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Doug Liewellyn: Well, hi everybody. Welcome back to TV news radio delight to have you with it. As you know, this is the, uh, the Tuesday after a Monday holiday Labor Day. And, uh, hopefully you have a wonderful holiday week. He can't today. This is going to be pretty fascinating, especially for me. I'm going to learn something and I'm going to make sure you learn something with us as well. We're going to welcome back Mary Mccarthy. She has been a guest here on cutv news before she was with us last week, uh, and she is an expert on the art of journaling. Now you may know, not know what journaling is. Um, and we're going to explain that and we're going to tell you what the benefits of it are and we're going to help teach you how to do it. And to begin, let me tell you a little bit about Mary's story and this will get you much more interested in this whole subject. Um, first off, her name is Mary Mccarthy. Her company is called create right now, and she is the founder and the cio of that corporation.
Doug Liewellyn: Now, you know, in any typical corporation, the CIO would be the chief information officer, but Mary in her company is the chief inspiration officer. I love that chief inspiration officer of create right now, as Mary tells her story over 20 years ago, she lost the feeling and function and the right side of her body due to multiple sclerosis at the doctors really didn't help her very much. So she began a journey to take control of her health. And she says, and writes that after doing some research, she tried writing therapy, which he called journaling for the health of it. She said it wasn't easy for her. She had to learn to write with their left hand. Now, if you're a right handed person and you write with your right now you know because I'm wanna, you know it's darn hard to write with your left hand.
Doug Liewellyn: That was her situation, but she did. She dedicated herself to daily action and began a journaling practice writing with their left hand and she began the practice known as morning pages. She says she never could have anticipated how powerful that process would become to her. As she continued her writing practice, her ms symptoms improved, but more importantly, she says she discovered and recovered her true self and even tapped into talents she said she never knew she had and best of all, she has a kind and compassionate relationship with herself and her inner serenity and has replaced her academy award winning self sabotage. She's a great writer. You know, Academy award winning self sabotage. How many of us have that? Her transformation is nothing short of radical and due to the power of therapeutic journaling, there have been a number of benefits. Number one, the right side of her body is 75 percent functional.
Doug Liewellyn: When it wasn't before, she takes no prescription drugs and she hasn't for 15 years. She stopped every one of the over counter Predator, a medication she took eight years ago, she dumped her health insurance, dropped it, and she hasn't needed it for over 15 years and she has been as she puts it, 100 percent healthy for six years with no sign of any illness. I applaud her. That's terrific. That's great. It's quite a leap from her prognosis years ago and it all happened because she made the decision to just go for it. To be honest. She says she found the benefits of focused journaling to be limitless. It has guided and supported her and making major dietary decisions. No gluten, no dairy, no processed foods. She's able to write with both hands now and thanks to her daily commitment to journaling. She routinely sleeps through the night for seven or eight hours without waking up.
Doug Liewellyn: Her energy increases every day and her journal and she are currently work, work, work, work, working on accompanying her 2018 goal, which is manifest the healthiest team. Mary. That is Mary's story to date and that's only one part of it. Obviously we have left out a lot, but Mary also wrote a book. She has an international award winning best seller called journaling power, how to create the happy healthy life you want to live and it's available and we're going to tell you how to get it. We're going to tell you where Mary's website is because it's a great website with a lot of information and we're going to talk about the subject of journaling. For those of you who don't know anything about journaling, welcome aboard. You're going to have an expert instruct you as of right now. So let's say good morning to our guest, Mary Mccarthy.
Doug Liewellyn: She's headquartered in the Boston area, specifically in Marshfield, Massachusetts. It's about 40 miles from Boston and it's a. it's going to be a hot day in, in that area today, isn't it, Mary? What'd you say? Ninety five degrees. Is that right?
Mari L.McCarthy: Absolutely, yes, and it's going to be 95 degrees and I live in a beautiful beach front home. I got the air conditioning just kicked on and you're looking at the ocean. Is it? Call them out there? Just very calm. No, no brief, no nothing. The flags are good at not moving your height. Hate a little bit hazy, hot and humid. So the experience for most of the summer is still continuing on after Labor Day. We hit the mother nature. I thought it was supposed to cool down right after Labor Day.
