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Journaling: Fruitful Journey

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

FruitfulBack to the life of journaling I go.  I have been wanting to do this article for so long; however my thinking about it has taken so much time.  I fear too much time has passed.  I really believe journaling helps the soul!

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Topics: journaling, journal

Journaling: Nurturing Ourselves Write Away

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

In the modern world, many of us work harder for our jobs than we do for ourselves, either by choice or by necessity.

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Topics: journaling, journal, journal writing

Journaling Challenge: What Are You Weighting For?

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 08:30 AM


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Topics: 28 days weight control journaling challenge, journnaling

Write Everyday with Daily Page

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

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Topics: writing therapy

Journaling Your New Year's Intention

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

A couple years ago, I wrote about a simple, effective approach to resolutions that caught my attention: instead of making a long list of everything you want to accomplish, you choose just one word to be your focal point for the year. The idea is that you can turn to your word when you are in need of guidance, and it will help shape your goals, decisions and priorities.

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Topics: journaling, goals, intentions

Journaling Tips for Transforming Your Life Write Now

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

There’s a certain magic about a new year. It’s like a blank page, just waiting to be written on, full of promise and bursting with potential…

So why not reflect on the life story you would like to make your own in 2015, and write it, in detail, in your private journal? 


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Topics: journaling

#27Days Journaling Challenge: Transform Your Life Today!

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Happy, Healthy, Healing New Year! Take the 5th Annual  27 Days Life-Changing Journaling Challenge with CreateWriteNow’s Journaling for the Health of It ™ tribe and you’ll reconnect with your Self, eliminate old, unhealthy, negative thoughts and feelings and accomplish awesome 2015 goals. You’ll discover why your life is not working the way you’d like it to and start making the necessary changes write away.

The Peace of Mind & Body: 27 Days to Health and Happiness Journaling Challenge takes you on a step-by-step journey to identify who you are today, exactly what it is you want and how to get there. Discover what makes you tick (and what ticks you off) and clear out the old beliefs still stuck in the cells of your body to make way for the new, true You!

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Topics: 27 Days

How to write about very sad and challenging experiences and still leave the reader feeling hopeful

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

I'm pleased to welcome Linda Appleman Shapiro,our current featured author touring with WOW Women on Writing. Learn more about Shapiro and her memoir, She's Not Herself: A Psychotherapist's Journey Into and Beyond her Mother's Mental Illness



Mari asks, "How to write about very sad and challenging experiences and still leave the reader feeling hopeful?"

I suppose the best way to start to answer your question is to say that I would never want to read a book that was filled only with sad experiences, so it was definitely not my intention to write one.

Although it’s true that some people live lives that are far more painful and difficult to navigate than others (and those whose challenges are chronic are to be commended for whatever ways they find to cope) . . . life, for most of us – even those of us who have experienced significant trauma – still brings good days and bad days, joyful days and sad days. The sun rises even when we may not be able to appreciate its light; the dark of night can seem glorious or dismal.
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Topics: memoir

Reflective Moments in Memoir

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

by David W. Berner

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Topics: reflection, memoir

Journaling Around Love

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

The definition of love and awareness of it in your daily life is always a healing journal writing prompt.

And speaking of Baby Boomers, it’s arguable that the single most influential phrase of our blossoming years was the Beatles’ immortal lyric, “All you need is love.” 

It is still such a comforting and helpful idea. Whatever the situation, looking for the love inevitably provides a solution. I don't know why governments and judges and the world at large haven't figured that out yet.

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Topics: journaling, journal writing, love

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