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An Author Interview with Alli Worthington on Breaking Busy

One of the most delightful trends we’re seeing in blogging are all the books being published by members of the community who started out “just blogging” for the personal satisfaction of sharing their story with others. It has been thrilling for us to watch so many of our friends become published authors over the last few years. Our bookshelves and bedside tables are stacked with titles bearing the names of people we’ve laughed with, shared meals with, and maybe even cried with a time or two.

coverWe are especially excited about the upcoming release of Breaking Busy, written by our dear friend Alli Worthington! Alli was running family lifestyle blog Blissfully Domestic and in 2008, she co-founded the blog and social media conference known as BlissDom with One2One’s CEO Barbara Jones. BlissDom had six incredible conferences in the U.S. and several in Canada before wrapping things up in 2013. Since then, Alli has been carving out a new path for herself not only by becoming an author but also by joining the team at Propel Women as their Executive Director.

 

 

alli-worthingtonWe caught up with Alli to find out more about Breaking Busy and to get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to write a book. Thank you Alli for answering our questions!

O2O: What is Breaking Busy about?

AW: There have been a million books written on time management, and yes, Breaking Busy does have some time management tips, but Breaking Busy takes women through the real reasons we find ourselves so busy.

A big reason is that society gives us a message that we have to do more, be more, achieve more and that we never are quite good enough. We aren’t meant to live that way. Life doesn’t have to be this hard and we don’t have to live on the edge of burnout.

I want this book to be a big ‘permission granted slip’ for everyone to live a happier life!

Read Chapter One of Breaking Busy here!

O2O: What was your inspiration for writing this book?

AW: We all spend so much time consumed with our busy schedules that we live on the edge of burnout. I reached a point in my life that I realized my crazy busy schedule was killing me. I knew I had to start breaking busy before the busy broke me!

O2O: Have you eliminated the word ‘busy’ from your vocabulary or do you still find yourself using it to describe life or situations?

AW: ‘Busy’ seems to be the new ‘fine’. When you ask someone how they are doing instead of ‘fine’ the normal answer is ‘busy’. I’m definitely more conscious now of when I tell myself and others that I’m ‘busy’ than I used to be.

For me, breaking busy is about not living a life where I feel frazzled and harried. I have a full life between my career and big family, but I try to live life on my own terms and not make choices because I think it’s what I should do.

We often get in a cycle of crazy busy for really good reasons. The more we do, the more people praise us for what we do, the more we want to do, until we find ourselves with a full schedule and feeling unhappy.

O2O: What surprised you most about the writing process?

AW: The writing process was about as enjoyable as punching myself in the nose repeatedly. Any author that says the content was inspired and flowed magically from a muse is lying or possibly crazy. Do I sound bitter? I’m not, I’m just still recovering from the writing process myself. Ha!

It’s much like walking in a crowded naked and saying, “Here I am world.” The whole process requires a crazy amount of vulnerability.

O2O: What were your writing habits?

AW: Because I work full time I only had my weekends to focus on writing. For six months I locked myself away in my master bedroom and wrote all day on Saturdays, sometimes I wrote a little on Sunday afternoons, and I edited during the week.

My husband and five sons were so gracious during those six months. Because we all had to sacrifice time so I could write we all feel as if the book is a family project!

O2O: What was the best advice you gave yourself about your writing?

AW: I kept telling myself it didn’t have to be perfect. I just needed to get it on paper. The edits would come later. Once I started writing the words would flow, but I had to get past those first few words on the blank page.

There is something about a blank word document that terrifies me, I wrote the entire book by hand and then typed it.

O2O: What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?

AW: Read everyday. Read authors in all genres who have a way with words. This will help you learn to craft your sentences well. If you are writing nonfiction, be ten times more vulnerable and honest that you want to be. It is often your most embarrassing story or deepest fear that is exactly what will resonate most with your readers.

O2O: Will you write another book?

AW: Yes!

Special Offers!

Breaking Busy comes out next month on January 26, 2016 and is available for pre-order. Plus, when you pre-order, you can get a free copy of The Breaking Busy Guide! Twelve of Alli’s expert friends share how they break busy in their lives. It’s a resource full of tips for simplifying your life and carving out time for the things that are important. To receive your free copy of The Breaking Busy Guide, follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Order your copy of Breaking Busy from the retailer of your choice: AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks A MillionChristian Book, or LifeWay.
  2. Email your receipt to BreakingBusy@AlliWorthington.com.
  3. Alli will email your free copy of The Breaking Busy Guide. Easy peasy!

GIVEAWAY– Alli has graciously offered a copy of Breaking Busy for us to giveaway to a One2One Network member*! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us what area of your life needs a break from busy. One entry per person. Giveaway closes Sunday, December 13th. Winner will be drawn and notified via email on Monday, December 14th.

