Author Q&A: Happiness Happens by Emily Capuria

coach Emily Capuria

About the Book

In Happiness Happens, author Emily Capuria, LISW-S, CHHC, presents a 10-week process of self-discovery to teach you how to align who you are and what you want with how you live because this is how happiness happens.

About the Author

Emily Capuria, LISW-S, CHHC, is an author, speaker and coach who is passionate about redefining happiness and showing people how accessible it is once you shift your definition and reconnect with who you truly are. She is the creator of the Laugh More, Live Louder Course which helps people to map out what’s next and take the steps to make it happen. She is also the founder of Balance & Thrive, a business that offers a holistic approach to living a happy, fulfilling life. Learn more at

Deb Bailey: Welcome to the Secrets of the Success blog, Emily. Please share what Happiness Happens is about.

Emily Capuria: This book is about stripping back all of the layers and b.s. that have ultimately blocked you from being yourself and living a life that feels truly happy and fulfilling.

Deb: What are some of the important points in your book?

Emily: The points are that:
• Life can be messy, imperfect and hard sometimes AND you can still be happy. It all coexists together. It’s not one or the other – you don’t have to choose. You just have to be willing to let it all be what it is.
• You can’t positive think your way through some of the really hard things life throws your way – you don’t actually have to. You just have to decide to not let it be all consuming -- be willing to see what’s working too.
• Who you are and what you want matter. Your happiness matters. You have to be the one to live that truth. You’re the only one who can do that for you.
• Your happiness is not conditional on life going as planned or you doing things perfectly. So, be who you are and live your life on your own terms.

Deb: Any challenges in writing this book?

Happiness Happens by Emily Capuria
Emily: Yes, lots of challenges from my editor going MIA to not fully understanding the book metadata. The learning curve is steep with a lot to learn. I know so much more now and I will definitely do things differently next time! But I also have no regrets.

I set my mindset that this book is a learning experience for me and I chose to focus on a longer term marketing plan vs. a new release launch. This helped me to get the book out into the world and not feel pressured to do everything all at once.

Deb: Since you are also a business owner, what advice would you give to women entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

Emily: It’s okay to not have all of the answers before you begin. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and figure it out as you go. Just take that first step, then the next one, and keep on moving.

If you can do that, you’ll end up somewhere – probably better than where you imagined in the first place!

Deb: What do you think are the top 3 traits an entrepreneur must have?

Emily: 1. Perseverance – you’ve got to keep showing up even when it’s hard, even when it doesn't go as planned, and even when there’s zero evidence it’s all going to work out. Show up, believe in yourself, do your best, trust and repeat.

2. A willingness to learn and make mistakes. Don’t expect to know everything, and be willing to unlearn what you think you know and to learn things that are completely new. This process is one that just naturally includes making mistakes – you’ve got to be willing to make ‘em if you truly want to learn.

3. Focus. Distractions will keep you stuck and spinning your wheels. Know what you’re here to do and why and put your time and attention on the things that help you to do that.

Deb: That's great advice. Do you have a favorite writing environment?

Emily: My office. It’s quiet and peaceful. I love being up there.

Deb: What's your writing routine?

Emily: I’ve had to create a new routine recently which is to get up at 5:30 am which gives me 2 hours to write before my kiddo wakes up. I wouldn’t call myself a morning person so this was a little tough for me to wrap my head around but it’s truly the only way for me to get uninterrupted writing time so I make it happen.

Deb: I'm not a morning person either, and I understand. :) What inspires you to do the work you do?

Emily: The people I meet. So many women are just going through the motions, and when I get to see that moment when they realize it doesn’t actually have to be that way – it’s one of my most favorite things and it’s what inspires me to keep showing up. I had a workshop that didn’t go great recently but there were 3 ladies in there who got a lot out of that experience.

Do I wish everyone could have, yes, of course. So I take the opportunity to learn how to make it better next time but knowing 3 lives were impacted, that’s what fuels me forward and inspires me to keep showing up regardless of how things play out. It also motivates me.

Deb: Where can people find your book?

Emily: At your favorite online retailer including Barnes & Nobel, Books-A-Million, Amazon and Indiebound.

Deb: Who do you think will benefit most from reading Happiness Happens?

Emily: Anyone who feels like they’re just going through the motions and is ready to take some action to create change in their life.

Deb: So happy you could join me today, Emily. Please share your website and social media URLs.

Emily: It was my pleasure, Deb. Here are the links.

1 comment

Unknown said...

I have known Emily for a long time. I am honored to call her friend. Emily, you inspire me. When it is my season for change I hope I do it as gracefully as you.
Long time friend and follower

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