whether you're navigating the challenges of a demanding career, balancing family responsibilities, or simply desiring to embrace the beauty of each day, this book provides insights and guidance to help you create a life of greater purpose and meaning.

What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

I hope this book inspires readers with renewed sense of purpose and a deeper appreciation for the beauty and opportunities each day holds. Life is short, and I desire readers to find inspiration and practical guidance to break free from the cycle of simply existing and start truly living. I want them to discover the power of small changes, daily practices, and mindset shifts that can lead to greater joy, fulfillment, and a more meaningful life. Through the stories, reflections, and lessons this book shares, I aim to empower readers to embrace their unique journey, prioritize what truly matters, and uncover the pockets of joy that await them every day.

How did you decide on your book's title and cover design?

My book's title and cover design was deeply influenced by my personal experiences and the message I wanted to convey to readers. Sunsets hold a special significance to me as they serve as a powerful reminder to appreciate the beauty of the present moment and the opportunities each day brings. This connection between sunsets and gratitude inspired the cover design, which features a captivating sunset scene.

The book's title, "Stop Living for The Weekend," reflects a sentiment that resonated with me deeply. I realized that for many years, I had been caught up in a cycle of only truly living during weekends and special occasions, missing out on the joy that could be found in everyday moments. This realization drove my desire to share my journey and insights with others, helping them break free from this pattern.

In essence, the title and cover design were carefully chosen to encapsulate the book's central theme: the importance of embracing each day, finding joy in the ordinary, and moving beyond the mindset of existing solely for the weekends.

How long did it take you to write the book?

Writing this book has been a meaningful and transformative journey that spanned over the course of three years. Most of the book was written during a period of bedrest during my pregnancy. This unexpected pause in my daily routine gave me a unique opportunity to reflect, ponder, and pour my thoughts onto the pages. It was during this time of stillness and introspection that the book's core messages began to take shape.

Were their experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?

Absolutely, my personal life and career experiences have played a significant role in shaping the content and insights shared in this book. As a teacher, I gained a deep understanding of the importance of finding joy in everyday moments. The challenges and rewards of working with students taught me valuable lessons about embracing change, cultivating resilience, and appreciating small victories.

Moreover, becoming a parent opened my eyes to the profound impact of time and presence. Balancing the demands of motherhood with my other roles highlighted the need to prioritize and savor the moments that truly matter. These experiences underscored the significance of the book's message – to stop merely existing and start truly living.

Additionally, the journey of writing this book became part of its narrative. The moments of doubt, the victories, and the challenges I encountered throughout the writing process allowed me to empathize with readers who may be embarking on their own paths of self-discovery.

Ultimately, my personal life and career experiences served as both a wellspring of inspiration and a foundation of relatability, enabling me to craft a book that speaks to the universal pursuit of happiness, purpose, and fulfillment.

What scene or section did you have the most fun writing?

One of the most enjoyable sections was "Embracing the Unexpected: Finding Joy in Surprises." In this section, I shared personal anecdotes of moments when unexpected events or situations turned out to be delightful surprises. I recounted stories of unplanned moments of joy.

Writing about these experiences allowed me to relive those joyful and surprising moments and share them with readers. It was particularly fun to reflect these surprises have added vibrancy and depth to my life. Sharing these stories reinforced the book's central message of embracing life's unpredictability and finding happiness in unexpected twists and turns. It was a great reminder that some of life's most cherished moments come from the unscripted and unforeseen.

What challenges did you overcome in the writing this book? 

One challenge was finding the right balance between personal anecdotes and universal themes. While I wanted the book to be deeply rooted in my own experiences, I also aimed to make it relatable and applicable to many readers. Striking that balance required careful thought to ensure that the stories and reflections resonated with readers beyond my own perspective.

If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

This book will change lives! 

Today, far too many individuals battle depression, stress, anxiety, and an inability to find true happiness. It's my mission to transform this narrative. Life is short, and this book is a compelling reminder that happiness should be paramount. I'm committed to fostering a true joy and fulfillment culture.

It's not just a book; it's a life-changing companion that can guide you toward a brighter, more purposeful life.

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