‘Angel’ Alison Ward, 51, is an author, inspirational mentor… and also a smiler, as she says. Despite living on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border, her voice reaches everywhere throughout her website and blog. Author of 3 books – “Awarded by Angels”, “Bringing You Back To You” and “Get That Friday Feeling” – she has been mentoring people over the last 18 years, ever since the event that has changed her life: a horrific knife attack that nearly killed her but that helped her see what she calls her “life purpose”.
Wyldecrest Parks editorial team interviewed the author but, above all, the woman behind the books and the blog – the Alison Ward who loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and two boys, walking their red fox laborador Beano and enjoying the odd glass or two of Champagne, or Angel Juice as she calls it!
When and why have you started writing your blog and website?
I have been writing since 2010 and only started blogging last year when I took up the 30 day blog challenge, loved it and completed it first time round.
What do you usually write about and what do you like to write about the most?
I write a lot about life issues that cause anxiety, I am known as the anxiety mentor by many of my mentoring clients. I write about positive courses of action to take, tips and techniques that work to bring happiness, peace and balance in our lives. I like to talk of our purpose and that without it we can become lost souls – anything that raises a personal interest or passion within me really. I love to inspire others and was actually recognised with The Most Inspiring Person Award 2015 by Health & Happiness Magazine.
Can you tell us a bit more about the event that has changed your life?
The ‘Awakening’ was a horrific knife attack from a former partner. After attacking me in front of our 2 year old son, he was later found in a car full of carbon monoxide, thankfully the police got there in time to release my boy and save his life. Following the ‘Awakening’, I was in a deep tortuous state with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). No one could help me so I realised ‘the best form of revenge is happiness’. I then discovered lots of self-help techniques that I practiced to make me well again and very happy. I have been blessed to share these tools with thousands of people from around the world in my mentoring business and through my three books.
You have a really inspirational life story. When have you realised that your life and the events you’ve been through could capacitate you to help others?
People noticed how well I became, how happy and with peace of mind. They commented on my positivity and how I am able to change a negative situation into a positive. I call the ‘Awakening’, ‘the beautiful gift in an ugly box’. People say they feel so much better in my company – I inspire and give hope that there is always light.
How do you recall the moment when you’ve started writing and blogging?
I started writing my first book in 2010 by being nagged by my clients to share my story. It took me 7 years (2003 was the first suggestion to write it) to finally agree to sit down and write “Awarded By Angels” first edition and only six weeks to complete it. “Bringing You Back To You”, on the other side, only took me four weeks to complete. With blogging, that was different: I love blogging but only started that last year when my agent suggested the 30 day blogging challenge. I loved it, my creative juices flow and I will continue to blog once a week at least. I love writing; it feels so very natural to me.
How do imagine yourself in 30 years’ time?
In thirty years’ time, I will be drinking a glass of wine at the ripe old age of 81, counting my blessings and looking back on my life knowing I’ve made a difference. I will have no regrets, just a smile and a face that shows I’ve lived, loved and inspired. I will be in awe of my life with my husband Wayne and our gorgeous boys Sam and James and our grandchildren who continue to dare to dream.
You can follow ‘Angel’ Alison Ward’s blog on www.angelalisonward.guru/blog
This interview is part of WyldeLiving Magazine – Spring edition 2016. To read the full magazine, please click here.