Resilience is in my DNA. Like many people, I have endured a lifetime of transitions. It started at the age of 3 when I escaped my home country of Iran because there was a revolution happening. My aunt was a political prisoner and endured unspeakable loss. My mother was uprooted and moved to Germany and then to the U.S. to start her life over and raise two children on her own and put herself through nursing school. These two women have been the most influential people in my life. Reflecting back on my life, I’ve realized that my whole journey – since inception – has been about coming face-to-face with, meeting, and rising above radical changes and transitions with some semblance of sanity and grace. And this is how the 7 pillars of Resilience were born.