Today Writer’s Zen welcomes author Robin Marvel as our guest. Robin is the author of several books focusing on self development and self-esteem. Her newest book, Life Check, contains inspirational tips and steps to improve the quality of anyone’s life.
Robin, you are very open about your less than perfect childhood and you own up to how with your own choices you were a teen mother. You don’t use your past to place the blame on anyone else. With your inner strength and the convictions you have, you chose not to repeat the cycles you grew up with. You’ve succeeded and you use your life to encourage and inspire others. You’re now a motivational speaker (getting busier month by month!) and you’re a published author with five books.
What was it that gave you the courage to break free from your past and step out into new territory?
My courage to break out of my past and into new territory really came from the desire to live a better life than I grew up in. I made the choice to not repeat the pattern because I wanted more for myself and especially for my own children.
How did you discover that you wanted to write your first book?
I discovered I wanted to write my first book because I homeschool my five daughters and I wanted to give them something that focused on building strong self-esteem and something that was really hands on so they had to be involved with the empowerment of their own lives. I searched for a book but I was unable to find what I was looking for so I decided to write it!
Did your writing lead you into speaking? Or, your speaking into writing?
My writing inspired my speaking. I started doing hands-on workshops that get people up and active in their own empowerment. I am all about getting people on their feet, having fun while adding confidence and personal strength!
I see that helping the homeless is one of your passions. You frequently post about food drives and outreach programs that you’re involved in. How did this mission become important to you?
Helping the homeless is a huge passion of mine. It is so important to me because growing up we were homeless many times and I made the decision when I was in 3rd grade that I would be a helping hand for the homeless. My goal is not just be a hand out but a hand up by teaching confidence, self-esteem and worth to the homeless. Giving them a reason to start believing in themselves so they will see and live their potential. Sometimes people just need a reminder to realize how amazing they really are and that they deserve a great life.
If people aren’t near your local area, are there ways that your readers and followers can help you in your pursuits there?
Everyone can be of help in their own areas as well in my missions. I take donations for the IMPACT kits we supply to the homeless. The most important way people can help in by taking action in their own areas. Be the change!
Do you have any advice to encourage people in ways to reach out to their own local community to help others in need?
The best advice to those who want to help is to take action! You have to get out there and get involved. There are so many small ways to help those in need. Never underestimate what you can do. Just dropping food off at your local pantry helps put food on someone’s table. Stop talking and start doing!
In your most recent book, Life Check, you have 7 Steps to Balance Your Life.
* Rock the boat
* Leave your baggage
* Raise the bar
* Push the limits
* Setting life in motion
* Lose sight of the shore
* Live today to create tomorrow
If you had to choose one to implement over all the others, which one would you choose?
It is hard to just choose one because they are all so powerful in the balancing of your life! They work hand in hand.
What would you like us to know about Life Check?
Life Check is written for everyday people that the world belongs to, the people like you and I who are working every day to live passionately and to experience a life full of happiness, success and joy. It provides many tried and true methods that I learned the hard way- you know, the old school was of trial and error. Now I want to share them with you so you can skip the trial and error, wasting no time and start to experience joy, passion and happiness in your daily living.
Where can people find you and your books?
Robin, thank you for joining us today and sharing your heart with us. You’re a phenomenal woman and I’m glad that our lives have crossed in this life. Keep living, loving, growing, and inspiring us all.
Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to share with you. Keep Being Amazing!!