Today I had the great pleasure of interviewing Christine Yeung, an award-winning psychologist, CEO and Founder of Beyond Story – A startup consultancy which specialising in working with many professionals and leaders across industries across the globe to optimise their mental health and psychological fitness in order to thrive in complexity. The latest venture of Beyond Story is to help humanity to combat loneliness using technologies in order to prevent mental health conditions such as depression and social anxiety. Christine has studied and consulted across Europe, Asia and Australia, working with businesses, government departments, NGOs and the United Nations at the intersection of governance, mental health and culture.
In this interview Christine dives deep into how Creatives can cultivate a Growth Mindset in order to thrive, create a unique personal practise, and keep challenging themselves.
Today’s interview is with writers, entrepreneurs and book reviewers, Kirsten and Aiyven Mbawa.
What a treat it was to interview young writers Kirsten and Aiyven Mbawa (ages 13 and 11 respectively). They may be young but that hasn’t held them back. They are both published novelists, entrepreneurs, and book reviewers.
Check out their You Tube Channel for book reviews HERE.
Here are their official Bio’s, and enjoy the show!
Aiyven Mbawa is a 11-year old year 7 student, one of the famed Mbawa Book Reviewers duo and co-founder of Happier Every Chapter book subscription box. An avid reader and book reviewer, Land Of The Nurogons, a fantasy adventure is her debut novel.
Aiyven lives in Northampton where she was born with her parents, 2 sisters and pet cat Zaki. Will Land Of The Nurogons become a series? Who knows. Watch the space after the publication of her next book; Aiyven is in the concept stages of a diverse middle-grade story, due out later this year. In collaboration with her sister Kirsten, she also plans to publish a short story collection. In her pre-covid spare time, Aiyven attends gymnastics, learns Mandarin, plays the piano and tennis.
Kirsten Mbawa is a 13-year old year 8 student, winner of 2015 Young Writers Talent for Writing Award, one of the famed Mbawa Book Reviewers duo and co-founder of Happier Every Chapter book subscription box. A voracious reader for as long as she can remember and a book reviewer, Sagas of Anya, is her debut novel which honours her love for historical fiction. Kirsten lives in Northampton where she was born with her parents, 2 sisters and pet cat Zaki.
With homage to historical fiction out of the way, Kirsten plans to throw the constraints of time and place to the wind by writing a horror or dystopian middle-grade fiction for her next book which is due out later this year. In collaboration with her sister Aiyven, she also plans to publish a short story collection in the future. In her pre-covid spare time, Kirsten attends gymnastics, learns Mandarin, plays the piano and tennis.
Colleen inspires writers to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment in their work. Her book, Writer Get Noticed!, was a gold-medal winner in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and a first-place winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Overwhelmed Writer Rescue was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018 and was an Amazon bestseller. Her novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others.
Her latest book Your Writing Matters helps you discover the hidden benefits writing may have in your life, whether writing is part of your life’s purpose, and when it’s best to leave writing behind.
With over 20 years as a freelance writer in the health and wellness industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women’s Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery.
She frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers. Her first course, “How to Finish the Creative Projects You Start,” is available on Teachable. Find more at these sites: