Monday, 15 October 2018

Shine Through the Noise 2: Release + $300 GIVEAWAY!!!

Shine Through the Noise 2
Akasha Garnier
Buenos Dias y'all!

Join me as we celebrate the Release of Akasha's new book #Shine2!! Woooohooo! I'm beyond excited for the release of this book & cannot wait to read this amazingly beautiful book with you. If you recall we did the cover reveal for her first book Secrets to Shine Through the Noise and furthermore, had the unique honor of the Cover reveal for this companian book #Shine2!!
Akasha has also joined us for a quick Movie Tag on the 9th of June 2016, read more about it Here

Author, Producer, Filmmaker

Many of you know me as a great music fan. Some know that at 17 I wrote my first sponsor letter to First Avenue in Minneapolis to partner with my college radio show (they said yes!). Several of our First Ave friends were in my Honors' Composition class and 2 of them became my co-hosts. We wrote and won a grant that resulted in an open-air radio station. And I believed in the power of writing.

I've parlayed such connections into brands on a mission and the power of giving back. Thanks to all who helped us Go Gold with Teen Cancer America  during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness month!

Now, It’s book launch and a giveaway time! I'm excited to feature several success stories and many ways to #ShineThroughtheNoise and #sparkcreativity.

To celebrate the Shine Through the Noise sequel launch week we’re doing a $300 painting giveaway by Jim Musil, an inspiring professional painter, friend and mentor.

I was a little shy my freshmen year in Minneapolis after growing up in St. Paul. Jim invited me to learn about radio, production, promotion and benefit concerts hands on. I screwed my courage to the sticking-place (yes, I’m an English major) and started the specialty dance show sponsored by First Avenue. Jim and I were housemates for a year in college with other radio friends in Minneapolis. He was at the helm with our WMMR Board of Directors while pursuing the grant with the University of Minnesota. Radio K ( in Minneapolis was the radio station result!

I remember Jim painting in college. It’s a pleasure to share his creativity and success now!

“This was a blast—lots of energy. I pushed the colors to be more vibrant and warmer which felt like a great fit for AkashaLin,” Jim said when discussing the artwork and inspiration. *

Thanks, Jim! ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve been inspired by our discussions and especially by this vibrant painting!!

Check out his website ( and brilliant Instagram

#ShineThroughTheNoise GIVEAWAY

Here’s how you can win this $300 painting by artist Jim Musil to have as your daily inspiration:

1. Buy Akasha Garnier’s new book: (paperback or Kindle)

2. Leave a review on Amazon.

You may enter the giveaway from Monday, October 15 – Friday, November 2, 2018.

3. Email a screenshot of your review:

Bonus entry: You may get another entry by leaving a review for Secrets to Shine through the Noise and emailing that screenshot.

There’s already a great buzz on Instagram (link to

SKYLINE SUNSET, Acrylic on Panel, 12 x 12", ©2018 Jim Musil ๐ŸŽจ SOLD! ๐ŸŽจ⠀ ๐Ÿ˜‰⠀ Great movement and color in this fun piece bought by author @akashalin. This inspiring writer loves to sail as much as I do! I hear she has big plans in store for this painting, but we'll need to wait for details until her new book comes out soon.⠀ ๐Ÿ‘⠀ #iloveart #painting #skyline #sunset #art #artist #artwork⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ . ⠀ #galleryart #contemporarypainting #contemporaryartist #artcollection #painters #paintingart #ilovepainting #artaddict #landscapepainting #abstractlandscape #landscapeart #artforsalebyartist #artistsofinstagram #doitfortheprocess #thehappynow #artistlife #artcurator #studioscenes #acolorstory #contemporaryart #makersmovement #creativityfound #wearethemakers⠀
A post shared by Jim Musil (@jimmusilpainter) on

and Twitter from when we share the piece in progress! I’m grateful for that and the positive energy as we start this “Shine 2” chapter.

