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The Art of Wishing

By Noelle Oxenhandler

On the brink of my fiftieth year, I took stock of my life--and the tally was grim. I was alone after a long marriage, seemingly doomed to perpetual house rental, and separated from the spiritual community that had once sustained me. Though skeptical of "create your own reality" thinking, I launched a year-long experiment in wishing—to see if there was, indeed, any power in "putting it out there,"  as so many people proclaim. It wasn't easy, but I forced myself to suspend my doubts and go for it all:  a new love, a healed soul, and the sweet stucco house of my dreams.

Over the course of the year, I was amazed to discover that all three of my wishes really did come true—in ways that met, subverted, and overflowed my expectations. Based on the experiences recounted in my book "The Wishing Year," here's how to launch your own year of wishing

Noelle Oxenhandler is the author of The Wishing Year: A House, a Man, My Soul, a Memoir of Fulfilled Desire. To read more about Noelle, visit her website, noelleoxenhandler.com.

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