Best-selling author Cheryl Richardson delves into midlife challenges and experiments with journal writing in her long-awaited return, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife.
1. What was the catalyst to Waking Up?
Turning 50 created a slow rumble of anxiety that inspired me (forced me, really) to start listening to my life. As I did, I began to reevaluate everything—my work, my marriage, my whole life. The book tells the story of what happened as I embarked on a hero’s journey. It’s a memoir in journal form that allows me to teach by example. I hope that readers see themselves in the unfolding story and feel less alone as a result.
2. How would you describe
From a very young age I’ve been committed to the evolution of my
soul, and I see this desire as the foundation of my spirituality. Today, I live my life with a focus on Presence and Beauty as a path to God. The underlying message of the book is that living a conscious, examined life is living a spiritual life.
3. In what ways did the move toward journaling affect
I’ve been ke …