My journey as an artist and writer at a young age since both of my parents are professional artists. My mother Barbara was getting her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Minnesota when I was growing up; she brought my brother and me into her studios to watch art come alive! Our backyard in St. Paul became a sculpture zoo of life-size animals my mother constructed; as they became weathered she turned to modern art pieces as a founding member of the WAVE gallery in Minneapolis. My father Bob was an Art Director at the 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN and won several grand prize snow sculpture contests by turning our yards into winter wonderlands! My first trips on a plane came from him winning these prizes, sparking my interest in travel at a young age. I’m proud to say that they did well in business and in art and continue to create. For me creativity has opened many doors. I believe it will for you as well!

My first book Secrets to Shine Through the Noise covers my journey from starving artist to mentorship and the art of giving back. I was working hard in #indiefilm as a screenwriter, actress, producer and film promoter in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. That didn’t pay off for 10 years, but it has now as an author, brand expert and filmmaker. I’ve continued writing, have won awards 11 years in a row for marketing projects and have 3 series in negotiation. In Shine Through the Noise: Spark Creativity we visit with several experts on creativity, business and giving back through this book, series and seminar in the works.

So, please open your mind, playbook and sketchpad as we spark this journey together!

*Also, confession: I was not “Akasha Garnier” in college.
Read the #ShineThroughtheNoise series to find out what I learned about names, branding and reinventing ourselves.

Jim Musil painting giveaway is open to U.S. residents and includes free shipping.

There’s one painting to give away and it will be shipped to the winner in November 2018.

There will be other prizes during the next month as we shine together!

Thanks for reading and we welcome your comments!

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Monday, 20 August 2018

Cover Reveal: Shine Through the Noise 2!

Buenos Dias y'all!

Today marks a Special & Momentous day here on the AlfonzoWords blog, as we get an *Exclusive First Look* at the Cover of the highly anticipated sequel book,
 Shine Through the Noise 2  by Akasha Garnier!!!

The first book was an immense inspiration to me & a large contributor to my success today as a Social Media Influencer, Author & Blogger. My story of success is featured in the book!

Woooohooo! I'm beyond excited for the release of this book & cannot wait to share the amazingly beautiful cover with you. If you recall we did the cover reveal for her first book Secrets to Shine Through the Noise. Akasha has also joined us for a quick Movie Tag on the 9th of June 2016, read more about it Here.

Author, Producer, Filmmaker

Akasha first started writing Gothic stories to entertain her Halloween guests in St. Paul, Minnesota. She went to college in Minneapolis where the radio station nominated her to be Production Director and “The voice of WMMR”. Akasha enjoyed a wide range of musical influences from The Beatles, The Who, Prince, U2, Pearl Jam, The Replacements and house music. She then honed in on a show featuring dance music hosted with her honors’ writing classmate. Fortunately, the first PR proposal she ever wrote said ‘Yes’! Voila, First Avenue of “Purple Rain” fame sponsored her award-winning radio show. Akasha continued to round out her writing, PR and producer skills in alternative radio, event and video production, then travel from sea to shining sea.

Akasha’s proud of her work as a writer, producer, and actress; she balanced branding work as a writer and producer in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Paris/Cannes, Maui and Hawaii. She excels at helping clients shine with 15 awards/accolades since 2007.

Akasha also enjoys giving back through her Promo Partners
The main partner right now is The Who’s Charity: Teen Cancer America and her Italian family’s Fantastic Restaurants; Nando Milano
As well as Helping people balance business and creative skills as amplifying their brand value. Akasha will celebrate the book’s release in a few select cities, and then finish negotiating her travel thriller series for release in best-selling book and film form.

Akasha was invited to write a motivational book based on her branding expertise, love of travel and the ability to inspire with the right blend of business and creative skills

From Left to Right: Akasha with the Stanley Cup from Chicago Blackhawks
America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA reign
Before the reveal here's a quick word from the Legend Herself:
"Dear Readers,

I come to you Ricoh and dear readers with the same melange about my #ShineThroughtheNoise sequel: excitement, anticipation, inspiration, and relief. I've incorporated feedback and addressed top comments. We celebrate progress and success and continue to encourage each other. Life is better and beautiful...but never flawless. We all have ebbs and flows, even if we do not share them as publicly as other moments we want to project in our posts.

