Charleston Entrepreneur Pens Guide to Cure Lifestyle Deficit Disorder

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Financial services professional publishes ‘Perfect Day’ to turn stress into sanity

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Most entrepreneurs suffer from Lifestyle Deficit Disorder — they’re exhausted, stressed, overworked, and only give their loved ones the leftovers of their energy and time. Charleston entrepreneur Cokie Berenyi’s new book, “Perfect Day,” offers a cure for LDD, guiding business owners and professionals on how to turn stressed-filled days into perfect days of peace and clarity.

“I know first-hand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur struggling to keep all the balls in the air,” Berenyi said. “We’re focused on growing the business we love often at the detriment of our family, our hobbies, our health and our passions. This isn’t simply a ‘do better’ book. It provides tangible steps and guidelines for transformation. I really wanted to empower readers to redesign their life so they get the lifestyle they want and deserve.”

Published by Morgan James, “Perfect Day: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Curing Lifestyle Deficit Disorder and Reclaiming Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life” is available in paperback and as an e-book (March 1) on Amazon.

Using accessible language and engaging anecdotes from her client files, Berenyi takes entrepreneurs on a journey of self-actualization, helping them design their Perfect Day Pyramid. This book is a must-have guide for any entrepreneur who wants to turn everyday into a perfect day.

Berenyi has served the needs of individual and institutional clients and entrepreneurs through her financial services work since 1996. Founder of Alphavest, an industry pioneer that is right-sizing Wall Street one client at a time, Berenyi inspires investors and entrepreneurs with her vision and shares the stories of her many experiences leading clients through the financial and work-life balance maze.

Berenyi is a mother of two and the founder of two local nonprofits, therapeutic riding program Rein and Shine and She CLIMBS. She CLIMBS takes girls on mountain climbing trips building their confidence and self-esteem. Berenyi herself is working toward the goal of climbing the Seven Summits of the world.

“Perfect Day” is a companion to Berenyi’s Perfect Day Connect, an online course with videos and worksheets that walk entrepreneurs through the process of figuring out the deficits in their lives and how to bring all aspects into balance.

By sharing simple steps and strategies, Berenyi’s “Perfect Day” offers a powerful antidote to Lifestyle Deficit Disorder, revealing a path away from disillusionment and dissatisfaction to a life of purpose, joy and freedom.

“Perfect Day” is available on Amazon for $16.95 in paperback, and the e-book will be available beginning March 1.

Celebrate a “Perfect Day” at a book launch party from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at Wealth Enhancement & Preservation (formerly Red Triangle), 210-C Coming St. in Charleston. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Connect with Cokie Berenyi on social media:
www.facebook.com/PerfectDayConnect/
Instagram / Twitter: @CokieBerenyi

 

Heyward the Horse Takes Children on a Charleston Adventure in New Book

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Local dad writes, illustrates children’s book highlighting Holy City landmarks

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston landmarks and historic attractions are beautifully highlighted in a new children’s book written and illustrated by local designer and author Andrew Barton. “Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!” is the tale of Heyward M. Pinckney IV, a carriage horse in downtown Charleston.

Heyward takes visitors on a carriage ride past a variety of Charleston area landmarks and attractions, including Riley Waterfront Park, Rainbow Row, historic churches and the Charleston City Market. With his magical bow tie, Heyward is able to fly his carriage over the Holy City, pointing out the marshes, plantations and the beaches.

Local children will love seeing the landmarks they pass each day, and the book is a perfect souvenir for children who want to recall their Charleston visit during their evening storytime.

A father of two children under the age of 3, Barton has spent a lot of time reading children’s books. Combining his love of history and drawing, he decided to publish his own book focused on the city he’s called home for the last decade.

“When our children are born and raised in Charleston, they may not realize what a truly special city this is. I wanted to create a book that would be fun and imaginative while also highlighting some of the many landmarks and historic sites that are unique to the city,” Barton said.

Published by Timeless Tower Publishing LLC, “Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!” will be available in paperback for $10.99 and hardback for $18.99 on Amazon beginning Feb. 24 and at select Charleston area bookstores and retail outlets. Visit www.heywardthehorse.com for more details.

Join Barton for a book launch kickoff party and reading of “Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!” The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Maxtrix Kids Rooms, 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Purchase copies of the book and enjoy a balloon artist, children’s activities and more.

About the Author
Andrew Barton is a designer, illustrator and children’s book author in Charleston, S.C. For more than a decade, Barton has created logos, illustrations and branded materials for a number of businesses and organizations, including the Cooper River Bridge Run, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Town of Mount Pleasant, Patriots Point, Charleston Wine + Food Festival and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Barton has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, including graphic design and business, from the University of South Carolina Upstate. He lives in West Ashley with his wife and two young children. He enjoys history, painting and the outdoors.

