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Faith, Healing, And Forgiveness: Mercedes Wilson Shares Her Courageous Story In Her New Book HOPE

Immediate Release:
June 6, 2018
Press Contact:
John Masiulionis
President of Empowered Publicity

Mercedes Wilson Shares The Message Of Faith, Healing, & Forgiveness In Her New Book: HOPE: How Faith Carried Me Through My Darkest Hours

Learn how hope can transform your mind, change your life, and allow you to conquer any of life’s challenges.

Buffalo, NY — June 6, 2018 — Author Mercedes Wilson always knew that there was something pulling at her heart from childhood. This pulling was keeping her in her darkest times, when she felt like she was going to lose it all. In her new book, HOPE: How Faith Carried Me Through My Darkest Hours (published by Westbow Press), Mercedes, shares the most intimate experiences of her life.

Mercedes experienced things that a lot of young women face growing up, from abuse and divorce to bankruptcy and cancer. Everything she tried to escape stared her in the face at the most difficult time in her life, making it hard for her to continue running.

“I realized that hope is not birthed from perfection, that hope is started in the depths of your hurting soul with a simple word from God,” said Wilson.

Mercedes’ book is not just a memoir, but it is a testimony. Not only does she bare all, but she explains the details about how she was able to overcome all through faith and her belief in Christ.

Hope: How Faith Carried Me Through My Darkest Hours
By Mercedes Wilson
Softcover | 118 pages | ISBN 9781973618089
Hardcover | 118 pages | ISBN 9781973618072
eBook | 118 pages | ISBN 9781973618096
About the Author

Mercedes Wilson is a radio and television personality, author, public speaker, a devoted mother, and the founder of For Our Daughters, Inc. After her battle with breast cancer, Mercedes has honored her calling to share her journey of healing and her story of hope to those in need across the world. Mercedes has recently embarked on her latest venture, the launch of her new radio show, The Mercedes Wilson Show, highlighting issues in today’s church, to answer the questions that so many have about the teachings of Christ. Mercedes currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her husband and four children.

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Champion UP’s Adrian Starks Teams Up With Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant For Remembering The Champion Within

Immediate Release
January 30, 2018

Press Contact:
John Masiulionis
President of Empowered Publicity
E-Mail: John@EmpoweredPublicity.com

Adrian Starks Teams Up With Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant For Remembering The Champion Within

A night of inspiration to give back to the Child Life Department at Oishei Children’s Hospital and the Ilio DiPaolo’s Scholarship Fund

Buffalo, NY — January 30, 2018 – International motivational speaker, best-selling author, and the founder of Champion UP, Adrian Starks brings his Champion UP 2018 to Ilio DiPaolo’s Resturant on Wednesday night, February 21st (at 6PM ET) for Remembering the Champion Within, a special benefit celebration for the Child Life Department at Oishei Children’s Hospital and the Ilio DiPaolo’s Scholarship Fund.

“I am truly grateful to come to the ‘City of Good Neighbors’ to give back to the children and teens of Western New York who are in need, who are courageously moving forward and taking the next steps in their lives,” said Starks.

In this powerful and truly inspirational evening, Adrian will also share his own personal courageous story, how our attitude determine how we see ourselves and how we perform in life, and how the toughest challenges can allow us to grow into more decisive, driven, and successful individuals, the champions of life.

As part of this memorable night, the life and legacy of the legendary professional wrestler and the founder of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant will be remembered.

“It is with great honor that I am also able to bring respect and remembrance to the great legend Ilio DiPaolo, who gave so generously from his heart to everyone in Western New York and who reminded us of the hunger that lies within us all that cannot be forgotten or ignored,” said Starks.

“We are looking forward to an inspiring evening with Adrian, honoring the life of my father, and helping the children and teens of Western New York to remember the champions that lie within them,” said Dennis DiPaolo, the owner of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant.

Tickets for this special event are $30.00 (which includes dinner and your choice of coffee, tea, or soda) and are available for purchase (at www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-the-champion-within-tickets-42474869478) and at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant.

For more details on the Champion Up 2018 Tour, please visit www.ChampionUp.net.

About Adrian Starks:

Adrian Starks is an international motivational speaker, best-selling author, and the founder of Champion UP. He is dedicated to helping leaders and aspiring individuals to perform better and overcome obstacles by implementing his unique system, which focuses on creating changes for success. Adrian’s mission is to help individuals search, believe, condition, and act upon their winning potential, knowing they can become champions in their lives.

