Authentically Grounded: A Guided Journal for Unraveling and Soothing Your Soul (Author Interview)

Authentically Grounded looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

Authentically Grounded is a guided journal that provides a unique approach to self-exploration and personal growth. It offers a safe and empowering space for readers to celebrate their strengths, acknowledge their challenges, and connect with their inner selves. Through prompts, self-care practices, and mindfulness exercises, this journal helps individuals delve into their patterns, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, ultimately enabling them to reconnect with their sense of self.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

I am thrilled to share that Authentically Grounded will expand into a series, allowing further exploration and growth beyond the first journal. The upcoming Journals 2 and 3 will build upon the solid foundation in the initial journal, taking readers on a continued journey of self-discovery and personal development. 

Journal 2 will focus on utilizing the insightful wisdom gained from Journal 1 to cultivate healthy relationships and foster meaningful connections. Journal 3 will shift the focus outward, exploring how readers can harness their newfound sense of self, cultivated relationships, and personal and professional growth to create tangible change in the world.

I am passionate about building generational wisdom and growth. Therefore, in addition to the journal series, I am creating resources for children, preteens, and teenagers. Book/journals tailored to these age groups will address their unique challenges and experiences during these transformative years. Through engaging and age-appropriate stories, these books will introduce younger audiences to self-love, worthiness, well-being, and positive thinking. They will provide a supportive framework for personal growth and self-discovery, instilling these empowering messages early on to nurture the next generation's journey toward authenticity and personal fulfillment.

I am genuinely excited about the comprehensive plan that lies ahead. I am committed to providing transformative resources that empower individuals of all ages to embark on their unique paths of self-discovery, growth, and positive change.


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

While every section of Authentically Grounded holds a special place in my heart, I must admit that Section 2, "Embrace your inherent worth," was a profoundly personal and fulfilling experience to write. It allowed me to delve into my journey of self-acceptance, celebrating my imperfections and recognizing my unique value.

Writing about self-love and embracing our worth was uplifting and deeply empowering. It required me to confront my unexamined insecurities, break free from societal expectations, and embrace all aspects of myself. It was a transformative process of digging deep into the core of my being, acknowledging my strengths, and honoring my inherent worthiness.

During the writing process, I had the opportunity to reflect on my journey of self-acceptance, reminding myself that imperfections make us beautifully human. The section became a personal invitation to step into a space of compassion, understanding, and radical self-love.

Writing about embracing inherent worth was a cathartic experience, reminding me of the power we hold within ourselves to rewrite our own narratives and cultivate a deep sense of self-value. I hope this section of the book resonates with readers, guiding them toward embracing their worthiness and inspiring them to live authentically and unapologetically.

Ultimately, Section 2 became a testament to the transformative power of self-love and embracing our unique value, not just for me as the author but anyone who dares to embark on self-discovery.

What inspired the idea for the book?

The inspiration for Authentically Grounded runs deep, stemming from my journey and experiences that have profoundly shaped who I am today. My childhood experiences of feeling "othered" had a profound impact on the trajectory of my life. As I journeyed through my academic years, I couldn't help but notice the pervasive absence of diverse voices and perspectives in the books I read, the historical figures I learned about, and the students I worked alongside. It was a stark realization that some students were given preferential treatment and opportunities solely based on their race, gender, or social status. Although I didn't have the precise language to describe it as "exclusion," I could feel deep within me that something wasn't right. I often felt like an outsider, believing that I needed to change aspects of myself to fit in.

Firmly rooted in my belief in the power of self-awareness and personal growth, I am convinced that we can overcome the divisions that plague our society. By embarking on a journey of self-discovery, we can dismantle the barriers that separate us and build a brighter, more compassionate world. I am dedicated to inspiring individuals to become agents of positive change, driving transformation at both the behavioral and societal levels.

