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12 key questions to begin your self-awareness journey and find out if the life you are living is the life you want or based on what society expects from you.

Is this you? 

  • I feel like I am constantly pretending to be someone I am not and not living an authentic life


  • I am making choices to please others or fit in and not based on what I truly want


  • I am constantly doubting if what I do or say is right (accepted)


  • I am finding it hard to make time for those things that make me feel happy and fulfilled as I prioritize other people's expectations over my own desires


  • I am uncomfortable expressing my true feelings and opinions, in fear of them being unpopular or controversial


  • I am afraid of disappointing others or of being judged by them


  • I know the life I am living is not for me. I know there is something better and something that will fit my personality more, I just don't know how to get there

What is journaling?

Cognitive journaling (also known as reflective journaling) is the practice of writing down your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences to gain a deeper insight into yourself and your actions. It is your safe and sacred space to bring everything that is happening inside you, to the outside. It is one of the best tools for personal growth and development. The great thing about this tool is that it's exclusive and personal. You can literally become your own coach as you reflect on different topics, emotions, thoughts, situations and become aware of how it's impacting your life.

How can Journaling benefit me?
There are many benefits for personal growth and development when using the practice of journaling. Here are some of them;


  • Increased self-awareness: By writing about your thoughts and experiences, you become more aware of your thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. This can help you identify areas of your life that need improvement and make better decisions.

  • Become better at problem-solving: Writing down your thoughts and challenges can help you organize them, see things with perspective and come up with solutions. It allows you to analyze situations objectively and find creative solutions to those challenges and obstacles.

  • Enhanced learning: By reflecting on your experiences, you can gain deeper insights into the lessons learned and identify areas for improvement. This can help you grow and develop in your personal and professional life.

  • Improved emotional regulation: Writing about your emotions can help you process and regulate them. This can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

  • Increased self-confidence: Journaling can help you celebrate your successes, identify your strengths, and reflect on your achievements. This can boost your self-esteem and confidence.

  • Stress reduction: Cognitive journaling can be a helpful tool for reducing stress and anxiety. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you process and release negative emotions, leading to a greater sense of calm, relief, and well-being.

  • Improved communication skills: Writing regularly can help improve your writing skills such as communicate more effectively in other areas of your life.

  • Boost your creativity: Journaling can inspire creative thinking and help you explore new ideas.


I am Sherina Shamdasani. On paper, I am a licensed clinical psychologist, ex professional dancer, a certified yoga teacher, coach and mentor. In real life, I am a passionate student of life. It’s been over a decade since I began my own inner journey, in search of answers and meaning. I come from a multicultural background, and grew up with a self-concept that made me live a life that others expected from me. I didn’t know this until some years ago, I spent enough time on my own and began to ask myself questions.


The self-awareness, reflections, and healing journey began. I challenged my thoughts, I tracked my behavioral patterns, I asked questions.. All to understand that I was living a life that I did not resonate with. I had been living a life based on the structures society had created, constantly trying to fit in, be perfect, do as expected… and along the way I lost myself.


I had an identity crisis, I had no idea who I was, what I wanted, what I really thought about X Y or Z… I constantly doubted myself, felt very insecure in my relationships and had a hard time making my own decisions. It felt like I was moved by life’s inertia and not by me.


This was a moment in life I felt quite empty and hopeless…"If I am not this image anymore… then who am I?" It felt like I was reborn.


Fast forwarding my life…today I am able to live a life that is completely ruled by me. I created a business out of my passion and knowledge, that allows me to work and travel from anywhere, support others in their process, and have enough time for myself. All of this wouldn't have been possible if I hadn’t worked on myself (and still do).


I know change and transformation exists.


And it starts here, by pausing, reflecting and bringing awareness.

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