Meet The Author – Althea Bates
Tell us a little bit about yourself and background.
As a spirit led woman, empowerment leader I act in confidence with everything I do because I know that God has a calling over my life. To produce works and fulfill this ministry of encouraging and empowering women in areas of resiliency and self-care. However, I was not always this confident. Majority of my life, I lived in fear. I was afraid of stepping out and fulfilling Gods purpose for my life. Fear of being judged by others. Fear of leading others when I thought I wasn’t worthy enough based on the mistakes I made in my life. Fear of people always seeing me based on my past and not seeing anymore in me.
My lowest point was in 2009 God shared with me that he would allow me to experience brokenness in all facets and areas of my life. He severed ties with long-time friends, he severed ties with the person I had been dating, he severed ties with my finances being out of work for a year, he severed ties with my mobility through breaking two of my legs. God shared with me that he wanted to use me to talk with women about resiliency and self-care. I began to take my physical, mental and emotional break and allow GOD to take control over that year of my life. I took time to meditate, pray, and he began to work on my self-esteem and shared with me the meaning of true love, agape love and that I was worth being loved despite my mistakes. I found my confidence in sharing my resiliency story with others via writing, speaking and talking with other women.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
The title derived from the format of the book. The layout is like the flight plan for a trip from Pre-Resiliency-Deciding to Travel. Buy the ticket and finally boarding the flight. Preparing for the final departure and lift-off. Which mean to focus on getting to the destination of one’s own resiliency process hence the title “Destination Resiliency.” The title of the book “Destination Resiliency” means that you have done the work to increase your levels of resiliency while administering an ongoing self-care plan.
My lowest point was in 2009 God shared with me that he would allow me to experience brokenness in all facets and areas of my life.
What made you sit down and decide to write your book?
The decision to write this book was a desire to support other women, addressing and validating our mental, physical and emotional needs. Especially women of color to be better partners, friends, family members as well as contributing members of our society. As a former bag lady turned resiliency coach many times we hold our baggage close because of the stories we have told ourselves. I was comforted by the hurt, pain, anger, etc., yet understanding how to own my baggage, claim my baggage. Then when I released my baggage, it allowed me to no longer to hold back, my purpose and I wanted this for others as well hence the creation of this book.
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
Resiliency is under your own control. Resiliency transforms trials into triumphs, victims into survivors, and hardships into challenges. Most of all, resiliency is a choice we all have to make at some point to change our thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions of obstacles to opportunities to overcome. As a consultant, author, resiliency coach, motivational speaker, trainer, and a leader in the area of girls and women; I understand the varying areas of personal development that many struggles with including fear, lack of confidence, lack of self-esteem etc. One thing that I have come to understand in the work I do, especially with women and young girls is that we’re all linked to one another and our connection to one another brings forth healing, growth, and resiliency.
How did you overcome the challenges and/or obstacles you mention in your book?
Destination Resiliency is attaining your level of resiliency needed to accomplish your personal and professional goals. Exploring the root of my resiliency and self-care was essential to my own healing and personal development. It required me to dig deep into my own “baggage” including physical, mental and emotional, hurt and pain to explore the reasoning behind the baggage.
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Where can our readers purchase your book?
Readers can purchase the book via my website and on Amazon.com.
Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can impart to aspiring writers?
I would advise any forthcoming writers to explore your writing from what you have experienced and share from your heart. Allow your passion to come through on paper first and then think about the editing after. Meet yourself where you are in your writing process and be okay with finding your process as it evolves. In addition, exploring a book coach and writing groups are things I took advantage of as they assisted me in holding myself accountable to deadlines and objectives for the writing.
Are you working on any upcoming projects? And what can we expect from you in the future?
I have a book project coming forth in February 2018 titled “Brokenness, Baggage, and Blessings: An Anthology of Resiliency Stories.” This project is a collaboration with six authors sharing their stories of trials to triumph. Project Resiliency Movement will be looking to expand its scope and reach to share the message of resiliency and self-care amongst women on a global scale. We will also be launching our Resiliency Speaks Institute, which will focus on areas of research related to Resiliency with a focus on women.
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CEO and Founder of Project Resiliency Movement
CEO and Founder of A. Bates Consulting Group
Phone Number: (860) 804-5345
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