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A Weekend to Change Your Life
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New York Times bestselling author Joan Anderson gives women practical advice and inspiration for building creative, independent, and fulfilling lives through discovering who they truly are and who they can be. Like Julia Cameron s The Artist s Way, Joan Anderson s bestselling A Year by the Sea revealed a far larger than expected constituency, in the form of thousands of women struggling to realize their full potential. After years of focusing on the needs of others as a wife and mother, Anderson devoted a year to rediscovering herself and reinvigorating her dreams. The questions she asked herself and the insights she gained became the core of the popular weekend workshops Anderson developed to help women figure out how after being all things to all people they can finally become what they need to be for themselves. A Weekend to Change Your Life brings Anderson s techniques to women everywhere, providing a step-by-step path readers can follow at their own pace. Drawing on her own life and on the experiences of the women she meets at her workshops, Anderson shows women how to move beyond the roles they play in relationship to others and reclaim their individuality. Through illustrations and gentle instruction, she illuminates the rewards of nurturing long-neglected talents, revitalizing plans sacrificed to the demands of family life, and redefining oneself by embracing new possibilities. Wake Up, Sister. It s Your Turn A full life requires cultivation. The minute we take our hands off the plow, fail to reseed, forget to fertilize, we ve lost our crop. And yet, most women I know, while in the service of some greater good have let their very lives wilt on the vine. Having been taught the fine art of accommodation, most of us have developed a knack for selfless behavior. We ve dulled our personal lives while propping up everyone else s, and we re no longer able even to imagine having any sort of adventure, romance, meaning, or purpose for ourselves. In short, we ve gotten way off track and taken the wrong road to self-satisfaction, foolishly thinking that after all of the doing, giving, trying, and overworking someone will offer us a reward. But Prince Charming was a bad joke and all the fairy godmothers are dead. Instead of happy ever after, most of us end up with the ache. We wake up each day with an inner gnawing, a hunger for more, a craving for an overhaul, but we are too listless, tired, or depressed to do anything about it. We have spent the greater part of our lives pouring ourselves out like a pitcher. No wonder we feel so empty. But we lack the necessary energy, a helpful roadmap, and any type of guidance and support. Well, it s time to change all of that. From A Weekend to Change Your Life"
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JOAN ANDERSON, is the author of A Year by the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage, and A Walk on the Beach. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and conducts weekend workshops for women throughout the country.

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Read by Renee Raudman, this program offers listeners the opportunity to plan and execute their own weekend (or longer) retreat without the expense or trouble of traveling to Cape Cod to work with Anderson. It's geared toward women of all ages who no longer find satisfaction in the role of "superwoman." With gentleness and humor, the author shows how she and her clients have confronted the exhaustion and pain of trying to control their life, looks, relationships, and environment. Techniques to reconnect to one's authentic ideals and values are suggested. Drawing from numerous women's experiences, Anderson (A Year by the Sea) explains that there are no "one size fits all" solutions. She is particularly strong in offering methods to transition between the world of retreat and one's "real" life. Highly recommended for libraries that own Anderson's earlier works and for all self-help collections.-Kathleen Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In her popular A Year by the Sea, Anderson wrote about a time she chose to live apart from her husband on Cape Cod in order to better understand herself. Anderson has turned her private retreat into a program, Weekend by the Sea Retreats, to help women learn how to have a full life apart from the needs and demands of spouses, children, aging parents and careers. Here, Anderson shares the exercises and activities she has developed to encourage change and growth. She draws on Erik Erikson's eight stages of life from infancy to old age and suggests listing the gains and losses from each phase in order to identify one's personal strengths. Another technique is the beach walk, which allows women to get in touch with their bodies and emotions as they trek alone on the shore, collecting shells, rocks and driftwood, swimming, or drawing pictures in the sand. Anderson's warm, inviting tone will appeal to women who feel, as she did, that they need time and space to reinvent themselves. (Apr. 4) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Anderson's warm, inviting tone will appeal to women who feel, as she did, that they need time and space to reinvent themselves." --Publishers Weekly

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