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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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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Empowered By John 2017 Sneak Peek Vlog Now Available

Welcome to a new 1-year cycle. Welcome to New Beginnings. And welcome to the official Empowered by John YouTube Channel, your online home of heart-centered publicity.

We are honored and humbled to share with you the all-new Empowered By John 2017 Sneak Peek Vlog, where our John Masiulionis provides a glimpse of what’s to come in the new year, and what has already begun to taken shape and form here at Empowered by John.

– Hear the latest on the next leg of 10-year-old Muskan Virk’s 365 Days of Gratitude Book Tour (which resumes in March), along with a special announcement of the first city of the 2017 tour.

– Go inside the pages of the release of Kimberly Wuirch’s highly-anticipated Waking Up An Empath, (which releases worldwide on Saturday, February 11th through Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble, and Balboa Press). Find out the exclusive details on Kimberly’s first book signing in the Calgary area at The Spirit Within, Kimberly’s first two interviews of her Book Tour (including her debut on Hay House Radio), plus much more.

– Goodbye nursery rhymes, hello Kidioke. John shares an introduction to Kidioke Media, the newest interactive gift for children in 2017, which allows parents to help and inspire their kids to learn to read and sing. Kidioke was reccently featured on ABC’s The View during the holiday season as one of Whoopi Goldberg’s Favorite Things For The Holidays, in addition to being featured on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM, and now is here for you and your families just in time to begin the new year.

– Rise. Transform. Renew. We are blessed to announce the newest addition to the Empowered by John family: Integrative Life, Business Coach, and Spiritual Teacher Michelle Falcone from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Learn more about Michelle’s transformational work of healing, as well as the complete details on her forthcoming Sisterhood Rocks retreat with Thérèse Cator this spring in Tulum, Mexico. This is your chance to visit the Mayan ruins, moon dance on the beach, and so much more. Come play with us in paradise (from Friday, April 21st-Tuesday, April 25th) and nurture the divine feminine within you.

365 Days of Gratitude is now available for sale (in paperback and Kindle) via Amazon.com. More details on Muskan’s 2017 tour will be coming soon and will be available via her all-new official website.

While counting the days until the release of Waking Up An Empath (available for pre-order now on Amazon), you can learn more about Kimberly’s awakening and her spiritual journey by logging onto her official website and subscribe to her weekly blogs. You can also join the more than 2,000 souls in the Waking Up An Empath tribe on Facebook and Twitter.

For yourself or someone you love: Enjoy your very own Kidioke Sound Book (featuring your choice of: Billy Joel’s Lullabye, The Temptations’ My Girl, and Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, along with the downloadable Kidioke App). Log on to Kidioke Media’s official website to find where you can purchase Kidioke online or in your city/hometown.

Let the falcon within you soar! Turn your goals, aspirations, and intentions for health, happiness, and abundance in 2017 into reality. Let go of the limiting beliefsand unconscious beliefs that are keeping you stuck and frustrated. Discover your life purpose and unique passion. Michellle is here to hold the space for you in healing your emotional wounds and take the next steps in your journey and your mission. Contact Michelle via her official website how she can serve you.

If you are a spiritual author, healer, and/or an inspirational/consciousness musician and are interested in promoting your spiritual gifts and talents to the world, contact us here via the Empowered by John website or any of the Empowered by John social media portals (seen below) to schedule your consultation (via Skype or Zoom) and to find more information about our hourly strategies and premium packages.

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Thank you for your time, your energy, your love, and for your support of Empowered by John, which fuels heart-centered publicity for lightworkers across the globe. 

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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 

November 29, 2016
Contact: Candace Schultz
(213) 624-5124

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


(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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Los Angeles: Meet 10-Year-Old Muskan Virk, The Author Of 365 Days Of Gratitude, December 9th @ Mystic Journey

10-Year-Old Muskan Virk Brings The Message Of 365 Days Of Gratitude To The “City Of Angels” On Friday, December 9th

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

Buffalo, NY, October 22, 2016  When you are grateful for what you have, you have more to be grateful for.