Doug Liewellyn: You're making me jealous. Sitting there looking out on the ocean. Well look, I have some. I'd have a tough question for you. Okay. Here's the beginning. What is journaling? How do you answer that? Simple, simple answer. What is
Mari L.McCarthy: journaling is the newest, best, ultimate self healing tool that helps people address and heal the issues in their tissues, otherwise known as baggage that we've been carrying around that gets us a stressed out, emotionally charged. And it's really a holistic health tool. I got to tell you something that's like, that's an, uh, an academy award winning answer. Really, really great answer. It helps cure the issues in your tissues. I love it. Um, you know, we have a lot of listeners who've never journaled. I'm one too. I've never journaled. Um, I mean I have a, I have an appreciation for it. I guess I really don't know a lot about it, but let's talk a little bit about how one goes about.
Doug Liewellyn: Obviously this has been very beneficial for you and really when you're journaling, you're writing, I presume, your thoughts, your inspirations, whatever's going through your mind. Is that what it is? Tell me, tell me what it is. You're right. When you journal Journal,
Mari L.McCarthy: it's whatever, wherever you are at the moment, you just write and getting back to how I got started, I highly recommend people that don't know anything about journaling but are curious about it. That morning pages are very good because they are a stream of consciousness. So you just sit down and right now of course our inner critic and are heavily, heavily experienced. A left brain are going to go crazy because you know, we have to be running here, taking care of this, doing this. So getting back into ourselves, spending quality time with ourselves, that is something that is completely against everything we've been brought up to believe and, and done.
Mari L.McCarthy: So getting a sitting down with 10 the page and what we're journaling is pen to page every day. Uh, uh, it's really an opportunity to, for people to reconnect with the inner child, the person, their true selves that they had when they came into this world, but through growing up and parenting and uh, teachers and society and everything we become, you know, living out their journaling is an opportunity for us to come home to ourselves. You have written, the journals are unique to every individual. One page might be a doodle, a or the writing might go into a circle or upside down for no reason whatsoever. Whatever you choose to do with the Journal is as unique as you are. So it doesn't mean you're writing thoughts or words. It could be anything, right?
Mari L.McCarthy: It's another term for journaling. It's expressive writing. It is just getting out on the page. I still don't, I couldn't tell you scientifically what's going on, but all I know is that it really works and gets you into places a inside yourself that you never had a clue existed. So, uh, it's just, uh, uh, yeah, so they have that, that opportunity to really express if and when you're talking about the, uh, the doodling, I, as I say that there's only one right way to journal and that's your way. So if you want to use crayons and be wanting to do it in the morning, if you want to do in the evening and all that, it's totally completely up to you. You will get that. You will get the benefits that you need, a photo from the process based on you being who you are and tuning, tuning into your heart and your feelings and your emotions and all those wonderful things that are stuffed away down inside our, our tissues that we're bringing to the forefront through journaling.
Doug Liewellyn: Do you write these things? Whatever it is, you're right, and then obviously you write it, you put, you put it down, you close the book, and do you. Then at some point come back and read it. Is that, is that the whole, is that the reason you do it because you want to come back and read it and hopefully benefit from it or not necessarily?
Mari L.McCarthy: Again, it's a personal call. So for me, I've been doing this for for 20 years and when I finished up a of spiral, uh, uh, three notebook for three, a division, a notebook, you know, I give it to the trash man. Some people, I have a client that has been drilling for 20, 30 years. Uh, he just took all his journals to Kinko and they, uh, put them into a, uh, into his computer, into a database. So, uh, and a lady, one of my, uh, clients who's been clean and sober for almost 10 years now, she said that's what helps get her through, uh, you know, any, you know, old desires to get returned to the model by going back and saying and taking a look at different, uh, uh, entries and things like that and finding out, oh, that's the situation that I had before and that's how I handled that.
