Blaire Sharpe holds master’s degrees in Business and Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in working with adults suffering from mood disorders and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Blaire lives in a suburb of Detroit with her husband, three children, and two dogs. NOT REALLY GONE, is her first book. She is currently writing her second book, a work of fiction.
My personal motto:
“Believe in yourself and all things are possible.“
- A typical work day begins with… checking email and text messages to make sure there are no fires that need to be put out. Once that is cleared away, I can begin to make my own choices.
- I lose track of time… often! Seriously, I set the timer on the oven anytime I need to leave the house to pick up one of my kids, go to an appointment, or make an online appearance. Otherwise, I will get lost in what I’m doing and forget someone or something.
- I have always… been resourceful. If I need something, or want to know something, or want to get something, I seek out people and information until I’ve achieved my goal.
- I have never… believed people who tell me I can’t do something. There’s always a way. It may take a little effort and ingenuity, but it can be done.
- Home means to me… warmth, safety, and having my kids close.
- I am inspired by… people who follow their passions.
- I would like to meet… Epictetus (philosopher): “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”
- My worst character trait… is impatience. I’m trying to get better, but it’s not happening fast enough!
- My best character trait… is kindness. I seek, always, to make people feel safe and not judged in my presence.
- The best advice I was given… was from my grandfather. He said, “Don’t wish your life away.”
“In every family there is a rock—the person that keeps things together. In Blaire Sharpe’s family, that rock was her grandma. As she shares the inspiring story of her relationship with her grandma, Blaire expands on the notion of what it really means to be loved.
When she was just an infant, Blaire’s troubled parents divorced. Since both parents were incapable of raising Blaire and her siblings, the children were slated for foster care—until their grandmother, Eleanor, stepped in to raise them as her own. As Eleanor valiantly struggled against a family legacy of alcoholism and depression, she modeled strength and wisdom to endure the most challenging of times. Still, Blaire’s life was not perfect. As she matured into adulthood, she battled addictions that eventually led her into recovery, just as Eleanor’s health began to decline. When she found herself sandwiched between two generations, each increasingly needy, Blaire poignantly reveals how she discovered the true meaning of love and commitment, and the essence of what it means to be a mother.
Not Really Gone is the story about the undying love a grandmother gave her granddaughter—a love that inspired her to carry on and become the rock in her own family.”