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About Allyson Lewis

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/7

Q. Previous occupations

A. Financial Services Industry

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing, teaching, sharing and collaborating with The 7 Minute Community

Q. High school and/or college

A. Jefferson Prep School - Pine Bluff, AR and William Woods University - Fulton, MO

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Living a life with purpose and meaning.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Change happens in an Instant!® It happens the moment you DECIDE to change.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness is living today and still knowing there can be MORE.  Writing The 7 Minute Solution  is my personal story of looking for MORE happiness, MORE purpose, and MORE meaning in life.   Most books try to convince the readers that there is a secret answer to what they are looking for in life, as the author of this book - I found the MORE was in the daily journey.  The MORE I was looking for had been there all along - the problem was that I was so busy I wasn't aware of it. I describe happiness as that sense of "connectedness" to my faith, my family, my friends and all of the other activities and emotions that make life meaningful and purposeful.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Not trying....

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I love being in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison (Believers, Achievers, Inventors)

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I can't

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I'd rather learn great lessons from than regret....

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. How to garden and create art - I love nature and colors (my family is wishing I listed cooking!)

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I love to learn

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Not listening well.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I am incredibly creative and believe everything is possible.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My brain is in constant motion.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Rachel in The Go-Giver by Burg and Mann

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. I don't relate well to villains. I like nice people.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Sir Ernest Shackleton was "The Boss" on the real life expedition of The Endurance from 1914 to 1916.  I have learned so many life lessons of believing, planning, persevering and trying again.  I would like to ask him, "Where does that belief come from?"  

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. My home computer locking up.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Collaborating with our team to create innovations and systems to make people's lives more meaningful.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I am living it.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Faith. Hope. Love.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate would be near the top of the list.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Stephen Ambrose Laurie Beth Jones Katherine Hillenbrand Winefred Gallagher C.S. Lewis

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. The Bible Little Women by Loisa May Alcott Same Kind Of Different as Me by Hall and Moore The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Writing is a habit and a discipline - not just an inspiration.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Allyson, are you super organized? Ask me on Twitter (allyson7minutes) or on Facebook (AllysonLewis.SevenMinutes) to find out.

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