Create a Powerful Life Plan by Connie Sokol

Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a sought after local and national presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s “Motherhood Matters.” She is a former columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine, and TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as the creator of talk CDs, podcasts and the “8-week Challenge.” Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.


Interview

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

When my baby was firstborn, a friend told me of a T-shirt that read, “I make milk. What’s your super power?” Straight up.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A writer, a detective (ode to Harriet the Spy), and a broadcast journalist. In a way, I’ve done all those. I write, I hosted a TV and radio show a few years ago, and I am a daily detective with my children, finding lost articles, getting the truth, and tracking them on social media…

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

You’ll begin living your best, beautiful, ideal life right now and feel more freedom, joy, and fulfillment than you had before, period.


How did you know you should become an author?

Ironically, it was a distinct moment when I was sitting at an LDStorymakers conference a couple of years ago. A friend had randomly emailed me about the conference, I’d never been to one, and I felt compelled to go. Sitting in the big banquet hall surrounded by tables of people, I remember a moment of sudden realization, of saying to myself, “I’m a writer.” Now at the time, I had self-published three books, CDs, and workbooks and had sold them for almost ten years. I’d written regular columns for Deseret News (four years), LDSLiving, and Utah Valley Magazines. But it honestly, and ridiculously, it hadn’t hit me that I was a writer. That’s when I began putting energy into my writing as an actual author, to take it seriously, and to make time for this part of myself.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

Reading Harriet the Spy, Little Women, and Jane Austen books.


Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Love, love, love the touching emails from women telling me how my book has helped them live happier and wiser, and become more fully who they really are—not as overwhelmed or out of control.


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Know why you write. You must acknowledge that if you write for an audience, you must treat part of what you write as a business. But don’t ever lose the joy, the absolute giddy feeling of writing. If you chase numbers or ranking or stats, you’ll forever grasp at something that won’t make you happy, no matter the numbers. But if you write for the joy, for the learning, and the giving, that’s fulfilling. I try to write something I love to read, that my family all canread (without worry), and that gives women and families a desire to read.


How do you react to a bad review?

What bad reviews?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

My dream—and it’s on a picture on my Life Board—is to live in an Italian villa for a summer with my family; touring, writing, learning together, with a cook who makes incredibly authentic meals that my children love (and learn how to make for me at home). Sigh.

What’s your favorite saying that relates to your writing?

It’s. just. a. book. Too often as authors we can get almost maniacal about writing, becoming hyperfocused on a certain plotline or deadline. We forget we’re to live life, to love our family and friends first, and that helping others is actually more important than finishing that last chapter. Who knew. 


What was your favorite children’s book?

Too many, but I love The Napping House—that’s exactly how it was with my little kids. We’d be all scrunched on the bed together, hands and legs overlapping, snoozing and dreaming.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

Went to dinner with my family. And that was also after my first finished draft, submitting it to the publisher, and receiving my first copy. I pretty much suggest going out to dinner for any possible celebration I can get away with.


What is your guilty pleasure?

Watching an episode of Poirot (my kids say it “Poraggghhh,” like they’re hocking a loogie, just to annoy me), in freshly laundered pjs, with Ritter hazelnut chocolate, in my soft, cozy comforter bed, AND NO INTERRUPTIONS.


If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?

Write, read, eat, write. This exactly what I do on my writing overnighters. I go the Marriott, get in my writing pjs (so different from regular pjs) and spread out all my writing stuff without worry of it being stepped or drooled on. THEN, I write for hours, often six at a stretch. I come up for air, order room service, delight in the delectables, then go back again to my electronic BFF. HEAVEN.


What is next on your to read list?
The Anatomy of Peace, by The Arbinger Institute


Happiest moment in your life so far

Truly, the birth of my last baby—our caboose (number seven, with seven years between him and the next youngest), and me at the age of 46. Absolute, complete, sheer joy. Makes me tear up just thinking about it.


What words or expression do you overuse?

Fabulous. Fabulous. Fabulous.


What is the last thing you bought?

I am SO NOT a shopper—my teen daughter is trying to convert me. I just barely bought two sweater/shade combo thingies that cost $275 for my KSL TV segments. The cashier rang up the total and I thought, are you kidding me?? But ox was in the mire because I had a segment the next day and only an hour to find something while my daughter was at a reading class. I never pay that much for sweater thingies, I’d rather spend it on books. Or a writing overnighter. Now that’s a worthwhile purchase.


Most embarrassing moment?

Too many to choose from. Definitely when I walked up the BYU heart attack hill, chatting on a handsome young man who walked me to my building, and then, when I turned to leave I heard him call, “Connie, your dress.” That’s when I swiped my hand behind my bum and found, my bum. My jumper dress was tucked inside my pantyhose. No, we never dated…



Create a Powerful Life Plan!

Ready to jumpstart your life, but not sure how?

Years ago I was fat, unfulfilled, and unfocused. Then I got serious about making changes, writing an achievable life vision and goals. Starting with weight, I lost twenty-five pounds and gained great energy. This motivated me to organize my home and time, rediscover the joy in parenting, and speak professionally part-time to share with others what I had learned.

That was my ideal life change, what’s yours?

Create a Powerful Life Plan: 3 Simple Steps to Your Ideal Life! will help you achieve life changes in three stress-free steps. You’ll learn how to create a clear vision of your ideal life. Then, how to set and achieve simple, enjoyable goals to make that vision a reality. And finally, what to do when you become stuck, fearful, or frustrated.

You’ll also read the real-life experiences of five women who put their Life Plan into action. And receive online support through podcasts, video segments, blog posts and more at www.conniesokol.com.

Now is the best time to become the person you want to be, and live the life you yearn to live. No gimmicks, no hoopla, just solid, time-tested principles and practices that will help you achieve your dreams and goals, and enjoy the process.

So, are you ready to create your powerful Life Plan?

Endorsements:

“I love your book!! I read it once last week and now I’m reading it again and marking it. I can see it making a difference in my life. I’m realizing that I don’t have to do it all at once.” Jodi Anderson

“Before I started this [book], I wanted to break down my goals into weekly accomplishments in a goal setting program. I can’t believe it, this is exactly what I have been looking for!” Brea Mefford

“I love this program. It really helps me to be accountable, and more importantly, to see progress. I increased my weekly income by better than half. I paid off two credit cards and my overdraft. My husband was able to pay off his car, and I have completely revamped my business goals and direction. Thank you!” Andrea Johnson


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