September 12, 2011

Guest Author Mari McCarthy

The ladies from WOW!, Robyn and Jodi, are stopping by today with another exceptional and amazing author for us to meet and hear about a book that will help all of us.  So without further ado, please welcome, Ms. Mari McCarthy!!


After twenty years as a business consultant Mari McCarthy switched gears. The catalyst was a health issue for which the remedy became her new life path. Mari now assists others with personal development and health issues through therapeutic journaling.

Mari says that journaling has become her “tool for life”. She keeps a journal in her office for assistance in business, one in the family area for use with introspection, and one by the bed for dream work.
Visit Mari at her website and blog.

Through journaling Mari has discovered many things about herself, like her desire and talent for singing! Watch Mari’s video for “To Make You Feel My Love” on YouTube.


Baby Boomers and Journaling

As a fellow baby-boomer, I am sympathetic to those of my peers who feel like they're responsible for everything, and for good reason. We're often responsible for elderly parents, kids, a marriage, and a job, just for starters. How is a person supposed to cope?

How long has it been since you sneaked a moment for yourself? How did you use that sliver of time? If you're like many, you probably either slept or self-medicated. Next time, if you try journaling, my bet is you'll feel far better.

Your sweet Mom asks you the same question 43 times in one morning (you know because you counted), your son is out of money again, your biggest client just exited stage left, and you hissed at your spouse last night.

Hissing can be worse than shouting. That why you need to start journaling. You need a friend to whom you can say absolutely anything. You need a moment when you and only you are the center of attention, the adored one, the hero.

So you find a notebook with a lot of blank pages. Don't worry about finding a fancy one, it can be anything as long as it's chock full of blankness. You locate a pen that you like. You carry these tools with you wherever you go. You write, observe, write, feel, write, understand.

Funny word, understand. Stand under. That sure feels like what it is to be a Baby Boomer these days; standing under the weight of all those responsibilities.

Understand also means to get a better perspective, a better overview, too, right? If I understand something, I see the why and wherefore of it.

Journaling is a practice that helps you understand / stand under your life: giving you perspective on both your responsibilities and the reasons why.

·         Taking Mom to the doctor? Journal while you wait.
·         Mad as hell at your child? Journal to vent before saying something you'll regret.
·         Worried about work? Use part of your lunch hour to journal every day.
·         Feeling not-so-good physically? Get into dream journaling.
·         Frustrated with your spouse? Figure out your feelings in your journal.

If, because all the responsibilities exhaust you, it seems counter-intuitive to do something when your fondest wish is to do nothing, let your journaling be the equivalent of doing nothing. Lazily scrawl your pen across the page in whatever way it wants to go. Even this will give you strength. It won't be long before you're madly scribbling every chance you get!

By Mari L. McCarthy - The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Journaling for the Health of It™.  Please visit Mari's blog at In Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life (, Mari presents a gentle process for self discovery through journaling. Mari's latest publication is titled, Your Money Matters! Use Journal Writing Therapy to Get Financially Fit Now. See for details.


Synopsis (borrowed from Amazon):
A fun, how-to manual on getting started in the practice of Journaling for self-growth. This e-book examines the basic process of journaling and then provides a few prompts, or variations on the basics, that can spark your imagination and enrich the potential of your journal writing. The goal of this guide is to give a clear picture of how to use journaling for self-discovery and self-growth. Includes color illustrations.

Book images 85 of Mari's Most Museful Journaling Tips



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