Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Mariah and Byron Edgington, Authors of Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough, (RE)Discover Your Passion, Purpose, & Love of Yourself & Life.
Mariah grew up in rural Iowa. Byron in Central Ohio. They met in Iowa City, Iowa, where they flew together, Mariah as a registered nurse, Byron as a helicopter pilot flying air medical rescue missions and lifting people up and away from healthcare challenges.
Through their decades of serving others, the Edgington's observed a nearly universal thirst among people from all walks of life to find more purpose and passion in their lives. Journey Well serves to meet this need while addressing the debilitating issue of low self-worth by offering unique and key strategies for personal growth.
Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Hi Mariah and Byron, Great to have you with us today! How long have you two been married?
We believe we've been together forever. Truly we celebrate every month because we know amazing relationships take dedication to make them the best they can be. March 29, 2022, is 264 months.
How did that impact the writing of this book together?
Mariah: We had several opportunities for growth in our relationship during this process. Because Byron has written many other works and published four prior books, we knew there would be stylistic workflow differences. One incident comes to mind; we even describe it in the book. Our communication broke down, and we had to step back and say what's going on here. Once we realized what had triggered it and did that together, we were able to incorporate the incident into the book as a teaching moment.
Byron: Additionally, I'll bring this up for others who may also be neurodivergent. With ADHD, I can be scattered or completely focused on details that may or may not be relevant. We had to factor in and incorporate my idiosyncrasies into the workflow.
Mariah, you had a career as a nurse. How did that help with writing this book?
I applied kindness, empathy, and compassion to my work. They've always been key to my interactions with people, and creating Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough is no different. Patient and family interaction required a great deal of teaching. With any type of instruction, the person/people learning must understand they have a responsibility of choice and decision to whether to implement the instructions, or not. In the book, we inform the reader that once they're aware of how powerful implementing a positive mindset, one of gratitude and abundance is, they then have the choice to change it with the tools and techniques we offer. And that is all based on the decision they choose to make.
Byron, for whom is this book intended?
People who know there is more to life than they currently experience. So many people are exhausted by the negativity in the media, it's caustic, and they are ready to find a better solution. We want to provide them the tools to make that their reality.
Mariah, what was your writing process?
I do my best writing in short sprints. Byron can write for hours without looking up from the computer.
Byron, what do you hope people will take from this book?
My hope is that they come to realize what they experience in their life is their choice. Once they make the decision to let go of the past that's no longer serving them, they have a wide-open future to a life of abundance of their own creation. We intend to show them this by example.
Mariah, why do you think this book is so important/timely?
Many people believe the world is a frantic, chaotic, and fearful place right now. They're overwhelmed, living their lives from one calamity to the next. Yet it doesn't have to be that way. With mindset shifts, using gratitude, kindness, and respect for yourself first, then those around you, you can bring positivity into your life.
Byron, what is the basic premise of the book?
Journey Well offers you a message of hope. Hope for bringing gratitude into your daily life, hope for focusing on what's good, and letting go of the negatives and the cant's that seem to come too easily. Since we're immersed in a world flooded with negative messages on social media and elsewhere, Journey Well offers a corrective.
Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough, (RE)Discover Your Passion, Purpose, & Love of Yourself & Life is a literary roadmap to help you claim your better, brighter life. As the title says, you're not ‘enough,' You are More than enough. Do you want to defeat imposter syndrome? Do you want a better life with more satisfaction and serenity? Are you tired of being sad, frustrated, angry at yourself and others? Are you convinced there's a better way to live?
Journey Well is a self-care, self-help, affirmation book and set of tools that will make you feel better about yourself and help you find the life you deserve. This book addresses your past missteps and helps you see that they were great lessons. It guides you to a new mindset, a new perception that will change the way you see yourself and how you live your life. It explains why words are so important and how positive words must replace negative words in order to alter your perception of this abundant world. The book offers ways to help with self-care, affirmation, and how to silence that harsh inner critic once and for all. Using the free Journey Well Guidebook is one of the best ways ever to invest in yourself and to get the full benefit of the More than enough experience. Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough, (RE)Discover Your Passion, Purpose, & Love of Yourself & Life guides you toward a better world by giving you power and permission to discard old paradigms that limit you in ways you might not have imagined.
Mariah, how is the book designed to help people help themselves?
In addition to the techniques, there are action steps for the application of these principles. The accompanying guidebook & online course go into more detail and allows people to learn how to successfully integrate the tools into their lives.
Byron, how can this book be used by loved ones to help those who are struggling?
Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough guidebook (which is free on our website, by the way), provides support for the readers who want to share this message of hope with their people. Its underlying message is that it is possible to find abundance right here & now once we become aware that it does exist. Next, people can learn how to make a better life by integrating the tools. Doing this together builds stronger family and/or community bonds. Book clubs are another way to share the journey.
Mariah, what role does the guidebook play in the reader's experience with the book?
With the guidebook, the reader can do exercises that enhance learning and creates a more vibrant learning experience. The Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough guidebook will help the reader to consider their own life with more depth, as the exercises typically bring about many questions and unresolved issues to review.
Byron, why do you feel so many people struggle with issues of self-worth?
From a very young age, we're saturated with messages of inadequacy and incompleteness. Few people, if any, have lived a life free of negative messaging from family, school, organized religions, and peers, much less the barrage we get from social media/TV. We all buy into it until we become aware. Helping people become aware is the first task of the book. It's exciting to know that we can help people overcome this through the Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough book, guidebook & online course.
Mariah, what can parents do from the onset to instill feelings of self-worth in their children?
From the get-go, finding things to give sincere praise to the kids. We teach about “Mirror Work” in the book, do this with your kids too. Once they are in school, talk to them about peer pressure and not buying into other people's opinions. Self-love may be a difficult thing to teach, but it's not impossible – and it's essential.
Byron, what experiences from your own life did you draw upon to write this book?
Having studied under teachers such as Louise Hay & Wayne Dyer, I learned that implementing many of their principles in my life made a positive impact. Recently I began a deeper dive into mindset tools from Neville Goddard and found once I effectively integrated them into my life, the way I viewed life changed. People notice when your energy level goes up, and it does this when we own our value and our worth, and live from a place of deep respect and love for ourselves.
Mariah, you use two unique phrases in this book: reperception and visioneering. What do they mean, and why are they so vital to this process?
Reperception is reviewing the past you currently view as negative using the lens of, ‘what was the lesson in this, what's the potential good I learned from this'? Once you discern what that was, harvest the good and use the rest as fertilizer to build a beautiful future garden. In other words, quit revisiting the negative past. You cannot change the past; use it for good and move forward.
Visioneering is a process where we see our future the way we want it to be; we fully focus our attention on what we do want in our lives, even if that isn't our current reality. We know whatever is in our lives today; we drew into our lives because we focused our attention on it. The book Journey Well, You Are More Than Enough is a Best Seller because we visioneered it into existence. Prior to 2021, we'd never considered co-authoring a book together; however, once we began studying Neville's principles, we knew we had valuable information that needed to be shared with people, and this book became the vehicle.
Byron, what is next for you two and the Journey Well series?
We frequently speak on the Journey Well principles and will be doing week-long seminars on cruises. We also have two other books, one that will interest the military and one around nursing. Both will be coming out in late 2022 or early 2023.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
You can visit the website for more details.
Thank you so much, Mariah and Byron, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!