How It Works | Journals of Discovery
SELF-DISCOVERY IS THE NEW SELF-CARE.
WE’RE CHANGING HOW SELF-CARE WORKS.
Do you define who you are based on what your roles are to others, such as mother, partner or business owner?
Do you practice daily self-care of baths, tea dates or massages and still feel stressed?
Do you compare yourself, whether it’s your body or lifestyle, to others?
If you answered yes to any of the above you’re not alone, and we’re here to help!
Our goal is to challenge everything you’ve been told about daily self-care, because we know you can do even better.
By treating daily self-care as an external action rather than an internal exploration, we set ourselves up in the same cycle of stress, fear, worry, exhaustion, comparison and so on.
Is the typical daily self-care routine a bandaid?
Simply put, yes. Bubble baths, monthly massages, a girls weekend, all of these additions to your self-care routine are wonderful, fun and relaxing, but how long do they last? Do you come home from your weekend away on cloud nine only to realize a day or two later you are living the same overwhelmed life? Do you hop out of your hot bath feeling warm, relaxed and happy only to be disappointed everything you put on hold still needs to be done?
All of the self-care tips we’ve been told over the years act as a bandaid. They make you feel good in the moment, covering up what you want to forget, then have you returning to the exact same cycle.
Does this cycle look familiar to you?
Here’s what an efficient self-care routine looks like.
A SELF-CARE ROUTINE THAT ACTUALLY WORKS LONG-TERM:PROBLEM:
Not following our heart / Comparison / Trying to Keep Up
Because when you know yourself, you can hear, feel and trust your needs. You can live life on your own terms and be confident in your decisions along the way.
Self-discovery isn’t a one time journey, we are constantly growing, changing and evolving. Being self-aware and discovering who we really are allows us to witness our thoughts and feelings, listen, search within and shift accordingly.
It’s a frequent process of comfortably listening to ourselves or creating ourselves, however it’s the most rewarding self-care routine. It’s a feeling and knowing you get inside that leaves you either balanced or imbalanced, and it requires searching within to find it and feel it.
Do you want to survive or thrive?
There seems to be a trend around what we’re told about self-care, and for us it sounds more like survival. Drink your water, rest, exercise and eat well. If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to just survive, you want to THRIVE in life; in motherhood, relationships, business, friendships and personally.
Thriving begins with knowing and embracing your authentic self.
Thriving is knowing who you are underneath all of the roles you carry.
Thriving is understanding that your experiences aren’t what define you, it’s your values, beliefs, lessons, passions and love.
Thriving is celebrating yourself instead of comparing yourself.
Thriving is knowing you are making a difference in this world by showing up as yourself.
SELF-CARE IS AN INTERNAL DIALOGUE OF LISTENING,
ASKING AND DISCOVERING.
We challenge you to dig deeper, to discover or create your authentic self, and to celebrate yourself every step of the way.
Our theory of action:
- WRITE. Practice daily journaling. Write from the heart, and with an open heart. Aren’t sure where to begin? View our guided self-care journals for self-discovery or our guided journal prompts.
- REFLECT. Don’t be afraid to look back, it’s your reminder of how far you’ve come and all that you have conquered.
- LEARN. We grow when we learn, and we learn when we reflect. Learn the lesson, laugh at stumbles and embrace the insights they bring.
- GROW. Use your lessons, knowledge and insights to create a life you love.
- CELEBRATE your personal story, including challenges and triumphs, because they are unlike any other story. You and your story deserve to be celebrated.
SELF-CARE + SELF-DISCOVERY + SELF CELEBRATION.
How we do it:
Each self-care journal contains 100+ guided journal prompts related to reflection, self-discovery and celebration of your journey thus far. We believe everyone has a story that deserves to be told, and we are excited to give yours a safe home.
Along with guided journal prompts, each journal contains blank notes pages for additional writing. Whether you use these for daily thoughts, brainstorming, setting goals or intentions, or anything else, it’s completely up to you. It’s your journal and you can write in it your way!
The journals are tailored to celebration and self-discovery, and also double as keepsake journals. It’s a journey of self-discovery for you that can be passed onto future generations to discover and learn of your story as well.
