“Messages to the Heart” book reception

Local Asheville couple Elise Okrend and her husband Phil
have found the key to helping others find their personal truths.  Elise, a
pastel painter and Phil, a writer and professional coach have come together to
produce their latest creative offering, an inspiring new coffee table
book, Messages to the Heart, Reflections of Beauty and Truth.
The Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville
will be hosting an event for the couple’s new book on Wednesday, February 12th
from 5:00 to 7:00pm. The event will include a Valentine’s Day themed reception and art display.
The gorgeous hard cover book features 37 of Elise’s healing
pastel paintings each paired with Phil’s mindful passages derived from years of
coaching clients to success. The book captures the spirit of Asheville and its
surrounding natural beauty with scenes
of light, clouds, mountains and lakes depicting nearby areas such as the Blue
Ridge Mountains, Lake Fontana and the Great Smokies.
“Not just a
beautiful art book, Messages to the Heart
is also a tool that readers can use again and again to pull themselves
through life’s challenges,” said Phil Okrend.
The book is divided into specific chapters to
inspire the reader to connect with their own fulfilling life vision. Chapters
include Reflections on Following Your Heart, Unity, Love, Optimism,
Transformation, Awareness and Empowerment. 
“Messages to the Heart is filled with
short love letters that speak directly to my soul. This book is so inspirational and makes a beautiful
gift for anyone. Buy a few today and I promise, you will be giving them out for
years to come,” said Diane Moore, Founder Striving for More, Inc. Childhood
Cancer Support.
This is not the couples’ first creative business collaboration. The
Okrends founded a successful greeting card company, MixedBlessing in 1990 based
on messages of peace, tolerance and diversity. The story behind their company
was featured in national media such as “The Wall Street Journal”, “USA Today”
and “Good Morning America”. 
Elise is now focusing on her fine art business and has a gallery space
at the Kress Emporium in downtown Asheville. Phil helps hundreds of clients as
a certified life and business coach, incorporating writing, public speaking and
original reflective music into his practice. 

The Okrends will be available to sign their book from 5:00pm till
7:00pm on Wednesday, February 12th at the Hotel Indigo main lobby. 

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