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Blog Tour – My Writing Process

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

I have committed to writing a blog post at least once a week and as synchronicity would have it as soon as I committed to this an opportunity arose.  Denise Fountain, a Health, Wellness and Sanity Coach for Moms, invited me to take part in a blog tour…thanks Denise..this is my first one!!!  We are asked to answer four questions and you can read Denise’s response to the blog tour  My Writing Process Blog Tour here.

What am I working on?

Over the past four years I’ve had the pleasure of writing articles for Somerset Studio Magazine.  It has been such a creative outlet and a way to share the art process and mixed media techniques with people all over the world.  Presently I am taking a class called Uplevel Your Creativity with Christine Kane.  It is expanding the direction of my work and what I am writing.  The mission of Art by e’Layne, besides creating inspirational art, is mentoring women in their brave, transformational journey to claim their power creatively, financially, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  I am currently working on “Claim Your Personal Power Tool Kit” which will be a free gift to my tribe.  It talks about all the ways we give away our power and actions we can take to claim our power so we live a happy, purpose filled life.  It also contains a couple of arty surprises!!!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There are many ways each person is totally different than anyone else on the planet.  We all have different finger prints and so the way in which we touch the world is unique.  No two voices are alike therefore the world needs our individual voice and perspective.  Nobody on the planets eyes are the same and so we all see the world differently.  One of my mentors recently passed away, Angeles Arrien.   As a cultural anthropologist she names the different stages of our lives.  I am in the youth of my wisdom years and realize it is time to intimately and authentically share with women the story of my life.  I believe we learn, grow and identify with each other through story telling.  I have a background in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and a deep belief that we have everything we need inside to grow a happy life.  My teachings and mentoring blossoms from this belief.  

Why do I write what I do?

The simple answer is….I can’t not.  Sharing with women ways to enrich life and how to craft a beautiful life is paramount.  These last decades of my life (hopefully I have a few more decades here) I want to help facilitate transformation.   I remember when I was a lost, lonely soul.  My thoughts consumed me and I felt paralyzed by fear.  By working with mentors and by reading and following the wisdom of other people I was able to overcome my belief that life would be “right’ when circumstance outside myself lined up…when I was the perfect weight or had the perfect partner or job.  I learned the answers for a happy life were inside and began the process of growing myself in barren soil.  I am passionate about sharing the nutrients that enriched my life and to reach out to countless women and support them in doing their soul’s work.

How does my writing process work?

When I’m writing for a magazine or working on a project such as Claim Your Power Tool Kit, I write in spurts.  First I try to get all the ideas out of my head in bullet form and start writing about the topic with the most juice.  I write as long as I feel inspired.  The moment the inspiration leaves…I stop.  Coming back to a piece of writing with fresh eyes is always illuminating.  In the down time the message seems to grow stronger inside me and the voice of the writing gets clearer with some distance from the work.  When the work is complete I always have it edited.  That way I’m sure my message is communicated clearly or I find out parts of my writing needs to be reworked.

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I am passing the torch to four fantastic women for this Writing Blog Tour.

Donna Harmony-Jones, a Registered Nurse since 1978, blends mainstream medicine with diverse, complementary, and holistic approaches that assist individuals to maximize their health and well-being.  When faced with a serious health challenge in 1994, Donna sought the root causes of her stress induced disease. She explored many complementary approaches to health restoration.

She also gained a deeper understanding of the health and healing principles of ‘right relationship’, balance and caring for the whole person.  Over the ensuing years Donna expanded her professional capacity to include starting a business providing holistic health counseling and Healing Touch.

Providing therapeutic intervention, skilled listening, resource information and insightful perspectives, Donna accompanies clients on their unique journey of empowerment and self-healing, providing assessment, education and therapeutic interventions in a safe, caring environment.  You can find Donna at Heart Centered Connections.