Mari L.McCarthy: Oh, okay. And they find some additional kernels of perspiration. So again, as I said, it's up to you, uh, some, some people, it's like keyboard for a whole room of, of all the years that they've been been journaling. And then you have Erin Mccarthy that puts it down and gets, you know, does what the gets out, what you need to get out. It's like, okay, yeah, I've been there, done that. Thank you. And hands it to the garbage man.
Doug Liewellyn: Well, you know, I think it would be a benefit to go back and look at something you journaled 15 years ago. Another question that comes to mind is, what's the difference between journaling and keeping it diary? Is there a difference?
Mari L.McCarthy: Uh, definitely a journaling. You're getting, uh, into the, uh, you're doing the heavy lifting and you're getting into the secrets of your soul. A diary is supposedly no. A, just the facts, ma'am. You know, it's just that where we went. One wonderful vacation to those. It's just a record, a really a record keeping type of a situation. A journaling gets into your thoughts, your feelings, your, your mind, your body, your soul. That's the big difference.
Doug Liewellyn: Well, I, I really, I really do believe it would be beneficial then to go back and read, you know, read what you wrote at some point. I'm, I'm, I'm, I'm amazed you give your journals number one to the trash man because I would think you'd want to tread it rather than give it to him. But anyway, um, you know, your story is so amazing and as I mentioned that the open opening, you say your transformation has nothing short of radical because of, because of, and you blame this now are accredited to therapeutic journaling. It helped the right side of your body now become 75 percent functional when, because of your Ms. uh, it wasn't, uh, you don't take any drugs at all. You stopped all over the counter medication, get dumped your health insurance. My goodness. And you've been 100 percent healthy for six years with no sign of illness. And you credit that all to what you call therapeutic journaling. A lot of people wanting to make may think to themselves, how do you do that? How did that happen? How do you explain that?
Mari L.McCarthy: I explained that, that, uh, uh, from the fact that we all have the answers inside of us that we need to run a very successful, happy, productive, whatever you want, whatever your goal is for your purposes in, in life, and it is the way to help us dig deeper and deeper and deeper. Again, it's, it's, it's because journaling helps us change our behavior. It helps us change our thought process. That's what one of the most amazing things to me. It's like I can continually come up with like, oh my goodness, I've been carrying around that thought or you know of that, you know, just the effects of, you know, what my thinking was about, oh, how, you know, how dumb and stupid I am in my younger brother. So much better at playing the piano to me. Yeah, I'll just kind of crazy things is that we carry done everything in our subconscious know from a, from where, you know, some childhood.
Mari L.McCarthy: So it's just, it just gives us an opportunity to get into, oh my goodness. So how I feel and how, like, what may have emotions and all those types of things. So I just, like I said, it's the best, the best drug go on and it's free. So it's just. Yeah, no kidding. It is free. Well, let's talk a little bit about what your journey is now to help others benefit from journaling the way it has helped you. You, you wrote a book called journaling power. Let me ask you number one, how long do, I'm sure when you, when you started journaling, you never thought you'd write a book about it, right? It has. I had no clue. All right. Did you find it difficult to write the book? How long did it take you to write it? Um, it was on. It's probably less than a year.
Mari L.McCarthy: I think. Again, it was, I guess that's another benefit of journaling. I get these, will I call universal messages. Uh, that's how I came up with the, uh, the idea for the name of my company. Just literally, literally showed up in my journal one day and I just got a sense of, you know, it was time to, uh, to write a book and, and being the very practical business woman, I wanted to have a good practical things as well as telling my story. Uh, and uh, so that, uh, it just, you know, that's another thing that I find too with, with journaling, if you do the daily routine of, as I call the data dumping, but also just just the routine of, because it's really a daily present to yourself, you're, you're showing yourself that you are number one, you are important, and that's completely, completely different.
Mari L.McCarthy: So, um, so that's, that's the, uh, I'm sorry, I lost my train of thought because.
