Books & Books hosts break­out author Sheri Ri­ley

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By CHENEÉ ALYISS Spe­cial to South Florida Times

MI­AMI – Sheri Ri­ley has a plethora of jew­els stored in her soul. As she trav­els the globe, she is shar­ing those jew­els with celebri­ties, en­trepreneurs, cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tives and busy in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing peace.

On June 24, a beau­ti­ful Satur­day even­ing, we sat in the quaint café at Books & Books in Mi­ami to chat about her break­out book ,“Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing: Stop Spend­ing 100% of Your Time On 10% Of WhoYou Are.”

As I stared at the bright-eyed, bold, coura­geous, in­flu­en­tial woman sit­ting across from me, we delved into nat­u­ral con­ver­sa­tion.

Born in Rich­mond, a small town in Ken­tucky, Ri­ley had big dreams of one day liv­ing in At­lanta and tak­ing the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try by storm. She man­i­fested that dream af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Louisville by mov­ing to At­lanta and be­com­ing Se­nior Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing at LaFace Records where she helped in­tro­duce multi-plat­inum 90’s artists such as Toni Brax­ton,TLC and Usher to the world.

She re­flected on what her life was like dur­ing that time when she was in her mid-twen­ties.

“I was do­ing ev­ery­thing that I wanted to do. I was liv­ing in At­lanta. I was work­ing my dream job in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, which I loved. I bought my mother a home. But I was mis­er­able. My hair was fall­ing out, I was stressed, burnt out and lack­ing con­fi­dence,” Ri­ley said. “When you work in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try – you live in a world of fan­tasy. I was mar­ket­ing per­cep­tion-il­lu­sions. My skills and tal­ent took me to a level of suc­cess that my char­ac­ter wasn’t ready to sus­tain. I had the drive yet no con­fi­dence.”

In or­der to build con­crete con­fi­dence and live in peace,Ri­ley re­signed from LaFace and be­gan her jour­ney of‘Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing. ’The day she re­signed,she bought a home and re­calls call­ing her Dad to give him the great news to which he re­sponded, “You’re hav­ing a ner­vous break­down.”

Ri­ley claims she was not hav­ing a ner­vous break­down, she was sim­ply em­bark­ing on Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing – de­ter­mined to stop spend­ing 100% of her time on 10% of who she is.

In her words, “Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing is a life­style, a mind-set of pur­su­ing peace, choos­ing clar­ity and liv­ing coura­geously.To live this life­style,o ne must make the de­ci­sion,give them­selves grace and fi­nally give them­selves per­mis­sion to do so.”

It took Ri­ley seven years of “get­ting clear and re­mov­ing dis­trac­tions” in or­der to live out her words and get her book out to the masses;three years to find an agent and four years to land her pub­lish­ing deal which has def­i­nitely proven to be one of her life’s tests turned into a tes­ti­mony!

Dur­ing this jour­ney of dis­cov­ery, she re­al­ized that she wanted more than just a great ca­reer. She wanted en­trepreneur­ship, mar­riage, chil­dren, travel and fun. How can you have all of th­ese things? Most would an­swer by bal­anc­ing your life.

Ri­ley doesn’t be­lieve in a bal­anced life. She be­lieves in a life that is fully in­te­grated;more im­por­tantly, a life of peace.

“We want peace when things are great. We want peace when things are in tur­moil.We want a life of peace,” she said.

How many times have you been in a re­ally good place in life – yet you were still stressed out about some­thing? The jew­els stored through­out the pages of“Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing: Stop Spend­ing 100% Of Your Time On 10% OfWhoYou Are”has the an­swers.

Fol­low The 9 Prin­ci­ples of Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing and wit­ness a life change. In or­der the prin­ci­ples are: 1. Live in your P.O.W.E.R 2. Healthy Liv­ing Is More Than Just a Diet 3. Pur­sue Peace and a Pos­i­tive Mind 4. Have a Ser­vant’s Heart and a Giv­ing Spirit 5. Stop Work­ing, Start Max­i­miz­ing 6. Happy Is a Choice, Joy Is a Life­style 7. Build Last­ing Con­fi­dence 8.The Courage to Be Faith­ful 9. Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing

Wrap­ping up our di­a­logue for Ri­ley’s highly an­tic­i­pated con­ver­sa­tion to take place one room over with her best friend and soul sis­ter, Tracy Wil­son Mourn­ing – broad­cast jour­nal­ist, mo­ti­va­tional speaker, phi­lan­thropist, en­tre­pre­neur and wife of Mi­ami Heat Leg­end Alonzo Mourn­ing - we agreed that peace is the ma­jor key to Ex­po­nen­tial Liv­ing!

Fol­low Sheri Ri­ley at Sher­iRi­ley.com, on Facebook @Sher­iRi­ley­dot­com and @Ex­po­nen­tialLiv­ing and on Twit­ter and Instagram @Sher­iRi­ley.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF FRU­GAL FLIRTY N FAB

Author Sheri Ri­ley, left, and best friend Tracy Wil­son Mourn­ing, have an in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tion with at­ten­dees at Ri­ley's book re­lease, held Satur­day, June 24 at Mi­ami's Books & Books.

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