At the age of 6, her family fled the Chernobyl disaster and the fall of Communism in Ukraine to start a new life in the United States. Eight years later, a tidal wave of tragedy struck with the drowning death of her brother, her mother’s diagnosis of cancer and her dad’s diagnosis of diabetes.
Most 14-year-olds would’ve given up, turned to the dark side, been angry at the world and lashed out. But, something inside this week’s guest, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, said “this is the time to step up, lean in and grow.”
From that decision has grown a life, a career and a journey that continues to reach deeply into the lives of so many. Zhivotovskaya taps her unique blended background in applied positive psychology, coaching and a collection of other healing modalities to help clients through many of the biggest struggles of their lives. Her goal, to foster the ability to flourish, which also happens to be the name of her company.
I’m particularly grateful to be able to share this episode in light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last week. If Emiliya’s grace and wisdom in the face of loss at such a young age can help a single person through this moment in our history, this entire project has been worth the effort a thousand times over.
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