6 life lessons from 6 years of blogging

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Positively Present turned six years old last Saturday. SIX!

It's hard to believe that just over six years ago, I was sitting on my bed, laptop on my lap, pushing the keys and deciding to create a site where I'd share my attempts at living a more positive, present life. I can vividly remember the moment when I shared with my then-boyfriend what I thought the name should be. I had no idea, way back then, what the words "Positively Present" would come to mean to me — and to my readers. Those two words have changed my life and I hope, if you've been following along for awhile, that they've somehow changed yours too. 

A lot has happened in the past six years. I've left my job to work on Positively Present full time, I've experienced my life-long dream of writing books, I've fallen in love, I've faced tough break-ups, I've suffered some serious loss (particularly my sweet little Bella), I've discovered new passions, and I've sure as hell discovered a lot about myself. When I look back on it, it's been a pretty amazing period of my life, and I've learned so much not only about myself, but about blogging, about writing, and about life in general.

Here are some of the life lessons I've uncovered over the past six years...

 

IT'S PERFECTLY OK START OFF SLOW.

When I started off, I kept the blog a complete secret. It took me two full months to even put my name out there (see here), and much, much longer before I shared the link with people I knew in real life. I'm not a shy person and I've been sharing my writing for as long as I can remember (in fact, one of my fondest memories of this is when I was in the midst of writing a short story for English class and all of my friends took turns reading it, all of them dying to know how it was going to end). But for some reason, I had a really hard time sharing this site with the world, probably because a lot of the posts are pretty personal. Whatever the reason, I started off very slowly and I realize now that that's okay. Going slow generally isn't my thing (I'm more of an instant gratification kinda girl), but starting off slowly isn't a bad thing. It gave me time to form a vision, to discover what worked best for me and my blog, and to let the content and design evolve naturally. Starting off slow helped me realize that you don't have to rush to make something a success. 

 

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Positively Present in 2009!

 

GOING ALL-IN IS SCARY (AND AWESOME).

After three years of blogging, I decided I wanted to give it a go as a full-time career. This didn't happen on a whim. I did a lot of planning and a lot of adding to my savings account before I took the plunge. In 2012 I left my full-time job and, man, was it a scary move to make. I had some really great coworkers and a pretty decent income and even though I wasn't in love with what I was doing, I certainly was comfortable. All of that changed in March 2012 when I said goodbye to the comfy corporate work and leapt into the unknown world of working for myself by myself. Taking this plunge was actually pretty exciting. The scary part came after I'd done it and found myself alone in my apartment all day, trying to get a handle on what exactly I was doing and how I was going to tangibly turn my ideas into a business. It was scary just starting out and it was scary doing it all on my own. But I'm not going to lie: it's pretty awesome to be in control of what I do all day, to decide when and how I'm going to work. My situation wouldn't be ideal for everyone, but the lesson I've learned is this: whatever you want for your career (or your life!), go all in. It'll be terrifying, but it'll be worth it. 

 

IT HELPS TO HAVE A BIG, EXCITING GOAL.  

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a writer. As a kid, I would daydream about what it would be like to see a book I'd written propped up on a shelf at my favorite bookstore. Admittedly, when I left my job to focus on Positively Present, I didn't have a very specific plan of how I was going to make the whole publishing-a-book dream happen, but I knew that's what I wanted more than anything. I knew if I worked hard enough and put myself out there, it would somehow happen. And now it is. It's all happening! (For days I've had this scene from Almost Famous in my head...) Just last week I received an advanced copy of my book The Positively Present Guide to Life, which will be in stores and available to ship online March 10. It was literally a dream-come-true moment. I felt like a princess in a fairytale, but instead of twirling around a ballroom dancing with a prince, I was awkwardly jumping up and down in my apartment with a book in my hand. A book with my name on it! My picture on the back flap! It was such a surreal moment and it made me realize just how important it is to have goals and dreams. Working toward something (and seeing it come to life) is really one of the best feelings in the world. 

 

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The day my book arrived!

 

WHAT YOU DO (AND LOVE) MATTERS.  

