DM: Shyra, for those who aren’t familiar with your work, how would you capture the essence of who you are and what you do?
SJ: I am unsure of exactly how to capture who I am and what I do. I guess first things first. I am a licensed professional counselor who wants to bring affordable mental health to those who need it. I am fortunate enough to be able to do this through writing books. If you pick up one of my books I hope it is similar to the compassion and knowledge I give in a live session.
DM: What has been the hardest part about your journey with writing so far?
SJ: Meeting my deadlines. I forget about things that are for fun and writing is fun to me so it doesn’t feel like work. This causes me to forget that it has a due date that I must abide by. Also I sometimes feel guilty when I write. I think who am I to be taking time for myself. That is something I have to overcome.
DM: What drives you in your work?
SJ: I am driven by my passion to improve mental health care one person at a time. I want so very much to reach people and open their hearts to the lives they truly deserve full of joy and balance.
How do you stay in the moment?
SJ: Now this is a random question and I have a random answer. I practice Buddhism and that is one of the first things we learn. We learn that we are making causes in this moment and that those causes will take care of themselves. For example we learn that all we have to do is plant the apple tree and water it. We do not have to watch over it. Once we have done our part we can walk away and plant another tree. I know that sounds a little esoteric but that is how I do it. I just do.
Shyra Jones: Thank you for this wonderful interview.
Diane Morasco: You bet. Thank you for your time.
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