About the Book

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.

And the journey continues with Meera's newest journal, Made Out of Stars, available now.

About the Author

Meera Lee Patel is a self-taught artist and author of My Friend Fear and Made Out of Stars. She creates work that inspires others to connect with themselves, each other, and the world around them. Visit her online at www.meeralee.com.

About the Reviews

I was surprised by how much I am loving this journal. It provides an outlet to have thoughtful reflections. I try to spend some time working through the prompts a few nights a week but it doesn't always happen. Luckily its very easy to pick up this book and start wherever you left off regardless of how many weeks it had been. It's a beneficial way to unwind after a tiring day at work even if the prompt has nothing to do with work or what was stressing you out.

The artwork is beautiful and there is a quote on every other page that relates to the following prompt. The prompts and their formats vary, I took a few pictures of some of the different formats. Some prompts are more open ended than others, like "What gives you light?"; others are much more specific, "What are three thoughts that made you smile today?". Some ask you to draw things or fill in certain spaces with color.

The book itself is fairly small in size and easily fits in my purse. The size of the pages gives you enough space to write but they're not large enough to make you feel like you have to spend an hour trying to fill the page.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to spend more time getting to know themselves and figure out what is important to them.

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This originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 8/13/15.

We just got done looking at Goldie Hawn’s “10 Mindful Minutes: A Journal” and here I am back, BAM, with “Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration” by Meera Lee Patel. Trust me, these two journals are totally different from one another, so you’re going to want to keep reading.

Patel’s journal comes from a unique, but familiar perspective. How often have you put change on hold because things weren’t where you thought they should be for you to make that change? I’ve done. Patel, the author, has done. Odds are good that you’ve done, or maybe you’re doing it now. “Start Where You Are” encourages you to stop looking, and waiting, for that other day, and to instead start where you are. Her journal asks probing, thought provoking questions to help you find out more about yourself: what you really love, your motivations, how see yourself and how you feel others perceive you, and more. However she does mix it up. Sometimes the journal will just ask a question for you to answer, but other times you’re drawing pictures, or filling in circles or other shapes, or coloring in a drawing.

Along with her journaling exercises, Patel includes inspiring quotes from a variety of sources. Since she’s an accomplished artist, with lines of stationary sold in boutiques, the quotes are presented in colorful, whimsical fonts, suitable for framing (if you’re willing to cut them out of the book).

It can be difficult to think about yourself and your desires, particularly if you think they’re unattainable. Artist and author Meera Lee Patel does her best to make the journey a painless and playful one.

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I have been struggling with my sense of self, who I am and what I want in life; this journal has been an eye opener to things I needed to find in myself. Love it, highly recommend for anyone feeling that they have lost touch with who they are.

Product Info

Journal: 128 pages
Publisher: TarcherPerigee (August 11, 2015)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 853 customer reviews

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