Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Interview with author Tisha Morris - Feng Shui Blog Tour
Today I welcome Tisha Morris to Reviews and Interviews. Tisha is a certified life coach, feng shui consultant, energy healer, and author. Her passion is healing spaces by blending traditional feng shui techniques and interior design aesthetics with healing energy. In doing so, not only does the space undergo a transformation, but all those who occupy and encounter the space as well.
Tisha, welcome to Reviews and Interviews as part of your virtual book tour for 27 Things to Feng Shui Your Home.
Please tell us about your current release.
The title is 27 Things to Feng Shui Your Home. It is inspired by a Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to change your life, move 27 things in your home.” This proverb speaks to the power of just how interrelated our energy is with the energy of our home.
I selected the 27 things that I have seen make the most impact on either me or my clients, ranging from aspects of de-cluttering to traditional feng shui techniques. The 27 things are arranged in a logical order for someone who feels overwhelmed and doesn’t know where to begin with improving their home. That being said, anyone can pick up the book, flip to a page, and jump in.
What inspired you to write this book?
For my very first Feng Shui workshop, I prepared endlessly and provided my participants with tons of great information and inspiration. At the very end, one woman raised her hand and said, “What should we do first?” I thought that was such a great question and it became the cornerstone of my future workshops and then the inspiration for this book. Many of us are overwhelmed with where to begin. I wanted this book to be an easy, logical, and organized way to understand such a right-brain concept to apply it in their home without being overwhelmed.
What kind of research do you do to make your book realistic?
The information in my book came together through a hodgepodge of resources – from my experiences with clients to my background in interior design and knowledge of feng shui. I do reference several of my favorite feng shui authors as well. Like most people in service-related businesses, you learn more from your clients than anyone. I have therefore used several of my clients’ stories as examples in the book.
Did anything in the writing of this book come as a surprise to you?
I had been working on a different feng shui book for years and then out of nowhere 27 Things manifested. So many times we put a lot of energy into something. It comes back to us, but in a completely different form and even better than we could have imagined. With 27 Things, it was so effortless that I don’t really even remember writing it. I do remember becoming quite a fixture at my local coffee shop. Then six months later when I picked up the advanced copy to read it, I thought, “Wow, this is really good.”
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was in 8th grade, I wanted to be a writer. I later decided that becoming an attorney would be the best way to give me writing credentials while making a decent living. What I didn’t plan on was . . . not liking the practice of law. So for the ten years following my first law job, I went on a self-discovery journey -- from interior design school to teaching yoga -- to figure out what I really wanted to do from my heart instead of my head. Now those ten years have come full circle, resulting in all aspects of myself – the attorney, the interior designer, the energy healer, and the author – coming together as part of my life purpose.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, I’m not sure that I consider myself a writer even now. I think of myself as a healer and use books as one of my mediums in which to reach people. We all have different strengths through which we express ourselves and to reach an audience. For me, and at least for now, it is through the written word.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Writing provides a great mix to my typical work day. I tend to get bored easily so my typical day usually involves a blend of seeing clients, blogging, graphic design, networking, and meditation. I wish I could say that I have a structured writing time, but being a moody Cancer, the weather seems to dictate my writing schedule more than anything else. Unless, of course, there is a deadline looming!
Thank you so much for your time. Best wishes with your book and thank you for talking about feng shui.
Tisha is based in Nashville, TN with most of her services available in-person or distance at www.tishamorris.com
Tisha's next blog tour stop is tomorrow at The Wheel of Life Podcast with Shelagh Jones