HMM: How was life like growing up for you?
JAYLEE BALCH:I grew up in Africa and certainly knew all about terrorists and army convoys. My childhood was wild and free and the bush and wildlife a part of my formative years. My father was contracted to a Game Reserve in the Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) bush and when we stayed with him in his caravan, the lions would circle the van at night and growl tremendously. When people say to me that they connect with nature I smile as I recall my initiation of connecting with nature through the incredible sound of the roar of these magnificent animals. Their frequent nighttime sojourns so close to our ‘safe’ caravan still fills my dreams. I have two loving parents and a younger brother and sister; we left Rhodesia when President Mugabe came to power. I spent my school years in South Africa knowing both apartheid and Mandela’s walk to fame.
HMM: How old were you when you knew this was your calling and what you were going to do for the rest of your life?
JB: By the age of 9 years I was reading (should I say ‘eating’) books and I do remember studying them to see the author’s style of writing. In those formative years I was already building my preferences for a style or genre of writing. How could I have known that through such small miracles discovered in the words of these early authors that I had created my own destiny of one day being an author! It was in my blood – and it gives a sense of understanding to my teenage desires to be that bestselling author – whatever I thought that meant. Now when publishers pose their usual questions in the beginning of your career one of those questions is ‘are you writing to make money or writing to become famous?’ – My answer is always – I WILL release at least 30 books in my lifetime! I write because I can’t help myself. I have ten books ready to go including children’s books, when the time is right.
HMM: Were you a dreamer growing up? What kinds of dreams did you have?
Dreamer? I lived in the real world! This earth is the dream to me. I access the characters, places and events at will and I certainly had imaginary friends. I have to stay grounded here sometimes and my husband helps me with that.
HMM: What made you decide to be what you have chosen as a profession today? Who were some of your earliest influences?
JB: Enid Blyton – children’s author, Wilbur Smith – African author, as my writing influences AND Benny Hinn, Katherine Kulhman – evangelists, Buckminster Fuller – author, a Tibetan Master Lama, a Tao Master Lui as my Inspirational Speaker and Teacher influences.
HMM: How hard was it breaking into the business? We hear stories all the time of people who try for years and never make it, and then other stories of overnight “in the right place at the right time” sensations. Which one do you think there’s more of? Those who pay their dues, or opportunity meeting preparation?
JB: My journey was chaotic to say the least but the chaos was as a result of own internal changes. I never saw my entry into the publishing world as hard but it was challenging in many ways. I have a very active and creative imagination and desired to express a message that would touch the hearts of everyone in the world. I had to expand my own boundaries and belief structures to allow this to come through and be heard. What happened with my publishing journey was only the reflection of the amount of time that I needed to transform from a caterpillar to a butterfly. My most famous quote, which I use in seminars is, ‘the one thing found be the common denominator amongst Great People, is their ability to let go of their past!’ – I may have once been a small African girl but my destiny was to be heard globally – I dreamt a lot of this and most of my dreams have happened so far.
As for breaking into the business – you can have all the creativity in the world but destiny plays one part, people who believe in you play another and the ability to never give up believing in yourself the most important part.
HMM: How do you maintain your integrity in an otherwise very competitive and sometimes unscrupulous industry, as business at times can be cut throat?
JB: I made a very conscious choice to find out who I am, what I am made of and to follow my natural self. This part of me will never lie to me and is the plumb line of all my decisions, choices and actions. It is centered in integrity, honesty and my own truth.
HMM: What advice do you have for others who have THE dream?
JB: I would say – many people have a potential grand dream but it only becomes a grand dream when it is realized, expressed and experienced. First, you get to know yourself because one day, when that dream comes knocking on your door to find you, you had better be ready to receive it! Make the changes, whatever they are, give up your past personal story and dare to dream lofty! Then it is like jumping off the earth with a big leap and you lose gravity and you cannot return back from where you came. You can only go with the motion and your thoughts and feelings to create the next star or world for you to land on.
HMM: What is it about this that makes you do what you do?
JB: I write because I have books downloading into my mind constantly and I feel compelled to share their content, their message. I am an inspirational teacher who knows that the greatest honor is to awaken people to their greater potential. From this, great people – awakened people – will work together and our world becomes an even more amazing place to live in.
HMM: How difficult is it to maintain a work-life balance? What measures do you take to ensure that you have that?
JB: I write only when I feel inspired. I have taught my chickens to sit on my lap or climb on my shoulder. I grow food and speak to my trees. My garden loves me as much as I love it. When I touch the earth we both heal.
HMM: Would you consider yourself a driven person? What makes you a powerhouse? What is the source of your strength?
JB: Driven can go both ways – may I use motivated instead? I live for transformation and breathe for the living water that flows in my soul. I was born with a message and I cannot help myself and whether it be in written form or in speaking – I want to share the good news! It is more important to me than anything else and it is why I came to earth in the first place. What makes me a powerhouse? I asked those around me for this answer – My prophetic visions, my connection to other realms and spirit, my ability to touch the hearts of people, my gifted imagination, and the stories I tell to convey powerful messages. My quest is to continue to develop and better myself; to stay passionate about learning and sharing; and to experience humility and gratitude for my wondrous and abundant life journey
HMM: What are some of the things you do to wind down and relax after grueling events and preparations for them?
JB: I garden. I go off to have a private breakfast somewhere with my husband alone. I shop with my daughter. I create with all sorts of materials or design furniture. I love my Bonsai’s.
HMM: What is your definition of peace? What is your definition of success?
JB: My definition of peace is an internal state of being where there is an absence of fear, yet an acceptance that my whole being is absolutely – and without pause – held in the loving care of the creator. My definition of success is the celebration of each step taken towards and the attainment of the end result.
HMM: What is the one thing you want people to remember most about you and your work?
JB: That I reminded them of their grand self – the true, angelic and lofty version that lies dormant but reachable.
HMM: What type of legacy do you wish to leave?
My legacy lies within the education of others and that understanding is the key to all evolution. I want my books to change people and my words to ring for as long as they are necessary and until everyone sees their true potential and hears properly and thereby acknowledges their divine nature. To pave a way for my own children to find their own golden thread and believe in themselves.
HMM: What is the one dream for yourself you most look forward to having come true?
There are three – pick one: my books to reach people in a visual form (film), to speak before 5000 people and to fully awaken to what I truly am. I have only touched the tip of the iceberg.
Jaylee currently lives in Australia, is married, and has two children.