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Seven_Stages_to_A-More_Joyful_You-webSeven Stages to a More Joyful You!

Do you remember what it was like to be joyful almost all of the time? To be full of wonder at a falling red leaf or a cloud that looked just like a pony? To run from one thing to the next, excited by the joy of discovery and happy surprises?  For many of us, that childlike wonder is a distant memory but we can recapture that state of bliss.

“Seven Stages to a More Joyful YOU!” is a workbook designed to guide you through stages of self-exporation and of creating the life you deserve. The workbook covers these seven stages:
… Self-discovery through written expressions
… Understanding the weight of unfinished business
… Who decides your priorities?
… Self-discovery by studying our speech
… Creating the life you deserve
… Living in the NOW
… Celebrating the one and only amazing YOU!

Three books that profoundly affected my view of life…

  • Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Brian Weiss
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War, Pema Chodron
  • Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh

And other books… I love to read and many, many books have inspired me over the years. Here is a list of a few of my favorite books written by women about fascinating women (and girls), including some from long ago. The original list was much longer, but I pared it down to these…

Beloved, Toni Morrison
Black and Blue, Anna Quindlen
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships, Harriet Lerner, Ph.D
Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
I was Amelia Earhart, Jane Mendelsohn
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esqueval
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Possession, A.S. Byatt
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Rising Strong, Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
Wild Swans, Jung Chang
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion