A Year With Myself: A Yearlong Inner Journey to Joy, Courage and Love


What if you went on a yearlong journey with yourself?

And what if that intimate experience helped you reconnect with your “inner self” and your true path again and you returned full of joy, energized and ready to make your wildest dreams come true?

Now you have that chance!

A Year With Myself is the most comprehensive transformational journaling program for creative women who want to change their lives from the inside out and fall in love with it again.

Traditional journaling courses don’t often meet the needs of creatives who are hungry for something more than a collection of simple journal prompts.

If you know how transformative journaling can be, you need more than that. Something that can go deeper. Something that offers a rich, multidimensional experience. Something that takes into consideration the whole woman.

Something that brings about a deep-seated inner transformation. If you’re one of those people A Year With Myself might be for you.


chloe_patton“On day one, I already knew that doing the A Year With Myself work is going to take me far this year. It’s powerful stuff. It won’t be a one time course. A Year With Myself is one of the greatest treasures that has come into my life. Thank you Cigdem!”

~ Chloe Patton, Artist


A Year With Myself is a one-of-a-kind, yearlong, transformational journaling program for creative women who:

  • have a creative (and perhaps an entrepreneurial) spirit as well as a big, juicy dream they desire to make happen,
  • know that personal growth and career growth go hand in hand,
  • desire to transform their entire lives from the inside out and fill it with more joy, creativity, healing, inner peace, action, and connection,

A year’s worth of journaling prompts in addition to personal growth lessons from 102 remarkable teachers on self-discovery, creativity, healing, action, connection, and joy is waiting for you inside.

You’ll spend the most intimate year with yourself and have the chance to see through the layers of your life, remember who you are and find the way to where you really want to be in your life. You’ll never forget this year with yourself. It’s a promise.

A Year With Myself is for you if:

  • You are ready for change and you are a lifelong learner.
  • You are sick and tired of “not making it happen.”
  • You are willing to work your way through and eliminate inner roadblocks like fear, uncertainty or lack of clarity.
  • You are determined to finally change your life’s direction in the next 12 months.
  • You are serious about committing to your dream and investing in yourself.
  • You’re open to learning from experts and applying the lessons.
  • You love journaling and know how powerful it is.


Cigdem-praise-Kadena_Tate“Cigdem’s writing prompts helped me to wake up to the truth of myself. To bravely enter the creative abyss. To know that it is safe to embrace both my inner knowing and the darkest parts of myself. I am forever grateful for her lovingkindness, gentle promptings and heart wisdom. If you are ready to set sail on a voyage of self-discovery, working with Cigdem will bless your life far beyond what I can convey on paper. I highly recommend her work.”

~ Kadena Tate, Business Coach


A Year With Myself is a program that is perfect for taking on your own and at your own pace from the comfort of your home. 

Co-created with 102 amazing teachers including best-selling authors and acclaimed teachers Patti Digh and Jennifer Louden, this unique program includes:

  • 6 different creative journaling classes that instigate self-discovery, dream incubation, inner healing, creativity, and self-realization.
  • 52 thematic modules each of which has an introspective Mission Brief for that week and an original journal prompt created by the guest teachers exclusively for A Year With Myself.
  • More than 100 Venture Maps that are on-target weekly effective action guides complementing the journal prompts so you can turn your insights into action.
  • Audio meditations and other supplementary material created exclusively for you by the participating teachers.
  • 52 Explorer’s Playsheets that are theme-based printable worksheets including more than 250 creative exercises designed to accommodate different learning styles.
  • The 150 Power Questions Tool that includes 150 effective power questions for rediscovering your true, powerful self.
  • Inspiringly detailed Insight Interviews (guaranteed to lead to “a-ha!” moments) with 100 experts who are remarkable people in their fields.
  • Rich lists of hand-picked Resources and Tools for each of the 52 thematic modules.
  • Lifetime free access to all future upgrades.


“A friend suggested A Year With Myself for me as I journey through my recovery from depression. Lots of good stuff. I’ve always kept a journal, but something like this helps me improve my self-awareness.”

~ Jessica N.


