“Women are better mothers when they get their own needs met,” says McGrath. “I realized when my children were young that being a strong, confident woman with a life beyond them would better suit my children than being a depleted woman who no longer nurtured her adult relationship with her husband or went outside the home to enrich her life. Joy-Worthy shows women how to reclaim their strong, confident and joyful selves, whatever stage of motherhood they are in.”
“On airplanes, flight attendants tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you help your children. Why? If you can’t breathe, how will you help others? That's really what Joy-Worthy is all about. If you are not happy and nourished, how can you reflect those feelings to your children? If you are content and fulfilled in your life (taking care of yourself, enjoying hobbies and friends), then you are truly able to be present, patient and more loving with your family.”
If you are not fully participating in your own life, Joy-Worthy is your wake-up call, because life doesn’t stop and wait until you feel ready. Now is your time to stop that vicious cycle of blah and get moving in the direction of your dreams. Joy-Worthy is available on Amazon.com November 8, 2013.
About the Author:
A licensed social worker, Julie McGrath, LICSW watched women disappear into parenting, relationships and work, losing their true selves and desires in the process. The women around her were becoming empty shells of who they once were, full of guilt at the prospect of taking the precious time they needed for themselves. A strong advocate for women, Julie said, “Enough!” In 2009, she founded The Joy Source LLC to encourage and empower women to rediscover themselves, find their joy and passion, and then live it. Through The Joy Source, Julie leads groups and getaway weekends for women, offers individual joy coaching in person or by phone, and publishes a free, online magazine, The Joy Ride. Joy-Worthy is her first book and can be found at http://thejoysource.com.
Julie McGrath is also the director of the psychiatric crisis team for a hospital emergency room north of Boston. She has an MSW from Barry University. She lives with her husband and two children north of Boston, where she finds joy in sunny summer days, scrapbooking and being in the company of good friends.
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