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Connect with Heyward the Horse on social media:
Facebook and Instagram @HeywardtheHorse
#HeywardtheHorse
#HeywardLovesCharleston

 

Mom’s Choice Awards Names Local Charleston Book Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Mom’s Choice Awards has named “While Mommy Is Out” among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. West Ashley mom Teri Errico Griffis wrote “While Mommy Is Out” earlier this year as way to help children prepare for being left with a sitter or child care provider. The book is illustrated by Tami Boyce, a local graphic designer.

The Mom’s Choice Awards evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements, including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

“We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” Errico Griffis said. “We know all the great things the MCA does to connect consumers, educators, and caregivers with the best products and services available for families.”

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five samples to reviewed by evaluators in the Mom’s Choice Awards database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the Mom’s Choice Awards executive committee for final review and approval.

“Our aim to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” said Dawn Matheson, executive director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value.”

Inspired by true events from Griffis’ days as a nanny, the book follows Little One’s day as Mommy announces she will be heading out and leaving Little One with a babysitter for the first time. Little One faces his biggest fear – making a new friend – while discovering Mommy does indeed return home ready for hugs. “While Mommy is Out” is a narrative for children needing an introduction to the concept of a babysitter and why it’s not a scary situation, as well as reassurance mommy will always come back home to her little one in the end.

“While Mommy Is Out” is available for $12 at www.WhileMommyIsOut.com. Join Errico Griffis for a book reading event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Maxtrix Kids Rooms, 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant

About the author

Teri Errico Griffis began her career in the early 2000s when she first interned with the writing staff of ABC soap opera “All My Children” in New York City. From there, she reported for local newspapers and magazines before being recruited by the global company, WWE, to help launch their first children’s magazine. She also won a New England Press Association Award. She moved to Charleston in 2012 and spent years volunteering to improve children’s education through nonprofit work. Today she resides in West Ashley with her family where she writes and edits several successful publications. www.wordsbyteri.com

About the illustrator

Tami Boyce is a Charleston-based illustrator and graphic designer. Her work can be found at various establishments around Charleston, including Theatre 99, Early Bird Diner, Frothy Beard Brewery and ReForm Studios, as well as ZaPow! Gallery in Asheville, N.C. Boyce pulls inspiration from her humor and heart. Some of her illustrations are observations on life, memories, or just wishful thinking as to how animals might actually behave in the wild. tamiboyce.com

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Ladson, South Carolina Author Publishes Science-Fiction Novel

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Salomon’s Exodus, a new book by Montell Johnson Sr., has been released by RoseDog Books.

Salomon’s Exodus: Diary of the Last King Volume I is a journey of the soul. After proposing to his high school sweetheart, Salomon has finally gotten everything he’s ever wanted. With the love of his life and plans set for the future; happily ever after seems simple. Until he is awakened from a dream with an unwanted gift and his world is turned upside down. Salomon is faced with a reality that is hard to digest, sending him into a downward spiral.

Salomon’s Exodus: Diary of the Last King Volume I is a journey of the soul. After proposing to his high school sweetheart, Salomon has finally gotten everything he’s ever wanted. With the love of his life and plans set for the future; happily ever after seems simple. Until he is awakened from a dream with an unwanted gift and his world is turned upside down. Salomon is faced with a reality that is hard to digest, sending him into a downward spiral.

About the Author:
With a deep love for words, author Montell Johnson Sr was born and raised in North Charleston, South Carolina. Taking care of and providing for his family are among the things he most enjoys in life.

Salomon’s Exodus is a 130-page paperback with a retail price of $13.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-7413-5. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore at www.rosedogbookstore.com.

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Local Charleston Children’s Book Author Helps Children and Moms Adjust to Babysitters

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Local Children’s Book Author Helps Children – and Moms – Adjust to Babysitters

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Every child has experienced the fear of a new babysitter arriving and wondering if mommy will return; every mother has felt a tug at her heart when leaving an upset child. To ease those fears, local author and West Ashley mom Teri Errico Griffis wrote “While Mommy Is Out,” a book designed to help children prepare for being left with a sitter or child care provider. The book was illustrated by Tami Boyce, a local graphic designer.

Inspired by true events from Griffis’ days as a nanny, the book follows Little One’s day as Mommy announces she will be heading out and leaving Little One with a babysitter for the first time. Little One faces his biggest fear – making a new friend – while discovering Mommy does indeed return home ready for hugs. “While Mommy is Out” is a narrative for children needing an introduction to the concept of a babysitter and why it’s not a scary situation, as well as reassurance mommy will always come back home to her little one in the end.

