Be... A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design (Author Interview)

Be… A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design looks like a great journal planner.  What sets this one apart from others?  We incorporated a variety of elements into our Coloring Journal Planner to create something that we would absolutely LOVE to use. We have included inspiring quotes, anecdotes, beautiful coloring pages and journaling prompts to help people, “Celebrate living a life of purpose by design,” using our seven words; love, kindness, grateful, inspired, strong, genuine, and happy. Seven words that each of us can choose to BE every day.
What will readers get out of your book?    We hope to give readers a place where they can plan their schedules while recording and celebrating their accomplishments every day.  This planner is a workbook to help readers gain deeper insights into the things that make them come alive, things that they would love to have more of in their lives so that they too can live their happiest and most fulfilling lives full of purpose. And lastly, we want this journal to help others recognize the myriad of miracles that each day has to offer.

What inspired you when writing/creating Be… A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design   My daughters and the children I love from around the world inspire me in everything I write and all that I do.  The world is inundated with bad news in a never ending 24/7 news cycle. It can oftentimes feel like we live in a terribly scary and hopeless world. While I know that ugly realities do exist, I also see so much goodness.  I believe that we all have the power to change the world and I want my books to be a reminder of that.  As Steve Jobs so beautifully stated, “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.” 
When did you decide to become a writer?  I have always loved books and a few years ago I decided to write a book of advice for my daughters.  I wanted them to understand that we don’t always get to choose our circumstance or condition, but we do get to choose who we want to BE in the world.   I wanted them to always know that whoever they choose to "BE" in the world will come back to them; that everyone's life has challenges and being strong will help them persevere. I wanted them to understand the importance of being grateful for the life they have, to be inspired so that they can share their great passions with the world, and to realize that kindness and love are currencies more valuable than money. I wanted them to always know to be true to who they are and genuine about who that is in the world. And I wanted them to choose happiness, because it puts a special energy into the world that brings about even more joy as it spreads.  My greatest hope is to be able to inspire my daughters and others to “BE the change they wish to see.”
When writing/creating Be… A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   Creating this planner was a labor of love and inspiration for me.  I can’t think of one part of the process that was a challenge because it seemed truly effortless.  I love collaborating with Deborah Louise Brown, my co-creator, editor, and dear friend because we inspire one another, we both believe in the power of love and kindness and we both want to share our passions and experiences to help others live happy lives full of purpose and meaning.

How did you come up with the concepts and ideas in Be… A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design?   The idea of creating the planner was inspired by my book, “Be…” I have always loved to read the teachings of great thinkers and thought leaders throughout history. Great minds whose words and ideas have changed the world. I wanted to share the thoughts and ideas of people like Jesus, Buddha, and the Dalai Lama to great writers and philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Mark Twain to inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mother Teresa and John F. Kennedy to name just a few. All of these people have left indelible legacies that inspire us to this day by their commitment to purpose, their vision, and their determination to make the world a better place for all.

What do you like to do when not writing? When not writing I absolutely love the work I do with my foundation.  It feels wrong to call it “work” because improving the lives of the children I know and love around the world brings me more fulfillment than anything else I could possibly ever do.  It is an honor and privilege to be able to spread great love, kindness, and inspiration to others.  When not working towards inspiring the world I love spending time with my family, my friends, and my beautiful pets, preferably at the beach but anywhere with those I love will do very nicely.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?  Readers can follow us on Facebook and Instagram at The Desire to Inspire Foundation and on our website at