Today I am thrilled beyond words to share energetic space with Alex Blackwell and to be a participant in the blog tour for his book “Saying Yes To Change: Ten Timeless Life Lessons for Positive Change.”
I am drawn to Alex’s work because he infuses his words with his life message of living faith and being love—two themes that resonate strongly with my own life’s message and purpose.
Alex Blackwell is the Founder of The BridgeMaker.
His first book, Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change is now available on Amazon.
Connect with Alex on Facebook.
J: Hi, Alex, welcome! The name of your site is “The Bridgemaker” . May you share with us the meaning behind these words and your overall vision for your site?
A: The BridgeMaker connects people who are looking to walk by faith, share inspiration, and celebrate positive change.
The meaning of the blog’s name comes from becoming aware of where we are today and seeing where we want to be tomorrow and then making the deliberate choice to cross the bridge to discover the beautiful life waiting for us there.
Joy, my vision is to grow a like-minded community of folks who are inspired to encourage one another by sharing their own stories of personal change. My blog will be here for a long time to come.
J: If I may ask, what would you consider is the source of your power?
A: My faith, Joy, my faith is my source of power. I know there’s a purpose for my life greater than I can even imagine right now. So, I continue to walk by faith on my journey there.
J: I am captivated by the fusion of your intelligence, integrity, and your quietly powerful voice. In a world where “fierce” and “loud” is equated with power, you model that one may be quiet, yet heard; one may create from a place of integrity and enrich others in big ways. May you share with us a little about your philosophy; how did you find your voice and how did this fusion come to be?
A: First, thanks so much for those kind words.
I found my voice by making the commitment to be “real” with myself and with others. I believe to share in an authentic way; we need to move from behind the facades we sometimes create. So, I put my heart out there for all to see, and perhaps by doing so, others may feel inspired to do the same thing.
From a technical standpoint, I found my voice by writing every day. My style today is different than it was four years ago. With most things, the more we do it, the better we become at it.
J: I wonder: when you are creating and doubt surfaces, what resources do you rely upon as you continue to create?
A: I turn to my wife, Mary Beth. She knows me better than anybody. Mary Beth can usually help me pinpoint the reason for the doubt, and then help me silence it.
J: I am delighted with the message of your book, “Saying Yes to Change”. Change is something I cultivate in my life, yet mainstream seems to fear. May you speak a little about this book..the message and the process of incorporating these concepts into our lives?
A: My book is for anyone who feels the nudge to change; and it’s for people who are already walking the paths to positive change.
There’s one central concept in the book: You cannot change or heal what you do not acknowledge. When we acknowledge what we need to heal or change, we can begin living a happier, more meaningful life – right now.
J: Your beginning chapter “We All Come to a Crossroads” is so poignant, and powerful. Thank you for sharing so transparently! As I consider the concept of crossroads, I wonder when you were conceiving the idea for this book, what was the defining moment that you chose to create this book rather than allow it to remain a dream?
A: Here’s an interesting fact Joy, I actually wrote the first three paragraphs of that chapter seven years ago, and then I put it away. Last October when my brother died suddenly, I was reminded how precious, and short, life can be.
When I returned home from his funeral, I turned back to the book with a new-found passion and reason to finish it.
J: The message of the book consists of ten life lessons—empowering to contemplate and integrate. What lesson would you say has been most instrumental in allowing for change within your life?
A: The lesson that inspires me the most and makes me feel strong on the days I feel weak is Lesson Nine: Take Down the White Flag.
J: As you continue to vision and create within your life, when you look forward, what is the next “change” you foresee?
A: Joy, the biggest change I see is finding out how I can use this book as a platform to reach more people. I feel a significant energy shift heading my way. Even though this unknown change is scary, I have faith it will lead to good things.
J: It has been an honor to share energy with you in this space, thank you! In closing, is there anything you would like us to know about you, your vision, your voice?
A: Let’s continue to support each other by showing love, kindness and grace in every encounter.
J: Absolutely beautiful, Alex, thank you!
Alex has so generously gifted this site with one complimentary copy of his book “Saying Yes to Change!” Each reader who leaves a comment addressing the question below will be entered into a drawing. The winner will be randomly chosen Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9pm (PDT). **The winner of the raffle is Kara Rane. Thank you to all who left a comment, for the support of Alex’s message and the wonderful opportunity to embrace “Saying Yes! to Change”.**
What is the most important life lesson you have learned, or are learning now?
Thank you, Alex! Thank you, dear reader! *Excellent* indeed :)
Much peace and abundant love,
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