“The City of Angels” will be lit up for the holiday season. Those lights will be operated from the heart of a 10-year-old girl from Vancouver, Canada, whose simple wish is for everyone around the world to be happy.

Join one of the world’s youngest authors, Muskan Virk, on Friday night, December 9th, as she will be signing copies of her new book 365 Days of Gratitude at Mystic Journey (1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291) from 6-8PM PT. Prior to the signing, Muskan will talking about the release of the book, in addition to answering your questions on gratitude, love, and compassion.

If you are navigating through a difficult time in your life and/or if you are moving through a time of transformation and change, let the energies of 365 Days of Gratituderemind you of who you are and what’s truly important. 365 Days of Gratitude provides people of all ages with hope, healing, positivity, and a sense of knowing and feeling the foundation of what joy and happiness are based off of: gratitude.

Muskan 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 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. They both were inspired to share this with the world, so chose 365 to create this beautiful book.

It wasn’t enough for Muskan to simply learn about these issues, she wanted to make a difference, and declared that “This world needs to be changed, and I’m the one that could change it!” Muskan proceeded to fundraise $1200 through her school, who donated it to the Malala Fund.

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), along with Rick Hansen (Canadian Paralympian, activist, and philanthropist), this book is filled with simple gratitudes of everyday life, which inspire and uplift, and remind all of the beauty that surrounds us.

Muskan is inspired by the knowing that her words will make a difference in people’s lives and would like to make a difference globally with her organization called Helping Hands, whose mission is to help homelessness in every country. Partial proceeds of this very book will be donated to Helping Hands, as a continued effort in ensuring you are also a part of making a difference.

365 Days of Gratitude is also available via paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com. 

Learn more about Muskan and her message of gratitude by following her on Instagram

Muskan Virk is now available for interviews, live events, and book signings. For more information, contact John@EmpoweredByJohn.com.

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Michelle Gordon Teams Up With Barnes & Noble And The Angel Heart Project

 Michelle Gordon Teams Up With Barnes And Noble And The Angel Heart Pajama Project In Tucson On Saturday, June 11th

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

The dramatic shift in consciousness on Earth means that the Golden Age is now a possibility. But it will only happen if the Twin Flames are reunited, and the Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children come to Earth, to spread their love, light and wisdom.

Buffalo, NY, May 15, 2016  When you unite together to serve others who are less fortunate, miracles happen.

As part of the five-year anniversary celebration of her hit book, The Earth Angel Training Academy, Michelle Gordon is stationing her Earth Angels Book Tour in Tucson, AZ for the second event of a fun-filled weekend in the desert.

Join Michelle on Friday, June 10th, as she will be signing copies of the five-year anniversary edition of The Earth Angel Training Academy at Barnes & Noble (5130 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711) from 2-4PM PT, as part of the Barnes & Noble’s Summer Book Fair. Prior to the signing, Michelle will talking about the release of the book and her writing/publishing, in addition to answering your questions on Earth Angels, plus share details on how you can become part of The Earth Angel Training Academy online.

As part of this special event, you can also give back to the Tucson community by donating to the Angel Heart Pajama Project, which will be on-site to collect books, PJ’s, blankets, and more to children in need in the Tucson area.

If you feel lost, if you are wondering what your purpose is here, and/or if you are navigating through a difficult time in your life, let the wonderful energy of The Earth Angel Training Academyremind you that you belong here, that you are unconditional love.

A believer in fairies and magic, Michelle has always known that her purpose is to help and inspire people through her words. She has published ten books so far, with many more to come.

The Earth Angel Training Academy, in addition to the rest of the Earth Angel Series (The Earth Angel Awakening, The Other Side, The Twin Flame Reunion, The Twin Flame Retreat, and The Twin Flame Resurrection) is available on paperback, on Kindle, and in a Kindle boxset.

You can find out more about Michelle on her official website, in addition to more information about her North American visit via the official Earth Angels Book Tour website. You are also cordially welcome to sign up for her official newsletter to find out more information on how you can enroll in the online version of the Earth Angel Training Academy and how you can receive your very own Earth Angel reading.

Michelle Gordon is available for interviews and appearances. For speaking engagements, media appearances, interviews, and/or book signings, contact John@EmpoweredByJohn.com.

