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10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place – my gift to you

Every year at this time I experience huge numbers of fundraisers.  Actually, the season starts almost right after Labor Day in September.  Most of the gifts folks receive from me are things I purchased at fundraisers and they match up with the recipient.  I have spent years of my life selling items to raise funds for Women’s Education, a college, animals, sewing cooperatives, children’s justice issues, women’s shelters, cancer, seniors, health concerns and other treatments, choirs, bands, sports groups, scouting programs, homeless shelter, food banks and the Hands On Children’s Museum – just to mention this year’s list.

Galen Pearl’s lovely book is a fundraiser for the Edwards Center  in Portland, a residential center for folks with Autism, which is home base for her two sons.

10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and staying there) is such a well written, linear, book of sharing about just how to find and change into the happy person you were meant to become.  I have read her blog posts and the Facebook page, and her words have wisdom from so many traditions, shared with stories which truly illustrate and make comprehensive the lessons that she is sharing for this particular journey.  The quotes actually fit the stories, tell the ancient secrets, and are very appropriate; timely. Not a “woo woo” read.   I have purchased several copies of this book to give as gifts this holiday season to family members.

I have purchased a copy of 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and staying there) for some lucky person to receive as my gift this holiday season to you my lovely readers.  I can think of nothing more wonderful to share with you than happiness and how to find contentment when one arrives there.   I wish I could give each of my readers their own copy to say thank you for reading, commenting and sharing my words.   Maybe this will spark an interest in supporting this fundraiser – maybe the recipient and readers will spread the word?


candy_caneHappy Holidays to each and every one of you.
Thank you for all your support in 2012.
May we each be blessed with a happy, health new year.

I am taking a two week break from writing blog posts to prepare for all the company that is coming to my home and to begin work on 2013.  I will come by and check on and reply to comments and get caught up on my blog reading.  I invite you to browse through the recommended reading tab or the table of contents and see if there are other posts which might bring a bit of happiness to you too.

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s   from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Thank you.  Donations welcome too.

No one offered me any remuneration for this gift and I was not given a free copy of this book.  This is from my own library.



Galen Pearl

Galen’s blog

10 Steps Book on Facebook

Galen on Facebook

Portland, Oregon Autism Research Guide


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6 Responses to “10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place – my gift to you”

  1. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia!
    What a lovely book – and uplifting gift! The door to my Happy Place keeps slamming shut! I’ve worked very hard this year crafting a door jam so the door will stay open. There is no room for the disonance, the discontent on this side of the door. It’s too heavy. 2013 this butterfly goes free. I’d love to take this book with me!

    Enjoy your well deserved time off and may your holidays be extraordinary!

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    Patricia Reply:

    It is a lovely book by a lovely writer and I think it would like very much to fly away with you…
    Yes! I too often let the door shut…and always have a to do list.

    I got nothing on the list accomplished today because of the windstorm, tree coming down on the garage next door and all the sharing work that needed to take place when life needs to go on and there are too many obstacles

    Fly free

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    The author and book — both — sound wonderful! Happy holidays to you and yours. Enjoy your time off.
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    Patricia Reply:

    A very special book and I hope to meet Galen one of these days as she lives not to far away.

    I have so much company coming I want to focus on that so need to change my plans. Also teaching a series of workshops ( for pay) and have 6 books already to read and review for the new Year….thought I needed to consolidate my energies and priorities and I have only missed one other day all year…after 5 years, well I think a wee change of pace is in order.

  3. Jannie Funster Says:

    I clicked over to the Edwards Center and see a lot of smiling faces, looks like a nice loving place.

    And clicked to Galen’s blog too, where did you FIND this woman — she’s just as awesome as you.

    Anyway thinking of you lately and glad to hear you’ll be having company, sounds like a great family time. Hopefully all your near and dear are well, and you too — especially. Are you doing much cooking?

    And guess what?! I made my first ever turkey soup today! :) Never too late to learn more good stuff, eh?

    With love from Austin, Texas.

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    Patricia Reply:

    Hey Jannie,
    Thank you for coming on by and your well wishes. Thank you for your nice compliment, Galen was highlighted on Evita Octel’s Evolving Being’s site and I just got hooked on her lovely writing.

    I did lots and lots of cooking and cleaning and regrouping while the troops were out cross-country skiing and enjoying time off from work. I do not know if I can do such a big Christmas again in the future and have the neighbor’s 200 year old Cedar tree fall in my yard – wow I just slept all of New Year’s day away…It was fun but huge.

    Hope you are doing well and wishing you a Happy New Year
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