(Written by Alyssa Kuzins, Founder of The Journal Deck)
I had just ended a 10 year relationship with someone I had been with since high school, and I had no idea who I was without him. This is when journaling really became a part of my life, and why The Journal Deck, an oracle card deck meets journal prompts, came to me as an idea that I couldn't let go of.
What does it mean to heal? What does it mean to truly love yourself? And how on earth do we get there?
Trust me, if it were easy then we would all be walking around blissfully basking in our own awesomeness. It isn't some black and white journey where one size fits all.
Self-love and healing comes to us exactly the way we need it, and exactly when we need it.
At the same time, I was also running a coaching business and assigning prompts to my clients too. It's funny, but we learn what we need to know and our clients end up teaching us so much along the way. During this summer I also led my very first yoga retreat, which was a dream come true. I was able to hire a marketing consultant to help me, I had a full list of coaching clients, I traveled to a women's yoga camp in the woods and cried once every day, I went on a girl's book tour trip to NYC, the list goes on.
Life was truly abundant.
So how did I get to this point? Well, I moved home to be with those who loved me. I prayed daily to the Universe for my partner's and my own healing, for wisdom, for signs, for protection and guidance, for abundance. And I spoke my gratitude out loud to myself to the point of tears at times (it works). Even the sunshine made me grateful. I chanted in meditation. Sa Ta Na Ma. I did yoga outside on my back deck with the warm air. I listened to the crickets in silence and stargazed on the same deck almost every night by myself. And I journaled quietly.....
I'm happy to say that this man and I got back together and are very very happy, but I am confident in saying that it was only through learning to love ourselves wholly that we could ever fully show up for the other.
1) When do I feel the most beautiful? Most sexy?
2) What do people consistently come to me for advice about? (This may be your zone of genius)
3) What does self love mean to me?
4) How can I have more compassion for myself?
5) When I "fail" at something, what is the negative story that begins playing in my head? How can I rewrite this?
6) I am not so great at.....but I feel really good about myself when.....
7) Think of a time when you were really sad, what did you truly need at that moment?
8) Think of a time when someone hurt your feelings or angered you. What insecurity did they trigger?
9) When I look in the mirror how do I feel? How do I want to feel?
10) If I was practicing deep self love, I would....
11) I feel most connected to my Truth when...
12) What still needs to heal?
13) What do I need to stop apologizing for?
Interested in your very own Journal Deck + matching Mala necklace? Pre-sales go on sale May 31st!
In the meantime, you can join us in the private Facebook Community Journals and Journeys where we are starting our first mindfulness challenge, the Write It Out Journaling Challenge, on Monday, May 22nd-May 29th for 8 days of daily journal prompts emailed straight to your inbox. Sign up at The Journal Deck.
Truly a multi-passionate entrepreneur, Alyssa Kuzins is a yoga + meditation teacher and women's coach who believes that self care has the ability to change the world, and she is on a mission to help others live in alignment with their Truth.
With personal experience in breaking the norm and walking away from a 9-5 future, and first-hand experience in the healing power of self care and self love after major life challenges, Alyssa is able to guide others in living their best life full of trust, grace, flow, clarity, and abundance.
She runs yoga lifestyle retreats, teaches full time, and is very active in her local wellness community in Pittsburgh, PA. Her most recent passion project is The Journal Deck, a fusion of oracle cards meets journal prompts for self care, clarity, and personal growth. She believes in the power of writing it out to clear it out, and cannot wait to bring this on to the market May 31st 2017 for Pre-sale. More information is available at the thejournaldeck.com or @thejournaldeck on social media.