Books and Resources

Cassandra is an internationally recognized and published author of fiction and non-fiction.


Would you like to wake up every day looking forward to going to work? Do you want a job that is in harmony with your passions, values and deepest interests? Do you want a job that is deeply rewarding and gives you a sense of meaning and purpose?  Do you dream of discovering happiness at work in a role that allows you to be you truly are and who you truly want to be?


Global career change expert and courage coach, Gaisford (BCA, Dip. Psych.) shows you how to determine what it is that you really want to do, clarify what you can do and create powerful but simple strategies to make your dream a practical, and inspiring reality. Designed for disgruntled mid-Iifers laid off or no longer happy in their work, this book is for anyone willingly or unwillingly, facing the need to revisit what they really want from their work life.

If you are serious about embarking on a career change, finding career satisfaction, joy and fulfilment, and gaining a competitive edge then tapping into the innate power of passion and purpose Is vital to your success. Happy at Work will help undo any conditioning that has held you back, exploring ways to create your dream job from the inside out, using inspiration, passion and values-driven purpose to inform, guide and motivate you from the heart.

Working with passion and purpose is your calling- lay claim to it now!

“Guides are necessary throughout mid-life, this book is a guide. Teachers to face and touch are guides. Mid-life will not be rushed. Everybody experiences mid-life. It is a sacred journey, a sacred path, the Way. I urge you to use this book as an inspirational tool and carry it as a treasure. Persevere with your mid-life. Bring into consciousness your childhood dreams, as they will become your living realities.” ~ Max Gimblett, Visual Artist, New York


Happy at Work has you thinking about what drives you, why you are doing what you are doing. is it making me happy, am I using my full set of skills, what can I do differently and how to have the courage to change.” ~Anthony Lewis, Account Director, New Zealand


“Really good stuff, needed stuff. Happy at Work helps you learn who you and what you want to be when you grow up. This book is of maximum benefit.” Joe Gutje, investment Banker, New York


To purchase on Amazon, click here>>getbook.at/HappyAtWork

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To purchase on Kobo, click here>>(I’m waiting on the link)



Who stole your joy?


I’m feeling joyful as my daughter (Hannah Joy) collaborate on our first book together, How to Find Your Joy and Purpose: Four Easy Steps to Discover A Job You Want And Live the Life You Love. 

This is a particularly significant project for us, as you’ll discover in the book. We’re writing it at a time of great personal upheaval and turmoil. Over an abruptly short period of time, we realized that we were working so hard on helping others’  we had neglected our own self-care. Guess what? We burned out!

In Hannah’s case, she fried out and had a complete break-down. Happily, she’s moving through it now and is on the upside of recovery.

Whether you are burned out, stressed out, blissed-out or checked out, the question is always the same: How to Find Your Joy and Purpose and keep it?

We’re writing this book to share the things that have helped us. We wrote to heal ourselves and in the process we discovered  how extraordinarily powerful everyday joy is in finding and following your purpose, and how simple and effective joy can be in healing so many of the things facing humanity: depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, relationship cyclones, and lack of meaning and purpose—abhorrent rates of suicide and addiction and more.

And it’s working! Our joy is back!

If you’d love to:

  • Relieve stress and quit worrying easily
  • Create more happiness, peace, and joy
  • Keep your brain and body strong and ready for joyfully, focused work
  • Rescue and enrich your relationships
  • Increase your success, health, and happiness with a few simple steps

You’ll find the answers in How to Find Your Joy and Purpose: Four Easy Steps to Discover A Job You Want And Live the Life You Love. 

Available for pre-order NOW!  To grab your copy from Amazon, click here>>

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Need a career rescue?

Cassandra’s Amazon #1 best-selling books, ‘Mid-Life Career Rescue’, are now available from Amazon. Download or purchase the paperback today!

Allthree together

Brilliant Career Inspiration

book_transparentbgThe Call For Change

Take the stress out of making a change, confirm your best-fit career and move toward your preferred future.

#1 Amazon Best-Seller. Available in print and eBook from Amazon—getBook.at/CareerChange

what-makes-you-happy-book_transparentbgWhat Makes You Happy

Clarify what makes you happy and find your point of brilliance.

#1 Amazon Best-Seller. Available in print and eBook—getBook.at/MakeYouHappy


book_whitebgEmploy Yourself

Start a business on the side while holding down your job. Or take the leap to self-employed bliss. Choose and grow your own business with confidence. This handy resource will show you how.