I feel it's important to talk about disappointment as a natural state as we start on our path. We must let go of more expectations to be open to ideas and feedback to spark creativity and chances...and even to failing along the way. There is no perfect 10, no ideal answer that suits us all.

I explore the idea of: “Shining through" instead of just "shine on”.

By acknowledging more ups and downs and the fact that we are not always picture perfect we are being authentic.

This will help you:
  • Make room for breakthrough. 
  • Hear your voice intuition and inner guidance. 
  • Know when you're on the right path when you see/feel alignment of people, ideas and opportunities. 
  • I am encouraged by the number of deeper connections I've been able to make with readers, followers, travelers, writers, entrepreneurs and friends. I am expanding ideas into a workshop and seminar as I write this and meeting with sponsors in October to find a good fit. 
I'm excited to share more of Ricoh's story and success (in the Shine 2 book and workshop) and for you to continue carving out your path!! I'm continuing my community partnership with Teen Cancer USA (TCA) for the Shine sequel and series. TCA has made great progress too. They partnered with Northwestern and Lurie's Children's Hospital in Chicago this summer ( ).

August 17 I attended a community event in Los Angeles hosted by Judd Apatow that will raise $5-8 million for Teen Cancer America. I'll follow up with the final numbers. And believe me, the venue for the private benefit is right out of a glamorous scene from my #Davanti thriller series, which is set in LA, Chicago and several gorgeous rivieras. More news coming on Davanti thriller in book and film form too! I know this event and Shine 2 launch was meant to happen first. I'm honored to share it with you!!

Thanks again for reading, for writing to me and for listening.

And wherever you are on our journey, believe it's worth the trip!

Sincere Aloha,

Akasha Lin"

So without further ado its time for that 
Exclusive First Look at the Cover of this inspirational book.
***Drum Roll Please***

AAAARRRrrrre you ready?

AAAARRRrrrre you Excited?!
I know I am
 #ShineThroughtheNoise2  by Akasha Garnier ๐ŸŽ
Cover Reveal Trailer:
Front Cover:

Front & Back Cover:

WOW! Epicness! Legend...Wait for It....DARY! Se Manifique, it looks like the cover of a beautiful movie and knowing Akasha, I'm sure it will be soon. {Wink Wink, Hint Hint}

All I want to do is turn the page and begin reading!! Don't you?

ORDER the First Book #ShineThroughtheNoise NOW!!!

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

#TEMPER by Nicky Drayden: All you needed to know about the Vices & more!

Nicky Drayden
Or your local indie!

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The Virtue and Vice system in TEMPER:
  • One of the fantastical elements of TEMPER is that nearly everyone is born with a twin, and those twins split seven vices among them, each getting branded down their arms early in childhood. I’m a sucker for good twin/bad twin stories, but for this one, I wanted to tell the story from the point of view of the bad twin, Auben, who has six of the seven vices.
The vices are:
  1. Vainglory, or vanity and the consumption with one’s own beauty
  2. Envy, or the intense desire to have what others hold dear
  3. Duplicity, or the propensity to tell lies and otherwise deceive people
  4. Doubt, or the uncertainty of self
  5. Lechery, or the drive to indulge in sexual or mental pleasures (in this context, practicing science is seen as a form of lechery)
  6. Greed, or the desire to accumulate wealth and material goods past the point of need
  7. Temper, or the violent loss of self-control
Are the Vices like the Seven Deadly Sins? If so, does it relate to Christian Themes?
  • They are very similar, but I wanted to put my own spin on it. For one, these vices are literally branded upon your arm for all the world to see. They drive your actions, but if your twin is close by, they’re more or less diluted or tempered into something manageable. When twins separate for an extended amount of time or distance, those vices run wild, and someone with vainglory as a vice might find themselves consumed with their reflection in a mirror, forgetting to eat, forgetting to sleep. But virtues run wild, too, and a charitable person might be driven to give every bit of their life away, including the shirt off their back. Either extreme could mean death for one or both twins if they’re not brought back into proximity of one another.
List the virtues:

The virtues that run counterpoint to vices are:
  1. Humility
  2. Conscience
  3. Sincerity
  4. Diligence
  5. Chasity
  6. Charity
  7. Grace
  •  The chapters are named after Auben’s six vices and his one virtue, Charity.

