12-Year-Old Speaker Arianna Fox Dazzles Lake Forest High

Mike and Trisha Fox of Splash Designworks interview their daughter/Jr. Marketing Director/Social Samurai/12-year-old inspirational speaker and author, Arianna Fox, about her latest speaking event at Lake Forest High School.

Ari in front of the crowd at LFHS

Splash: So Arianna, you just had a speaking event on March 27th. Tell us about that.

Arianna: I’m so excited that I got to speak at Lake Forest High School in Felton, Delaware. It was an epic speaking event and definitely a success!

The awesome audience at LFHS

Splash: That’s awesome! So, about how many students were at the event?

Arianna: I got to speak to around 600 students! That was the biggest audience I’ve spoken to so far.

Epic audience at LFHS

Splash: Wow! What was it like to speak in front of that many people?

Arianna: Well, I naturally have no fear of public speaking, so it was awesome and thrilling to be up there. I will say I got a bit nervous during the introduction, but when it was my time to speak, all my nervousness just faded away! It was amazing, though, to talk to so many people and touch lives.

Totally responsive audience at LFHS

Splash: When you speak at an event like this, you bring such energy, excitement and enthusiasm with you, and you definitely share that with your audience. Did you feel that this audience was sharing in that enthusiasm and excitement? That they were right there with you and were really getting it? Any positive feedback, etc.?

Arianna: Great question! Yes, this audience was definitely one of the most enthusiastic audiences I’ve spoken to. Although they were a bit boisterous, they really seemed to catch the ideas, principles and the messages that I was speaking about. This audience gave the most amount of feedback, both during my speech and afterward. I really feel most of them shared my enthusiasm.

Having an epic time speaking at LFHS

Splash: So, what is your favorite part about being an inspirational speaker?

Arianna: While just being up on the stage and speaking to everyone would be one of my favorite parts, I’m going to have to say my favorite part of inspirational speaking is being able to touch lives and plant a seed of inspiration in their hearts. It’s as I like to say, “Shine. Shine a light. Light a spark. Spark a fire.

Telling emotional stories at LFHS

Splash: Whenever you have a speaking event, we know that you put in tons of effort and hard work in preparing for the event. What’s involved in that process and what is the hardest part of that process?

Arianna: Well, when I first get started in the process, I research out where I’m speaking. For example, if it’s at a high school, I’ll research out the high school and see what they’re about. Then I’d research the age range I’m speaking to, and what might be going on in their lives. After a lot more research for illustrative stories, activities, subjects, etc., I would then start to create the notes/script/outline for the speech. But the hardest part, I’d say, is the memorizing and practicing process. That takes the most amount of work, time and energy – but all the hard work adds up to make a successful speech.

Having fun with the students at LFHS

Splash: Well, your hard work definitely paid off and this was an amazing event! How does it feel when you finish speaking at an event, when you know you rocked it, and that all that hard work and effort resulted in a successful event? And even more, how does it feel knowing you’ve encouraged and inspired young people to hang on to their dreams and never give up, no matter what obstacles they may face in their lives?

Arianna: It feels amazing. I always feel like I accomplished this amazing, awesome feat when I finish a speaking event and rock it. And it’s even more incredible knowing I changed lives – even changing just one life makes all the hard work worth it for me.

You Rock Dream Big and You Got This

Splash: What is your mantra and one main idea you like to leave with all of your audiences?

Arianna: My mantra that I say at the end of every speaking event is, “You Rock, Dream Big and You Got This!” And for my one main idea, it’s that you can achieve your dreams no matter what comes in your path. I like to tell people that “You Only Fail if You Give Up” – mistakes are just a part of the journey. Just dust off, fix those mistakes, and get right back to your dream and your passion. I know that nothing can stop you if you have the passion! So – You Rock, Dream Big and You Got This!

Splash: That’s awesome! So how can businesses, schools, organizations, churches, etc. book you to speak at their events?

