Survival Story Reveals Self-Growth Tips

Guest Blog by Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway WebI’m privileged to host another Awesome Author this week! Sara is in one of my author learning groups, and we connected from across the world recently. I keep thinking how privileged we are to live in this time, when technology makes so many opportunities available to us. On the other hand, technology can also be used to destroy. And that’s exactly what Sara writes about. If you’re interested in self-growth and enjoy fiction, this book is a delicious combination with food for thought. How would YOU handle the Day after Disaster?

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure in which a dynamic woman, mother and wife struggles, against all odds, to find her family, dead or alive, in a world being tormented by Mother Nature. During her adventure, the main character, Erika, encounters many challenges that cause her to face her inadequacies and grow as an individual trapped in an alternate world. The adventure was written to trigger self-growth opportunities within the reader and open the reader’s mind to the destructive possibilities of the world we inhabit. There are many self-growth tips that can be gained and applied to everyday life from this survival story.

Erika’s survival journey is a hard reality to face. She is separated from her son and her soul mate and must face the journey alone. Often she feels she does not have the strength to go on but her will to survive for the sake of her family drives her onward. She uses her focus on the end goal of reuniting with her family to fuel her ingenuity and conquer any obstacle obscuring that end goal. Sometimes these obstacles are people. She must face the fact that in this world survival may mean taking someone else’s life. This is a decision that she does not take lightly but when survival is on the line it becomes a necessity.

I wrote Day After Disaster to cause the reader to reflect on some issues that are extremely relevant but often swept under the rug in favor of a busy lifestyle and the next cool toy out on the market. First of all, I wanted the reader to realize how fragile the world we live in is. The power we rely on, the computer networks that run our world, and the food that fills our stomach all supported by a delicate system. One hiccup in this system could cause major problems to our modern day lifestyle that we take for granted.

Secondly, I wanted people to realize the importance of the people in your life. The family and friends that support us and bring us so much joy are often the ones we put off in favor of working to earn more money. Yes, we all need money, to support that family and do nice things with friends but there must be a balance.

The last thing I wanted readers to reflect on is the need to embrace nature and learn to live with it, even in urban centers. If a disaster were to happen, chances are it is the ability to navigate the natural world that would keep you fed and alive. If you are a foreigner to that land and depending upon it for survival chances are you are not going to make it very far.

Take-away tips:

  1.  Life is often oppressive, have the will to survive. When depression knocks at your door you must power through with a strong will to survive and thrive. Look for the positives in life and dwell there.
  2.  Focus on your goals. Having a strong sense of focus will give you a sense of purpose in life. Achieving those goals will give you the sense of accomplishment but sometimes the struggle toward the end goal was more about the journey and the self-growth that can be obtained there.
  3.  Life will always give you obstacles, how you choose to navigate those challenges will dictate your future character.
  4. Appreciate the ease of the world we live in. Today as always, there are hardships but we live in a world where we have time to be leisurely and we exercise for fun. This was not the case a couple of decades ago and we need to take a moment to appreciate what we have.
  5.  Give love to the people in your life who deserve it. Don’t take them for granted. They may not be here tomorrow. Tell them you love them. Remember hugs heal!
  6.  Get into nature! Sure it may save your life but beyond that it relieves stress! Studies have shown that listening to the sounds of nature for two hours per day may relieve stress up to 800%. Sounds good to me. So, get out there and learn. You may get dirty but you will have fun!


Meet Sara Hathaway

DayAfterDisasterSara F. Hathaway is the international author of the fictional novel Day After Disaster.

She is an avid student of Wilderness and Urban Survival, as well as book marketing ideas and techniques.

To receive a special gift of “The Go Bag Essentials” and access to the full virtual book tour visit:

Liesel Teversham
Liesel Teversham

Liesel helps sensitive introverts to see their sensitivity as a superpower, love their work and practice awesome self-care so they can be energized and make a difference in a meaningful and fulfilling way. She helps them to overcome the fear of being visible, avoiding the spotlight and conflict, being ‘too nice’, perfectionism and procrastination.

She’s the author of “No Problem. The Upside of Saying No”, which is a handbook for those who struggle to say no, are overwhelmed and exhausted.

Click here to read about the book.




  1. Sara F Hathaway

    Hi Liesel, Thank-you for hosting me today and exploring self-growth through survival stories!

    I have a question for the readers, how has a personal difficulty caused self-growth within your self? Preferably a positive change.

  2. kate loving shenk

    Hi Sara and Liesel, Self-growth can be discovered in every life event, every single day. All situations reveal the choice to be awake or asleep, to be kind or self-centered. Awareness is a wonderful state of mind. So is gratitude.

    We’ve had an ongoing family crisis for a number of years involving a family member with chronic alcoholism. If she drinks agin, she will die, and she is only 37. The urge to go into denial about her situation is sometimes fierce. Yet by the grace of Goddess, we overcome every day. Praying for outcome is not the way. I prefer prayers for healing and forgiveness.

    • Liesel Teversham

      Hello Kate – thank you so much for stopping by! You’re absolutely right, self-growth opportunities are everywhere around us. We always have the choice of “victim” or “victor” and it’s our attitude that determines that outcome.

      So sorry for your family crisis (how many of us face an ongoing battle in the family??) and I hear you about the denial. Prayers for healing and forgiveness sound wonderful. I also pray for calmness and peace within so I can let things be the way they are, without trying to control. It’s a challenge for us to let go of wanting the outcome to be the way we think it should be. We usually don’t know the bigger picture.
      Bless you, and may this situation bring growth and blessings to everyone involved. x

    • Sara F Hathaway

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for your great opinions on the article. I always say when we stop growing we start dying. Self growth is key to continuing your life journey.

      I feel for you with your family situation. I come from a long line of alcoholics and have felt the sting of this disease many, many times. My husband and I don’t drink except on special occasions because of the risk we know resides in our families. I find it sad that something so addictive and destructive is not only socially acceptable but almost socially required in order to fit in with today’s society. It puts a lot of pressure on young people to start a habit that may destroy them.


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