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finding yourself: a workbook



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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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! 





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Okay, I'm asking for this for my birthday. Honestly, you had me at "Mix Your Own Soundtrack," since I desperately wish I had great taste ... no, any taste ... in music and can't figure out how to put a playlist together for the life of me. Luckily the ol' bday is only a month off! Love it.

I love this for the people in my life who just don't know where to start but they know they want to be happier. I think that really starts with finding one's self. I recently wrote about finding yourself through travel, which was a life changing experience for me.

PS - I loved the You Tube music mix this week! Great picks. Thank you for putting it out there.

Hi. I really hate to ask here but I have to ask. Earlier today I found an old blog post of yours about being more open. Are you more open now? I want to be open, especially with my wife but I am so closed off. Thank you for the post, Dani


Sarah - Hope you get it for your birthday! I think you'll enjoy it (especially making your soundtrack). You can check out some music on my YouTube playlist in the meantime!

Life+1 - I agree that finding yourself is one of the best first steps one can take when it comes to becoming a more positive, more present person. I'm going to check out your post on travel!

James - Absolutely. I'm so much more open than I was when I wrote that post, mostly as a result of having this site and writing on a weekly basis. Being open is very hard to do and it takes a lot of practice, but I've gotten better at it. I don't think I'll ever be a super open person (it's just not in my nature), but I've made progress, particularly by focusing on staying positive and staying present.

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