Jessica Leigh Brogan is a published writer and Mixed Media artist. She is also the creator of the internationally popular Inspirational Card Deck Swap.
Aimée Wheaton has been a creative and professional graphic designer and visual artist for more than 20 years. Her love of art began when she was a young girl where she explored the use of bright colors and painted rocks and bottles. She earned her BA degree at SUNY Plattsburgh in Fine Arts and a minor in Graphic Design. She pursued her career in graphic arts and worked as a designer for 15+ years. Some of her designs were published in industry standard magazines. She got tired of the corporate life and discovered mixed media art. Soon after came family life. Now she juggles being a wife, mother to her 2 young daughters and her art career. Residing in Florida she participates in local art/gallery events as well as sells her art online and in local boutiques. She also has her own online classes as of 2014.   You can find Aimee here.
Licia Berry is an artist, author, and educator who specializes in whole brain communication and utilizing creative arts for discovery, balance, and reaching potential. This has a multitude of applications in organizational development, in leadership, in family systems, in relationships, and in personal transformation. A 25-year teaching veteran, she has impacted young and adult learners in public schools, state agencies, non-profits, corporate environments, universities, and the private sector. Having transformed challenging circumstances into fuel to propel her forward to make the world a more accepting, loving place, Licia also has a keen and abiding passion to empower women through her Women’s Leadership Circles curriculum. Learn more about Licia’s work at

One response to “Blog Tour – My Writing Process”

  1. Licia Berry says:

    Just read your post…what a lovely (and powerful) writing voice you have! I’m grateful for your writing and glad you are claiming your place as “A Woman with Something to Say” (the title of my piece that I will publish tomorrow) in the world.

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Courage to ask

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014

Wanting to affirm my commitment to blog more, I signed on to participate in a blog tour.  I had to request that three of my Facebook friends join in the blog tour.  Usually I don’t like to “bother” people because we are all so busy I hesitate to “put” another to-do on someones plate.  (Now we can talk about how co-dependent that is but it’s an entirely different story.) Well to my delight six friends responded immediately and said they were in…wow…and several more people responded and said they would like to do it but they were over-committed.

Today I was on a call with Jeanna Gabelllini…a very cool business coach…and she was talking about the very same thing.  She is launching a training and called on six of her coaching and marketing friends to sweeten her bonus pot and invited them to give free gifts to her people that sign up for the training.  She had the same hesitation I just spoke about and also to her surprise all six people said they would gladly give free bonus gifts to her prospective peeps.

Do you ever feel like you don’t want to ask for favors?  Women are notorious for not asking for what we want and need.  I invite all of us to stretch a bit and ask for favors…ask for what we need.  We might be surprised at who shows up…happily…to meet our needs.

4 responses to “Courage to ask”

  1. Courage to ask. I do believe we know what matters so very deep to us. If it is important enough we ask. There is always a lovely knowing in who comes to our table and is present for us. This is a most lovely post. Your blog, your talents, your shine is special in my life. Grateful to be on this journey with artists like you.

    • AdminE says:

      Thank you for your wonderful sentiment…you are a joy and I feel really blessed our life’s journeys collided…you have a special magic…hugs and big love

  2. I have grown by leaps and bounds in thie area of asking. I have much more giving/receiving balance in my life now.

    • AdminE says:

      That is wonderful Donna…it’s so easy for a lot of women to give but the giving/receiving balance is essential…thanks for sharing.

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Beach Realizations…Co-Creating the Present Moment

Posted on Monday, May 5th, 2014


I have a date with the sunset several times a week for a long beach walk.  Tonight…in the bright light of the waning sun…I stopped to collect shells.  Two women approached engaged in conversation.  They saw me pocketing natures treasures and their eyes scanned the shell pile and they started collecting shells.  I walked down the beach and turned back around to see if they were still collecting shells.  They were…and another woman had joined the collection process.

