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Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will

Sep 22, 2020

Resilience isn't something you can learn without practice, and Alana Sheeren has had plenty of practice.

When I saw the trailer for her movie, Listen Closely, I had to reach out to speak with her. Alana started her young adult years as a Can Can dancer in Dawson City in the Yukon Territory in northern Canada. She stayed there for three months that first summer, and came back for four seasons after that.

Looking back now, Alana realized that spending so much time alone in nature really changed her. She spent time contemplating, peacefully meditating without even knowing that's what she was doing.

This part of her life provided a backdrop for her passion project, and for her love for being alone without feeling lonely.

Listen Closely is a product of grief and love, and the stories of its creation and production will leave you wanting to learn more.

In our call, Alana referred to the Prison of Peace program, as well as Ram Dass and Daniel Siegel.

Now that you're curious, listen in, and be sure to watch Alana's TEDx and the trailer for Listen Closely.


Alana Sheeren is a multi-passionate creative who shows up in all her work with the aim of making the world a kinder, more compassionate place. Whether from the TEDx stage, as host of the Create Your Magical Life podcast or in her work with clients, she combines her training as a therapist and her intuitive abilities with a deep understanding of the human condition to help people create profound and lasting change in their lives. Currently she is directing and producing her first documentary film, Listen Closely, which examines the way the quality of your listening affects the quality of your life and features thought leaders such as Ram Dass, Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, and Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks.
When she’s not working you can find her taking pictures of Southern California sunsets, reading a good book or dancing in the kitchen with her husband and daughter. 
Learn more at and or find her on Facebook (personal & film) and Instagram


Sarah Elkins loves to guide individuals and teams to improve communication, using storytelling as the foundation of her work. She is a Gallup certified Strengths coach and uses that tool to coach her clients to improve their communication in all relationships, and to find more satisfaction at work and at home.

Her book, Your Stories Don't Define You, How You Tell Them Will is available on (supporting independent booksellers), and on Amazon. The audiobook will be available in fall 2020.