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A tender, powerful, and achievable path to the everyday resiliency we all need to navigate the uncertainty in our lives.
An inspiring new voice in resiliency, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe believes that our modern conception of resiliency as "fighting" or being "tougher" is misguided. Learning happens when we are able to trust and feel safe; fear and shame are barriers, not facilitators, for authentic growth, acceptance, and change. In Calm Within the Storm, Dr. Robyne maps out a kinder approach to taking on the challenges of life and developing authentic self-alignment and balance.
By focusing on research-informed, sustainable, and achievable personal development practices, Dr. Robyne presents a new, attainable model for everyday resiliency - one that everyone can use to feel more grounded and capable. She identifies the obstacles that derail us and keep us stuck and shows us how to enact our resiliency through stories, research, and practical strategies.
"In the approachable and often poetic style that defines her work, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe illustrates that resiliency isn't some ideal state achieved through suffering and scars; it's a built-in feature of being a human. As unflinching as it is insightful, this book will permanently alter how you see yourself and your ability to endure."
- Dr. Greg Wells, physiologist and researcher at SickKids, bestselling author, and keynote speaker
"Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe hits the nail square on the head. More than twenty years of expedition experience has taught me that resiliency is not an exclusive realm, reserved only for the uber-tough and fearless. Rather, this life-changing trait is available to every single one of us - in spades. In this systematic yet deeply felt book, Dr. Hanley-Dafoe lays out a simple framework that will revolutionize how you engage with all of life's adversities."
- Bruce Kirkby, Canadian adventurer, author, and photographer
"Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe has created an insightful, smart, and thought-provoking (yet practical!) manual for redefining resiliency in everyday life. This is a book that you can revisit when you're overwhelmed, in a growth period of your life, or when helping young people navigate their own path."
- Silken Laumann, Olympian and mental health advocate
"This written record of resiliency is replete with a mountain of motivation and acres of encouragement. Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe poignantly portrays her personal adolescent struggles with mental health and takes us by the hand through an intentional, sustainable pathway to mental wealth. Practical, educational, inspiring. . . phenomenal!"
- Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Canadian Football and Canadian Sports Hall of Famer
"Amazing and inspiring! Calm Within the Storm helps us to view and navigate the challenges of life with more understanding and positive perspective while simultaneously encouraging us to see ourselves as innately capable of overcoming and working through adversity, setbacks, and success to live resiliency daily. This is not an instructional self-help book - it is a book of empowerment and an invitation to a deeper connection with yourself. Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe's balance of vulnerability with personal stories, assurance through research and studies, and a passionate but light-hearted desire to uplift others wrap this book in good vibes and positive feels. Sit back, read, learn about your resilient self, and bounce back!"
- Cavell Johnson, NBL All-Star, coach and GM of the KW Titans, and former NCAA Basketball Division I player
"Using story and science, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe's book provides insight to help you find whatever you are searching for. Just like her dynamic speaking style, her writing pops off the page and speaks to your heart and your head. Calm Within the Storm equips you with the skills needed to tackle challenges in these difficult times."
- Brian Callahan, president and COO of ISN
"Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe has spent over twenty years becoming a renowned expert in resiliency. Read this book, and you'll become one in a significantly shorter time. I devoured every page and loved every word. You will too."
- Ron Tite, founder and CEO of Church+State, host and executive producer of The Coup, and author of Think. Do. Say.
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