Arianna: You can book me to speak by visiting or You can also email us at and, or call us at (302) 399-7851. I’m also on all social media channels: Facebook as Arianna Fox and Big Ideas Kid Coaching/@bigideaskc, Twitter as Arianna Fox/@bigideaskc, and Instagram as Arianna Fox/@afoxauthor. For my writing/author side, I’m also on Facebook and Twitter as Arianna Fox/@afoxauthor. Be sure to follow me on all social media channels and check the website frequently for the latest news, upcoming events and new books!

Splash: In addition to being an inspirational speaker, you are also a two-time published author. Tell us briefly what your books are about and how people can purchase them.

Arianna: Absolutely! My first book is called “The Princess Chronicles,” and it’s a children’s book about these princesses who are friends, and they’re learning kindness, friendship, honesty, trust and teamwork. My second book is a sci-fi novel for teens, tweens, young adults and adults, and it’s called “False Awakening.” It’s about a man who’s in a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream. He joins a Rebellion and fights against an evil tyrant. You can purchase my books (signed by the author) by going to, or you can get them without the signature on and Also, “False Awakening” is available on paperback and as a Kindle book.

Barnes and Noble Book Signing

Splash: You’ll also be doing a book signing in May. Tell us about that.

Arianna: Yes! I will be having a book signing on May 4, 2019, at Barnes & Noble in the Christiana Mall (Newark, DE). It will be from 11am-3pm, and it will be mainly for my book “False Awakening.” I am so excited! Please bring your friends and family for this awesome book signing!

Here is what the students at Lake Forest High School are saying about Arianna’s inspiring speech:

Arianna Fox is a 12-year-old girlpreneur, author and inspirational speaker. She has been on WBOC DelmarvaLife TV, has spoken at the Microsoft-sponsored DigiGirlz event, and is a national award winner.

She may come in a small package, but her ideas are as revolutionary as they are wide-reaching. For several years now, Arianna has devoted her life and much of her time to reaching out to others to spread messages of hope, inspiration, and self-confidence. Making a positive impact upon others and helping them rock their lives to maximum potential is part of this upcoming girlpreneur’s goal for her interactions with kids, her fellow tweens, teens, adults, and all.

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What is Peer Pressure?

Yes. Peer pressure. You’ve probably heard those words before. Or, even if you haven’t, you’ve most likely experienced this at least more than once in your life.

Let’s face it: Peer pressure is same thing as influence – especially by other kids that are around the same age as you. It can be positive influence (positive peer pressure) or negative influence (negative peer pressure).

So, what’s the difference?

The difference between positive peer pressure and negative peer pressure is – well, one is good and the other is bad. Sometimes, though, it can also be neutral – neither good nor bad.

  1. Positive Influence.

So, what is positive influence? Well, positive influence (or positive peer pressure) is actually a really good thing. It’s when a friend – or even a complete stranger! – influences you to do something good or nice. Positive influence/positive peer pressure is encouraged and is always good to do.

Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others.” – Shep Hyken, Customer Service Expert, Author & Speaker

  1. Neutral Influence.

So, now what is neutral influence? Well, like I said earlier, neutral influence/neutral peer pressure is neither good nor bad. There isn’t really much to say about neutral peer pressure. Most of the time, neutral influence is influencing someone to actually do something like ask someone for something or even influencing someone to get something or do some kind of action. Think of a game of Truth or Dare, for example. If you say you want to do “Dare”, then the other person dares you to do something silly or crazy. It may be good; it may be bad. It may be just downright funny and crazy and neither good nor bad. The latter is neutral influence. However, be warned: Neutral influence can easily be turned into positive influence or negative influence.

Having influence is not about elevating self, but about lifting others.” – Sheri Dew, Author, Publisher, President & Chief Executive Officer of Deseret Book Company

  1. Negative Influence.

Uh-oh. Now this is the real deal here. Negative influence is the main reason for this article because many are under pressure of this negative experience.

