Go Love Yourself is a relatively new subscription box featuring items that promote self-care and personal growth. Each box includes a self-help book, resources to implement those practices into your everyday life, and self-care items. Subscribing to this box also opens up access to a Facebook community to help you along your journey.
When you open your box, you are immediately greeted with a handwritten note.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Go Love Yourself
The Subscription Box: Go Love Yourself
The Cost: $49.95 + shipping ($10.55 to Baton Rouge, LA). Save with a longer subscription.
The Products: Books, digital resources, and self-care items, all aimed at enhancing the journey to loving yourself.
Ships to: Worldwide
Go Love Yourself “Digital Detox” July 2018 Review
The box includes a brochure detailing everything in the box, along with this month’s theme: Digital Detox!
Also included is a list of the Go Love Yourself featured coaches of the month. Simply go to the website listed under each card to schedule yourself a free 30-minute coaching session — no code needed! Each month features different coaches who have expertise in that month’s theme. Each month also will usually include a bookmark and information about community events. I think the GLY printing got an upgrade—I am loving these vivid photos!
How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price - Retail Value $12.99 (found here for $10.12)
I am always on my phone. 95% of my email communications occur over my phone rather than a computer, and being a full-time student who works two jobs I get a lot of emails. I also have a constant game of words with friends going with my mom, and if I take too long to on my turn my mom will text me a taunt about how I must be needing time to cheat to play (which I don't, okay mom?). And yes, I love Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I am probably the exact person this book is geared towards, but I have been struggling to be receptive to this book's message. Do I spend too much time on my phone? Yes. Do I want that to change? No, not really. I don't feel like my phone controls my life—rather, I use my phone to take charge of my life. I do think this book is a great resource for those who feel like their phone monopolizes their time, as the 30-day challenge is a great way to reset and establish healthy boundaries with technology. If you're someone who has a lot of anxiety associated with their phone, this would also be a great book to read because it talks about how software developers will actually time their games and apps to be as manipulating as possible (for lack of a better term). Maybe my difficulty really connecting with the message is because I am deep under the claws of technology's grasp—It is very possible! From Amazon:
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.
Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.
You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.
Unofficial Workbook - Listed Value $19.99
Go Love Yourself always includes an unofficial workbook, and I really like this spiral bound version. This workbook is full of journaling prompts to help you be more mindful about taking the practices from the book of the month and actually implementing them into your life.
Off the Grid Box - Listed Value $25
When I was reading through the descriptions for this box I was confused because it instructs you to put your phones in the box before playing with the cards—but this box isn’t really big enough for that. When I found it online it showed this deck of cards coming in a bigger box that would fit phones, as well as two wristbands, for the same price as the listed price of the deck. The info sheet says that this is a Go Love Yourself exclusive, but I am not sure what makes it worth the same value as the full set with the bigger box. That aside, I don’t know what to make of these cards. I like the idea of being with friends with no phones, but some of these questions remind me more of awkward group icebreakers rather than what I want to talk about at a girls night (I actually just had a girls night yesterday. We played Cards Against Muggles and it was definitely not family appropriate the way these cards are).
Fidget Cube – Listed Value $7.99
I have never played with a fidget cube before, and I am happy to have received one in this box. I am the person who subconsciously rips the straw paper into tiny pieces at restaurants, so this is a way handier way to keep my hands busy without being destructive. My favorite function is rolling the metal ball and gliding the mini joystick. Clicking the buttons and flipping the switch did make noticeable sounds that would be a bit obnoxious in a quiet room, but not in a room with other background noise.
Mindfulness Inspired Coloring Cards, set of 8 – Listed Value $7.50
I love to doodle zentangles now and then, and these coloring cards really remind me of those designs! These postcard-sized cards are great for being able to do some detailed coloring and actually finishing the project without needing to spend an hour doing it. Being able to start and complete a small art project is definitely a boost when you need some peace in your day-to-day life.
Colored Pencils Set – Listed Value $7.48
And to be able to color in our coloring cards we have this set of twelve colored pencils. I love that they come in a tin for easy storage and transport, and I thought the colors were of good quality for my coloring.
I sleep with my phone next to me, half the time with my hand curled around it. I am exactly the kind of person who would benefit from not sleeping with their phone in the bed, but I just. Cant. Do. It. The idea is this bag goes on a doorknob or a hook, you put your phone in it, and you enjoy your bedroom without the distraction from technology. This bag is handmade in Argentina, and I will be giving it to a friend who can actually commit to sleeping without their phone. I know that this goes against everything the book for this month talks about, but I just can't sleep without my phone. Don't judge me too harshly!
The Verdict: This Go Love Yourself box wasn’t my favorite. I enjoyed the fidget cube and the colored pencils and coloring cards, but I could easily find those items for cheaper than what they are valued at in this box. I calculated a value of $95.95, which is on the low end compared to previous boxes I have received. Not only that, it doesn't feel like I received almost $100 worth of items. I do know there is additional value found by connecting with the coaches of the month, participating in the group coaching session, and being a part of the online community. That being said, I feel like the value over the past few months has been on the decline. I do still think this is a box where the more work you are willing to put in, the more personal value you will get out of it.
The Wrap Up:
LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code SUMMER20 to save 20% off your first box!
Coupon - Save 10% off your first box with code MSA2018
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $49.95 + $10.55 shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $8.64.
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What do you think of Go Love Yourself? What methods do you practice to improve your self-care?