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Robyn Wiley Inspires Young Adults To Choose Love In My Happy Book

Robyn Wiley Inspires Young Adults To Choose Love In “My Happy Book”

For the first two decades of her life, Robyn felt like an outcast, not knowing how to express her feelings, and not being able to recognize what her talents and strengths were. She felt inadequate and struggled with depression. 

As she began to journal, she pondered some of the most important questions in life: Who Am I? What do I most want to experience in life? What is most important to me? Asking herself these significant questions results in meaningful, heartfelt answers, realizing that she could consciously choose thoughts from a place of love and empowerment rather than fear and victimhood.

Her courageous story inspired her to give back to young adults across the country. Through powerful questions, prompts, tools, insights, inspiring poetry, helpful poetry, and room for creative expression, My Happy Book allows teens to see how they can tap into their self-awareness and inner beauty, raise their confidence, lead a meaningful life, and make peace with their past, while envisioning a bright future.

To learn more about Robyn and My Happy Book: A Guided Journal To Light Up Your Life, visit www.robyntwiley.com and www.facebook.com/robyntwileymyhappybook. 

My Happy Book: A Guided Journal To Light Up Your Life 
By Robyn Wiley
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 84 pages | ISBN: 978-1523287918
E-Book | 110 pages 
Available at Amazon.com

About the Author 
Robyn Wiley serves as an author, a speaker, a workshop leader, a life coach, and a visionary in the realms of personal and spiritual growth, sharing her message of happiness throughout the country. She has been working with adolescents for over a decade, providing them with insight and understanding into the struggles of being a teenager. Robyn’s mission is to help free teens from their pain and suffering, so they can live their most joyful and fulfilling lives and be of greatest service in the world.

Robyn is the Founder of the Southern Main Random Acts of Kindness and the Inspired Living Circle of Southern Maine.

Robyn lives happily with her 8-year-old son and cat in Southern Maine. When she is not journaling, writing books, or playing with her son, Robyn spends as much time outdoors as possible and loves dancing, singing, live music, creating art, and hanging out with awesome people who inspire her. 

For Media Inquiries:

John Masiulionis
Publicist for Robyn Wiley
Empowered by John President
Office Number: 716.989.1436
E-Mail Address: John@EmpoweredByJohn.com  
Official Website: EmpoweredByJohn.com

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Muskan Virk Brings Her 365 Days Of Gratitude Summer Book Tour To Indigo Bookstores Across Toronto This July

Muskan Virk Brings Her 365 Days Of Gratitude Summer Book Tour To Indigo Bookstores Across Toronto 

Buffalo, NY – June 26, 2017 – Coming off the heels of Canada 150, the largest city north of the border is set to experience a transformation, coming from the grateful heart of a courageous 10-year-old girl from Vancouver.

Join one of the world’s youngest authors, 10-year-old Muskan Virk, as she brings her 365 Days of Gratitude Summer Book Tour to Toronto this July for a series of three special book signings at Indigo bookstores across the city:

Friday, July 14th @ Indigospirit First Canadian Place (100 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5X 1A9)

Sunday, July 16th @ Indigo Eaton Centre (12-3PM ET) (220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1)

Saturday, July 22nd @ Indigo Yonge & Eglington (1-4PM ET) (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4)

“I am super excited to meet and inspire everyone in Toronto,” said Muskan.” “To be able to team up with Canada’s biggest bookstore to be able to do this is a real honor for me, for which I am infinitely grateful for.”

Along with the inspiring stories of gratitude from best-selling authors Serena Dyer (the daughter of beloved spiritual teacher and New York Times best-selling author and inspirational speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer) and Rick Hansen (Canadian Paralympian, activist, and philanthropist for people with disabilities), 365 Days of Gratitude is filled with simple gratitudes of everyday life, which inspire and uplift, and remind all of the beauty and pleasures that surrounds us and makes us feel good.

At each event, Muskan will also be signing copies of her book 365 Days of Gratitude, which will be available for purchase, with fans having the opportunity to meet and greet Muskan and ask her their questions about gratitude, love, and compassion. Part of the proceeds of all books sold in Toronto will go to Helping Hands, Muskan’s official organization, which is giving back to the homeless and to those in need across the globe.

To learn more about Muskan’s inspiring journey, her mission of gratitude, and her charitable organization (Helping Hands), please visit MuskanVirk.com.