You’ve probably been negatively influenced before. We probably all have. But, you see, negative influence is, believe it or not, something you can actually avoid.

But how? You might ask. Well, that’s a good question. Let me just tell you this: You can avoid negative influence by making sure not to hang around negative people. Booker T. Washington, an American educator, author, orator and advisor to presidents of the United States, once said, “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Just make sure not to hang around bad people (and to most certainly hang around good people!) and you’ll soon see that peer pressure will be not as compelling, as they’re not your friends anymore.

Strong people don’t put others down… They lift them up.” – Michael P. Watson, British Former Professional Boxer

So, there you have it. Positive, neutral and negative influence, and how to avoid negative influence – and, of course, how to positively influence others!

Just remember that you can be an inspiration to a whole generation of people.

And as I close when speaking at events, just remember, “You rock! Dream Big. You Got This!”

-Arianna Fox
Author | Motivational Speaker | Girlpreneur

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Behind the Scenes – Arianna Fox Photoshoot










Hey, everyone! Today we will be doing a special article about a photoshoot we had on February 20, with John Mollura with John Mollura Photography. He did an epic job and we definitely recommend him for any type of photography. He is very creative and casual, and he did an amazing job with Arianna’s photoshoot.

But for today, we’re going to do a behind the scenes article on how we did the photoshoot!


“It was really awesome,” says author, inspirational speaker and kidpreneur Arianna Fox, “We had tons of fun doing it. He was very friendly and great to work with. Plus, I loved striking all the poses and my parents helping me out. It was awesome.”


“John was very professional – friendly, but not cheesy,” says co-owner and Savvy Socialite of Splash Designworks, Trisha Fox, “He didn’t just take photos. He made it an experience.”


“I had so much fun doing this photoshoot,” says owner and Design Dude of Splash Designworks, Mike Fox, “It was so cool to see creative, out of the box and fresh ideas coming together for the session. John was awesome and our daughter, as usual, was epic.”


It was a great experience and we had so much fun doing it all. We definitely recommend him for any photography needs.


We even went outside for a few shots, and it was just very exciting.


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this article!

You Rock, Dream Big and You Got This!

– Written by Arianna Fox, 11-Year-Old Kidpreneur, Author & Inspirational Speaker

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You are Unique

Unique. To be completely honest, the word “unique” is a unique word. But, what does it mean? Well, being unique means that you are different from everybody else. It means that you can make a difference in your life.

An old joke says, “You are unique. Just like everyone else.” That’s obviously a joke because the part in it that says, “just like everyone else” makes it so you’re not unique.

But you are special. Everyone else has their ways of doing things – the same old, same old.

An old quote from Albert Einstein says, “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.

Let’s take a look at that picture at the top. There are eight fish in that bowl, just swimming around, doing what they have always done. But one fish is ready to take that leap of faith to go into their very own bowl of surprises and excitement. And guess what: You are that fish! Or, you have the potential to be that fish.

But you have to take that leap of faith. The fish in the picture could have jumped too close, and could have fallen in between the bowls. It also could have jumped too far, and it could have completely missed the bowl.

Do you see how that has to do with things in real life? If you jump too close, that means you’re not determined enough or you’re afraid. But if you jump too far – and yes, there is such a thing as jumping too far – and you’re too excited and you’re not expecting obstacles and things to arise in your path, you may be very surprised. So be aware of obstacles, but be determined so you can say, “I know obstacles will come my way sometimes, but I will always get past them.

To quote Dr. Seuss from his book Oh, The Places You’ll Go, “Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored; there are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball, will make you the winning-est winner of all! Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV! Except when they don’t, because sometimes they won’t. I’m afraid that sometimes, you’ll play lonely games, too; games you can’t win, because you’ll play against you. But on you will go, though the weather be foul. On you will go, though your enemies prowl. On you will go, though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore, and your sneakers may leak.

