This Week’s Woman of Wisdom Interview is with Dr. Bernadette Anderson, Author of Fulfilled. 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health and Happiness

Bernadette Anderson, MD, MPH, is a respected medical expert and creator of Life in Harmony, an innovative approach to intentional wellbeing. With over 20 years of experience in healthcare, she specializes in acute, clinical, and preventive care. Dr. Anderson is dedicated to empowering individuals through education and personalized wellness tools, blending traditional, holistic, and lifestyle medicine to promote lasting health. Dr. Anderson authored Fulfilled. 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness,  a must-have resource for anyone seeking to reclaim their health and vitality.

This is her story…

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

The realization that I wanted to pursue writing came to me during the process of crafting my book, Fulfilled. 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness. There was an undeniable urge within me to express a narrative that had been simmering for some time—an anthology of life lessons that had profoundly shaped me into the person I deserved to be. Alongside these personal reflections, I also felt compelled to share the rich exchanges I had with patients, which further illuminated the challenges and victories on the journey to self-discovery.

As I delved deeper into the writing process, my path as a writer began to solidify. Venturing into freelance writing for platforms like GoodRx and contributing to esteemed online media outlets such as Essence, USA Today, Fatherly, and the Grio only deepened my passion for writing. These experiences served as confirmation that writing was not just a creative outlet but a calling—a means to connect, inspire, and resonate with others on their own paths of healing and growth.

What is your book about?

"fullfilled by bernadette anderson"Fullfilled. 52 Prescriptions for healing, health, and happiness is where science meets the soul. It pioneers a path beyond the limitations of traditional healthcare toward authentic wellness, seamlessly blending conventional Western medicine with holistic practices. Fulfilled is a transformative, unparalleled, comprehensive guide that helps the reader to delve deeper than physical health and embrace their entire being.

Fulfilled is not the ordinary self-help book—it’s a guide for self-advocacy. Within its pages, readers will find actionable steps and exercises to heal shattered pieces of their hearts, nurture a healthy mind and body, and be unapologetically true to their own happiness. It encourages them to embrace forgiveness, adopt healthier eating habits, prioritize fitness, cultivate joy, restore inner harmony, and ultimately achieve better health. With 52 carefully curated prescriptions, readers learn to make living a fulfilling life their default mode.

Why did you want to write this book?

Beyond just being the author of Fulfilled. 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness, I’ve truly lived it. I’m not only a family physician, but someone who’s walked the intricate journey towards self-discovery and optimal well-being. My path wasn’t always illuminated. There were years where I was overwhelmed by unhealed emotional wounds, sub-optimal health, and a pervasive sense of unhappiness.

Each prescription in the book resonates with my personal narrative, and some echo the experiences of my patients. My intention was to give readers a compass that points them in the direction of a life they truly deserve to live. As I was writing it, it became more than a compass. It’s truly a comprehensive guide and workbook to whole-self wellness so readers can nurture their mind, body, and spirit in a way that is fulfilling to them. But, they won’t have to navigate the journey alone—I will be right there with them, ready to guide, simply open the book.

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?  The most rewarding?

Writing this book presented challenges that required perseverance and introspection to overcome. Delving into deeply personal experiences was particularly difficult as I wanted to offer readers not just insight into my life but also motivation to confront their own obstacles. Also, while some moments of writing flowed effortlessly, I encountered periods of struggle where I had to push myself to continue.

Real-life disruptions, such as my mother’s broken hip and the passing of my brother, posed significant challenges, but I remained dedicated to the project. Structuring the content in an accessible and engaging manner was another hurdle I faced, ensuring consistency in tone and language throughout the book while effectively conveying the intended messages. Fortunately, I had the invaluable support of a skilled editor to guide me through these obstacles.

As for the most rewarding aspect of the writing process, it was undoubtedly knowing that my experiences and insights could make a positive impact on someone else’s life. It made all the effort and difficulty worthwhile. Seeing the finished product and believing in its potential to serve as a guide towards profound healing, improved health, and an abundance of happiness for those it was intended for remains immensely gratifying.

What do you hope other people will take away from reading your book?

In “Fulfilled: 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness,” my aim is to offer readers more than just a passive reading experience. It is meant to be story-engaging and interactive, not merely story-telling. Think of the book as your very own office visit with me, but without the added cost of a co-pay or expensive bill.

Each week, I’ll ask questions, address your concerns, and offer prescriptions tailored to your needs. However, the real transformation happens when you actively engage with these prescriptions. As your virtual guide, every prescription is packed with practical tools and profound insights to support your personal growth and wellness. So, when you dive into the book, you’ll have life-changing recommendations to accompany you on your journey towards fulfillment in mind, body, and spirit.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

If I could offer advice to my younger writing self, who began as a contributor and freelance writer only a few years before authoring “Fulfilled: 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness,” I would emphasize that writing is more than just reaching the end goal.

It’s about the journey itself—the experiences gained, the growth achieved, and the lessons learned along the way. I would encourage her to cherish every moment of the writing process, from the initial spark of inspiration to the final edits. Despite the inevitable challenges and setbacks, I would remind her to celebrate the small victories and to stay resilient in the face of obstacles. Above all, I would urge her to trust in her voice and vision, to keep honing her craft, and to never lose sight of the passion that led her to pursue writing in the first place.

How long did it take to write your book?

It took me several years to write Fulfilled. 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness. There were times when I doubted whether it would ever come to fruition. I confess that I set it aside on numerous occasions. However, there was always a persistent yearning to see it through.

Who are your favorite authors (and why)?

