|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 flight: to 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.