I love that excerpt of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go because it shows that you will win and you will lose; you just have to be determined enough to keep on going.

So always remember that you are unique – and no matter what other people say, you can achieve your goal. You got this!

– Written by Arianna Fox, 11-Year-Old Kidpreneur, Author & Inspirational Speaker

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How to Inspire Others

Have you always wanted to inspire others? Not just to be inspired, but to also inspire others, or help them through a rough time? Maybe you have a friend at school that needs inspiring, or maybe you want to somehow inspire others. If you do want to inspire and encourage, this is the article for you!

This depends on whether you’re a kid or an adult. But say you want to inspire someone but you can’t find anyone to inspire. Did you know that you can actually inspire or motivate someone by just being you – being helpful and kind? That will actually inspire them to be just like you!

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.” (Source: Lifestyle • Charity Magazine)

If you can wake up every morning loving what you do, help and inspire others around you to be better than they were yesterday, then you know you’re doing something right, in business and in life.” – Ashley Bodi, Co-Founder of Business Beware

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States

Success is not just what you accomplish in your life, it is about what you inspire others to do.” (Source: The Sykes Group)

When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” – James Keller

If you want to inspire others, all you need to do is be yourself and let others see the positivity gleaming from that.


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Achieving Your Goals

Do you have a dream that you want to see come true? Or, do you have a goal that you want to achieve? Whether it’s to be a doctor or a firefighter when you grow up, or to go skydiving or to cross off your bucket list? Every human being has a goal.

There are some people who feel like they can’t achieve their goal or make their dreams come true. You might be one of those people. There are also some people who are very confident and know for a fact they will achieve their goals. You also might be one of these people. For the ones who are not confident they will achieve their goal:

You can achieve your goal. No matter what other people tell you, you can and will achieve your goal. If other people tell you that you can’t do something, don’t listen to that. If you think at all that what they’re saying about you not achieving your dreams makes sense, then they’re wrong. You can make your dreams come true, no matter what anyone else tells you!

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

The reason you’re still hoping you’ll achieve your goal is because you haven’t decided to achieve it yet.” – Jill Koenig, a millionaire and entrepreneur that started from a life of poverty

For the ones who are confident in achieving their goal:

Keep up the great work. Keep living your dream and achieving your goal, and you can do it just like anyone else can if you put your mind to it!

Remember that you can always achieve your goals, if you put your mind to it. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

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The Trek of Success

Have you ever heard the phrase, “climb the ladder of success”? You probably might’ve heard that before in talk of entrepreneurial success in business and maybe even personal success. But there’s a reason it’s a ladder and not an escalator. Escalators just escalate you; all you have to do on those is just stand on them and you automatically go up. A ladder is something you have to climb. You may very well slip down a few steps, but you will always continue to succeed, provided you do the right steps.


This was a quote by Zig Ziglar, a very famous author, salesman, and a motivational speaker:

Success is like a ladder, and no one has ever climbed a ladder with both hands in their pockets.” – Zig Ziglar

I made two quotes that I hope will encourage you (other than the picture)

If you believe, you can achieve.” You can’t achieve if you can’t believe that you can do it.

Sometimes the right path isn’t always the easiest path. So many people resort to the easiest path, because they’re too lazy to try something new. But the right path isn’t always the easiest one, and if you want to take the right path, put more comfortable shoes on because you’re going for a ride.” This one was a little longer, just because I didn’t want it to be a cute, little phrase to just repeat as a mantra. This one is something you can try to remember as a serious quote to you.

Remember that you can succeed, but you can’t succeed with both hands in your pockets. You must help other people who may start out as people who don’t know how to succeed and needs help, and just that in itself will help you succeed.

I like to think of success as a trek through the forest, or more like hiking up a mountain. Sometimes you may backslide, but with your own efforts and the help of others you will get back on track. My parents always help me get back on track, with success and everything else. It’s a great thing to have friends in business who like to help you out when you slip one step down the ladder.