Doug Liewellyn: No, you're doing, you're doing good. You're doing good. All right. So you wrote the book called journaling power took you about a year. Uh, and the, the subtitle of the book is how to create the happy, healthy life you want to live. What will I get out of reading your book? Is it, is, are you instructing me on how to, how to journal? Is that really what it is more than your story? It's how they draw,
Mari L.McCarthy: excuse me, I say it's 50 slash 50. I call it a self help memoir. It, it just relays my, my experiences of, uh, of the, you know, the many fantastic benefits of because it is really a, a holistic health of therapy. Uh, so I used that opportunity to, to tell to my store, but also give really good practical things about, okay, this is how you can, you know, if you're dealing with the issues of the inner critic or, or whatever situation or how the importance of setting goals and things like that.
Mari L.McCarthy: So you have all kinds of practical instruction prompts, exercises a guidance on how to start a sergeant and she just started a journaling practice that then you know how to drill down to help you solve the issues in your tissues. Be that, be it money, be it your body, your weight or your health or finding a job. Whatever challenges you face in life. Well, you wrote the book and it has become an international award winning best seller. How do you feel about that? Were you surprised? You got to be shocked, right? No, no. That was a goal. A goal of mine. The international was not at my goal, but my goal was to, when I wrote a, I decided came up with the title because I always came home, always come up with titles and headlines and at first, so when I came up with, yeah, down to earth, practical.
Mari L.McCarthy: This is going to blow people out of the water with journaling how to create the happy healthy life you want to live. But that again, that's A. Oh, it was another one. My goal was to have a journaling power, be an award winning best selling book. I'm very motivated. I mean goals have always worked for me. That's how I have my house on the beach. Uh, Doug. So those goals have always worked for me and it's like, you know, like I said, my other goal was to have a by Labor Day, have a hundred, uh, Amazon reviews and I got my hundredth a Amazon review on August 31st. And what was it, a good review? Yeah. Tough question. Yeah. Obviously it was right because I think he is someone that I know that, you know, has been with me for a long time and knows that the value of, uh, of journaling and keeping and that I've been a good resource and if you will kick in the butt or whatever, say to keep her on her journaling practice a daily and pin the page, you know, I find that amazing.
Doug Liewellyn: The book again is called journaling. Power is available on Amazon and it is as one of the best seller on Amazon, which is cool. Um, let's talk about how other people have benefited from, from journaling mine. I asked you this before and you said there are case studies. You have examples of people who've done this and it's benefited them as much as it has in the same way as it has benefited you. The journaling. So let's talk a little bit about that number one. First question though, is, uh, you, you talk about morning pages is the idea when you wake up in the morning, first thing you do is, is go to the paper and write some stuff down. Is that, was that when the best time to do some journaling is absolutely. When you write three pages of stream of consciousness, what? Whatever's there.
Mari L.McCarthy: It's unbelievable. It's like even just, you know, you used the writing process a at the end of the three pages. It's like, oh wow. And so that. So the morning is the best time is there's something about coming, coming into consciousness, shall we say that just just, and then getting rid of all the, you know, the dreams, the whatever, get it, get it out on the page so that you can able to more, uh, uh, live your life. So how does, how does that make you feel after you've done that? The more you sit down and you write and you get up and you walk away and all of a sudden you're thinking about all these thoughts that were running through your head that you wrote down. I would imagine that comes back to you occasionally during the day, right? The, these thoughts that you've just expressed, how it does.
Mari L.McCarthy: In fact you've done it. And I find that it's fantastic for problem solving. If it's something, as you know, if you don't have a good night's sleep, you know, you're, oh, you're, I mean you're here and there and all over the place, but it's a giving. The, doing the morning pages gives you a focus and you just dump everything, not putting any type of uh, pressure on yourself or whatever. Just do it. And then you will find that as you go through your day. And I find this like when you're thinking about things like, oh, there was something interesting came up or you got rid of something is like, yeah, you'll be in the shower. And it's like, oh, I could try this or I could do that or whatever. So that's the benefit of, you know, the morning pages of getting the, all the garbage that we continually carry around with us and it'll always be a be there, but it's like this gives you a way of processing it and dealing with it.