Can a person have all vices & no virtues? Or vice versa, all virtue & no vices?
  • The number of vices a person has can severely limit their potential in society. It determines what jobs they’re eligible for, what neighborhoods they live in, and who they marry. Having four vices is common. Five, less so, about ten percent of the population, and those with six, like Auben, are fairly rare, about one in three hundred. No one has been born with all vices and all virtues since the original twins, Grace and Icy Blue, the deities that created humanity.
How does the "demonic possession" & "demons" tie in with the vices & the twin phenomenon in this version of South Africa?
  • The big horror element in the novel is that there are demons lurking around, and they particularly get up to no good when the weather turns cold, the Narrow Season in this book. People participate in rituals that will keep the demons away, like putting out cinnamon-scented candles and hosting feasts, so that family stays close and they can keep an eye on each other during this dangerous time of year.
  • Possessions are common enough that the local churches or sanctuaries offer buy-one-get-one-half-off exorcisms during the Narrow Season. Most possessions are an annoyance, but sometimes particularly strong demons can cause people to black out, to perform violence, and lose their minds. Auben is afflicted by such a beast, and must figure out a way to exorcise the demon before it destroys his life.
What do you think is the worst vice & the most common vice among people in or out of the book?
  • Well, it’s tempting to say temper, since so much violence is born out of it, but really the most damaging, in and out of the book, is doubt. Doubt kills dreams. Squashes hopes. There’s so much potential for good out there, but we are often brought down, and not by some nefarious villain, but oftentimes by our own family and friends. Tempers flare, but fade eventually. Doubt lingers. Burrows through your heart, steals away your happiness, and consumes you from within. 
If you could choose just one message this book would deliver to a reader, what would that message be?
  • That for better or worse, we are all connected. Our ties to family and friends can feel like both a burden and a gift, depending on the day, but we need to actively cultivate those relationships, or they’ll whiter away. Even relationships between people who are tied as closely together as twins.
Check out the Editor's Reasons to read #TEMPER Now:
Twitter {THREAD}
It's been on numerous "what to read" and "best of August" SFF lists, including @AndrewLiptak's article on @TheVerge: … 2/

The @BNSciFi, with the help of @JimLK, had it on their "Best of August" list: … "Nicky Drayden’s followup to the her gonzo science fantasy debut The Prey of Gods is just as delightfully out there." 3/

It is also an Amazon SFF pick of the Month! That's some pretty sweet company! 4/

TEMPER was also on @KirkusReviews' Best of August SFF list (via @sfsignal), saying of the book: "an enticing blend of science fiction, horror and magic combined with dark humor." … 6/

Not done just yet, because @SyfyWire ALSO included it on their Best of August list! … @syfy 7/

Pretty sure there will be more (it's a really good book), but I wanted to be clear that it's not just me shouting TEMPER from the rooftops. Happy pub day, @nickydrayden! 8/8

#TemperCityTour - A 10 day virtual tour where you can win NEW RELEASES!

Announcing the start of a 10 day #TemperCityTour on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, where I'll be giving out prizes for tagging an image of TEMPER with the hashtag above and a message like "Losing my Temper in [City Name]" or "Temper spotted in [City Name]" or whatever else is book related.
It can be a picture of you reading the book, a picture of it on a library or bookstore shelf, a photoshopped image of the book cover with a city monument or attraction in the background, a cool "bookstagram" image, whatever!

