A Modern Day Jonah Story, this inspiring true story is captivating the minds and hearts of readers. It is a must read for anyone who has ever felt trapped, confined, or as if their life is drifting aimlessly off course.
In this book, joyce cascio invites her readers to travel with her as she leaves behind everything familiar to embark on a job as an over-the-road truck driver. During those 16 months, she faces something more challenging than the open road—she is forced to face her own hidden fears and to deal with them.
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Discovering the hidden parts of myself has taken me my entire life to uncover. This excavating has been similar to that of an archeologist who searches, knowing that somewhere deep inside the earth lies a story that, until now has been forgotten. Within me was buried such a story...........more coming soon.
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"I know now, there are many jonahs' and joyces' in the world. Not all of us reside in the belly of a "big fish" or "big truck". I write this book for all of us; in the hopes that we will find the courage to live our destinies."
Female Long Distance Driver Reveals What Really Goes On Across America’s Roadways
After you hear what Joyce Cascio has to say, you’ll never look at a big tractor trailer rolling down the highway the same way again. A former long distance truck driver, Joyce will tell funny, outrageous and downright frightening stories about what she saw from the cab of her home on wheels.
Summer is peak driving season!
She can talk about:
• Sex on wheels — how truckers can see everything that goes on in the cars below them
including couples making love.
• The subliminal message truckers send the rest of the world when they mount teeth on their grilles.
• Why the latest safety rules for truckers compound rather than eliminate the problem of drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
• Life as a female driver including having 16 men taking bets on whether or not she could back her truck up to a loading dock without hitting anything.
• Heart-pounding moments — like the time her rig was hemmed in by traffic at a railroad crossing and the train was coming!
CREDENTIALS: Joyce Cascio, who holds two college degrees, has held a variety of jobs while seeking personal fulfillment, including a 16-month stint as a long distance truck driver. She shares her tales as a long distance truck driver in JOYCE IN THE BELLY OF THE BIG TRUCK: A Modern Day Jonah Story. Joyce currently speaks to groups about getting unstuck in their lives using her experiences as a trucker as a starting point. AVAILABILITY: Kansas City, St. Louis (June 24), nationwide by arrangement and via telephone; available last minute
CONTACT: Joyce Cascio, (816) 560-3395 (MO);
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Frustrated with the politics of her social work occupation and ready for a life change, Joyce Cascio decided to embrace truck driving and ultimately achieve her life dream — becoming a writer.
Already working two jobs in programs to prevent domestic violence and counsel victims of domestic violence, and with two college degrees, Cascio wanted to do something different that did not include textbooks and classrooms. So she signed up for a paid training program with Schneider to become a driver.
Cascio drove for 16 months and kept a journal of her experiences on the road. While new and exciting, the first months of truck driving were overwhelming for Cascio.
“The first three months are hard for a new driver,” Cascio says. “I was overwhelmed by the culture and initial loneliness.”
But solitude became the muse for her book, Joyce in the Belly of the Big Truck: A Modern Day Jonah Story. The book is a collection of life lessons learned on the road and how Cascio applied them to overcome fears and anxieties that were holding her back from achieving her goals.
“Being in the big truck gave me a lot of time to think about my life,” Cascio says. “It helped me put my life into perspective and find peace. I knew I had to write a book about it.”
Her book, now available with a companion workbook, is divided into anecdotes and ends each chapter with the lesson that Cascio learned about herself from each experience. In one incident, Cascio is attacked by dogs and injured because she did not heed a “Beware of Dogs” sign. Ultimately, the author discovers that when it comes to other people’s safety and welfare, she takes precautions to protect them. But when it comes to her own safety, she subconsciously decides her life does not matter. A theme throughout the book is finding inner strength and taking hold of one’s life.
Although many of Cascio’s experiences in the book are difficult, the author speaks fondly of truck driving.
“I didn’t respect drivers before I became one,” Cascio says. “But everybody should do a stint as a truck driver.”
In the first chapter, “The Zen of Trucking,” Cascio humorously describes the training process and her initial assessment, “How hard can it be?” After grinding gears and making a lot of mistakes, Cascio realized she had been living a timid life and had to decide whether or not she was going to pass the training program.
“I had come face to face with a truth about myself,” Cascio says. “I had settled in life.”
Her first bout with low self-esteem was in high school when a teacher told her she had no talent as a writer. Devastated, Cascio shied away from writing for much of her life. Truck driving gave life to her literary dream.
“It gave me the courage to face my greatest fear — putting something in print,” Cascio says. “But it is harder to write something personal and put it out there to be criticized.”
Although the book is based on the biblical story of Jonah and the whale, it is not a religious book, Cascio says. The audience is anyone who is interested in self-enlightenment. The author is a Universalist and says many Unitarian and Universalist churches have adopted her book and begun distributing it.
Cascio, who lives with her partner Amanda and two sons, Seth and Matthew, in Kansas City, Mo., now tours the country leading workshops and speaking to groups about the “Nineveh Experience,” which is the theme of her work.
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"About being on the road, it gave me a lot of time to reflect. It gave me a lot of time to think -- without the phone ringing, without all the politics that go on in organizations like an office."
Joyce Cascio Truck Driver and Author
Joyce Cascio wanted more out of life. So when she saw an employment ad for a career she had never considered before, something clicked. "I came across an ad for a truck driving company that promised to pay me about ten or fifteen thousand dollars more a year than I was currently making," says Cascio. "I thought, you know, I'm going to try this. How hard could it be?"
With two degrees, sociology and theology, Cascio always planned on doing either social work or ministry work. But she hadn't found the best way to really make an impact with her work. Joyce recalls wanting to reach people through her writings, but discouragement as an early age steered her away from that path. "I was told, basically, you're not a writer, choose something else, it's a hard profession, there's lots of people who want to be writers and never will be, so choose something else, Joyce. And I remember my heart sank," she says. Her experiences behind the wheel of a big rig helped her to get her new foothold on her career path.
Driving an 18-wheeler turned out to be a lot more difficult than Cascio imagined. "There's so much more to it that the driving. There's moving the wheels ... there's waiting at docks, there's the rudeness of people because I was a woman driver," she says. These were all things Cascio says she didn't realize before she started working as a trucker. It was the difficult times, when she wanted to quit, that gave her an intense insight into why she had never achieved all the dreams she wanted to go after. "I realized ... I was Joyce in the belly of the big truck. I was swallowed up by my own whale. And I'll never forget that moment. It was huge for me," she says. From there, Joyce had to decide where she was going. She started writing again. She was bringing her lap top in the truck with her. "I realized I wasn't the only one trapped, that a lot of people feel that way. Trapped in relationships or jobs."
In her book, Joyce in the Belly of the Big Truck, Cascio writes about having compassion for yourself. "If you continue to berate yourself, continue to have that self doubt and that self hatred ... keeping that thought is just going to keep me in that place even if it was 20 years ago." Cascio has learned to have compassion for herself, and now as a published author, she's finally achieved one of her big dreams.
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