New Fairfield, CT (PRWEB) September 13, 2004
Seemingly without warning Lisa J. WhaleyÂs journey of personal and professional triumph took a quick detour to utter anguish and desperation. Actually there were warnings but Whaley ignored the red flags along the way and with blinders still attached speeded down a dead-end road -- not even looking for an escape.
After all, Whaley had it all. Or, did she? As a wife, mother and successful IBM executive, Whaley spent years trying to achieve the success others expected from her and that she demanded from herself.
Yet, she soon found herself dealing with an out-of-control teenager drowning in a world of sex, drugs and alcohol, a marriage collapsing under pressure, and her own serious illnesses. Whaley experienced a level of despair she never thought possible and ultimately considered the unthinkable Â suicide!
In "Reclaiming My Soul From the Lost and Found," (ISBN 1-4140-7230-9 $27.95 251 pages) author Whaley reveals the decisions and actions that not only led her to lose sight of her soul, but that also allowed her to heal.
ÂI really feel that all the things that happened to me are not all that uncommon,Â says Whaley, Âbut happen to a lot of people every day. But people are embarrassed and ashamed and wonÂt reach out for help. I wrote this book to offer hope to those facing a crisis so they know there are many bright tomorrows in their future.Â
WhaleyÂs book is a roadmap for women who strive to find balance between family and career and who believe they have the perfect life. She also shares her own 10 guiding principles to finding synergy between life and work. By exposing the trials and tribulations that she faced and overcame, Whaley hopes to help others find peace in their lives.
ÂNot many executive women ever give the world a glimpse into their private lives - a look into what goes on behind the scenes as they climb the corporate ladder,Â says Whaley. ÂIn my book, I share with brutal honesty the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with trying to have it all.Â
Reclaiming My Soul provides a vivid account of the effects that blind ambition had on her marriage, her children and herself. ÂThis book is not about the mommy track, nor is it about whether women should work or stay home,Â says Whaley. ÂThis book is about the choices we make in life and being able to live with the consequences of those choices Â be they good or bad.Â
ÂI was a poster girl of a young, beautiful woman pursuing the American dream with a great career, wonderful marriage, two beautiful children, a nice home and car,Â adds Whaley. ÂBut I ignored my own values and faith and let other people define the person I had become.Â
Having gotten off the dead-end road in her life, the key advice Whaley offers in her book is that successful people are driven by self not by others and keep their career and life goals aligned with their personal values.
Whaley is the founder and president of Life Work Synergy, an organization dedicated to helping people find realistic solutions to achieving synergy in both their personal and professional lives, and being the best that they can be in all facets of their lives Â physically, emotionally and spiritually.
And in dealing with teens in crisis, Whaley stresses that you can only change yourself, not others. ÂA teen in trouble must want to change and know they need help. A parent can throw out a lifeline, but the drowning child must reach out and grab it. You can only pull them in if they hang on.Â
Whaley is a frequent motivational speaker, and a professional life and business coach. She earned a BS in business management from Hampton University and lives in New Fairfield, Conn., with husband Jim and their two daughters. To contact Whaley regarding speaking, coaching or workshop services, visit http://www.lifeworksynergy.com
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