…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:


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 :


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. 



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