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    Ojai Author/Artist/Uplifter Wendi Knox launches her new book at The Porch Gallery April 28

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    When creative advertising executive Wendi Knox was dealt a blow to her career and her confidence, the magical intervention of a swarm of red dragonflies lifted her up and offered a new perspective on life.
    In “From Muck to Magic: an uplifting journey” Knox shares her personal journey of rising up from the muck of self-doubt into the magic of self-love through colorful verse and whimsical yet profound paintings.
    Knox will be imparting her uplifting, inspiring story while signing books at The Porch Gallery in Ojai on Sunday, April 28 from 3 to 5 pm. The gallery will feature her original paintings that illustrate the book.
    In her past life, Wendi Knox was the only female SVP/Creative Director at one of the largest advertising agencies in Los Angeles (Think “Don Draper” without the cigarettes or martinis.) But her soul longed for something more. Unexpectedly, she was forced to find it when she lost her job at 50. Sobbing in her backyard, Wendi asked the universe, “Am I too old to reinvent myself? Please give me a sign.”Her answer came when hundreds of red dragonflies descended upon her garden. Wendi was amazed to learn that dragonflies spend most of their lives crawling at the bottom of a pond (up to four years) And that it’s down in the muck, that they grow their magical wings.

    “That’s when I got it. I’M A DRAGONFLY,” said Wendi. “And my wings were growing the whole time I was stuck in my muck.”

    From there, her mission took flightto uplift and inspire others to transform their muck into magic. And remind them that it’s never too late to soar.

    Her one-of-a-kind inspirational book, From Muck To Magic is filled with heart, art, and humor. It takes the reader on a poetic journey from the muck of self-doubt to the magic of self-love.

    An award-winning storyteller for brands like Honda and Acura, Wendi has written and illustrated a book that changes the stories we tell ourselves. It’s a balm for the soul of any woman, at any age, who finds herself stuck in the muck of change, growth, worry, loss, fear, grief, overwhelm, inertia, exhaustion or just the mere messiness of life.

    Within its joyful pages is a powerful blueprint for transformation—an invitation for us all to rise up from our personal muck to bring our own unique magic into a world that has never needed it more.

    Wendi also teaches The Way of The Dragonfly through her book, blog, workshops, inspirational speeches, and private sessions. She’s also been a regular contributor to Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change blog and was featured on Rita Wilson’s Voice of Strength series on The Huffington Post.

    From Muck to Magic is available in Ojai at Fig Curated Living, 327 E Ojai Avenue andBungalow by Fig, 109 N Montgomery Street, and on Amazon.

    In Praise of From Muck to Magic

    “I am inspired by the joy that radiates from these lovely paintings, 
    and I believe in the message —— never forgetting that it is we women now, who can and must ‘re-wire’ our whole world.”   
       —ALI MACGRAW/Actress/activist/designer

    “The best, most beautiful dose of therapy you could ever get your hands on.  A feast for the eye, the heart and the soul. Read it and be uplifted. Drink in its gorgeous paintings and soar.
       —DAPHNE ROSE KINGMA/ Best-selling author of
          The Ten Things To Do When Your Life Falls Apart

    “Captivating and exhilarating! You can feel the truth in Wendi’s beautifully illustrated work that seems to rise up from the depths of her soul, revealing the transformative call of the inner world.”
        —DARA MARKS/ Author of Inside Story,       
           The  Power of the Transformational Arc

    About the author…

    Wendi Knox is a writer, artist, and uplifter . After an award-winning creative career in advertising, she longed for something more and unexpectedly found it in her own backyard during a mystical experience with hundreds of red dragonflies. With art, heart, and wisdom, Wendi teaches The Way of The Dragonfly through her book, blog, workshops, inspirational speeches, and one-on-one sessions. She’s had the honor of being a regular contributor to Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change blog and was featured on Rita Wilson’s Voice of Strength series on The Huffington Post. Wendi is grateful for her husband Will, son Landon, fur-baby Blossom, and the magic that happens in her Ojai, California studio.  Learn more at:

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    Bertha Shuman
    Bertha Shuman
    3 years ago

    Beautiful inspiring story

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