Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.
— Maori Proverb

ABOUT JOOLS SINCLAIR...

Jools Sinclair has been an educator for more than 20 years, teaching elementary school as well as community college writing and continuing teacher education courses. A while back she took some time off to pursue her own writing career, eventually becoming a national bestselling author, before developing the See the Beauty program. She holds a bachelor's degree from UCLA and a masters in education from Pacific University. Jools sweats it out in the heat of a runaway Arizonan dream, being extra mindful not to yearn too hard to dip her feet in a cool mountain lake from time to time. In her spare time she writes fiction, swims, grows tomatoes, cooks, travels, and is a docent at the Tucson Museum of Art.


Your life is beautiful, but chances are you aren’t seeing all the beauty that surrounds you on a daily basis.

That’s how it was for me a few years ago when I was caught up in the business of living, focusing most of my attention on my problems and the problems of others. But one day after a long walk, something strange happened. Sitting at my kitchen table, I suddenly realized that I hadn’t noticed all of the incredible wonders that I knew were out there. Out there where I had just been. Instead of seeing the wildflowers, wheat grass, and pine cones swaying in the warm breeze, I had been thinking about bills, missed deadlines, health insurance, a frustrating conversation with my neighbor, and the tasteless stale doughnut I had eaten earlier in the day.

I had to shake my head.

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I knew that there were things to appreciate in every season, but summer was my favorite—one that was not easy to get to living in Bend, Oregon, and gone all too soon. I had battled snow and ice and freezing temperatures to get to the sunshine. It was an amazing time of year, in a place just this side of Heaven. And yet on that day I had walked right past all that beauty without giving it a second glance—or thought.

Then another even more troubling thought crossed my mind. What if this walk hadn’t been an anomaly? What if it was part of a pattern? What if I was spending most of my time like that, focusing on the negative aspects in my life while ignoring all the magic?

I didn’t have the answers, but I did know that I never wanted a lovely summer day to slip by like that again.

So I decided to start the simple practice of writing down the beauty I saw every day in a journal. But because I already spent a lot of my time writing, I wanted this to be fun, so I got some colored pencils to sketch with, adding small illustrations alongside the entries. Eventually the drawing took over.

Here I am, years later, and I’m still at it. On most late afternoons you’ll still find me sitting at the table, recording the beauty of my day. My journals are full of blue skies and dancing trees, of bonfires at twilight with my family and tomatoes ripening in the garden. Of good writing days and hummingbirds and spring snowstorms and red-gold sunsets. Of cooking Lasagne alla Bolognese for my husband’s birthday party and going to baseball games with my besties. Of walking by a farm and seeing a Himalayan yak and his alpaca friends.

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And while I won’t tell you that all my problems faded away, I will say that my life is filled with more excitement than it was before. I’m happier, and not only notice more beauty, but look for it as well, feeling great love and appreciation for my blessed life on a daily basis.

I strongly believe that seeing the beauty is something that everyone can benefit from and that’s why I’ve put together a program that teaches this simple, yet sacred practice.

I hope you'll join me.

I hope you'll join us...

I wish I had the gift of words so I could describe how amazing this process has been for me. I will forever hold beauty in my world thanks to your class. I see the See the Beauty class as awakening a part of me that was tired of sleeping.
— Sheila W.