"I no longer feared the darkness once I knew the phoenix in me would rise from the ashes."
- William C. Hannan.
The Art of Resilience: Phoenixes Rising
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About Dr. Joy Vaughan
I have always been interested in the brain—how it works and what was possible if we exercised parts of our brains correctly. As a Neuro-educator and avid researcher of the frontal lobe, I also became curious about the resilience of the human spirit. How was it that two people could experience the same adversity with the result being one would succeed and thrive, while the other would not? Was this resilience more evident in women vs. men? Having completed my Doctorate in Education and Brain-based Leadership, these were the questions that I carried in my heart as I took my solo trip around the world in 2019. As a woman, I had experienced my own journey of resilience but what about other women in other parts of the world? What was their story of resilience?
I invite you to discover what made them resilient, and also to find your own resilience through their stories and poetry. From Fiji to the United States, a heartfelt thanks to each and every woman who graciously shared their stories and poems for The Art of Resilience: Phoenixes Rising. I acknowledge you for your courage and faith to run your race and to be resilient. It has been an honor and privilege to tell your story. I love and wish you all the blessings in the world.