When I look back, I cannot believe the fear I had in writing my first book. Today I wish that I had written it sooner.
After spending many years working and building my retail business in the United Kingdom, I found myself at a certain point in life where I began to ask, what's next for me? What is my real goal in life and what truly makes me happy? I was living a dual life, balancing between working in my shoe store and then on weekends escaping to the world of spirituality and attending workshops on holistic healing.
Finally, in 2007, I was brave enough to choose my own path; I sold my business and began to create for myself an esoteric coaching system to help guide others in finding their true purpose in life. Because of my business MBA background, my holistic training and my doctorate in metaphysics, I found I could bridge all of these worlds.
However, trying to explain what I did was a challenge, and trying to stand out in the marketplace was a bigger challenge. Clients would not be able to explain what I did, they simply said, "Amanda helped me change my world for the better and help me understand myself and purpose."
I asked myself how I could change this; my methods of coaching were unusual but effective, and I pondered and reflected.
In 2008, I was working in a business development on the Honduran island of Roatán. The mosquitos were in their busy season and I was hiding out in my room. I began to write short stories about the various places I had visited, the Middle East, the USA, Central America.
I found myself using the writing to have a conversation, almost a personal coaching experience with myself. Sometimes I wanted to laugh and sometimes to cry. Relationships ending, businesses changing, shifting homes—on these topics alone, I wrote nearly 80,000 words. I had found a method of expression, which allowed me to really get my feelings and experiences down on paper. Later I would turn this into a novel, Chasing Karma in High Heels. A first attempt had brought so much clarity and clearing of old ways, thoughts, and negative energy.