Elizabeth Braul says…

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“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.

Chantal Romanow says…

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The book Journey to Joy 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 parelle 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 cleanes the worries and thoughts and my awareness turn to finding joy. In this space life slowed down that it gave me permission to heal and connect with God and life moments.

It is still a work in progress as 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.  —Chantal Romanow

 

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:

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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 :

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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. 

 

 

Endorsement from Dr. Christine!

PastedGraphic-8“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

 

A sneak peek…

thank you SO MUCH to all 300-plus who ordered my book Journey to Joy (to be released May 1, 2018). I’m AMAZED…and humbled! I Thank you!

Here’s the introduction to Journey to Joy: The transformation of a life…21 days at a time:

INTRODUCTION

This book is for us.

It is for those of us who have felt too broken to be fixed, too sad to be happy and too stressed to be content. This is for us—the overwrought, the overly hard on ourselves, the trying but not getting, the giving until our bones have become weak and brittle.

You may have visited counsellors, life coaches or therapists. You may have tried supplements, vitamins and anti-depressants. Or, you may have gone it on your own, spilling your soul to confidants and devouring hope-offering books.

I am you and this is the story of my walk back.

It’s the story of placing one leaden foot in front of the other, putting my worries in their rightful place and removing the weight of the social pressure that bowed me to the ground.

After a nervous breakdown at age forty-three, I was left to reconstruct life as I had created it. As a working journalist, I chose a one-month joy project—a project that mercifully morphed into two life-altering years. I spent twenty-one days each month focusing on what I hoped would bring joy. Scribbled expectantly on sticky notes, I immersed myself in one joy-giving topic after another, seeking desperately to infuse my life with the happiness I had lost. I began with the subject of ‘Joy’ itself, in all of its broadness and breadth. By month twenty-four—after immersion in subjects like Creativity, Food, Photography, Nature, Reading, Gratitude, Great Love and Writing—a whole new me emerged; one whose bones had calcified and one whose soul could stand still in the shelter of a newfound strength.

After forty-three years of living, giving and letting myself down, I was finally able to hear my calling, and more importantly…to answer it without crippling fear.

As you journey with me, I will tell you of my full-scale breakdown, and I will describe my worries, fears and lack of coping skills in relatable detail. However, this dip into the dark will be fleeting and absent of blame as my purpose is simply to have you witness these depths for the sake of recognizing the possible heights—both mine and yours.

I encourage you to grab a pack of sticky notes (right now if you need to) and choose your own topics of joy. I invite you to embrace your suppressed desires as we wind our way through this book, and life, together. May the very act of writing down twenty-four joy-infused topics set something in you free, as it did for me.

I share this tale with you humbly, offering only what I have to give—honesty, hope and the profound knowing that we are together in this sometimes painful predicament of being human. If you are not one of us—the worriers and the ‘think-too-muchers’—this book will help you come to know us better.

Together, we will understand anxiety and depression—and joy—better.

This book is for us.    

It is for those of us who know there is a better way to live, but we just can’t seem to find it.

Order your book here…

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TO PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOK, PLEASE email Lcfroese@sasktel.net with # of books

TO PRE-PAY and qualify for one-week at a B.C. vacation home, e-transfer $24.99 to Lcfroese@sasktel.net by Feb. 1, 2018

Journey to Joy will be available for pick up on
APRIL 28, 2018 at the Montmartre Farmers Market.

I WILL HAPPILY SIGN ALL PRE-ORDERED BOOKS!

 

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The book will be PUBLISHED…

…these are five words I thought I’d never say. After years of writing, months of searching for a publisher and many sleepless nights, I am FINALLY able to say…THE BOOK WILL BE PUBLISHED. Journey to Joy (the story of my struggle with depression, my two-year joy experiment and the rescue of Chinese orphan Mei Chen) will be in the capable hands of publisher Heather Nickel of Your Nickel’s Worth Press and will be out this coming May.

I invite you to pre-order Journey to Joy…the transformation of a life 21 days at a time by sending me your email. The book will go on sale March 1, 2018  and will be out on May 1, 2018. I’m charging $24.99. A donation will be made to Racers for Orphans with Down Syndrome for each book sold.

THANK YOU to everyone who supported me and cheered me on during this long and incredible journey!

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Ashes in a hottub?

After a day of spa-induced bliss in Banff, here’s my question: Can you have the ashes of your remains sprinkled in a hot tub? Sounds a little odd, but just think how warm, scenic and free of sharks it would be!

If you answered ‘yes,’ then I’d like my ashes spread in the Moose Hotel & Suites hot tub in Banff, Alberta (Lewis Froese – skip it if you think it’ll plug the filters). LOL!