Writing a book was always my goal, but I wasn't the best at going after it in the traditional sense. I wanted the instant gratification of publication, which is why I chose to self-publish my first book, Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively PresentIt was a successful venture, going the self-published route and I was content to keep heading down that path. As I was working on my second book, I received an email from Watkins Publishing, wondering if I might be interested in writing a book. It turns out they were looking for something Alice in Wonderland-themed and had discovered my site via this Alice in Wonderland article in an online search. It was an article I'd written years ago about a topic I was extremely passionate about: one of my favorite books. For most of my life, Alice has been my favorite, but I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined my love of Alice landing me a book deal. While I didn't end up writing about Alice, the connection made with the publisher led to the book that's debuting in a few short weeks. (YAY!!!) I've learned that what you love (in this case, Alice) and what you do (in this case, writing a blog post about it) can lead you to very unexpected and exciting places. What you do matters. What you love matters. 

 

TRYING NEW THINGS CAN BE LIFE-CHANGING. 

The same year that I left my job (2012), I took my first online class at Nicole's Classes to see if I could pick up some tips on graphic design. I'd always been fascinated by graphic design (I can remember as a kid playing around on my laptop designing book covers for my yet-to-be-written books and spending hours just testing out different font pairings!), but I'd never considered it something I could do. After all, I didn't have any professional experience and I hadn't studied it in school. I decided to give it a try anyway and found out that I love it. Since that first online class, I've spent countless hours taking classes, experimenting with the design programs, reading books, and doing what I can to educate myself on design. And all of that hard work has paid off, turning itself into a new part of my career! Just last year, I launched Twenty3, my design studio and have put together a pretty decent little portfolio. Writing will always be my first love, but I really enjoy designing, and I never would have uncovered this new passion if I hadn't given something new a try!

  

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Working as a designer now!

 

OTHER PEOPLE ARE VITAL RESOURCES.  

Even though I work for myself and I spent most of my time by myself, there is no way I would be sitting here writing this post today if it weren't for the help, support, and encouragement of other people. My friends and family have supported me 100% throughout the past six years (when I eventually opened up enough to tell them about it!) and there's no way I would be where I am if it weren't for them. I've also needed other people to help me learn new things, to create connections, and to form new online friendships. I've also been lucky enough to have people take a chance on me as a new designer, which has helped me learn and grow not only personally, but professionally as well. I consider myself an independent introvert, but even the most independent ladies need the help and support of others. Sometimes it's hard for me to ask for help or to reach out to create connections, but I've learned over the past six years that, even though I work alone, I am by no means completely on my own. No man is an island, as the saying goes, and no one who is successful in business (or life!) is doing it all on his or her own. 

 

 

For those of you who have been reading for years, thank you! You don't know how much it means to me to know you're out there, reading and supporting and encouraging me to keep writing. And for those of you who are new visitors or who just stumbled on the site today, welcome! I hope you'll enjoy what you find and that my words will show you just how powerful staying positive and present can be. It's changed my life and it can change yours too!

 

 

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One of the best ways to discover insights about life is to discover insights about yourself! Now is a great time to discover more about yourself and what you want most by downloading a copy of the e-book Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery. Filled with inspiration, questions, and activities to get you thinking about what it means to be you, Finding Yourself is a must for learning more about who you are and about what matters most to you. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your very own soul-searching copy here.


the yes quest : happily in pursuit of a new me

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When I received a copy of The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not much of "questing" type. I'm more of a sit-on-the-couch-and-read kinda girl. But, having read Chris's site for years, I knew his latest book would contain insights and inspiration I couldn't miss out on. The book — filled with Chris's own inspiring story of traveling to 193 countries (!!!) as well as others' unique and motivating quests — did not disappoint. In fact, it empowered me to create a quest of my own. 

Before I get into my personal quest, let me first explain a little bit about what a "quest" is. The word itself seems a bit daunting, but Chris's book breaks it down in a wonderful way that makes it seem both possible and a way to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone. The book does an excellent job of making the various aspects of — and potential methods to achieve — a quest very clear, but in a nutshell, Chris describes a quest as "a journey toward something specific, with a number of challenges throughout. Most quests also require a series of logistical steps and some kind of personal growth."  

This might seem like a lot of things for one journey to include, but that's what makes it kind of amazing. It's not just picking up a new habit or trying out a new thing for a little while. It's embarking on an experience that has the potential to shake up your soul and create a sense of meaning in your life. It's a adventure, but one with enough of a challenge that you'll grow and change along the way.  

