Twitter has fast become my favorite social media outlet. I have been able to interact with all sorts of cool people from Houswives to Athletes and other runners. Thanks to Twitter I have had the pleasure of chatting with Francie Van Wirkus-@FrancieVWirkus.
Van Wirkus for those that don't know her is a motivational speaker, author and coach. According to her website, her daytime job in addition to that is in the insurance and financial services industry. "Francie's writing has taken her many places, from Frank Lloyd
Wright mansions to interviews with innovative oncologists; her work has
been a journey.
Her nonfiction series, The Competitor in Me,
shares a journey of a different sort: one of conquering self, first to
reach a goal and then to overcome fear. Second in her nonfiction
series, The Competitor in Me II: Conquer Fear,
takes readers on a new and unforgettable journey through memoirs. She
is currently working on a novel, to be released in 2013.
Francie studied Business Administration-Marketing at the
University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has been a business
professional since 1990. Francie enjoys racing Ironmans and other
endurance events, as well as helping people do what seems impossible
with Breakthrough Coaching. She lives in suburban Milwaukee with her
husband and three delightful children"
Last week I had the pleasure of reading her first book The Competitor in Me. Right now I have been on an running book reading kick as of late. Makes sense as I am just getting back into the sport again hardcore.
The thing I like about Van Wirkus's writing is that she writes in such a way its like talking to a girlfriend over a cup of coffee. She's one cool everyday chick that got dealt a ton of craziness (sick babies, marriage issues, etc.) and some how found a way to overcome it. One of the things that helped her deal with the chaos was running!
Runners will love this book. If you aren't a runner you can relate to Van Wirkus's struggles. I love reading about people that overcome adversity. Even ordinary people can do extraordinary things!!!
Pick up her book today on Amazon and be sure to check out her website.