It's pronounced as if you're saying 'e -leeta.' When I was young, it was always a source of contention with me. I was forever needing to explain it's pronunciation. For a shy child, that spelled T-O-R-T-U-R-E.
'Chosen' to share
In maturing, I found my name is derived from The name Elita and is a Latin baby name. In Latin the meaning of the name Elita is: Chosen one. I love that! It's also short form for Carmelita. Oooooh, Carmelita sounds so exotic, doesn't it?
Increasing the joy levels
But I do feel I'm 'chosen' in that I have the blessed opportunity of sharing with others the joy that creativity has to offer. I wholeheartedly believe that interacting with creativity improves the quality of our emotional lives by reducing stress and increasing positive emotions.
Pale- faced to exuberant
I BELIEVE it because I've SEEN it. Over and over again! For years, I've led Art Parties, Paint and Sip parties, Team Building with Art Sessions, Art Birthday Parties, and Craft Parties. I've watched the transformation of countenances. They have arrived to events somewhat pale-faced and have left joyful, exuberant and much more fully alive. It's all because of the magical affect that creativity has on the human psyche.
So I've made a self proclamation. My mission is to facilitate as many of those creative interactions as possible because I am convinced that with more art, there is more joy.