Happy Girls Get Everything, but how do you foster and create a happy life? I’ve drawn upon my extensive studies of philosophy and the school of hard knocks to create a step by step guide to a happier you. A Self-Help book that also references everything you liked about the 90s. Read it, Pass it on, Let’s create a generation of Happy Girls.
Here to create a generation of happy girls is author Justine Beirne, author of Happy Girls Get Everything. Justine, tell us about this book and why you started writing it.
It started with a saying my mom used to tell me when I was a kid. She used to say, “Happy Girls Get Everything, Sad Girls Get Nothing.” Every time we would pout as kids trying to get what we wanted, she would remind us that only “happy girls get everything.” I wrote Happy Girls Get Everything after going through what I would like to call the “Rainy Season” in my life. Everyone was telling me that I had to find happiness first and everything else would fall into place, but no one was telling me how to regain my happiness. So, I developed a certain set of skills! And I wanted to share them!
What is the most important skill or idea that you wanted to share?
You are valid, valuable, and a divine instrument of the universe. Live in your glory, stand in your power, and wear your crown!
One should never leave the house without their crown! Without getting us too down, can you tell us a little bit more about the rainy period that required you to learn these skills?
My entire life. I drew on my worst breakups, all of the 90s, and every embarrassing moment I’ve ever learned from.
That’s quite a rainy period! I hope that it is over and you’re seeing more sun now. Actually, let’s not focus anymore on that rain. Let’s to the sun and the rewards from writing. What has been the greatest reward for bringing your book to readers?
My friends calling me crying saying that I’ve changed their lives. Strangers emailing me saying that I inspired them.
With such positive feedback, your thoughts must have turned to what you can write about next. What are you currently working on?
“Happy Girls Are Harder to Kidnap” about relationships.
Good luck, it sounds like you have many a keen reader awaiting this upcoming release. Why do you write?
I write to survive. Honestly, writing keeps me alive.
You’d best keep writing then! As your writing keeps you alive, what are you thinking about as you’re capturing your ideas onto paper?
All the people I can connect with through writing.
As you’re keen to create that connection, do you know where the book is going as you write? Or does the direction become clearer as you continue to build that connection towards your readers?
It comes to me as a download from the divine. I just need to give it time and space.
What does it look like to give your writing time and space?
I just pause, listen, and the sit down in faith. I do this every day.
What have you learnt while taking these steps to pause, listen and write each day?
Commas, periods, question marks — forget ’em. We’re all reading text messages these days so just get the message out!
Does getting the message out mean that you place a large focus on editing?
I do it all myself. Hence, typos.
How your author voice progressed, while you’ve worked on reducing those typos?
I have become more conversational, less interested in sounding smart and more interested in sharing my soul.
What has your focus on sharing your soul meant for your author brand and self-publishing strategy?
I would love to be like a Jen Sincero or a Marianne Williamson. I would love to give Ted Talks and be on Super Soul Sunday. The lesson of this book is… baby steps.
Well, you’ve started your baby steps, you just need to keep taking them. What tips or baby steps do you recommend for other authors looking to start their own writing projects or author brand?
Just do it! Put your work out into the world. Good work will find an audience!
And one thing I love is audiences who love to laugh. Let’s see if we can make the audience laugh a little today with some quirkier questions, starting with why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
How about, if nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?
Since you love science so much, you must have a good answer for this one, if you’re in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?
Well, if you’re right in front of that vehicle for long, I think there’s a strong chance that you will disappear. On the topic of things that may or may not have disappeared, why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?
Because then the cats would just be chasing the food not eating it, duh.
What is your zodiac sign?
If you invented a monster what would it look like and what would you call it?
I don’t invent monsters. Our thoughts are powerful.
Okay, so let’s not invent and new monsters, let’s use some that already exist. What happens if Batman gets bitten by a vampire?
The Vampire falls in love with him.
I hadn’t thought about that happening before, but why not. What happens when you get scared half to death twice?
And before you dire, if you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?
The perfect husband out of a puppy and Ryan Gosling, but looking like Ryan Gosling.
I don’t know, some of those puppies might be cuter than Ryan Gosling! What is your favourite word?
I hope that you’ll use a little of your indefatigable nature to round out today’s interview and share your favourite line from your book ‘Happy Girls Get Everything’.
Happy Girls Get Everything
Well, that works too! Justine, thanks for sharing your happiness with us today and I hope you keeping sharing it in the future.
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