Story by Dick Hildebrand
Photography by Heike Delmore
Charlene Renaud has been blessed with a tremendous power of communication! As a motivational speaker she continually inspires her audience to ‘step into greatness’ through keynotes, workshops and life-coaching about self-awareness, healthy relationships, mental wellness, addiction and recovery, spiritual living and life purpose. She’s a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Global Speakers Federation and Certified Coaches Federation.
She’s also an accomplished singer, having performed the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game and literally hundreds of events where she’s raised thousands of dollars for charity. In 2007 she collected more than $12,000 for a mother who developed cancer during her pregnancy causing health issues for her and her unborn child. Charlene penned the Highway 401 Song, about the tragic accident on Highway 401 and Manning Road in September of 1999. The purpose of the song was to remember the victims of the crash and to encourage safe driving. Proceeds were donated to the Children’s Hospital in Toronto. She’s worked in law enforcement for the past 24 years and now has managed to publish her first solo book as an author. A couple of years earlier, she had been featured in book 12 of ‘The Change’ book series.
However, her journey to success and eventual happiness did not come without a price — the road being laced with hardship. “I knew I had a purpose,” she says, “but my subconscious junk kept pulling me into my old conditioned ways.”
Charlene, the youngest of six children, was born in Windsor and grew up on a farm in the Comber area. While there were many happy days, things were not always ideal. Her father was a heavy drinker and, as a result, muses Charlene, “there were always parties at our place.” And she adds it was nothing to have gatherings of a few hundred people. She does recall plenty of good times …like playing with the kittens or playing her clarinet and making the dog howl, or picking cucumbers in the fields. She talks about the day a cow was safely rescued after finding her way into the swimming pool and of a childhood dream of being on stage singing and speaking to the audience. In fact she shared a lot of her feelings with Rachelle, her cousin from the city. “Rachelle and I would play in the corn crib on the farm standing on a wagon pretending we were stars singing to a crowd of people. We each held a corncob pretending it was a microphone. Rachelle’s mom — my Aunt Carol, was my inspiration to become a singer. She was a talented country singer in a band.
Married three times, Charlene’s life experiences are chronicled in the book titled ‘The Piñata Theory™’. In the book, the self-described ‘people fixer’ uses the metaphor of the piñata to describe people while the stuffing inside is their life experiences and attitudes which can manifest themselves in various ways. She says it’s designed to help people by convincing them to examine their “stuffing”….changing what they download to change their life.
“I’m not a doctor,” she writes. “I do not have a university degree. I’m not a certified, Board Sanctioned Stuffologist, nor did I work in a toy factory stuffing colourful paper animals with white puffy material and bon-bons. I earned a Masters in Life Experience, especially when it came to bursting open (often painfully), my Piñata or subconscious mind. Like a fingerprint, your stuffing is unique and forms the reality of who you are and what you believe to be true.”
In easy to grasp plain English, Charlene details the types of stuffing that piñatas (or people) carry with them and the benefits or consequences that result when that stuffing is released. Fortunately, she also outlines steps to take when the pain becomes unbearable, using her own past as an example of overcoming diversity.
Every individual has two minds — the conscious and the subconscious. And she continues: “The minds collaborate, yet the pull or influence of the subconscious mind is thousands of times more powerful than the conscious mind. This is why I referred to them as dueling minds.” She says it’s advisable to know how the sub-conscious influences behavior so that the old stuffing can be over-ridden with the new. According to the book, “I believe the biggest obstacle that we have in our life is the result of being trapped in our own mind.”
The book contains a font of common sense information that many of us likely haven’t bothered to think about it. However, when solutions virtually jump off the page, it’s tough not to sit back and wonder why we never considered it.
For instance, throughout her life, even during the darkest of times, Charlene has always had a deep faith in God. This is evident in her writing — “God sends earthly beings to help those who truly want to change their life…when we surrender our self-centered ways and ask for help, change is possible. It’s when we are closed, narrow-minded or in a state of denial, that pain continues to be part of our life.” Calling God the Grand Piñata, Charlene writes that all the good stuffing comes from Him and trusting Him will bring inner peace and joy.
Simply stated, ‘The Piñata Theory™’ is a great book, one that we should all add to our libraries. It’s an absorbing piece of literature on the human condition written with an occasional humorous slant (the Piñata reference for instance)….a great way to keep the reader tuned in. So, as the author reminds us, the bottom line to improve one’s lot in life is to love the most important Pinata…..YOURSELF!
Virtually days after its release, ‘The Piñata Theory™’ is already making waves having made it to the Top 100 Amazon.ca rankings automatically classifying it as an Amazon bestseller in Canada in its category of Self Help Personal Transformation. It’s available on Amazon all over the world and may eventually reach store shelves as well.
More information about Charlene Renaud’s life is available on her website: www.charlenerenaud.com or you can contact her at
. The last line of the book says it all: “Start a fire in your spiritual engine, the world is waiting for you to Step Into Greatness.”