Are You WILLING to Leap?

Are You WILLING to Leap?

leap-i-can-and-i-willAre you willing to leap? Notice I did not ask you if you are READY to Leap, but rather, are you WILLING? One of my mentors, Caterina Rando, always says “don’t wait until you’re ready, act when you’re willing.” This has always struck a chord with me because we are rarely ready to take the leap, or put ourselves out there in a big way, stepping out of our comfort zones, in order to get to where we want to be, but we have to be willing. It’s like parenthood, no one is ever ready and 100% prepared before their little ones arrive, but they are willing (and super excited!) to take the leap into parenthood.

In life and business, if we wait until we are totally prepared before we launch a program, make those phone calls, start an exercise program or write that novel, our lives will pass us by and before we know it, it will be too late.

Staying in our comfort zone can be comfortable, and it can also get really uncomfortable for those of us who are being called to something bigger. When you’re getting ready to face a fear, ask yourself, “What choice am I going to make right now? And I going to move forward and take a leap, getting closer to my dreams, or am I going to hold back and stay where I am? If I chose to stay where I am, what could I be missing out on?”

I want to challenge you this week to take the leap and build your wings on the way down. Yes, it’s scary! Yes, you will have to step out of your comfort zone. Yes, you will grow your business and change your life!

What’s more important to you-staying safe in your comfort zone, or having a thriving, incredible life? So, if you’re with me, I want you to decide which mountain you want to tackle first, step up to the edge, take a giant leap and flap like crazy on the way down. I’ve chosen my mountain, stepped up to the edge, jumped and am flap, flap, flapping.
Which leap will you take?

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Elevate Your Brand by Making a Difference

Elevate Your Brand by Making a Difference

40766262 - volunteer word cloud, heart conceptAs an entrepreneur, you are committed to making a difference in the world through your amazing gifts and talents. Giving back is a natural extension of that brand. Sharing your passion for organizations and contributing your time, talents and treasures elevates your brand and attracts and retains like-minded clients and affiliates.

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When Is The Best Time of Year for an Authorpreneur to Publish a Book?

When Is The Best Time of Year for an Authorpreneur to Publish a Book?

Robbin Simons print image 5According to recent industry data, more than half of retail book sales in the United States occur only a few months before the Christmas holidays, between September and December. This a perfect time for launching and promoting your book if it is one that fits into the general interest or fiction categories.  Continue reading “When Is The Best Time of Year for an Authorpreneur to Publish a Book?”

Aeriol’s top 10 tips to building online influence with Facebook Live

10 easy breezy tips to get started building online influence with social media: Facebook Live

Those of you who may know me personally know that I am a Social Media Evangelist and a bit of an Audio- Visual geek! lol. well, I just made that up but the truth of the matter is I absolutely LOVE Facebook and I am currently immersing myself in Instagram as well. Both of these Social Media Platforms have a video function which is great news for business’s who would like to build their online visibility and influence.

Instagram currently lets you take or upload short videos up to 60 seconds long. This is great in and of itself but I see this as interesting opportunity to create a promotional buzz to promote longer videos and host video shows on FB live. I see both these platforms (both owned by Facebook coincidentally) really working together to support each other in social media marketing and influence building.

Building Influence Online with Aeriol
Building Influence Online with Aeriol

Today I wanted to give you just a couple tips on getting your FB Live Broadcast ready to go. Here are 10 easy breezy steps to get you started:

  1. Have a script or outline for your topic. I can’t stress this enough- I know we all think we can be impromptu but you are going to want to have at least a an outline to keep you on track to make sure you don’t wast any of your broadcast time. Try to have bulleted points or 3-5 “hot tips” that you can share and then talk about a little more in depth to expand.
  2. Ideally you should do a preliminary sound check and also check your lighting and surroundings on your camera so you can see how you look before shooting. This ensures quality picture that your audience will enjoy.
  3. Log into your Facebook account on your phone from your profile, business page or group depending on who you want to see your video.
  4. Touch the “Publish” icon to create your video post.
  5. Touch the “Live Video” icon.
  6. Write a super juicy title… (to see more tips please click link)

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Is Bliss in Your Business and Life Possible?

Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment

When you hear the word Bliss, do you ever have thoughts like these? “Bliss seems so out there. I just want to be happy,” or “I don’t want to be blissful. Then I won’t be as driven to achieve success, and I have so much more I want to do in life.” Even so, are you still intrigued by what having bliss in your business, relationships, and life might look like?

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TWIB Radio with Erin Summ: How to Be Confident and Shine as an Introverted Woman Entrepreneur


Erin SummTWIB Radio with expert Erin Summ. Learn how your limiting beliefs hold you back, how to have more confidence and shine to make a bigger difference in the world.

Kimberly Vaughan is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Kimberly Vaughan is our Thriving Woman of the Week


How long have you been in business? I have been in business for more than 10 years. I started my business as a wedding and event planner and later a trade event producer, an associate publisher of a bridal magazine and finally the publisher of

Why did you begin your business? I started my business for the same reason so many women start a business… as an entrepreneur I would find the freedom I needed to fulfill my personal goals and ambitions, while being a mother to my children and create balance in my life. I refused to acknowledge at the time that a 9-5 job offered more “balance” in terms of regimen and looking back my passion for what I felt was right for me far outweighed the sensibilities of a day job. I knew owning my own business would have its challenges and I was ready to face them head on.

What is your mission for your business? I am a natural born connector, a cheerleader for social justice, and have always pushed where I could for everyone to succeed. connects same-sex couples with screened, qualified professionals to plan weddings on a platform that has been designed to provide gay and lesbian couples with online planning tools, lots of wedding inspiration, and a joyful environment. I love education, so part of my mission is to educate couples on how to plan a wedding, while also educating wedding professionals on how to provide the best possible services for couples.

My events have always been a wonderful vehicle to celebrate and give in our local community and are a cornerstone of joy for me personally. It makes sense that the International Wedding Festival has reached the third largest wedding planning expo in Northern California, which is a very proud title for a Central Valley event.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? Not to fear success or failure. I have always feared that I would screw up, make a mistake, say something wrong, do something wrong, make the wrong decision, or worse let someone down. Unfortunately, (and fortunately) it is part of the process of business evolution. You can ask any successful person (whatever success is defined as for you) whether they have made mistakes in business and every single one of them will answer yes. Allowing myself to make mistakes means I am allowing myself to grow and take risks, and I am not one to stand still, so a bump in the road is inevitable and an opportunity to change something for the better.

I also wish that I had understood branding better at the beginning of my business. Consistency with marketing is key and I can recall countless changes and quite a few boxes of unwanted materials as my “brand changed” Ugh. I think investing in a brand manager early on would have saved me a lot of transitional advertising dollars.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? Don’t be afraid to try something new and value feedback, whether it be from clients, employees, or consumers. While we are busy “running our businesses” there are people using our products/services and applying them to their real life application, or sales people selling those products/services gaining feedback from customers. That feedback can prove to be the idea that will add value to your business model beyond what any coach or mentor can give.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? My vivacious spirit! I absolutely love being a woman business owner.  It is competitive yes, but the support I gain from other women in business is incredible. I love the dynamic and creative thinkers in our Thriving community. There is no shortage of encouragement, vitality and sometimes empathy for the demands of being a woman entrepreneur.  For that support, I enjoy reciprocating to other women business owners encouragement and kindness through the California non-profit, Successful Women of Central Valley, which educates, supports and nurtures women in our local community.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business? The freedom to create and be authentic is my favorite attribute of being a thriving woman in business. I was recently told I was altruistic. At first I took it as an insult, because the context it was stated referred to me as a woman in business who was trading higher profit margins for ideals, but the more I thought about the comment the more I realized I built a business and a reality that supports my nature. I do care about others, I do work hard for others and that is something I would not change. Being a thriving woman in business for me means having the freedom to be me in my personal life and in business.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? We have received a lot of feedback about the technology offered by for small business owners. It meets the needs in many ways for the 85% of our industry that is comprised of micro businesses to reach millennials and be business relevant in an industry that is just now closing the gap in technology and target market advertising. Many business owners would like for us to expand our platform to meet all couples as a connective, responsive technology. I would like to deliver upon that request.