“It is common for both parents to work, and very important for mothers to take care of themselves,” Griffis said. “Children are experiencing babysitters more and more and it is natural for a child to be nervous, which makes it hard on everyone. This book really excites children because they will learn to see their time with a babysitter as a fun adventure with a new friend.”

“While Mommy Is Out” is available for $15 at www.WhileMommyIsOut.com and at Mr. K’s Used Books near Tanger Outlet.

About the author

Teri Errico Griffis began her career in the early 2000s when she first interned with the writing staff of ABC soap opera “All My Children” in New York City. From there, she reported for local newspapers and magazines before being recruited by the global company, WWE, to help launch their first children’s magazine. She also won a New England Press Association Award. She moved to Charleston in 2012 and spent years volunteering to improve children’s education through nonprofit work. Today she resides in West Ashley with her family where she writes and edits several successful publications. www.wordsbyteri.com

About the illustrator

Tami Boyce is a Charleston-based illustrator and graphic designer. Her work can be found at various establishments around Charleston, including Theatre 99, Early Bird Diner, Frothy Beard Brewery and ReForm Studios, as well as ZaPow! Gallery in Asheville, N.C. Boyce pulls inspiration from her humor and heart. Some of her illustrations are observations on life, memories, or just wishful thinking as to how animals might actually behave in the wild. tamiboyce.com

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Mount Pleasant Author Inspires Young Readers with New Hybrid Graphic Young Adult Novel

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

“My alarm clock wailed like an electronic banshee, foretelling not my death, but the next worst fate:? My first day of high school.? I hit “snooze” and snoozed.? Every year, my parents and teachers promised a better year than the last, but it never came.? When would things change? Senior year? College? First job? Marriage? Retirement? Nursing home?” Opening dialogue of new hybrid graphic young adult novel Me, Myself, and I’m Lost by Marc Kruza

When Marc Kruza, author, musician and computer geek set out to write a 347-page work, he had no idea how far the creative process would take him.? From concept of characters to story line; conflict to relationships; emotions to creative imagination, Marc took his story to a realm outside of our core imagination.

This Mount Pleasant based resident stretched his creative limits to script a generational story of the struggles of youth, the captivating magic of imagination and the suspense of life’s roadblocks.

Collaborating with illustrator Kenneth Leinaar, Marc took the character of Matt, a geeky young adult about to embark on the biggest challenge of his life, high school, and created a world where reality and fantasy become one.? From the front door of the high school to the space prison fighting pit, the reader is taken to a world of adventure while still tackling the same issues that face youth today.

Marc taps into the mind of a new generation provides a very entertaining piece of literature that many can and will relate to.

We took a candid opportunity to ask Marc a few questions about his first novel, tap into the mind of the author and learn about this new creative force in the Charleston community.

Author Marc Kruza Interview

CD:? Describe yourself in five words.

MK:? Author, musician, computers, fitness geek.

CD:? How does your personal and professional life play into the inspiration of your characters and stories?

MK:? Matt Kretzer, my novel’s main character, is largely drawn from my own teenage tribulations. The real drawing part, though, is a talent I can’t claim on my résumé. Matt’s has high school highs and lows, and he learns to illustrate graphic novels, surf, handle stress and deal with social change better (and faster) than I did.

CD:? Who is your primary audience and why?

MK:? Young adult and middle grade readers are my primary audience.? They will understand, relate and connect with the characters and plot of this novel.? The personality attributes of each generation changes, but the challenges faced remain.

CD:? Why is writing an important part of your life?

MK:? Writing lets me both entertain and enlighten my readers on the coming of age, as well as the coming and going of childhood friendships.

CD:? Who do you model your characters from?

MK:? My characters are modeled from family and friends throughout my life.? Who we are is shaped by those around us.? We are sponges that absorb and are influenced by those that come in and out of our lives.? That was important in the character development part of the process.

CD:? What do you want your readers to take away from your novel??

MK:? Adolescence is only a temporary condition. Asking for help in times of severe psychological stress is a sign of strength, not weakness.

CD:? What future storylines should we expect from you?

MK:? Matt has three years of high school left, which means at least three more novels!

After completing the first installment, we are looking forward to seeing how the next three years of Matt’s life plays out.

