How the book, “The Best Inspirational Stories I Ever Read” came to life?


By Alpha Miguel-Sanford

Since I can remember I have always been the type of person who stashes away pages and pages, maybe at least a couple of books completely done since I was young. I wrote diaries, journals, poetry even a book about my life in the province (Camiling, Tarlac). There was a point when I thought I could be the next Anne Frank, the Filipino version of course. But unfortunately, none of them made into publication and most of them were corrupted when my very first computer crashed. There was an exception though: one of my poems was published by the International Library of Poetry.

That gave me the confidence that perhaps I do have the skill to write.

I know I love writing. Ask my parents – they’d tell you that I’d spend hours and hours on the computer or in my room writing my thoughts away when I was in high school. But writing is not just a matter of wanting to see my name on the front of the book but rather, a way for me to share ideas that I have learned or experienced and along the way, perhaps influence people to do the same.

When the idea of coming up with the book on inspiration/aspiration (after one of the tenets of A.M.S. Daily) I knew it will be an easy task because I love anything that has something to do with personal development, self-help and spirituality.

So, I asked our AMSDaily writers if they’d be interested to join me with this project and all of them – Avdhessh Arya, Ronald Colunga, Buenaflor Laoang-Rosete, Ria Rombaoa, Elizabeth Scala, Kenton Sefcik and Stuart Young, said “YES”.

With everybody’s commitment, the book, “The Best Inspirational Stories I Ever Read: Guide to a Purposeful Life” came to a fruition.

As we launched our book on July 30th, I know we will be fulfilling one of our goals in writing this book, which is to inspire people to live a purposeful life by reading through different inspirational stories that relate to the various aspects of our lives.

The book, “The Best Inspirational Stories I ever Read: Guide to a Purposeful Life”  also comes with its own purpose: for every book that is sold, we will be donating 10 pencils to the Black Pencil Project co-founded by Mom Corpuz, the book cover designer who, when asked about his service fee his answer was “pay it forward, Alpha!”

 As July 30th comes closer I want you to think through these 10 questions:

1. How are you living your life on a day-to-day basis? Are you struggling to maintain happiness?

 2. When you wake up in the morning, do you drag your feet to get off the bed or are you enthusiastic to live another day?

 3. What are your greatest passions? How do you spend your free time?

 4. What has been your best lesson? What were your failures?

 5. Do you know yourself? Do you know your talents? How about your weaknesses? And strengths?

 6. What and who makes you smile?

 7. Who inspires you the most?

 8. What do people often ask you for help in?

 9. What do you want to do if you were given the time and money?

 10. What kind of things you would like to hear at your eulogy? What do you expect to hear from the people who will be at your death bed?

On behalf of the AMSDaily’s writers, I invite you all to please save the date: July 30, 2012.

Come back here at for the announcement and if you want exclusive offers that will go along with the book, subscribe NOW (it’s the button to your right)!

Next Friday, I will be writing about a few other things that you might expect from the book.



About the Author: Alpha Miguel-Sanford, is the founder and editor of Aspire.Motivate.Succeed, a personal development website, with the vision of educating and inspiring individuals in their pursuit of happiness and success. You can contact her at, follow and like her on Facebook Page AMSDaily and be friends with her on Twitter @identitysolved.