Joan Freed, the rebel life coach and nutritional therapist, promotes self-help recovery from anything, but seems to attract grief stricken people no matter where she goes. She meets Queenie in the Kaibab National Forest of Arizona under strange circumstances – Joan's out of breath and Queenie's pantry is stocked with only marshmallows and potato chips.
Much to Joan's chagrin, it comes out that Queenie considers herself a circus fat lady. Joan agrees to show Queenie how to shop for nutrition, then two women's bodies turn up and the women are off on the adventure of their lifetime – to date. Journey with Joan and Queenie through Queenie's personal transformation from circus fat lady to wedding planner, and hope these two solve the mystery of the women's demise – before Joan becomes dead as well.
Two women lay sprawled in front of my truck. They are very dead. Queenie sits like a statue on the passenger side of my vintage Chevy pick-up looking like the circus fat lady that she thinks she is – but she's not laughing. I am on sabbatical in the Kaibab National Forest, feeding my own free spirit with life changing time by myself, much needed and anticipated after my last exhausting coaching case.
I know none of these women, but the two dead ones seem to have known me because they have magically materialized near each of my camps for a couple of seasons now. I met Queenie last evening and was simply lending a hand – or, in this case my truck and nutritional expertise – to a woman in temporary need. Our less than 24 hour kinship was an uncomplicated 'women helping women' moment – I thought.
While this could be a wearisome story of murder and mayhem, it isn't. It's the story of how one woman's life changing personal transformation had a ripple effect in solving a cold case and enriching my own personal growth.
Who am I, you ask? I am Joan Freed, the rebel life coach and nutritional therapist. You've never heard of me? That's okay. I keep a low profile intentionally.
My office is wherever my 19' Wilderness RV is parked – which is never in an RV park if I can help it.
I have my own agenda of proving that my 7-day, 7-step fast-track grief recovery program is valid, valuable, and necessary for the good of all the renegades out there, and for those who have to live with us.
I believe and promote that we are each an individual with individual needs for recovery. Let us heal in the way that best feeds our spirit and brings fulfillment to our lives. The steps are the same. The way we take the steps is unique to each of us.
I turn my case files into stories so that you, my treasured reader – I hope soon to be trusted partner in the Good Grief series – can benefit from the noesis of how to jump-start your own grief recovery program, root for those who are currently living it, and know that there is such a thing as good grief as well as 'feel good' happy endings.
Pardon me while I step off my soapbox and tuck it away. On second thought, don't wait. If you liked Volume 1, 'Unexpected Gifts – Good Grief!', you'll find 'The Personal Transformation of Queenie' a feel good, cozy adventure as well. Click the button to get the book – Volume 2 of Good Grief! The Series – and enjoy the journey.
And thank you.
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About the Author
Alexie Linn was born, raised, and stuck in Whatcom County, Washington - that's the drippy side - until she escaped ca.1995 to the desert southwest -- Arizona. After her feet returned to normal human feet - as opposed to heavily webbed duck feet, she decided to stay near dry heat - except in August when the mild Pacific Northwest is simply marvelous most of the time. She holds certificates in writing, life coaching, nutritional therapy, and counseling - to name just a few. She loves to learn, to help people do what they want to do, and to call an RV her home, as long as it's parked out in the 'sticks'. Writing is her favorite thing to do at 3 AM while reading is her favorite thing to do at 3 PM. Alexie writes from a genetic need, much life experience, and an extremely active imagination.