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A participatory art project that builds self-awareness and transformation by writing about our emotions.
A participatory art project that builds self-awareness and transformation by writing about our emotions.
56 backers pledged $1,244 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi, I'm Andy and I've been dealing with depression and anxiety for 8 years. I wanted to create a tool that could help people like me express their feelings and inspire themselves to make positive changes in their lives. Free writing has been proven to be an effective tool for people with mood disorders. But I think there is a key missing component: the active practice of synthesizing your thoughts and creating clear take aways that you apply to your life. We pour our hearts into our journals sometimes, but do we really know what has changed or what we've learned over time?

Reflect is a guided journaling experience that helps you channel self-awareness into positive, tangible change. 

Through weekly emailed prompts, you'll explore your relationship with yourself, your work and other people by writing in your Reflect journal. Each week, you’ll look back at your prompt response and create a "reflection" to take away. I then invite everyone to share their anonymous “reflections”—so we can inspire and learn from each other as a community aspiring towards the same mission.

There are just 50 seats available for Season 1. The best part is experiencing your individual journey, while getting the support of 49 other people. We're experiencing Reflect together to see what we can create for ourselves, and maybe the rest of the world. 

So who is this for? You!

You're here to become your most informed, inspired, active self. 

With the fun & support of a big community.

  • You want to learn more about yourself, your values and the way that you think.
  • You want to DO MORE things that make you HAPPY.
  • You want a moment of mindfulness each week.
  • You struggle with depression or anxiety (a lot or a little) and want to learn to help yourself through the challenges. This is a great companion to therapy.

Reflect gives you the tools and support you need to coach yourself through life just a little bit better. 

Members get a custom printed MUJI notebook to get them started!
Members get a custom printed MUJI notebook to get them started!

How does it all work?

It's going to be me, you and the wonderful community of other people participating.
There are three main segments to season 1 of the Reflect Club:

1. Before we start, preparation (survey & journals)
2. First month of journaling
break for monthly reflection—
3. Second month of journaling

Before We Start:

Custom printed Reflect logo
Custom printed Reflect logo
High quality lined paper notebooks from MUJI. 8x6in.
High quality lined paper notebooks from MUJI. 8x6in.
      

You’ll receive a Reflect notebook to give you a special place to journal each week. If you prefer to use a computer, feel free. 

We'll begin with a survey to understand the types of topics each person wants to discuss. This will shape the prompts used throughout the season and give you goals to re-visit throughout. You'll receive the anonymous survey results from fellow Reflect members before we get started.

The Journaling:
Each week of journaling consists of 2 complementary journaling sessions that look like this:

At the same time, you share your reflections anonymously with everyone else. The point is to learn from one another and use vulnerability as a tool to feel more connected.

The Prompts:

The first six weeks of the club will focus on 3 pillars: Your SelfYour Work & Activities, and Your Relationships.

Some prompts I might include are:

  • "Have you been experiencing any transitions lately?"
  • "What do you value in work ethic? Is there anything you maintain or struggle to maintain?"
  • "How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?" 
After practicing guided prompts, we'll dedicate the final two weeks to more open-ended free writing. It's a chance to explore whatever topics are heaviest on your mind.

At the end of each month, we will pause to do a monthly reflection. That means looking back at everything you've written, especially your weekly "reflections" and personal goals from the beginning. You'll ask yourself, "Has anything changed? Have I learned something new? Do I need to act differently?" 

Why do I believe in Reflect?

For me, progress has always come from self-awareness. My breakthroughs happen when I recognize my patterns in behaviors and thoughts and re-frame the way I think about them. It’s a constant conversation with myself, and a difficult one to have when your mind is cluttered with sadness, stress, or you're just plain busy. Reflect is a structured, supported way to have active conversations with ourselves that lead to real change.

  • For those who fear a blank page, it provides open but directed prompts that ask you deep questions about your values, upbringing and behaviors. 
  • For those who need accountability, it provides a community of 49 other people sharing their reflections and a facilitator who prompts you each week. 
  • For those who need help taking action, it provides a dedicate space to "reflect" and additional prompts that help re-frame things.

Finally, a little bit about myself...

Hi again! I'm Andy — a small-town Jersey girl who appreciates mindfulness and compassion above all things. In the past couple of years, I've worked as a community manager at Spoon University, where I've designed programs and educational tools for college students. In this role, I've loved leading weekly progress meetings, coaching people through challenges and being a positive, accountability coach. I wanted to apply some of this work to a personal project, that's meaningful to the well-being of myself and others around me. 

As someone who has experienced depression and anxiety for almost a decade, I've been through the ups and downs. In many ways, Reflect is a tool that I created off my own needs: a desire to capture my feelings into tangible form and create measurable progress towards my life goals. I'm by no means an expert or a therapist, but I believe in this idea of building self-awareness through conversations with ourselves. Reflect is meant to empower you to be independent in your journey, while giving you the larger support you need. Let's build this community together—and see what we can come up with!

P.S. You might be wondering where the funds will go

In order to manage a community this large, I'll need a CRM (customer relationship management) tool to keep track of emails. The funds will also pay for notebooks, logo printing, shipping, and the time and research that goes into the prompts and program design. 

And a big thank you...

To Alice Kim, Janice Byun, Sunny Kang, Wolfgang Gil, Janel Wong, Wei-Ting Kuo, Benison Choi, Jocelyn Hsu, Edlyn Yuen, Caroline O'Toole, Andrea Jacobs. For all of the conversations, insights and advice they've shared over the last few weeks.

Risks and challenges

This is an upcoming social project that will require my time and schedule to comply. I'm prepared to be over-communicative with everyone involved and have built my schedule this coming Spring/Summer to include this program. If unforeseen circumstances arise, we'll be in close communication.

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed therapist or doctor. This is not meant to be a replacement of psychiatric services although some might use this as a form of self-designated "therapy." If you are in need of professional medical or psychiatric help, I encourage you to find a doctor who can work with you through your needs.

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    Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me and the Reflect community.

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    Become a Member

    Participate in season 1 of Reflect! You'll join the first round of this new journaling experience and connect with an amazing community of people just like you.

    Duration: 8 weeks

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    Gift a membership to season 1 of Reflect to someone you care about, or make it possible for a stranger in the world to join! Your kindness is much appreciated.

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    Participate in season 1 of Reflect AND vote on the prompts that we'll be using in 2 of the 8 weekly sessions!

    You'll help shape the experience to be even more insightful and effective for the community.

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    You're passionate about getting Reflect out in the world and I need your help! We'll have a private session discussing the experience and sharing ideas.

    And of course, you can participate in Season 1 of Reflect as you wish.

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Not only will we have a private session discussing the experience and sharing ideas for Season 1 and TWO Reflect journals.... you'll also get FREE membership to Season 2 of Reflect.

    I'll invite you to another private session to discuss Season 2, and together we'll discuss what the next round of Reflect holds.

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    Custom Journal Experience

    Yes! I'm excited to create a custom 8 week experience just for you. We'll sit down for 1-2 private sessions to talk about your goals and I will craft weekly prompts catered to your specific needs.

    Plus receive 5 Reflect Journals to enjoy yourself or share with others.

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