Published in 2015, Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel, an artist who lives in Brooklyn, is Bohemian in the best sense of the word. Meera's vibrant, colorful watercolor illustrations and words provide ample inspiration, and present various quotations by authors, including many well-known women writers, such as Anaïs Nin, George Eliot, and Anne Frank (featured below). This journal pairs quotations with writing and drawing prompts which encourage reflection, exploration, and understanding through informal, expressive writing and drawing. I believe that there are numerous benefits to journaling (or simply writing) and drawing; this is a great book to get you to think about your own life in a positive and constructive manner, and to perhaps solve a few matters.
I've taken the liberty to photograph and present a few of the pages to showcase the style and content of this special book.
What a treat this book is! Start Where You Are is a beautifully designed journal, and it will be a pleasure for me to do some of the exercises. I know I'll enjoy writing and drawing in this book (currently I'm considering which writing and drawing instruments to use). The pages on the right of this book are related to the quotations on the left pages, and ask readers to become personally involved, with prompts such as:
- What are three thoughts that made you smile today?
- List four times you continued to try even though the odds were against you.
- List three traits you'd like others to see in you.
- Think of something you recently gave someone. Draw it here.
We book bloggers are a lucky lot! I felt very fortunate to be offered this book from Angela from Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Thank you very much, Angela!