Hundreds of creative journaling and personal growth enthusiasts from all over the world have taken A Year With Myself since 2011. When you sign up for the program, you’ll also be able to:

  • Reconnect with your deeper purpose and navigate your life more consciously.
  • Discover where you really want to be and have a better understanding of what you need to do to get there.
  • Know and understand your elements including your personality, core values, strengths, skills, and action mode and learn to orchestrate them to your advantage.
  • Learn to be comfortable with uncertainty and develop strategies to manage fear.
  • Make your life more spacious and fulfilling by peacefully letting go of what doesn’t belong there anymore.
  • Unleash, express and share your innermost creative self with full color.
  • Reclaim the dreams you have given up on.
  • Hone your life skills so that you can live up to your potential.
  • Put yourself first for a change and create practical strategies for taking better care of yourself.
  • Get better at gratitude, forgiveness and appreciation.
  • Heal and improve your relationships and build rewarding connections with yourself and others.
  • Delve into your spirituality and start nourishing your soul.
  • Fill with joy, courage, confidence, love, and gratitude, and enjoy feeling happier and healthier.

Once you sign up,  you get access to the private course area on Peaceful Academy and start with the intro module with the prompts created by best-selling authors and teachers Patti Digh and Jennifer Louden, whose guidance about thresholds and new beginnings will hold a light on your path as you begin this new inner journey.

Then, a new weekly quest and a new module will unlock in the course area once a week for 52 weeks in a row. Each module focuses on a specific theme and includes:

  • An introspective Mission Brief on the weekly theme and an original journaling prompt created specifically for that lesson by one of the contributing teachers and guides.
  • In-depth Insight Interviews with the guest teachers related to the theme of the week.
  • Two Venture Maps that include two detailed activities for helping you transform what you learn and contemplate into action.
  • An Explorer’s Playsheet that has 10 additional actionable ideas related to the theme of the module in a way that accommodates different learning styles.

You’ will surelyrecognize the names of some of the well-known authors, artists, speakers, and coaches among the contributors in addition to Patti Digh and Jennifer Louden.

Susannah Conway, Tara Mohr, Leonie Dawson, Tanya Geisler, Jennifer Gresham, Amy Oscar, Julie Daley, Ronna Detrick, Chris Zydel, Andrea Schroeder, Fabeku Fatunmise, and Cynthia Morris are just a few of your 102 guides who will accompany you with their wisdom throughout your yearlong journey.


kathleen-obrien-150x150A Year With Myself provides a strong structure, a container for personal inquiry at a deep soul level. Journaling using this unique program has revealed another layer of the path of becoming whole. I have a new understanding of facets of my personality and soul. This has allowed me to align the inside and outside, the introvert and extrovert, the personal and public, in a whole new way.

I have learned the extent to which creativity and communication are the channels through which all my other values are expressed. I have dropped several bad habits, started good ones, so I am retrieving core energy.

The biggest benefit of A Year With Myself is the realization that everything I am and do in my life is a function of my process of evolution; longing to belong and contribute. Externally this manifests in my art business and calling as a healer, by authentically expressing my core principles. I recommend this to anyone on a path of integration who wants to treat themselves to deep self caring.”

~ Kathleen O’Brien, Artist & Designer


A Year With Myself is more than a journaling course. It’s a complete personal growth program that addresses the whole woman. The investment for this course including all 6 classes and 52 modules is a one-time payment of $497.

That is less than $1.5 per day for an amazing year that will change your entire life from the inside out! And this is your opportunity to spend an unforgettable year with yourself, reinvent all areas of your life and get from where you are to the joyful place you want to be.

Do something for yourself now, and give yourself the gift of you.

Important: Please check your inbox after completing your payment. You’ll find in it an email message asking you to confirm you want to be on the course communication list. Click the confirmation link in that email. After that, you’ll receive our welcome message and the link of the course area where you’ll find all the class material. And from then on, a new module will unlock once a week until you have all 52 modules.



“Loving the way that one module flows into the next and yet it never feels rushed, hurried, or in the least bit unpleasant to flow with it at my own pace.” 

~ Currie Silver, Writer & Artist


The Curriculum

Intro: On the Threshold – From Reflection to Possibility

(1 week)


  • MODULE 1: “Liminal Spaces” by Patti Digh “Why Not Begin Where You Are” by Jennifer Louden

aywm-badge-thresholdTwo original journal prompts written by world-renowned, bestselling authors Patti Digh and Jen Louden specially for the inaugural launch of A Year With Myself are included in the introduction module.


cara_moulds“I’m having such a great time with A Year With Myself each time my weekly module unlocks. Also, I absolutely loved the additional ideas and exercises in the modules. The whole thing is like a treasure chest. Thank you!”