The book is filled with information and insights about others' quests (so inspiring!), but it gets into the details such as: how to find a quest; how to handle the positives and negatives of a quest; what's the recipe for beginning a quest; what questions to ask to find your ideal quest; how to make the most of a quest; how to stay inspired to keep questing; how to cope with failure; how to afford a quest; and even how to handle life after quest. 

One of most valuable things I learned while reading this book is that adventure is for everyone. What "adventure" is differs from person to person, but everyone can find a quest, a pursuit to evoke growth and adventure. As Chris writes, "many of us undertake an adventure to rediscover our sense of self," that those words made me wonder, what parts of myself am I missing out on by not undertaking adventures

It was then that I was inspired to create my own quest...

 

THE YES QUEST

 

"Discontent is a match and inspiration is the kindling," writes Chris in the book so to find my own unique quest I started by thinking about what I wasn't content with in my life — and what would inspire me to create a quest I'd actually keep up with. The book was such a good resource for helping me figure out what kind of quest I wanted to embark on because, not only did it provide actual guidance on how to find and maintain a quest, but it was also filled with so many inspiring stories that it would have been almost impossible for me not to feel empowered and motivated to choose a quest of my own. 

In one particularly inspiring story, Chris quotes world traveller Phoebe Snetsinger, who wrote in her memoir, "It has become ever more clear to me that if I had spent my life avoiding any and all potential risks, I would have missed doing most of the things that have comprised the best years of my life." That's just one of the many though-provoking quotes that got me thinking about what kind of quest I wanted to have. 

The more I read the book and the more I stepped back and looked at my own life, the more it became clear what my quest needed to be. I needed to have a quest of yes. The quest of yes is this: for the next six months (maybe a year, if I start feeling particularly brave!), I will say yes to others and to myself. 

Saying yes might not sound like a big quest (especially compared to some of the awe-inspiring tales in the book!), but for me, it's huge. I've never been one of those people-pleasing yes kind of girls. I'm much more of a I'll-do-it-if-it's-convenient-and-interesting types. This isn't always a bad thing, but it doesn't make for a lot of excitement and adventure. Starting now, I'm going to start saying yes and see where it takes me. (No taking advantage of that, friends and family!) So long as replying "yes" doesn't interfere negatively with my mental health, my bank account, or my core beliefs, I'm going to stop defaulting to no and start choosing yes. 

I've already started and, I'll be honest, it feels pretty great (even though it's certainly a challenge!). I've accepted invitations I most certainly would have turned down in the past. For example, when a friend invited me to a concert, I immediately said "yes!" instead of thinking, But it's on a Sunday night... and it looks like rain... and I don't know that many songs by the artist... When a friend said, "Do you have time to chat?," instead of my default thinking — ugh, I really don't like talking on the phone... — I said, "Sure! Give me a call!" 

And I'm evening saying yes to myself when I normally wouldn't. For example, a couple weeks ago, I was sitting on the couch when I remembered that I had an errand to run down in the city. It was the middle of the day on a Saturday which I consider to be the worst time to run errands because that's when everyone is out and about and it's so crowded, but when the thought crossed my mind, Should I venture down to the city?, instead of immediately convincing myself to stay put on the couch, I jumped up, got dressed, and embarked on a mini, midday adventure. 

This quest of mine might not seem like an amazing adventure — it's nowhere near as cool as Chris's worldwide travels — but the great thing about choosing a personal quest is that it's an adventure for me. It's a big (and pretty wonderful) step outside of my comfort zone. It scares me a little (what if someone asks me to do something I really don't feel like doing? ugh!). But it's helping me to become a better, more positively present, version of me. 

The kind of amazing thing about it is that I never would have even considered doing something like this without the inspiration found in the book. That's one of the best things about reading, isn't it? You just never know when the words are going to change the way you see your world. This book has certainly helped me launch my own quest and, if you're considering a quest of your own (or even if you're not sure!), I'd highly recommend checking it out. Want to learn more about Chris and about the book? Follow Chris on TwitterFacebook & Instagram! And keep scrolling down to see how you can win a copy!

 

WIN A COPY OF THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT!

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After reading this post, you're probably thinking you'd like to check out the book, right? Well, guess what? You have a chance to win your very own copy here! Whether you're currently on a quest, contemplating beginning one, or just curious about what others' quests have been, this book is a must-read. Enter to win your own copy below!
 

