Sometimes life gives you lemons. I vouched to turn pain into purpose and make lemonade.
Throughout my life, I've learned some valuable principles that have been instrumental in my development. Life isn't perfect, but we can learn and grow while we struggle well.
I went from having attention deficit disorder and anxiety-ridden childhood to a Yoga Instructor, a Psychology student with no clear career direction, a best-selling author and podcaster helping thousands of people, and a life coach and book doula.
Sometimes it is hard to see the sun when you are in the clouds! But the sun is always there, and this is my story.
The Book Doula and Founder of Live Life Happy Publishing
Helping aspiring authors spread positive change, enhanced well-being, mental health safeguarding and optimal performance through book birthing and knowledge sharing to the world!
She believes books change lives and that she can impact the world for good through her work and play.
As an avid reader and lifelong learner, Andrea knows that education and growth never stop. She holds a degree in psychology with post-graduate studies in positive psychology and resilience training. Andrea is an accredited positive psychology coach and international fitness and yoga professional; trained in non-violent communication from Marshall Rosenberg, neuro-linguistic programming, applied positive psychology, post-traumatic growth, mental health first aid, and applied suicide intervention.
She is on a mission to support others through life and struggle in a way that feels good, so they can flourish or at least struggle well because life is not always sunshine and butterflies.
Andrea is the creator of Saving You Is Killing Me: Loving Someone With an Addiction best-selling Book, Podcast and Support Community. She is a regular contributor to Recovery Today magazine and is an active advocate supporting those in the recovery community to turn pain into purpose.
Andrea founded the company Live Life Happy where she hosts book clubs and podcasts and helps aspiring authors write and publish books that change lives. Andrea, lovingly nicknamed "The Book Doula," helps coaches, psychology experts, and entrepreneurs give birth to their books. She bridges the gap between aspiring authors with experience and knowledge and individuals who value expertise and love to learn.
She believes books change lives and that she can impact the world for good through her work and play.
Andrea can be found hiking trails with her dog, doing yoga and travelling when she is not reading or playing.
My Guiding Principles
Let Enthusiasm and Joy Be Your Magnet
If you follow what brings you joy and spend your life doing what brings you happiness, you are more likely to find success. I often thought my unconventional career was going nowhere and lacked focus. But where enthusiasm and passion lead me, happiness and success follow.
I went from a fitness instructor to a nutritionist-weight-loss coach. From Yoga Instructor to life-balance magazine editor. From self-publishing author to a book doula, from editor to CEO of Live Life Happy Publishing. My guiding principle to follow my enthusiasm and excitement started as a strong-willed competitive gymnast at a young age. Intrigued by the power of the mind and body, I chose to study biology and psychology. While at university, I wanted to stay active; I followed my desire to teach fitness and yoga. The best thing about it was I got paid to do what I love, plus the free membership was a bonus. y love of yoga and passion for teaching and doing yoga lead me to a thriving yoga studio business. t was my passion for eating healthily and staying fit, so I decided to become educated and certified as a nutritionist. Little did I know that I'd be helping hundreds of women lose weight using psychology, nutrition and fitness knowledge. Entirely unaware that the Life Balance Magazine and obsessions with reading would lead to book clubs, podcasts and publishing. I am sure that everything I do contributes to human flourishing and well-being! Although my career is unconventional, I continue to let enthusiasm and joy act as my daily compass!
Do what you love and love what you do,
and your path will be shown.
Stay In Your Own Lane
Keep making yourself better. Become so busy developing your own growth and learning that you have no time to be concerned with what others are doing. My career is 100% devoted to self-development and helping others keep growing, learning, and improving.
Social Comparison is when we compare ourselves to others, and we start to lose confidence in our own greatness as a result. I've noticed that I am happier and more motivated when I don't do 'envy and jealousy' but rather use others as inspiration.
By running your own race, you can focus on what you're supposed to do to make yourself happy. By staying in your own lane, you will live more authentically. Authenticity is about showing up and being real. Helping others live authentically, and keep growing and learning while passionately making a positive impact on others- drives me as a human!
Don't compare your life to others. There's no
comparison between the sun and the moon.
They shine when it's their time.
ANDREA'S CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS
RNCP Registered Nutrition Consulting Practitioner
PPP Positive Psychology Practitioner
CPC Certified Professional Coach
CAPP Certificate In Applied Positive Psychology
CPPC Certified Positive Psychology Coach
ERYT Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
CNVC Certified Non Violent Communication Trainer
NLP Practitioner (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
WISP Well-Being In-School Support Practitioner
Mental Health First Aid & Applied Suicide Intervention Training
Life Is Tough, But So Are You!
It's not always going to be rainbows and butterflies. Life isn't always perfect or easy and doesn't always make sense. These experiences put us on different paths, allow for growth and create new opportunities.
