What does it take to design a meaningful life? I believe that is why we are here and yet, it can feel out of reach. Alka Joshi, the New York Times best-selling author of The Henna Artist and her most recent book The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is on to share her journey from successful entrepreneur to full time author. Alka believes that the energy we put out into the world is what we attract back in. She shares how we can live more intentionally and with more joy and success. She also shares her writing practice and much more! This is a beautiful interview that will leave you feeling inspired! Tune in now and access the show notes at thegoodlifecoach.com/139.

Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. At age 62, Joshi published her debut novel, The Henna Artist, which immediately became a New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and is being developed into an episodic series by Miramax TV. The sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, premieres June 2021, and will be followed by the third book in the trilogy in 2022.

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  1. How Alka went from full time entrepreneur to full time writer.
  2. Why she wrote “The Henna Artist” and why she called it a love letter to her mother.
  3. Why the energy we put out into the world is important.
  4. What Alka remembers about living in India and what she wanted people to understand about India and it’s rich culture and heritage.
  5. Why we need to keep learning every day.
  6. Go back and reignite passions from the past.
  7. Why need to live our lives from a place of clear intention.
  8. How her book became a Reese Witherspoon pick and what Reese said to her.
  9. How Alka’s book is being turned into a TV series.
  10. Why you should have friends of all ages.
  11. Her advice to women who want more out of life and much more!

Alka’s 3 Best Tips for Living a Meaningful Life

  1. Don’t let life happen to you. Have an intention for what you want to happen.  Ask yourself, “What kind of life do I want to create?”  You have to clarify the intention and have it inside your brain all of the time.
  2. Always try to have joy in your life every day. 
  3. Learn something new every single day.  Always be learning.


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