I am, as you all know, a bit of a nut. I am a career expert who is also a speaker and author oh and a cancer survivor. I am trying really hard NOT to let the whole cancer thing define me but for so many reasons, it is something that is a definer of me and my life and how I move forward in my life.
As an educator since, uh, birth and a published author with 9 books under my belt - and more coming - you can see the published ones here.
I have learned that using my voice to help others is super important and trying to find my niche in the world is basically tied up with my diagnosis at 39 years old and the way I try to live my life post cancer.
A lot of what happens with a life changing diagnosis is something NO ONE wants to be a part of - who would want to be "sick" - really sick? No one. But yet, it is something that is forecasted to hit at least 50% of Americans - and that is just cancer. There are many many other invisible illnesses and chronic diseases that folks are meant to just smile through when all they want to do is scream because there is no tool for this - this new life of living after diagnosis.
My nonprofit, The Balance After Cancer Foundation, started with my 20+ years' experience of helping people take the next step (of course I went there - who wouldn't - it's a great "pun".
However, my expertise and ideas do not end there - it goes beyond being "work ready" and into the world of passion and compassion and thinking about what makes you tick, what makes you happy and adding more of that into your life.
You do not have to have ever been sick to want to do that - right?
I hope you check out my article here and let me know what you think - what do you wish you could do more of in your life?
As an author and entrepreneur, I have spent countless hours creating content to help others either via this blog or the books I have self-published and which formulate the basics of this business. Here, at The Next Step, I focus on helping people with:
How or why do I think I can share on these topics and help others? I have spent decades as an educator, an executive and an entrepreneur. I utilize social media EVERY day through content creation, image sharing and more to help promote ME - what I can do to help clients and more.
In addition to this small business, I also run a nonprofit which amalgamates all of the things I feel I have expertise in around education and content sharing and teaching and includes with it the life experiences of being a breast cancer survivor and a young one, at that.
Despite how "young" I was at diagnosis, I am nowhere near as young at diagnosis as many people I have had the privilege and the honor to meet and get to know. Cancer is a cruel disease - it takes all you have to survive it and if and when you do you are left forever changed in both good ways - and very bad ways.
A huge impact on young cancer survivors is the fact that they are always playing catch up and that their incomes and career possibilities are not as open as for people who you know did not have regular chemotherapy in their youth.
To help with this, my nonprofit is working on launching an online course about college readiness for cancer survivors in the very near future. Before the class, though, comes the workbook. I self published my 10th book today and I wanted to share it here - I had no clue when I published my first book in the Spring of 2016 that I would go on to write and publish 9 more books.
I continue to find new things to write about and a new way of looking at the world as a cancer survivor (in training). I know that my expertise and experiences can help others and that is why I share. I also know that having the background in higher education that I have coupled with the empathy of understanding what cancer treatments are like on the mind, body, soul, psyche that having this resource available to fellow survivors / thrivers can help them move forward in their futures.
I hope you can consider helping me reach my goal of being able to continue offering FREE help and training and sending FREE copies of my books to survivors and thrivers who need them by considering making a tax-deductible donation to my nonprofit The Balance After Cancer Foundation.
Thank you and God bless you this holiday season!
Me and my scars - photo credit: Sophie Mayanne Behind the Scars Project
Going Back to cali...Soul Success summit speaking engagement - come with me and get $100 off your ticket with code lisanielsen
I have huge news to share. I met some soulmates - they are Megan and Alisa and they run an annual event called the "Soul Success Summit" out in Santa Barbara California.
As an entrepreneur (since 1999, y'all), I have done a lot, seen a lot and most importantly FAILED a lot. I took all of my lessons and wrote books on it - see them here (and those are just the books I wrote on Entreprenuerial stuff).
It can be so hard to be an entrepreneur - it is isolating (not as isolating as cancer but isolating in its own way). You have all of these ideas in your head and plans and it can be hard to find like-minded people who are interested in hearing about them and giving their opinions.
When I heard about the Soul Success Summit, I knew I had to apply to speak at it - I also knew it would be a long shot for me to be picked. I am, in some ways, a great candidate but I have BIG drawbacks. My talk is more specifically related to my new niche - the one no one wants - that of being a cancer survivor as well as an entrepreneur, educator, author and speaker. I have so much to share but it is all back to "balance" and understanding how we find joy and how we MUST take care of ourselves.
I am not the speaker who will focus only on the bottom line - I talk about the full life, all of the things that bring us joy and HEALTH - health above all. There is a component I bring, a vibrancy and passion to what I share that the founders of this event saw and knew would be a great fit for the AMAZING women who will be speaking and learning at this event.
I cannot wait to find my new girl tribe - I am so honored to have been picked to be a speaker at this event for the weekend of March 30-31; the event is so huge it has been broken up into two weekends! Can you believe it?
If you have read my words and not yet met me, come to California to hang out with the best girl minds in the business of making businesses successful. If you know me anyway in real life, come TOO. Use the code "lisanielsen" to get $100 off your ticket here and come on to Cali with me...
Just a TEASER of my other speaking engagements
Find out more about the Soul Success Summit by clicking on the image below:
And don't forget about the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Summit - by clicking on the image below for more information:
Lisa Vento Nielsen