Silence the inner critic. This is a killer voice for an author. We all have that inner critic that tries to silence us when we know what we want to say. That’s dumb, that’s stupid, you’re a phony. Be mindful of the inner critic. Tell it to “back-off!” Some days I feel really empowered and other days, not so much. My confidence improves when I believe in myself. A good word to think about is to “authorize” yourself. You are the authority. No one else knows what you want to say but you and you have something important to say.
As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cindy Rasicot. Cindy Rasicot has a B.A. in Women Studies and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Her life has been a spiritual journey that took on new dimensions when she, her husband, and their son moved to Bangkok Thailand for three years. There, she met her spiritual teacher, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, the first fully ordained Thai Theravada nun⎯an encounter that opened her heart and changed her forever. This deepening relationship led to writing her memoir, Finding Venerable Mother: A Daughters Spiritual Quest to Thailand, which chronicles her adventures along the spiritual path.
Thank you so much for joining us Cindy! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?
I always dreamed of being a writer. I kept a secret diary when I was six, and wrote my first short story when I was eight, The Little Flame that Grew. As an adult, I was never passionate about my jobs working as a manager in non-profits, but all that changed when we moved to Bangkok. I didn’t have to work since my husband was supporting us. I finally asked myself, what do I really want to do? It was as if a light went on⎯a writer. It wasn’t about being famous; it was just a desire to put pen to paper and see what emerged. For me it took a major life change to spur…