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Estella’s Brilliant Bus – Estella Pyfrom – USA

Estella’s Brilliant Bus – Estella Pyfrom – USA

My name is Estella Pyfrom. I am the CEO and Founder of Estella’s Brilliant Bus (not for profit organization). I am the second oldest of six daughters and one son. My father, Roy L. Mims, was a migrant worker, a crew leader and a camp manager for many years. As a kid my family and I traveled for nineteen (19) years, transporting migrant workers from Florida to New York, by driving trucks and buses to the camps. As a village kid, I was inspired to give back to my village (my community)

As an adult, I worked very hard in my community and was a dedicated wife and mother to my children and to many other children in my neighborhood circle.

After raising four children and teaching them how to stay out of trouble, my accomplishment that I am proudest of is the Creation and founding of Estella’s Brilliant Bus. … AWESOME because we are mobile and virtual and can learn anywhere in the world. We’re a learning center without walls… no boundaries. The learning center travels to communities where service is needed. We will make a difference…one child at a time and/or one family at a time.

I believe that by forming alliances with agencies in communities who have similar missions and who have been awarded grants, have grant funds to provide services can form partnerships to serve hard to reach individuals and all will benefit from the union. The learning center travels to communities where service is needed. Estella will continue to seek financial assistance and continue to collaborative community stakeholders provide resources to help improve the quality of life for children and families who are in need of our services. We will make a difference…one child at a time and/or one family at a time.

I am proud to say we have served more than 100,000 underserved children over the past four years and have not charged them any money.

During the first year after we started this Brilliant Bus Movement Business, my husband became of victims of a triage visit at a local hospital which landed him in ICU for two months that required me to be with him (in ICU) for 24 hours in order to help keep him alive. In spite of all of our assistance at the hospital, he survived 4 cases of CODE Blue and 26 pints of blood transfusion. Luckily he survived four times resuscitation. Thank God he is still here… well and alive. In August of 2013 both my husband and I were victims of an automobile accident, when a texting driver t-bowed us as we were driving out of our development. Yes, they ran the red light. As result of that accident, my husband was 98%paralyzes and had to have and emergency spinal surgery. As for me, I got away with only one broken hip, and injured knee and ankle and a battered face to the point that my children could not recognized me. But to God be the Glory, WE ARE BOTH ALIVE TODAY.

When I look back over her past and begin to think of what attributes to my success in life, all I could think of is the “no failure” options that was instilled in me as a child by my father. . My dad made all of us believe that if you could dream, … dream Big, and work hard to make your dreams become realities… Failure was not an option.

During the past four years we have been very celebrated for our hard work: PLEASE NOTE:

FEATURED: NBC News Network… Prime Time with Brian Williams and other associated networks
All Local TV and Radio Stations
Jet Magazine
5000 Points of Light–Ranked – 4998 around the world- Hosted by President and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House
CNN Hero- 2013– Top 10 around the world –Ordinary People doing extraordinary things around the world
Woman of Worth — Top 10 around the world–L’O Real of Paris
Who’s Who Global–Directory – dedication, hard work and for making a difference
ESSENCE Magazine – 2014
MV Magazine
Success Magazine
Her Life Magazine
O-Oprah Magazine -January -2015
O-Oprah Magazine- This I know for Sure —Special Column
Oprah-The Life You Want Tour- Toyota Standing Ovation- Florida VIP
Wells Fargo Community Award
Florida A & M Alumni Association -PBC-
Community Service- From Local to National
Legacy Award — by Dexter Bridgeman–Legacy Palm Beach Magazine
Living Legends Award- Human Symphony – National
Community Service Award – Alpha Kappa Alpha
Community Service Award – Alpha Kappa Alpha
Community Service Award – Alpha Phi Alpha
Community Service – Citizenship Awards – Zeta Phi Beta
Community Partners Award – Delta Lambda Chapter – Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter
Woman of Excellence – Delta Sigma Theta
Spirit Award–Delta Sigma Theta
NBA – Pro player Philanthropy Award
African American Achiever Award
National Education Award
Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award – Palm Beach State College-2014
Microsoft Youth Spark Award – Grant
Microsoft – National-Global – Super Bowl Commercial and Award
Office Depot Adopt-A-Teacher
Comcast-Comcast Community Service Award Grant
Dr. Oz Show
Woman of Excellence – Humanitarian Award
John Maxwell Leadership Award
Diamond Award for Community Service – National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Citizenship Award – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
FEA -Martin Luther king Jr Award- Outstanding Leadership Award
Professional-Influential Business Professional
Most Powerful 25 Women- In Palm Beach County – Dexter Bridgeman
OCR REAP Grant
Dream Forward Award for courage, persistence and sacrifice while making dreams become a reality. Jason Hall
Dream forward Award for making a difference in the lives of many by Dr. Norma C. Pearson
Excellence and Generous Commitment to Student Award- Belle Glade, Elementary School.
The Shero Award by: Anne Harvey Missionary Society –Outstanding Service
The Steve Binko Award for Educational Innovation and Justice …The Scribe’s Institute
Cultured Pearls Award- Presenter by Alpha Kappa Alpha
Rainbow Push Philanthropic Foundation of the Year Award ‘Jessie Jackson
Legends. Trailblazers and Rising Stars Award for Community Service by Payne Chapel
Key to the City… Columbus Georgia. Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor- Columbus Georgia
Proclamation. Columbus Georgia. Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson,
ESTELLA PYFROM declaration –July 16, 2016
RESOLUTIONS: Representative Carolyn Hugley, District 136, Georgia House of Representatives…Outstanding Public Service
National Association for Professional Women
Continental Who’s Who Recipient of the Year -2016
We will continue to collaborate with partnering organization to grow our business around the world, making a difference in the lives of children who need us the most.
I have successfully completed and published my first book, The Legacy of A Humble Black Woman. I am most proud to say that if I can do this at age 80, so can you, soooooo…… what are you waiting on? Let’s get ROLLING.

For more information about Estella a Brilliant Bus Movement and how to donate to our nonprofit organization, you may visit:
Website: estellasbrilliantbus.org
Email: estella@brilliantbus.org
Phone: 561-985-1889

A special thank you to all of our supporters who continue to support us for many years such as Microsoft and Office Depot.

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Estella Pyfrom for sharing her inspiring story today with us on Inspiring Women Today by Nikki Taylor.  Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email nikki@nikkitaylor.com.au and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.

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Art of Attention – Elena Brower – USA

Art of Attention – Elena Brower – USA   

Before teaching yoga and meditation, as a textile designer, a clothing designer, living both in NYC and Italy, I fell in love with fashion and art. After six years of that seasonal, cyclical work, I longed for more connection in my days. After spending one year learning how to teach art to children, I found yoga and started to find myself. That was in 1998.

Since then, I’ve studied with many of the great teachers of our time, opened and closed a yoga studio, loved and lost, had a child, wrote Art of Attention (my first book), taught one of the largest yoga classes on record, started a business, and found my way to sobriety. The choice to be open about my journey  has granted me the honour of being in service to others, and now I’m informally “sponsoring” several women across the globe. That’s turned out to be the best part.

Their daily check-ins help me stay in my heart, and remember who I am. They think they’re getting the gift of the assist – but I’m receiving the best gift of all.

The practice of yoga and meditation is how I practice being human. I keep it simple, I make sure I move, sit and listen daily, and that’s helping me be a steady presence for my boy. Going to talks, shows, and exhibits keeps me creatively inspired. Learning to toss what’s no longer needed, both materially and existentially, are helping me keep things super organized and easy for myself. I plan ahead. I take my family on trips that make us happy, and keep us connected. These are all results of my years of yoga, all ways in which I make art of my attention… ritual, steadiness, inspiration, organization, simplicity, happiness. All signs of a good practice.

A few ways to practice making art of your attention: stay close to yourself, and do sweet things for yourself daily. Honour the past, and remember that collaboration is good medicine for the future. Meet new people, listen well, learn from everyone, be grateful, and don’t forget to meditate. Meditation refines your attention, and attention is what allows us to see ourselves, and see within ourselves, in order to elegantly approach anything, everything.

