We had the good fortune of connecting with Antonia Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Antonia, how has your background shaped the person you are today?

I was born a global nomad. By age five I had lived on three continents, spanning many thousands of miles. We always returned to and spent the most amount of time in the San Francisco Bay Area, so in my heart I have always thought of the Bay as my “home base”, and am certain my roots there carved my path in many ways.

While constant movement and numerous new homes can be challenging for a child, I look back with gratitude for my peripatetic upbringing because it granted me a wider world lens.

My formative years in the Netherlands were particularly impactful. I saw how Western European philosophies prioritize life enjoyment. I was taught that the human body and sexuality are all normal and natural. When we returned to the States my young mind noticed and felt the differences in societal thinking. I found myself confused by all of the rules that surround the human experience. This disparity stuck with me into adulthood, and influenced my studies as an undergraduate and graduate psychology student.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

My love of books began early in life. Writing was a natural extension of that. Combined with a fascination with the human experience and an insatiable and curious mind, I think writing guidebooks for health and wellbeing was almost inevitable.

Has it been an easy journey to become an award-winning author and major media wellness expert? Far from it. I chose to launch my writing career with a book about sexuality, which came with a lot of societal judgment. I’ve endured lots of painful backlash, but that also reinforced the importance of my work for me.

In 2018 I became critically ill. I turned to the wellness tools I had been recommending for years to help me heal and to keep me emotionally uplifted. My new book, The Happy Human Playbook: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind and Emotions With Joy and Pleasure is the culmination of years of work, and a very challenging personal healing journey. I think many people will be able to relate to the burnout I experienced. This book is a trusty guide towards experiencing less stress and more real life fulfillment.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love spending time in nature, and so do my friends. Where we went would depend upon who was visiting and their favored activities, but it would definitely be outdoors. Is this my most adventurous friend? I live in Hawaii, so perhaps we would helicopter over the volcano. Or if we were craving pampering, a day at the outdoor jungle spa may be perfect. I would also plan an excellent and memorable sit-down meal. The sharing of meals can bring people together in such wonderful ways.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As a voracious reader, there have been mountains of books that have impacted me and my work. I am grateful for the college professors who sparked interest in deeper psychological studies and encouraged me to dive into studying subjects often deemed taboo by our society. I think I’m also very lucky that my mother has been a consistent cheerleader and inspiration in my life.

Website: Antoniahall.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsAntoniaHall

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAntoniaHall/

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