Review: Start Where You Are

Posted May 18, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Start Where You AreStart Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel
Published by TarcherPerigee on August 11th 2015
Genres: nonfiction
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams.
Featuring vibrant hand-lettering and images that have attracted a large following for her stationery and textile line in boutiques across the country, Meera Lee Patel's uplifting book presents supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more.
Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, 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.

This is such a cool book. Planning for the future, making lists and goal setting all help make me feel a little more in control. However I also have a terrible fear of ruining things. I have stacks and buckets of stickers in my house that I sit and avoid using because if I use them, they will be ruined (or used). I’m always afraid that I will use a sticker and it will be gone an I will never be able to use it again. I had the same issue with this beautiful journal. It was pounded into my head as a child that YOU DO NOT WRITE IN BOOKS. I’ve carried this book around and looked at every page but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to write in it yet. I’ve been paralyzed with fear that my writing in it would destroy it, despite the fact that that is exactly what this journal is for.

Journaling paralysis. It’s a thing.

Don’t mind me though. If you don’t suffer from this crippling condition, then this journal is for you. The pages alternate. First there’s a beautiful water color illustration and a positive quote. Then on the facing page is a writing prompt that somehow embodies the quote on the opposite page. The prompts help with planning and goal setting. Plus to do lists! I’m a planner fiend! The more planners the better.

If you checked out the cover above, this is just a snippet of the beautiful paintings on the inside. I just like to flip through it. If you ever find yourself needing a little assistance on where to start, this is a fantastic workbook to get you going.




One response to “Review: Start Where You Are

  1. Mandi

    I have this book, and although all of the pages remain blank, I’ve found I have a slightly different perspective on the idea that it may be intended for and I believe I would creating my version for a slightly different reason than planning and goal setting alone. For me, this book speaks to me in that self discovery is its intention. A way to tap into your own mind exactly how it is, at that very moment, without too much forethought. A way to read into oneself, perhaps to assist in the way many of us suffer from not having direction, a place to begin. Exactly where we are, at that very moment. I can see it evolving into something to look back on in several years, a way to see inside yourself in that moment in time when you first began and idea or dream. Maybe it would be humbling to reminisce on the big dream. Or maybe it an just become an outlet for “self care” so many of us spend little to no time thinking about what we may need in our lives, or how we feel about things. A way to self care in that we give ourselves a moment, with a motive, to look inside ourselves and find something we may not focus on any other time, and make a note of it. A motivational fool, a way to help ourselves, a beginning. Thank you for brining this book to light for others. I’ve intended often to purchase several as gifts for many of my loved ones that I feel could really use some self care. This is an easy place to start. If only we can get past making a permanent thought for ourselves and START. ❤️

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