Tell us what you learned while writing I'm Not Perfect And It's Okay
I learned that without my faith and my relationship with God, I don’t know that I could have ever survived and made my way in life to this extent. It was in the depth of my depression and despair, at my weakest moment when I felt like the biggest failure, that I found the unconditional and merciful love of the God I always knew existed. By embracing my weakness, I actually found God’s strength and worked my way out of the pit I found myself to be in.
My faith has not only grown in my relationship with God, but in my self as well. God lives in each and every one of us. I knew I had to look within in order to accomplish the feat of fulfilling my desire to have a closer and more personal relationship with God.
How old were you when you wrote your first book? How many books have you wrote?
I was in my late fifties when I wrote my first book. Over twenty-five years ago I attempted to write I’m Not Perfect And It’s Okay ~ Steps to a Happier Self. At that time, I had neither the experience nor the expertise to realistically offer any steps to a happier self. My book is written in retrospect based on a proven recipe. I have incorporated each and every step into my life on a daily basis over the last several years. Over time, I eventually figured out the steps I suggest for better life coping skills and then decided to put pen to paper and write my book.
In the book itself, I actually explain and go into more depth as to why it took so long for me to complete. I also discuss how I came about revisiting this life long dream of mine.
What sparked your decision to journey down the path of writing?
I have found that one of the most difficult things in life, for me and probably for many other people too, is to embrace our own weaknesses and shortcomings. Our basic human nature is created with faults, foibles, and frailties. It is not to say that we don’t have many wonderful and desirable traits, but we seldom want to admit to some of the less complimentary ones, not even to ourselves.
I have found that when I honestly acknowledge and embrace my own weaknesses, they actually have less power over me and my actions. It’s when I refuse to admit my personal weaknesses that I actually fail at being the true Christian I desire to be. In essence, the more aware I am of my flaws, the more able I am to control what I say and do.
It took me years to be honest and open about suffering from depression. Depression doesn’t always fall into the same category or receive the same compassion that physical illnesses do. Based on my experience, I have found that many people are still very reluctant to openly discuss that they suffer from depression because it is considered to be a form of mental illness. I decided that it was time to “come clean” in order to help educate others in an effort to, not only help those who suffer from depression, but to better educate and inform people that are exposed to those who do.
It has been this realization that sparked my decision to journey down the path of writing and I haven’t look back. I know in my heart it was the right way to go.
What movie has inspired you the most?
I have seen many wonderful movies in my life time. The old classics, The Ten Commandments, Doctor Zhivago, and the musical Jesus Christ Super Star, all come to mind. On a lighter note, I really enjoyed Pretty Woman and An Officer and A Gentleman. My husband and I go to a movie at least once a week during the winter months so we have seen many newer movies that I have enjoyed as well.
What are your hobbies other than writing?I have a variety of personal interests that have served me well since my retirement. First and foremost, I love spending time with my children and my grandchildren. They never cease to amaze me with their boundless energy!
I enjoy walking, zumba, line dancing, and other forms of exercise such as bike riding with my husband. I love gardening especially in the spring when I get to prune the shrubs and watch new life break through the soil as my perennials reach out to the sunlight after a long dark winter.
I also enjoy Crossword Puzzles, Sudokus, and the solving of Cryptoquotes. Reading, reviewing books, and playing bridge are also some favorites
If you could go any where in the world where would you go?
I would have to say Hawaii because after over 40 years of wanting to go there, just last winter that’s exactly what my husband and I did. We went on a lovely vacation with another couple. We’ve been friends since grade school and used to double date before we married our high school sweethearts. It took a long time to happen but…I would have to say it’s where I would go because Hawaii is where we went when we had the opportunity and the timing was right.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
What are you writing now?
I recently published my third book titled, “Up The ‘Down’ Ladder”. I haven’t been writing as much as usual the last few months as I pursue other projects that have been taking up much of my time. However, I do have a few ideas for future books and hope to revisit these when the opportunity arises. One of my manuscripts is near completion but it requires much more editing.
Do you have a blog or website where readers can stay in touch with you?
Yes, I have both. My website is ~ www.doloresayotte.com
My blog site titled “A Woman’s Voice” is ~ www.doloresayotte.wordpress.com
On a personal note ~ I would like to thank you Mary for taking the time to read and review my book. I appreciate the questions you have so adeptly prepared. I would also like to thank all of your followers for spending a little time with me. Bright blessings to each of you!