I am a Christ-follower. Everything I do is anchored in God’s promises and my career path is no different.  I am a wife and mother. I am a natural organizer of thoughts, ideas, and things. I have been journaling faithfully since I was 15 years old–for me, introspection is crucial to gaining insight and wisdom from the many paths we take in life. Looking back on where I was and where I am (and all the decisions leading me to this place) has allowed me to be successful at what I do and I am so thankful for it all.

From the time I graduated high school at 16, I have desired to take a bite out of life! I began my journey studying the Bible. After receiving a certificate in education, I went on to receive my Associates in Science and B.A. in English. I began working full-time as a proofreader/editor for doctor’s reports and slowly transitioned to insurance. I spent several years working in medicare with older adults before I went back to school. I learned I had a passion to help older adults and wanted to do more…thus began my journey as a non-traditional student. After receiving my B.S. in Occupational Science and then M.S. in Occupational Therapy I was hired a full-time clinician working with older adults in a rehab/long-term setting. I found I still felt a calling to do more. Many needs began to present themselves and I knew the Lord was calling me to step out and form Aging with Purpose, LLC–thus began my journey as an entrepreneur! Aging with Purpose LLC was formed in November 2016 and it has been quite a journey! I could never give up being a clinician, so I am a practicing clinician in sub-acute rehab/long-term care setting.  The people with whom I have had the opportunity to form a relationship has been life-changing, I know beyond a shadow of doubt this is what I was born to do!  I have learned so much and have so much to learn! 

My father was a pastor while I grew up. When I turned 12, things changed and we left the church setting. After 4 years, I made the decision to graduate early and start college. I had a decision to make–I needed to make my faith my own or give up on Christianity. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God had a plan for things that had happened, the ways I had been hurt, and how all of these things would work together for good. I decided instead of running from God, I need to run to Him so I enrolled in Bible College and it was life-changing. After this point, I began to mentor young ladies, lead bible studies, and grow in my faith. Life was a roller coaster and my faith was tested many times. I remained in “student-mode” for 10 years while I also gained life experience. He demonstrated His faithfulness through many storms and many valleys but I also had many mountain-top seasons as well. I have had the privilege to lead high school girls ministry, children’s ministry, and am currently facilitating a women’s Bible study for busy moms/business owners via Skype. God has always been very consistent in bringing people into my life to help me stay close to Him and hold me accountable for my endeavors and perspective. Over the past decade, I have been wrestling with what I knew I was called to do. I didn’t know how God would use me, I didn’t know how it would play out, but I knew that God was calling me to leave the 9-5 mentality and venture out on my own. When I say I wrestled, I wrestled. It took many years (and a lot of schooling) to lead me to a place where I finally  took a leap of faith and stepped out of my boat (comfort zone). The Lord promised to let us walk on water, and I cling to His promise. It is a privilege to guide caregivers experiencing the weight of their circumstance through discipleship ministries. I have been so broken in my life which allows me to feel what others feel, I look forward to growing and learning through these endeavors as I press on toward what God has called me to do.

Michelle Eliason, OTR/L
Michelle Eliason, OTR/LOccupational Therapist
Certificate in Bible Education
A.S. Science
B.A. English
B.S. Occupational Science
M.S. Occupational Therapy

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