For the latest information on all of Muskan’s events in Toronto, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

For media inquiries, please contact:

John Masiulionis

Publicist for Muskan Virk

Empowered by John President

Official Website: EmpoweredByJohn.com

E-Mail Address: John@EmpoweredByJohn.com 

Cell Phone Number: 716.989.1436

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Seattle’s East West Bookshop Opens Its Doors For The 365 Days Of Gratitude Book Tour Saturday, April 15th

Seattle’s East West Bookshop Opens Its Doors For The 365 Days Of Gratitude North American Book Tour: Meet Muskan Virk Saturday Night, April 15th For A FREE Book Talk/Signing/Q&A 

Buffalo, NY – March 19, 2017 – Join one of the world’s youngest authors, 10-year-old Muskan Virk, at East West Bookshop in Seattle on Saturday evening, April 15th (from 7-8:30PM PT), as she shares the release of her new book, 365 Days of Gratitude, in a special free Book Talk. Muskan will discuss how practicing compassion and expressing unconditional love allow us to see the bigger picture of life, and how gratitude heals, for when we are grateful for what we have in our lives, we have more to be grateful for. Plus, Muskan will be answering your questions in a special interactive 365 Days of Gratitude Q&A and conclude the evening’s event with a book signing, where you will be able to have your very own copy of 365 Days of Gratitude signed by Muskan herself.

“I cannot wait to share my message of gratitude, love, and compassion with the customers of East West Bookshop,” said Muskan.

The Inspiring Journey To 365 Days Of Gratitude: Muskan came into this world as a miracle after her parents’ 16 years of marriage. At the young age of 6, Muskan learned about the injustice that Malala Yousafzai (the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate) had gone through, and was devastated. She was propelled to take action and wanted to make a difference. She started by raising funds to donate to the Malala Fund and other local charities. However, despite the difference she was already making, Muskan didn’t want to stop there. She asked her mother incessantly about why there was so much gender inequality in such modern times. In order to shift her thoughts on this subject to a more positive state, her mother gave her a journal and encouraged her to write one thing every day that she was grateful for.

She wanted Muskan to focus on all the positive things in her life. As time passed, her mother forgot about the journal, until Muskan came to her later with a journal filled with all of the things she was grateful for and how she had transformed her negative thoughts about gender inequality into positive thoughts on how she can use her influence to make an impact.

From those beautiful daily gratitudes, 365 Days of Gratitude was born. Along with the inspiring stories of gratitude from best-selling authors Serena Dyer (the daughter of beloved spiritual teacher and New York Times best-selling author & inspirational speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer) and Jason Garner, 365 Days of Gratitude is filled with simple gratitudes of everyday life, which inspire and uplift, and remind all of the beauty and pleasures that surrounds us and makes us feel good.

Pre-registration for this special event at the Main Hall of East West Bookshop is required. Reserve your free tickets by visiting EastWestBookshop.com. You are also welcome to reserve your space and spread the word on Muskan’s first-ever appearance at East West by RSVP’ing and sharing the official Facebook event on social media

To learn more about Muskan Virk and her charitable organization (Helping Hands), please visit MuskanVirk.com.

For further information, please contact:

John Masiulionis
Publicist for Muskan Virk
Empowered by John President
Office Number: 716.989.1436
E-Mail Address: PR@MuskanVirk.com 
Official Website: EmpoweredByJohn.com

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Support Autism Awareness Month By Embracing Authenticity & Gratitude @ Seattle Unity Friday, April 14th

Support Autism Awareness Month By Embracing Authenticity & Gratitude: Join 10-Year-Old Author Muskan Virk & Aligned Education’s Micki O’Brien At Seattle Unity Friday Night, April 14th

Buffalo, NY – March 18, 2017 – What happens when you team up one of the world’s youngest inspirational authors with an inspired teacher, speaker and transformational education advocate? You get Embracing Authenticity & Gratitude, a special one-night event at Seattle Unity on Friday evening, April 14th (from 7-9PM PT), featuring the 10-year-old author of the book 365 Days of Gratitude, Muskan Virk (recently featured on Hay House Radio, as their youngest-ever guest), and CEO and Co-Founder of Aligned Education, Micki O’Brien, M.A.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the two have aligned to share their powerful healing messages of authenticity and gratitude with the “Emerald City,” to remind everyone of the importance of being yourself and focusing your energies on what and whom you intentionally have in your life. For when we do this, we become stronger, more loving and compassionate, and have even more to be grateful for.

“I am super excited to come to Seattle. And I am thrilled that Micki will be joining me at Seattle Unity. Our messages are rooted in love, and we are so happy to share this love with the city this April,” said Muskan.

“I am so excited and inspired to share the stage with Muskan! When I asked her how she wants people to feel when they first meet her, she said, ‘Like kindergarten, I want them to feel like they can just be themselves and play with me like kids do in kindergarten!’ I look forward to co-creating authentic, playful, gratitude-full time with Muskan, and everyone who attends!,” said Micki.