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To Serve With Love: My Path To Becoming A Publicist (Part I)

I am deeply grateful to have Spirit bring me back to my blog for a reason for this, the final Wednesday of January.

As some of you may know, while others may not, I have made the decision to have this blog on the Empowered by John website serve as a complimentary tool to the business that I am so blessed to have been given by God to operate. I launched my new personal blog, “My Empowering Miracle,” last week, which will be centered more on the observations of my spiritual journey. It is important for me to navigate both blogs with unconditional love, compassion, and kindness, while also speaking my truth on each one. My soul would not allow it any other way.

As I was meditating the other day, I asked my higher self what would be a topic that would provide clarity, for you, the reader, as well as for myself, and that would also allow for you to learn a little bit about how I serve others and the blessing I have each and every day of empowering fellow lightworkers all around the world. Boom: download received. Thank you angels!

The topic of this blog post is pretty straightforward, but one that I strongly felt would make a strong, positive impact and also change the way you may look at a word that has some perceived stigmas behind it. That word is “publicity.” So why did I decide to become a publicist? It’s been an interesting path, I’ll tell you that.

In the summer of 2014, I was guided to go to the Erie County Clerk’s office, here in the Buffalo, NY area, to open up Empowered by John. The road to that summer day, nearly two ago, was a long time in the works.

My childhood ambition was to be a sportscaster. Yes, I wanted to be the next Chris Berman at ESPN. As one millennium ended and the next began (’99-’00), I enrolled in the Communication Department at Buffalo State College.

After taking the required prerequisite classes, I was able to shift into the driver’s seat and be the Sports Director for BSC-TV and for our campus newscasts. At the time, I was between 250-300 pounds, so not the “required look” for someone who wanted to be on television, according to the collective ego. I even fondly remember my professor at the time, Paul DeWald, saying something to the effect of “maybe you should try something behind the scenes.” Maybe this was Spirit’s way of telling me something.

As my time at Buffalo State was wrapping to a close, I was also an intern at the Empire Sports Network, which was owned at the time by Adelphia Communications. The station was the sports station in town, covering the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, and the rest of the local college and high school scene. If you lived in or around the Northeast between 2003-2005, you may remember that Adelphia’s Founder, John Rigas, along with several members of his family were investigated and later found guilty of fraud. What did this mean for Empire’s future and mine at the time? Well, I went from being an eager intern at this time 13 years ago to seeing a media entity begin to slowly die on the inside, all within four months.

But, as fate would have it, the mind was already focused on something else, something that I had a passion for since I was a child, when I first remembered watching Hulk Hogan & Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake taking on “The Macho Man” Randy Savage & Zeus at WWE’s SummerSlam ’89 Pay-Per-View.


For nearly 12 years, Monday Night Mayhem was my life. If you are unfamiliar with the world of professional wrestling and sports-entertainment, Monday Night Mayhem was one of the longest-tenured and most popular wrestling radio shows. A virtual “Who’s Who” ion the world of wrestling, sports, and entertainment stepped into our studios for over a decade, from Hulk Hogan, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and Chris Jericho to Nancy O’Dell (the host of Entertainment Tonight), Billy Corgan (of the Smashing Pumpkins), and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.

I founded the program in early 2002 at my Alma Mater, Buffalo State College, on our campus radio station, 91.3 FM WBNY. The show grew in popularity through “grassroots” promotion. Yes, before the world of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, and any other social portals that I may have forgotten or that haven’t been identified yet, there was simply getting the word out on what you were doing by “word of mouth.”

In 2002, two of the three main wrestling promotions in the country, iMPACT Wrestling and Ring of Honor, opened up, which was a gift that myself and my fellow co-hosts were able to gratefully receive at the time. Through this synergy, we were able to expand beyond the parameters of Western New York and received international exposure. MNM also took the program on the road, traveling to Toronto, Ontario, Canada (for WrestleMania X-8), Nashville, TN, as well as to the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden in New York City (for WrestleMania XX). All of these destinations in just the first two years of the Mayhem.

