Friday, 19 August 2016

#Giveaway ~ 2 x Stellar Shine Promo Packs

Woooohooo It's #FreebieFriday!!
Here's your chance to WIN WIN WIN Big with Akasha Garnier.
To honor the launch of her book Secrets to Shine Through The Noise, Akasha is giving away exclusive Stellar Shine Promo Packs to TWO lucky, lucky readers. How awesome is that?!!

The Hype is REAL

This launch week we've celebrated some ground-breaking success on social media. The responses & interaction has been phenomenal! Well on it's way to a million impressions in a week with thousands of retweets daily.

Check out this tweet sent to Oprah & her Magazine.

And this one for #ReleaseDAY of Secrets to Shine Through The Noise 
I know, right?! 1,000+ retweets since 17th August 2016 & counting! I couldn't believe my eyes, a friend even asked me "At what point do you consider it viral?" haha. Be sure to check out the live tweet & all the replies received from #TeamAkasha plus new Tribe members.

Shine-Tastic Reviews & Views

Holy Spatula the reviews received so far have been positively glowing & Shine-Tastic!
Check them out by clicking on the highlighted name:

Stellar Shine Promo Prize

Two lucky winners will receive the following in their Promo Packs:

2.  2 Custom made SHINE Bracelets
3. $100 Gift Certificate @ Nando Milano Trattoria in Chicago
Have a SHINE cocktail toast with Akasha
"If they get to Chicago on their own, I would work it out to be there and welcome them with a toast. Dario & Chef Alessio will make a special shine cocktail for my launch event Sept 18 and the winner will get that cocktail to toast and celebrate success with me in person."
Enjoy the VIP event with this amazing author & mentor.

To ENTER, simply complete this Rafflecopter below :-)
Ganbatte, Vaya con Dios & Goodluck to Everyone!

Some Celebration FUN!

~Be Kind to One Another~ Ellen Degeneres

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

#REVIEW ~ Secrets to #ShineThroughtheNoise

Complimenti epica per il mio amico e mentore Akasha Garnier!!!

Woooohoooo!!! Help me congratulate my friend & mentor Akasha Garnier on the official release of her motivational book, Secrets to Shine Through the Noise. As writers we all dream of getting published in some form or the other, so this is a massive accomplishment. 
Follow Akasha & me to join us in celebration today on twitter.
It's been worth the wait & now the sale of #ShineThroughtheNoise goes live today!

Today I'm featuring one of my very best friends, in her unbelievably awesome review of the book. This is her first-time guest blogging but she pulls it off with flawless ease and passion. 

Benita Govender is an optometrist, the reason for this career choice is because she wanted to help people on a daily basis. She is passionate about her job and thrives on it. Her family and friends mean the world to her. One of her hobbies is reading, she loves to learn new things. Reading also allows her to delve into new worlds and get lost in them. 

Hello, Hello all you fantastically amazing individuals. 

Today I not only have the honor of being featured on Alfonzo Words hot blog spot, but I have the absolute privilege to speak about Akasha Garnier's brilliant book: Secrets to Shine Through the Noise.
The awesome cover for this book was revealed right here on Alfonzo Words and was so worth the wait!

Cover Reveal: Shine Through the Noise

In this incredible book, Akasha shows us how to step out of boxes which society has put us in and embrace our individuality. She teaches us to SHINE.

"Shining is natural. It's that connection that makes you smile and the light bulb that goes on that makes us get up"

With the simple exercises, activities and steps laid out to assist you; not only will you be able to get what you WANT out of life but you will also discover new things about yourself along the way. The sky is the limit and this book has shown me how any of us have the ability to reach it.

At every turn, there is new inspiration and motivation but the one thing that sticks with me is that your age is irrelevant. Akasha speaks of how you can create new goals and reach them - at any age. Only we hold ourselves back.

I was surprised to find how simple the exercises were and yet have such an impact. I found coloring to be very therapeutic.

Reading these secrets has been a magnificent learning for me. I have always wanted to travel but having reached my academic goals, I became a creature of habit and comfort. Now I have new goals. To travel and to be more open to trying new things. To be more accepting of change.

Akasha says we need to eliminate the word "can't" and every day, I find myself doing just that. I've also begun to spend less time on social media just as she suggested and I find I have more time to be productive and accomplish my smaller daily goals.

