The Author


Sonyo Estavillo

First and foremost I am NOT a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or a doctor. I have always had a passion however, for the field of psychology and at one point seriously considered getting a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in trauma work. I had it planned that I would get my BA and then my MA in psychology, then move forward into a PhD program. I decided against this route, but I have quite a bit of experience in the field of psychology. I put myself through film school working with child abused kids ranging from 5 to 18 y/o.

Not many people know this, especially friends or those that are film and entertainment professionals. In the 7 years of working with hurt, I learned some valuable lessons. Childhood pain often follows adults throughout their lives, consequently creating more than the average challenges in everyday experiences. I noticed this while working with women who were recovering from drugs and alcohol as well. What I found is that most of those women were survivors of child abuse, turning to drugs or alcohol to escape. I have also worked with behaviorally challenged teens and adults that professed to have grown up in a great home. Yet, these individuals still suffered from depression and emotional instability.

While I do not bring a PhD to the table, I do have GLE (Genuine Life Experience). I am a former news reporter, journalist, and writer. Captivating human stories told in all forms: news, docu-series, and yes even the world of reality TV shows all intrigue and inspire me. I am a filmmaker, documentarian, producer, and overall creative soul who believes in the power of the mind to manifest abundance in our lives. I am here to champion anyone from the successful and confident folks, to those that are clinically depressed. I have gone through it all and rather than sharing about the “dark days” I figure it ought to be a little more inspiring to write about what has worked for me so far.


13 thoughts on “The Author

    Steve LeMmon said:
    April 16, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Dear Sonyo,
    Thank you for reading my blog and liking it. That’s very nice of you and I appreciate it greatly. As you saw, I’m just starting out with this whole blogging thing. I know that I have so much to learn. Your site is absolutely fabulous. It’s going to take me quite some time until I have a blog site as professional and terrific looking as yours. So I’ll just keep working at it. In the meantime, if you happen to visit my site more in the future, I welcome any feedback that you might offer. Because of my health, I know there will be times (I hope not too many), when I am not able to write something. Still, I plan on writing at least three times a week. I do plan to follow great sites such as yours for inspiration and to see how others design and layout their sites. I just don’t have the greatest eye for what looks good together in terms of colors, fonts, layout, etc.
    Once again, thank you so much.

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      lilpickmeup responded:
      April 17, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      Steve, thanks for the great compliment. I am no expert, but I can definitely provide feedback. At one point I almost got certified for Web Design, but didn’t have the time to complete it. I am not a “do it from scratch” sort of gal. Although, I have created a site called That’s about as “do it from scratch” as I get. But, I am pretty decent at enhancing templates.

      I sincerely appreciate that you’ve discovered my blog and find it beneficial. I try my best to be positive, although it’s not always easy. I am prone to major depression and do what I can to remember coping skills, tools that hopefully can help others as well as remind myself. I am truly sorry to hear about your health condition, I read a little bit of it on your blog and it’s great that you are able to write as much as you can. I used to write almost daily on this blog, it’s getting tougher to do that. I don’t write 3 times a week on this site, though I should and want to.

      Again, I’ll do my best to provide feedback regarding the esthetics of your blog. Keep your head up and keep writing, I will certainly read your posts now that I am following you. Thanks again for reading and for sharing. πŸ™‚


    Ngobesing Romanus said:
    September 24, 2015 at 3:31 AM

    You are a star by my standards. I like your words. You get right to the heart. You also have a high sense of beauty and love to put people on the right path for successful happy lives. Yours is great mission. May God ever bless you!

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    thereluctantpoetweb said:
    March 2, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Loved your About Statement! So impressed with your work with abused kids. Kudos to you! Also loved the “wifey label” very cute. A romantic? Saw your interest in Psychology and thought you might find the following book of interest – “The Psychology Of Romantic Love”?? Would be interested on your take on it?

    Looking forward to following you. Come see my “How Do You Know If You Have Found Your Soulmate”? and “I Am Blessed”.

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      Sonyo Estavillo responded:
      March 2, 2017 at 9:56 PM

      Thank you so much for reading my “About Statement” that I wrote a while back. I have been meaning to revise it. I did work with child abused kids for 7 years or so and I have a love for psychology indeed. I would love to check out your book and read it and maybe give it a review! Definitely send me a link. Here’s my e-mail I don’t mind other’s knowing it, they can send me their work too! πŸ™‚

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    myhearinglossstory said:
    March 21, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Hello Sonyo. I am new to following you and just thought I’d say hi πŸ™‚ I found your blog through Sharon – we were both nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by her. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Take care. Carly

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      Sonyo Estavillo responded:
      March 21, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      Hello Carly, congrats on your nomination. I had no idea I was nominated until you mentioned it!!! LOL Thanks for letting me know! I look forward to reading your blog as well!!! I will be posting up something regarding the blog nomination by tomorrow. Have a great day and thanks for commenting and will do the same on yours when I have a moment. πŸ™‚


        myhearinglossstory said:
        March 21, 2017 at 11:23 AM

        Congratulations to you too Sonyo!! Glad I was able to let you know about it πŸ™‚ Enjoy your day. Carly

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