In the fall of 2004, the show parted ways with WBNY and became one of the first-ever independently-produced podcasts. This was before iTunes came into the equation and well before the term “podcast” was “acceptable” by many. The term “Internet Radio” also had a stigma to it, with people in the broadcasting industry and many others asking the same question, “So why aren’t you on regular radio?”

I persisted. I believed in what I was doing. And the persistence paid off. Monday Night Mayhem won “Show of the Year” Award in back-to-back years in the Wrestling Radio Awards and became the “go-to” show where wrestlers wished to speak to their fans. And yes, there was the time from the fall of 2004 to the spring of 2006, where my co-hosts and I would drive nearly one hour from the Amherst, NY area to Arcade, NY to record the program, watch WWE’s flagship show (Monday Night RAW) until after 11PM, dropping off my friends at home, and then returning back to my own house between 1-2 AM in the morning.

What most people were not privy to was what was happening behind the scenes.  I used to joke around when I used the term I’m about to use, but there is some truth to it: I ran a little “media machine.” I booked the guests for the program, printed out pages of “show prep” (information used during the live airing of the program), edited the guest interview recaps (which were sent out to members of the wrestling websites that covered the industry), promoted the show on social media (which began with MySpace, then Facebook, followed by Twitter), coordinated affiliations with VH1, the WWE, and the Buffalo Bills, and established relationships with sponsors (which would be revealed about four or five years into MNM’s run). And, as part of the perfect divine order of life, it would turn out that I would be given the opportunity to serve three of these sponsors in the capacity of branding, social media marketing, and publicity. Imagine that! Little did I know at the time that this would be a sign from the Universe, a glimpse from God, as to the blessings that would unfold for me professionally.

Now, in hindsight, I can look back and observe things from a non-judgmental perspective. I was a perfectionist. I was afraid of letting other members of my team do the necessary work for the show, for fear of it “not being good enough.” Things had to be “my way.” With these tendencies of perfectionism, I allowed worry and doubt to creep into the mind, especially when it came to technical issues popping up during the program (which there were a few here and there). I was also a “People-Pleaser” in various ways, even giving my own power away to my former co-host many years later, as he thought the show would sound “more professional” without the services of my longest-tenure MNM co-host and good friend. Now, with that being said, he may have been right. He may have been wrong. But, I’ve learned along the way, thanks to a Course in Miracles that I would rather be happy than be right. In this particular instance, I wanted to make sure he was happy before I was. The program was starting to become “work.” It was no longer fun. And along the way, I disconnected with my inner child that just wanted to hang out with friends, watch wrestling, and talk about it.

Enter the beginning of my spiritual journey.

In the summer of 2011, shortly after returning to Buffalo from Los Angeles, where I covered the release of the new WWE ’12 video game for THQ, as part of the WWE SummerSlam Pay-Per-View weekend, I began experiencing a myriad of interesting symptoms. I left my corporate job for eight months and was on short-term disability. I had remembered telling one of my friends at the time, shortly before going to Atlanta that spring for WrestleMania XXVII, that I was “experiencing burnout.” It’s important to note that this is where my awakening probably began, even though it was not clearly revealed to me until a little over two years later.

After everything happened exactly as it was meant to, things began to improve on many levels, as, in my opinion, I was given a new lease on life. I went gluten-free and dairy-free, began exercising regularly, and had lost close to 100 pounds in the process. I brought back Monday Night Mayhem to the airwaves in the summer of 2012, so the show could “achieve its 10-year anniversary.” Notice why that is in quotes. Despite making immense progress, I was still not ready to turn inward to see things from outside of the ego mindset.

Something interesting happened during that time, shortly after MNM came back. I remember being with my two co-hosts, along with a friend from high school, who I had reconnected with in the process. We went down to the First Niagara Center to enjoy Monday Night RAW, one of the final televised events leading into that year’s WrestleMania. It was an “Old-School” edition of RAW, complete with several WWE Hall of Famers and Legends in attendance. As several of the Superstars were coming out for their respective entrances, I noticed my friends were cheering loudly and standing on their feet. Me? I was sitting. Doing a golf clap. Things were not the same anymore. Wrestling was not resonating with me at all. It was not connecting with my soul.

