“The best form of revenge is Happiness”

Alison Purple photo

 

‘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.

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Success at 60 plus

Jane 60plus

And that’s it! The time has finally come! We’re unveiling some of the most desired secrets on how to be successful…after 60!

Success at Sixty + : 7 swift stops to your Superlife” dares you to banish limiting beliefs, to dream, to live well and large – to score all your goals as a Superlifer. Our editorial team went to meet the woman behind the book.

 

Nurse, complementary therapist and author, Jane Aireton, 67, always lived her life in 3D Technicolor and passionately wanted to empower and inspire, she says. And now she’s precisely doing that, writing to empower and inspire the 60+ age group.

“All my life I have written for myself and now I have the opportunity to share my thoughts with others”, she explains. “For the last 15 years I’ve been a full time carer for my elderly relatives. If I had had the chance to read “Success at 60 Plus” when I was a carer it would have made a huge difference to me. I could have looked beyond my situation instead of getting bogged down by it”.

In her book, success is all about being happy and fulfilled. “It is a self-help work book or, as I would like to define it, a superlifer log to success”, Jane states.

She now has not only her own book, but also her very own blog. Straight from the Channel Island of Alderney to the rest of the world! And she absolutely loves it, she guarantees. Amongst many other things, Jane blogs about some people or some things that have inspired her in a certain way. “It could be an animal sanctuary, dolphins, a couple who get married in their eighties or an elite runner from New Zealand…there’s so much inspiration out there if you start to look for it”, she guarantees.

Jane has no doubt that these new ventures have changed her life. “For me, writing a book, having a website, blogging, facebooking and twittering have opened up a huge new world of lovely people. To live on a tiny island is awesome but to connect with other like-minded people all over the world has completely changed my life”.

But…what does Success at 60 plus really mean, after all? (We’re all wondering that right?!). “Success at 60 plus is about rebranding and achieving the very best in our age group. We’re not middle aged, we’re not old, we are not grannies or greys or pensioners or even new 40’s (and we’re definitely not recycled!) – we are Superlifers in our own right”, Jane states. And there’s not much more left to say. Jane’s definition of success is all about rediscovering your talents, achieving your potential, doing what you do best and not dancing to someone else’s tune.

Her piece of advice for all of you? (Yes, we haven’t forgotten that bit either!) “Read my book, follow my blog and live your life to the full!”

Visit www.success60plus.com so you do not miss out on any of Jane’s ventures and inspirational stories!

This article is part of WyldeLiving Magazine – Spring Edition 2016. To read the full magazine click here.