My Book

Photo of my book manuscriptSeveral years ago, I went through a divorce that rocked my world.  It was one of the most challenging times of my life and it tried in earnest to defeat me.  It was also the greatest gift that I chose to unwrap to discover the real me and design a life that was authentic, purposeful and one that truly fulfilled me.  It was a dark time that led to the rainbow that followed and my life blossomed.  I can easily  trace the origins of this blog and all the content and creativity on it to my willingness to take on and learn my lessons from the trials and tribulations that stemmed from my divorce.

Writing is one of my passions. Stepping into creativity is another. And yet another, perhaps the one that tops the list, is my desire to be an empowering force to help others step into their power and purpose.  I decided to combine all of my passions and write a book about my experience of divorce and taking it on to create a life that lights me on fire everyday.  My goal is to help others going through a challenge, whether it is a divorce or some other hurdle, and encourage them to have the courage to step into the challenge, learn from it, and create an empowering life on the other side of it.

I am publishing my book with Balboa Press, which is the self-publishing arm of Hay House.  Hay House publishes many of the icons who have guided my life over the years, such as Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Cheryl Richardson and Mike Dooley (to name only a few).  The idea of working with their organization in any capacity, well, it makes me feel as if I’ve arrived.  And I’m going to ride that feeling through to publication!  I’ll keep you updated on the progress of the process.  I will publish in 2015, so stay tuned.

The following is taken from the foreword of  my book.  I will provide random samples of my book which will undoubtedly leaving you anxiously waiting for more!


There is a season of grace for each of us. That season gives us the opportunity to break through the bondage that holds us back from a fulfilling, authentic existence to powerfully reclaim our life to fulfill our destinies. When that season shows up, we have the choice to act on it or we can let it pass us by. Through the crippling pain of loss, I chose to act on it. I refused to live in fear of the darkness and deny its existence; rather, I chose to step into it, learn from it and make it my teacher. I chose to embrace the pain, the debilitating sense of loss, the rampant, raw emotions and to make them my friends. I chose to give them the real opportunity teach me their lessons and give me the chance to get it right. I chose to create the life I’d dreamed of, read about, hoped for, but never could quite fully grasp. If the best of times didn’t lead to fulfillment, perhaps it would be the obstacles that would lead to the blessings. If you’ve picked up this book, then you’re ready for the journey.

Carpe Diem!

Joan Jakel



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