There is a brilliant exercise to help you start moving forward. It's one of my favorites, as it helps you to "get into the driver's seat". Not only does it help to remind you of your positive traits, but it also allows you to learn more about yourself as a person. We are our own worst critics but this exercise helps you focus on your strengths and work on that.

Here is my favorite image from Secrets to Shine Through the Noise, is the signed hi-res Travel coloring image I received from Akasha:

It shows you reaping your rewards, in a way. Like all that hard work is paying off.

This book surpasses all distinctions we humans have created to divide us and calls out to every person to improve their lives and to do so at a pace which suits them.
Not only is it beneficial to each and every one of us, but 10% of proceeds from this book will be donated to Teen Cancer America.

I am most certainly going to get my family and friends to read this life-changing book. We have just this one life so let's SHINE, bright and bold.

Akasha also has a thriller trilogy which will be coming out and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on those books!

A HUGE thank you to Akasha for allowing me to read Secrets to Shine Through the Noise and Alfonzo Words for featuring me on this awesome blog. The support I have received from the both of you is greatly appreciated.

To purchase Secrets to Shine Through the Noise, please click on the link below:

Calling ALL Bloggers & Readers.

We're offering You the chance to review this life-changing book.
* To be posted on your Blog & Amazon. If you do not have a blog, let us know as we have guest post options available to you.

In exchange, you'll receive a signed copy of the book, an exclusive limited edition "Shine"bracelet & a High-res signed Travel coloring image {chosen by popular demand from the fans}

If you would like the opportunity to review Secrets to Shine Through The Noise,
Email & mention my blog name.
~Be Kind to One Another~ Ellen Degeneres

Monday, 15 August 2016

#BloggersWanted ~ Secrets to #ShineThroughtheNoise

Buenas Dias, Hello, Konnichiwa!

This week has finally arrived! Mark your calendars, Secrets to Shine Through The Noise officially releases on 17 August 2016!

To toast to this special occasion, my friend & superbly awesome mentor Akasha Garnier has permitted me the honor of hosting a great GIVEAWAY.

Calling ALL Bloggers & Readers.
We're offering you the chance to review this life-changing book.
* To be posted on your Blog & Amazon. If you do not have a blog, let us know as we have guest post options available to you. 

In exchange, you'll receive a signed copy of the book, an exclusive limited edition "Shine" bracelet & a High res signed Travel coloring image {chosen by popular demand from the fans}

I received my bracelet on friday & I love, love, love it! It's a constant motivational & inspirational reminder to Shine Through. My friends have all been raving about it & want their own.

If you would like the opportunity to review Secrets to Shine Through The Noise,
Email & mention my blog name.

Akasha was invited to write this motivational book based on her branding expertise, love of travel and ability to inspire with the right blend of business and creative skills: Secrets to Shine Through the Noise (August 17, 2016/Motivational Press release). Shine Through the Noise illustrates Akasha’s journey from “starving artist” filmmaker to brand expert with lessons from her first mentor and promo partners along the way. These lessons help amplify personal and professional brand value with an action-able plan.

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

Akasha also enjoys giving back and is proud to partner with Teen Cancer America. Teen Cancer
America is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults
with cancer. Akasha will donate 10% of proceeds from Secrets to Shine Through the Noise to Teen Cancer America. 
Ms Garnier will celebrate the book’s release with her Italian family’s restaurants, Nando Milano and do events in a few select cities; she will then finish negotiating her travel thriller series for release in best-selling book and film form.
Get to know more about the book below:
  1. Title of book: Secrets to Shine through the Noise
  2. Tagline/Promise: Amplify your value and plan a better path. 
  3. Brief 1-3 sentence description: 
Author Akasha Lin Garnier Presents Secrets to Shine through the Noise, A compelling journey from starving artist to mentorship, world travel, award-winning, branding and a travel thriller series. In this cinematic guide, the author shares how to create an actionable plan and how to make a brand distinctive to rise above the noise. 

Six Deliverables/Learnings Readers Will Take From Your Book (What Will They Get Out Of It?) 

1) Use creative and business strengths to live a life on purpose, determining outcomes in advance.

2) Learn why many people end up at destinations they didn’t consciously choose and wither with regret.

