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What Really Matters to Me: A Guided Journal (Guided Journals) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2001

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In these hectic times, people are seeking ways to slow down and lead a simpler life. Robyn Weaver presents a unique approach to achieving the goal of a simpler life. A mix of instruction and writing prompts, as well as blank pages for the journaler's responses, this book shows readers how to journal toward their goal, making the process more personal and specific than any general self-help book can be. Unlike other journals available, this one guides the journaler through a step-by-step process that leads to the goal of achieving a simple, more satisfying life. Readers will be introduced to the benefits of writing down their thoughts and feelings, and help them determine what matters most in their lives. The sectional topics and prompts will elevate them to higher levels of personal self-discovery.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tool for a Simpler, Happier Life 17 Nov. 2000
By Terrie I. Murray - Published on
Format: Hardcover
On the very first page, Robyn Conley-Weaver invites the readers of her latest book, What Really Matters to Me, to write in the margins. This is not a book to be read passively. It is, instead, a personal guide to leading a more enjoyable life by honestly identifying the things which really matter and choosing a path which will give those elements priority in our lives.
By using a combination of inspirational stories, quotes, and writing prompts, the author gently leads the reader towards self-discovery. Although the title may invite comparison with Stephen Covey's best-selling First Things First, Conley-Weaver's book does not provide a structured blueprint for planning and organizing your days. Instead, it encourages the reader to use journaling as a tool to give voice to both the dreams and the demons that we may keep hidden to the world, so that we can come to a better understanding of our inner selves and then use that understanding to make choices that bring us greater happiness. Speaking of her own discovery of the power of journaling while she was still a child, Conley-Weaver writes:
"Writing gave life to the thoughts I wasn't allowed to speak. Writing made me feel better. Writing kept me from being completely numb."
and later, as she grew older,
"Writing also helped me lead a simpler life. Through writing down my insights, I could see where I honestly wanted to aim my energies. It helped me settle down and heal so I could evaluate on paper the chaos of my life.
"I found I often made decisions for the wrong reasons. My choices were sometimes grounded in fear, sometimes grounded in routine, sometimes grounded in pleasing others rather than myself. By jotting down stresses and strategies, I was able to choose more positive uses of my time - not only to simplify my life, but also to amplify my blessings."
What Really Matters to Me is divided into five sections: Acknowledging the Chaos, Accepting Responsibility, Writing Through the pain, Choosing a Simpler Life, and Enjoying the Simpler Life. Each section begins with the author intimately sharing her own, often painful experiences, as well as the experiences of some of her students, as they have made their own journeys. Each section ends with a series of writing prompts, followed by several blank pages for the reader to use the prompts to facilitate their odyssey towards self-discovery. The prompts invite the reader to dig deep:
"Start two sentences with "I wish I could stop doing. . ."
"If you woke up tomorrow without the stresses of today, what would you do with your day? List the reasons why you believe you can't make that day today."
"Write about activities you're involved in that you do not care about and are doing just to please someone else."
The blank journaling pages are peppered with inspirational quotes from authors, philosophers, artists and scholars which acknowledge the wisdom of taking power over their own paths. By the end of the book, the reader has created a customized guide to assist them in achieving their goals. The steps defined in their journals will illuminate the path they need to follow to lead a simpler, more satisfying life. As Conley-Weaver writes, in closing her book,
"When you write in a journal, you can't help but simplify your life, because you'll be writing from an honest perspective. You'll become more aware on a regular basis of what really matters to you."
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing a Bigger Picture 24 Jan. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book is a little heavier on the fill-in-the-blank structure than others of its kind. Once I filled in the blanks, it left me asking "Okay...and then what?" There were no follow-up questions to help you explore any particular revelation any deeper and no 'summary' kind of exercises that tied a series of filled-in blanks together for a bigger picture. It felt like something was still missing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Contemplating 24 Jun. 2004
By V. Marshall - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a guided journal with writing prompts to get out all of the really important matters in your life. There is alot of writing space which can be looked as good or bad depending on personal preference. I would have preferred a little less space and more prompts. This journal is simple and easy to get through and at times more than just a book with blank lines running through its spaces.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Better Life Through Better Choices 21 Jan. 2002
By Anne B. Jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this journal very helpful because it provided insight into how our choices determine our quality of life. The author is very knowledgeable and guides the reader through the analysis of painful circunstances to choices for a more productive life.
Anne Jones
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of What Really Matters to Me 1 Dec. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Once I read this book I quickly ordered several additional copies to give as Christmas gifts. And they'll be presents I'll be excited to give - rather than the typical obligatory generic offerings. In my overly fast-paced, overly shoot-from-the hip decision making world I know I've become too self-absorbed. And it's because I make decisions without conviction, without much thought, and without direction. But up until now I just acknowledged these facts and continued down the same path. This excellent guide gently pulled me toward self-consciousness - introspection. It allowed me to hit the brakes and take a long careful and focused look at myself. I raised the binoculars and saw where I really wanted to be and traced out the path to get there. I go to seminars because I'm forced to by my job. I invaribly yawn. But this 'seminar on paper' is not written by the know-it-all drill sergeant who barks at you to sit back while he drives. This is a a self-navigating journal to discovery that gently and wisely helps you reveal just what the title states. I highly recommend this for anyone who puts or wants to put more emphasis on the quality of life rather that the quantity. What a gift this will make to loved ones!
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