Choosing Joy: the path to happiness

Genre: Non Fiction

Book Summary

Empower yourself. Take charge of your own happiness. Choose to live your most joyful life.

Is happiness really within our control? Is it possible to choose joy and instantly improve your life? Are you clear on what joy is and what it is not?

Joy is one of those intangible, magical qualities that can so enrich our lives. This selection of whimsically illustrated quotations and reflections will guide you to consider what joy means to you and help you to live your most joyful life.

Empower yourself. Take charge of your own happiness. Let Choosing Joy be your guide along the path to happiness.

This charmingly illustrated collection of joy quotes and reflections makes a thoughtful gift book for someone special, or just for you. It makes a delightful addition to your coffee table books, offering bite sized tidbits of inspiration as you need them.

About the Grace Girls Series

The Grace Girls Series was born of a small daily creative project - drawing a whimsical girl in a restricted time frame, with limited supplies, every day. As I believe is the case for all creative processes, this activity soothed the soul and allowed the inner most thoughts to surface. Often thoughts I didn’t even know I had. At the time, I was supporting a very dear friend through her treatment for breast cancer. I found comfort and solace in these little girls during a difficult time in my life. Eventually I began to realise that these little girls bore messages. The first girl to speak to me was Grace, who appears on the cover of the first book in the series (Finding Grace). Her message was about acceptance. She seemed to embody this intangible quality we call grace. Each day as I drew another little girl I thought about the meaning of grace. I began to collect quotations on grace and write some of my own reflections. Before long I had gathered my thoughts on the subject of grace and how finding it can smooth our path through life. For it is only when we find the grace to accept what we do not have that we can begin to discover the joy in what we do have.

Then joy became the main focus of my thoughts. I found myself drawing girls with more movement and energy. With the passing of my friend, choosing joyful thoughts required some effort. I’m sure this is something we all experience at one point or another in our lives. It felt important to explore this idea of taking conscious steps towards happiness. To empower oneself to choose joy, regardless of circumstances.

The second volume in the series (Choosing Joy is designed to inspire you to choose to live your most joyful life. Perhaps it is the sort of coffee table book that you will be able to turn to on occasion and find something to uplift or inspire you. It need not be read cover to cover. Rather, it offers little pieces of encouragement, whichever page you happen to open. It is my hope that the joy quotes, illustrations and reflections guide us on the path to happiness. Because we all deserve a joyful life.

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About the Author

Kerrie Woodhouse is an enthusiastic maker of things and life long learner. She has delightful twins, a PhD and a love of baking.

Kerrie is the author and illustrator of the Grace Girls series of books. This collection of illustrated inspirational books was created to encourage us all to accept what we cannot change and find our most joyful path in life. Kerrie is currently also working on fiction projects for both children and adults.
Kerrie used to do a whole lot of Very Serious Things. But a few years ago she remembered that life is supposed to be fun. For Kerrie, creative expression is fun. So now she makes sure that she creates something every day. Painting, drawing and writing about the world around her helps her notice and appreciate the little things that make our lives wonderful. If you want to find out more about this daily creation project head over to Kerrie’s website - you can snag yourself some downloadable art and other goodies while you are at it at 

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