Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Q&A with Danielle Richardson


Photo by Myai Anthony Photography


Danielle Richardson, O.D., is the author of the new book The Glow Up Journal. She is an optometrist, yoga teacher, and entrepreneur, and she's based in Los Angeles.


Q: What inspired you to write The Glow Up Journal?


A: It was actually kismet! I have a holistic wellness company, Fierce Clarity, that I started after my own experience healing stress-related illness through yoga, plant-based nutrition, and self-inquiry. 


Our first Fierce Clarity product was a journal and each year I’d guide our readers through a 12-day end of year journal challenge to reflect and create intentions for the upcoming year.


I shared these prompts on Tiktok and an editor found me! They were looking for an author for The Glow Up Journal and they found me sharing journal prompts to help people be their best and baddest selves. The rest is history! 


Q: How would you define “glow up”?


A: A glow up is a transformation—transforming from where you currently are to the ultimate version of yourself!


Q: What do you see as some of the most important ways to be more fulfilled in life?


A: Fulfillment begins with an attitude of gratitude. Whenever you feel yourself being unfulfilled, usually it comes from focusing too much on lack, the past, or worry about the future.


Instead, find things you’re grateful for in this present moment. Simple things like your breath, your health, the sunshine, etc.! Making this a daily practice can radically transform your life and improve your sense of fulfillment. 


Q: What do you hope readers take away from the book?


A: I want readers to feel empowered to create a life of their dreams. We can often feel like victims and that life is happening to us. My hope is as the reader goes through The Glow Up Journal, they not only recognize their own strength but they feel inspired to take action and actually create the life of their dreams!


Q: What are you working on now?


A: I am currently working on building out our Fierce Clarity virtual yoga studio and also creating content to help people use their Glow Up Journals! I want Fierce Clarity to be a 360-degree wellness universe that has everything people need for their wellness journey – i.e., The Glow Up Journal, yoga classes, wellness retreats, activewear, and more!


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