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Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration Journal – August 11, 2015
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Reflect through writing, drawing, list-making and more, and discover where you want to go next.
Discover the unexpected opportunities in facing life’s greatest challenges.
Richly inspired prompts create a space to reflect on what makes you a beautiful individual – and part of a greater whole.
“Meera Lee Patel's uplifting book presents open-ended, supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes from writers, artists, and visionaries to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more. With plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this appealing full-color book will make a perfect gift and keepsake, as well as being a powerful tool for positive change.”
"Meera Lee Patel's journal for self-exploration is a work of art on its own, filled with lushly illustrated prompts and advice, and plenty of room for you to discover and create your own beautiful revelations."
"Remarkable, endearing, and absolutely gorgeous. A brilliant travel guide for navigating the nooks and crannies of imagination.”
—Jessica Hagy, author of How to Be Interesting
"I am obsessed with Meera Lee Patel's work. It's bright, calm, zen and botanical. All the things I love."
"Meera Lee Patel is an absolute gem!"
“This interactive journal will keep its users mindful, self-motivated, and creative in our world which can so often push us towards unproductive habits and downright chaos. Pick up a copy for those in your life who may not make it to yoga or their therapist quite as often as they’ve been meaning to.”
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Now on to the book itself - first off, the artwork is gorgeous. Some of the drawings (they're more like paintings) are absolutely frame-worthy. They appeal to both adult women and teens because they're somewhat whimsical while still giving off a modern feel. The colors are so vivid and bright, they almost jump out at you. The quotes are all very thought-provoking. And the prompt questions really got me thinking myself... so often in life, we forget to explore ourselves, to ask ourselves important questions. We get caught in the rat race, in our everyday hectic schedules and we lose ourselves. Even though I bought this journal for my teenage nieces, it's certainly something that I'd consider purchasing for myself as well. It really does appeal to women of all ages.
It would also make a great meditation companion. As a writer, I find writing to be very meditative. It really assists me in my daily breathing exercises and meditation sessions. It helps me to clear my head, to focus on nothing but myself for a few minutes. I usually use a blank notebook, but this journal would be even more helpful.
Buy this for all the women in your life who need a little bit of inspiration or encouragement, and then treat yourself to one as well!
Yes, most of the famous quotes included in this journal are popular for a reason. And I suppose there are plenty of people who would find it inspirational to have these quotes compiled together in a book. But, for me, this journal didn't really do what it was meant to do. All it did was irritate me.
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I LOVE the exercises in it. They are thought-provoking (some more than others), and I find it extremely inspiring and relaxing when there is a picture and a prompt for me to journal.
Last but not least, the watercolour and quotes are just perfect. Definitely aids in self exploration; would make the perfect gift - to yourself or someone else!
It makes you think and find out about yourself; explore yourself. It brings out your innermost thoughts which you would never had thought of otherwise. When you start writing it, you realise what you have accomplished in life, appreciate the great things in your life, realise your dreams and aspirations, know what do you love, know what motivates you and many more things that will make you wonder “Why I did not think about these things earlier?”
Though I would have loved if journal was be in Hardcover because I would keep it forever, the journal is indeed beautiful from cover to cover. The artwork is gorgeous with so many paintings in vivid and beautiful colors. And, there are many inspiring and thought-provoking quotes throughout the journal. Some pages and quotes are so beautiful that it is worthy framing.
I genuinely think that this will be not only be a great gift (And, possibly life changing) for yourself, but I would certainly consider buying it for family and friends as well.
Overall, an inspiring, motivating, eye-opening and thought provoking beautiful journal which may potentially change your life.
Good luck with your journey of self-exploration!
I've decided I am going to make it a multi-year memory book, so I am able to reflect back in years to come, to see what kind of metamorphosis I have gone through, working toward a healthier future.
I highly recommend this for anyone who is at a crossroads (unless you are looking for Crowley ;) lol) and are wanting to document your views of self, situations that are present in your life, and what you want in the future.
This makes a great gift for the creative "hard to shop for" person on your list as well!
- each page is different (quotes/activities/reading)
- fun activities
- good opportunity to reflect and a creative way
- would make a good gift
- since it is not following a date/timeline, it's hard to decide when to write in it/what to do
- may not be worth the price as there are limited pages and would only last you a month if you like journalling daily
The book/journal seems very random, there is no sought of flow in it. All the left side pages have quotations and on all the right hand side activities are given to pen down things.
I would give two stars for the pretty and colorful Illustrations throughout.
The prompts for self-discovery are innovative and unique - as compared with the MANY lists I've amassed on this subject. There is ample writing space, too. Am very pleased with the quality of this. Had waited a long time to buy it and am glad I finally did.
I'm not posting a photo - as product is exactly as depicted.
I really, really wish I could recommend this book but I can't in good conscious. It might sound silly why, but when we as a human race are facing a climate change CRISIS...well I'll risk seeming like a Karen yelling like a nut. On the 10th page, author Meera Lee Patel suggests writing a message in a bottle. She specifies glass, but unfortunately that is still considered pollution. Glass can smash, and provide a hazard for wildlife due to the sharp edges. It also is contributing to 2.5 TRILLION tons of garbage ALREADY in the ocean, and you are asking us to contribute to that.
I know some people might say, I want this book, so I just won't follow that suggestion. But that isn't enough, some people will still do it. Consider your dollar your vote. Refuse to purchase, so that the author and publisher will have to make a change. It's a tiny change. But everything makes a difference.