Prizes include daily drawings for a 2018 release paperback of the book of your choice (under $20), with additional prizes chosen by me for funniest, cutest, and best overall post. If we get 50 cities, I will have bonus prizes!

Open Internationally, ages 18+.


Also thanks to everyone who's done swag brags! I've seen you out there! (These are just a few.) You are all amazing! Keep it up!

Or your local indie!
I; Enricoh Alfonzo; undoubtedly, vehemently, and whole-heartedly recommend this book!

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Inspire Tag: Elayna Fernandez aka The Positive MOM

Buenos Dias~

Today's post marks a momentous landmark & milestone on my blog. I have the unique honor & privilege to showcase the undeniable AWESOMOCITY of my mentor, Elayna Fernandez!
I was truly over the moon, bouncing off the walls excited to discover she had WON my giveaway of a Month's Promotion Package
To mark my Facebook Page reaching 30k LIKES:

Meet Elayna Fernandez aka The Positive MOM!

Elayna Fernรกndez, known worldwide as The Positive MOM, is an award-winning storyteller, certified coach, trainer, and strategist, and an avid student of pain. Elayna helps moms worldwide transform their pain story into positive growth and build a life they love - on their own terms.
Elayna travels the world as an keynote speaker in the topics of motherhood, mindset, and mompreneurship and is often featured in global media.  Elayna has been recognized as one of the Top Latina Influencers in the USA for the impact of her programs, products, and positive content.

Her philosophy is “BE Positive and You’ll BE Powerful!”

I have been following Elayna for as long as I have been blogging, yes, she's been there since the beginning. I can't exactly explain Why I gravitated towards her at first, I mean I'm not really her target audience now am I? lol! But I can tell you Why I stayed. For that SMILE! Just look at it, it's SMILE that could light up the whole world. In truth, her posts & wisdom has been invaluable in my growth as both a blogger/influencer & as a person. She's been there in times of Great Need, understanding & relating to me in a way that most if not all in my life have been unable to do. Her blog has been both a safe haven & a safeguard.