*Excerpted from Amanda Kriebel’s Spotlight Interview with Elena Brower for Our Body Book by Cameron Diaz.

About the Author

Mama, teacher, speaker, and co-author of Art of Attention, Elena has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999.  After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked as a textile and apparel designer for 6 years, and has been studying with master yoga teachers since 1997. Elena offers yoga and meditation as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. Her classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues for your body, mind and heart.

From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park, from the Old Port of Montreal to the Eiffel Tower, Elena is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga and meditation, but her true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. Elena’s two audio meditation courses, 4-week Art of Attention and 7-day Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence, are beloved globally for creating consistent, accessible practice.

Currently Elena teaches weekly and monthly classes in New York City, as well as retreats and trainings worldwide. She is also the founder of Teach. Yoga, a global hub of content and inspiration created by the teachers, for the teachers.

Elena will be coming soon to Wanderlust NZ as well as Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane. Check her Calendar for details and to save your space.

As a gift to our readers, Elena is offering a discount to her “Art of Attention” Course. This approachable, accessible, innovative course gently guides you into your own meditation practice, a practice that will encourage you to release stress, sharpen your mental focus, and hold a more tranquil, healing perspective. Your practice will help you navigate the challenges of your life with more fluidity and fluency. Click on this link to start this audio meditation course at a special discount.

To contact Elena:

Web: http://elenabrower.com/

Email: info@elenabrower.com

Follow Elena Brower on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Elena Brower for sharing her inspiring story today with us on Inspiring Women Today by Nikki Taylor.  Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email nikki@nikkitaylor.com.au and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.

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Mom On A Mission -Empowered Women

Mom On A Mission – Lisa Druxman – USA

Mom On A Mission -Empowered Women

Mom On A Mission – Lisa Druxman – USA

You know when you hear about those lightbulb moments? That’s what I had. I was on a stroller walk with my new baby and I was filled with the following thoughts…

“This is the best hour of my day. All moms should workout with their stroller.”

” I don’t know any mom who is happy with her body. I bet I could help them”

“I have so many questions about motherhood. Where am I going to get the answers?

” I so don’t want to leave Jacob to go back to work.”

And then the lightbulb lit.

I could start a stroller fitness workout. I can help moms get back in shape and they can help me with everything I need to know about being a mom. I even named it on that walk. Stroller Strides.

And that’s what I did. I started a stroller strides workout in my neighborhood. I just had a handful of moms but it quickly became my village. Apparently I wasn’t the only one looking for a village because the concept took off. I hired local fitness instructors to teach more classes in San Diego. I didn’t have to go back to my old work after all. By the end of the first year, we had 1,000 moms taking Stroller Strides classes. Within just a few months, we started getting calls from around the country; women were looking to join or start Stroller Strides. I didn’t know how I was going to do it but knew that I wanted all moms to get the support and strength we got from these classes. And I loved the idea of giving other women the career opportunity that I had in running Stroller Strides. So we decided to franchise the business.

So we decided to franchise the business. We now have nearly 2,000 class locations nationwide. And as my kids grew (now 15 and 11), so did the business. We added FIT4BABY, Stroller Barre, Body Back and even a run club for moms. We are now celebrating 15 years in business.

It has been an incredible journey and story along the way. But there is no overnight success. We have fallen down many a time and the lessons learned have often been hard ones. But when you have a passion and a purpose for what you do, you find a way around, over or under any obstacle that comes your way. We are big fans of Simon Sinek’s Start With Why. Our why is to give women the strength for motherhood. This isn’t just about sets and reps. This is about helping moms get out of overwhelm and in to a life that they love. All of our programs help moms achieve health and happiness at every stage of motherhood.

Know what I’ve learned over the last 15 years? That leadership in business is the same as leadership in family.

