Hi, I’m Becky.
I’m the author of the BC best-selling memoir, The Suitcase & The Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes, completed after travelling the globe for two years.
My work has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Vancouver Sun, CBC News, BC Bookworld, Modern Loss, Hecktic Travels, and the IBTA Annual Magazine 2017/18. I also contributed to the anthology, Always With You: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child (Demeter Press 2018)
I have presented on CBC Radio, Whistler Writer’s Festival, Word Vancouver, Simon Fraser University’s ‘End of Life Matters’, the Vancouver Health Care Professionals’ Symposium, as well as on various podcasts and at international gatherings.
Born and raised in England, I immigrated to Vancouver, B.C., aged 24. Now, at 63, I combine careers in public education that span many countries (UK, Canada, Australia), peer support consulting, business administration, and memoir writing.
This allows me insight into the challenges inherent in these professions and cultures.
I am an Integral Associate Coach™ , and member of the ICF, with a B.Ed. (UK) and an M.Sc. (USA). I am a mother to two daughters, for which there is no training.
Over the past ten years, I have moved many times (as invigorating as it is unsettling) which allows me to live a life true to my values, and the freedom to work on what I want, when I want. To write, to coach, to learn.
I love meeting new people.
I love spending time alone, especially walking in quiet places, or cooking pretty much anything. (I even like washing the dishes!)
My vibrant well-being and somatic practices allow me to stay open to the emotional demands of navigating change. Showing up to life with vitality and vulnerability is my commitment.
Perhaps the thing I’m most proud of is that I live within my means and enjoy the same minimalist lifestyle I learned while traveling.
I’m still gushing about the night
You know that brilliant advice you give to all your friends and loved ones…the voice that seems to have wisdom and experience all under the belt? I was, like many others, unable to hear it for myself. Through coaching with Becky, I learned to locate that voice and now, it is louder and clearer than ever before and I am finally listening to myself. The difference this has made in my life is massive to say the least. Becky came to every session prepared, dedicated and with an open ear. Becky lis… Read more
As a single mom of three teenagers who works full time, I was starting to feel the physical and emotional toll of putting myself last on a long to-do list. When I connected with Becky for coaching, I was looking for a way to prioritize my own well-being as I worried that continuing along my current path would cause further harm to my health. Becky was able to understand my current state of being through active listening and insightful questions. I appreciated her great empathy and felt comfor… Read more
You are a beautiful writer and speaker and we all appreciated you sharing your experiences with us.
Your sage words are still running through my mind
The inspiration and honesty of guest speaker Becky Livingston was inspiring and very powerful. This sort of thing – conversations about death & dying – are very welcome
As a man moving out of a rewarding career and a great job into another phase of life I was very uneasy about what the future might hold. I had the good fortune to be introduced to Becky and to work with her as my coach. Becky was wonderful to engage with – insightful, intelligent, respectful, and committed to the process. In some of the later meetings she would remind me of something I had said when we started working together which connected numerous dots and really demonstrated the level of at… Read more
An absolutely fantastic presentation by Becky Livingston about the loss of her daughter, and how traveling with her daughter’s ashes helped her heal from devastating loss