Tuesday, 29 April 2014

THE BEST EVER!

I am so in awe of this mother of four who left her day job to start her own EMPIRE! Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino is my Author of the week and I am so pleased that she has taken time out of her hectic schedule to grant me an interview. 


Just to give you an idea of how amazing (and busy) she is, here are some of her jobs.
1) CEO of the Best Ever You Network, the leading multi-media provider of everything to do with life and self help.
2) Co-founder of the Food Allergy Zone.
3) Spokesperson for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team. (FAACT)
4) Social Media expert.
5) Business & Life coach.
6) Hay House Author.
7) Mother & wife. (We all know that to say that is a full time job is an understatement!) 


Picture this! 
We sit on my lounge suite and start flipping through her photo album. While we page through it, I ask her some questions...

What do you do for fun?
Most often, if you saw me in person, you’d see me with a camera either around my neck or with it close by.  I love to take pictures.  I also enjoy family time with my four boys and husband.  My husband and I have been married for over 15 years and love to garden.  Our family also shares a love for baseball. 



When did you first start writing?
My first recollection of wanting to be a writer was in 4th grade when my teacher, Mrs. Scherer asking us to bring an object to life and write a story.  I brought a bowl of eavesdropping Mexican jumping beans to life. They were in the middle of a table surrounded by people.  I remember my teacher saying to me, “Elizabeth, someday you will be a writer.”  I’ve never forgotten that.  I always keep one or two journals with me at all times.



Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book to help raise awareness within and help us all be aware of how we change and grow, while being mindful of those around us. Percolate – Let Your Best Self Filter Through provides a place and space to discover your authentic, best self and create a plan and practice for yourself where each moment in your life matters.  My goal is to help connect us  to ourselves, others around us and the world as a whole.


What is the best advice you ever received?
I’m very careful on bringing in advice into my life, particularly when unsolicited. I generally tend to think for myself, gut check first and follow it.  I’ll sense check what I am thinking with my husband and sometimes my kids and my parents.  Some of the best advice I’ve ever been given is “Stop writing, stop Best Ever You and go get a real job.”  These comments made me realise how much I really loved writing, The Best Ever You Network and how much harder I needed to work to achieve my goals and to really be careful of naysayers and advice that doesn’t resonate within.


How long did it take to write?
Percolate began to come to life in 1998 with my first allergic reaction and needed to Percolate more.  In 2004, when my dad had a stroke, I wrote a journal entry that eventually became the title and a theme within the book.  The devoted writing process itself took about 3 years and I was signed with Hay House in the fall 2012.  Percolate was just released on April 14, 2014.



What is your next project?
My project after writing Percolate is to promote Percolate and help it succeed.  The writing is one thing and the marketing and contact with people so they see the book and love it as much as I do, is something entirely different than writing.   As far as writing projects go, I’m currently working on PercolateDaily.com, which is a combination of my photography, quotes I write and Percolate.  I’m also at work on my next book, which is scattered about in journals at this time and being brought together at this time under a new title.



What do you measure success to be?
I don’t benchmark success with money, fame or any of it.  So many measure it with numbers, such as numbers of Twitter followers or Facebook likes or fans or income.  My measure of success is this:  “If our lives touch, my goal is that we are both our best authentic selves as a result.” 

I also think the ability to find gratitude in your moments is a huge success shift for yourself and the world around you.  Your moments matter.

For many of us, success comes delightfully in the form of each breath and moment. Gratitude is success.



Who inspires you?
I am inspired by people, most often, by older people who refuse to give up.  You know… the ones who charge on and chug along despite odds or elements.  There is such wisdom to be admired and followed.

Who is your favorite author?
Most of my friends are fellow authors, so for me, I am not able to pick just one.  When I am stuck or need a chuckle, I pick up the phone and call or text Gabe Berman.  I also think Fred Cuellar is an outstanding soul.

Who are you as a person? Tell us things about you that are not already in your bio?

Here are five things you might not know about me:



1) In reality, I tend to be quiet and save my energy for when I need it.  I don’t fidget and my energy is focused and dedicated to where and when I place it and move it around.  I love to laugh and smile.  It can take enormous amounts of focused and dedicated, concentrated energy to properly follow goals and dreams, particularly if you need to make yourself uncomfortable to allow for growth.

       2) I collect cat pins.  (No, not hat pins - Cat pins and cat related jewelry.)

       3) I don’t use the words “I can’t” and our kids have all been raised with those words basically being largely off limits.  It brings a smile inside when one of our kids might say “I can’t” and another one of our kids will correct the words.  It’s like a mind auto-correct feature.

      4) I love crayons and the color yellow.  I wrote part of Percolate in crayon.  I doodle on my calendar and journals in crayon.

      5) I love home-made, nut-free, chocolate chip cookies.

     We spent the rest of the afternoon looking at her humongous album and sat chatting about the events, people and places in the pictures. In no time at all, Elizabeth was whisked off to another appointment. Fortunately, I took one last photo as she headed out the door, into the darkness of night and out my life forever. I will always have my memories of the woman I consider the next Oprah and who inspired my to Percolate! 



SO LET'S PERCOLATE!! 


Review 
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      I have the feeling that this is one book that I shall be reading again and again, depending on what I want out of my BEST life first. As far as self help books go, this one has an action plan for everything and advice for every circumstance. Whether you want to lose weight, earn more money, follow your dreams, find love or just live a more meaningful and fulfilling life, this book has it all. 
      I loved the unique way she used different blends and strengths of coffee as both a metaphor and paradigm at the same time. The helpful advice, the insightful questions and the analogies/ anecdotes were exceptionally interesting. It is well written and full of heart. The Author's personality as well as her emotions were portrayed true to her authentic, and often comical self. The coffee breaks with Dr. Katie Eastman were incredibly useful and enjoyable. Overall I highly recommend this book. Even if you don't want to change a thing, you will still gain something useful and educational from her experiences. 

Author of the award-winning book, new Hay House book: 
CEO/Founder of The Best Ever You Network


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