Author, philosopher and dog magnet Alexandria Blaelock advises embracing things that matter, like beauty, friendship and wisdom.
Drawing on a career in project and event management, she is the author of three personal development books describing how rational thought about activities like getting dressed and feeding your friends can lead to the kind of pleasure that makes life worthwhile.
She lives in Melbourne (Australia) with her husband and two Labradors where she is pursuing a little Famous Five adventure. While she likes ginger beer and ham rolls you are more likely to find her drinking red wine with antipasto.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hungry dogs for the most part!
I love the early morning when the air is still and the birds are singing. One of my favourite things is to sit outside with my first coffee and just soak it all up.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it's just letting the words flow - I enjoy the sounds and the music that they make, the pictures that they form. And then I get to go back and tinker with them to make them even better.
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