3) Understand how to reroute this outcome by developing a written life plan that articulates what they want in each of the major life domains.

4) Define, refine or amplify their personal and/or business brand to shine through the noise.

5) Celebrate small successes along the way to rejuvenate the journey.

6) Color themselves intrigued with inspirational coloring pages based on travel photos from Akasha’s stories and upcoming thriller series.

Akasha was recently interviewed on Jennings Wire, The World of Success which created alot of buzz with her "tribe" & the fans of Jennings Wire. 
Listen to the awesome Podcast here:
Podcast: Shine Through the Noise
  1. What do you mean by “shine through the noise”?
  2. You talk about content heavy websites and how that can dull a brand. What branding pro secret do you have to share with our audience about improving their web presence?
  3. What social media secret could you share with our audience to help them get millions of impressions in under a month?
  4. You talk about harnessing the power of business and creative skills to help people shine through the noise. What’s your noise, or Kryptonite? What best practice can you share about this?
"We had fun posing, delving into and answering some of the key questions:
Have a think about your own SHINE and jot it down. I believe a few minutes spent on questions of this nature are worth it.. YOU are worth it!" 

"I am grateful that I have chances to blend creative and business skills during my college radio adventures. It sparked my first film production and now I can see 3 books and screenplays on the horizon. I will be announcing the first set of giveaways this week!"

"Remember, wherever you are on your journey, believe it's worth the trip!"
~ Akasha Garnier

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~Be Kind to One Another~ Ellen Degeneres

Friday, 12 August 2016

#FridayFeeling Music Playlist

Happy #FridayFeeling dance y'all!

Today I'm going to be sharing a playlist of my favorite songs in the hope that it uplifts your Friday spirits & get's you pumped about the weekend.

“Fridays are the hardest in some ways: you’re so close to freedom.”
Lauren Oliver

1. Calvin Harris - Feel So Close

This song was played in Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 4, Damon and Elena dancing. Then again on Teen Wolf, I think in the first episode. It's one of my absolute favorites! I love the vibe and the way you can dance to this.

Youtube Link:
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2. The Bloody Beetroots & Greta Svabo Bech - Chronicles of a Fallen Love (Official Video)

This song was played in Teen Wolf  season 3, episode 16. I fell in love with the melody & Greta Svabo Bech singing in it. I listen to it almost everyday in the morning to get me motivated.

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3. Joe Louis, Dominic Neill - Better Day

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4. Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive

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5. Crazy White Boy - Something New ft. Julia Church

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6. Sia - Cheap Thrills (Performance Edit)

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7. Fifth Harmony - Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign

I love love the message of this song! and lucky number 7 is my favorite number haha

Youtube Link:
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8. Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners - This Girl

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9. Isle of Skye - Guilty ft. 2Lee Stark

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Which is your favorite?

Live Today. Love Tomorrow. Unite Forever

~Be Kind to One Another~ Ellen Degeneres

Monday, 8 August 2016

#OlympicGames - 5 Lessons You Taught Me

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Buenas Dias!
Hope y'all had an Epic weekend. It's a new week with all new opportunities just waiting for you.
This #MondayMotivation we're going with the Health & Fitness Theme on the Blog Tag.
After watching the Olympic Games Rio 2016 trailer & Opening Ceremony with the unbelievably gorgeous Adrianna Lima, I just had to do this post.

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques) are the leading international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894.
So here are the 5 Lessons learned from the Olympic Games that can be applied to your daily lives.
Remember, Success leaves Clues.

1. Dream Big
"Don't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get," swimmer Michael Phelps told the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Michael Phelps is the Most decorated Olympian of all time! So take it from him, the only limit in life is you. I get it, it's nurture, our environment, and the "standards" we've become accustomed to. So it's hard for some to believe that there is more out there. But I promise you there is. All you need do is Dream more and ignore limits.
Too often do we settle for less when More becomes exceedingly unavailable. Believe in more.

2. Embrace Hard Work
"Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made," women's gymnastics champ Gabby Douglas told NBC.
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% Perspiration. 
I won't sugar coat it for ya, it takes massive action and hard, hard work to achieve true success. 
But Today's journey could become tomorrow's Legend. 