~ Cara Moulds, Creativity and Life Coach



Class 1: Art of Self-Discovery

(9 weeks)

  • MODULE 2 “Roots: Reconnect with Your Core Self” with guest teachers Leonie DawsonSandi Amorim & Sue Mitchell
  • MODULE 3 – “Self-Portraiture: Rewrite Your Beautiful Story” with guest teachers Sara BlackthorneLaVonne Ellis & Jocelyn Kelly
  • MODULE 4 – “Personality: Leverage Your Personality Type” with guest teachers Laurie Foley & Elizabeth Potts-Weinstein
  • MODULE 5 – “Values: Align with Your Core Values” with guest teachers Sandi Amorim & Tea Silvestre
  • MODULE 6 – “Strengths: Define and Activate Your Superpowers” with guest teachers Tanya Geisler & El Edwards
  • MODULE 7 – “Authenticity: Emphasize What Makes You Different” with guest teachers Karen Caterson & Dian Reid Jancic
  • MODULE 8 – “Passion: Discover Your ‘Thing’ and Your True Passion” with guest teachers Victoria Brouhard & Andrea Olson
  • MODULE 9 – “Awareness: Become More Aware of Your Life’s Flow” with guest teachers Julie Daley & Amy Grams
  • MODULE 10  “Self-Love: Get Good at Radical Self-Love” with guest teachers Ronna Detrick, Jackie Walker & Kimberly Riggins


“Cracked open week 3 this morning and loved listening to the Tree Meditation. It has me thinking about the women that have shaped my life… This stuff emerges gently, it is not a quick answer. I like that nuggets drift into my mind randomly. I am really enjoying the course. Thank you Cigdem.” 

~ Nancy R.



Class 2: Art of Creativity

(8 weeks)

  • MODULE 11 – “Power: Find the Navel of Your Creative Power” with guest teachers Chris Zydel & Fabeku Fatunmise
  • MODULE 12 “Ideas: Cultivate and Capture Your Best Ideas” with guest teachers Dyana Valentine & Tom Evans
  • MODULE 13 “Self-Expression: Express Yourself and Your Ideas” with guest teachers Jenny Bones & Tracey Selingo
  • MODULE 14 – “Adventure: Invite Adventure and Enjoy Serendipity” with guest teachers Sue Mitchell & Annie André
  • MODULE 15 – “The Zone: BecomeMore Creative and Stay in the Zone” with guest teachers Alexia Petrakos & Julie Jordan Scott
  • MODULE 16 – “Flow: Understand and Prevent Procrastination” with guest teachers Cynthia Morris & Tia Sparkles
  • MODULE 17 – “Unstuck: Learn to Work Around Internal Resistance” with guest teachers Lisa Wilder & Amna Ahmad
  • MODULE 18 – “Play: Utilize the Power of Play for Preventing Burnout” with guest teachers Andrea Schroeder & Michelle C. Shroer


edie_dykeman“This is just what I needed right now. A place where I can be myself and express myself. I love journaling, but have gotten away from it some how. The prompts and the lessons are helping me get back on track to finding out who I am!” 

~ Edie Dykeman, Blogger



Class 3: Art of Healing

(10 weeks)

  • MODULE 19 – “Mindfulness: Learn to Use the Power of Now as a Tool for Change” with guest teachers Susannah Conway & Jennifer Saunders
  • MODULE 20 – “Simplicity: Harness Simplicity to Change Your Life” with guest teachers Michelle Russell & Courtner Carver
  • MODULE 21 “Energy: Become More Energetic Through Simple Techniques” with guest teachers Bridget Pilloud & Rebecca Kane
  • MODULE 22 – “Relaxation: Eliminate Stress from Your Life” with guest teachers Amy Palko & Amber Karnes
  • MODULE 23 – “Emotions: Understand and Navigate Challenging Emotions” with guest teachers Alana Sheeren & Tamarisk Saunders-Davies
  • MODULE 24 – “Letting Go: Make Space for Inviting the New” with guest teachers Alycia Neighbors & Jennifer Boykin
  • MODULE 25 – “Forgiveness: Heal through Conscious Forgiveness” with guest teachers Lisa Miles Brady & Heather Plett
  • MODULE 26 “Money: Renew Your Relationship with Money” with guest teachers Sherold Barr & Joan Otto
  • MODULE 27 – “Self-Nurture: Make Total Self-Care a Lasting Habit” with guest teachers Lianne Raymond & Sarah Grace Powers
  • MODULE 28  “Transformation: The Principles of True Inner Change” with guest teachers Meg Worden & Maira Holzmann


lisa_faulkner“For me, doing A Year With Myself is an amazing self-care practice!” 

