Gillian Stevens confesses that she has been a caregiver her entire life, albeit not without a cost to her own life and health. 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 and 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!
David Burch is the host of “The Topic is Yours” podcast. David (along with producer Clint) uses humor and wit to interview guests of all backgrounds, vocations, and interests for the purpose of entertaining the audience and developing a greater understanding and appreciation for each guest and the topic they choose to discuss.
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As founder and president of Embrace the Mirror, a personal development company providing world-class guidance for women transitioning out of corporate America to build their dream business, Naomi Sodomin is a dynamic teacher and coach. She is passionate and committed to being instrumental in transforming the lives of her clients, and has successfully helped hundreds of women clarify their vision and take action on what’s important to them.
Naomi Sodomin is the author of her upcoming book Embrace the Mirror: A Vision Of Abundance And A Stronger You. Following the book’s worldwide launch, she has continued to work with a roster of influential leaders to empower women across the globe. When not working directly with her company, Naomi can be found on stage in various venues delivering her message of self-love, freedom, joy, and abundance.
Naomi is a native of Haiti, and entered the United States at the tender age of nine, with her family and three siblings; a quest for a better life drove them from their seaside village to seek more opportunity and freedom. Despite the early days of financial struggle and challenges of inner city life, Naomi graduated college and became a Registered Nurse. Her passion for freedom, joy, and abundance opened the door for a career opportunity as an in-demand Travel Nurse, thereby doubling her income and enabling her to work throughout the country.
During her nursing career, Naomi developed a love of mentoring the new nurses, and was quickly recognized for her talent for coaching and inspiration. As a Certified Preceptor in the Critical Care setting, Naomi mentored hundreds of newly-pinned and student nurses. She helped them build their confidence, and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the demanding and stressful nursing profession, where life and death hang on every decision.
Naomi has transferred her love for mentoring and coaching, and created a vibrant and thriving business that now gives her the flexibility to do the work she loves, travel the world, and spend precious time with her husband and young son.
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