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Illuminated journal with reflections on surviving life's challenges and finding the joy in life. Read more

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Illuminated journal with reflections on surviving life's challenges and finding the joy in life.

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Going On: A Book About Life is based on a series of "illuminated journals" I kept during the year following my son's death. I have taken a selection of pages and written accompanying text about that year, my extraordinary son, and life before and after his drowning death at the age of twenty. I would like to publish my book in the hope that it can help others as they face life's challenges. Mostly, I want to say, "you may not think you can go on, you may not want to go on, hang in there. You will find a way, your way forward."
 ~Goldy

Below you will see one of my heart drawings, followed by some sample Journal Pages. Note: These are the original pages; the book will have explanatory text for each page as some of the page text is difficult to follow. There will also be an accompanying text about the experience of writing the journals and filling in some details that could not be included due to space constraints. 

I wrote 11 journals in that first year and each journal has 50 pages, so, clearly, I could not include all of the pages. In addition, I omitted pages that referred to other people except in a few cases where I had permission of the person mentioned. 

Page sample from Journal 4
Page sample from Journal 4
Sample Page from Journal 5
Sample Page from Journal 5
Sample Page from Journal 1
Sample Page from Journal 1
Sample Page from Journal 7
Sample Page from Journal 7
Sample Page from Journal 9
Sample Page from Journal 9
Sample Journal Page
Sample Journal Page
Sample Journal Page
Sample Journal Page
Sample Journal Page 11
Sample Journal Page 11

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    Your name in the acknowledgement section of my book

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    Beautiful hand-colored blank note cards w/ envelope (5)

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    Signed copy of Going On - A Book About Life

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    Original 6x6 Heart painting on wood and acrylic mixed media.

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    Certificate for one 11x17 custom ephemera painting. (Personal consultation required.) Plus, signed copy of Going On - A Book About Life.
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    Alternate reward: An original one-of-a-kind 18 x 24 acrylic/mixed media painting by the author/artist. Plus signed copy of Going On - A Book About Life.

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