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Therapy has never worked for me. I have tried seeing various therapists throughout the years: men, women, young, experienced, specialized in this or that. And while I made some progress with a couple therapists, I eventually realized and accepted that I’m just a really private person. It isn’t that I’m not open and vulnerable with people, I definitely am. But I am infinitely more open and vulnerable within the safety of my own self, a pen and a piece of paper.

My healing happens through learning and self-reflection, on repeat, over and over again. Whenever I struggle with a certain issue, I seek out knowledge by reading loads of books on the topic, attending lectures and workshops and engaging in deep introspective reflection through a unique journaling process.

Each of these volumes are on subjects I myself struggled with for years and sought knowledge for. They contain all I have learned through my own research across disciples from psychology to theology to spirituality to counseling. I curated based on what worked best for me and now, offer them to you to help you create the life of your dreams.

The problem I find with many self-help books and curriculums is their emphasis on hard work, hussle and massive effort. On the other hand, many spirituality books and curriculums emphasize “just trusting in God or the universe to bring in what you need.” However, I truly believe that our growth, healing and manifestation of our dreams requires a combination of a connection to our divine source of life and our actions. All of these workbooks incorporate these methods to create a third balanced way that doesn’t fall into either extreme.

Some workbooks contain more spiritual language and ideas than others but they are all inclusive. Meaning, people of all faiths and walks of life can access these ideas. If you do not believe in a God or connect with that word, I encourage you to substitute that word with another word you connect with more such as spirit, love, or universe.

These workbooks also incorporate my unique journaling process so you too, can unearth your deepest truth and longings. In Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution, Brené Brown writes, “We move what we’re learning from our heads to our heads through our hands.” Oftentimes, we hear earth shattering wisdom but forget it as soon as we start doing another activity. Journaling is the best method for applying abstract knowledge and applying it in our everyday lives.

Use these individually or in groups. Move at your own pace and watch your life transform.