Mari L.McCarthy: And I think that's the whole thing that we're just so ingrained with, uh, taking things and just stuffing it down or you know, the, our head that drives us crazy. And when keeps us up at night and all that type of thing, you find that it does really help you get ready for your day and really just opens up new possibilities. Well, that's great. All right. Let's talk about some case studies. Give me some examples of how journaling has helped others that you're aware of. The, I guess the one on the top of my list is a young lady who has a struggled many, many years with alcoholism. And uh, she got into the journaling. I, I guess he was in Aa, but she just kept at it, kept adding added and she gets very, uh, happy to report a. In fact she's going to be one of the case studies in my new book that I'm, I'm working on, uh, about, uh, how it is just really a saved her her life.
Mari L.McCarthy: And she's one of the people that you had mentioned earlier, a dud. She, she loves to go back and because when she gets tangled up or challenged or whatever, she has the confidence and the trust that she goes back to a journal of a prayer journal, whatever. She'll get new insights and new, uh, and also, uh, a, a confidence boost to her that, uh, like, oh, I've been here before and I thought it was near the end of the world and all that kind of stuff and this is how I dealt with that. It's like, oh, okay, so this is a similar situation and I can, I can apply these skills or I can do this or take this action. So it's just a really a very mean. I say that she was the top of the little is as far as how high you can do something, you know, that's above a medical, emotional, holistic, uh, issue challenge. And, and just like a, I think it shows to the people that it can really help her live her live with the life she wants to live because she, it's a way of helping her manage her, her demons or inner critics, all the, you know, the things that hurt. Again, going back to my, my company's Tagline, dealing with her issues and her tissues.
Doug Liewellyn: Chapter maintainers, barmy sobriety journaling. Yes, definitely. Ten years. Exactly. Ten years. Good for her. Good for her. Obviously there are many others, we have another minute or two we can share on this gun. Got another example of someone. And are these people, have you heard from these people? Do you hear from people who've read your book? And I've taken up journaling.
Mari L.McCarthy: Oh definitely. And people love the fact that I communicate my story, but it's also, there's something that seems to tap in on some level for someone, be it the inner critic, the, uh, whatever the common threads I, I see said, Oh wow, you got me back to my writing. You got me back to the page or a. So it's just like, oh my goodness, I had no clue. That's the journaling was all about and things like that. So he's just like, it's, it's, I say, I think the idea that I've been through this and I've experienced it and, and like I said, I will, I will be doing my journaling till the time I go on to where I'm going to next in my next life or whatever. It's just like I just did. It's an addiction that I will keep for the rest of my life.
Mari L.McCarthy: Oh, that's an interesting way to put it in an addiction you keep for the rest of your life. Journaling how, how much during the day to your journal, how often during the day do you journal? Is it just in the morning or do you do it throughout the day or do you do at the end of the day to day it,
Mari L.McCarthy: it changes right now. That's the thing though. I do have a page of morning pages. I uh, before my meditation in the morning, I do a pay a page or however, you know, like I said, whatever, I feel like a of night notes before I go to bed. I find that has been a huge help to helping me in like a sleeping through the night, a process and as I said, it's the spirit moves me, like I'm working on recreating and redesigning my website so I know I always have a pad and my notebook with me, so it's like, oh, maybe I feel like doing this or whatever. So I really like. And then for awhile I was doing ambidextrous morning pages every day. So it's just like, really?
Doug Liewellyn: How'd you feel? You mentioned your website. I want to point out this website we're just about out of time. Mary, I want to make sure to get your website out there. The website is called create wright now.com. Create wright now.com. Go to that website. You'll learn all about Mary, about her story, about how to get her book, which is such a fantastic best seller book. The book again called journaling power, how to create the happy, healthy life that you want to live. Mary, I wish we had more time. Thank you so much for being with us. Mary Mccarthy talking to us from her home in Marshfield, Massachusetts on the beach. Mary, thank you and I hope other people will take up journaling as you have. It's been a big benefit from your life. Obviously it can help a lot of other people as well. So thank you so very much.
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