About the Author – Lisa Boulton
Lisa’s work life began in the 1970’s as a production artist in her father’s advertising firm. She was attending art classes at Pepperdine University when she fell in love and decided to marry. A year later, her first son was born. When he began school she went back to college and studied psychology in an effort to understand human behavior – seeking a better way to navigate through life.
While raising her first son in Southern California, she worked in the movie industry as a stand-in on location productions, modeling, studying yoga, volunteering in her son’s school and remodeling an old 1940’s cabin into a beautiful lakeside house.
Many years later, in her second marriage, she had two more sons and began volunteering to teach art history in their schools. Seeing the need for more art in the school curriculum, she became the head art docent and was responsible for installing a permanent art program at both schools. She served as chair for the Parent Teacher Clubs in both schools and won awards for exemplary leadership. Lisa coordinated fundraisers for the local volunteer Fire Department. She participated in, and volunteered for the Barbra Schmitt- Millar Triathlon that provided event services for hundreds of attendees seeking to raise money for breast cancer research.
While her boys attended Nevada Union High School, Lisa worked on the ‘Every 15 Minutes’ campaign sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to engage teens in the real life consequences of drinking and driving, and ‘Grad Night,’ an event that provides graduates with a safe setting to party the night away. In her spare time, Lisa took the skills she learned while working as a jeweler’s apprentice in the early eighties to develop her own style of jewelry utilizing the beautiful, mythological symbolism of ancient cultures.
Once her family was grown, Lisa began working as a Real Estate Associate – claiming awards for Top Listing Agent, Top Producer and All Stars Team. Real Estate provided an opportunity to further develop her relationship and professional skills. She discovered a talent for working with people under pressure while selling and purchasing homes or land. Lisa skillfully listened to their needs and became a member of their support system through the transaction which often resulted in lasting friendships.
In August of 2009 Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mother died of breast cancer 25 years earlier. Devastated by the prospect of what lay ahead, she turned to the loving support of friends and family. She was astonished when her entire community stepped up to help. At that point, she realized the full extent of love. “It was like a veil had been lifted and life was all about love…in the deepest sense,” says Lisa.
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love “
~ Socrates ~
To save her life, she learned White Light Meditation, practiced Yoga and changed her diet from a fairly standard American diet to an exceedingly healthy organic diet during chemo treatments.
On her journey from cancer back to health, she decided to find a way to help others heal.
After the treatments and surgery were completed she went back to college. She became a licensed medical assistant & phlebotomist and served an externship at UCLA Medical Group.
The idea for the book came to her during chemo treatments when she met with her friend, Lisa Redfern who is a professional photographer and artist. Redfern was enthusiastic about the idea creating of a childrens book to help children cope with serious illnesses.
“Boldness has power, magic and genius in it”
~ Goethe ~
Synchronicities began occurring everywhere. Lisa knew she was on the right path. She found doors opening at every junction; the local hospital provided a room for the photo shoot, her favorite toy store allowed her to use images of the store for the background, and the perfect child model appeared. People were interested, excited and willing to help.
“Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”
~ St. Augustine ~
About the Illustrator – Lisa Redfern
Lisa Redfern is the owner and artist of Redfern Studio in Grass Valley, California.
Lisa’s studio provides custom commercial artwork for publications, small business coaching, website setup & training, creative web imagery, web video production & editing and portrait photography.
In her career, Lisa has been a public educator, grant writer, book publicist and local TV show producer.
Lisa Redfern comments, “Lisa Boulton has a huge heart and a deep, caring nature that people feel whenever they are around her. She pours her heart and soul into every project she works on. When she told me that she wanted to use what she learned from her experiences with cancer to help sick children, something inside me said, I have to do this with her!”