*Are you happy at the moment?”
I experience happiness as well as sadness, on a daily basis – after the death of my son, I learned that both feelings can exist within me simultaneously and that it is still a beautiful life.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
You will live a rich life. Challenges will be thrown in your path but you will be strong enough not only to endure, but to thrive and become more of who you are meant to be in this lifetime.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
My passion to share metaphysical and spiritual experiences pushed me to write, publish, and market my own book and I now have a new found respect for anyone who has gone through this intense process.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
After taking a hiatus as a life coach while writing and publishing my book, I am excited to bring a new format of life coaching to my community called Walk and Talk. These one-to-one sessions offer support while navigating mild to moderate levels of life challenges (e.g. relationships, grief, life/work balance, parenting) combined with moderate exercise and the healing powers of nature.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
Appreciating what I have in my life rather than focusing on what I don’t.
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Getting outside for a run, swim or walk. Being out in nature always elevates my mood.
*What’s your biggest regret?
I don’t have any regrets. Every choice I made along the way was done using the knowledge and skillset I had available to me at the time.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
You are responsible for your own happiness, no one else can give that to you.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I eat candy and/or chocolate daily even though I know how bad sugar is for my body. If I put my mind to it, I can go without for a few weeks but then it manages to sneak its way back into my life.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of publishing my memoir based on a year of my life beginning exactly one month before the accidental death of my son. It was emotionally very demanding when my editor would insist on revisiting each entry over and over again in order to get it just right. This entire project filled me with love and gratitude – for friends, for family, for life.
*When were you happiest?
That’s a difficult question. In terms of age, I am happiest now, but in terms of specific experiences, I would probably have to say when I went up for my first flying lesson to celebrate my 50th birthday a few years ago. It was so exhilarating – pure magic!
*What ten words best describe you?
Grateful, Spiritual, Passionate, Honest, Intuitive, Open-minded, Active, Determined, Loyal, Matriarch
Vera Gibson is a writer, teacher and certified life coach living in Vancouver, BC. She has had a lifelong interest in the metaphysical, spiritual, and intuitive realms. Married for 35 years, mother of three, and now grandmother of two, her memoir “Diary of an Intuitive” is available on Amazon. Visit her website at www.diaryofanintuitive.com for more information and to read her blog.