HELLO and WELCOME to my world, I am proud to have been one of the inaugural members of the Wellness Universe and feel both honoured and grateful to be part of this supportive community of world changers. I am an advocate for Mental Health, writing and speaking from lived experience to help break stigma surrounding mental illness. I live in Perth, Western Australia, where I am currently studying the Diploma of Mental Health.
I regard wellness of our entire being as a complete package with our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness deserving equal respect, understanding and support.
I acknowledge the polarities in our world...can't change the big stuff alone but I can help someone's day feel better, with a smile or by stopping to listen and simply being there for a while. With individual support and working together in unity, we DO make a difference in creating positive change in the world.
My PURPOSE ~ WHY I Am A Passionate Mental Health Advocate: http://blog.thewellnessuniverse.com/why-i-am-a-passionate-mental-health-advocate/
Talking About The ELEPHANT in the ROOM - Our Mental Health and making a dent in STIGMA of mental illness.
My AIM ~ is to educate and dispel mis-perceptions surrounding mental illness, by encouraging safe, open and honest conversations about how we are feeling.
WHO I AM today, is testament to our ability to transmute conditioned beliefs, destructive thoughts and habits. My episodes of mental illness, were the catalyst for alchemy of my mind, resulting in massive changes in myself and my life.
My Resources and Personal Development programs are built on practical insights and strategies I gained from my experiences and recovery with Brief Reactive Psychosis and Anxiety. Tools I used in coping with severe anxiety and panic attacks, still serve me well today at times of uncertainty and change.
I was born in England UK and my adopted home of over 30 years is Western Australia. These days my family are spread across the globe and I spend a great deal of time visiting Canada, Britain and Europe.
I am no stranger to change and when 2013 brought about sudden shifts, new beginnings and altered locations, I took the opportunity to focus on writing several books that have been a long time on the back burner and building my online business HEART of LINDA.
My Dad was passionate about travel and my brother and I enjoyed many adventures to Europe. As a result, I became forever a gypsy and from my early twenties worked in various locations in Europe. In 1980, I packed up a few personal belongings and emigrated to Australia. This was a 6 month overland trip, backpacking and travelling and living with locals wherever possible. I initially lived in small country towns in Western Australia, before moving to Fremantle (Perth) in 1990.
Professionally, I've worn many hats... Medical Secretary, Early Childhood Educator, Group Facilitator and Personal Development Tutor, P.A. and Tour Manager in the Australian Music Industry and International Children's Entertainer.
IT WARMS MY HEART to see people (of all ages) strive to be their best possible self and I am humbled if my friendship, services or resources help you on your journey.
WHAT INSPIRES ME:
CHILDREN ~ I love their belly laughs, wonder at the world, their innocence & honesty. Being with and talking to children brings me incredible joy and inspiration.
LIVING LIFE ~ Watching and listening to the world in passing ignites my creativity.
MUSIC & The ARTS ~ fill my heart and inspire my soul. Mum always played music at home, all genres from Elvis to the Classics... Growing up I was lucky to experience and enjoy live ballet, opera performances and live music festivals. We didn't go to the cinema very often, but I remember Dad taking me to see Mary Poppins and Fantasia...
WHAT THRILLS ME: It touches my heart to watch someone bravely step out of their comfort zone, into their purpose and live passionately to walk their talk.
JOY and LAUGHTER: In Australia 2003, while writing an educational music program to boost self esteem in young children, I met Australian singer-songwriter/entertainer, Greg Hastings. Greg had written children’s songs for Aboriginal community schools of North W.A. I saw the magic in Greg's show 'The Wandering In The Bush Show' and for 10 years performed with him and co-ordinated our tours around Australia and overseas. We shared the joy worldwide with children of all ages and nationalities at schools and festivals. Laughter is indeed wonderful medicine.
I have always enjoyed being creative, making things, sewing, drawing, writing and over the years, have written many poems and inspirational pieces. I often pondered the idea of compiling books from Greg Hastings' children's songs and I self-published and launched an early childhood photo-story book in 2013 : 'Walking In The Bush - Australia'
Current Book PROJECTS:
1. 'INSIDE, LOOKING OUT~ Mental Health, SpiritYOUality & Everything In Between'
I share my story to help not only people struggling with mental issues but also to bring better understanding to families, friends and the wider community. My journey encompasses sensitive awakening and spiritual awareness, together with universal guidance, entwined with the roller-coaster of episodes of brief reactive psychosis and anxiety.
2. MUD to STARS - Alchemy of The Mind Empowering Personal Change. Strategies and insights from my personal experience to help create positive change where it is needed in your life. I am relieved and delighted that modern Medical and Scientific research now backs the mind-body connection, something I have been living and working with for over 20 years. With consistent practice of certain methodologies, I changed my mindset and changed my life.
FOR THE LOVE of CHILDREN and HUMANITY:
I would like to see equal emphasis on Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence and Academic Education. Children learn social skills by example and with healthy role modelling they develop strong self esteem, self respect and respect for others which leads to healthy relationships.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
To me, Wellness is not necessarily the lack of dis-ease or illness, rather it is how we manage life's challenges in an holistic way and function in our lives in true alignment of Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit.
MY MISSION is to inspire optimism and passion, by working, writing and creating opportunities where people of all ages feel enthusiastic and hopeful of a positive future.
MY AIM is to empower and support people of all ages in their own journey to find their passion and follow their heart. ♥ Linda Gillan
Causes and Organizations
Ambassador @ The Wellness Universe / Influencer ~ #Intellectual #Mentalhealth #Spirituality
Founder @ MUD to STARS project for Mental Health
Funds from My Charity events are donated to Meeting For Minds.com