This two-hour event is designed for children, teens, and adults alike, and will include: a few simple interactive exercises, Muskan and Micki speaking both individually and together (during a Q&A session), plus an opportunity to meet Micki and Muskan at the end of the event, take pictures, and purchase your own personal copy of 365 Days of Gratitude. A portion of the proceeds from each copy of the book sold will go to Muskan’s foundation, Helping Hands, whose mission is to help homelessness in every country.

The Inspiring Journey To 365 Days Of Gratitude: Muskan came into this world as a miracle after her parents’ 16 years of marriage. At the young age of 6, Muskan learned about the injustice that Malala Yousafzai (the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate) had gone through, and was devastated. She was propelled to take action and wanted to make a difference. She started by raising funds to donate to the Malala Fund and other local charities. However, despite the difference she was already making, Muskan didn’t want to stop there. She asked her mother incessantly about why there was so much gender inequality in such modern times. In order to shift her thoughts on this subject to a more positive state, her mother gave her a journal and encouraged her to write one thing every day that she was grateful for.

She wanted Muskan to focus on all the positive things in her life. As time passed, her mother forgot about the journal, until Muskan came to her later with a journal filled with all of the things she was grateful for and how she had transformed her negative thoughts about gender inequality into positive thoughts on how she can use her influence to make an impact.

From those beautiful daily gratitudes, 365 Days of Gratitude was born. Along with the inspiring stories of gratitude from best-selling authors Serena Dyer (the daughter of beloved spiritual teacher and New York Times best-selling author & inspirational speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer) and Jason Garner, 365 Days of Gratitude is filled with simple gratitudes of everyday life, which inspire and uplift, and remind all of the beauty and pleasures that surrounds us and makes us feel good.  

Tickets for Embracing Authenticity & Gratitude are available now at Eventbrite.com (Adult: $20, Youth/Under 18: $15), with Early Bird Pricing available through Sunday evening, April 9th (Adult Early Bird: $15, Youth/Under 18 Early Bird: $10). Tickets will also be available for sale the night of the event at Seattle Unity.

Please note: If you, or someone you are accompanying, is easily overwhelmed by loud noise and/or crowds please bring ear plugs or another noise cancelling or noise reducing tool. We will do our best to provide a quiet space to retreat to in the event of overwhelm, and we also recommend using whatever tools or strategies work best for you/the person you are accompanying. Please inquire by Friday, April 7th should need special accommodations. 

To learn more about Muskan Virk, her book (365 Days of Gratitude) and her charitable organization (Helping Hands), please visit MuskanVirk.com.

To learn more about Micki O’Brien, M.A., her company (Aligned Education), her speaking, autism and inclusion work and her role as an Advanced Certified Trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach®, please visit AlignedEducation.com.

For further information, please contact:

John Masiulionis
Publicist for Muskan Virk
Empowered by John President
Office Number: 716.989.1436
E-Mail Address: PR@MuskanVirk.com 
Official Website: EmpoweredByJohn.com

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Rise. Transform. Renew. Visionary, Speaker, & Transformational Coach Michelle Falcone Joins Empowered By John

Rise. Transform. Renew: “The Visionary From Vancouver” Michelle Falcone Joins Empowered By John

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: John Masiulionis, (716) 989-1436
E-Mail Address: John@EmpoweredByJohn.com

Buffalo, NY, January 23, 2017  The New Paradigm has ushered in energies of happiness, joy, abundance, and healing that have never been felt before in this lifetime. Empowered souls from around the planet have answered the call to become fully aligned, to follow the universal heart, to let love lead the way, to allow one’s visions to become rooted in reality. One of those very souls, a chosen Earth Angel, is here to guide you in fulfilling your life purpose and support you as you take your next steps on your path.

We are blessed to welcome Michelle Falcone, visionary, speaker, transformational coach, and the co-creator of the successful Sisterhoood Rocks retreats, to Empowered by John.

Michelle Falcone is not only a very successful business woman and mother, but she is also a divine feminine leader. She believes in the potential of every human being and is committed to helping those she works with to obtain a life full of passion and peace. Michelle comes from very humble beginnings and her journey in life has provided her with a beautiful gift of helping others transform their own life.

Michelle’s reinvention first began with herself by creating new beginnings and engaging in transformational growth work. Her work with various budding artists in the music industry resulted in the launching of several successful careers. Michelle is also an accomplished business woman in the event planning and restaurant industries. This includes the creation of Falconetti’s East Side Grill on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive, made famous through The Food Network’s Guy Fierie’s, Divers, Drive-ins and Dives.