Several authors have deeply influenced my writing journey. Jen Sincero’s “You Are a Badass” resonated with me for its empowering message and practical advice on self-discovery and personal growth. Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking” taught me the transformative power of optimism and mindset. Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” inspired me to cultivate mindfulness and live in the present moment.

Julie Shimko’s “The Self-Care Workbook” provided valuable tools and practices for nurturing my well-being. Brené Brown’s “Daring Greatly” encouraged me to embrace vulnerability and wholehearted living. James Clear’s “Atomic Habits” offered insights into the science of habit formation and how small changes can lead to remarkable results.

Beyond authors, figures such as Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Deepak Chopra have also been sources of inspiration for their wisdom, leadership, and commitment to personal and societal well-being. Each of these individuals has contributed to shaping my perspective and approach to writing and life.

What is your favorite book in the same genre as your work?

It’s indeed challenging to choose just one favorite self-help book, given the wealth of insightful works in the genre. However, if I had to choose, one book that has deeply resonated with me is “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown. Her exploration of vulnerability, courage, and wholehearted living aligns closely with the themes of self-awareness and personal growth found in my own work, “Fulfilled: 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness.” Brown’s profound insights and practical guidance have had a lasting impact on countless readers, myself included, making it a standout in the self-help genre.

I would also like to mention that I’ve recently found inspiration and enlightenment in “Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier” by Arthur Brooks and Oprah Winfrey. Their perspectives on happiness and personal fulfillment offer valuable insights that complement the themes explored in my book.

What does literary success look like to you?

Literary success to me is multifaceted. While I am grateful for the recognition Fulfilled. 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness has received, including the 2023 New York City Big Book Award and the 2024 Independent Press Award in the category of well-being, it goes beyond accolades. True literary success, to me, lies in connection and impact.

It’s about touching the hearts and minds of readers, igniting conversations, and fostering positive change. Literary success means resonating with readers on a deep level, offering them insights, perspectives, and experiences that enrich their lives and broaden their horizons. It’s about leaving a lasting legacy, one that continues to inspire and uplift long after the pages of the Fulfilled have been turned. Ultimately, literary success is about making a meaningful difference in the lives of others, utilizing the power of words to encourage immediate action to transform lives.

What’s the best writing advice you ever received?

The best writing advice I ever received was to “write from the heart.” This simple yet profound guidance encouraged me to tap into my authentic voice and emotions when crafting my writing. By connecting with my genuine thoughts and feelings, I was able to create content that resonated deeply with readers and had a meaningful impact.

This advice reminded me that writing isn’t just about conveying information or telling a story; it’s about sharing a part of yourself and connecting with others on a human level. It has been a guiding principle in my writing journey, allowing me to create work that is sincere, compelling, and ultimately, impactful.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known at the beginning of your writing journey?

Reflecting on my writing journey, there are several insights I wish I had possessed at the outset. One key realization is the importance of embracing the process rather than fixating solely on the end goal. Writing is a journey of discovery, growth, and refinement, and it’s essential to appreciate each step along the way.

Another insight I wish I had known earlier is the value of establishing a consistent writing routine. Consistency breeds progress, and dedicating regular time to writing, even if only for short periods, can lead to significant improvements over time.

Furthermore, I wish I had understood the importance of seeking feedback and guidance from others early in the process. Joining writing groups or establishing focus groups would have provided valuable insights and perspectives. By tapping into the collective wisdom of these communities, writers can receive support, encouragement, and constructive criticism at all stages of their journey, ultimately enhancing their craft and navigating challenges more effectively and efficiently.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I fulfill my role as a family physician drawing upon over two decades of experience in the health and wellness sector. Beyond my clinical practice, I serve as a board member for health organizations and a university, furthering my commitment to promoting well-being on both individual and community levels.

Outside of my professional commitments, I relish the opportunity to spend quality time with my loved ones. Whether it’s sharing meaningful moments with my 93-year-old mother or enjoying the boundless energy of my spirited 6-year-old niece, Aubrey (who incidentally graces the opening pages of my book), family remains a cornerstone of my life. I also find joy in embarking on adventures with my best friend, Dr. Jenean, as we explore new destinations and create lasting memories together.

Moreover, I place a strong emphasis on self-care practices to nurture my overall well-being. From attending invigorating Pilates classes to engaging in mindfulness meditation, journaling, and exploring various avenues of personal growth, I prioritize activities that replenish my mind, body, and spirit. These moments of introspection and rejuvenation are vital for maintaining harmony and vitality amidst life’s demands.

Furthermore, I channel my passion for holistic wellness into hosting wellness retreats, extending the transformative journey outlined in my book, Fulfilled. These retreats offer participants an immersive experience beyond the pages of the book, providing a supportive space to delve deeper into their journey towards healing, health, and happiness.

What’s next for you?

Looking ahead, my future endeavors encompass a diverse range of exciting opportunities. I plan to curate immersive retreat experiences, providing individuals with transformative journeys aimed at personal growth and wellness. Additionally, I’m eager to establish strategic partnerships that will broaden my reach and allow me to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations in empowering others.

Speaking engagements hold great importance to me as well, as they present an invaluable platform to share my insights, inspire audiences, and foster meaningful connections. Also, I’m deeply committed to embarking on the journey of crafting another book, delving into new topics and expanding upon existing ones to continue offering valuable knowledge and perspectives to readers.

Furthermore, I am excited about delving into the realms of executive and mindset coaching, particularly focusing on athletes. Drawing from my expertise and experience, my goal is to empower individuals and organizations to unlock their full potential and attain lasting success.

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