Carolyn CJ Jones

Employment, Publications, Awards, and Exhibitions


  • CJ Jones Speaking, Coaching, & Caregiving, Owner, 2012-current
  • Gate Lady Publishing, Owner, Self-published Opening the Gates of the Heart, 2010-2012
  • Carolyn Jones Photographs, Owner, Sold her fine art photographs, 2006-2010
  • Intracorp, Nurse Case Manager, 1994-2001
  • Pediatric Services of America, Director of Nursing, 1993-1994
  • Colorado Medicaid Program, Nurse Resource Consultant, 1985-1992
  • Hospital and nursing home Staff Nurse, home care visiting nurse, 1974-1985


  • Studied the art of speaking through involvement in numerous events, speech classes, and Toastmasters, 2012 – current
  • Awarded certificate, Barbara Wainwright  Coaching School, 2014
  • Self-taught renovator of houses, boats, cars, and a van, 1975 – 2002
  • Self-taught photographer, augmented with classes and private instruction, 1962 – 2004 
  • Awarded Bachelor of Science Degree, Kent State University School of Nursing,  June, 1974




  • Co-author, Live in Gratitude Daily: The Key to Abundance, Joy, and Love, Bestseller
  • Co-author, Women of Courage, Women of Destiny: Moving from Fear to Faith to Freedom, Bestseller 
  • Co-author, Bloom Where You Are Planted and Shine! International Bestseller 


  • The Beginning: Change Your Story, Change Your Life (CJ’s free report)
  • In Search of Forgiveness: Getting Past Your Anger to Find the Life You Want (CJ’s ebook)


  • Four Keys of Forgiveness: The Pathway to Peace (CJ’s CD/MP3 and Workbook set)


  • Self-published Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing, by Gate Lady Publishing (CJ)


Workshops and Presentations


  • Two-weekend workshop for men at San Quentin State Prison
  • Created Freedom From Resentment: The Art of Forgiveness program
  • All-day workshop on leading up to forgiveness and forgiving
  • Workshops for various senior retirement communities


  • All-day workshop on forgiveness
  • Spoke on various community leaders’ stages


Awards and Exhibitions


2018 (for book, Opening the Gates of the Heart)

  • Silver Medal for World Peace in 2018 Living Now Evergreen Book Awards

2012 (for book Opening the Gates of the Heart)

  • Silver Medal Award for best Gift/Specialty book from Nautilus Book Awards
  • the daVinci Eye Award for best cover art from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards
  • Honorable Mention for Spirituality by the Nautilus Book Awards

2011 (for Opening the Gates of the Heart)

  • Best Fine Art Photography Book, by the Bay Area Independent Publisher’s Association
  • Finalist in Inspiration category in the Global ebook Awards by Dan Poytner

2010 (for Opening the Gates of the Heart)

  • First Prize, Poetry, by the Do-It-Yourself Book Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Spirituality, by the New York Book Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Photography/Art, by the San Francisco Book Festival

2007 (for abstract photography)

  • First Prize, Down the Straightaway, online juried show and contest: 2007 International Art Show: Part Two – Abstracts,
  • Second Place, Green Dot, online juried show: Abstracts,
  • Curator’s Choice Award, Color Burst,
  • Back cover of book, Abstracts 2007-Volume Two, for image Color Burst,
  • Semi-finalist, Bridge to Sanity, online contest: String Art Competition by The Violin Case 

Solo Exhibitions (for gate and abstract photographs)


  • Worldwide Chiropractic, San Bruno, CA, gate collection


  • Ruth Stroup Insurance Agency, Oakland, CA, gate and abstract collections
  • Larkspur Public Library, Larkspur, CA, gate collection
  • Laurel Valley Optometry, Oakland, CA, gate collection


  • Thompson Hall Gallery, Sausalito, CA, Dancing With Light, abstract collection
  • Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley, CA, gate collection
  • San Anselmo Public Library, San Anselmo, CA, gate collection

Juried, Group Exhibitions (for gate and abstract photographs)


  • Mad River Post, San Francisco, CA, gate & abstract collections
  • The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO, Macro
  • Expressions Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Lines, Patterns, and Textures


  • Rackable Systems, Fremont, CA, gate collection
  • California Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, CA, Art on the Walls
  • O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, Art That Speaks: Blending Word and Image
  • Aurora Colors Gallery, Petaluma, CA, California Wine Country
  • O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, Wabi-Sabi Exhibition
  • Aurora Colors Gallery, Petaluma, CA, Abstractions, Color, and Texture
  •, online exhibit, Abstracts


  • Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, The Edge of Abstraction
  •, online juried exhibition
  •, online juried exhibition, Abstracts 2007