#1 Amazon Best-Seller. Available in print and eBook—getBook.at/EmployYourself


bookpackageredontopMid-Life Career Rescue-Three Book Bundle- Box Set (Books 1-3): The Call For Change, What Makes You Happy, Employ Yourself

More passion! Less career groundhog day! Fast-Track Your Success and Instantly Save $$$ When You Buy This
Bundle of 3 Ebook Amazon best-sellers

Available for immediate download—getBook.at/CareerRescueBox

Are you worried That You Are Drinking Too Much?

Take control of your drinking, relieve stress and still have fun, enjoy happier hours, improve your relationships, boost your energy and live a joy-filled healthier life. Ease up on the drink. Kick the alcohol habit and change your life.

 In this book you’ll learn:

  • Strategies to take control of your drinking
  • Awareness of the real harm excessive alcohol consumption takes on your mind, body, and soul
  • Sophisticated alternatives to drink
  • How to handle pressure from others who feel threatened by your sobriety
  • Savvy ways to beat slick and subliminal marketing from companies who profit from your addiction
  • How to handle life ‘raw’ – tools, tips and strategies to deal with stress and daily hassles
  • Ways to discover freedom, find happiness and change your life

Whatever your pain, whatever your motivation Your Beautiful Mind: Control Alcohol and Love Life More will help you achieve your goals—whether that’s getting sober or just cutting back-and create positive, permanent transformational change in your life. Your Beautiful Mind: Control Alcohol, Discover Freedom, Find Happiness and Change Your Life, available in print and Ebook here—getBook.at/Controlalcohol


“What an incredibly informative read. I really love how Cassandra has different viewpoints that allow the reader to come to their own conclusions.

Your Beautiful Mind: Control Alcohol and Love Life More is a non-biased informative read based on various facts, research and readings and I feel it is a book that I could pick up time and time again, and that whatever is relevant to me at that time or moment in my life is what I’ll be able to take away when I pick it up.

I loved that information was backed up by science and offered rhetorical questions and facts to get the reader thinking, rather than preaching or telling the reader how to do something.

I loved the perception that it is more helpful to heal the root of our cause to drink, rather than try to blindly control alcohol consumption, and that each reader will feel empowered to choose their own method for sobriety rather than feeling like they have to stick to rules. (Who likes rules anyway!?).

Very empowering, honest and thought-provoking.”

~ Libby Wallace, Founder Soberly


Define success on your own terms. Overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Learn how in Cassandra’s new series The Art of Success, available in print and eBook from Amazon.


3d_book-310x400The Art of Success: Leonardo Da Vinci
The 8-Step Blueprint to True Success for Your Relationships, Your Bank Account, Your Body and Your Soul
Leonardo da Vinci had to overcome obstacles to success just like you and I. Be inspired by his blue-print for success.
Available in print and eBook from Amazon— getBook.at/TheArtofSuccess
the-art-of-sucess-book-two-coc-chanel-3d_cover-4The Art of Success: Coco Chanel

The 8-Step Blueprint to True Success for Your Relationships, Your Bank Account, Your Body and Your Soul

Coco Chanel had to overcome obstacles to success just like you and I. Be inspired by her strategies for success.
Available in print and eBook from Amazon—getBook.at/CocoChanel


The Art of Success Gave My Mind Wings!

Flower Power: How Extraordinary Beauty Can Change Your Life


Beautiful photography blends with the timeless wisdom of 13th-century Persian poet, and mystic, Rumi, to inspire, delight, and heal.

Aesthetically, we know that flowers enrich our lives and symbolize our emotions, yet they also have the power to restore and replenish us on a mental, physical, and spiritual level.

Whether you’d love a gorgeous book to grace your coffee table or waiting room, a place to retreat to when you need a lift, or you’d love to purchase this book as a gift for someone you love, “Flower Power” will provide lasting benefits and a greater sense of appreciation for one of nature’s most stunning and diverse wonders.


Drawing upon my love of flowers and favorite inspirational words, personal photographs and professional success as an award-winning artist, and holistic therapist, discover how extraordinary beauty can change your life.

“Simply Stunning.”


Available in hardcover here—http://www.blurb.com/b/9040650-flower-power

The following links will take you to some of her  other written resources, including:

You can also learn more about the creative process on her Powerful Creativity Blog.

In 2009 Cassandra successfully wrote, designed and published Happy at Work: for mid-lifers a book that has helped thousands of people pursue their passions not their pensions.

Cassandra is currently working on a historical novel set in Renaissance Italy and France and continues to write freelance articles for the New Zealand Herald and other publications.