New Book Gives Moms a Plan to Get The Joy Back -- Without Guilt

Is motherhood sucking the joy right out of you? You're not alone! Take action to get your joy back with the new book Joy-Worthy: A Mother’s Guide to More Joy, Less Stress and No Guilt from Julie McGrath, LICSW of The Joy Source.
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Nov. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- Listen up, overwhelmed mothers: If you feel like motherhood is sucking the joy right out of your life, you are not alone -- and it’s perfectly okay to take action to get your joy -- and your true self -- back. So says Joy Coach Julie McGrath, LICSW, founder of The Joy Source (Peabody, MA) and author of the new book Joy-Worthy: A Mother’s Guide to More Joy, Less Stress and No Guilt. McGrath drew from her professional and personal experience to write a book that gives harried moms a 10-point plan for putting themselves first and reclaiming their joy, without guilt. Joy-Worthy offers down-to-earth guidance for women on how to get their own needs met so they can be better mothers and create the fulfilling life of their dreams.

“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 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

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.

Visit or connect on Facebook at!/TheJoySource.
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