Many years ago, I was a young, single mother with a full time job and not much extra time to focus on my self-care practice. I was struggling with some minor health issues that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, and felt that if I could get a handle on all the elements that affected me on a daily basis, that might shed some light on the root causes. Were these issues related to diet? Exercise? Menstrual cycle? Was it a physical response to stored, emotional “baggage?” Often times it seemed like my symptoms were more exaggerated at the full moon, but my rational mind rejected this as improbable. Or was it? I had many questions and no answers.
I began to notice this urge from my intuition to create a method for tracking all the variables that affected me throughout the day. Good idea, I thought. The problem was that every time I sat down to do this, the blank pages of my journal always got the better of me. I would stare at the page trying to remember all the details of the day, and…nothing. The blankness of the page seemed to produce a blankness in my brain. Like most women juggling children, home, and career, I was pretty wiped out by the end of the day and my brain was not interested in a long process of analyzation. I decided I needed more inspiration, and began to search for a journal that would be a little more helpful. I searched far and wide and thankfully, found nothing.
It was this intense need to understand my inner workings that led me to create the HMS Log Book. I knew I couldn’t be the only one who was too busy to square off with a blank journal every day. I needed the questions to be there waiting for me so that all I had to do was come up with the answers. The single mother’s question, “do I have to do everything?” certainly played a big role here! I needed prompts, an efficient format, and hey, what about the moon? This led me to settle on a fill-in-the-blank experience which radically reduces the amount of time needed to journal every day. Women need efficiency, and I was determined to fill this void for all of us.
The first draft of the Log Book was created on a spreadsheet roughly twelve years ago after an extensive period of research. I went through many rounds of edits and printed a few copies for friends and family to try out. Rudimentary as it was, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The women of the world need this, I determined. It would take several more years before I arrived at the appropriate time to refocus on my dream of publishing the journal. My daughter, now in high school, was independent enough that I felt I could jump into the unfamiliar world of self-publishing.
In true entrepreneurial spirit, I refinanced my home, quit my job and began writing. With the help of my fabulous graphic designer Braxton, the HMS Log Book quickly took shape, and within three months I had published the very first journal. Aside from the privilege of being parent, the process of creating and distributing the journal to women all over the world has been the most rewarding experience of my life. When I hear a woman in her sixties tell me that after only a few months of journaling in the Log Book she has learned things about herself that she didn’t know, my heart is overwhelmed with satisfaction and gratitude. And I hear this type of feedback all the time.
Socrates claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living, and I agree. Self-Care is the cornerstone of self-awareness, and I am so proud to be able to lovingly contribute to this cause. The HMS Log Book is now in its seventh edition and going strong. Welcome to the Self-Care Revolution!