1. What is the best advice you were ever given?
·  I read a poem called Desiderata when I was a little girl that taught me that "If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for ALWAYS there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself," and this concept can shift moments of self-doubt, self-pity, and self-centeredness into moments of expanded perspective. Comparison is a cancer to the soul.
2. Who inspires you and why?
·  My children inspire me to be the ultimate version of myself. I've learned so much about myself, about love, and about the nature of God from them. Children remind us of our infinite potential, purpose, and possibilities. No matter where we are or how broken we feel we may be, each day is a brand new opportunity to make progress, and to me, Progress IS Success.
3. Everyone has bad days; how do you deal with a bad day?
·  The first step is to give myself permission to be authentic, to honor all my emotions, as well as embracing who I can become as I move past it, surrender, and let it go. I know you like my OG quotes, so here's one that just came to me: Suppression is servitude.
4. Where do you go/what do you do when you need motivation?
·  I go the only place you can find real motivation = WITHIN. Extrinsic motivators don't work because they don't last. We must find, build, and nurture our intrinsic motivation so that we find joy doing what we need to do. This is crucial when you want to be your own boss and run a profitable business. No one is going to cut your pay, fire you, or guilt you into doing something and you'll have your own deadlines. This is not to say that you'll love every step of the process, but that you trust the process. I don't think anyone becomes a mom to get to change the diapers as much as I didn't become an entrepreneur to track my income and expenses, for example, but if I focus on what kind of mom or business woman I am and what my ultimate desire is ("have a safe, healthy, happy child" or "have a successful small business"), I will find intrinsic motivation because it is linked to my WHY, my statement of purpose
5. Failure is a big part of life, what has been your biggest failure to date?
·  I always say that Failure is an opportunity for positive growth. Failure is feedback, redirection, and preparation for success. The moment I felt like the biggest failure was when a painful divorce launched me into single motherhood, not only because I didn't have a plan, but mainly I had bought into the cultural lie that my worth was defined by my ability to "get a man and keep him happy." As it usually happens, this turned out to be the biggest blessing in my life and I still love my Ex and always will because of it. I feel so much gratitude now that I've let go of those shoulds, because the truth really does set you free.
6. What is your biggest achievement?
·  My biggest achievement is becoming a pioneer, a cycle breaker, and a student of pain. In this journey, I've been open to seek and receive healing and to inspire others to do the same. I love that my children think I'm the best MOM ever  because they honor my experiences and want to walk in my footsteps, but more importantly, that they know I love and support them unconditionally.
7. Have you conquered any fears?
·  Every day! We're all afraid, every day, whether we are conscious we are operating from fear or not. The voice of fear is sneaky, and it disguises in many ways: safety, worry, doubt, and even false comfort. An acronym I love is False Evidence Appearing Real. It’s up to us to destroy this evidence, get a grip and get unstuck so we don’t remain paralyzed. As Eleanor Roosevelt said: "We must do the thing we think we cannot do," on a daily basis! 
8. Music helps lift our mood, What is your go-to song when you need a pick me up?
·  I'm a Latina, so I love music and I can't just pick a song. I can't even pick a decade. How about the 80's and the 90's? I am fortunate to be trilingual (Spanish, English, Italian), so I get to enjoy amazing music in different languages.
9. Complete the sentence, Happiness is…
·  just a start. We can make many choices that will make us happier, but in the end, it is meaning that will sustain us and infuse a sense of purpose.
10. What do you do to clear your mind?
·  Tell stories! I believe we are all storytellers and we each have a powerful story to tell. I've been a storyteller since childhood. My dad jokes that my school notebooks were “my first blog,” because I used my homework as a way to unpack what I was going through in my childhood so my teachers would read. Telling my emotional, vulnerable, raw stories has sustained me over the years. It makes sense now why through the fear, doubt, and uncertainty of single motherhood, I had the courage to make storytelling my career path.
11. Life can be stressful, what are your top 3 things to unwind?
·  Write, read, and laugh.
12. Have you watched any inspiring movies? Do you have any favorites?
·  I watch a lot of inspiring movies because I am a Disney Mom! I feel really blessed to partner with Disney Channel, Disney Jr., Disney Animation, Disney Princesses, Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, ABC, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm / Star Wars, Disney XD, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Kids, Disney Parks and other branches or the Walt Disney Company to bring awareness to positive stories that move, empower, and inspire! I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, and quality representation in the media, as well as positive lessons that help us and our kids think and grow. I do have to say that there was one moment in my life in which I was feeling hopeless, worthless and helpless in which I thought about the Academy Award winning film “Life is Beautiful,” by Roberto Benigni and it blessed me with a deep sense of gratitude and perspective that connected me to my core identity.  
13. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
·  My favorite quote is from Marianne Williamson's book "Return to Love" because I feel it summarizes who each of us is and who each of us can become and what really stunts our positive growth: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
14. Do you listen to motivational speakers?
·  I love self-help books, seminars, and training programs. Words have the power to transform us. I have shared the stage and have been mentored personally by the best speakers in the industry, including my good friend Les Brown and mentors like Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, Mary Morrissey, Janet Atwood, and Reverend Michael Beckwith and many others. Certified Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer, Certified Passion Test Facilitator, Certified DreamBuilder Coach, Certified Success Principles Trainer, and a graduate of the Steve Harvey School for Business Acceleration. I love traveling the world as an International keynote speaker and panelist in the topics of motherhood, mindset, and mompreneurship!
15. How do you cope with unpleasant people?
·  If we are honest, we can all be unpleasant people, even toxic people, at times. I have identified 3 main ways to deal with someone who is being unpleasant or interacting with me in a toxic way (could be frenemies or fair weather friends). The first one you can use is being true to your vision, this means that you will access what fuels you to do what you set out to do and not let this exchange of energy affect it. The second is to set clear firm healthy boundaries to make sure your sanity is not jeopardized. And the third is to practice self-care, because when your needs are met, you are less likely to take things personally. In addition, it is essential that you forgive yourself for being toxic to others and take the proper steps to make amends.
16. What is your best piece of advice?
·  Find a mentor! Albert Einstein once said that "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them," so it is necessary to partner with people who have a higher domain of belief in order to move to a higher level. A mentor’s guidance, encouragement, inspiration, experience, perspective, and advice can make a huge difference between success and failure in motherhood and in entrepreneurship.  A coach is a mentor, a guide, a teacher, a friend, a partner, a facilitator… someone who will ask the right questions, identify your blind spots, and provide the type of accountability that moves you to action, saving you stress, time, and money in the long-run. I am committed to help my coaching and mentoring clients build their dreams and create a life they love!