To learn more about Marc and to purchase his graphic novel, please go to:

Purchase: Me, Myself and I’m Lost

Marc Kruza Bio

Giving the Gift of Hope with Jaiden Z. Smith

Divorce is difficult under any circumstances, but even more so when children are involved. The parents are most likely struggling with their own emotions and trying to adjust to the many changes, which may leave them feeling unequipped to help their children understand and cope with the emotional challenges of their new reality. Divorce can leave a child feeling lost, guilty, angry, confused – a whole range of negative emotions that could considerably impact their life going forward, if they are not addressed.

With the heart of a lioness, or maybe its cub, 10 year old Jaiden Z. Smith has set her sights on making a difference for children who are experiencing the divorce of their parents. In 2008, her parents separated, which produced feelings of confusion, hurt, and concern within Jaiden. The honor roll student began to struggle at school, appearing to be withdrawn and sad. Her teachers took note and before long Jaiden and her brother were participating in a guidance group at their public school for children experiencing separation and divorce. Over the course of nine weeks, Jaiden collected the tools necessary to help her cope with her situation and began planting seeds as she adjusted to her new family life. In journaling her experience, Jaiden decided to write her first book. And she did!!! Inspired by her personal journey, Jaiden worked for nearly a year to write “A Perfect Kind of Different”, which is the story of a family going through a divorce from a child’s perspective. Very proud of her accomplishments, Jaiden is continually motivated by helping other children who are experiencing the aftermath of divorce by sharing her story.

Here she is in her own words:

My name is Jaiden and I am 10 years old. My Mom and Dad got a divorce when I was 8 years old. It was a hard time for me and my two brothers. We went to guidance groups at our school for kids dealing with the same situation. While I was in guidance group, I met lots of other sad kids. I decided to write a book to help kids understand divorce. I plan to donate a copy of my book to all the elementary schools in my district so the guidance counselors will have something to share with the sad kids that will help them see divorce is just a ‘Perfect Kind of Different‘. You can still have a good life after a divorce with love and family time. After this book, I will write more books that will help kids understand grown up things like different religions, bullying, and hunger. I want to be a writer and a teacher when I grow up.

Here is a note from her Mother who wants to help her spread her important message:

I honestly did not realize the massive effect divorce has on children. It was a difficult subject to talk about in our home (initially). Fortunately, we were in a wonderful public school that offered services to children dealing with family separation and divorce. Due the alarming number of divorcing families, our school offered a guidance group where my children learned all of the coping skills moms and dads did not know how to teach. In our quest to find children’s books on the topic, we became discouraged and dissatisfied.

Upon completing the 9-week counselor guided peer group in school, Jaiden decided she wanted to write a book about divorce. A sensitive topic for a newly divorced mom, I didn’t immediately encourage her, but she was determined to share her story. In the evenings, Jaiden would tap away on the computer writing a book in PowerPoint. I noticed as time went on that she got more focused on her writing, even opting to drop her dance class to have more time to write. I knew as her Mom, it was my job to fuel that passion. Once she felt her masterpiece was complete, I asked a former college professor to edit the book and she agreed to without hesitation. I hit Facebook in search of an illustrator and was blessed to find a local artist eager to take on the challenge. A local photographer, Aneris Photography, offered us a free photo shoot and captured Jaiden’s true essence to give us a head start in marketing.

photo 1With all the chips falling into place, we now turn to the community for help in taking the final steps to get Jaiden’s story into the hands of children of divorce who are hurting. It is Jaiden’s ultimate goal to share her book with every elementary school in her school district, followed by schools in surrounding districts (and across the country). She wants to visit other guidance groups and encourage children to be courageous while reminding them divorce is never their fault. Jaiden is VERY excited about the opportunity to do public book signings as well. We need the books published with hardback covers for durability as they will be passed from hand to hand in the schools. We desperately need your help to cover this expense. We can get 250 hardback books printed and shipped to us for $2,517.96. The additional funds donated will go towards marketing the book to ensure families know there is a resource available to them that will support them and provide understanding to children during such a difficult time. We will also need brochures, flyers, a banner, and books on CD (read by Jaiden) to give as gifts to children in immediate emotional pain. These CDs will be called “Don’t Cry, Just Listen”. Every dollar donated above our targeted goal will be used to increase the number of books we can purchase.

Children often listen and learn best from someone in their own peer group who has had similar experiences. Jaiden can offer a familiar perspective to hurting children who are looking for reassurance and hope. Please consider making a donation that will touch the lives of numerous children who are struggling emotionally and the lives of parents who are overwhelmed and hurting as well. All donations are greatly appreciated through GoFundMe.com. ?Be sure to follow her journey on The Blue Jai Project to find out the latest updates.

Photos compliments of?Aneris Photography

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