Jillian Aurora was born a natural catalyst for change and growth. She has a clarity about her purpose and an unshakable resolve, unknown to most. Those who find themselves in Jillian’s presence experience both a feeling of safety and inspiration to expand, at the same time. Jillian’s very existence sparks an invitation to align with what makes you feel most alive and to follow the whispers of your heart’s call. Jillian’s quiet confidence should not be mistaken for passivity, as she is quick to lovingly point out the truth - often the seductive compromises holding you back from living life fully alive. Jillian is a tantalizing blend of old-soul wisdom and heart-wrenching battlescars, earned in life’s arena.
As a professional, Jillian was drawn to the human services field in the early years of her childhood. She was born into a family with addiction dynamics, mental illness, developmental disabilities, divorce, and trauma. She was the oldest of six children, three of whom had developmental disabilities and one of whom died. Jillian was homeschooled and lived a very secluded life until leaving for college.
Jillian majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology, thinking she would become a police officer. The powers that be had other plans for Jillian however, and she landed a job in a treatment center for teen girls, after she graduated. The rest is history. Shadow work and healing have been Jillian’s destiny since day one. Jillian has been everything from a developmental technician, treatment center team supervisor, psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, case manager, refugee specialist, treatment plan writer, and administrative editor.
Jillian’s personal shadow work has included much healing of codependency. Often, people most drawn to healing others also intensely struggle with prioritizing other people’s needs above their own. People pleasing. Self-betrayal. Earned worthiness. Over-functioning. And Jillian was no exception. For years, Jillian was consumed with obsession of others’ behavior, downplaying her own needs, and stubborn commitment to others’ demands at the cost of her most basic identity. They were painful lessons. From experience with addicted partners, abuse, dishonoring friendships, and loss of identity in her work, Jillian battled with her own intense shadow.
No matter how fierce her life experiences became, Jillian became fiercer. Jillian was born to overcome - and this only made her light brighter. Every time she was kicked down, she rose again. She stayed in the arena and learned from every mistake and victory.
Jillian will never pretend she is not in the arena with you. She is always doing her own work and slaying her own demons. Jillian is vigilant and constantly aware of her own shadow, integrating and making peace with all aspects of herself.
Jillian is a coach who has both been through traditional education and has taken life’s most intense Master’s program in experience. Those who connect with her don’t have to be told of her knowledge, they can feel it.