Gillian Stevens confesses that she has been a caregiver her entire life, albeit not without great cost to her own life and health. Now, she is extremely grateful for those challenging life experiences and the resulting personal growth that led her to where she is now. She is passionate about sharing what she learned and, more specifically, how she went from surviving to flourishing by focusing on herself and improving her life. She speaks on this topic around the country.
Gillian recently retired from her job as a secondary school guidance counselor, where she empowered at-risk youth to overcome barriers to success. She has now pursued her dream of becoming an author. She is also a volunteer at Hospice Wellington, where she works with the bereaved, and in her coaching business, she provides support for individuals facing transition burdened by loss.
Gillian credits her most significant personal growth to her relationships with her three children. She raised them to adulthood while employed as a teacher, and that only contributed to her passion for helping others. Her lived experiences during that time included managing codependency related to addiction, single parenthood, and financial stress while embroiled in the legal system.
Within her writing and speaking platforms, Gillian thoughtfully and compassionately melds her stories with the wisdom of many writers whose words provide inspiration and support. Her message of encouragement is that we possess an inner power, courage and strength, and we can rely on these during times of struggle. We are not, however, meant to do it alone. Together, we can do more than survive or even thrive. We can flourish in our lives!
What if you devoted as much time and energy as you expend on others to follow your own heart's desires? What if you had the courage to be vulnerable enough to ask for that same help and support for yourself and then even allow that help?
This book is a must-read for anyone who believes they are here to live on purpose, that there is more to life than what they are presently experiencing and they just don't know what that looks like or if they can imagine it, how to make it happen. They might feel stuck, overwhelmed and exhausted with many life responsibilities and feel life is passing them by as others achieve their dreams. Explore, Transform, Flourish provides a process, uses real life stories and ideas from many sources that inspire and prompt you to take the first step - putting yourself first!
This practical guide motivates and supports you through the process with strategies, tools and resources to achieving not only work-life balance but also invites you to create your best life yet. By transforming your life, you encourage and empower those you work with, to make choices to improve their lives and together we can change the world.What if it really is all about you?
By putting yourself first and devoting as much time and energy in the pursuit of living the life you deserve, you will discover that you have more time and energy to give to those you work with. Not only can we transform our lives, but we can also change the world together.