1. Be true to your values

2. Have a mission

3. Be focused on what’s important

4. Take full responsibility

5. Always be learning

About the Author

Nationally recognized as an expert in the field of fitness, particularly pre and postnatal, mompreneur Lisa Druxman is the creator of FIT4MOM®. Her programs such as Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby and Body Back are all part of the Fit4Mom family. The FIT4MOM franchise has consistently been ranked by numerous publications as one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. Lisa has created one of the top companies for moms to work for according to Working Mother magazine.

Lisa Druxman is a mom on a mission! It is her hope to inspire all moms to live a healthier life.

Inspiring Story | Lisa Druxman | USA

To contact Lisa:

Web: lisadruxman.com

Email: lisa@fit4mom.com

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How to be a SoloPreneur in 7 Steps – Jeany Park – USA

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How to be a SoloPreneur in 7 Steps – Jeany Park – USA

The lowpoint was not finding myself unemployed at the age of 41 after having moved my family to a different state so that I could work at a prestigious classical theatre company. The lowpoint was not that after switching from acting to life coaching that I had zero clients. No, the lowpoint was probably when I realized that I had spent the entire workday as an office administrator at a high tech company in Portland, Oregon, surfing the likes of TMZ, Perez Hilton and Buzzfeed…ALL DAY LONG!!! 8 hours of my life evaporated, and I had nothing to show for it but the $200 that I had made that day sitting at reception, that and an internet/surfing hangover after filling my head with the intellectual equivalent of Twinkies and Ho-ho’s. Something had to give!

So I did it…I finally took the leap, quit my day job and decided to embark full time as a video marketing coach. Within 1 month I had booked 6 clients, within 3 months I had my whole business up & running including getting my business license, hiring my business coach, creating my own website and within 6 months, not only had I broken even, I had already grossed $12,000. I am happy to say that less than a year into my business, we are now financially stable and poised to hit 6 figures this calendar year. Life is good!

People ask me how I was able to make the transition, and to make my business successful – even at a somewhat modest level – in such a short amount of time. Here are the secrets to my success:

1) You have to go all in. If you half a** it, you won’t be successful.

2) Start a morning ritual that jump starts your day with positivity and anchoring yourself with your goals – my favorite is the Miracle Morning – check out the book by Hal Elrod. It’ll change your life.

3) Done is better than perfect – don’t make the mistake of waiting until everything is perfect. Much better to learn on the go, just create something, anything, put it out there and wait and see.

4) Get a coach! Or mentor! You can’t do it alone and you’ll save yourself SO much time. Derive benefit from someone who’s done it before you.

5) Stop being a frickin’ people pleaser! You’re going to have to say no to things – like volunteering, flake out once in a while on commitments you’ve already made, let other people be the good soldier. For the 1st 3 months you have to be super selfish and focus on your new business. Think of it like having a newborn baby – you won’t sleep much, you’ll drop off the face of the planet, forget exercise and things like showering, but soon – very soon, it will all be worth it.

6) Trust your instincts! If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. You know better than anyone. Full stop!

7) Ask your community what they want from you? What’s the painpoint? Then figure out how you’re going to solve it.

Okay, I lied – here’s 8): Use video – really, it works! I built a career on it, that’s how much faith I have in it. Video + social media is a 1-2 punch that’s unstoppable.

The moral of my story is don’t wait until it’s too late. Life is short, take the leap! What you’ll learn about yourself is the reward in itself, 10x over.

If you want more information, contact me at jeany@compassrosevideo.com. And good luck! I believe in you.

About the Author

Jeany Park – Portland, Oregon

Jeany Park is the Co-Owner of Compass Rose Video, a Video Production House and Consultancy that specializes in On Camera Training and Video Marketing Coaching. Her background includes professional acting and she is passionate about helping to elevate the businesses and lives of women entrepreneurs through the power of Video.

Inspiring Story – Jeany Park – USA

To contact Jeany:

Email: jeany@compassrosevideo.com
Web: Compass Rose Video

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Jeany Park for sharing her inspiring story today with us on NikkiTaylor.com.au. Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email nikki@nikkitaylor.com.au and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.

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