To kick things off, we'll get you familiar with Reflection.app — our free, private online journal platform. We will send you a confirmation email right after you sign up, and your journey will officially begin tomorrow when your first prompt arrives in your inbox.
Over the next 14 days, you will receive one thought-provoking prompt per day to help you explore your innermost thoughts and beliefs. As you progress, the prompts will nudge you to dig deeper.
Over the course of this journey, your mind and body will feel more comfortable journaling honestly and freely — bringing you a greater sense of clarity and perspective through your responses.
We promise to deliver 14 days of thought-provoking prompts and provide a delightful, convenient, and secure place to journal. Having said that, the answers are, and always have been, within you. So we need your commitment — not just signing up, but making time each day to dive into meaningful and potentially uncomfortable questions.
Like most things, the more you give to this process, the more you will get from it. The more honest you are and the deeper you dig with your answers, the more you will uncover. So be open, be real, and prepare to learn more about yourself than you ever thought you knew.
There's a sense of clarity that comes from getting things out of your mind and into your journal, and you'll begin to feel it the more you do it. This will allow your deepest dreams and desires to bubble up more easily as you move further on your journey.
Yes! Reflect & Reset is free, and so is using Reflection.app! We do offer a Premium plan for Reflection.app with added features (like adding photos and early access to our native mobile apps). But all core features are free. :-)
That said, if you enjoy Reflect & Reset and want to support our work, consider going Premium — we would really appreciate that!
Short answer: Yes and yes! Your entries are visible only to you and stored securely with encryption. As long time journal-writers ourselves, we know how important it is that personal entries are private and secure.
Long answer: All user-generated application data is stored in a secure, encrypted database. All sensitive data (like journal entries) is fully encrypted before it is ever stored. This means that in the extremely unlikely chance our database is ever compromised, a hacker would only find encrypted text (aka, a whole bunch of random characters) rather than any sensitive information. Our application is served via SSL (secure sockets layer), which means that all communication between your device and Reflection.app is also secured and encrypted.
We do use third-party software tools for notifications, analytics, and customer support. The data provided to these third parties never includes the contents of your private entries, and are used to provide you with a better user experience. For example, an email that notifies you that you have completed six entries only tracks the number of entries completed, but has no access to the content of them.
The scary-to-admit, but honest, truth is that no online system is impenetrable. Often the biggest risk to user privacy is a weak password, which is why we encourage you to authenticate via Google at sign-in and enable 2-factor authentication on your Google account to further protect your account. You can revoke access to Reflection.app at any time from your Google account security dashboard (instructions here). Authenticating with Google does not give Google access to your personal entries.
If you have any other questions about the privacy and security of your data, please don't hesitate to reach out. 🤓
Good question! That is really up to you and your schedule. One small rule we like: write for as long as you have something on your mind, then write for another five minutes after that. This gives thoughts that are buried beneath the surface time to bubble up. :-)
No worries, it happens! But consider making time to revisit that prompt at a later date. Each prompt in this 14-day series is an important piece of the whole experience, so we encourage you to respond to them all. If you feel an aversion to a prompt, it is likely a sign that it's a question you need to explore — so pay extra attention to how a question makes you feel and dive into the discomfort.
Absolutely. Your entries are yours and you can do with them as you wish. You can export your entries into JSON or CSV formats at any time.
First things first... celebrate! 🎉 😃 You just spent the last 14 days exploring and reflecting on some pretty deep and meaningful questions. Take a moment to let that settle in and congratulate yourself for committing, putting in the effort, and seeing it through.
As a next step, we encourage you to continue a consistent journaling and reflection practice to help you stay connected with what you've uncovered and continue to align and ground yourself.
Within Reflection.app, we offer additional guided reflections, such as our Monthly Review — a simple and delightful way of checking in with yourself each month. If you enjoyed Reflect & Reset, we think you will get value from these other guided experiences too.
If there are other ways we can help you on your self-discovery journey, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!
For the last decade, Holstee has created products that help people live fully and mindfully.
We started by writing The Holstee Manifesto — our own definition of success.
In trying to live these values, we struggled, finding ourselves distracted by the urgency of our notification-driven culture and trapped by the idea of living up to someone else's definition of success.
In time, it became clear to us that living with intention and reflection is an ongoing practice, not a destination. This was the seed that started the Holstee Membership and a range of products including Holstee Reflection Cards and our Reflection Journal.
With encouragement from our community, we have spent the last three years exploring how to bring our passion for design and our experience developing reflection-oriented products together into an online tool that helps us look back on our days, weeks, months, and years in a delightful, accessible, and secure way.
After years of work, we are thrilled to finally share Reflection.app with the world.
Start your reflection practice today!
We can't wait to hear about your experience,
Through reflection, we get the chance to appreciate, learn from, and find peace with our past as we take steps toward the future ahead.