This week we completed our 5th interview with Tiff, make sure you check it out below:
How have you been?
Can you tell us a little bit about your new books?
You Beauty! Is a manual to creating a better you every single day. Packed full of fitspo, yummo recipes, fun exercise ideas and ways to dream big and release your inner sparkle. It’s all my top secrets woven into the prettiest health book I’ve ever seen. I dare you not to fall in love with it! Featuring my 5 minute fat blaster workouts, top recipes from bliss balls to breakfast, the how-tos and go-tos to tone, strengthen and shape your best body. Plus heaps of life hacks on how to stay psyched up and pumped up on your wellness journey.
Maxi and The Magical Money Tree is about a young girl Maxine Edwards whose world is turned upside down when she discovers a real life money tree growing in the basement of her new house. What would you do with millions of dollars every day? Would more money make you happier, more popular, more friends? These are the questions Maxi must answer.
How long did they take to write? Did they take a lot of time and effort to produce?
Maxi and The Magical Money Tree took over two years to write. You Beauty! was a seven month project but all the research and expertise has taken me a lifetime of study, testing and application.
How did Maxi and the Magical Money tree come about?
Whilst on holidays in Indonesia I saw a tree that looked like a money tree, the leaves were yellow, green and pink as if shrouded in five, fifty and one hundred dollar bills. I said out loud to my husband, ‘wouldn’t it be awesome if that was a real life money tree?’ and he said, ‘that’d make a great kids book’. I started writing it that night.
What sort of themes did you want to explore in Maxi and the Magical Money tree?
Whenever I host writing workshops at schools, I ask kids, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ many of them answer rich or famous. I often think about money and its relationship to our happiness. So many people think money makes you happier and I wanted to explore this theme in my book.
It’s no secret we live in an image saturated world where kids are trying to keep up on their Instagram feed with the latest, greatest stuff. We are stuff-crazy! I wanted to see what would happen if my characters could have all the stuff they could ever dream of in life. Can you actually buy happiness? What does it mean to be rich? Can you be still be rich and have no money? How does money and owning things impact our confidence and self-esteem?
How is You Beauty different to your other health books?
This is my first book containing workouts and exercise. There is a fantastic Workout Selector so you can customize your own workouts. [It contains] all my best circuits and fitness ideas. There’s also cool ways of throwing food together. I have a Salad Selector and a Snack Selector so you can mix and match menus to suit your tastes.
Why did you choose to tackle stress in You Beauty?
Weightloss, feeling good and maintaining wellness is emotive. You have to conquer stress in order to make healthy choices that heal and nourish your body not hurt and hinder your goals. Stress affects the body and mind chemically, when you are stressed, cortisol (the stress hormone) floods your system and shuts down fat burn. Stress impacts your hair, skin, mood as well as your body. We are not working 9-5 anymore but around the clock, everyone is available and accessible 24/7. This has changed the way we live our lives, minimized down time and recovery. Less recovery means more anxiety and the side effects are feeling more depressed, weight gain and being more inactive than ever before. It’s a vicious cycle.