Brandy M. Miller
*Are you happy at the moment?
More than I’ve ever been. I’ve spent most of my life trying to find a place where I get to us all of my skills, talents, and gifts in the service of others, and I’ve finally found it – as my own boss.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now –what would it be?
Don’t quit too soon. You will never be more tempted to give up on anything you want to achieve in life than in that moment when you just feel like you can’t do this anymore. If you quit, you’ll later on figure out just how closer you were to success and you’ll want to kick yourself.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
The most important thing I’ve learned this year is that the seeds of your success are always sown in the soil of your distress. Struggles are like strength training for the soul. Nobody likes suffering or pain, but those things teach you important lessons if you’ll learn from them. Every hardship I’ve endured was paving the way for a breakthrough in something I wanted to achieve.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
In the next 12 months I want to go from building a business to starting a revolution. I want to give people back their voices. There are a whole lot of people out there who have stopped speaking up for themselves because they think nobody’s listening and they don’t think it matters. I want to show them that they have something valuable to share and that the world needs to hear their message. I’m not just talking about writers or singers, but artists and designers and all those creative people out there right now who are struggling to be heard.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
Love. Love is the source of all true happiness. The more I love others, the more I find happiness just comes to me.
*What is the one ritual or practice that keeps you grounded?
Prayer. I pray every day. I pray over my writing, I pray over my business, I pray over everything and everyone. It keeps me grounded in love and filled with hope even in the dark moments of life. It reminds me of why I am really here and what’s really at stake.
*What’s your biggest regret?
My biggest regret is that I didn’t do enough to help my father before he died. I wish I’d handled things differently, but I also recognize that it was an important part of my journey in getting where I am now.I don’t let those regrets keep me in the past, I use them to push me to do better tomorrow than I did today.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
What I hope I’ve taught my son and foster kids, more than anything, is that you matter. What you do matters and what you choose not to do matters. Even when you don’t think anyone else is watching, the consequences of your actions stretch far beyond yourself, so choose wisely.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
My tendency to disregard compliments. I have a hard time believing that people are sincere when they give them, because I have a hard time believing that I am someone worth loving. It’s a struggle I’ve been working to overcome for a very long time, and I’ve made more progress toward that goal in the last year than I have before.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of having helped other writers get their books finished and out there. I ran a writer’s group for 2 years and in that time, I helped 6 writers get their books finished and published. It is one reason I love the work that I do.
*When were you happiest?
This is my happiest moment. I’m finally doing what I feel like I was called to do with my life.
*Which 10 words best describe you?
Creative, intelligent, talented, strong, determined, fun, thoughtful,playful, loyal, Catholic.
Brandy M. Miller is the Creativity Consultant for Creative Technology Services, a company she and her husband started during their time in Elko, Nevada to assist creative entrepreneurs in learning to market and brand themselves so they can make more money from what they already know and know how to do. She is also the Chief Executive Story Teller for 40 Day Writer, a site she maintains to help writers get the help and support they need in pursuing their dreams. They currently live in Dallas, Texas with their son.
Brandy is the author of 5 published books and twice that many in the works. She is passionate about teaching people to discover their unique message and the people who need it, craft that message in a way that is appealing to their market, and then share that message with the world. She believes that everyone has something to offer, and she loves helping others achieve their dreams. You can follow her on Twitter @WriterBrandy or contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.