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Nina Norstrom Author Interview

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall? you help readers probe their thoughts & emotions to uncover their self-concepts and provide tools to reshape them to live a fulfilling and happy life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Wow, a great question! There were many reasons which compelled me to write this book. I’ll give you the twofold answer.

Briefly, I’ll speak on the ‘awakening (i.e, the beautiful awakening) moment’─ where I’d been and the new person I had become.

Revisiting my journey, I recalled all those broken pieces I’d lost along the way; while leaving that little girl inside me in pain. Abusing her so badly, a lot of my self-concepts were lost and scattered, e.g., self-worth; self-confidence; self-forgiveness; self-dignity; self-esteem; self-love; and other self-dimensions. I was like that Humpty Dumpty broken in pieces. I’d fallen down hard and needed help to get back up. I had to go back to pick up those broken pieces and start the work on “self.” Intitally, it was an extremely difficult challenge, but I never gave up. The struggle began having to rid self of those negative thoughts, figuring out all that was lost, and backtracking to pick up the pieces.

First and foremost, I had to forgive myself before I could move forward and begin the journey to “fixing self.” Once I put the energy and hard work into nurturing self, I saw a complete transformation. I’ve gained an appreciation for the use of affirmations, as well. There I was a new me ─ feeling different inside and out. Making that transformation equated with hard work and positive results. That’s when a light flickered (it’s book time), How many others have gone through a similar journey?

Originally, I wanted the book to be a companion to my memoir. After speaking with my publisher (Terri Leidich of WriteLife Publishing), we came to the conclusion that no one should have to read my storybook, Not a Blueprint, It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter, to do the work in this activity guide. Unfortunately, there are too many people out there who forfeit themselves through their journey, and don’t know where their self-love falls (i.e., lies). With that realization, we decided I needed to rewrite the material as a stand-alone. In all honesty, I thought it was going to be rather difficult. Yet, the more I’d gotten into the writing the easier it became to structure it.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is struggling on the path to self-love?

I’m a strong believer in self-talk. Many know this talk as ‘those inner voices in the back of our heads that feeds us messages all day long.’ So, what I’d tell them is two-folded, “The use of daily affirmations plays an integral role in self-nurturing, Don’t give up on yourself!”

What is a common obstacle you find many people face when it comes to self-love?

There are several obstacles one faces when showering love on self. The major one which comes to my mind is, “We can always find the time to love on others. Rarely, do we take time out to love ourself. Think about that!”

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Psst! Psst! . . .

Yes, I’m working on something. I’m a huge fan of those “true-life-stories.” That’s right, it’s one of those non-fictions and rather not reveal the full details, as yet. Be assured, it’s not a memoir. But, it’ll be a doozy ─ one that’ll knock your socks off and others’ as well.

To say the least, “It’s an eye-opener; with a splash of humor; and lots of heartbreaking moments.” I can share that much as I’m still pulling the research together.

With this one, there’s lots of research involved, which seems to be endless. At some point, I’ll have to cut it off and get busy with the writing phase.

When it’s ready for release, I’m confident many people will find this story relatable and embraceable with their interactions and what’s happening around society, today. All that’s involved in developing into a storybook, it definitely won’t be a release for this year. That’s for certain!

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In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall? author Nina Norstrom helps us probe into our thoughts and emotions to uncover our self-concepts and gives us tools to reshape them, and in the process learn to fall in love with ourselves, which is the first step in living a fulfilling, happy life.

Readers of The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi, PHD and The Self-Compassion Skill Workbook by Tim Desmond will like Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall?

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall?: A Success Guide to Replace Toxicity with Love takes you on a journey of reflection. How are you living your life? Are you able to achieve your goals within the set time frame? How do you interact with others? Do you love and take care of yourself as you should? Is the environment you are in toxic? These and more questions are answered throughout the book. Nina Norstrom is here to tell the reader to love self, take life gently and make memories. This book has potent affirming power. When feeling low, the author knows which words to use to raise one’s spirits.

I appreciate Nina Norstrom for laying her life bare. The author talks deeply about her personal life and even invites the reader to walk the journey with her. By looking at life through Nina’s eyes, we get to see how beautiful the world is and how much disservice we are doing ourselves by not taking advantage of the good that the universe offers. This book is more than a self-help book. Nina Norstrom will help you grow into a well-rounded individual that will benefit society in many ways. One of the highlights of reading this book was connecting with the author when she narrated some of her experiences.

Certain chapters in the book made me connect deeper with the author. The chapters on toxicity in the work place, living healthy, relationships, emotional wellness, and toxic emotion were my favorites. In these chapters, the author is raw, and candid. The content in these chapters is eye opening and can be uncomfortable for some. By reading the text, I got to think of the toxic situations I was in, and how I probably enabled parties involved to be toxic. Nina Norstrom makes you feel like you matter. Your voice should be heard and your feelings are valid.

The author’s integrity and straightforwardness are a plus. Nina speaks her mind and does not mind. She is also objective in her writing and knows how to deliver a message gently. The author is charming and gives one time to process one piece of information before going to the next. There are multiple lessons in this book but the major lesson is about love. The author extensively writes about love for self, love for family, friends, and the people we interact with on a daily basis. This book will help readers love themselves more.

Pages: 89 | ASIN: B07BFGGM2N

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