This is also a quote from the Big Ideas Kid Coaching Team, saying:

The Sun’s out so rise and shine, because it’s your time to shine. So… what are you waiting for?” That’s the question, isn’t it? What are you waiting for?

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Let’s Make a Difference

Why did Thomas Edison invent the light bulb? Why did Alexander Graham Bell invent the telephone? Why did Michael Jordan become a basketball player? Because they all wanted to make a difference in the world, and they wanted to show everyone who might’ve booed them or thought they wouldn’t make it that these famous people can make it, and they can do what they know they can do. They didn’t let other people’s thoughts get in the way to stop them from reaching their goals and achieving their dreams.

Someone noted on Albert Einstein that he could be mentally ill. Sylvester Stallone was frequently told he had no brains, was in and out of different schools, and an advisor at Drexel University told him that, based on analysis, he should get a job as an elevator repairperson. Walt Disney was told he had a lack of imagination and had no creative ideas. Even though all these famous people were told they couldn’t do what they dreamed of doing, told they couldn’t make a difference in the world, they made a difference nevertheless.


Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader; they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.” Just remember that when you go to work, school, or play (it depends on who’s reading this article right now). Let’s make a difference together! Remember that you can make a difference. So, what’s stopping you?

– Written by Arianna Fox

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Overcoming Fear

Do you know what it feels like to be scared? Do you know what it feels like to have fears swarming around in your head? I can almost guarantee you everybody has had that feeling at least once in their life.

How do you overcome fear? You might ask. Or even, you might ask: “What is overcoming fear?” Both of those two questions are two good questions. The answer to Question #1: Understand that fears are only worries swarming around in your head that make you hesitate to live your dream and, possibly, do what no one else has done before.

The answer to Question #2: When you overcome fear, it means you overcame an obstacle that was blocking your path. It means you have disregarded that fear, understood that you can do it, and pressed on toward the finish line. Never give up. You only fail when you give up.

I read this real story once, and it was about one of the runners Jamaica sent in one of the Olympic games. He was hurting and tired, and the winners had already been recognized and the race was over a long time ago. He limped across the stadium, trying to get to the finish line. One of the observers watching him asked him something to the effect of this: “Why didn’t you give up?” And the Jamaican answered to the effect of: “Jamaica didn’t send me to give up; they sent me to finish the race.

One of the important things is to never give up – ever. Fear helps you give up, because it gives you thoughts that are blocking your path. There’s a great acronym for fear. F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real.

“Fear is not real,” says actor Will Smith in his movie After Earth, “The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may never exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me: Danger is very real, but fear is a choice.” In summary, Will Smith’s character in the movie is saying that the danger that causes fear is real, but not the fear itself. It’s an illusion.

Just remember to think those impacting words in your mind: “Fear is a choice.

– Written by Arianna Fox

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Executive Kids

I’m sure the name of this article probably got your attention. Executive kids are the next generation of business and business owners, and not many people recognize that. It is vital for kids and children to know executive and business skills, to learn how to be an entrepreneur when they grow up, or even become one as a child! The next generation of business – kids – would be kind of like this picture, if it were to happen: A kid in an executive business suit, with paperwork, walking out of a big business building, with a phone in hand, talking to some business partner or client. Here at Big Ideas Kid Coaching, we inspire kids to succeed, and help make that next generation of business owners come sooner, by equipping – teaching – kids on how to succeed, personally, and in business.

“Executive kids?” Says Trisha Fox with award-winning creative ad agency Splash! Designworks, “That’s kind of a big idea.” Also I no doubt caught the reference to Big Ideas Kid Coaching.

Another thing I noticed is that kids are not getting much business education in schools. They’re getting a daily dose (except for the weekend) of every other kind of education, but business is not regularly taught in schools – of Delaware, at least.

If you want your kid – or you want to; it depends on who’s reading this article right now – to succeed, you’ve came to the right place, to offer business education.

Written by Arianna Fox

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