Future Entrepreneurs: Serendipity

09 Nov Future Entrepreneurs: Serendipity

Serendipity is not the product of patience; it’s the product of action.” ~Audrey Moralez


Aloha. This week serves as a preview and a trailer to something we definitely want to see on the big screen.
I am surrounded by a new reality to get myself back on track. It’s #NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing month, and I have committed to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I am focusing on my thriller, refining some twists and adding backstory. I’ll take a moment to reflect on two projects in the works.


I’ve written about my time living in the rainforest of Hawaii’s Big Island (Secrets to #ShineThroughtheNoise). I have not written about my time living in a castle…preceded by my deepest moment of uncertainly, hope…and serendipity.


I had a part-time marketing job for a wellness company on the Big Island and it included an ohana (apartment) with a breath-taking view of Maui. We had a 6-month contract, but things started to unravel after 3 months. Yes, there was Wi-Fi in the Rainforest, but cell service and the nearest town were 8 winding miles away. I emailed a vacation rental and entered a marketing contest. I hoped hard. I believed. And I won!
Then, one morning before sunrise, I knew I had to leave. I was promised a free week as winner of the contest at Castle in Hawaii. I was the proverbial picture of gratitude when I accepted and packed up the car to move from the northern tip of the island to the southeastern corner. I had my Hawaii tan, Zumba tone and a grand leap of faith as I started my next chapter at #CastleInHawaii. It was February and I was not ready to immerse myself in Midwestern winter; I was also not ready to testify about what I saw in the rainforest: that will unfold in another story. The fresh perspective from the queen suite at the castle let me exhale and think.


Sheri Smith, the Castle owner/chef had met with me. We talked over marketing ideas and ways to make the most of the community business, and ceremonies by the sea. I was an event planner getting ready to retire from soirees and go back to writing. Now, Sheri and I both have stories to tell.


Meet my friend Sheri, an outstanding chef and brilliant storyteller from a Broadway background. I got to know Sheri and her dog Ray during many walks through the community and time on the Pacific. I believe that the Big Island demands authenticity, and gets to the core of what we’re truly about. I could no longer hide behind my brisk city pace, busy schedule or spending a client’s money for the next sailing soiree. Therefore, we were real. Our stories entwine because I left the rainforest that day and put my hope in the castle prize. I ended up living in the castle suite for 3 months! I left the castle and drove to Kona side on the day that closed with a 36-hour tsunami survival saga. Alas, we will continue this tale in book and film form. I believe it was all worth it.
My wish for you this week, dear reader, is authenticity and action…and the serendipity that comes with it when we are on the right path.
Now, meet my friend Sheri, and please listen to her wish as well:


“I have two passions. Event planning and event production feeds my wallet, writing feeds my soul. One is dust, one is not.
A wish? I never wish, I do manifest. No expectations…No regrets. I am an intensely private person. So this will be very difficult and uncomfortable to post here. Just following orders of my inspiring angel (Akasha Lin).
I’ve never asked anyone for anything. Ok, here goes.
So, if I had a wish it would be to find that producer who sees the value in this film project. The director, the talented actors and producers (are you listening Sally Field? Reese Witherspoon? Stockard Channing? Lily Tomlin?) PEOPLE MAKE PLANS is an award winner in one screenplay contest, a finalist in another and got decent coverage in a third, all posted on the site: www.PeopleMakePlans.com. It can be produced with a reasonable budget and can easily be made for TV and/or film festivals. There are a ton of marketing opportunities that can be associated with it. Look Book is available upon request. And Akasha Lin is already writing the book version as well.
The “practical” wish comes up too: Finding the catering clients in SoCal with a realistic budget to design their special event, be it picnic or holiday. After doing this, my passion, for over 25 years I am at the pinnacle of my career of event planning and production with all the resources to do so. And if I (have to) say so myself, I’m DAMN good at it!


For your consideration, Mahalo, I remain gratefully, Sheri Smith”


Cheers to Sheri’s entrepreneurial spirit and to yours for reading. I believe in these stories. I have a feeling that we’ll have more good news to share soon.
Best wishes to fellow #NaNoWriMos.


In serendipity,
Akasha Lin

Akasha Lin
Akasha Garnier for The Wishwall
Author, Brand Expert, Filmmaker
Read more from Future Entrepreneurs: http://thewishwall.org/future-entrepreneurs

  • Simo
    Posted at 17:47h, 10 November Reply

    I am so happy to have you here Akasha. I enjoy being with you on Theo path to inspire Future Entrepreneurs. I appreciate your insights and precision and also the beautiful energy you bring to this project. Much love and onward to great things

    • Akasha Garnier
      Posted at 22:10h, 05 December Reply

      Grazie mille, Simo! I appreciate your support, perspective and friendship! I am honored to help inspired entrepreneurs of all ages. It’s been a great journey. Cheers to serendipity and to our next chapters! Love & Aloha, Akasha Lin

  • Princess Christiana
    Posted at 16:47h, 11 November Reply

    wow, Great post, I really love every line of this article about your time living in a castle, You’re amazing

  • Delly Rebecca
    Posted at 21:54h, 11 November Reply

    I am very happy reading this piece, you’re a motivation Akasha. Thanks for sharing this.

  • HarryCater
    Posted at 21:57h, 11 November Reply

    This is motivating, I love the way you share your story here Akasha, It’s really inspiring. I have learn a lot from this. You’re the best

    • Akasha Garnier
      Posted at 22:12h, 05 December Reply

      Sweet. Very glad to hear this! Thanks again and Aloha!

  • Shrrn Kelly
    Posted at 04:19h, 12 November Reply

    Great Post, I love the story goes, It’s inspiring. I have known you to be one of the greatest entreprenuer ever,

    • Akasha Garnier
      Posted at 22:13h, 05 December Reply

      How wonderful! THank you very much for your reading and for your kind words. 🙂 Best to you and your projects. Aloha and please stay tuned!

  • Jeanette JOY Fisher
    Posted at 19:39h, 20 January Reply

    Thank you for retweeting this today so I could read about your serendipity. It’s amazing how a door opens to the side when the one your walking toward closes. I’d love more about the castle!

  • Akasha Garnier
    Posted at 08:06h, 26 January Reply

    Sharing gratitude and grace, as always Joy! Thanks kindly for your feedback. Yes, it’s so inspiring when doors open and align to point us in a new direction. I will wrote more about the castle.: screenplay and manuscript in the works. I’ll blog about it…there’s a castle near Galway that sparked interest as well. Best wishes to you & yours. Aloha

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