It's time for more book reviews and today I'm bringing you a beautiful and inspiring new book called "Start Where You Are - a journal for self-exploration" by Meera Lee Patel. (Available now on amazon (link) and worldwide at awesome book stores). I'm totally swooning over Meera's watercolours and the cover of the book is no exception:
This interactive book features all sorts of amazing full-colour inspiring quotes and sayings that on their own would be fun pinned up or framed in my craft room! I apparently need to explore watercolours more often because these washes and lettering are just perfectly imperfect:
To be honest, the first thing I did when I got the book was flip through and read the left hand page quotes and drawings - but after that initial excitement was finished I read the right hand pages and started to work on the journal part of the book. Although I am certainly not a novice to self-help type media, I am super impressed how much this book made me reflect on my life in a different way. It encourages creativity and lets you explore what matters most to you. Yep - sounds a little cheese balls...but I am all over stuff like that. Here are a few example pages:
Pretty cool hey? As with most journaling experiences the book got quite personal pretty quickly so I was feeling a bit hesitant plastering my inner thoughts on the internet - but I got over that pretty quickly. If you're appalled at my thoughts then perhaps you should reconsider reading this? Here are a few pages I found particularly powerful:
My verdict on the book? It made me feel inspired to become a better person, more creative, and ready to conquer any challenges life faces me with. Seriously though - it was that good.
So what do you think? Do you ever dive into self-help journaling? Has it changed the way you look at things? And while we're at it - what advice would you give yourself as a child?