Today's Spotlight is on Schivane Bonhomme, founder of Beautifully Empowered.
Schivane Bonhomme is an author, writer, inspirational & motivational speaker, poet, advocate and leader born and raised in Irvington, New Jersey. She has written almost all her life, beginning as a young child who would write in diaries and journals. With time, writing became the primary way in which she expressed herself. Schivane has transformed her life from being a typical young girl who encountered many trials and tribulations, to a leader of young girls and women all over the world. Her transparency pertaining to her testimony has been able to inspire and impact countless lives. At the age of 21, Schivane published her first book that helped to begin a movement.
Schivane is powerful and passionate when she speaks, and makes no apologies for where she has been; rather, she uses and draws from those past experiences to help bring a certain authenticity to her presentation. Her transformation is not only evident in her language, but in her posture, demeanor, and attitude. She embodies a woman who is full of confidence but speaks about a time when confidence, love, and living a life of purpose seemed impossible. Those attributes and characteristics is what draw people to her. Her passion and desire to transform the way in which people see themselves is the work of her life.
Learn more about Schivane in this week’s Spotlight Saturday.
ABOUT BEAUTIFULLY EMPOWERED
“Beautifully Empowered is unique in its mission by not only addressing the multifaceted problems that all people of all ages encounter by using real life experiences of staff, but we also aim to inspire, empower and leave an impact on all participant’s regarding self-worth and living in their purpose. Through education and personal testimonies, Beautifully Empowered will reach out to as many people as possible, globally. We believe that every issue has a root and in order to be effective, we must address the core issue. Beautifully Empowered takes interest and commitment serious in helping those seeking help. We can't change what has occurred in the past, but we can influence change that will lead to a better future.”
WHAT BEAUTIFULLY EMPOWERED IS KNOWN FOR
“Our mission is to remind all that we encounter that they have the power to rewrite their story. It doesn't matter where you start and the detours you had to take along the way but how you finish. What makes us different is our overall heart to serve and our love for people!”
HOW BEAUTIFULLY EMPOWERED GOT STARTED
“Honestly, it started with brokenness, loneliness and feelings of abandonment. I looked in the mirror and made a promise to myself that I did not want anyone to have to go through the amount of pain I had endured. After experiencing life altering situations, I believed I could help people avoid the difficulties I encountered in search of my identity, purpose and acceptance."
"I decided years ago, to turn my pain into purpose and allow it to make me better and not bitter. However, even though I knew what my purpose was fear still attempted to cripple me but through my faith in God I was able to fully launch Beautifully Empowered last year.”
ADVICE FOR SOMEONE PURSUING THEIR DREAMS
"Keep God First."
"Read the Word of God, so when the negative thoughts begin to surface you have the truth to counteract it."
"Stop Talking about it and Just Do it!"
"Believe in yourself!"
"Don’t Second Guess Yourself!"
"Trust Yourself and the Vision!"
"Invest in Yourself."
"Write it out and and plan as to how you will execute."
"Surround yourself with people who are successful and pursuing their dream."
“My husband is the greatest influence in my life. We met when I first published my first book and the look in his eyes after he read it inspired me. See, he saw in me what I was unable to see in myself and refused to see me quit. He continuously prays for me and pushes me to reach greatness. I realized that God sent him to me for many reasons but one is to push me to fulfill my purpose despite the obstacles.”
She has 3! They’re all by the Late and Great Maya Angelou:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
“My favorite pastime is standing in front of an audience of any size and sharing my heart. Something happens when I begin to speak; it’s as if I become a different person without fear and full of confidence. The greatest feeling in the world is doing what you love!”
BIGGEST CHALLENGE SHE’S EVER HAD TO OVERCOME
“The biggest challenge I had to overcome is the fear of failure.”
ADVICE TO YOUNGER SELF
"You are beautiful."
"Know your worth."
"You can be anyone that you aspire to be."
"Live life to the fullest!"
"Stay focused baby girl and follow your dreams!"
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
“You can expect many upcoming exciting events sponsored by Beautifully Empowered. We are looking forward to the future bookings and speaking engagements around the world. Also, look out for my next book dropping this year! Expect Greatness!”