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The Accidental Journal-ista

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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Mari's Journaling Power Blog

The 2 And Only Rules of Journaling

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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Mari's Journaling Power Blog | Journaling Therapy

6 Journaling Techniques for Practical Problem Solving

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... Read More

Mari's Journaling Power Blog | Journaling Therapy

Honesty is Powerful

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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Mari's Journaling Power Blog | Journaling Journeys

My Journal: A Cauldron of Creativity

From my first treasured faux-leather "Daily Diary" with its clasp and key that held my adolescent secrets (securely, I hoped!), to the present assortment of three or four notebooks "in use",... Read More

Mari's Journaling Power Blog

Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host Fiona Maria Simon and her inspirational story of the struggles and triumphs she experienced while following her dream, as part of her WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.

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Mari's Journaling Power Blog | Journaling Therapy

Stress Relief: Journaling To Calm Your Inner Critic

In the US, there are millions of people struggling with stress.  The levels of stress are unhealthy enough that they can destroy the person’s mental and physical health.  Too much stress can... Read More

Mari's Journaling Power Blog | Self Growth, Journaling Therapy

THE POWER OF GIVING

When I was six - or maybe I was five - my mother gifted me an Annie Oakley skirt something like the one shown in this post.  But, mine was filled with pockets that were filled with guns and my...

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Mari's Journaling Power Blog | Journaling Journeys

A Year of Journaling and Journeying

Around this time a year ago, I faced a fork stuck in the road.  To stay in my council home and attempt togo back to a full time teaching job; or continue counselling training, keep the pony and... Read More