The Artist's Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life

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About the Author

Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez is a coach, educator, writer, and oboist. Through her workshops, her award-winning podcast Artists for Joy, and her one-to-one coaching, she is a spiritual space-maker for artists, leading thousands in various fields to creative recovery. Dr. Estevez has performed with top orchestras and holds degrees in oboe from The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music. She is also a Certified Start with Heart Facilitator. She lives in metro Detroit, Michigan, with her husband, Rev. Edwin Estevez, and their two children.


"With clear writing and hard-won wisdom, Merideth Hite Estevez is the guide we need for a sustainable creative life. She knows the curves, pitfalls, and quiet gifts of the artist's path. This book is both a personalized toolbox and a well of deep universal insight for any artist feeling stuck, discouraged, or in need of fresh hope in their work." --Emily P. Freeman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Next Right Thing

"The act of making music is in so many ways mystical but also highly practical. In The Artist's Joy, Merideth Hite Estevez has written a unique book, with calm and warm generosity, that is of relevance to all artists. I truly believe it will help us all retain our enjoyment of making music when the world and its events can seem so overwhelming and when challenges from our past may threaten to subsume our joy." --Nicholas Daniel, international oboe soloist and conductor, Officer of the Order of the British Empire

"This book provides several ways to unlock creative joy through inspiring stories and engaging exercises. By offering unique tools that awaken the senses and delight the inner child, Merideth Hite Estevez shows that it is not only possible to tap into your creativity, but that it is an essential part of life." --Tracee J. Glab, executive director of Flint Institute of Arts

"A healing balm for the artist's soul. If you are seeking a spiritual companion to sustain a joyful, wholehearted creative life, look no further." --Ashley Hall-Tighe, trumpeter for Canadian Brass, adjunct trumpet faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and certified life coach

"Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez offers an incredible guide for anyone to find their inner artist. As she weaves in her remarkable story, Dr. Estevez taps into an essential truth about life: art can save the soul." --Kenneth Moton, award-winning TV journalist, former network TV news anchor, and national correspondent

"Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, musician, author, or creative, Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez gently and lovingly guides us as readers to see anew how the gift of creativity is woven within each of our lives.." --Holly K. Oxhandler, PhD, LMSW, associate dean for research at Baylor University's Garland School of Social Work, and author of The Soul of the Helper

"In addition to her own innovations and helpful 'showing, not telling, ' Estevez has collated the best arts insights from a trusted cast of characters, including C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, and Julia Cameron. If you're looking for a book that can get you unstuck as an artist or fan into flame your already-bright spark, this is it. The Artist's Joy is, in short, an artful and wise gift ready-made for your toolbox." --Charlie Peacock, Grammy Award-winning music producer and coauthor of Why Everything That Doesn't Matter, Matters So Much

"Merideth Hite Estevez has opened up her own story in a beautiful and compelling way, inspiring other artists toward their best work from a place of wellness and joy. What a gift! Brimming with touching stories, contemplative exercises, and self-coaching prompts, The Artist's Joy will usher any creative forward in their journey." --Katy Rose, author and illustrator of Lilibet the Brave

"By the end of the prelude, you will know if this book is for you, and trust me, if you are an artist of any type, this is undoubtedly for you. Merideth Hite Estevez eloquently unpacks the urgency for joy, and then provides the tools for you to make yourself well. It's a journey you must take." --Quinn Simpson, co-founder of Graydin