Who are we?

Initially, we’re unintentional lemmings. What does this mean? We’re conditioned from childhood to ‘conform’ to societies’ expectations or else suffer the consequences. Many of us carry this worldview into young adulthood and beyond. Author, Darcey Kesner Hawkins, can relate as she put herself on the back burner, putting others before her as she whole heartedly embraced the roles of daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother to remembering she is much more. Remembering she is a multi-faceted person with gifts, talents, and purpose. With heartbreaking honesty Darcey shares of striving for perfection in an imperfect culture, self-limiting beliefs, care taking her elderly mother, raising teenage grandchildren essentially from birth, divorce, and ultimately her epiphany moment to make a stand to live her truth. Her model of self-discovery, the struggle to hold fast to one’s identity and dismissal of self-limiting beliefs is the foundation for readers to find and keep their authentic self in face of societal demands to conform.

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR PURPOSE IS?

We're conditioned from childhood to 'conform' to societies' expectations or else suffer the consequences. Many of us carry this worldview into young adulthood and beyond.

We ask the question "Who am I?" but we don't delve into the deeper answers. We give the cliché answers like I am _________ (insert your label) or I do _______ (insert your profession). The list is on-going.

We ask the question "Who am I?" but we don't delve into the deeper answers. We give the cliché answers like I am _________ (insert your label) or I do _______ (insert your profession). The list is on-going.

None of this is wrong, but as you'll soon find out none of it is right.

Author Darcey Kesner Hawkins understands this first hand because she lived it. In Who is That in the Mirror? she reveals the same steps which helped her peel away the layers of generational trauma and childhood sexual abuse. Although these uninvited experiences constricted her true identity, she took control of self-limiting beliefs from her formative years to become a Phoenix Rising, living life with intention.

Readers will discover how to

  • Remove layers hiding their true identity.

  • Discover their ultimate purpose.

  • Live with intention in work and family life.

Overcome the imposter inside, discover who you truly are, and implement habits to maintain your authentic self starting now!

Sample Interview Questions

1. Why did you write the book?

2. Why did it take you 37 years to write this book?

3. You’ve been impacted by childhood abuse. Why isn’t your book centered around that?

4. You share many ‘family secrets’ and generational trauma. Have you experienced any repercussions?

5. Your book is nonfiction, but it seems to blur the lines of memoir, biography and self-help, tell us more.

6. Sounds like you’ve created a path to understanding your purpose and living it. Why is it important to have a path?

7. You talk about Intentional Living. What is it?

8. What is an Intentional Living Toolbelt? Why is it necessary?

9. What is Phoenix Rising, and how does it fit into your book?

10 What are some of the benefits of enrolling in the Phoenix Rising program?

11. What can the audience do next if they’re interested in what you offer?

What Others Are Saying

Everyone wants to live a purpose-filled life, making an impact no matter how great or small. In Who is That in the Mirror? Darcey Kesner Hawkins takes you on a journey of transformation and rejecting labels, which will forever change your life if you let it. She shares how trauma led her to become a Phoenix Rising, and she empowers you through simple but important steps to overcome the imposter inside, discover who you truly are, and live authentically.

Kary Oberbrunner, author of Your Secret Name, The Deeper Path, Day Job to Dream Job, and Elixir Project

Darcey Kesner Hawkins takes the reader on her personal journey of self-discovery in Who Is That In The Mirror? Hawkins shares the life, loves, and losses that challenged her throughout her life. She ultimately identifies the patterns that created so many roadblocks to her personal success and happiness. Darcey shares the tools she used and the path she followed to find the peace, fulfillment, and happiness we all seek. One does not need to have traveled the same road to benefit from her insightful and real-world solutions and apply her wisdom to our own lives. A compelling read, I highly recommend this book to all seeking greater understanding of how to be authentic, happy, and fulfilled.

Nansi Krauss, Editor

Author Bio

DARCEY KESNER HAWKINS is a Phoenix Rising. Through her writing, speaking, mentoring, and healing arts she helps people overcome the imposter inside, discover who they truly are, and implement habits to maintain their authentic self. Darcey is one of the masses who has struggled with finding out Who Is That in the Mirror?, what her passion is, and how to serve her community. Darcey's journey began with generational trauma, a sense of not belonging, and insecurity. She never felt "good enough". These self-limiting beliefs followed her into young adulthood where she threw herself into society's expectation of 'normal'. She became wife, mother, employee, full-time student, caretaker; always striving to 'become' but never achieving it-until now. Today, Darcey is a wise elder with years of experience and pain behind her. She invests in people beginning with her two grandchildren she is raising, care-taking her mother for several years, and mentoring others in their personal growth. She lives in Washington with her two grandchildren, and two black 'panthers'.