Your beautiful soul deserves beautiful expression. This book will show you how healing is possible through creative expression.
Living and working in three countries, and traveling to over thirty countries in the last ten years, I found myself and my truth through immense personal pain, change and the creativity it birthed. My stories of healing, including abstract photographs, paintings and illustrations sourced from my soul and world experiences, draw people in with their vibrant energy.
In this book, I will share with you:
- A little bit about trauma and a lot about healing.
- How comforting unconditional loving kindness can be.
- The value and importance of connecting with the child within.
- How creative expression, both visual and written, is a powerful healer.
- How to draw your own mandalas and understand their messages to you.
- The "rules" of process painting, and how to set up your own home studio.
- The story behind my love affair with chandeliers and the world.
- How to manifest beautiful soul-connected fine art into your space.
If you’re ready – spirit and soul – to experience the transforming power of creativity, THIS is the book for you.
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The five start reviews are coming in!
Having read more than my share of “self help” books, I am always interested to find a fresh, new voice that doesn’t subscribe to the popular, but not sustainable, “3 steps to happiness” model. Annette’s well- documented journey is nuanced and honest, as she openly shares the ups and downs of her healing process with beauty, pathos and humor. She skillfully unveils her healing process as it showed up in her life, sharing her every day experiences with the belief that healing is possible using creativity as an essential ingredient. Stories drive her message home, and the art she shares pulls you inside of the journey. Her mandalas invited introspection and contemplation as they pulled me into my heart. I think that this is a story that can resonate with anyone who has dealt with anxiety and/or depression. It offers hope and very specific strategies to climb the mountain of recovery. This is a journey worth taking and Annette is a great guide!
WOW I feel like I have been given a secret and personal insight into the author’s turbulent and emotional journey to self-discovery. What a priviledge! The descriptions and content have really enabled me to understand what the innovative approach to recovery felt like for the author and the process that she undertook to transition the release of her inner artist. The pictures and notebook extracts illustrated the journey and brought the words to life in a fascinating way, I felt this made the book a very personal account.
The book uses QR codes which launched You Tube videos. These were fabulous and made me feel like I was really interacting with the text and story.
I certainly feel that this book would help others as they work through their own personal challenges and try to make sense of their feelings and physical symptoms. It offers new therapy options for people to explore when seeking their own transition and healing, with such a clear and comprehensive description in the book it provides a strong foundation of knowledge for people to make their own decisions about their future recovery path.
Equally it is a wonderful story about one woman’s transformation and journey to becoming an accomplished and individual artist by following her beliefs – truly inspirational and heart-warming.
In eloquent prose, laced with personal reflection, humor and hard-earned wisdom, author Annette Hadley recounts her journey of self-healing and creative discovery through art. Hadley, through her occupation, spent a decade working in three countries and traveling through dozens more, an experience that richly informed her perspective and her art.
While there is something for everyone in this book—the exploration of personal trauma and negotiating the healing process; discovering and nurturing the artist within; helpful hints on how to create your own art studio or healing space—I took particular pleasure in her stories of living and traveling abroad. Her descriptions of her life in Doha, Qatar, a place/region I’ve never visited, fascinated me. Later in the book, there’s an unforgettable, hilarious travel story about while she was visiting England, and I also loved the descriptions of her experiences in Russia. Her words all painted a vivid portrait, and fortunate for the reader, there’s plenty of the other kind of painting in this book, too. Her artwork is delightful, a feast for the eyes.
Complete with notes, links, further resources, it’s a wonderful story of healing through creativity, and a great guide book for anyone struggling through depression, anxiety, residual trauma, to find within, as Hadley puts it, “the little girl that is me."
Annette has written an incredibly moving book about how creativity can save your life. With a warm heart and ample wit she takes the reader on a journey through trauma recovery and incites you to follow her creative footsteps! Read this book, you will not be disappointed! :)
Through this beautifully written book, Annette Hadley shares candidly the story of her own journey of personal healing.
I like how real her voice is throughout the book. Her message is an extremely important one because in this day and age, we do not seem to want to go deep into how much the level of fear we carry hinders our ability to experience, receive, and give love. Love is not just romantic love, as so many of our channels of communication and entertainment tell us; no, as she says, "I strongly believe that our #1 responsibility as humans is to love ourselves. From there, we are truly able to love others".
I firmly believe there would be much less sufferings if we followed her example. There is a superficial treatment of the word 'fear' in the world today. The biggest fear we humans experience is not of something external-- we fear facing our own demons, our own wounds. In her book, Annette tells us how she intuitively realized that she needed to face her fears and be committed to "lean into the pain and really FEEL it" in order to make more space for love.
I found her idea of placing QR codes throughout the book a wonderful tool to lend easy accessibility to her videos-- showing different modalities of healing and how she answered the call of creativity. Watching Annette create her art-- in one of her videos-- felt to me like an invitation to join her in a beautiful and fluid dance conducive to healing.
After I finished reading this book, I was left feeling deeply inspired and with a sense of admiration for the courage of this woman's soul and for the beautiful and unique ways the expression of her creativity takes. It is so much easier to cruise through life, pushing aside all our feelings.
Annette is inviting us to not let life live us, but instead, to decide to face our fears head-on, to consciously feel our past and present pain in order to heal it, so that we can begin to live from a place of inner knowing and deep loving towards ourselves and others.
I encourage others to read it so that they can learn from a truly masterful teacher. This author is a power to be reckoned with!
–Selene Negrette, Social Worker, Grief Counselor, author of NOT YOUR USUAL GRIEF BOOK (Loss of a Child and the Grieving Process): How to Heal While Connecting with Your Child Who Died
“I feel immensely blessed to have been one of Annette’s early readers, and really believe her book was meant for me to read. Her stories, beautiful art, and affirmations such as ‘I can be big, I have power, I have a voice’ combine to create POWERFUL STUFF that I needed to see and believe for myself. Annette inspired me to color mandalas and create my own art. In doing so, I was reminded that life, like my drawing, isn’t always perfectly laid out, and how in the BIG scheme of things, they all blend in to make a pretty picture. Thank you so much, Annette!”
–Kelly Anderson, Wellness Advocate
“Excellent Read! I love the fact that Annette added video links and photos of her journal with creative notes. These features made it a totally interactive read, touching different elements of the senses. Thank you, Annette, for sharing your very relatable story. It makes me want to finish my own book!”
–Rich Wright, Artist
“Annette takes the reader on an inspiring and healing journey peppered with profound wisdom, incredible visuals, and uplifting humour. She shows with amazing candour how creativity can be a key element in trauma healing, which is a deeply hopeful message for anyone looking for new avenues of recovery. Weaving personal stories with practical advice, she invites the reader to embark on their own quest of embracing creativity as a remedy for the aching soul. This book is a gift for anyone who is seeking transformation from the inside-out. Let Annette be your guide —you will not regret it!”
–Elena Herdieckerhoff, Founder & CEO, www.entreprincess.com
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