Rise & Shine Interview: Robyn Hussa Farrell about Writing
I'm really excited that today, Robyn Hussa Farrell is “Speaking From the Heart” and sharing her experiences with all of us. Robyn is the Founder and CEO of Mental Fitness, Inc. (formerly NORMAL), an award-winning arts and education organization that teaches about eating disorders, mental health, and healthy coping through arts and media programs. When Robyn approached me in early August to tell me about her exciting news, I had to spread the message; I invited her to be part of this series. I have known Robyn for a couple of years now, and I am a strong supporter of her work. Even though we live in different countries, we have similar passions. You can read her full bio here or see her "Profile of Perseverance" interview. Read her interview below.
Why do you believe self-expression (speaking from the heart) is important?
Speaking from the heart from a place of "satya" or truth is crucial because we must put our "real" selves into the world, not a pretend or false self. Though it is often terrifying to express ourselves assertively, in a state of truthful connection, it is essential in living a healthy, productive life.
How has writing empowered you in other areas of your life?
Aside from self-expression and assisting me in getting in touch with my inner truths, it assists me in finding my voice, in uncovering what is going well and what isn't working in life, and writing -- itself -- is extremely yogic and mindful. It brings me into the present moment almost immediately.
How did you find your authentic voice through writing?
By making sure I am writing FOR me as the primary audience member (not with external eye) and always checking in with myself as I write by saying prompts like, "is this my truth -- is this REALLY what I feel?"
How did you develop the courage to stand tall (i.e., get the courage to share your writing)?
Empowering role models -- women who had done it before ... my sister, especially. She is a writing teacher and huge advocate, so she helped me by constantly offering the phrase "when you believe in yourself anything is possible." Mantras help.
When you have a hard time writing, what do you do to work through it?
Ha Ha -- this is funny - the mantra above is what I used.
How did you find your support group?
Making calls to close friends and family -- those who get the process and who know how to actually be supportive (rather than diminishing or patronizing).
Any advice for new writers/authors?
Just sit down and start. That's my greatest piece of advice. Once you start, make sure that you are always, always, always, being true to your inner truth and just let the pen flow. You never know until you try ...
Thanks for speaking from your heart and empowering others, Robyn! Keep up the fantastic work! If you have any specific questions for Robyn, please feel free to ask :)
A question that came to my mind after reflecting on what Robyn said was, "Why is mental fitness so important?" Many people struggle with this question, so I'm reaching out to you all and asking for your input. Looking forward to hearing your suggestions!
Thank you for reading and your presence at this beach retreat. You Rock! I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comment section below.
See you at the beach!