Author Chavis D. Walker: The Reward of Redemption Inspired Her Writing
Choosing to become an author comes with responsibility — to yourself and those who read. Whether fact or fiction, there is always an element of truth in every story. As an author, it is your responsibility to ensure that your stories are accurate and provide a positive portrayal of the human experience. But it is a responsibility that comes with its own rewards — the satisfaction of knowing that you have enlightened others with your words. That is one of the reasons behind author Chavis Walker releasing her book, “Refined: A Guide To Accept And Release The Things That No Longer Serve You.”
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Chavis always knew that she wanted to make a difference. She was never afraid of hard work, and she believed that writing was a part of her calling. Her desire was to not only write for herself but also to impact others with her words. She is a prime example of following your dreams and never giving up. No matter what obstacles she has faced in her life, she has always continued to push forward. Her story is inspiring and motivational, and it is sure to resonate with readers from all walks of life.
In this interview, Chavis expressed her humble gratitude for the opportunities she has been given. When asked about her journey, she spoke candidly about the obstacles she has faced and how they have only made her stronger.
What inspired you to become a writer?
Navigating my very own healing journey and accepting that I was not the only one that has ever gone through something gave me the courage to be brave and speak out. Being able to recognize emotional, behavioral patterns and reflect on how I had developed these behaviors also came with the responsibility of accepting accountability. I fought with this for a while and finally accepted that it can be tough to tell the truth when you have to face yourself, but there is freedom in the truth, and I owed it to myself. People get stuck here because they are ashamed of what the truth looks like to others. is why I had to attempt to be the game changer. I was the only one that could change my life and what the ending would be. I feel that it is my responsibility to help others. Provide a safe and judgment-free space to do so.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My life’s journey has been my inspiration. I’m humbled and grateful to be able to see my growth. Humility is the most important ingredient in life, and the next is love. They go hand and hand; you can’t have one without the other. Now that I have learned this and I reflect on my journey over the years, despite my inability to always make the best decisions, I accept that I am human, and I make mistakes and will continue to make mistakes. No one is perfect. But I will always do my best, and when I don’t get it right, I will forgive myself and ask for forgiveness. I’ve learned how to treat myself better, and I have learned how to treat others in that lesson.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I enjoy swimming in the ocean and meditating at the beach when I am not writing. I enjoy visiting and discovering new restaurants and boutiques. I enjoy re-reading books that have had great influence and reading new books that I am introduced to. Listening to music and being one with myself is also a favorite. I love finding coffee shops and visiting art exhibits. And anywhere there is wildlife, I want to be present, so I often will get tickets to the zoo and discern the behavior of different animals.
What famous author do you wish would be your mentor? Why?
I love Don Miguel Ruiz. The way he has profoundly been able to identify the why in people and deliver the importance of forgiveness confirms what God has put in me, not that I am in doubt. It’s a reassurance that lets me know I am in alignment with the spirit of God. He has the ability to articulate hard messages with poise and gentleness, hosting no conviction. Not only that, but he also sees God in all people, which is important. Having the opportunity to be mentored by someone with such strength is golden.
What books or authors have most influenced your writing?
The Holy Bible, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Self by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Emotional Intelligence Series by Harvard Business Review, Jump by Steve Harvey.
How can people connect with you, find your books, etc.?
You can find me through my website @ www. thecoachofcourage.com to learn more about the author and purchase books; if you are interested in taking my accountability courses, you can sign up at the website www.thesynergyhouse.com.