Gladstone resident, now author Dee Scown is months away from releasing her first book The Grand Plan shattered? How to turn your life around after a crisis, written as a response to her challenging life story.
Dee's inspiration for writing a book drew from her personal experience of having an opportunistic door slammed in her face, after she decided she wanted to go back to school and university and head down a different career path.
"I started my grand plan, go back to school, go back to university for a whole heap of years and then go out and get an engineering job, architectural engineering. I went to Gladstone High School, did Year 11 again and aced it, went back to Year 12 and in April of that year I became extremely unwell," she explained.
"I have a condition called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I have been sick now for seven years."
Dee's condition caused her to 'lose' the grand plan, saying it was 'yanked from underneath [her]', therefore she had to re-write her future and get on another track.
"The book is based on my journey and the steps to go through to redefine a new future. The first one I think of is allow yourself to grieve, Ardern said it, she said 'grieve' and often we don't give ourselves time to do that," Dee explains.
She goes on to explain what strategies she put in place to get back on track and throughout the book goes over these topics in depth.
"Then you have to look after the practicalities, especially if someone has come through a marriage break up or is homeless, they need the basics.
"Then after that I have designed something called a life resume so you look at all the interests you have and all the things that you have done, but sometimes there is something in there that can become a career, so reassessing that and creating motivation," Dee said.
Upon reassessing her own life resume, Dee found that being a life coach was a calling for her and has since completed a coaching and speaking course.
"I think my coach, Sharon turned my life around as much as anything. I was heading down small business areas and she said I think you would be really great as a coach, as I had been doing it all my life and not getting paid for it," Dee said.
The book is aimed at women between 45 and 60 who may find themselves in the same position as Dee.
She wants to remind readers that having a career change is okay, no matter what age you are.
"Sometimes we head off in a direction that we were expected and right back there was an idea that we had that could become a career," Dee said.
The book is currently going through an editing stage and is expected to be completed later this year.