Westbow Press have released Beautiful, Courageous You a journey of healing Spirit, Soul and Body from depression. United States residents and European Countries can order direct from the publisher here . Also read an excerpt from the book on this link. All other orders can be placed through the Shop link.
Having overcome life-threatening hopelessness, Lauralee is well qualified to share insights into healing from depression. In Beautiful, Courageous You, Lauralee’s words will concur with many sufferers of depression. As she describes, ‘depression is more than just a low mood, from time to time we all feel sad, moody or just flat. In depression these feelings are experienced more intensely, more frequently and most often without reason.’
Here’s what the experts are saying:
You will go on an amazing journey with Lauralee as she shares her testimony. You will cry and rejoice with her and you will find ‘golden keys’ to help you in your own journey. The book outline in easy simple truths on ways to live a life of freedom encompassing all aspects of our body, spirit and soul. – Lyn Baird (Master in Counseling & Clinical Director of Life Bridge Counseling & Psychology)
Beautiful, Courageous YOU is a true account of one woman’s experience of heartbreaking despair, grief and deep depression. This beautiful book will appeal to women who are suffering from depression or anxiety, and would like practical strategies to overcome adversity. Lauralee shares her knowledge and personal experience on nutrition, exercise, natural remedies, medicine, self-care, support, and the Word of God. The content is gentle, non-judgmental and written with love. – Lisa Lindley, Psychologist
Through a personal journey of depression comes Lauralee’s own courageous story of healing for the spirit, soul and body. Straight from the heart of the Father, Beautiful, Courageous You has a mandate to tell every woman who they are, that God is captivated by their beauty and through Him they have courage to face whatever crosses their life’s journey. – Janelle Knox, Mici Magazine
NOTE: Tickets on sale June 22nd – put it in your diary to come back then x
Beautiful, Courageous You Collective presents a non-profit event equipping women and girls Saturday August 13th, to live a life of complete wellbeing; Body, Soul and Spirit. Sponsored by beautiful Riverside Retreat enjoy the surrounds and be inspired by the author of “Beautiful, Courageous You” – Lauralee Berrill plus other guest speakers, then enjoy a full afternoon of fun, thought provoking sessions that facilitate the unveiling of your identity through creative expression in art and floral workshops. Be inspired, Be empowered, Be ‘Beautiful Courageous You’
In this busy world we live in it’s important for us, as women, to know how to incorporate physical, mental, spiritual and, emotional wellness into our every day lives. This enables us to live a life full of hope and be empowered and encouraged to pursue our passions and dreams.
Snapshot of the day:
There will be several sessions and fun workshops throughout the day where professional female artists, nutritionists and specialised consultants will speak and share practical tools that you can use to live a full, happy & healthy life.
A nourishing lunch is provided + Morning and Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Workshops Overview:
1) Healing for the Spirit through ‘Colours of Hope‘
You will explore your creative self through various mixed media techniques, using art and creative expression to help you realise your full potential. No experience is necessary. You will be guided by Froyle as you create a beautiful artwork to take home. Froyle will make and supply hand picked beautiful mixed media and collage papers for you to use. (All art materials are provided in the ticket price). This hands workshop will be co-ordinated by NZ born artist Froyle Neideck -froyleart.com
2) Healing the Soul by ‘Twig and Grace‘
Flowers, like a beautiful garden bring joy and healing. Just like artwork or paint … Natures own use of colour, fragrance and texture are here to delight the soul.
This workshop run by Dezley Hughes from Twig and Grace, will inspire you to see the beauty in the everyday. Using what is in nature combined with floral to create a heart felt gift for yourself or others. There are wonderful ways to become aware of what is in our local environment and how to use it to bring life to our floral arrangements, to enhance our or another’s surroundings. Dezley will encourage you to stop, see the beauty and have some fun, learning a few easy skills to enjoy floral arranging. Dezley Hughes is the founder and creative director of Twig and Grace
3) Healing the Body with Health & Wellness
Hosted by Lauralee Berrill – Ba Exercise Science, Treena Salthouse – Health & Wellness Coach and Cara Morgan – mind/body facilitator. The Healing the body session will be run in a panel discussion with each facilitator sharing her expertise and knowledge in the area of health and wellness. Topics discussed are: depression and anxiety in a clinical sense, eating for a healthy mind, exercise and the mind… plus much more.
Helping others – the purchase of your ticket will also be helping reach those in less fortunate situations.
Proceeds from this event will go to support the ongoing of BCY events also to sponsor:
* Scarfs on assignment – beautiful, soft, richly coloured scarfs, created from original paintings, saturated with love and prayer which are sent free to to inspire hope and healing to those who are suffering from any type of illness or just need to know they are loved and matter. This is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair – making a difference in the world one person at a time. coloursofhope.com.au
We look forward to meeting you all
Lauralee and the BCY Team
Official proof copy has arrived!
My greatest hearts desire is to impact the world with a message of hope. Endowing the reader with a deep reservoir of joy and an absolute personal resolve that whatever life throws at you – you can and will overcome, you will rise again to enjoy the mountaintops of joy and breathe in the atmosphere of hope!
