THE WAY OF BEING LOST
ABOUT THE WAY OF BEING LOST
Despite doing “all the right things” to successfully rebuild her life and her finances after a period of deep personal and professional turmoil where she lost almost everything, Victoria Price still felt something profoundly missing from her life. Victoria Price’s inspirational memoir is a heartfelt, candid account of rediscovering her joy and purpose after years of struggle, confusion and hopelessness.
As a child, Victoria’s mother was terrified of her daughter’s free-spirited-ness, and tried to rein it in with common sense and tough love. As an adult still following her mother’s “rules”, it took Victoria three decades to recognize that despite always trying to do the “right thing”, she not only had lost her money, her home, and her relationship, she had also lost her self. Realizing she literally had nothing left to lose, Victoria finally understood that in order to live her truest life, she had to be willing to find a way to let go of her fears and the nagging voice in the back of her head. She chose to become intentionally homeless, embarking on a metaphoric and literal road trip to find her way home to her truest self. Along the way, she learned how to reprogram the messages she had internalized while growing up, taking inspiration from her father Vincent Price’s example: his love for people and compassion for others, his generosity of spirit and simple kindnesses, his enthusiasm for new experiences, and his love of life. As she got to know her father again through attending horror conventions and celebrations of his life, Victoria saw that Vincent’s life-affirming traits had disappeared from her own. By choosing to live on what she came to call the Way of Being Lost, Victoria learned how to reincorporate her father’s joie de vivre into her own life journey.
Embracing her own unique spirituality and letting herself detach from conventional constructs and other people’s expectations (including her mother’s), Victoria found a new way to embrace the authentic life that she wanted to live. Highlighting the importance of a daily practice of joy -- the pure and simple delight in being alive – by starting a successful blog, traveling to China to visit the country where her mother grew up, and surrounding herself with friends who no longer judge her or condemn her dark places — The Way of Being Lost is a reminder of the importance of making peace with our past in order to expand our futures and live our most authentic lives.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE WAY OF BEING LOST
"Discovering the religious perspective of interspirituality proved to be decisive in Price's growth and healing, and she offers a five-step process to help others "release qualities that may once have served us but no longer do. Heartfelt testimony of an arduous search for self-affirmation that will appeal to fellow seekers. “- Kirkus Reviews“As one who’s lost his way more than a few times, I found this book true to the bone, hopeful to the core, and wonderfully well-written. Victoria Price tells a personal story so brilliantly it allows her readers to shine a bright light on their own experiences of getting lost. In a world of so many lost souls, she points the way to true north.”- Parker J. Palmer, Author of Let Your Life Speak and On the Brink of Everything“The Way of Being Lost takes us on the most exquisite journey that one can take—the road home to one’s true self… told through the particular lens of the author’s life. Though it takes great courage to make this trip, the rewards are beyond measure. And in the case of The Way of Being Lost, the journey is beautifully told, universally relevant, and deeply meaningful.”- Christiane Northrup, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age"Too often we think that to lead a spiritual life requires doing everything right. That is not just a tall order, it is an erroneous one. Spirituality is about a quest for a home in love, which we will find when we finally recognize that our truest selves are calling us home. As Victoria Price knows, this journey may come later than we hoped, but it bears the fruit of our life experience, and takes its own time to ripen. This beautiful recounting of Victoria's voyage shows us a path for discovering the Third Way and living it fully.”- Fr. Richard Rohr, Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation“A brilliant account of finding and following one’s inner light by a true pioneer, that will help every reader do the same.“- Mike Dooley, New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Possibilities and Notes from the Universe“Victoria Price understands as few do that we only get one chance at life, and she sees the harm we do to ourselves when we allow our light to hide under a bushel. In her memoir, Victoria models the bravery we all need to embrace love and life fully. It’s a very easy read, and I highly recommend this book!”- Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of Dying to Be Me“In her inspiring memoir The Way of Being Lost, Victoria Price walks us all back home. A must read for anyone who dares to live a life of joy.”- Rebecca Campbell, Bestselling author of Light Is The New Black and Rise Sister Rise"The truest pilgrims are those who become so lost along the way that it takes a miracle or an angel to bring them to altar of their innermost heart's desire. Victoria Price's stirring memoir offers us the truest of all pilgrimage maps--the one that makes sense of the present by following highways and byways, the trails and barely discernible footpaths of the past, showing that all of it was necessary...all was as it should be...everything was blessed."- Clark Strand, author of Waking Up to the Dark"Intimate and brave, this wise memoir invites us to reexamine what we really want from our own lives--and empowers us, too, with real tools for reaching for the joy we all deserve."- Perdita Finn, Co-author of The Reluctant Psychic and The Way of the Rose“In this spirited, spiritual exploration of her own life and those of her famous parents -- one joyous, one terrified -- Victoria Price shows us with sword-sharp self-awareness how to face down our fears to find those happy true selves who have been waiting unseen inside us for gosh knows how long.“- Anneli Rufus, Author of Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself & Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On
“In this beautifully written memoir, modern-day mystic, Victoria Price, forges an intimate friendship with her true self and embarks on a journey to follow this friend wherever she is guided. This leads to a life overflowing with grace and humor, with deep darkness and sweet surprise. And we get to be the beneficiaries of this transformational adventure. What a wild and wondrous gift!”
- Mirabai Starr, Translator of Dark Night of the Soul, author of Caravan of No Despair
“The Way of Being Lost is a beautifully written story of one’s woman journey of healing to stand in the fullness of life that calls to us all. Joy is big medicine, and when Victoria Price decided to follow it wherever it would lead her, she embarked on the heroine’s journey to her true self. May her courage to follow what is true inspire you to release the stories that were never yours and rekindle the courage to claim your truth.”
- Gail Larsen, Teacher and author of Transformational Speaking
“The Way of Being Lost reminds us that the path to finding one’s self can be the result of first being lost. A poignant story by the privileged daughter of a Hollywood icon reflecting back on a life spent lost but realizing life’s greatest lessons often occur when one doesn’t know where they are going.”
- James R. Doty, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop
“Victoria Price’s journey is a truly inspiring one. She looks both outward and inward to find joy all around her. She has been a close friend to me for years and I have always been moved by her story and thrilled that she is finally sharing it with the world.“
- Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Oscar-winning musician and activist
“In The Way of Being Lost, Victoria does what all of us wish to do—seeks out her own relationship with spirituality and makes the sacred a part of her everyday life, merely by observing the world around us in all its glory. Her writing shows the struggles of this way of being, but also its rewards.“
- Miranda MacPherson, author of Meditations on Boundless Love
“Victoria Price is a fighter—for her belief in a world that is connected by Love, and for her own connection to Joy. Her commitment to living as her truest self is an inspiration for us all - match point, Ms Price.”
- Martina Navratilova, Tennis player, activist, wife, parent, and author of Shape Yourself and other books
“Victoria Price has written a book that will ignite your soul. With remarkable bravery she shares her story - warts and all - of healing financial and emotional wounds through the daily practice of joy. Victoria's core message that it’s never too late to fix old habits that no longer serve us is delivered in such a raw and intimate way that you can’t help but be inspired to embark upon your own journey to joy.”
- Manisha Thakor, Founder, MoneyZen Financial Education
“Victoria Price boldly faces down the false lessons around money (and more) that she imbibed from an early age in this honest, relatable memoir. She comes out on the other side liberated from a desire to accumulate endlessly, embracing her own values instead of living by the standards of others. It’s an inspiring journey to freedom that we can all relate to.”
- Kate Levinson, Author of Emotional Currency
“Victoria Price writes beautifully of our need to forgive ourselves and others if we truly want to find happiness. Her journey through forgiveness and love shines with hard-earned wisdom, which she shares as a generous offering of her broken-open heart.”- Diane Berke, Founder and Spiritual Director, One Spirit Learning Alliance