HOW TO ENTER

1. Enter by doing one (or all!) of the following. Each counts as an entry.   

    * Friend PositivelyPresent on Facebook
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    * Link to this post on any social media outlet

2. Leave a comment below, including:

    * Where / how you entered (every follow / like / tweet / etc. counts!)
    * (Optional) What quest you're on or plan to go on
    * Your email address so I can contact you when you win  


IMPORTANT DETAILS

* Every follow / share / tweet / like, etc. counts as one entry
* Enter as many times as you'd like to increase your chances! 
* Winner will be chosen + notified via email on September 22, 2014  


bring on the books! : 6 ways to read more

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After going to the Book Expo of America to promote The Positively Present Guide to Life, I've been thinking a lot about how much I love books — and how many other people out there love them just as much as I do. Though reading has always been a passion of mine, and even though I read quite a few books each year, I still never feel like I read as much as I'd like to. Lately I've been thinking about how I can incorporate more reading into my life because every time I'm reading I'm much more positive and present. If you're like me and want to read more than you currently do, here are some of the best ways to incorporate more reading into your life. Bring on the books! 

 

MAKE A CHOICE TO READ.

Reading, like any activity you do in your spare time, is a choice. If you want to read more, you have to choose reading over doing other things (like TV!). Even if you love to read, choosing to read isn't always an easy choice to make. There are lots of other ways to spend your free time and some of those can be very tempting. If you want to read more, you have to actively choose to do it, which might mean even blocking off time on your calendar. 

 

READ WHAT YOU LOVE.

The number of amazing, inspiring, wonderful books out there is astounding, and it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing what to read. But if you don't read what you love, it's going to be difficult to keep yourself interested in the act of reading. Don't read something just because someone told you it was great (unless it appeals to you) and if you're not loving a book after 50 pages or so, put it down and start a new one.  

 

JOIN (OR START!) A CLUB.

Sticking with anything (even something you love!) becomes much easier if you have other people to hold you accountable, which is one of the reasons so many people enjoy book clubs. Start or join one in your town, find one online, or start a two-person book club (I have one with my cousin and it's great!). When you're sharing the experience of reading, it makes it more interesting because you can discuss it and gain fresh perspectives on the book.

 

KEEP WORDS WITH YOU.

A friend of mine once made fun of me when I said, "You should always have a book in your purse 'cause you never know when you'll have time to read!" It does sound a bit silly, but it's true. There are so many little snippets of time that are wasted — standing in lines, waiting for appointments — but if you keep a book in your bag (or an ebook on your phone), you can take advantage of wasted time by reading. It gives you extra time to read and makes waiting less irritating. 

 

KNOW WHAT'S NEXT.

One of the greatest ways to keep up with reading is to make sure you always have your next book on hand. As soon as you finish one book, pick up another. If you want to read a lot, keeping up momentum is key and nothing does that better than having a stack of unread books waiting for you. And if you don't want to dish out the dough for lots of new books, organize a book swap or visit your local library to keep your to-read pile updated.   

 

If you make reading a priority, it's pretty amazing how many books you can read — and how much knowledge and inspiration you can absorb in the process. As a known book lover, people often ask me, "What's your favorite book?" If you, too, are a book lover, you know what a difficult question this can be. There is almost no way I could choose a favorite. It's even hard for me to think of a list of favorites, but I've rounded up some of my most beloved books with the hope that maybe one of these will spark your interest and get you into the reading groove. For more on what I'm reading, follow me on GoodReads!

 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll

Loving What Is | Byron Katie

The Power of Now | Eckhart Tolle

The Wind Blows Backward | Mary Downing Hahn

This Is How | Augusten Burroughs

The Magic Christmas | Francine Pascal

Owl at Home | Arnold Lobel

The War of Art | Steven Pressfield

Looking for Alaska | John Green

The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

The 5 Love Languages | Gary D. Chapman

Style Statement | Danielle LaPorte

Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli

Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman

The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky

The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey

The Secret | Rhonda Byrne 

Eating, Drinking, Overthinking | Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath

Alice I Have Been | Melanie Benjamin

The Trumpet of the Swan | E.B. White

Blankets | Craig Thompson

The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mandy | Julie Andrews Edwards

The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint Exupery

Girl With a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier

 



LHEAN Cover Image copyWant to discover how to make the most of the moment? Check out Live Happily Ever After Now, a guide and workbook for living in the moment. It's a practical, thought-provoking resource for anyone looking to live a more positive, more present life (available in paperback or PDF). Get your copy while you can because on June 30, 2014 Live Happily Ever After Now is coming off the Positively Present bookshelf for good! 


announcing every day matters!