I may be wrong but I do believe if I hadn’t been collecting shells the two women would have walked pass the shell pile…and the woman that joined them would have, too.   I was thinking about so many ways we get to experience more of life because other people bring us out of our thoughts and into the present moment.  While I was thinking about this concept and the desire to write this blog post…I saw a couple facing the Gulf in the opposite direction of the setting sun and there was also a woman ten feet from the couple looking in the same direction.  From a life of beach walking I knew what this meant…they saw dolphins and were awaiting the next sighting….and because of these strangers actions I stopped walking and scanned the water for dolphins.

And so we are part of this human wave…where even our simplest actions like shell collecting influence the actions of others…even complete strangers…and together we are always co-creating the present moment.

5 responses to “Beach Realizations…Co-Creating the Present Moment”

  1. Corinne says:

    Nice posting. I’m glad you committed publicly to writing a weekly blog. I’ve had a blog for a year, my daughter gave it to me last year for Mother’s Day, but I only managed to write 4 postings in a year. I think you have motivated me a bit. Are you going to Atlanta? I am a fellow UYB participant.

    • AdminE says:

      Thanks so much Corinnne!!! I am going to Atlanta…are you? I know the importance of blogging and I love to write…but I write so many blog posts in my head and don’t sit down and write them here…lol…I love Uplevel Your Business because we do offer each other so much support and motivate one another.

  2. Cindy says:

    Elayne, this is a beautiful post. You have such a beautiful spirit. It is so true, “the wave” we create. Thanks for reminding me of that. <3

    • AdminE says:

      Thank you so much Cindy…love the message on your website…”getting rid of the weeds”…and the name of your business is great…thanks for touching base and for your kind words.

  3. What a wonderful observation.

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LOVE Teaching

Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014

I want to thank all the wonderful women who have taken Tribe Wild Women workshops.  So grateful to Kiaralinda and Todd, the visionaries of Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center, who sponsored two one-day workshops at the magical Whimzeyland.  The first day was The Magic of Mixed Media – Winged Hearts.  It is so amazing to start with blank wood at the beginning of the day and by days end we not only had stunning and meaningful art…we’ve gained knowledge and more importantly…friendship and community.




Sunday we made Tribe Wild Women Memory KeepersMemory Keepers incorporate meaningful words and images and it becomes a reminder of the intention we set to manifest in our lives.


Our heartfelt sharing before we started making art was profound…such tender, authentic women…in both workshops.  My heart is filled with joy and gratitude for art gatherings…they = Soul’s Food!!!



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The Opening of Tribe Wild Women – Part 3 – Last Day but Just the Beginning

Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

It’s been more than a month since our workshop and I count my blessing daily that these beautiful women have remained in my life.  We are all so enriched from our time together.  On Sunday, our last day of the workshop, we were glowing from our outing to Duncan McClellan’s Glass Studio the night before.   It was another beautiful day in paradise in the shadow of the Don Cesar.  We diligently  worked on our Tribe Wild Women Memory Keepers.  The intention of the Memory Keepers is to adorn them with words and symbols that bring to light the qualities we want to manifest in our lives.  When we hang them in our homes we forever inspired to follow our dreams.

By the last day everyone’s pieces were coming together beautifully.  The experience was profound and that became evident as we had a show and tell wrap up.  So much heart, soul and emotion were poured into everyone’s piece.  One by one women shared their experience of making their Memory Keeper and spoke about the story the process of making her revealed.  A range of emotion filled the room…the most evident feeling in the room…LOVE

After our wrap up Summer pulled out a bag of wild and wacky sunglasses…we distributed them and went outside to take group pictures.  Everyone helped clean up the room as we talked about making our get together an annual event.  Hugs and love abounded and lifelong connections were make…in fact everyday since our workshop we all IM during the day.  We’ve had several reunions and for those who can’t be at each reunion we take lots of photos and share them!!!  Next month we’re having a reunion at Lynnie’s studio in Winter Park.  The story of Tribe Wild Women is a never ending love story!!!










IMG_8602-11385604_1020328_1190760217_n1382413_10172_119978528_nIMG_8568Forever grateful to have taught this awesomely fabulous workshop with precious Lynn Whipple!!!
and forever in love with our tribe!!!


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