One Hundred Daffodils: Finding Beauty, Grace, and Meaning When Things Fall Apart
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What is your book about?
An engaging, wise, and uplifting reflection on human resilience and nature’s ability to teach, inspire, and heal, One Hundred Daffodils is told through the lens of the author’s personal experiences with grief and heartbreak on her journey toward self-discovery and empowerment. Confronted at midlife with a major life upheaval, the author sensed she could not reinvent herself from the same consciousness she currently inhabited. From this place of surrender and one core question, “How can we ever know another person, if we do not truly know ourselves”, she turned to a dedicated study of Jungian Psychology, a deep dive into global spiritual practices, and communion with the divine in nature. Written with uncommon honesty, One Hundred Daffodils is a book whose words, like those of a trusted friend, are often raw, frequently funny, reliably uplifting, sometimes painfully familiar, and always vulnerable, honest and wise. Like Hermann Hesse, Walt Whitman, and Mary Oliver before her, the author uses nature as a metaphor, sanctuary, and sage teacher. It is a contemporary yet timeless story of a woman’s transformation through her search for meaning, identity, and purpose.
What inspired you to write your book?
My book began as journal entries, and as essays to myself. It slowly began to emerge as a book when people encourages me to share them.
If you have a business related to your book, tell us about it:
I have owned a boutique landscape design firm for 22 years, but now I am mostly speaking about the personal growth topics touched on in One Hundred Daffodils.
What is a typical day like for you?
I have no typical days. My life and my schedule are both organic and fluid, and I love it that way.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I love living in a state of creation, whether it is in design or in writing. I love to create beauty, and do that in as many ways as I can.
What are some favorite books you’d recommend to our readers?
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers; Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis.
What advice do you have to offer our readers?
There is always more good available to you than you might think there is. Hold the vision of your dream and keep taking the next step in that direction. Trust your heart, and do not let the discouraging voices in your head, or in your life prevail. Fear masquerades as a friend.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That most of my earliest words were spoken in Navajo. When I was a toddler and beginning to speak, my family couldn’t understand most of what I was trying to say. They realized that our nanny, who was Native American, was teaching me Navajo. She could understand me perfectly well!
What’s next for you?
One Hundred Daffodils was released at the crisis peak of the pandemic, so it needs a little extra love and support in its early days, which it is my pleasure to give it. Once this book is established, I plan to write another that is similar in literary style with different challenges addressed.