Welcome! Today’s Unclassified Woman is Stacey Copas, the author of How to be Resilient. She is Australian’s #1 keynote speaker and facilitator on turning adversity into an asset, and she has been featured in national media. Now taking on a new endeavour, Stacey is training for the 2016 Rio Para-Olympics after many years of inactivity.

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In this episode, you’ll hear:

How Stacey has not had a child due to personal choice and never desired to be a parent;

Stacey has a spinal cord injury and is in a wheelchair. People ask about her parenting/non-parenting intentions – often assuming incorrectly this is the reason for not having a child;

How Stacey has experienced separation from some friends over the years as they began having children and led very different lives;

Stacey discusses the “mythbusting” that goes along with daring to make a conscious decision to NOT have children;

Stacey has become comfortable when she has to answer questions about her choices;

Her advice for others is to have clarity about your values and what you find important in life;

She knew that she was here to make a difference in the world, but had to overcome the “little old me” syndrome.

The messages Stacey includes in her speaking about resilience as a growth opportunity include the following:

* Take responsibility;

* Use empowering language;

* Have a support system around you.

Find out more about Stacey and her work here.

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