As a Certified Integrative Life and Business Coach (trained through The Ford Institute and Landmark Education), Michelle is expertly trained in the areas of self-awareness, relationships and shadow work. As a successful entrepreneur, she has extensive practical experience in empowering people to maximize their sphere of influence and realize their financial dreams. From her own personal and professional life journey and experience, Michelle now shares her passion, expertise and gift to helping her clients make an impactful transformation. This transformation helps her clients in any areas of their lives for the reinvention of living a more authentic, powerful, passionate and successful life.

“I feel so grateful to have the incredible support and guidance from John Masiulionis. Our energies are aligned in such a divine way, that our potential in working with others is limitless! I am very excited to see what we will create together over the next year,” said Michelle, on her decision to co-create with Empowered by John.

To find out more information about Michelle, to book a private coaching session with her, and to register for Sisterhood Rock’s Tulum retreat this spring: visit her official website, where you can sign up for her official blog, Rise. Transform. Renew. You can also connect with Michelle on social media (via Facebook and Twitter), with her all-new official YouTube Channel coming soon. 

Michelle is now available for interviews. For media inquiries, contact John@EmpoweredByJohn.com.

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A Night Of Gratitude: 10-Year-Old Writer/Philanthropist Muskan Virk To Visit The Midnight Mission Saturday, December 10th

Courtesy: www.MidnightMission.org 

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November 29, 2016
Contact: Candace Schultz
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A Night Of Gratitude: 10-Year-Old Writer/Philanthropist Muskan Virk To Visit The Midnight Mission Saturday, December 10th

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(Los Angeles, Calif.) – The Midnight Mission (TMM) is pleased to announce that ten-year-old writer/philanthropist Muskan Virk will be serving dinner to our homeless and near-homeless community on Saturday, December 10, 2016. On the heels of the release 365 Days of Gratitude, Muskan and her family asked to visit TMM while she is in town during her U.S. and Canadian book tour. Along with the inspiring stories of gratitude from best-selling authors Serena Dyer (the daughter of New York Times best-selling author and beloved spiritual teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer) and Jason Garner (the former CEO of Live Nation), Rick Hansen (Canadian Paralympian, activist, and philanthropist), Taylor Conroy (former NHL star) and Maya Kanigan (the Founder and President of Women in Leadership), this book is filled with simple gratitudes of everyday life, which inspire and uplift, continually reminding us all of the beauty and pleasures that surround us.

Joining her in serving meals will be her Mother Meera, Father Kip, Former WWE Diva Serena Deeb and former Supervising Producer of the Oprah Winfrey Show LeGrande Green. In addition to serving meals, Muskan will be handing out hand-written notes to each person she serves. These notes will contain messages of encouragement.  Immediately following the meal service, Muskan will speak to our community in what has been titled A Night of Gratitude. She will talk about her book and how practicing gratitude can completely transform one’s life. Her goal is to inspire people in their time of need. Muskan is a catalyst for connection, helping people to embrace who they truly are. 365 Days of Gratitude provides people of all ages with hope, healing, inspiration, positivity, and a sense of knowing and feeling the foundation of what joy and happiness are based on: gratitude. 

This event will follow her book signing/Q&A at Mystic Journey in Venice, CA on Friday, December 9th. It’s not often that we find a young individual so determined to bring change to the world. We feel that having Muskan, her family and friends visit our facility will bring joy and hope to all of TMM’s guests.

About Muskan Virk: Muskan Virk came into this world as a miracle after her parents’ 16 years of marriage. At the young age of six, Muskan learned about the injustice that Malala Yousafzai had gone through, and was devastated. She was propelled to take action and make a difference. She started by raising fund to donate to the Malala Fund and other local charities. However, despite the difference she was already making, Muskan didn’t want to stop there. She asked her mother incessantly about why there was so much gender inequality in such modern times. In order to shift her thoughts on this subject to a more positive state, her mother gave her a journal and encouraged her to write one thing every day that she was grateful for. From those beautiful daily gratitudes, her book, 365 Days of Gratitude was born. Muskan is inspired by knowing that her words will make a difference in people’s lives and would like to make a difference globally with her foundation called Helping Hands, whose mission is to help homelessness in every country. Muskan lives with her parents and her dog Butterball. For additional information, please visit Muskan on Instagram

About The Midnight Mission: Founded in 1914, The Midnight Mission offers paths to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost direction. Our emergency services and 12-step recovery, family living, job training, education and workforce development programs offer a compassionate bridge to achieve and maintain healthy, productive lives. We remove obstacles and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to be productive in their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success define us. For additional information, please visit www.MidnightMission.org.

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