Summer of the Phoenix: A True Story of Nature, Personal Transformation, and Modern-day Pioneering in the “Other” Colorado

| December 4, 2018

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How do you bounce back when your life falls apart? Where do you go to recuperate? What do you do to heal? You can’t afford a move to Tuscany. A Spiritual Journey to Tibet is out of the question. Where do you go to awaken your True Soul…find a relief from pain (mental and/or physical)…make sense of the chaos…find the good in people…and just get by from day-to-day?

Imagine…
•you’ve just lost your job,
•your romance has ended,
•you’ve broken a leg, and
•your personal space has been violated

The people-devoid-of-caring whom you’re trying to deal with in handling these adversities are just throwing monkey wrenches into the mix.

Yes, it IS possible to heal and bounce back without traveling abroad! The author did it.

Unexpected unemployment, lost romance, a quirky painful medical condition, and repeated burglaries prompted an unconventional choice by the author to forego her city apartment, and embrace a simple, stripped-down, country life absent amenities such as plumbing, electricity, and central heat. Calling upon her pioneering spirit, she drew both serenity and strength from Mother Nature to savor life off the grid. During her retreat, she created a sanctuary in which she contemplated her own philosophies and life direction, ultimately transforming her outlook in the face of what appeared to have become a world gone mad.

In this combination journal of self-discovery, manual of self-reliance, and essay on the natural world, PJ Paulson proclaims her independence and individualism in a manner reminiscent of Thoreau’s experiment in social retreat at Walden Pond. Move the Massachusetts protagonist up a century-and-a-half and two-thirds of the way across the country, add some adversity to be overcome, keep the primitive life in harmony with nature that they share, and you have the gist of Summer of the Phoenix.

How do you rise from the ashes of your previous life? What was the secret ingredient that grounded the author and helped her discover a fresh outlook? Without realizing it at the time, savoring became a central theme that helped restore her when her old life fell apart. It can work for you, too! Check it out!

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