Congrats to Jodie (comment #9) on winning the copy of Breaking Busy!

About Alli:

Alli Worthington is the author of Breaking Busy, she’s a speaker, a blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live.

Alli co-founded BlissDom Events and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting and balance has lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America.

She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, rescued dog and cat who moved onto their doorstep.

Alli spends way too much time on Instagram at @AlliWorthington and you can find out all about her at AlliWorthington.com.

 

*No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Entry period will run from Thursday, December 3, 2015 through midnight (PT), Sunday, December 13, 2015. Entries must be received in those time frames to be valid. Contest is open to One2One Network members, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States of America or Canada. Winner will be chosen via random draw and notified via email. Please see Official Rules for Giveaways.

23 Comments

  1. Clarissa Cervantes says:

    Such a similar situation I’m facing now about debating how to start the process of writing and telling the world the ideas I have on a book that might benefit so many in so many ways ! Reading chapter one and this interview at ONE2ONE NETWORK gave me the insights, courage and dedication to break free from procrastination; courage to follow my intuition and believe in the process. New year, new book here I come, cheers 2016 !

  2. I need a break from the social obligation of friend parties, events and outings. I overbook and then I’m exhausted!

  3. Ashley Roggow says:

    I think I’d love a break too! I’d like to spend more time with my family, spend more time on myself, and get out more to try new things. I’m so “busy” that I rarely have time to do anything that’s not “penciled in.”

  4. April Hughes says:

    The area that needs to be un busy is my shopping trips and childrens schedules

  5. Meredith Jones says:

    I need a break from my busy life at work!

  6. Even though I’m a professional organizer, I always need a little help with managing my tasks, blog, work, family and more. I’d LOVE to read this book and write about it on my blog for me readers! Thanks!

  7. As someone who is over halfway through reading this book, I can tell you that I am going to recommend it strongly to all my friends. It’s THAT GOOD.
    Alli once gave me a piece of advice that has ended up being actually life-changing for me. I have never forgotten how she went out of her way once to help me, and when I heard she had finished this book, I was so eager to read it, and to do a little something to pay her back for her kindness toward me.
    Can you tell I like her? 😀

  8. Can giving up on housework be my break from busy? 😉 That’s the area where I usually find myself drowning in things I’ve neglected or put off or just plain don’t feel like doing!

  9. Jodie Arnold says:

    I am a freelance writer/social media promoter/marketer that works from home and it is so hard to balance that with caring for my four year-old twins. Household stuff gets the same priority as work all the time. I need lots of help in that area!

  10. I need help in staying focused with my tasks. I seem to be so concerned with what other tasks I should be doing that I don’t quite finish the first task.

  11. What part of my life doesn’t need a break!
    🙂

  12. A break in my social Christmas calendar would be nice. (That’s when it gets busiest!)

  13. I find that as a full time blogger and SAHM, I’m constantly going, going, going. We are always involved in something – play dates, family weekends, running errands. Our days are planned, scheduled and documented on 2-3 calendars so everyone knows where we need to be and were we are going next. I need a break. I need to find a way to step away from the busy.

  14. Jessica Ingram says:

    Im self employed, have a part-time evening job and 2 very active kids I always find myself “busy”, I need a break from my “schedule”

  15. Gosh, I’m not sure what I DON’T need a break from nowadays! I have work, my DIY blog, the dining blog plus all the food events every night, my new social media business, family, friends, and my man that keep me busy… but I love those things too! I’d love a break from laundry and other boring chores though… 🙂

  16. I now have a book reviewing blog with a friend – I sign up for way too many books to read for review. Then I can’t get to books I WANT to read. Between my full time job and taking care of my home…

  17. My life is constantly going at hyper-speed. I work full time in a manager role, I’m a student, I write a blog, I’m a mother and a wife, and with my hubby in school, I’m the only income provider. I don’t feel driven to keep up with social norms, because I don’t have time to be social. But mostly, I love it all!

  18. This sounds like a fantastic book! It’s so true that ‘busy’ is the new ‘fine’…

  19. I need a break in general!

  20. Shanda Nuila says:

    I need a break from organizing my clutter. How did I end up with so much stuff! I never have time to do the things I want to do because I’m always cleaning up a mess.

  21. I need a break from the continuous pressure and endless tasks that come with my job. That would be such a dream!

  22. I need a break from the busy of my email. I feel like I can’t keep up.

  23. To be honest?? I need a “Break from busy” on pretty much every aspect of my life. I really need to learn to say NO, to let others take responsibility, and not be such a control freak. ALL of these things contribute to me really not being successful at anything I am doing – my full-time job, my blog, my house..even my kids =/
    All I have felt the past few months is Mama needs a vacation!