They say, “perspective is everything.” And truly I don’t know anything more self satisfying as taking the time to get to know yourself and what drives you to be the person you are. It’s time we all need to take and yet a lot of us don’t or don’t know how too.
This is why So She Slays can’t get enough of THE TRIBE™ Empowerment Journal. Created by Samata, founder of THE TRIBE™, this bag sized journal is filled with not only thought provoking questions of self but inspiring quotes, mind maps, as well as space for reflections, and intentions. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about yourself this is the journal to help you do that.
We had the chance to speak to Samata herself about THE TRIBE™ Empowerment Journal and the impact it’s made on her life and others.
WHAT BROUGHT THIS IDEA OF A JOURNAL LIKE THIS IN FRUITION?
Well, I had to go through some seriously hard miles. I mean, I had to really go there. This includes being 41 weeks pregnant in a truly rough pregnancy, being 1 year sick and 1 year feeling super down.I spent a lot of time traveling when I was low (short trips around Europe), and got so much perspective. Throw in some therapeutic relief and good intention and this journal was born. It really came from a place of seeing how no one ever seems to feel like they are enough, and how we focus on what we aren’t, who we aren’t or even forget who we have been. I don’t blame social media, but it doesn’t help. It’s always about the next thing so we never have time to celebrate our wins in life - personal or public, big or small, properly. I started to think, if we aren’t celebrating our wins, who will? How can I create something to remind women who they already are and help them to start their days in a much stronger and more centered way - before reaching for their phones.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THESE QUESTIONS AND CAN YOU GIVE US A TASTE OF WHAT SOME OF YOUR FAVORITES ARE?
What is your first doubtful thought, and how will you quieten it - this one is so powerful because we often give weight to the negative thoughts more than the positive ones. Helping women realize what that first slither of doubt is, and helping them nip it in the bud early can help them have a better day and just feel more content with themselves, as they are.
It’s all about realizing that we are enough. There is so much more than the questions though...I mean it’s handbag sized, offering 432 pages of thought-provoking content. There are daily celebration spaces, intentions, questions, quotes and mind-maps, plus plenty of space for reflections and ideas too. I wanted the women using it to journey through engaging stories and 19 empowering lists, and be inspired by extracts from 10 interviews with women from THE TRIBE™ global community, a diverse representation of ages, ethnicities and industries - including science, art, fashion, business and activism.
WHO SHOULD PURCHASE THIS JOURNAL?
Any and every woman who is ready to shift her mindset and start being kinder to herself, about herself. I always say that every single interaction I have had with women has brought me closer and closer to the formation of first THE TRIBE™ in 2016, and now THE TRIBE™ Empowerment Journal. When I say that I mean it - I see how we talk about ourselves, other people and the way we beat ourselves up, even when we are still doing so much! I love the answers my TRIBEsters gave about who should use it in this video - one says, and I am paraphrasing here, ‘Any woman who doubts herself’ and another said ‘Every woman, it’s a gift of love and I want all the women I know to receive it’.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF WHEN CREATING THIS JOURNAL AND ALSO WRITING IN IT?
I learned that I want to do good things in the world, and that I can kick things over the line! I have so many ideas and projects literally 98% done which I have not finished because I doubted myself too much. That might be hard to believe by my recent work has been with Suzy Amis Cameron for Red Carpet Green Dress, her incredible vision. It’s not the same as me believing I can do something on my own - the last project I released was the Fashion Designer’s Resource Book in 2013. Whilst writing in it, I learned that I am way too self-critical, almost to a crippling point. I need to ease up on myself, I’m doing good.
WHY IS A JOURNAL LIKE THIS IMPORTANT?
Women are under way too much pressure and we aren’t celebrating ourselves enough. A few years ago I read the Women Under Pressure White Paper. Thousands of women were questioned and I found the results so depressing. Basically, even though we are under more pressure than generations before (think about women now juggling family, work and possibly a second job too or trying to start their own businesses!), we have fewer outlets to release tension through and see fewer positive messages of encouragement. I believe, that now, more than ever an environment of positivity, acknowledgement and encouragement is needed. So, yes...it’s super important.
WHERE CAN WE GET ONE?
To get a little more insight into just how powerful THE TRIBE™ Empowerment Journal is take a look at a group of women who’ve used the journal for a year and saw some of the most amazing results.