3. Cultivate the Team Culture
"Whether we had finished on top or not, the thing that I'm proud of is sticking together," Olympic beach volleyball star Misty May-Treanor told CNN.
No one worth remembering has ever gotten anywhere on their own. It takes a team, it takes a tribe, it takes a mentor, it takes having someone to catch you when you fall. Someone to lift you up when to stumble. Be humble in remembering those that have helped you achieve your success. 
I am truly grateful for a friend who has supported my author of being an author since day one. I cannot even begin to describe my gratitude for her friendship and encouragement.

4. Have Fun
"Have fun, because that's what life is all about," swimmer Ryan Lochte told
What's the point for working hard, taking massive action and dreaming big if you're not having fun along the way? Failure is a big part anyone's journey so it's important to enjoy moments and have fun along the way.

5. This is YOUR Journey
"You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours,” said coach Herb Brooks told the 1980 U.S.A. men's ice hockey team.
Ahh coach quotes are some of my favorite. They really know how to rev up your soul. 
This is your journey. No one, NO ONE can take that away from you. At the same time that means, this's your responsibility, it's your choices that define it. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE successful started off where you are right now, they weren't born a winner, they weren't instantly. brightly wealthy, no. So take that realization as incentive to kick out any doubts you may have and go out they to achieve your destiny. 
Make it so they couldn't ignore you even if they wanted to.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Travel Tag: 200 Saturdays Until Paris

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Buenas Dias!

One of my favorite days of the week has arrived, iiiiiiitS #TravelTuesday
Travel is a Billion Dollar industry almost teasing at Trillion Dollar status, Why?
Because EVERYONE loves to travel!

Upon my interactions on Facebook I came across a most interesting blog name, 200 Saturdays Until Paris and even though the name is pretty self-explanatory, I was still drawn by the name and the mission of the blog.
Every once in awhile you come across someone who's spirit is iridescent.

Meet Christine

Christine's dream, for as long as she can remember, is to visit the City of Light and experience the majestic wonder it has to offer. The first step in her journey is 200 Saturdays until Paris. A personal blog, where she shares her passion for yoga practices, inspirational posts, and the daily shenanigan's life sends her way while researching for her dream vacation.

1. Tell us about a recent holiday
  • The most recent vacation was in Las Vegas. You know the saying – whatever happens in Vegas – stays in Vegas. All I can divulge is - you can’t have a bad time in Vegas!
2. Best destination to travel to
  • I love everywhere I go and haven’t been to every destination on my list – so this answer is always evolving. My answer for now is Bar Harbor, Maine. I like hiking and exploring. Acadia National Park was very memorable. One of the friendliest cities – in my opinion. 
3. Worst Travel experience? 
  • Flight canceled and returned home a day late. My luggage decided to stay on vacation 2 additional days. I only take carry-on luggage now. 
4. How traveling has changed your life? 
  • I love learning about new cultures – first hand. I love that it doesn’t matter what country I am in – we are different, yet the same. Human. 
5. Where are you from? 
  • Chicago, but I live in Florida now. 
6. Where have you been around the world? 
  • I haven’t been to as many places as some people. I really haven’t been around the world. I recently starting blogging and following travel blogs – there are so many places now added to the must see list. The places outside of the US that I have been to include, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.
What is your favorite City? 
  • St. Augustine, FL – The location is convenient. There are so many things to do and see in the oldest city in the United States. I will have a post about St. Augustine, on my blog – soon.
8. What are your dream destinations? 
  • Since I have a blog dedicated to Paris – I would have to say France! 
  • Also Hawaii, Amsterdam and Canada.
9. Best item have you purchased overseas? 
  • I haven’t purchased any big ticket item for myself, on any trip. I tend to be cheap when it comes to myself. That will change - when I go shopping in Paris!
10. What time of the year do you like to travel? 
  • Anytime it isn’t too hot – I experience that enough where I live now.
11. How many times a year do you travel? 
  • As many as possible, although the last few years we were caring for our 3 elderly Chihuahua’s and couldn’t do much traveling. They are no longer with us. Luckily, the new puppies love to vacation at the doggie spa while we are away!
12. Show us your favorite travel picture?

