Jan. 30 event tackles depression

More Joy Regina on Bell’s Let’s Talk Day this Jan. 30 is going one step further than talking—it will offer concrete advice and support too.

More Joy Regina at the Conexus Arts Centre will bring together provincial mental health professionals to present treatment options and coping strategies. The three-hour evening is a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Regina Branch.

“One in five Canadians lives with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. But the reality is, five in five of us have mental health, just like we have physical health,” said CMHA Director of Community Engagement, Shannon Patton.

 “Our mental health is about more than being happy all the time, it’s about feeling good about who we are, having balance in our life and managing life’s highs and lows. An event like this will help give people permission to search for and hopefully experience a little more joy in their life.” 

– Shannon Patton, Canadian Mental Health Association

More Joy Regina is the brainchild of journalist and author Christalee Froese who toured with her first book,  Journey to Joy, this fall.

“Everywhere I went and told my story of breakdown and recovery, I was met with people of all ages who were struggling profoundly with depression and anxiety,” said Froese.

Her solution: The More Joy Movement which will be launched on Jan. 30, 2019 to coincide with Bell’s Let’s Talk Day. More Joy Regina will feature an array of speakers and mental health professionals, as well as a Steeped Tea Bar and a Serenity Lounge, all MC’d by CBC’s Costa Maragos.

Tickets to More Joy Regina, $55, are available at:
• Prairie Psychology (2230 Lorne St.) – cheque and cash only
• CMHA Regina Branch (1810 Albert St.) – cheque and cash only
• Online @ More Joy Regina tickets – Visa/Paypal

Depression…Let’s Talk!

Depression and anxiety are so hard…I know, I’ve been there.
But, there’s help…and there’s HOPE!
On Bell’s Let’s Talk Day, Wednesday, Jan. 30, we’ll spend the evening together at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina talking…AND EXPLORING SOLUTIONS.
It’s my hope that by being totally open and honest, we’ll shake off some of that stigma about mental health.

And … we’re going to have amazing people with us to help:

• The Canadian Mental Health Association, Regina Branch will bring you their Stress Survival Kit

• The U of R and Sask. Health will tell you about their FREE online therapy program (I’m trying it right now—it’s AMAZING).

• Psychologists Blair Sirup and Judy Wright, and Life Coach Christine Majeran will talk about info. and solutions

• We’ll have a Steeped Tea bar to sooth; a Meditation Lounge to provide peace and uplifting JOY TEAM members to talk, share and support.

Tickets are only $45 (includes draws for over $2,000 in prizes) until Jan. 15. Get yours here More Joy Regina.

Elizabeth Braul says…


“Christalee let me see an advance copy of her book when I was in the lowest moment of my life, completely heartbroken over my unfulfilled dream to have children. Her book was a tiny light at the end of a very dark, long tunnel and I am so forever grateful for the message of calm, light, love, self acceptance and moving forward through grief. Her honest, thoughtful words gave me a measure of peace and hope back.” —Elizabeth Braul, Teacher, Winnipeg, Man.

Help for the struggling…

…I never intended this book to be a self-help book, and strictly speaking, it’s not. But those who have read early versions of Journey to Joy have found the words to be healing and helpful.

If you know of someone struggling with anxiety, depression and life in general, I humbling ask you to pre-order them a copy of the book (due out May 1, 2018; $24.99), or suggest that they read the ‘sneak peek’ post and order the book themselves.

Here are what two  readers discovered when they read Journey to Joy:

Elizabeth Braul, teacher, Winnipeg, Manitoba:


Christalee let me see an advance copy of her book when I was in the lowest moment of my life, completely heartbroken over my unfulfilled dream to have children. Her book was a tiny light at the end of a very dark, long tunnel and I am so forever grateful for the message of calm, light, love, self acceptance and moving forward through grief. Her honest, thoughtful words gave me a measure of peace and hope back.

