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“Unveiling Strength: A Journey from Caregiver to Author" with Lynn Abaté-Johnson


In this week’s episode of the UpLevel Podcast, we had the privilege of having an intimate conversation with international best-selling author and global business consultant Lynn Abaté-Johnson. Her book "Out of Love: A Daughter's Journey with Her Mom to the End" provides inspiration as she shares her journey as a caregiver for her mother.

Lynn’s story is proof that even in times of immense hardship, we can find strength within ourselves to inspire and uplift those around us by sharing our experiences honestly.

In this episode:

  • Caregiving Experience: Learn about Lynn’s transformative journey from being a business consultant to a full-time caregiver for her mother suffering from ovarian cancer.

  • Writing as Therapy: Discover how journaling became a cathartic outlet for Lynn during challenging times and eventually led to the creation of her book.

  • The Book: Explore the unique structure of Lynn’s book that combines factual reporting with a personal reflection on loss and caregiving experiences.

  • Insights into Grief and Community Building: Understand how writing helped Lynn process grief while fostering global communities based on deep relationships.

  • Writing Tips and Advice: Gain insights from Lynn's non-structured writing approach that emphasizes authenticity over comparison.

  • Reflective Questions: Find out how inquiry questions help readers reflect on their own caregiving journeys.

Order of Topics:

  • The Power of Interviews

  • Personal Experiences and Transformative Journeys

  • Storytelling: Writing from the Scar

  • Building True Communities

  • From Journaling to Publishing

  • Embracing Flexible Writing Processes

  • Purposeful Writing: Creating Comfort Through Connection

  • Overcoming Comparison: Staying True to Your Journey

  • Documenting Everything: The Power Of Expression

  • Exploring Different Writing Forms

  • Building A Professional Team For Publishing Success

  • Practical Aspects Of Publishing

  • Writing For Healing And Transformation

  • Curiosity: A Transformative Force

About Lynn:

After being a primary caregiver for her mother for over six years, author Lynn Abate-Johnson understands the typhoon of emotions and responsibilities that come with caring for a loved one. However, she discovered how to blossom through (and after) caregiving rather than let it drown her. By using her natural organizational skills and her solid work ethic, she developed systems and processes to help navigate the difficult journey of caregiving, which allowed her to go from “What am I going to do without my mom?” to “I know I can thrive after she’s gone—just as she would want.” Like most caregivers, Lynn juggled caregiving duties with a full-time career. In her daily life, she’s a business consultant and global community builder.

She’s been building businesses from the ground up from a young age, with her first business being a network of family roller skating rinks in the Detroit, Michigan, metro area. She is currently growing the global community as “the voice” of the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), one of the world’s most respected leadership development and professional coach training organizations.

As part of her devotion to developing global communities that make a difference by connecting human beings, she speaks with cohorts of caregivers to help them discover they’re not alone, everything’s going to be okay, and there are tools they can use to ease the burdens they might feel as caregivers. Her book “Out of Love: A Daughter’s Journey With Her Mom To The End” provides care for caregivers by giving them the emotional and practical support they need.

About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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