Coffee and Chat with Author Alison Wheeler

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What is your book called and what is it about?

My book is called Living From the Inside Out: How to Become a Modern-day Wonder Woman.

Most of us know that success and satisfaction is an inside game. The book is about the inside game and ensuring that how you feel and what you do on the inside are producing the results you want for yourself, and being able to fully express yourself in your life the way you want. You deserve this.

Tell us more about you.

I am a mum, wife, business owner, occupational therapist, athlete and trained coach. I love empowering others to be all they can be. I am a wellness advocate, as I really believe health is wealth and when we feel good about ourselves, we do better. I love Bikram yoga, weight training, the outdoors and learning.

I am a Kiwi and I moved to Australia in 2003. I live on the Gold Coast with my family – I have an amazing husband and beautiful 13-year-old daughter.

One of my goals in life is to inspire others through my action.

What is your favourite quote?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” – Marianne Williamson

What is your favourite book?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – finding your purpose and future in life and achieving your dreams spoke to me.

What is your favourite podcast at the moment?

The Diary of a CEO with Steve Bartlett. Watching people succeed and listening to their stories, particularly as they are inspiring others through action as I aim to do, is something I appreciate immensely.

Who is your role model?

Grant and Elena Cardone; I find their drive and success, through building a business on helping others, motivating and inspirational.

Who in your life has inspired you the most and why?

There are several people who have inspired me throughout life – my dad and his resilience; my mum and her love; some of their great athletes and their grit; and Oprah, as a brilliant female entrepreneur.

What is your coffee order?

I always get a decaf latte with almond milk.

Pet peeves?

People chewing with their mouth open!

What inspired you to write this book?

I felt a burning desire to help others who may have reached 40+ and gone, “Wow, I am not who I want to be” or “This is not what I thought life was going to be like” – I want to inspire them to make a change and take control of their lives to achieve their dreams.

How did you find the process of writing and publishing your book?

It was really confronting to think through, relive and get clear on my story and my words. However, it was also so humbling and I loved it – it was a very fulfilling process.

What surprised you most about the writing process?

I was surprised by learning more about myself and my standards. It was illuminating to dive into my voice and my beliefs so much more deeply.

What do you hope the reader gets from reading this book?

I hope that my book helps people to feel inspired to create a life they love and that it gives them the ability and tools to express themselves authentically in the world.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book but doesn’t know how?

Go for it – be prepared. It will be confronting, it will be humbling, it will make you relive your experiences and reflect on where you have been and how far you have come. You will need to dedicate time to writing a book; it is not a five-minute task.

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