What's Your Story

Will You Share Your Story? My Childhood of Books Evolved Into A Lifelong Love of Storytelling

In my youth I devoured books and became lost in worlds beyond my own. It didn’t matter if the stories were fake or real. I was just as absorbed reading about fictitious characters like Pippi Longstocking or Nancy Drew as I was by the courage of real life stories like Ruby Bridges, Pocahontas and Anne Frank.

My mother loved to read and encouraged me to read books well beyond my recommended age group. Thanks to her own natural curiosity, I became a bookworm at an early age.

What has changed since those young years is my knowledge that not all struggles are physical or imminently dangerous. Much of what we endure is emotional, rooted in an internal space. As an adult I began reading books about those who struggled with mental illness, low self-worth,  addiction, unexpectedly life-changing news and illness. Not all stories are about pain, some are based on waking up to joy and love that encouraged a new direction in life.

We all have a story to tell. In the spirit of Story Corps and Humans of New York, I want to share more stories about individual empowerment. These don’t need to be awesome, just valuable. When meeting new people I wonder, what valuable lesson do they have? What can they teach me? I want to share your story here on this blog. It can be a small part of your journey or a summary of your whole journey. The decision of what to share is yours.

So….. are you ready to share? Check out the What’s Your Story page and send me a message.

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Empowering Discussions

Share Your Story of Overcoming Obstacles. Inspire Others and Get Published.

Do you have a story to share?  Share it here and inspire others!

If you have overcome something or learned a valuable lesson than your story needs to be heard. ImpowerYou is all about empowering individuals and what better way than to share your story as a guide for others. Your story will be part of many that celebrate the personal, communal, and innovative accomplishments of people around the world. Storytelling is an ancient tradition prominent in all cultures around the world. Sharing your story gives the world a chance to celebrate the similarities of everyone and cultivate compassion, acceptance, and inclusion. We all have a story to share.

  • Have you overcome abuse, addiction, depression, violence or a failed system.
  • Have you improved your community despite numerous obstacles?
  • Did you learn a valuable lesson that allowed you to grow, heal, or become healthier?


Submit your story on the What’s Your Story page.


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Book Reviews, Writing

What is Your Story?

My friend Al Bagocius asked a great question on his blog today. He was kind enough to share with his audience, my recent accomplishment of publishing two new books. And he asked a great question.

What would be your message to the world if you were to write a book?


 There are so many amazing stories just waiting to be told. With the ease of self publishing any of us can share ours. Think of the people you can inspire, help or educate. Writing my first book, “I Am More Than Just a Girl” filled me with such a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that I didn’t know writing another book could feel even more amazing.

That is exactly what happened when I published my book “You Can Fight Back, Emotional and Physical Self Defense”. There are of course other books on physical or emotional self-defense, but hardly any that conjoin the two subjects.  Telling about my own personal experiences with violence and how I overcame that was liberating. I have often wanted to help others feel like they could survive violence and stand up to bullies. Becoming a certified self-defense instructor was a start and writing this book was the next step.

It doesn’t end there. Writing also gives me chances to connect with new people, to help those that cannot take a class from me because of their location, and to do something positive in this world. Publishing on Bookemon is an added bonus because my books can be read for free by anyone with an internet connection who understands English. Even though I would love for one of my books to be a best seller,  I don’t write with the intention of selling 10,000 copies. I write with the intention of encouraging independence and sharing resources with others.

 If you have a story to tell than I encourage you to pick up a pen or start typing. You won’t know where it will take you until you take that first step.

A giant THANK YOU to Al and everyone who has been so encouraging. I know that without your support my books would reach fewer people.


These are my two newest books that can be read free online at http://www.bookemon.com/member-home/leahoviedo/151519.

You Can Fight Back: Emotional and Physical Self Defense, is a guide for women and teen girls to learn the skills they need to combat emotional and physical abuse. Bullying has become a terrifying part of many lives because many of us are not taught how to prevent violent behavior and stand up for ourselves. In this book you will learn how to use your intuition and become aware of warning signs set the foundation for fighting back.

Fierce: A New Generation of Female Empowerment, encourages young women to ask questions about important issues, learn critical thinking, solve problems, and create positive change in their lives and their communities. The resources provide the tools to make choices that resonate with individual beliefs so as to take control of our own lives.

 What would be your message to the world if you were to write a book?