Connie Pierce is an individual of clear-sightedness, wisdom and compassion! And, when it comes to the issues of body image and obesity she has ‘walked the talk’ and overcome multiple challenges in her own life. She recently wrote about her own weight loss in a new memoir, My Journey of Real Life Weight Loss, and is now offering workshops, group talks, and individual support services.
We asked Connie to share some of her joys and inspiration related to the good works and difference she is making
in the world:
1. What do you do?
As author, speaker and practitioner of spiritual healing, I devote my life to helping others find lasting solutions to obesity and other issues.
- 2. Why do you do it?
I look at why I am devoting my life to helping others through the lens of my own experiences. It is the lessons I continue to learn in my own life that give me the impetus to respond to others. People who know me agree that I have always had an innate desire to help people in a variety of ways, i.e. supporting and caring for the young and elderly, and prayerfully helping people think more deeply about their relationship to God. Most recently my focus is the obesity crisis in this country. Having dealt with obesity for most of my life, I feel that I have firsthand experience and insight that allow me to help others find a solution to this problem.
- 3. How does “what you do” and your approach to life nourish you?
My work nourishes, inspires and brings me great joy when someone is helped. And subsequently my approach to life continually grows. One recent epiphany from my work with the obesity issue is the vital importance of looking within and making changes that will make me a better person. I am discovering that my desire to see a better world, have more respect for our environment and pave a more responsible path for future generations has to start at home. It goes back to being honest with ourselves and it is through self-examination that we grow. All of this contributes to my commitment to a life of service.
- 4. In what ways do others find what you do nourishing?
Most tell me that my approach allows them to feel “safe.” They don’t feel judged or criticized, but supported and loved. I am also strong in my convictions and like one reader of my book indicated, I didn’t give up on myself and I don’t give up on others.
From my perspective what helps people most is helping them realize that they aren’t alone with their problems and that there is a solution and/or resolution to whatever is causing them despair, fear or concern.
- 5. What would you say is your biggest source of inspiration?
My biggest source of inspiration is my deep belief and faith in God. It is also the personal experiences of those who are benefited.
- 6. Where can we learn more?
My website: www.reallifeweightloss.org