By now everyone has heard the story about how the inspiration of the book came from a visit to the children’s hospital, but what a lot of people haven’t heard is the 5 months that followed when I was writing the book.
I dedicated 5 nonstop months of my life to this book while I was writing it I knew that what I was doing had so much good intent behind it, and I believed that when it came time to publish that the publishers would also see that level of good intent behind it and wish to support it. Once I completed my manuscript I started to look for publishers and everyone initially because of my background as an athlete and someone who had lived her life very public they were more than happy to set up meetings and as soon as I would sit down with them they would tell me to scrap the entire idea of The Mirror Said You’re BeYouTiful and to write something that was completely different. So, meeting after meeting after meeting ended and I refused to change my book. Many people called me stubborn, and told me that it was time to cave. But as you can see today I never did, but throughout this process there was a constant fear and self-doubt. A feeling that what if it didn’t work out or what if my writing wasn’t good enough. Then it hit me the self-doubt that trickled in at night they were all signs that I cared about this book.
In a moment of realization, I found that self-doubt shouldn’t be viewed as fear or inability, but rather it should be seen as a sign of caring and passion, and if you care about what you do and you’re passionate about it then you will succeed at it eventually. Throughout the process of writing and publishing this book I learned that doubt should be processed as a green light and not a red light.
Now having gone through this whole process and having had the book out it makes it more valuable than ever because I know that me not caving was worth it. Over the last three months I’ve been doing press, and now I’m on my book tour and it has been the most incredible experience. These experiences remind you of how important it is to always trust your gut instinct and to do what you think is the right decision.
I hope that once you finish reading this book that you go on applying the lessons learned from it, but that you also pass on the information. Thank you for reading and supporting my book it means so much! I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I did writing it!
Never give up, and never give in when you believe in something, you believing in yourself is all you need!
Loads of Love,
About the Author
Austiage is a former national-level champion fencer who was born in Washington, DC. She speaks seven languages, attended American University, and is the founder of the Star Individuality Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports youths in developing their unique individuality. Her book The Mirror Said, “You’re Be-You-Tiful” explores the societal pressures that many people are faced with today and offers a game plan for nurturing individuality and owning one’s beauty.
You can visit Austiage’s website at https://www.austiage.com/.
About the Book:
Title: THE MIRROR SAID YOU’RE BE-YOU-TIFUL
In her motivational self-help book, THE MIRROR SAID, “YOU’RE BE-YOU-TIFUL,” former elite athlete Austiage offers readers a foundation for embracing their unique beauty in a world that doesn’t always value diversity and individuality. Writing in a welcoming, conversational style, Austiage outlines a plan for embracing a positive self-image that develops from the inside out.
An unexpected question (“Does the mirror make you feel ugly?”) was the spark that led Austiage to pen THE MIRROR SAID, “YOU’RE BE-YOU-TIFUL.” She met the young girl, Julianne, who posed the question while donating supplies to a children’s hospital. After talking with the girl about beauty and what it means, the author felt moved to share her thoughts with others on this delicate subject, which many people—young and old, male and female—frequently struggle with. The book has a powerful message that begins by focusing on the individual.
Austiage asserts that beauty is much more than aesthetic. She emphasizes that character is an essential component of beauty and encourages readers to bolster their character by being positive and kind to themselves and others. The author repeatedly stresses the importance of having a strong belief in one’s self and explains how this belief affects how people see themselves, the type of people they invite into their lives, and the manner in which they take care of themselves and pursue their goals.
THE MIRROR SAID, “YOU’RE BE-YOU-TIFUL” takes an in-depth look at the necessity of self-care including eating well without foregoing pleasure, incorporating fitness and relaxation in one’s daily life, using makeup to highlight and enhance one’s beauty, discarding fear and doubt to follow opportunities to find one’s passion, and reevaluating relationships to make conscious decisions about the people in one’s life.
Austiage says, “In my point of view, my book is about helping those who are at the point in their lives that they want to feel better about themselves. I think my book will help people understand that they aren’t the only contributing factor in feeling good or bad about themselves. Rather, the everyday lifestyle choices they make, the people they surround themselves with, and the words they use all merge to develop a feeling unique to how they feel about their identity. Learning how to break down different aspects of daily life and to reevaluate them will dramatically change the way they perceive themselves.” Austiage wrote THE MIRROR SAID, “YOU’RE BE-YOU-TIFUL” “to help everyone understand that they have the ability to feel beautiful. Ultimately, I want readers to step away from my book feeling happiness, beauty, and pride from the inside out.”