~ Lisa Faulkner PhD, Public Health Expert & Dancer



Class 4: Art of Action

(10 weeks)

  • MODULE 29 – “Vision: See the Big Picture of Your Life and Legacy” with guest teachers Abby Kerr
  • MODULE 30 – “Purpose: Reconnect With Your Path and Personal Mission” with guest teacher Megan Potter
  • MODULE 31 “Courage: Understand Fear and Work Your Courage Muscle” with guest teachers Angela Maxwell & Caroline Leon
  • MODULE 32 – “Time: Create More Time for Your Life and Career” with guest teachers Jennifer Gresham & Ali Davies
  • MODULE 33 – “Productivity: Create a Gentle Roadmap for Getting Things Done” with guest teachers Lisa Baldwin & Jen Vertanen
  • MODULE 34 – “Breakthrough: Define the Real Meaning of Success” with guest teachers Natalie Sisson & Melissa Dinwiddie
  • MODULE 35 – “Focus: Learn to Focus on What Matters the Most” with guest teachers Michelle Nickolaisen & Anne Marie Bennett
  • MODULE 36 – “Action: Master the Easy Way to Take Action” with guest teachers Tara Rodden Robinson & Meg Ward
  • MODULE 37 – “Habits: Cultivate Positive and Lasting Habits” with guest teachers Molly Gordon & Tamara Holland
  • MODULE 38 – “Legacy: Build An Authentic Strategy for Doing Your Greatest Work” with guest teachers Lisa Sonora Beam & Nona Jordan


mary_montanye“I started blogging again. And I owe it to A Year With Myself. Thank you for this amazing program.” 

~ Mary Montanye, Writer & Writing Coach



Class 5: Art of Connection

(6 weeks)

  • MODULE 39 – “Connection: Cultivate Relationships through Effective Communication” with guest teachers Christa Gallopoulos & Natalie Peluso
  • MODULE 40 – “Intuition: Learn to Hear the Voice of Your Inner Wisdom” with guest teachers Jac McNeil & Kadena Tate
  • MODULE 41 – “Confidence: Practice Building Your Self-Confidence Muscle” with guest teachers Amy Clover & Lisa Braithwaite
  • MODULE 42 – “Sisterhood: Redefine the Role of Friends and Cohorts” with guest teachers Rose Margaret Deniz & Ellen Berg
  • MODULE 43 – “Community: Build Your Inner Circle and Enrich Your Social Ties” with guest teachers Hannah Marcotti & Tara Lutman Ağaçayak
  • MODULE 44 – “Collaboration: Join Forces with Kindred Spirits” with guest teachers Molly Cantrell-Kraig & Kathy Sprinkle


teresa_deak“This is gorgeous and has lessons from some of my most favorite people!” 

~ Teresa Deak, Artist & Healer


Class 6: Art of Joy

(8 weeks)

  • MODULE 45 – “Gratitude: Live Wholeheartedly through the Joy of Gratitude” with guest teachers Teresa Deak & Lisa Renee Wilson
  • MODULE 46 – “Serenity: Bring into Play the Elements of Spirituality and Inner Peace” with guest teachers Tara Wagner & Amy Oscar
  • MODULE 47 – “Order: Build Systems for Your Life and Career” with guest teachers Desiree Adaway & Naomi Niles
  • MODULE 48 – “Change: Get Better at Navigating Change” with guest teachers Anastasia Ashman & Staci Boden
  • MODULE 49 – “Service: Teach to Change Yourself and the World” with guest teacher Tara Sophia Mohr
  • MODULE 50  “Enthusiasm: Rekindle Your Inner Spark” with guest teachers Randi Buckley & Sibyl Chavis
  • MODULE 51 – “Lovingkindness: Touch the World with Kindness and Compassion” with guest teachers Kate Swoboda & Jen Trulson
  • MODULE 52 – “Oneness: Understand That We Are One and Connected” with guest teachers Mahala Mazerov & Marianne Elliott


zivana_vincent“As a newbie on the course, Class 4 has pulled on my heartstrings the most. I’ve been in ‘automate’ mode for so long. How wonderful it is just to pause and remind myself of the bigger dreams!” 