So, in the fall of 2013, about two months after my grandmother made her transition, I made one of the toughest decision of my entire life, to release Monday Night Mayhem back into the Universe. It was fitting that the two songs I chose to use for “MNM: The Finale” was Rihanna’s “Farewell” and The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony.”

It was as if I saying “farewell” not so much to Monday Night Mayhem, but to a part of me that needed to be released, so that my soul could continue to evolve and grow. And yes, it was a bitter sweet symphony as well. I had spent most of my adult life (from the age of 20 to the age of 32) living my life in the world of Mayhem. Subconsciously, I had created a new “reality” for myself, one that lasted for nearly a quarter-century. While growing up, I had thought that the external projection of what I was seeing in my life was not making me feel happy. But now, I was allowing my higher self to guide me, and everything else was about to transform forever.

Coming clean: Monday Night Mayhem was one of the greatest life lessons that I ever had. I would always remember the memories, the moments, and yes, even the Mayhem. But it was time for “The Big Mosh” (my on-air name/moniker and an admitted extension of my ego) to move on. I was realizing that I was placed on this earth to help people. I knew that there were people who had gone through similar experiences. And the first forum that I was going to be able to graciously utilize to help and inspire was already taking shape.

About one year prior to releasing Monday Night Mayhem, the Universe would provide a sneak peek of my next steps. This stat is if you are continuing to create a timeline of this in your mind. I had the blessing of meeting Michelle Rober, a health and wellness coach from New Hampshire. I was introduced to her by her sister Corrine, who owned the popular Margarita Grill in Glen, NH. I was doing social media work for Corrine’s restaurant, as well as her new business venture, Bear Rock Adventures. As the scope of my life was expanding into the world of physical fitness, it only made sense that I manifested this relationship with Michelle. I began doing social media work for Michelle as well, promoting her fitness studio, wellness center, and day spa, 121 Fit. The Divine has other ideas, however, for why we were meant to come into one another’s lives.

I vividly remember having a conversation with Corrine, saying her and her sister should do their own podcast or radio show. With Margarita Grill incorporating the “farm-to-table” aspect as part of their restaurant, with Corrine initiating her own program in the community called “S.O.H.L.” (standing for “Sustainable, Organic, Handcrafted, and Local”), and with a profound love being felt and shared between Corrine and Michelle, to me, this was a logical next step for them both. They were doing things for the right reasons. They wanted to make the area they live in a more wonderful place. And, they wanted to project their unconditional love they had for humanity out into the Universe. Why wouldn’t this be successful? Why wouldn’t people want to listen to a program that had these themes as its internal structure? Soul Luminous Radio would be born, but not in the way I had originally thought of.

Michelle came to me saying she would like to launch the program and have me serve as an on-air co-host and producer. I had made a promise to myself that I would entertain the notion of possibly stepping back into the world of podcasting if the right opportunity presented itself, one in which the relationships would be balanced, one in which would feed my soul, one that didn’t seem like “work.” I was guided by my higher self and Babcia (my grandmother) to make this transition, from Mayhem to Soul Luminous.

The format was to have authors, musicians, inspirational/motivational speakers, lightworkers of healing, and yes, even a wrestler or two, share with the journeys with the Souluniverse, how they overcame any perceived obstacles that came their way on their own path, and how they wished to have their gifts that were given to them by God, Spirit, and the Universe positively impact the lives of others for the greater good. It made complete sense to me. It felt right.


I viewed this time in my life as being given the chance to put my toes into the pool of the Divine. During the first few months of 2014, the emotions that I had suppressed for my entire life were coming up for healing. Some may call this part of their awakening as the “Dark Night of the Soul.” Looking back, I know that all was unfolding as it should have and that I was being taken care of and guided, even though, in those present moments, it felt cumbersome. But, Soul Luminous Radio would play a huge role in my own healing. My soul was taking notes.

