What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing I love about my work is the fact that I’m helping people to feel better. I love when a student tells me that something we’ve done in a yoga class has made a difference.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? This is going to sound really cheesy but perfect happiness to me is to be in the arms of my husband. There’s nothing better than being held by a loved one.
What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is the loss of a loved one. I have lost numerous friends and family members over the years and it crushes my heart. I dread it happening again.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I hate that I’m a procrastinator! I can easily just sit around for hours and not do a single thing.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I actually have a few ‘professions’ (yoga teacher / author / lifestyle blogger) so I’ll mention the ones I most admire in each profession. Sadie Nardini is an online yoga teacher I’ve been following for a few years now. She is such a badass and doesn’t care how people perceive her and I love that about her. JK Rowling. I’ve always been a massive fan of the Harry Potter series and I am in awe of the empire the author has created purely from writing about a little boy with a scar on his forehead. Catherine from the Not Dressed as Lamb blog. She is kicking butt in the blogging world and making it cool to be over 40.
What is my greatest extravagance? I’m not particularly extravagant myself, to be honest, but as a couple – my husband and I do own three cars between us!
On what occasion would I lie? I’m a terrible liar so I tend to avoid it.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The fact that I’m still not earning much money through writing / blogging or teaching.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Right now, here at home. I love working for myself and not having to answer to anybody else.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would be more confident and lose that niggling fear that I’m not quite good enough.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I’ve written and self published twelve novels.
Where would I most like to live? I’ve had thoughts about returning to live in the UK or moving to Canada but I’m actually pretty happy here in Portugal.
What is my most treasured possession? I’m not particularly sentimental about family heirlooms (I don’t actually have any) so I’d say my wedding and engagement rings.
What is my most marked characteristic? Probably my optimism and creative imagination.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I live in the countryside between the sea and the mountains – I find the Monchique mountains to be quite inspiring and beautiful.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? There’s a great little sushi restaurant called Sushi & Go in Portimao that we like to go to.
What books influenced my life and how? I’ve been a book lover since I was a little girl – I can never get enough of them. Needless to say, I’ve read loads over the years so it’s difficult to pinpoint but one that has definitely influenced me is Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. It changed the way I think and made me more positive about myself.
Who are my favorite writers? JK Rowling, Sophie Kinsella, Shalini Boland, Wendy Holden. I like chick lit! But there are so many others too.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? What a tough question. I have such eclectic tastes in music so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what I would want to listen to. I guess I would want something that reminds of the good times – probably Coldplay because it reminds me of my husband.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I can be such a child when it comes to fiction so I’ll have to say Hermione Granger! Like I said before, I am Harry Potter mad.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My husband is my hero in every respect. When I was a little girl dreaming of the man I would marry, I had visions of him arriving on a white horse to rescue me. He actually arrived a few years later on a motorbike! He’s one of those people that can do almost anything that he tries and I respect him so much for that.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Gorillas in the Mist – I watched it a lot as a kid and I was so incredibly moved by it. But make sure you have tissues!
What role plays art in my life and work? As an author, art is very important to me. After all, writing is an art form, isn’t it?
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Probably my friend Sarah – she’s very supportive of my writing and my yoga.
Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I think it would be cool to work with someone like Marie Forleo, who strives to make people feel better about themselves as well as encouraging us to be the best we can possible be.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? I’d love to meet yoga teacher Sadie Nardini – she’s so inspiring. I think she would help me focus and boost my confidence.
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I’m thinking about starting a fun, fictional series of books about a yoga teacher.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? When you’re truly passionate about something, it stays with you always. Even if you take breaks, for instance, you’re always thinking about it in the back of your mind.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? So many! Shalini Boland (author), JB Johnston from Brook Cottage Books, Farm Girl Miriam (blogger)
How can you contact me?
via my site www.suzyturner.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Your Story?
One Day Tour with Peter de Kuster in the greatest bookstores of your favorite city. In Paris, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Berlin, London and Amsterdam we offer this unique What is your Story? experience. To (re) write your story about yourself and your work. In the process transforming your capacity to successfully have the creative life and work you love.
In this journey, Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey explores with you the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves — and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our creative business and life.
“Your story is your art, your art is your story,” says Peter. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories — of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about our creative challenges, our art, our clients, our money, our self promotion, our time, our families and relationships, our health; about what we want and what we’re capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we’re telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them — and, in turn, transform our very destinies.
Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Peter, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, “In which areas of my creative life and business is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I’ve got?” He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life.
Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Peter’s approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your creative business and life.
Become a great Storyteller
That’s why I set up What is your Story? service in the great cities of the world and their great bookstores. A new way to use the power of your story. To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening but often elusive works of literature, both past and present, the books of fiction that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.
In two days with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with books so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to books that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; books that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and books to read to take away. Your full story advice and books to read list will follow within a couple of days.
What Can I Expect?
Here’s an outline of the WHAT IS YOUR STORY? journey.
- What is your Story?
- Are you even trying to tell a Story?
- Old Stories (stories about you, your art, your clients, your money, your self promotion, your happiness, your health)
- Tell your current Story
- Is this Really Your Story?
YOUR NEW STORY
- The Premise of your Story. The Purpose of your Life and Art
- The words on your tombstone
- You ultimate mission, out loud
- The Seven Great Plots
- The Twelve Archetypal Heroines
- The One Great Story
- Purpose is Never Forgettable
- Questioning the Premise
- Lining up
- Flawed Alignment, Tragic Ending
- The Three Rules in Storytelling
- Write Your New Story
TURNING STORY INTO ACTION
- Turning your story into action
- The Story Effect
- Story Ritualizing
- The Storyteller and the art of story
- The Power of Your Story
- Storyboarding your creative process
- They Created and Lived Happily Ever After
RESERVATION AND FEES
The “What is your Story?” one day fee is Euro 995 excluding VAT per person
Questions? Contact Peter de Kuster at 0031 6 33661772 or mail him at email@example.com