— Ever since she was a little girl growing up in Hoopeston, Evelina Solis has understood the power of words.
“You can help or hurt people,” said Solis, 30, now a certified life coach, inspirational speaker and TV/radio personality in Texas. “If you use inspirational words, you can change people’s lives.”
But, with negative words, she said, “They cut and they hurt and they open up wounds.”
Solis chooses to use her words to enhance people’s lives, and those messages are being heard across the country.
Plus, her own remarkable story of surviving serious health problems is getting attention. Her story is one of 33 featured in the book, “Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women” by Laura Contreras-Rowe. And this month, Ujima Magazine in Austin, Texas, came out with an article about her.
Now a resident of New Braunfels, Texas, Solis is busy as founder and president of Sol2Soul, an academic/life coaching and inspirational speaking resource. She travels around the country giving talks, and also has blog radio spots and a TV show in Austin, Texas.
“My personal mission is to inspire and motivate others to live happier and more fulfilled lives, to be the best they can,” she said in a telephone interview.
At the heart of her messages is that serious health problems almost killed her not too long ago, but she had faith in God, and survived.
“It makes you appreciate the gift of life,” she said. “Miracles are happening all the time — we’re so busy with our own schedules that we don’t see them.”
Just last year, she was diagnosed with lupus; before that, she suffered three seizures and flat-lined.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to go on the road again,” she said. “Miraculously, I started healing and I’ve been in remission since the beginning of 2010.”