The pieces for each day cover a wide cross section of the modern and current themes of self help and inspirational literature, so naturally not all of them are innovative and new. However, the style of presentation and the warm and wise tone of the author still make even the already known topics worth a read.At the same time it has to be said that we are all at different stages of our personal developments and what I perceive as ‘old news’ might be brand new to others. I certainly found several very moving and appropriate messages for myself during the read and can not stress enough the importance and quality of this book.
I wish there was a calender of these Daily Inspirations to tear off one every day. I bought the book on kindle and found it harder to pick a piece at random in the electronic format, which would suit the reader less persistent in daily routines.
Can you explain Joyscope and the concept in a few sentences?
The idea for ‘JoyScope’ began as simple inspiration — to offer a fresh and uplifting alternative to the daily horoscope that has a tendency to be rather gloomy and fear inducing. Each JoyScope is a bite-size inspiration that uses questions, examples and reframes to invite the reader to view the world from a different perspective. JoyScope is intended to be a loyal and ever-present companion on your journey through life.
When did you first have the idea for this book?
JoyScope began as a blog in May 2010. After overhearing a woman sharing with a friend her less than favourable horoscope that day, I wanted to create a ‘joy-full’ alternative. Whilst I appreciate that there is a fine art to astrology, to hear someone write off the day based on a prediction seemed crazy. And so JoyScope was born to create an uplifting alternative. After much pestering from clients and readers, the blog was converted into a book in 2012. The blog continues at joyscope.co.uk.
What was your personal path to spirituality?
After flat-lining through my early years, my life took a challenging and unexpected turn when my 13-month old son was diagnosed with a serious heart condition, Tetrology of Fallots. Sitting in a waiting room for six hours whilst the surgeons performed open-heart surgery created a transformational time of awakening. Unable to control or influence the outcome, I surrendered to what was happening. Even though I hadn’t been particularly spiritual up until that point, I felt that my only option was to pray. I made a deal with ‘the powers that be’ that if my son got through his operation, I would make my life a life that counted.
My son did survive the surgery and within a few days I was in a counsellor’s room beginning my journey towards inspiration. That counsellor handed me a book called “Living Magically” by Gill Edwards. It took me six months to read it as the concepts were so far removed from my own reality. Yet there was an immediate knowing when I read about the idea of two worlds – the physical and non-physical realms. Through studying, working with teachers and inner work, I have been fortunate enough to experience the bliss of beyond on multiple occasions. Direct contact has left me with no doubt about who we really are. I feel blessed to have this connection in my life.
How comfortable do you feel writing as an inspirational figure?
Since my son’s operation, I have always done my utmost to be a positive and uplifting influence in the lives of others. I wanted everyone to know that life matters and to find the happiness and joy that we all deserve. The natural progression was becoming a coach and facilitator. Clients and delegates started to repeat back my messages and what I heard most regularly was that I helped people to live an inspired life. And so my brand ‘Living an Inspired Life’ emerged and my writing developed from there.
I never try to inspire people. In fact, I think that inspiration is a state of being generated within so no one can create it in others — we can only offer a context for people to inspire themselves. When we hear a story that inspires us, we are really feeling the connection with our own soul. In the moment, we are returned to our true nature that we have been denying or disconnected from.
I enjoy (and am extremely comfortable) creating situations and holding the space for people to inspire themselves and to discover their soul essence through my coaching and writing.
What would you say is your main message?
My main message is that we all deserve to live an inspired life. Originally I focused on the outer world — that we could have the dream job, relationship or whatever our heart desired. I came to realise through my own experiences and working with clients that those external conditions do not bring sustainable joy or personal fulfilment. Often we are distracted by the quest for “more” in a never-ending state of pursuit.
When we understand that we already have everything we ever need, we reach a higher level of consciousness — one that is already deeply satisfied and content with everything as it is. We no longer resist life but align ourselves with the true nature of our soul. This journey from pursuit to presence is the foundation for living an inspired (in-spirit) life.
How did you come to writing in the first place?
I loved to write at school. Like many, writing became a forgotten skill when I left full-time education. After working with a marketing consultant in 2007, I began my first blog, Living an Inspired Life. I remember that those first few blog posts took many hours of sweat and tears and most never made it to the public world.
But gradually my passion for writing returned. Committing to writing the daily JoyScope was powerfully transformative and now I love to write as much as I love coaching. I hope that shows!
How long did it take you to write Joyscope?
The original blog posts were written over two years. These were then collated and reorganised to create the book. This process took about 6 months in total (mainly because I found myself re-writing many of the posts as the book evolved!)
How do you write? What is your writing environment like?
For any would-be author, I highly recommend making writing a part of your daily life. It has helped condition a constant stream of creative ideas for my writing. The daily JoyScope contains life themes that may not always be new but serve as gentle reminder to keep us on track. I now use these ideas to support the development of my longer articles, workshop content and my next book.
I enjoy writing in many places – I seem to have a natural ability to tune out noise (it must come from having four children at home!) so I am equally comfortable writing in my office or in Starbucks. I now find I can sit with fingers poised above the keyboard and the words will naturally flow.
I am also very grateful that I took a typing course when I was a student. Being able to touch type allows me to capture my thoughts as quickly as they come!
How many rewrites did it take you?
This was probably the most time-consuming part of the process for me. As the original posts had been written over two years, my own thinking had shifted significantly from the start to the end. I rewrote many of the posts from scratch. Every time I read the manuscript I found more that I wanted to change.
Eventually I realised that with a perfectionist streak, re-writing could be a continual and never-ending process.
After about five run throughs, I called a halt to the re-writes and my husband became the proof-reader. Sometimes delegation is essential to stay sane!
Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?
I am fortunate that my mother is an English Masters Graduate and writer so she was the copy editor for my book. I already knew that my target audience enjoyed my articles so I didn’t take on an overall editor.
I am in the process of writing my second book and will definitely use both a content and copy editor for that one.
Who are your favourite authors / influences?
The biggest writing influence in my life right now is Guy Finley but over the years, I have read Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Byron Katie and Abraham Hicks extensively. Perhaps my favourite author/teacher was the late Gill Edwards. I was impressed by the way in which she brought esoterical concepts and made them understandable and relatable.
I also need to mention my own coach, John Overdurf — one of the co-founders of Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He has been with me for every step of my journey over the last eight years and has helped me to live with more joy and inspiration and to bring that into my work as a coach and author.
What are your plans for the future? Are you writing a new book or will you be holding seminars?
I am currently writing my second book with the working title, “From pursuit to presence”. This book offers the reader seven paths to opening their heart more fully and connecting to their natural bliss. I regularly run one-day workshops exploring the seven paths entitled “Opening to Love”. (OpeningToLove.co.uk)
Where would be likely to find out more about you and your current and future projects?
If you visit my website www.tiffanykay.com you can sign up for my newsletter and my ‘Release your Inner Genius” gift.
I am always delighted to hear from anyone who wants to connect via email@example.com or via my Facebook page, Living an Inspired Life at facebook.com/tiffanykayfan.