IN SHORT, WE’RE CONTINUING A DAILY SELF-CARE PRACTICE OF BATHS AND READING AND PRACTICING SELF-AWARENESS, SELF-DISCOVERY & SELF CELEBRATION. BY COMMITTING TO MAKING OURSELVES A PRIORITY WE KNOW THAT OUR LIVES WILL BE HAPPIER, EMPOWERED AND EXTREMELY FULFILLING, AND WE’RE EXCITED TO HELP YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN, TOO.
If you’re ready to celebrate your story, and live an empowered life knowing and honouring your true self, we’re here for you.
MEET ROBYN, CREATOR OF JOURNALS OF DISCOVERY
Hi, I’m Robyn!
And this is how it all began…
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved keeping a diary, or journal as we often call them now. It was like having another friend that I could confide in, trust, grow with and learn from. I didn’t need to worry about being judged or fitting in, my journal allowed me to be me at all times.
As an adult my journal has been my free therapist. It reveals thought and behavioural patterns, my strength and resilience, and it gives my story a safe home.
After my grandma’s had passed away I was lucky enough to receive a few of their belongings. As special as they are, I found myself more curious about the stories behind the heirlooms than the actual items.
I started having regrets of not asking my grandmother’s more questions, not digging deeper and not learning of the incredible stories and events that shaped them into the incredible women they were.
To help and prevent others from having the same regrets, I turned my loss into a learning experience and created The Making of a Grandparent, a guided keepsake journal for grandparents. I wanted to ensure that grandchildren and future generations would have the opportunity of reading their grandparent’s thoughts, feelings and experiences for many years.
There is something so special and heartfelt about a grandparent’s handwriting and stories in their own words.
Soon after releasing The Making of a Grandparent, I realized we all have stories that deserve to be told. More often than not we compare our stories, we hide our stories and we try to fit into the world. Our lives aren’t meant to conform to one another though, they are meant to be authentic, empowered, fully lived and celebrated through self-care and self-discovery.
That's when the collection of guided self-care journals for self-discovery began.
Most of my introductions typically begin with telling others I’m a mom of two boys, a partner and a hardworking business owner. I’ve learned over the years though, that as much as we love and pour ourselves into these roles, they aren’t what define us.
Have you felt defined by your roles before, too?
After years of practicing the usual self-care routine of bubble baths and spa days, I’ve found those are simply bandaids. They make us feel good in the moment, we return to the exact same life finding ourselves overwhelmed or exhausted again, and when we reach our tipping point we decide we need a few minutes to ourselves. It’s become a cycle.
This is why, for me, self-care is an internal journey self-discovery.
I’ve always been extremely passionate about journaling because it’s helped me during all stages of life including job changes, mental health issues, divorce, having children, daily challenges and much more.
Journaling has helped me find, create and celebrate my journey every step of the way.
The collection of guided self care journals has been created to help you find, create and celebrate yourself as well, no matter what stage of life you’re in. The journal prompts for self discovery will have you reflecting on your personal story, celebrating your journey and discovering your true self so you can live an empowered, fulfilled and happier life.
An empowered life begins with a discovered and celebrated life.
I have had so much fun putting these guided journals and free journal prompts together for you. I’d tell you to trust me, because they will forever change your life, but I’d rather you see for yourself!
Who am I beyond an author, entrepreneur and mama?
- I love a beautiful landscape and enjoy hiking or being on the water with my family.
- I spend my evenings reading, writing and cuddling up to watch a Netflix episode or two. Okay, three or four.
- I start and end every day with a journal entry no matter how busy I am.
- I’ve never had a cup of coffee. My energy comes from rest, green juice and listening to what my mind and body needs each day.
- I’m a vegetarian, and I’m very passionate about nourishing my body with healthy foods.
- I love laying on the beach, and I also love exploring new places. My favourite travel adventure was to Iceland, it was beyond incredible.
- I believe everyone has a story that deserves to be told.
- I’m Robyn… the one who is always smiling.
Your self-care and self-discovery is important to me, and I wish you all the best on your journey of celebrating your incredible self.