By combining the skills that I had learned through Monday Night Mayhem with the on-air chemistry that Michelle and I had early on, Soul Luminous Radio was listed in iTunes’ “New & Noteworthy” section, and we also developed a relationship with Hay House, the top spiritual, self-help, and inspirational book publishing company in the world. Myself and Michelle had the opportunity to interview one of my greatest teachers, Anita Moorjani, along with James van Praagh, Panache Desai, plus other names in the world of personal transformation, health, and healing, in addition to talented up-and-coming spiritual teachers and artists. Interacting with these beings of light were all part of a bigger plan for me, one that I wanted answers on left and right. My ego, as I knew it, was dissolving. My spirit and all parts of my being were getting stronger.

In March 2014, was guided to go to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for Hay House’s “I Can Do It” event, a weekend that featured many of Hay House’s popular authors, speakers, and healers. The night before I left for Toronto, my ego was showing signs of resistance, not wanting me to go to the Roy Thompson Hall. Just my opinion, but I don’t think I’m alone in this: You know that you are truly meant to do something in your life if you feel this resistance coming up. I prayed to my grandmother, asking for her to be there with me in Toronto.


I made it to Toronto the next morning, right as Cheryl Richardson was finishing her keynote speech on stage. As my angels would have it, as soon as Anita came on stage and began sharing her path to healing, I began feeling much better than I had in some time. Anita and I made a promise to one another to meet in person, and we did, a moment and an experience that I would never forget, another sign, another glimpse of what was to come for me in my own life.

I began actively listening to some of the other speakers, such as Dr. Joe Dispenza, talking about how your thoughts create your reality and your experiences, as well as Robert Holden, who said “if someone asks you what is your religion, you say love.” I also had the opportunity to meet and have lunch with Anthony Tilotta, an inspirational/consciousness musician from Toronto (and also a former Soul Luminous Radio guest), along with his fiancée (now wife) Danielle Fagan, a spiritual teacher and author. The two of them looked so happy, so beautiful together. I even remember asking them if they were “on something,” because I had never, in my entire life, seen and felt two people so happy and in love before in my entire life. They were not “on anything.” They were in love. They loved themselves, and that self-love within each of them was being reflected in the other.

This was all new to me, but boy, I was excited! I was soaking in the all of the energies of this new environment I found myself in. It was a feeling I had never experienced before. It felt like nothing at all was bothering me. I felt love, pure and unconditional love. I wanted to take home with me, sprinkle it on everyone and everything, and have this series of present moments last for more than just the weekend. Who knew that a “Soul Luminous Radio” business trip would provide so much soul growth in just two days.

While driving back from Toronto to Buffalo, I knew that I wanted to not only help, heal, inspire, and serve people. But, I was not sure of the “how.” One of the many things that I have learned through my spiritual journey is that the “how’s” are not up to us. The “how’s” are revealed by God in those two words that touch the depths of our soul: divine timing.

In addition to Soul Luminous Radio and the freelance branding, social media, and publicity work that I was doing, I was serving humanity through the collections industry as a financial recovery specialist, something I had been doing since I graduated from Buffalo State College to supplement my income.

A day or so after returning back home, I had a conversation with my supervisor (a term that I have long since released, as that signifies one person is better than another). He asked me the following question: “John, do you have empathy for these people?” He meant the customers I was speaking to on the phone. My answer was: “Yes. Yes I do.” His response was something I would forever remember for the rest of my life. It may have been him speaking as the vessel to utter his next words, but in truth, it actually was the voice of God. “Why don’t you open up your own charity or build houses.” In the moment when he was saying what he was saying, I did not realize the true magnificence of this conversation. Oprah Winfrey calls these significant moments and or realizations in our lives as “Aha! Moments.” And this was an Aha! Moment if I ever heard one.


In all honesty, however, I didn’t see myself building houses, as I was not quite the handyman. I could see myself working for a charity of some kind, especially from the joy that I experienced from the service work that I had the blessing of doing at Children’s Hospital, which I was introduced to through Dennis DiPaolo, the owner of the Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant here in Buffalo, through my time at Monday Night Mayhem. Coordinating visits with wrestlers from iMPACT Wrestling and Ring of Honor were magical experiences. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. Bringing happiness into the lives of children and their families during trying times. These were just some of the reasons why my work with the Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital was so worthwhile. I did not know, at the time, how I could incorporate serving others into a setting that would allow me to have this sense of peace and bliss, while also allowing me to take care of my financial commitments and responsibilities, and also leave my collections job…and never look back.

