The death of a distant, love-withholding mother sets the stage for a woman’s transformation. In the place of grief, there is guilty relief. Unsettled and unhappy, the author turns 60, and a retreat on the Oregon coast inspires her to take stock and start living a life of her design. Decades of her life had been motivated by what she “should” do. After a childhood largely devoid of any opportunity to get or have what she wanted, a lifetime of decisions and their unintended consequences followed. Self-neglect resulted in bad marriages, toxic friendships, childhood trauma, and a dry, unfulfilling career. As the veneer of a seemingly perfect life cracks, her awareness expands. Exploration turns to wonder, with opportunities presenting themselves like a waterfall. She begins to see spiritual breadcrumbs, croutons, and the occasional slice of bread. The distance between the early days of her journey and triumphant awakening begins to narrow. The spontaneous purchase of an ancient house in France delights and brightens her outlook. Things really start to percolate when she relegates her career to the backseat. Joy and awakening take over the story, and you are invited to join in. We explore forgiveness, trust, faith, self-love, grief, hope, and much more. You know you are not alone. And we celebrate our stepping into the light. Together.
The author offers this guided journey filled with lessons, meditations, glorious stories of the French countryside, and more. Her story is quite possibly your story.