The Joy of Obstacles by Kathryn Johnson

If Your Life is Filled with Struggle, Overwhelm, Fear, and Anxiety...The Joy of Obstacles Will Help You Turn Lemons into Lemonade.

Kathryn Johnson knows what it's like to struggle because she was born with Cerebral Palsy and walks with two canes.

Living with a disability has given her a unique perspective of the world: she sees this circumstance as a gift and a vehicle for profound understanding of what each experience has to offer.

In The Joy of Obstacles: Celebrating the Silver Lining in Difficult Days, Kathryn offers you hope and perspective to find deeper meaning in challenges and lead you to find greater joy in your life.

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Have you ever wondered, "Why me?"

Maybe you can relate to one of these...

  • Your life is filled with struggle
  • You're easily overwhelmed when faced with challenges
  • Fear and anxiety arise when things don't go as planned
  • When faced with the unknown, you become paralyzed and unsure what to do next
  • You sometimes wonder, Why Me?

If any of that sounds familiar then you will love Kathryn's book

The Joy of Obstacles takes you on journey of discovery, deeper understanding, gratitude, and fulfillment.

As you move through the pages you'll walk along side Kathryn from birth to present day as she shares with you her personal story. She gives you an honest look at her challenges and victories and what she has learned from them.

Kathryn concludes each chapter with an opportunity for you to Celebrate the Silver Lining in your life. These simple exercises help you to quickly assess your current perspective on obstacles. They then help you shift to find a deeper meaning in challenges and lead you to find greater joy in your life.

The Joy of Obstacles will leave you feeling uplifted and empowered. It guides you through life's challenges with a deep sense of connection and purpose.

This book is for you if you want to:

  • Feel motivated and inspired
  • Find greater joy in your life
  • Face challenges with a curiosity and a positive outlook
  • Move through changes in your life more easily
  • Find deeper meaning in life's challenges

This book is NOT for you if you want to:

  • Have step-by-step method on how to succeed
  • Read stories of how easy life can be
  • Avoid obstacles

Meet Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn began her journey of discovery in the field of personal growth 10 years ago. Her studies have included success principles, the law of attraction, breathwork, and meditation to name a few.

Her journey into the realm of personal growth began shortly after moving from Winnipeg to Vancouver. The move was prompted by an inner calling that she wanted more from life, and by her love for the West Coast that started in her teens.

From a very young age Kathryn chose to live with passion and purpose and has risen to life's challenges in many ways.

Kathryn was born with Cerebral Palsy and walks with two canes. She believes living with a disability has given her a unique perspective of the world. She sees this circumstance as a gift and a vehicle for profound understanding of what each experience has to offer.

My Life Purpose: To use my passion, joy and inspiration to guide you to live an inspired life. Together we can build more conscious communities based on genuine connection, love and understanding where everyone lives with passion and purpose.

My Philosophy: I believe every event we encounter is purposeful and for our learning and growth. Everyone of us is connected on some level through our human experience. We are brought together to help one another be the best version of ourselves possible. Each of us has a responsibility to show up fully in life and to help each other do the same.

My Mission: To inspire you to embrace life to the fullest and live with authenticity and compassion.

Kathryn's Accomplishments

  • A double bronze medalist at the World Athletics Championships for the Physically Disabled
  • A solid business education including a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) designation
  • PSI Seminars Graduate
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Kathryn is passionate about living her full potential and has a successful career as a professional accountant. She now wants to share this and her passion for life to help and inspire others to be the best version of themselves.

Praise for The Joy of Obstacles

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A Refreshing and Empowering Perspective

“The Joy of Obstacles offers a refreshing and empowering perspective on challenges. Kathryn Johnson is a role model for embracing happiness as a choice that doesn’t depend on external circumstances, and through doing that, she has created a miraculous life. In this wonderful book, she guides us to look at our experiences more deeply, where we can find lasting peace and joy.”
Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul.

Debra Poneman

She will be your hero too

“Kathryn Johnson is both the messenger and the message. Although she was born with cerebral palsy that has affected every aspect of her life, she never feels sorry for herself. In fact, she is one of the happiest people I know. She doesn’t just give lip-service to being happy, she truly loves her life and looks at her condition as a gift. In The Joy of Obstacles she not only shares her amazing story, but teaches us how we can love our lives as well. Kathryn Johnson is one of my heroes. Once you read this book, she will be your hero too.”
Debra Poneman, Best-selling author and Founder of Yes to Success, Inc.

Ashanna Solaris

Raw Honesty and Authentic Courage

The Joy of Obstacles is the remarkable journey of a woman facing her challenges, growing through her limitations, and finding inspiration, joy and empowerment in the midst of it. I know Kathryn personally as one of the most determined women that I have met. She inspires us with her raw honesty and authentic courage to be fully, radically and joyfully herself and to keep finding the silver lining.”
Ashanna Solaris, Co-founder of Clarity Breathwork.

Traysiah Spring

Deeply moving and transformational

“Kathryn Johnson is a superhero for our age. She has achieved so much, even though she has had extraordinary physical obstacles to overcome on a daily basis. Her personal story shows how she has learned to look at challenges as a gift in our life. As a chance to learn and grow and become better versions of ourselves. I highly recommend The Joy of Obstacles as a powerful tool to learn to shift our perspective on our own personal daily difficulties and turn them around to become our greatest teachers in our life. It is a deeply moving and transformational journey.”
—Traysiah Spring, Author of Clean Green Healing and Facilitator of' Simple Silence' Meditation and Retreats.

Valentina Galante

A truly inspirational read

The Joy of Obstacles is a truly inspirational read. By sharing her personal experiences, Kathryn Johnson helps the reader shift perspective and embrace obstacles as the perfect opportunities for growth and learning that can lead to greater peace, happiness, and joy. She teaches the reader to celebrate the silver linings that are always present in each challenge. I highly recommend this book.”
—Valentina Galante, Founder of Kick Ass Joy Life Coaching.

Read an Excerpt from The Joy of Obstacles

One day something very unexpected happened—at 11:24 a.m., I was born.

My delivery into the world was described as instantaneous. I heard later that I was in distress and a forceps delivery was necessary. From my first breath, I demonstrated tenacity and came into the world kicking and screaming at just under four pounds. I was nine weeks premature.

While I was still in the hospital, it was discovered my liver was underdeveloped and not cleaning my blood properly. To correct the concern, I was given a blood exchange. That is just as it sounds. My original blood was removed and simultaneously replaced with new blood. Thankfully, the procedure was a success with no further complications. I would remain in the hospital for the next few weeks. My home would be an incubator. My time there was spent growing and doing what most babies do in utero. When I grew to five pounds I was able to go home to my family.

When people are faced with obstacles they often ask, “Why me?” I say, “Why not me?”

No one is exempt from challenges in life. No one. Obstacles are not something we experience because someone doesn’t like us or because we are being punished. The Universe did not run out of easy passes when handing out life paths. Obstacles are simply part of life. They exist for learning and growth. Obstacles provide an opportunity to experience things we otherwise wouldn’t. They help us appreciate the areas of life that are working as we would like.

If the forecast was always sunny and it never rained, would we appreciate the sunshine? If we didn’t have rain, we would not experience rainbows, or budding trees, or beautiful flowers. Our lakes and rivers would be dry and the fish would have no home. We would never know the fun of splashing in puddles or experiencing the wonder of thunder storms.

It has been my experience, time and time again, that obstacles are a wrapping for our greatest treasures. They hold the wisdom of our greatest teachings, and yes, even the wonder of our greatest joys. It simply depends how we choose to look at them.

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