Jane Blaufus is an author, speaker and Catalyst for Courageous Conversations. A respected 25-year veteran of the insurance industry, Jane had always thought that if the unthinkable happened, she would be well prepared and better equipped to handle the unexpected, considering her profession and expertise – wrong! In July 1999, a police officer walked up her driveway and delivered the news that her thirty-nine year old husband had been killed in an accident that morning. In the blink of an eye, she became a widow with a twelve-and-a-half year old daughter and an uncertain road ahead.
Her first book, WITH THE [STROKE] OF A PEN®, Claim your life, chronicles her journey in gripping detail, recounting her rise from the depth of confusion and despair while dealing with the loss of a loved one, to reclaiming her life and finding love again. Educational as well as motivational, WITH THE [STROKE] OF A PEN®, Claim your life has gained acclaim and recognition as a much-needed planning resource for families and individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one, dealing with anticipatory grief, and individuals and families who need to start planning.
Based on Jane’s personal experience dealing with the emotional and unexpected loss of her husband, she shares her story with openness, truth and wit. Through her day-to-day struggle to cope and move on, Jane’s book, WITH THE [STROKE] OF A PEN®, Claim your life discusses with raw emotion, humour, and complete honesty Jane’s experience with funeral planning, life insurance policies, what to do when a loved one dies, becoming a widow and single parent unexpectedly, and what Jane calls “Dating 201”. Always the Industry Insider, the book outlines all that she learned along the way, including the practical stuff that no one really prepares you for – or talks about. Jane wants to ensure this is not just her story, but also a practical resource so that others can better prepare themselves to handle the unexpected, but, even more so, the inevitable. She hopes that by starting the conversation, she will help demystify the fear we have about the subject of death, and our hesitation about planning for it.
What makes WITH THE [STROKE] OF A PEN®, Claim your life so remarkable is that Jane details, step-by-step, all she learned along the way by offering invaluable takeaways and tips at the end of each chapter. Jane includes a 30-page check-list at the end of the book. It has quickly become one of the most comprehensive and actionable family pre-planning resources.
Born and raised in Montreal, Jane has traveled and lived throughout Canada. She has worked with four of Canada’s leaders in the life and health insurance field: London Life, Great-West Life, Clarica and Sun Life Financial. From her beginnings as a financial advisor working directly with families to becoming a sales manager responsible for attraction, recruitment, training and development of advisors, Jane knows how to connect with people regarding financial planning and life planning, when it matters the most.
Though most of Jane’s career has been in the corporate world, she is no stranger to entrepreneurship, although it truly did come to her later in life. She credits her mother as her best role model, often noting that no dance recital was to be had without her mother’s signature tutus on display. Her mother’s hard work, accountability and dedication were not lost on Jane, and gave her the confidence and fortitude to forge her new endeavors with the creation of The Blaufus Group Inc.
“we have an obligation to ourselves and to those we love to make sure that we leave this world in an organized manner”
Today, Jane is an evocative and highly sought-after Keynote Speaker. Through both her book and her speaking engagements, Jane empowers people to take charge of their lives before it’s too late. She stands by her mantra that “we have an obligation to ourselves and to those we love to make sure that we leave this world in an organized manner”, and hopes that by starting the conversation, more people will heed her advice.
WITH THE [STROKE] OF A PEN®, Claim your life was released in 2012 and sold out within months. The second edition will be released in 2013, featuring a new forward by Chief Financial Commentator for CTV News Channel, Pattie Lovett-Reid and a new chapter called Dating 201. Jane has been featured on Lang & O’Leary, CTV News Channel, CHCH Morning Live, CTV News at Noon and Newstalk 1010.
Jane now lives in Ontario and is happily re-married to her V.P. of Everything Else. Today her daughter is a poised and confident young woman pursuing a career in the HR corporate world with a hidden passion for baking.