This was going to be the beginning of my “inner work,” delving into healing myself from years of unworthiness, shame, judgment, guilt, and fear. It really is true: How you feel about yourself, your own personal beliefs, and the world around you determines what you create in your external realm. Most people are afraid of this, simply because they feel that they will discover something terrible. Fittingly enough, during this time, I had the opportunity to have the “Love Pioneer,” Jennifer Kass, come into my life through Soul Luminous Radio. Her teachings left a profound impact on me, especially when learning the following: “As we move through painful feelings, we’re eventually guided to the only truth that there is about ourselves, that we are pure love, pure light. In this space, we connect with out spirit, and we see ourselves from the perspective of how our higher self and the Universe sees us.”

The Universe began to reveal more. Around this time, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Cynthia Thaik, a Holistic Cardiologist and author in Los Angeles, along with a dear friend of mine, Loree Bischoff, a Holistic Life Coach and the wife of Eric Bischoff, the former President of World Championship Wrestling, on Soul Luminous Radio. After doing “show prep” (which carried over from Monday Night Mayhem), a force within me felt very confident that I could do work with them, to help them achieve some of their own professional goals, to expand the reach of their audience, to grow their platform, and most importantly, to touch more lives through the gifts of healing they were both given. Even though I didn’t know all of the answers and even though there might have been people within more qualifications that were more experienced than I was, I was determined to speak my truth, come from a space of love, let them know my intention to serve alongside them, and surrender all to God and my angels. I was saying “yes” to the Universe, and in turn, the Universe said “yes” to me. I was very grateful to both of these women for providing me two tremendous opportunities. I followed the guidance of Spirit and my own heart, drove down to the Erie County Clerk’s office, filed the necessary paperwork, and Empowered by John was born.

Fast forward a few months from Toronto, and the relationship with Anthony and Danielle blossomed. They joined Michelle and I for two individual interviews on Soul Luminous Radio. Even though each interview was separate, it was clear that these two were one. There was no separation there at all, an extension of the truth: That we are all one, and that we only become separate when we disconnect ourselves from God and from our source.


Spirit was bringing Danielle, Anthony, and I together for something special. On the surface, it may have looked as if I was their publicist, but in truth, their purpose in my life was much greater, which I will share shortly. I remember walking into Barnes and Noble for the first time, wearing a T-shirt and wind pants, going to one of the service kiosks, introducing myself as a publicist, and asking the gentleman behind the counter of how I would go about co-facilitating a book signing for Danielle, who had just released her first book, “Infinite Kingdom: Ignite the Night” (through Balboa Press). Now, speaking openly as I have done thus far, I am the kind of person that may not have all of the answers, but I know I can find them. In this particular instance, just like many of the series of events on my spiritual journey, there was a little magic from heaven and from grandmother on my side. The sir behind the counter was named Michael. This would be one of many times that I had an awareness of Archangel Michael alongside me on my path, as he manifested himself in the physical form of this particular Michael and several others. So yes, I was able to get the necessary answers, and a signing for Danielle happened shortly thereafter. What a blessing! I walked into Barnes and Noble, set an intention for the highest and greatest good of all, and it manifested itself. Not for my personal gain. Not even for Danielle’s. But for the collective consciousness. True story: One of the last times I was at that particular Barnes and Noble, I noticed her book alongside that of one of Wayne Dyer’s books. I simply had to smile at that, in lieu of both of our profound connections to the late Dr. Dyer.