Some of my struggles have been: divorce, multiple miscarriages, sexual assault, ADD, betrayal, and trauma from my boyfriend's hidden drug addiction, to name a few. I am not sharing my challenges with you for sympathy or pity but rather to emphasize that you never know what someone is dealing with and struggling through. Part of being human is the fact that we will endure struggle. All we can do is focus on what is within our power to change, learn, or focus on so we can thrive.
Life can be hard at times. Be Kind, and you never know what battle someone is fighting.
School Anxiety- How I went from anxiety to empowerment.
One year, I almost missed an entire year of school. I had such bad anxiety. I couldn't miss any more days, or they would have to hold me back. Terrifying panic attacks and anxiety crippled me. My dad gave me a book called One day at a time (no longer in print), and my mom taught me the power of using my mind to help me overcome this challenge. This knowledge became the learning, support and growth I needed to be resilient. I got through the challenge and learned a lot from the experience. I believe this was the birth of my love of learning and reading obsession.
The mind is a powerful force, and you have power over your mind, not outside events. At a young age, I had to learn these powerful resiliency tools. I learned that you never know how strong you are until being strong is the choice you have to make. We all face different struggles, and we are remarkably resilient! Going through struggle also taught me incredible compassion. I believe my career and life focus is a blessing and birthed from my struggles and learning. Throughout my life, I have tried never to let any struggle go to waste! I learn, grow and help others who might be going through something similar.
There is opportunity in every difficulty.
Silver Lining to Every Cloud
I've discovered that sometimes the traumatic things in our lives put us on the path toward the best things.
The Stabbing Truth
Sometimes we need shocking and even traumatic events to make us realize how fragile our lives can be. These moments allow us to check in and reevaluate what is important and what difference we want to make in this world.
One summer, I provided first aid to a teenage boy named Joey and dropped from a car in the middle of the parking lot where I was parked. He looked grey in colour, covered with blood and needed help. Upon waiting for paramedics to arrive, I provided first aid. I struggled to put pressure on one of the multiple stab wounds on his body, and I was able to speak with him in hopes of keeping him alive. He finally told me his name while coming in and out of consciousness. I kept asking him to stay with me and telling him there were lots to live for. Then, it happened. I looked down and noticed a rapidly growing circle of blood under his body. I knew this was NOT a good sign. I remember saying at that moment, "Oh my god."-- and just like that, he passed away. He just lost his life!
Who knows what the story was behind this fatality, but it changed my life forever. As a result of this trauma, I knew I wanted to make a difference and support teen mental health and resilience. I knew I needed to get out of my way and birth my teen empowerment book series! Even if they help one teen.
My Super Power: Attention Deficit Disorder!
Sometimes what seems like the worse diagnosis or realization of what might be perceived as a deficit, weakness, or fault can lead to beautiful things. I shifted my mindset and turned my ADD into a superpower.
I never saw my ADD as a disorder or illness. Yes, I get distracted easily. Yes, I am hyperactive and restless at times. My brain goes a mile a minute, and I am sometimes impulsive. I even have difficulty paying attention to multiple things. How I cope with all these so-called symptoms ends up making me a better person. My coping strategies make my ADD a superpower! It makes me: more active, practice yoga, more mindful, use organization strategies, read fast, collect information and learn rapidly. What once used caused me the energy of shame turned into a fun asset. My friends even used to ask me to speed-read their books for them and come back with the highlights. Which I love because it helps feed my busy mind. You can see The Live Life Happy Podcast book highlights, and the unconventional book clubs are birthed due to my ADD!
My deficit has become my asset!
We can train our minds to see something good
Andrea's Professional Introduction/ BIO
Andrea offers positive psychology life coaching services, writing retreats, book coaching services, and unconventional book clubs. Andrea is lovingly called the "Book Doula" as she helps individuals painlessly give birth to books. Andrea is a Positive Psychology Practitioner, Certified Life Coach and 7-time best-selling author. She is the founder of Live Life Happy Publishing and the mother of two children. She lives in Caledon, Ontario.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied.
You have picked up my obsession with books and my love of learning. My mom gave me a five-book-a-week restriction at the library. When my siblings wanted to go shopping, I'd ask to be dropped off at Barnes and Noble.
Books are little packages of knowledge and learning opportunities, and they have the potential to change lives! I know they have mine. Since I have published and read so many books, I understand the process of writing, birthing and publishing. I also know firsthand the impact that books can have on lives. Following and using my passion, experience and superpower, I decided to 1. Launch my podcast, where I highlight books and share actionable advice to put knowledge into action. 2. Help people give birth to their books so they can share their expertise and make a difference, and 3. I host unconventional book clubs where I highlight and coach the content to help busy people grow and flourish.
Keep Going... life can be challenging at times. You never know whom you are inspiring, whom you are touching, or whose life you are saving.... and so I do...
Let's Work/Play Together!
I am so glad we've connected
Let's talk. I'd love to hear your story, dreams and desires. Let me know if I can help you along the way.
Some of my services include:
Positive Psychology Life Coaching
Hosting Unconventional Bookclubs (Private membership & Public Groups)
Book Coaching (Book Doula Services)
Speaking & Workshops
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