Review: Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel

Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel  
Series: N/A
Published by TarcherPerigree on August 11, 2015
Genres: Journals, Self exploration, Non Fiction
Pages: 128 : Paperback edition
Source: Sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest 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.

To say that I “read” this would not be using the correct term. I explored this book, and it, in turn, turned around and forced me to explore my mind, my happiness, and even my sadness. Why was I feeling down in a particular moment or setting? What were my sources of happiness? Where did I want to travel in the world. All of these questions and more burned up from the pages at me and allowed me to take a step back and consciously think about the decisions I was making in my life.
I loved having the ability to set this down and pick it back up whenever and wherever I wanted (I might have carried this to work with me a few times). It was interesting to explore the book and myself in a variety of settings in order to get a wider range of emotions flowing through the pages.

Usually I’m a bit adverse to the whole “self-exploration” shindig, but I had a lot of fun with this one! The illustrations and quotes inside were gorgeous and while Start Where You Are challenged me, it also showed me that it’s okay to not have all the answers and to change how I feel over time. This is definitely something I recommend picking up and exploring over a long period of time!

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