Today we’d like to introduce you to Hilary Bilbrey.
Hilary, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
In a quest to heal my own life after my son’s severe burn injuries, I found myself relying on my education, writing and storytelling to bring myself and my family out of a painful and confusing time. As I struggled to redefine the picture of my life, I discovered the roadmap to recovery starts by defining your core values and then living them. As my theories and curriculum grew in practice, so did the evidence. If we define our authentic self and are confident in our purpose, the picture around us may change, but our resilience and integrity will guide us to lasting joy. After writing a children’s book, Brecker Bunny Learns to Be Careful, for the fire and life safety industry, I became passionate about helping in all areas of safety and injury prevention.
This led to working with youth on creating campaigns within their communities to tackle difficult topics such as bullying, underage drinking and distracted driving. It was here that I really saw how defining how you want to show up in life and then aligning your entire life to live that brand with integrity enables us to become more confident in who we are and consequently have the courage to create positive change in our own lives and the world. That work is what I have now expanded into the life coaching and speaking/teaching I do with teens through adults. We all deserve to live inspired lives.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I just recently read a book called Life Is in the Transitions. The author identifies disruptors and Lifequakes. Lifequakes are the moments that fundamentally make us change who we are as people. My son’s accident was clearly a Lifequake. Just before that, we also had complications in my second pregnancy and a premie baby. It felt like everything that could go wrong was going wrong. I think the difference between then and now is that I expect obstacles now. COVID has caused many pivots in my business and family. However, I don’t see them as obstacles or struggles any more; I see them as opportunities to grow and become an even better version of myself.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I design strategies to help administrators, principals, team leaders and individuals realize clarity and vision in the work they lead and the lives they live. It’s not just what I do, but what I love. Realizing impactful change takes time and expertise. As a coach, I develop a custom plan tailored to individual needs and goals. We begin by creating a personal brand statement anchored to core values. We evaluate the current brand integrity in every aspect of your life and find areas where we can work to create better alignment. We develop and hone leadership skills that help clients become the best version of themselves. From morning routine to daily goal-setting to major life transitions, we build the scaffolding and skills to help others live successful lives of abundance, gratitude and joy.
In addition, I am often asked to be an inspirational keynote or workshop facilitator. When I say “workshop,” I mean WORK shop. Whether we spend one hour together or three, the goal of every workshop experience is for everyone to leave with something actionable. I combine 20 years of leadership and education experience into a lively, fun and intense time of reflection and decision. I specialize in helping to create safe boundaries while breaking down barriers to trust and empathy. Every presentation is custom-crafted for the unique audience before me.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I have learned to never be a victim. Just because circumstances are out of my control doesn’t mean my life has to be out of control. Anxiety comes from being passive in our own lives. As soon as we learn to fill ourselves intentionally with our lessons, optimism, grace and love, we can exhale with the relief that comes with knowing we are never finished…and that is okay.
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- Website: www.hilarybilbrey.com
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- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLznsYmBlX_lkM1YZ1t1G7g
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