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Exciting New Book Reveals How To Have The Life of Your Dreams!

Exciting New Book Reveals How To Have The Life of Your Dreams!

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Choose Bliss: The new paradigm in Business.


Choose Bliss: New Book Proves a Life of Enduring Joy & Contentment *IS* Possible. It’s a Paradigm Changer Critics Hail “Authentic & Powerful”

 Masterfully crafted from the life, experiences and wisdom of Moneeka Sawyer, ‘Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment’ empowers readers to embrace the fact that bliss isn’t circumstantial, but is rather a constant state of being that anyone can thrive in. Through both deeply-personal vignettes and a host of practical exercises, Sawyer walks readers through learning how to never settle for “just good enough” and how creating true power and prosperity can be as easy as a few simple mindset shifts…

 Mountain View, CA – Those who know Moneeka Sawyer often regard her as one of the happiest, most joyous and positive people they’ve ever met. It’s far from a front; Sawyer is truly blissful at all times and feels totally in control of every decision she makes.

It’s a unique yet totally transformative state of mind underpinned by a series of foundational “bliss practices” that anyone can deploy. In her new book, Sawyer explains how you too can be as happy and content as she is.

‘Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment’ will leave readers reveling in their new life steeped with opportunity, positivity and bliss that goes far and beyond being a buzzword. It’s a book about the power to choose, and how these choices can easily create a reality more blissful than anyone believed possible.

Book Synopsis:

This book is about your power to choose. It is a paradigm changer that will transform your view of your life, the world around you, and what is truly possible. Filled with thought-provoking concepts, it will teach you simple bliss practices you can implement immediately and short exercises to integrate bliss into your life forever. The tools in this book have proven successful time and time again. So, from this day forward, you don’t have to settle for good enough.

“The issue is that most people fall into a state of complacency, creating a vicious circle where they live robotically and become frustrated when they’re seldom happy,” explains Sawyer. “My book and my entire philosophy will amplify anyone’s inner light and rekindle the love in their heart. After all, don’t we all deserve to live surrounded by bliss? Feeling happy, strong and free is so empowering that it’s almost hard to put into words. This book will help anyone identify the mental, physical and spiritual adversity that’s holding them back and then inspire them to emerge victorious into a life they have only ever dreamed of.”

Continuing, “I want people to remember that they have a choice about every single thought, movement and action they make in life. When you understand how to make each of these decisions with a continuing life of bliss as the goal, amazing things begin to happen. Just ask the people I’ve helped who have proven first-hand that my methods are rock-solid and proven.”

Since its release, the book has garnered a consistent string of five-star reviews. For example, H. Blanchard comments, “I’ve read a lot of self-help books and this one feels different – more authentic – because Moneeka shares her own life journey and how she overcame problems in a way that I could relate to. The main thing I will take away is that changes are not linear and you don’t have to take action A, then B, then C etc. you can have bliss now even though you haven’t worked your way through to Z yet. I also found that as I read she left cues for the forthcoming chapters that my subconscious started working on so that when I got to the chapter on that subject e.g. Gratitude, I had already started working it into my daily routine naturally.”

James R. Cichoracki adds, “Moneeka’s insights and her compelling stories (from her challenging childhood where she was relentlessly bullied to her hard choice a few years ago to not become a mother) demonstrate how deeply devoted she is to the amazing principles of choosing bliss no matter what her circumstances. I found myself underlining and making notes of things I want to incorporate into my life to live the joy-filled life that Moneeka clearly embodies every day. This book is full of gems!”

‘Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment’, from Silver Torch Publishing¸ is available now:

For more information and resources, visit the author’s official website:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook Groups

The Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook Groups

Facebook groupsAccording to digital marketer Zephoria, there are 1.65 billion active monthly Facebook users worldwide, a 15% increase year over year.

To put this in perspective: The world’s population is 7.4 billion people, so if you take out the fake accounts and babies who are too young to have one, approximately 1 in 5 people is on Facebook. Continue reading “The Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook Groups”