“This is ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ for the rest of us. Don’t just read this book. DO this book.
In Journey to Joy, Christalee figures out what too many of us never really understand: that happiness isn’t “out there”, that joy isn’t a thing that you go find somewhere, that it’s not behind the next promotion, the bigger house, the smaller butt. It’s something we create ourselves, with the thoughts we choose to think and the actions we choose to take.
Maybe you’ve already read a lot of self-help books but nothing has changed. That’s why I say don’t just read this book. DO this book! Create your own Journey to Joy using her blueprint. Write your own list and spend 21 days on each topic. Maybe yours will look a lot like hers, maybe it will be completely different, but the important thing is that it’s your list and that you DO it. We can learn things intellectually but until we actually apply them, we won’t really “know” them and own them. Clarity comes from doing, not just reading and thinking.
Christalee reminds us to actively create our lives, rather than just sleep walking through our days, reacting to everything that happens to us. And she reminds us to listen to that inner voice, to trust our essential self. We just have to get quiet enough to hear it and brave enough to follow.”
Dr. Christine Majeran
Chiropractor and Certified Life Coach
I thought creativity would be a piece of cake. I bought 21 canvasses on Day 1 and vowed to fill every one up with a gallery-worthy work of art by Day 21. It might surprise you to know I didn’t succeed (haha).
“It’s too bad that when considering what endeavors may be creative, people immediately think of the arts.” – Michele Root-Bernstein, co-author of Sparks of Genius
Here’s what I did for 21 days of CREATIVITY:
• Painted (set up my easel ‘permanently’ so I could paint 5 minutes at a time if I wanted to).
• Danced (not the usual – ballet, the twist and anything else I could create without pulling a groin muscle. My favourite was putting on ‘Twisting the Night Away’ and just letting loose).
• Played ‘Pictionary’ with a one year old
• Put coloured water in a spray bottle (took it to a ski jump my 15-year-old was building and watched in amusement as they acted like little kids and made landing strips, take-off zones and logos).
• Baked (we went crazy with our classic shortbread recipe, adding chocolate and chocolate chips to create ‘Holstein cow’ cookies).
Conclusions I reached:
1/. Creativity is not ONLY painting (it is dancing and baking and dreaming and writing and imagining and witnessing and on and on).
2/. You can experience creativity without having to do it (enjoying a snowflake’s pattern, hearing a song, watching teenagers paint a ski jump hill).
3/. Creativity is a state of being or observing the world. It is not just something you do or something you create.