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Mari's #JournalingPower Blog

My (Non) Journaling Story

Posted by Jo B Creative on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

Okay, I admit it - I've never journaled in my life and there's no guarantee I will.  But I'm often tempted to do so when I read about those who do, because I blog, and that's a form of self-expression similar to the journaling experience.

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Topics: art journal

How Journaling Can Shape A Child's Life

Posted by Mary Jones on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 07:40 AM

Journaling is such a subtle yet powerful tool to help one go in the track of self-realization.  It is one of the best mediums to have conversations with yourself.  This helps you to self-reflect and be more aware of your actions and goals.

No matter the age of the writer a thorough habit of maintaining a journal helps you keep a track of your learnings and priorities in life.  For many great writers that I know, journaling started early.  Personally to me, my journal was my compost pit.  It is very different from a dairy which maintains a chronological account of events in your life.

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Topics: Journaling for Children

Journaling Power Benefits Using Your Smartphone

Posted by Kate Abrosimova on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

You wake up at the sound from your smartphone that gets louder until you push stop. While commuting to work you're listening to music streaming from your phone. You spend all day sitting in front of your computer doing your job. When you need to buy groceries, you use your smartphone to make a shopping list. And before you go to bed you check out your news feeds on social media.

Books became digital. Emails and social apps replaced handwritten letters. And most of your writing is on your phone.

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Topics: journaling techniques, smartphone journaling


Posted by Kay Butzin on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

It will be nineteen years on April 9 since I wrote my first three morning pages.  Over the days and months since, I have journaled my way to a better understanding of myself, my family, and every relationship in which I’ve ever been.  Having experienced the benefits of journaling in general and of Mari’s programs in particular, and being in a writing slump at the time, I accepted her promotional offer of the self-paced program, 14 Days of Journal Magic for Writers.

Life interrupted and I took twenty days rather than fourteen to complete it; but when I had to miss a day, I looked extra-forward to my next journaling session.  First thing in the morning I would print a copy of the day’s exercises and then sit with my mug of coffee, lap desk, spiral notebook and gel pen, and respond to the prompts.  As a result I wrote:

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Topics: morning pages, journaling for writers

Journaling Power:  Pursue Your Passions On Purpose

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 07:32 AM

Journaling has an incredible ability to bring to the surface thoughts, memories and feelings that have been dormant – or even forgotten – a long time.  When you allow yourself to relax and write whatever is on your mind, you’re often surprised by what turns up on the page.

For me, journaling helped me rediscover and reclaim a great passion in my life: music.

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Topics: journaling techniques

Saving Worries for the Journal

Posted by Luisa Brenton on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

Okay, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that bullet journaling saved my life. But it wasn’t far off. Bullet journaling made sure I could continue moving forward on my dream job. And that’s a big deal. Because if you ask me, if we’re not doing what we really want to be doing or at least working towards that goal, then we’re not living life to its full potential. Life is about fulfilling our ambitions and our dreams, after all.

I always wanted to be a freelance writer. That has always been the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for me. Of course, when you dream about something and turning that into a reality are two different things. Being a freelance writer is hard! There were a lot of new skills to learn (as there are with any new venture) and so I needed all the help I could get. It turned out that bullet journaling offered a lot of that help.

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The Accidental Journal-ista

Posted by Cindy Stone on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

I have always loved reading.  When, as a child, I read The Secret Garden, I knew right then and there what I wanted to do. I wanted to move people emotionally the way that story had moved me.  I didn’t tell anyone my desire.  It seemed so out of reach for someone like me.  I wasn’t a standout student in school, nor did I come from a family of great accomplishment. We were a struggling working-class family. My destiny seemed written in the dirt I played in.

My grandmother bought me a locking diary after my mother died when I was ten. I suppose she thought I must have some thoughts I might like to write about.  I got no further than Dear Diary.  That was how Anne Frank addressed her diary.  I couldn’t think of anything to say, other than most banal statements of life. My aspirations became buried under years of shyness, lack-luster performance, and emotional blunting caused by unacknowledged grief.  Tumultuous teenage years were a given. It continued to be a time of great loss as I constantly lost the keys to the house, my wallet, my school books, and more importantly my innocence, along with other unmentionable things.  What I didn’t lose was my profound lack of confidence.

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The 2 And Only Rules of Journaling

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

Your journaling power practice is your own, and it gives you the freedom to express yourself in any way you choose.

But to get the maximum benefits available to Y. O. U.:

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6 Journaling Techniques for Practical Problem Solving

Posted by Amanda Johnson on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

Keeping a journal could mean a lot more than recording the main events of each day. Unfortunately, despite the scientifically proven benefits for the physical and mental health, lots of people carelessly perceive journaling as an activity for teenagers.  Well, contrary to these perceptions, journaling is a very old tradition that has been and will be practiced for a long time.  Many successful people do it, and they do it for a very good reason.

To become a better problem solver, you need to train your mind.  You must cultivate and preserve the right thoughts and proceed with the right action.  Moreover, you could take advantage of several journaling techniques which will boost your ability to solve problems in a practical manner.

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Topics: journaling for problem solving, journaling techniques

Honesty is Powerful

Posted by B. Lynn Goodwin on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host B. Lynn Goodwin and introduce her candid love story, 'Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62', as part of her WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.

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Topics: Living honestly, power of honesty

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