The heartbeat of Beautiful, Courageous You can be summed up in a quote by Helen Keller, born blind and deaf faced great adversities, she writes I would rather be walking in the dark with a friend than in the light on my own. There is great reward in living in such a way that the focus is not on what you can get but rather on what you can give.
My desire behind the book is very much, coming alongside the reader, as a friend and walking with you until you are in a place of peace, joy and health.
The first chapter is about my journey through grief and severe depression then the following 29 chapters are all about the reader. With my background in Health Science I have covered healing for the body on a very practical level. Topics include; Nutrition, exercise, medication, natural therapies and many more…. Healing the soul covers the mind, will and emotions with some powerful exercises, hints and tips for managing stress and anxiety. Healing the spirit is a thorough and deep understanding of the unseen realm and how we can heal our bodies by addressing issues such as unforgiveness, anger, resentment and judgement etc.
Some thoughts on the purpose in suffering…
“I longed to experience His heart and all He is, to drink of the living water, to go deeper in Him. This longing came from the depths of my soul, completely cast down with nowhere else to go, and the Lord said, “Go deeper.” In my experience, going deeper, desiring to know God more intimately, brings your faith under trial, as seen in the story of Job. He was tried, and the latter part of his life was more blessed than his beginning. His faith was deeper, fortified and proven.
Perhaps you have cried out, “Jesus, I want to know you, are you real, do you hear my cries?” Don’t be surprised if, by way of an answer, He takes you aside into a furnace of fiery trials for a while. There is great purpose in our suffering, like a refiner of precious silver or gold, the heat is turned up as high as needed for the dross, the impurities of the metal, to float to the surface. To his delight, after he has skimmed the dross from the surface, the refiner can see his reflection and the precious metal is “proven to be real.” Jesus takes away the impurities that surface in our furnace of suffering.
Although a painful process, the Great refiner knows that this is necessary in order for His precious one to be all that she was created to be … beyond the refining process. He smiles, for now she reflects His glory. Perfected through trial and suffering, our Lord makes something precious, someone beautiful … so precious and so beautiful that priceless is your worth!”
“Fair-weather faith is no faith” – Charles Spurgeon
A Snippet from my book Beautiful, Courageous You on the topic of faith under fire…
Faith in God is easy when life rolls by from blessing to blessing; however, faith is not faith unless it holds up under great trials. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Remember we have no more faith at any time than when we have in the hour of trial. All that will not bear to be tested is mere carnal confidence. Fair-weather faith is no faith” (Spurgeon). The months and years that lay ahead were to be a test of our faith. We were about to experience the furnace of affliction. We would step into the refiner’s fire and prove our trust in the unchanging, purifying love of God…
You can read more on the refining of faith through trials in Beautiful, Courageous You – Healing Body, Soul and Spirit soon to be released by Westbow Press. Pre-order your copy here xx
So many people I talk with are sleep deprived and seldom get a sound nights sleep, if prolonged, lack of sleep can lead to anxiety, depression and many other poor health factors. For many years I suffered terribly with insomnia nowadays I sleep soundly with minimal waking. Here’s a few tips that work for me and I am sure they will work for you also ;-).
Generally getting to bed before 9pm is ideal, as the quality of sleep is greater; my mum has always said ‘every hour before midnight is equal to two hours sleep’… I use to think this was just her way of having a quite house by early evening but there is a science behind it. The “Sleep Health Foundation” concurs with mum’s advice:
Your best quality of sleep is obtained when your circadian rhythm is at its lowest point (usually between 10 pm – 5 am). Therefore even if you obtain a good amount of sleep (7-9 hours), going to bed late is likely to lead to a large amount of your sleep being highly inefficient. To take advantage of this plan your evening so that you have nothing to do but relax from 9 pm. Then go to bed when you feel the sleep wave: a period where you will feel highly drowsy (for most people this will occur between 9-10 pm).
In this case, I must admit… mum really does know best!
On the topic of sleep, I cannot over emphasise the need for good quality & quantity of time in slumberland. While pulling an all-nighter completing work, up with sick kids etc. can bring a feeling of temporary euphoria, running on adrenalin the following day, long-term sleep deprivation is detrimental for the mind and body. On the other hand, balanced circadian rhythms can contribute to good mental health.
Throughout depression I tried many sleep enhancement techniques, herbal teas, deep breathing and listening to soft worship. All were very helpful but the most effective was ‘quite awake time’. Where we live, often we lose power, when this happens we have no artificial light, no screens (computer or television) and no loud disruptive noise (with the exception of a toddler tantrum) . In this quite wakefulness, we will read by candlelight or nightlight, play a board game, watch the storm (often why the power is out) and go to bed much earlier than usual. What would result by morning is a deep peace and calm in our home, somehow the combination of being fully caught up on sleep, as well as quite awake time the previous evening, tilted our moods towards happiness. Give it a go… no screens, no bright lighting before bed and you’ll be counting zzz’s instead of sheep! x