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I've been working on an exciting project for quite awhile now and I'm finally ready to share it with you. I'm so excited about this, as it's my first big design project and it incorporates inspiration and concepts from Positively Present. And even more exciting to me (a lover of anything organized) is the fact that this project has resulted in something that'll actually use every day—a planner! 

I love planners (anything to keep my day organized!) and it's been such a dream come true to create a planner of my own (or, as it's known in the UK, a diary). Every Day Matters 2015 Diary: A Year of Inspiration for the Mind Body & Spirit is a diary/planner, available in desk or pocket size, that I've created with Watkins Publishing. So I know it's super early to start thinking about a 2015 planner, but I'm so excited about the project going to print that I just couldn't wait to share it with you! 

 

ABOUT THE DIARY

Every Day Matters not only has plenty of space for daily planning but it also offers inspiring advice on how to make each and every day really matter. Designed as a resource for enriching daily life, it will guide you on a year-long journey of awareness and fulfilment as you go about your everyday activities. It’s all-too-easy to become overwhelmed with multiple thoughts each day as our to-do lists grow, so I've come up with one life-enhancing theme per month to focus on.

Each theme is based on a single word—like "love," "explore," or "marvel"—and is the basis for a weekly quote and activity chosen to inspire reflection and positive transformation. The monthly themes are: Organize, Love, Change, Explore, Create, Nurture, Inspire, Refresh, Learn, Share, Marvel and Believe. Focusing on just one theme each month, but looking at the theme in a different way each week allows for each theme to be considered from unique perspectives and encourages positive action to become an integral part of day-to-day life. (Check out a sample of the diary below. If you can't see the sample, click here.)

 

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How you plan your day is probably pretty unique to you. Some people have a giant planner stuffed with every single detail of their daily lives. Other people mostly wing it, jotting things done wherever they spot a convenient sheet of paper. Whatever your current method, I can assure you that having a planner/diary in your life can be life-changing. I've been using one for as long as I can remember (even when I was a kid—who knows what I was planning back then!), and I couldn't imagine my life without one.  

If you're already a fan of using a planner, you probably already know all about the benefits of keeping one. If you're not sure they're for you, check out the list below to see why having a planner/diary can actually be life-changing. 

 

A PLANNER / DIARY . . .

1. Organizes your lists in one spot. 

Have you every tried just jotting down things whenever and wherever they come to mind? If you have, you probably know that it doesn't usually work out so well. You forget where you wrote something down or you lose the scrap of paper where you wrote it. A diary gives you a place to put all of your to-do lists and keep track of the details of your life so you don't lose a thing. 

 

2. Frees your mind to focus on what matters. 

When you write down what you need to do or remember, you free your mind to focus on the tasks you need to actually get done. This might sound obvious—of course it's helpful to get those to-do's out of your mind and onto the page—but freeing your mind from dwelling on the little details can have big results. It can reduce your stress level, make you more productive, and even give you a better night's sleep!

 

3. Gives you a place to plan ahead. 

While I'm not a big fan of worrying too much about the future, planning ahead is actually a great way to stay present. When you write things down that need to be done in the future or schedule dates with yourself to revisit specific tasks, you allow your attention to be directed back to right now. By writing down what needs to be done later, you are able to stay more in the moment. 

 

4. Keeps you on track when you feel lost. 

Ever have those moments when you're like, What in the world should I do now? Even if you have a million things to do, sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. That's where a planner comes into play. If you've made a list of what you need to do, when you're feeling lost, you can take a look at the list and find at least one task that you can try tackling. 

 

5. Provides a feeling of accomplishment.

There are few feelings in the world better than crossing something off a to-do list (especially those things you've been putting off for awhile!). It might sound like a small act—drawing a line through a list item—but the feeling of accomplishment that comes with knowing you've done what needed to be done is actually pretty wonderful, and keeping a diary gives you a chance to experience those moments every single day. 

 

6. Helps you recall what happened.

I'm not an advocate of reflecting too much on the past, but sometimes you really do need to know what happened and when. Sometimes it's for a boring reason—like when you last had your car serviced—but sometimes it's fun to flip back through the pages of your diary and recall the happy moments you've experienced—like a lunch date with a good friend or an extra special date night with your loved one. 

