In life, sometimes your most painful periods are when you grow the most…from your darkest moments come your brightest hours. Roses grow through concrete and caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies. Author Latoya A. Benson can attest to that. I caught up with the businesswoman turned author and she shared how her personal journey led her to want to inspire others to look within, how she stays motivated and the most important lesson she learned from her journey. Check out our interview below.
Keyauna Chantel: So, what made you decide to become an author?
Latoya A. Benson: Well, I never would have thought that I would be an author. It really wasn’t my decision. I went through separation and divorce and during that process God told me to give him 40 days of surrender. After that I began my own 40 day journey from transition to transformation and wholeness. The book was birthed out of that.
KC: Is this your first book?
LB: Yes, this is my first book and I’m so excited. After I catch my breath a bit, I will begin writing my second book!
KC: What keeps you motivated and inspired while trying to motivate and inspire others?
LB: Wow. Great question. First, it is my relationship with God. It is what replenishes me and gives me the strength I need to keep walking out my purpose. I believe it is hard at times for those who encourage and inspire because it seems as though we are always strong. But we need encouragement as well. I am also blessed to have family and friends who support me and give me that push just when I need it.
KC: Do you read often? I ask because sometimes people in certain fields have a hard time with that. Like hair stylist often don’t do their own hair lol.
LB: LOL. That is funny. I am not an avid reader but I do read articles at least every other day relating to my craft. I am not just an author but an entrepreneur so I read a lot about business. I also go back and refer to books that I have already read that are empowering and encouraging to my journey.
KC: So tell me about your new book.
LB: My new book is titled “The New You Revolution: A 40 Day Journey to Discovering and Becoming the New You”. It is not just a book but a part of a lifestyle brand and a social change initiative to inspire women all over the world to become new and change or upgrade the way they “do” life. This book is a 40 day journey that causes the reader to deal with all of the layers that will make them whole and complete. I talk about breaking cycles, rediscovering your hidden treasure, purpose, the art of becoming which includes reinvention, and the freedom to be exactly who you were created to be. If the reader really takes each day seriously and applies it, I believe they will experience transformation just like I did. It feels amazing!
KC: It looks like you learned a lot through your transformation as well as during the writing of your book. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned through this process?
LB: I would have to say confidence. My book really strengthened my confidence and caused me to believe in myself again. If you don’t believe in who you are and what you possess then no one else will.
KC: Your official book release celebration is this Saturday. Are you excited and what can attendees expect?
LB: Yes, I am super excited. It is this Saturday, July 19th in Clinton, MD. The attendees can expect a chic, fabulous, fun, and relaxing time. They will really experience what my book brand is all about. I will be signing books and there will edible trinkets, a dessert buffet, chair massages, giveaways, networking, and great music.
KC: For those who are unable to join you on Saturday, where can they purchase your book?
LB: The book will be available on July 19th at www.thenewurevolution.com and on Amazon and Kindle.
KC: Tell people how they can find you?
LB: Sure. My website is www.thenewurevolution.com and on Instagram and Facebook @TheNewYouRevolution.
KC: Is there anything you’d like to share that we haven’t covered?
LB: Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am more than grateful. I just want to encourage all of the readers to continue to allow the process to work. Don’t be afraid to grow, evolve and be! I am a multi-business owner and I understand challenges. Just keep pushing no matter what. You can also check out my online magazine at www.kingdomvoicesmag.com and my Vision Consulting & Branding Firm at www.ivprofessionals.com. Thanks!
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