Even before that signing took place, I had co-facilitated an in-studio interview for Anthony on WKBW-TV’s “AM Buffalo,” airing on the ABC affiliate here in Buffalo. There is a reason for me using the term “co-facilitating” or “co-facilitated,” because I was realizing more and more than I was merely the conduit for making these beautiful co-creations manifest into reality. This was and will always be God’s work. Now originally, the plan was for Anthony to be interviewed and perform on-air, which was going to be his North American television debut. Spirit had different plans. Not being familiar with some parts of the New York State Thruway, even after all of this time in living here, I missed our exit off the Thruway, which delayed our arrival time by a few minutes. Plus, there was, of all things, a hostage situation right next door to the station, which in theory, and in reality, should have prevented us from even getting to the studios at all. There was a higher power that wanted this interview and the messages of love contained within it to take place and be seen and heard. After arriving at the station and getting the chance to calm our energies down, the show’s executive producer, along with the show’s host, Linda Pellegrino, asked Danielle if she would like to join Anthony together on the set and be a part of the interview. I was deeply moved by what I was seeing, and before they sat down with Linda for the interview, I was guided to pray with Anthony and Danielle. We joined hands in a circle and let our love and gratitude be felt in the silence that followed. The two went on set, had a terrific interview, and were given an open invitation to return in the future. I could not have scripted this even if I tried. God was clearly smiling down on all of us.

So what were Anthony and Danielle’s purposes in my life you ask? To be two of my first clients? Nope. They were two of my greatest teachers of self-love that followed after Anita. They were instrumental in teaching me to feel that it is possible to be comfortable in my own skin and to say what was in my heart and on my mind without the need to suppress any emotion or judge any thought. These lessons were nourishment for my soul, allowing it to expand, just as I was growing in all aspects of my life, business included.

As the first few weeks of 2015 revealed themselves, I was being drawn in a different direction, one that seemed to almost come from out of nowhere. After 13 years of radio and podcasting and promoting other people’s messages, I felt that I had a message of my own, one that I wanted to get out to the world, and that was not going to happen while being in my “comfort zone.” It’s been said many times that freedom lies on the other side of fear. 111% true. I was afraid… of a lot. I was afraid of commitment, responsibility, power, and success, which fittingly enough will be the topics for my next personal blog post (coming Monday, February 1st). Could I, as my authentic self and not as “The Big Mosh” succeed? Could I actually learn how to navigate and run my own business? What if Empowered by John actually brought so much love into the world through a sacred union of my own love and the love of my clients? These were just a few of the seemingly zillions of questions and their attached fears that my ego was trying to have me focus on vs. investing my energies and time in the business itself. And yes, where your energies go is where your attention goes. 111% true.

As I have said in previous blogs and to many of you whom I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with on social media, your soul always knows what to do. Your heart is always leading you in the right direction. You just have to be still, listen for your guidance in the silence, and take action from there. So, during the first week of March, I said farewell to Soul Luminous Radio. I was appreciative of Michelle giving me this opportunity and this platform and still am thankful nearly one year later. She too was one of my greatest teachers of self-love on my path. The learning would continue…

I had come so far, released so much, actually began to love myself, and now wanted to give, truly give unconditional love back to the world, but in order to empower others, I would first need to truly empower myself.

At the start of this blog post, I didn’t think that we will be looking at a word count of over 5,000, nor did I think I would intertwine my spiritual journey with my business, but honestly, the two go hand-in-hand. When I speak, I speak from my soul. When I write, I write from my soul. When I blog, I blog from my soul. So yes, I’ve learned that part of my purpose here is being a writer and an author, not just a publicist. And yes, a little healthy boundary or two is important. But you know what’s also important: not being hard on yourself. Each and every one of us is learning. Channeling my inner Ram Dass: And through the relationships we have, with ourselves, with our families, our friends, our pets, and yes, even those we work with, we are helping to walk each other home.

All is happening in perfect divine order though. And yes, the Universe is right on time with everything, as always. So with that being said, I will pick up this thread with a “Part Deux” (meaning “Part II” in French) during the week of February 6th. There’s much more to share with you.

Should this blog post resonate with your soul, your business mind, or both, I warmly invite you to post your thoughts in the comments below and/or share this blog post on the social media portals of your choice. And if these loving words from my heart inspire or help you in any way and/or if you feel that this blog could help someone who is taking the “Leap of Faith” to open their own business or someone who is beginning their own journey of self-love and/or healing, someone who needs empowerment, faith, hope, and/or inspiration in their lives, I would be profoundly grateful for you to share this with him or her.





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