Here’s my story…

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Hi! This is me <<< (Allison Graham). You may recognize the stance from the Resiliency Ninja logo.

Here’s a bit of my story that led us here; if you want more, feel free to get my book, which not only tells my story, but is jammed with tools to help you become a Resiliency Ninja and succeed no matter what the proverbial fan blows at you!:

Married My Mom, Birthed A Dog: How to Be Resilient When Life Sucks!

So here goes…

I started Elevate Biz in 2006. My goal was to teach people how to network to find new clients. That work was a big hit with clients and I ended up working with some amazing brands. At that point, my plan was to build my speaking business, find Mr. Right, have 2.5 kids and a white picket fence…well, I have a fence, but it’s not white.

Unfortunately, my life shifted one fateful day and my focus became about staying in business and keeping up appearances in public, but first more about the biz.

Did I think I’d be working with the country’s top financial institutions when I created my mingling formula and my original concepts around profitable networking? Heck no, but I was great at networking (gotta practise what you preach) and found a talent that would drive my career. It turns out I’m good at seeing and teaching concepts on human behaviour and voila, my business was on the up-swing.

Thankfully, I had a natural talent for what I was doing because just months after starting my business I went in for a surgery. It should have taken a few minutes, but it turned into hours. When I woke up in the hospital the next day, my life was forever changed.

Dealing with the extreme pain from permanent neuropathic damage became my new reality. Even though I had limited functionality, I still had to perform and sell and do my media spots to promote my brand.

The pain led to a whole host of new obstacles. Hospital visits, countless doctor appointments and attempts to find the latest snake-oil-magic-cure (doesn’t exist!) followed by isolation, depression, self-judgment, financial challenges and self-doubt. Then a bunch of people I cared about died in a short period of time. Then I had random injuries that added another layer of pain and inconvenience.

Suffice to say, it was a time in my life that really sucked. Not in a pity-party way, but in a realistic, ‘wow, I can’t believe I came out the other side of that stronger’ kind of a way.

Only my inner circle knew the extent of what was really happening and many of them only knew bits and pieces, except for my mom. She lived it all.

Mom drove me to my appointments and there were many rough nights when she tucked me into bed after I had pushed myself too hard. Can you imagine what it’s like to be a strong, independent 30-something woman who has to have your mom shut off your lights? It was a lesson in humility.

Ultimately, mom became what many would consider a significant other, my rock, the person who saw behind the mask and the person in the house each night as I went to sleep.

Shortly after, I found Winston C. and he became a source of joy and love that I desperately needed.

Thus, the book Married My Mom, Birthed a Dog: How to Be Resilienct When Life Sucks!

When I started getting feedback on how the message was resonating and helping people, I knew – my mission, without a doubt, was to help others navigate tough times in their lives.

Thus, Resiliency Ninja.

Here’s my story…

Hi! This is me (Allison Graham). You may recognize the stance from the Resiliency Ninja logo.

Here’s a bit of my story that led us here; if you want more, feel free to get my book, which not only tells my story, but is jammed with tools to help you become a Resiliency Ninja and succeed no matter what the proverbial fan blows at you!:

Married My Mom, Birthed A Dog: How to Be Resilient When Life Sucks!

So here goes…

I started Elevate Biz in 2006. My goal was to teach people how to network to find new clients. That work was a big hit with clients and I ended up working with some amazing brands. At that point, my plan was to build my speaking business, find Mr. Right, have 2.5 kids and a white picket fence…well, I have a fence, but it’s not white.

Unfortunately, my life shifted one fateful day and my focus became about staying in business and keeping up appearances in public, but first more about the biz.

Did I think I’d be working with the country’s top financial institutions when I created my mingling formula and my original concepts around profitable networking? Heck no, but I was great at networking (gotta practise what you preach) and found a talent that would drive my career. It turns out I’m good at seeing and teaching concepts on human behaviour and voila, my business was on the up-swing.

Thankfully, I had a natural talent for what I was doing because just months after starting my business I went in for a surgery. It should have taken a few minutes, but it turned into hours. When I woke up in the hospital the next day, my life was forever changed.

Dealing with the extreme pain from permanent neuropathic damage became my new reality. Even though I had limited functionality, I still had to perform and sell and do my media spots to promote my brand.

The pain led to a whole host of new obstacles. Hospital visits, countless doctor appointments and attempts to find the latest snake-oil-magic-cure (doesn’t exist!) followed by isolation, depression, self-judgment, financial challenges and self-doubt. Then a bunch of people I cared about died in a short period of time. Then I had random injuries that added another layer of pain and inconvenience.

Suffice to say, it was a time in my life that really sucked. Not in a pity-party way, but in a realistic, ‘wow, I can’t believe I came out the other side of that stronger’ kind of a way.

Only my inner circle knew the extent of what was really happening and many of them only knew bits and pieces, except for my mom. She lived it all.

Mom drove me to my appointments and there were many rough nights when she tucked me into bed after I had pushed myself too hard. Can you imagine what it’s like to be a strong, independent 30-something woman who has to have your mom shut off your lights? It was a lesson in humility.

Ultimately, mom became what many would consider a significant other, my rock, the person who saw behind the mask and the person in the house each night as I went to sleep.

Shortly after, I found Winston C. and he became a source of joy and love that I desperately needed.

Thus, the book Married My Mom, Birthed a Dog: How to Be Resilienct When Life Sucks!

When I started getting feedback on how the message was resonating and helping people, I knew – my mission, without a doubt, was to help others navigate tough times in their lives.

Thus, Resiliency Ninja.