Thursday, May 11, 2017

Interview with wellness strategist Dawn Burnett

Wellness strategist Dawn Burnett joins me today to chat about her new self-help book, Connect, How to Know If He’s Really Your Man.

During her virtual book tour, Dawn will be awarding a digital copy of her book to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too.

Dawn Burnett (Orlando, Florida) is founder of A New Dawn Natural Solutions and the co-host of the radio show Wake Up and Listen. She provides wellness strategies to those who are frustrated with their current health situations and are ready to embrace alternative healing solutions, healing their bodies—and their lives—from the inside out. She has an impressive roster of television and speaking appearances including Fox, ABC and TBN, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Dawn is the author of True Confessions of the Heart and is co-author of Jack Canfield's The Road to Success, Vol. 2.

Please share a little bit about your current release.
Blurb: Wellness strategist Dawn Burnett has an impressive track record for helping people unlock better health and greater vitality. Like all of us, however, she has had a life filled with highs and lows. The child of divorced parents and a survivor of abuse, she was in a toxic marriage and then, just after her divorce, was hit by a drunk driver. These events, and the discovery that her son had a life-threatening condition, led her to a wake-up call. Studying to become an alternative medical practitioner to heal her child, she also sought answers on how to heal her own life. Along the way, she charted a course to ultimate wellness on a path filled with valuable lessons, deep wisdom, and insight on a variety of issues—including personal relationships. She recognized that becoming trapped by the toxic emotions of our past can weigh down our spirit and sabotage any chance we have at happiness today or in the future.

The result is Connect, a light but powerful little book that provides humorous yet effective ways to address key issues facing serious relationships. Filled with personal, engaging stories, complemented by captivating illustrations, it reveals: the pitfalls of dating in the digital age; the many ways we unintentionally sabotage our relationships; why we find ourselves choosing mates from the never-ending 'carousel of losers'; and how we judge ourselves—and others—without mercy. The antidote is a simple, empowering plan readers can implement themselves to heal their own hearts, pinpoint their true dreams and desires, and find meaningful and lasting bonds with their partners — whether they have already met or are still looking. This amazing little book is big on success, and will help readers finally attain what they outwardly say they want—without the emotional resistance associated with trying to change their partner. Learn more.

What inspired you to write this book?
After years of dating and witnessing the dysfunction and disconnect that exists along with having complete strangers off load on me about their dating disasters as if I was a columnist for a popular dating newspaper, I decided to write Connect, How to Know If He’s Really Your Man and supply an informative yet humorous guide for making sense of relationships and finding the right guy.

Excerpt from Connect, How to Know If He’s Really Your Man:
It has been said that 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce, and the divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. Most people are surprised by the second part of that statement because they think that they’d learn from the first bad experience, that they’d found a Mr. Wrong disguised as a Mr. Right. Unfortunately, most people just find a carbon copy of Mr. Wrong and find themselves in court again.

Are you one of those women dragging around the over-stuffed suitcase of bad yesterdays into tomorrow? Are you standing there, scratching your head, wondering why your luggage no longer fits in that overhead compartment?

If you are, you need to do some serious weeding out. You need to heal your past before you can move forward—or before you know it your “wheels” will start popping off.

You also need to carefully consider the men with whom you might consider dating, and find out what baggage they might be carrying. I once connected with a guy online who had been pursuing me. Many women who have a favorable online chat experience go to what they see as the next step—a face-to-face meeting. I have a policy, however, to talk on the phone with a guy before I meet him. This situation in particular drove home why I do this, thank goodness!

So slap on that spandex and get moving. Let your body flow, and soon you’ll be seeing clearly and the merry-go-round will come to a stop. Then it’s your choice to get off of it.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I am working on a series for Connect only this time it’s about friendship.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer in 2011 when I wrote and published my memoir True Confessions of the Heart, Out of an Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks.

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?
I am an active contributing writer for Huff Post. There is a lot of work that goes into writing the articles especially recent ones as I have turned the theme from connecting within to how we disconnect outside and then reconnect at a deeper spiritual level. I have had the honor of interviewing Kim Tranell former editor for seventeen magazine and current Deputy Editor of Choices, an award-winning health and life skills magazine for teens, as well as top spiritual leaders, gurus and natural healers. Careful research goes into forming the right questions as well as time, focus and razor sharp listening skills, as it’s important when quoting to never take an expert’s words out of context. Just as anything in life writing is a commitment and it requires discipline.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My most interesting writing quirk is even when I plan things out, my writing will often take a turn I didn’t expect, like the humorous dating poems at the end of each chapter in Connect.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be someone who positively impacted the world. I am and will continue to do my best to make that happen.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Life is a journey not a destination. What ever it is you are seeking in life don’t give up, keep the faith, dream big, take action and believe in you. I appreciate each and every one of you.


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