13. What are some new and exciting cuisines that you tried on your travels? 
  • I don’t know if this is very exciting. One of my favorite memories on a trip to Jamaica, was having a resident cook a meal for us - in their home. The aroma in the house and the hospitality made it such a great experience. Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Red Stripe beer! Oh and Blue Mountain coffee is THE best coffee! 
14. Have you ever lost something while traveling? 
  • Besides my dignity?? No – I usually triple check that I have everything.
15. What are your favorite travel activities? 
  • Para-sailing and climbing to the top of lighthouses. I really love architecture - looking for interesting buildings is one of my favorite things to do.
16. What are your must-have travel accessories?
  • A good book. 
17. What is your favorite accent in the world?
  • Francais- of course.
18. If you could live anywhere where would you live?
  • Tough question. I could probably live anywhere, but, I haven’t been everywhere – so I am unable to choose the dream location. I suspect I will want to live in France, once I visit the City of Light. Home is where you hang your hat! 
19. Why do you enjoy traveling? 
  • I love seeing new places and meeting new people. I have a weird fascination of people watching at the airport. I arrive hours before my flight, just to be able to people watch while I wait. 
20. Do you have a travel buddy? 
  • I usually travel with my husband, but a getaway with the girls is always a good time. 
21. What are some of the interesting places you've visited and the different cultures? 
  • Besides many places in the US – I have mostly been to the Caribbean. I feel any place you visit is interesting. There is always something to learn. 
22. Have you ever had any bad travel experiences? 
  • Not really, besides my luggage abandoning me. All experiences are just that – experiences. You can learn from any of them. 
23. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t? 
  • Give me a call – I will gladly go with you and show you that you can travel!

Quick Fire

Road Trip around your country or Plane ride to an exotic location 

Hotel or Hostel

Summer or Winter 
My favorite season is Autumn – when the leaves are changing colors. 

Window or Aisle seat

Book or Movie on the Plane

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Nelson Mandela - 5 Lessons You Taught Me

How could I ever forget you?
How could I ever not honor you?

Nelson Mandela has been a positive force in my life for as long as I can remember. He wasn't just a president, in fact, he transcended the position. He was a singular entity of sheer willpower that I will never forget. In my darkest moments, he has been there. In my surest moments, he was there.

Here are the 5 Lessons that he taught me:

1. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Education can be defined as two things, systematic instruction or an enlightening experience. Whichever way you do define it, Knowledge is Not power but the application of knowledge IS. Don't just learn something for the sake of learning it, find a way to apply what you know.

2. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Do not be ignorant in your confidence or forget that we are all human, EVERYONE feels fear. Remain humble even when you do conquer.
When Oprah was reminiscing she told us about a backstage story involving Nelson. He was there for his first Iconic interview with her and he asked if he could meet the other guests of the show that day. When they told him that he was the only one, he was shocked to hear that the entire show was going to be about him. Now that's humble.

3. It always seems impossible until it's done.

Possibly my Favorite lesson! Going to tell you a story: A while back the world's strongest man was Sergei and for the longest time the most he could power lift was 600. Because he was so conditioned to believe that 600 was all he could lift. In his mind, body & soul, that is all he could lift but one day his trainers hatched a daring plan. Instead of his usual daily lift of 600, they put on 602. Now because of Sergei's belief, he lifted it! "Sergei! Sergei! Do yvou know vhat yvou've just done?!" They shouted. Ofcourse after that someone did 605, then someone else did 610 and so on and so on. 

Mount Everest must've seemed insurmountable until someone dared enough to do it and then how many have conquered it now? Hundreds. 

4. For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

We rise by lifting others. Do you really want to reach the top, clawing, kicking and screaming against all the others? Or would you rather find like minded individuals that her positive and empowering to share in your journey? I promise you have someone to share your dreams, fears, thoughts and ideas with is a truly magical experience. 
That being said, living a life in service to mankind and the betterment of this world, the only world we have is a beautiful purpose to have.

5. There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Where would we be if Nelson hadn't risked it all for the freedom of his people?
Can you imagine your children or you not knowing the True Wonder of Harry Potter had JK Rowling settled for the life society deemed fit for her?
What if Barack Obama settled for a quiet life in the suburbs or the doubt that "a black man could never be president of America"?
Dream Big. Take Massive Action.

Bonus Lesson: 

In closing I'm going to leave you with an Infamous quote that Nelson is often mistaken for being the orignator of, it's by Marianne Williamson from her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

~Be Kind to One Another~ Ellen Degeneres