In my work, I often emphasize the importance of knowing ourselves, as it is the foundation for understanding and empathizing with others. The more we deepen our self-awareness, the greater our capacity to know and embrace those around us. By cultivating this understanding, we can collectively pave the way for a world that is marked by compassion, equality, and justice.

I am driven by the belief that every individual has the potential to contribute to this transformative change. Through my work, I seek to empower others to become catalysts for positive societal shifts. Together, we can challenge the status quo, break down barriers, and create a future that celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion.


How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title "Authentically Grounded" holds a profound significance for me, extending beyond its role as a mere book title. It has become the embodiment of my business name and the essence of my purpose.

"Authentically Grounded" encompasses the very essence of the book and its intention. The word "authentic" emphasizes the importance of being true to oneself, embracing our unique qualities, and living in alignment with our deepest values. It speaks to the power of embracing our genuine selves, free from societal expectations or the need to conform.

The word "grounded" holds a multifaceted meaning that resonates deeply within me. It speaks to the need for stability and balance in our lives, but it also goes further. Being grounded means establishing a strong foundation within ourselves, a solid connection with our core being. From this foundation, we can navigate life's challenges with resilience, clarity, and authenticity.

For me, being "Authentically Grounded" is about finding that inner anchor, that deep sense of self that remains unwavering amidst the storms of life. It's about embracing our strengths and vulnerabilities, our light and shadow, and honoring the full spectrum of our human experience. It is a call to cultivate self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-love as we embark on a journey of personal growth and transformation.

The title "Authentically Grounded: A Guided Journal for Unraveling and Soothing Your Soul" is a constant reminder of the importance of staying true to ourselves, finding stability within, and embarking on a soulful exploration to foster personal growth, healing, and self-empowerment. It encapsulates the essence of my business and the deep passion that drives my work to inspire individuals to embrace their authenticity and live a life aligned with their most authentic selves.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Authentically Grounded?

Writing Authentically Grounded was a journey in itself. Amidst the process, I encountered a significant challenge that required careful navigation. Striking the delicate balance between providing guidance and honoring the individuality of each reader was no easy task.

On the one hand, I wanted to offer a structured framework that would guide readers, providing them with tools and prompts to delve deep into their inner selves. Creating a safe and nurturing space where individuals could explore their patterns, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with intention and purpose was essential. I wanted to offer guidance that would spark introspection and facilitate personal growth.

On the other hand, I recognized the immense value of individual interpretation and the unique journeys of each reader. I wanted to honor their autonomy and allow them to explore the prompts and exercises in a way that resonated with their own experiences and needs. Creating space for their interpretations, insights, and epiphanies to emerge organically was crucial.

I sought to strike a harmonious balance between guidance and freedom to navigate this challenge. The prompts and reflective exercises provide a structured foundation, offering a starting point for self-exploration. They acted as gentle guides, inviting readers to reflect on specific themes and aspects of their lives.

However, I intentionally left room for open-ended exploration, understanding that each person's journey is unique and deeply personal. I encourage readers to bring their perspectives, memories, and emotions to the table, allowing their inner wisdom to unfold naturally. By doing so, I aimed to create a space where readers could authentically connect with their own truths and make meaningful and relevant discoveries to their lives.


What do you like to do when not writing?

When I step away from the writing process, I find solace and fulfillment in the company of those who exude authenticity and genuine connection. I am drawn to people who embrace their true selves without needing facades or pretenses. It's a true delight to be in the presence of individuals unafraid to show their vulnerabilities and share their stories without reservation.

In my personal life, one of the most fulfilling experiences is spending quality time with my two children. Engaging in new adventures and explorations with them fills my heart with immense joy. Whether we are venturing into the great outdoors, embracing the beauty of nature, or embarking on exciting new activities, these moments create treasured and cherished memories.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can find out more about my work and stay updated by visiting my website at I also love connecting with readers on social media. You can find me on LinkedIn at and on Instagram at Feel free to reach out and engage with me. I'm always excited to connect with my community and share inspiration and motivation.