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Shelley Streit Biography

Shelley Streit


CEO of Guiding Light Financial, Shelley is a Certified Cash Flow Specialist who draws on her experience, education and passion for helping people to catapult their success, leverage what they already have, realize their dreams and create a life that allows freedom to do the things they value.

Shelley has been featured numerous times in both local newspapers such as the Calgary Herald and The Beacon as well as national industry publications like Advisors Edge, and online at Advisor.ca. She is an author, professional speaker and is on a mission to inspire and educate people to create the life of their dreams, and a prosperous future.


Shelley Streit is a passionate speaker, author and mentor whose mission is to inspire and empower individuals to be resilient and turn obstacles into opportunities; to face adversity with optimism.

Known for her sincerity and candid, but non-judgemental style, Shelley has helped thousands from all walks of life to live each day to its fullest potential by giving them tools to build their resiliency and step into their own strength.

Experience drawn from a difficult life as a youth taught her the value of learning, making tough but intelligent choices, and hard work.

In The Media

Reviews & Interviews

I felt honoured to be able to read Shelley’s story, but humbled at the same time. This strong, amazing woman defied all the odds placed against her even when the simplest things seemed impossible. Yet, her book is not preachy and definitely not ‘show-offy’. Like she says, everyone has a story, so why share hers? Because, her story is worth sharing.

The Book

Beyond the Rear View Mirror Front Cover

The Book – Behind the Rear View Mirror

Beyond the Rear View Mirror is the inspiring story of how Shelley Streit defied the odds against her achieving success in life after a childhood spent in the child welfare system following experiences of abandonment, rejection, and abuse as a child. While Shelley could easily have slipped into a less-than-desirable lifestyle, she chose to forge ahead at every challenge or setback, each time taking one step closer to a richer and more successful life.

Her story is both illustrative of the basic human instinct for survival and self-preservation as well as a clear indication of how the resilience which is ultimately required to achieve success in life involves equal parts emotional intelligence, mental toughness, and unfailing courage that reframes every setback and failure as just another, surmountable detour on the incredible road of life.

Publication Info

Release Date: April 10, 2012

Published By: Guiding Light Press

Box 2083, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0

ISBN: 978-0-9879499-0-5

Books are available on:  Amazon.com, ibooks, Kobo, your local Chapters/ Indigo,  www.beyondtherearviewmirror.comSelf Connections Books

Early Praise

A touching memoir that shines a light on overcoming adversity, and finding the gift in the struggles of life. Beyond The Rear View Mirror is a portrait of courage, letting go with love, and forgiveness.

Shelley’s is one of those stories you can’t pull away from. She has been through more than most people will ever experience in a lifetime, and has come through much stronger for it. She’s an inspiration.

Are you ready for a roller-coaster ride? This inspiring story will have you step into Shelley’s shoes—from child welfare and abuse to joy and success. Regardless of your background, you’ll gain insight on how to face and champion through any challenge facing you right now. You’ll gain new perspective on your own journey. A highly recommended read.

“Beyond the Rear View Mirror” is an exquisite example of personal transformation that transcends the ravages of abandonment, poor parenting and lack of support and role modelling that resulted in a life of wandering, painful experiences and harmful choices.  Through her transparent vulnerability in this book, Shelley proves that one can rise above life’s potholes to truly succeed through encouragement, determination, resourcefulness, resiliency and the power of positive choices!

I read your book in two sittings.  It is a very compelling story – you were right – I couldn’t put it down and when I had to – I couldn’t wait to get back to it.  You are amazing and I admire your intestinal fortitude. Underneath all the events in your life, your inner drive to be successful kept you going and I know you will always be successful. I also was very proud and in admiration of how you handled your own children. We all have our stuff and the most important thing is to be able to look past stuff and focus on what is most important. I was inspired to hear you were able to develop a relationship with your Mother-in-law – forgive and move on.  Ron sounds like a wonderful man – above all keep him and stay a family. You deserve a family and a good life and I think you have found your calling and place without a doubt. Go Girl – your are dynamite. I was wonderful to get to know you through your book.

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Calgary Herald Advisor.ca
Calgary Beacon Stettler Independent