Lucky For Me: A Journey of Healing and Self-Discovery


by Maureen Burkley

Size:  6 x 9
No. Pages:  282
Published:  2022
ISBN:  978-1-952194-17-7


From the time Maureen was a little girl, all she wanted was a German shepherd. Then one day she is inexplicably drawn to a news story about a shepherd puppy that had been used in a dog-fighting ring and then heartlessly discarded in a dumpster. Was this the German shepherd she was meant to have? An adoption lottery could answer that and change her life in unimaginable ways.

Lucky For Me takes us deep into the lives of Lucky, the severely abused German shepherd and Maureen, her adopter. Assuming the role of rescuer, Maureen set out on what felt like an insurmountable mission to help Lucky heal from her physical and emotional wounds. Along the way she was catapulted into her own healing journey. Will Lucky and Maureen be able to overcome the obstacles that life has dealt them?

Maureen gives us an honest and introspective look at their quest to regain their confidence and find their way back to whom they are meant to be. As they endeavor to accept, heal and release the past, Maureen realizes how disconnected she is from her true self.

While attempting to answer the question “Who am I?” pieces of the puzzle begin to reveal themselves in synchronistic and magical ways. Discovering the hidden gifts in her extreme sensitivity and empathic nature, Maureen’s bond with Lucky grows even stronger and more powerful. As the process of self-discovery unfolds, a new way of life emerges—one that finally feels like home.

Lucky for Me is a true story about second chances and new beginnings. It follows Lucky and Maureen as they navigate the ups and downs of the somewhat rocky terrain to self-acceptance and self-love. Ultimately, their inspiring adventure shows us what is possible with love, courage, forgiveness, and trust.

About the Author

Maureen began her career in the computer industry as a quality management consultant and trainer. While assisting work teams to improve their internal processes, she quickly realized that one of the greatest challenges in improving processes was the interaction between team members. Maureen developed a strong interest in the people side of process improvement and her focus shifted there. For years she trained and coached individuals and organizations in areas such as: team dynamics, communication skills, conflict resolution and increasing trust, etc. After getting her coaching certification, Maureen began coaching and facilitating leadership teams to improve their performance and effectiveness as well.

As her journey continued to unfold, Maureen connected with her childhood abilities of animal communication. She studied energy healing and connected more deeply with her sensitive, empathic and intuitive abilities. Finding ways those gifts could be of service to others became her mission. She works with both animals and humans to promote physical and emotional healing. Additionally, she assists guardians in more deeply understanding the loving and supportive roles their animals are playing in their lives.

While the primary focus of her business continues to be animal communication and energy healing sessions for both animals and humans, Maureen also utilizes skills from her previous career when called to do so. Her philosophy is “Stay open to all the ways you can use your gifts to be of service to others.” Maureen currently lives in Northern California with her German shepherd, Kino.

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