 

7. Acts a back-up for your memory.

With all we see and hear and experience on a daily basis, it's a wonder we can remember anything at all! A diary helps you keep track of the important dates in life—birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. When you put them down on paper, you don't have to worry about keeping them in your mind and it's much easier to recall when you need to send a card, make a phone call, or buy a gift. 

 

8. Serves as source of inspiration.

Okay, this one doesn't apply to most planners and diaries, but it's one of the reasons Every Day Matters is so special. This diary doesn't just give you a pretty place to store your to-do lists and important dates. It also serves as a source of constant inspiration, featuring quotes, illustrations, and activities created to inspire, motivate, and uplift you. And, with all you probably have to do on a daily basis, I bet you could use a little added inspiration, couldn't you? 

 

Clearly there are some awesome benefits to keeping a planner/diary, and I'm so, so excited to share with you the one I've created with the stellar team at Watkins Publishing. The diary won't be available until late July, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Get your copy now and you'll be all set for 2015!

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finding yourself: a workbook

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Loving yourself is one of the most important elements of living a positive and present life, but how can you love yourself when you don't fully know yourself? As I was contemplating this the other day, I went in search of some sort of workbook that would help me get a deeper understanding of what matters to me and why. I didn't have much luck finding anything so I thought to myself, Why don't I create the workbook I want? As Toni Morrison famously said, "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." And so I did! 

The workbook, Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery, is based on the kind of self-discovery that really appeals to me: looking at the little things and using the findings to get a better sense of self. This workbook isn't about identifying big life goals or diving deeper into dreams (though both of those things can lead to great insights!). Instead, it's designed to encourage you to pay attention to the smaller things, with page after page of questions and activities urging you to think about how your experiences, thoughts, and preferences add up and shape the person you are.

Learning about yourself might seem simple—you might even think you know yourself pretty well already—but it's actually more difficult than it seems, which is why many people don't even bother with it. Part of the reason people don't attempt to learn more about themselves is because it seems like a daunting task, and who wants to add a strenuous task to their already over-flowing to-do list? I certainly don't! Which is why I came up with Finding Yourself, a workbook that actually makes learning more about who you are a fun and exciting activity. It turns something you should do into something you want to do. 

 

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ABOUT THE WORKBOOK

Finding Yourself offers a fresh take on self-discovery by prompting you to look at the details of yourself in order to see the big picture. It's been created to give you a chance to get to know yourself better by gathering little bits of knowledge to ponder so you can consider how those tidbits of insight add up to the larger essence of who you are. Formatted to be easily toted around with you, the downloadable, PDF workbook has been designed to fit into a mini binder (like this one I picked up at Staples), but can also be printed as is on standard size paper. The workbook features innovative, inspiring, and fun activities to get you thinking about what you value, what you like, and what matters to you. Some activities and features you'll find in the workbook: 

 

  • Mix Your Own Soundtrack
  • Create Your Daily Mantra
  • Write the Story of Your Life
  • Go on a Self-Love Scavenger Hunt
  • Build the Brand of You
  • Consider 100 Idea-Sparking Questions
  • Find Yourself with Fill-in-the-Blanks
  • Pinpoint Your Favorite Things
  • Learn from Self Discovery Quotes
  • And so much more! 

 

With the help of this workbook, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about yourself than you probably ever thought possible. With that knowledge, you can do so much: achieve big goals, master difficult challenges, and create a world that suits your true self. The more you know about who you are, the easier it becomes to create a life you love, and living a life you love is vital for making the most of every moment. 

 

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As I was creating the workbook, I actually did all of the exercises and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of insight I was able to gain about myself. The more activities I did, the more connected I felt with the true essence of myself—my muchness, if you will—and not only did I gain a better understanding of myself, but I actually really enjoyed doing the exercises. Workbooks tend to get a bad wrap since they have the word "work" in the title, but this one is way more fun than it is work. 

If you're looking for a fun, inspiring way to get to know yourself better, this is the workbook for you. Even if you think you know yourself well, you'll learn so much about yourself by engaging in the idea-sparking activities and contemplating the thought-provoking questions. Not only is it inspiring and insightful, but it's also a lot of fun too. Click the box below to download your copy now and start finding out more about yourself!