~ Zivana Vincent, Career & Life Coach


A Year With Myself is more than a journaling course. It’s a complete personal growth program for the whole woman. It has changed the lives of many women, and it can change yours, too.

The investment for this course including all 6 classes and 52 modules is a one-time payment of $497. That means you’re going to spend less than $1.5 per day to transform your entire life from the inside out! This is your opportunity to experience an unforgettable year with yourself, reinvent your life and get from where you are to where you want to be.

satisfaction-guaranteed-urnsnw-custom-serviceI offer a 100% Delight Guarantee for A Year With Myself like I do for all of my courses. This means, if you’re not delighted with what you get, you can contact me and ask for a refund within 30 days of your purchase. And I’ll send you your money back with no hassle and no questions asked. Easy peasy! I take pride in my work, and it’s important for me that you feel delighted with your experience.

Register below and give yourself the gift of you.

Important: Please check your inbox after completing your payment. You’ll find in it an email message asking you to confirm you want to be on the course communication list. Click the confirmation link in that email. After that, you’ll receive our welcome message and the link of the course area where you’ll find all the class material. And from then on, a new module will unlock once a week until you have all 52 modules.


“You’ll love how this program affects your life – it had a profound effect on me last year. Expect changes!” 

~ Brenda

“I feel so lucky, so blessed, and so amazed at the perfect timing and fit of A Year With Myself.” 

~ Jill


Got Questions?

Q: Can I start at any time during the year?

Yes, you can. You can start the program any time during the year, but the modules will unlock and be accessible from 1 to 52 in a row no matter when you begin. The sequence of the modules and their themes has a reason, and you have to apply the lessons and read the material in that order so that you get the biggest benefit from the program.

Q: How should I use the prompts?

It’s really up to you. You can write in your journal, write a blog post, a creative essay, a story, or take a photo, make a collage or a photo essay, or sometimes just tweet.

Q: Do I have to participate in discussions?

This is essentially a self-paced self-study program. You’lll see that that there are discussion areas under each lesson and you’re encouraged to share what you learned or wrote. However, it is totally up to you to do that. If you share, other women taking the course alongside you can read what you wrote and you open windows into each other’s lives. And who know, conversations and friendships may begin. So, why not share if you feel like it?

Q: What happens if I don’t respond to all prompts?

You’re free to respond to as many as you want. There are no obligations. You should advance at your own pace.

Q: What are the weekly themes?

Scroll above, You’ll see the entire curriculum and the 52 weekly themes.

Q: Who is behind A Year With Myself?

Cigdem Kobu, who is the founder of both Peaceful Triumphs and the Peaceful Academy. She’s a writer, teacher and entrepreneur who is devoted to help women create a life and career they love.

Q: I don’t like writing. Will I still like this program?

We believe so. You can use to prompts for creating art journals, collages or find other ways to express the creative ideas they instigate. What you’ll read will alone change your perspective. You can take that and ponder quietly on your own instead of writing. Some of our participants read the weekly modules and go on a walk in nature as they contemplate the questions asked that week.

Q: How can I enroll and grab my seat?

You can pay and enroll here. After you complete your purchase, you’ll receive the information on how to access the course.

Q: Do you offer a payment plan?

We do. You can make 5 equal payments of $107 for 5 months to register. However, you’ll save money if you choose the single payment option.

Q: Can I give A Year With Myself as a gift to someone else?

Absolutely. A Year With Myself will make a fantastic gift also for another woman who’s important to you – whether she’s your sister, mother or best friend. Purchase the program using the button below and then shoot us an email. We’ll contact you and make the necessary arrangements to get the receiver of your gift into the course area.

Register now and give yourself the gift of you.

Important: Please check your inbox after completing your payment. You’ll find in it an email message asking you to confirm you want to be on the course communication list. Click the confirmation link in that email. After that, you’ll receive our welcome message and the link of the course area where you’ll find all the class material. And from then on, a new module will unlock once a week until you have all 52 modules.


“I started to write today using the first prompt and couldn’t really stop.” 

~ Beth

“I really love the validating vibe of this program. Thanks again for providing a fantastic opportunity.” 

~ Dawn

“So good, so good, so good! Thank you for creating such an awesome yearlong adventure for us.” 

~ Stephanie

“My mind and my heart are whirling with ideas. Thank you!” 

~ Kathie