Jacqueline Gautier


December 01, 1999
Jacqueline Gautier

Jacqueline Gautier says her business snuck up on her.

Trained in commerce, Gautier spent 10 years as a senior executive in the potash industry. As part of that life, she traveled some 200 days per year and handled the financial operations for nine overseas offices with an annual budget of over $13 million.

On the outside, she seemed to have it all. But on the inside, Gautier says she was suffering an "emotional and creative death", which eventually culminated in problems with her immune system and a health scare when she found a lump in her breast.

While on medical leave, Gautier says she embarked on a creative recovery program -- where she began to realize her life was seriously out of balance.

"At the end of my leave of absence, I decided to 'jump into the abyss', triggering the help of 1000 unseen hands," she says.

"I quit my job and started taking classes in the fine arts and what I experienced over the next few years was a true creative Renaissance. I had absolutely no idea what was in there and we all have these abilities."

From that realization, Gautier saw a new career evolve. It started with teaching art therapy through the university and eventually expanded to a full-time endeavor.
"I left the corporate business world to go back into business but on my own terms," she said.

Gautier says the target market for her services are people interested in working on self-development and doing in-house work with professionals and organizations to jump start their creative processes.

"I try to show them that imagination is more important than knowledge... We're all creative beings and it's our birthright to exercise the full potential of our creativity," she said.
Gautier uses state-of-the-art ideas and exercises on creativity, management theory and group dynamics to show participants how they can thrive in their present jobs and move towards creating the career they truly desire.

She is also currently developing a line of products, is a certified mediator and a 'labyrinth facilitator'.

The latter means that she is trained to help people experience the centering and balancing power of an ancient universal walking meditation tool which is found in all cultural traditions.
Gautier is also a well-respected Celtic harpist -- who performs publicly for events such as weddings, receptions and conferences and uses her music as personal therapy and inspiration.
In closing, Gautier says as a society, we need to redefine success.

"I know for me success when I was in the potash industry is very different from what is now," she said.

Her philosophies of life are now very simple.

"I believe if you follow your bliss, your passion, the money will come and you will get to live a joyful existence," she said.
"But our quality of life depends on the questions we ask ourselves and the truthfulness of our answers. First, why am I doing this? Is it important? Does it bring me joy?"

"These are the important questions but when you're in the work and spin cycle, you never think to ask them."

Perhaps it's time we slowed down -- at least long enough to follow this last piece of advice.

As seen in Network News, Saskatoon Women's Network, Inc.: Newsletter, December 1999, January 2000

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