17. Complete the sentence “When life gives you lemons…”
·  ...hold on to them and give thanks for the free lemons. I always say "Gratitude is the birthplace of joy!"
18. What is the most inspiring book you have ever read?
·  I have read too many books to choose a favorite, but one I read at least once every year is titled “As A Man Thinketh,” by James Allen. It’s a short read and it keeps getting better. It has been a great friend throughout my journey and in my quest to be a student of pain, because it teaches us that "The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs;" in other words, you cannot outperform your beliefs of who you are and what the world seems to you, so we must always question our beliefs.
19. Do you have a place to pray or meditate?
·  I am always praying and meditating. The beauty of divine communication is that it can happen anywhere, at any time, and under any conditions. We can tune in to the still small voice to access wisdom, answers, and guidance in any area of our lives.
20. What is your motto in life?
21. If there was just one nugget of wisdom you could share, what would that be?
·         Two words: Forgive Yourself!

Regrets, guilt, and shame are destructive, not productive. Stop beating yourself up with the “I can’t believe I…”“Why did/didn’t I…?” “I should have…”“I could have…” and “If only I’d…” and invest your precious time, effort, and energy building what you dream and being present to those you love.
Quick Fire:

Inspirational Movie or Talk with a friend?

Creating Art or Listening to music?

Eating out or Making Food?

Being in a crowd or Being alone?

Writing or Singing?

Sea Vacation or Safari Vacation?


Elayna Fernรกndez
Storyteller | Strategist | Student of Pain
Named one of the Top Parenting Blogs Worldwide 2017
#12 of 100 Top Mom Blogs Worldwide 2016
2015 and 2016 Best Latina Lifestyle Blogger Award
Named one of the 100 Top Influencers In USA (two years in a row)
Certified DreamBuilder Coach
Certified Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer
Certified Passion Test Facilitator
Certified Success Principles Trainer [Jack Canfield]
Graduate of the Steve Harvey School for Business Acceleration
Creator of @DisneyMomGuide

Here's but a taste of the famous & extra-ordinary people Elayna connects with on the daily!
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One of the aspects that I love LOVE about Elayna is the way she is raising her children. Elisha & Elyssa have their own brand called, WhollyART at just 8 & 7 years old! Which I'm sure was started long before that & has since received much praise & success. They've even published a book! These girls are such an inspiration that I wish my sister had had when she was growing up. It's such a beautiful testament to Elayna's parenting style & the way in which she has nurtured her children's talents & potential.

As a mompreneur, she has inspired my own mom to resign from her position of Director at a company to start her OWN company called Vanguard Accounting! As a student of pain, she's helped me through the darkest parts of my depression & anxiety. As a strategist, she's helped me evolve my influencer pitch to encourage my ambition of landing my dream brands! As a storyteller, she's captured my heart & imagination to propel it into the stratosphere of "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE".

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Testimonial Vanessa Hernandez

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WOW! this has been, by far one of my favorite & most impactful blog posts I've had the pleasure of publishing. BIG SHOUT OUT to my mentor Elayna for taking the time & effort to answer each question with such immensely insightful detail & passion. I am both humbled & in awe of this opportunity. To all the moms out there:

I; Enricoh Alfonzo; undoubtedly, vehemently, and whole-heartedly recommend Elayna's mentorship & coaching!

© Enricoh Alfonzo ~ Alfonzo Words
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