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 and share my personal journey to help eradicate the deadly stigma surrounding mental illness.
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.
Talking About The ELEPHANT in the ROOM - Our Mental Health
I am passionately stirring up a storm to get people talking about their mental health. My aim is to educate and dispel mis-perceptions surrounding mental illness by encouraging open and honest conversations about how we are feeling.
I am a Mentor, Consultant and Facilitator of personal change and transformational thinking. Who I am today is testament to our ability to change negative thought processes and behaviours to more positive thinking and habits. My episodes of Mental illness, spanning over 20 years, have been the catalyst for alchemy of my mind, bringing massive changes in myself and my life. My resources and personal development programs are built on practical insights and strategies gained from my own experience in recovery with mental illness, coping with severe anxiety and change on many levels.
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, Personal Assistant in the 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 or work helps them on their 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 step into their purpose, live passionately and walk their talk.
In Australia 2003, I was writing an educational music program to boost self esteem in young children, when 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 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 writings. I often pondered the idea of compiling books from Greg's children's songs and the first in a series of three photo-story books was self-published and launched in Australia in 2013. Title: 'Walking In The Bush - Australia'
Current Book PROJECTS:
1. I am The Author of the upcoming book 'INSIDE, LOOKING OUT' - My journey with Mental Health & Sensitive Awakening'
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. 'Sensitive Awakening' refers to my growing spiritual awareness and universal guidance, entwined with my mental health path.
2. I am The Author of the upcoming Book MUD to STARS - Alchemy of The Mind Empowering Personal Change. Strategies and insights from my personal experience to help rcreate positive change where it is needed in your life. I am relieved and pleased that modern Medical and Scientific research now backs the mind-body connection, which I have been living and working with for over 20 years. With consistent practice of certain strategies to change negative thoughts and habits, I literally changed my mind 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 with true alignment of 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 journey to find their passion, follow their heart and share their dream. ♥ Linda Gillan
Causes and Organizations
STIGMA of Mental Illness
Children's Health and Wellbeing