Chantal Romanow, businesswoman, Aurora Colorado :


This book came into my life as my thoughts were in, to say the least, turmoil! I thought I was the only woman going through this journey so when Christalee asked me to read her book, I truly had no idea how deep and profound of a book it would be for me.

I was deep into personal development books already but her book was different because it came from a mom, a woman, a real experience and it shared her struggles and her journey. It gave me permission to be okay with my thoughts, to see the parallel of life and the choices we all have in our journey. In her book I took away my most important lesson–Breath and Meditation. When I find my breath, I find space and in the space I take time to find my joy. The breath cleans the worries, and thoughts and my awareness turn to finding joy. In this space, life slowed down. This book gave me permission to heal and connect with God and life moments.

It is still a work in progress, as is every journey, but making this a habit has allowed the joy in life to be found. Sharing her journey gave me grace and understanding because although our lives are different, somehow the jouney to find joy is a search for many of us. 



Joy is … Week #1

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After two years of traveling on my life-altering Journey to Joy, I humbly share with you my discoveries. Something far greater than I has conspired to allow me to capture these images, and these feelings, and for that, I am eternally grateful and … I am changed. In the coming months, as I write my book about my 21days2joy social experiment, I will post weekly revelations and images. I invite you to partake and to respond, but mostly, I invite you to go out and get your joy … it’s waiting!     

Month 18: WRITING

a5661c69209db9442d7b35f860bb2a4aIn March I vow to write like no one is watching (especially myself):

To write, oh  to write, it is like all life has returned, like the -30 is only waiting for this sun that will melt it’s petrified heart. Sometimes I just want words – I panic if the paper is not there, if the pen should run dry, if the words should stop, the letters falling to the floor in a series of broken clichés about snow-capped mountains and flowing streams. To KNOW, to better KNOW, these words of mine – that come from this soul of mine is the joy I have long been looking for. To KNOW, to feel the ruby slippers on my feet. To know the words are waiting …JOY! You’ve always had the power my dear – you’ve always had it!


‘That gut feeling!’

I’m going to spend 21 days in February making decisions based on my first intuitive feelings, rather than based on my brain’s many complicated arguments. 

QUESTION for you: How do you know when you are ‘intuitively’ making a good decision? Do you get butterflies, do you feel calm, do you feel excited, are you at peace? 

Month 13 – CHARITY

I am working with Brady Murray and RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome) to find a ‘forever family’ for a precious Down Syndrome orphan whom I love. I have joined the RODS team and I will be running a 10K race to raise money for this little boy’s adoption process.IMGP0647

I will be selling ‘HERO HEARTS’ made by Jolene Dusyk. The glass JoJo Bead necklace will sell for $39 ($17 goes directly to finding our dear boy a home). Let me know if you’d like one (by leaving your email/phone # in the comment box below). OR, you can donate directly by visiting rodsracing.org (hit the blue ‘DONATE’ button).  My goal is to raise $1,000 this year.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


BRUTAL honesty doesn’t seem like quite the right name for this topic. I mean it to be something about ‘owning my truth’, honesty, forthrightness, not withholding, not sugar-coating, but not being brutal either.

As this social experiment progresses, I realize that I didn’t have as much to fear about my own honesty as I first thought I might. I was sure I had to be bold, rude and blatant to be honest, but as it turns out, I’m not really ‘hard-wired’ to be rude. My ‘wise self’ (Cheryl Richardson) or my ‘essential self’ (Martha Beck) is actually quite the diplomat. She can be brutally honest without being brutal. That’s her true nature – my true nature – is to be kind and gentle and diplomatic, sometimes at my own expense.

It isn’t in my bones to be mean-spirited or hurtful, in fact, it is in my nature to be the opposite – too consiliatory, too kind, to the point of sparing my own truth. This is a totally liberating realization – I don’t have to fear myself, I actually just have to embrace her and the best will emerge. JOY!