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My Journaling Journey

Posted by Anthony Billoni on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Maybe turning 50 was a flashing yellow light.  Maybe I was afraid the light was about to turn red – on reaching significant goals I had set for myself.

What came to be my daily journaling habit was years in the making.  Recently I came across an online journal from close to 10 years ago. Just one entry.

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Topics: morning pages

Journaling Power Heals The Writer's Soul

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 08:08 AM

This article was originally published on January 28 at BooksByWomen.org

Before I started on my incredible healing journey, I was a left-brained businesswoman and I treated myself as if I was a machine. My approach to life was strictly practical, logical, and rational.

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Topics: journaling, morning pages, Mari L. McCarthy, journaling power

Morning Pages: Your Best Daily De-Cluttering Routine

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 07:12 AM

This article was originally posted at www.bringonlemons.blogspot.com as part of my WOW Journaling Power Blog Tour this October.

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Topics: morning pages, Mari L. McCarthy, journaling power

6 Quick Prompts for Writing Morning Pages

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Have you gotten into the personal transformation journaling habit of writing Morning Pages every day?

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Topics: journaling, morning pages, personal transformation

Journal Power: Get Control Over Change in Your Life

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

Have you ever used your journal purposefully as a way to cope successfully with change? 

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Topics: journaling, journal writing, morning pages, personal journaling, transitions

Just Checking: Are You Making Time for Your Reflective Writing?

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Do you ever complain about how there’s not enough time in the day? In today’s world, most of us lead such busy lives that it can seem impossible to set aside even a few minutes to pause, unplug and reflect. Journaling is an activity that does not require much of your time, and yet it yields powerful benefits. Even five minutes a day is enough time to clear your head and re-center your priorities, thoughts and goals.

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Topics: morning pages, reflective writing

I Allow Grace – An Affirmation for Our Today Self

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

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Topics: morning pages, emotional control, conflict management, Meditation, life balance

Join Our 12 Days of Morning Pages Journaling Challenge Write Now!

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 09:49 AM

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Morning Pages changed my life, and I’m confident that they will change yours, too. Morning Pages started me on my journaling journey 13 years ago, and they continue to help me grow, change and learn every day. I’m happy to report today that I’m starting my 16th straight month of ambidextrous #MorningPages and oh, oh, oh, the places I go! I can say quite confidently that Mari, thy name is creativity.

The idea is profound but simple, inspired by Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way: every morning when you wake up, you write three pages of longhand, stream-of –consciousness journaling before you do anything else.

You make your Morning Pages an essential part of your day, like brushing your teeth or having a cup of coffee, and you create a powerful practice that clears out mental clutter, unblocks your creativity, heightens clarity and helps you discover your best self. And it helps you solve problems, make decisions and take action and….

Creating a Morning Pages practice is a gift that will last a lifetime, and it takes only a journal, a pen and less than 30 minutes each day. The hardest part is getting started.

Take the first step, and join Create Write Now’s new journaling challenge. It's titled, 12 Days of Morning Pages, and it's a course that's delivered to your email inbox once a day for twelve days.
During the Morning Pages journaling challenge, you will:

•    Write every day on a different theme and explore topics that you will come across often in your Morning Pages
•    Clean out the bad stuff – self-criticism, fears, worries, stresses – to make room for the good stuff – confidence, creativity, hope and action
•    Have access to Create Write Now’s online journaling community, where you can ask questions, discuss common challenges and receive support from others
•    Nurture your inner artist and get in tune with your interests and talents
•    Discover and start working toward your personal goals
•    Learn to identify harmful obstacles and challenges that hold you back
•    Focus on how to become your happiest, healthiest and most creative self

Join the 12 Days of Morning Pages Journaling Challenge write here!

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Topics: morning pages, journaling challenge

Journaling As A Daily Practice

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 09:52 AM

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Topics: journaling, morning pages

Morning Pages: Keeping My Word

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 05:44 PM

by Kay Butzin

The day I wrote my first three morning pages, April 9, 1999, I was underemployed at a job I hated, smoking a pack of Winston Lights a day, ten pounds overweight, and depressed about the dust and clutter I’d allowed to accumulate in my one-bedroom condo.

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Topics: morning pages, writing

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Sharing your experiences with others is both an opportunity for your own self-reflection and a chance to give back.  By sharing how you have used journaling to cope with difficult life experiences, overcome obstacles and thrive, you can inspire others and help them heal. 

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Journal Writing Benefits

I started journaling over 18 years ago and soon realized the wonderful benefits journal writing can have.  When I started this blog, it was with the intent to share my own experiences and the incredible health benefits I was experiecing through my journal writing practice.

As things have evolved and I've continued to experience the impact journaling can have on overall  health -  including physical, mental, emotional aspects -  the content here has expanded to cover all the ways individuals can benefit from their own journal writing.  

In addition to sharing my own experiences with journaling, this blog now includes guest articles from other writers - including health practitioners, coaches, psychotherapists and others.

Whether you are an exerienced journaler or new to the practice of journal writing, this blog will provide you with many different voices, insights and ideas to inspire your journaling journey.  

In addition to the personal stories of other journalers and contributors, you'll also find journaling writing tips, prompts, videos and more. 

We publish blog articles throughout the week!   So come back often!