Welcome Mari McCarthy to the blog today.
Thanks for stopping over Mari! :)
You've been journaling for years and your collection of notebooks is now messy and disorganized. You're thinking it might be wise to set up a system that would allow you to categorize your posts. That way, they could be more easily found, and you could read entries on a given subject in simple sequence.
Or maybe you're just starting to journal and are confused by all the many approaches to the practice. Do you want to chronicle a project, set yourself a goal, dump emotions, write memories? Should you spend an hour in the morning, or ten minutes at lunch, or record your thoughts aloud as you commute? Would you prefer freestyle, or journaling that is guided by prompts?
In these or similar cases, I recommend getting organized!
Newcomers to journal writing might try a variety of themes, modes, and times for their practice, perhaps settling on one or another after a while. You might decide to journal for ten minutes just before bed, and also keep a journal that reports on your vegetable gardening, as well as a third that is two or three-sentence entries to Evernote.com whenever you get the urge during your day at the office. Experiment with many variables until you find a journaling style that really works for you.
If you're a veteran journaler, trying out a practice of keeping separate journals for separate subjects – and modes of journaling – may be rewarding.
If you normally use your journal as a way to unload emotionally, stretch yourself by adding a journal in which you write about your golf game or your children, your work or your faith.
If you journal at a certain time of day for a certain length of time, devise an opposite mode to use for a second journal, and see if you're inspired by the exercise.
If your aim in journaling is to record what happens each day, find another notebook to use to record your dreams, or to write fantasies or play with prompts.
And so on. Possibilities are endless. And why is it helpful to organize your journaling in this way?
First, you'll apply the benefits of journaling to more areas of your life. Benefits like taking time to reflect, giving your thinking the calm analysis of writing, establishing witness to your existence, availing yourself of the inner counsel that journaling provides.
Additionally, you may find your enjoyment of those parts of life that you're journaling, to be greatly increased. Can you imagine actually looking forward to your long commute? If you can talk-journal while you drive, you might come to value that hour.
Or if you journal about making dinner for the family every evening, your enthusiasm for the job will blossom.
Or it can even happen that once you start keeping a journal about your relationship to your boss that things get miraculously easier between you. These things can occur because journaling requires reflection, which results in enhanced living.
Mari L. McCarthy, journaling therapy specialist and author, owns Create Write Now, a website dedicated to all things journaling. The site includes hundreds of journaling prompts, personal journaling stories, interviews, a blog, and many other resources. Mari publishes many ebooks and e-workbooks to help journalers accomplish amazing things. She also conducts online Challenges, and you won't want to miss her upcoming Start Journaling and Change Your Life in 7 Days Challenge, June 4-10.
I must admit Mari L. McCarthy’s book, Start Journaling and Change Your Life in 7 Days peaked my interest the first time I saw it listed. Contradicting thoughts entered my brain via the cartoon characters on each shoulder. “Lisa, you could use a one-week journey back to your journals.” While the other shoulder was skeptic, “Honestly Lisa, can one book, with a mere seven day plan really ignites fire in your journaling laziness? Doubt it.”
When the opportunity to review this book was placed before me, I was thrilled to say the least. I would be able to extinguish the little voices of reason sporting their red and white off my shoulders with my own educated opinion after reading and applying the principles of the book.
In the month the book has been in my possession, I have read it a few times. I had yet to put any of the strategies into practice but looked forward to doing so. Mari’s 7-day journey is easy to read, thought provoking, reflective, and provides a variety of ways to jump-start one’s journaling endeavor.
Her title states the book is for a one-week journey yet the book offers a month’s worth of strategies and challenges to start a fabulous writing frenzy. Mari’s reflective processes, hands-on activities, and prompts are the answer to every writer’s need for guidance.
This book is written for those just starting to journal and to motivate and rejuvenate the journal writing of veterans like myself. My first journal was during my middle school years and has morphed through the years into many styles and manners. I found Start Journaling and Change Your Life in 7 Days interesting and motivating.
As a first-born, type A personality…I have not completed the seven day challenge yet because I don’t have the time to do it “right”. Mari has provided enough material to last me a month yet once the school year is over, I look forward to taking on the one-week challenge. I like the versatility of the book. If you are in the mood for a grilling week of journaling, this is your book. If you are looking for innovative and thoughtful techniques to boost your writing (to include journaling), this book is for you.
While she has written to share the joy and reward of placing words in your journal each day, in the end, she did this AND developed a book to battle one’s writer’s block too. Therefore, whether you have the time this week for the 7-day challenge or have a personality like myself, this book is for you. If you love to write and are looking for new ways to trigger the inner thoughts into morphing themselves into your next journal entry, article, or book then you want to read Mari’s book.
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Happy writing everyone!
Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Create Write Now and Journaling for the Health of It™.
Mari offers guidance, counseling and encouragement to writers through her many journaling eBooks and in private Journaling Jumpstart consultations.
Mari’s next Start Journaling and Change Your Life in 7 Days Challenge will be June 4-10 http://www.createwritenow.com/start-journaling-workbook.
Please join her!
An out-of-the-box thinker and fun loving pastor’s wife has written Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top: Sweet, Funny Reminders of God’s Heart for You. Jeanette Levellie’s honesty coated with humor will put you at ease to accept the lessons she teaches, most masked as hysterical antics of the not so typical preacher’s wife.
One chapter’s title sums up Jeanette, “I’ve Fallen Off the Pedestal and I Refuse to Climb Back Up” Throughout the book it is Jeanette’s authentic approach to handling life’s situations that anyone reading the book can relate to. She even backs up her shenanigans with verses from the Bible for an added “Aha…” or “Ah, I hadn’t thought about it that way” effect. I love that!
“God placed into every heart a need to look up to and adore Him. We often try to fill that need with another person, however, instead of God. …When we aren’t expecting it, they tumble down from their spire and crash at our feet. Whether it is jaywalking, losing their temper, or simply acting immature, something will cause the fall. No one can live up to others’ unrealistic expectations of them. Life on a pedestal qualifies as unrealistic. Even for ministry leaders.” Pg. 200
While Jeanette uses mistaken bulls and too many pits in the cherry pie to make vital points about life, she still recognizes the importance of reflection at the end of each chapter with her “Two Scoops & A Sprinkle” section. For the chapter listed above, a point to ponder, “The more time we spend worshipping the one true God, the less we are tempted to adore humans.” Pg. 202
Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough, too this or too that, or possibly unworthy of God’s love? If so, you need to read this book. Auntie M’s words of wisdom prior to my daughter’s birth were “Keep a good book in the fifteen minute reading room. This is the only place you’ll have time to yourself to read.” Jeanette Levellie’s chapters are short and full of punch, a perfect fit for my aunt’s recommendation if you are one of those readers.
You could absorb this book on a Saturday afternoon with sore cheeks from laughing so hard or you could spread it out and read a chapter a day as more of a devotional. The choice is yours. A lot of valuable information, tidbits, and oodles and oodles of humor. I started sharing the title with friends before I even finished the book.
If you want to learn more from behind the scenes of one pastor’s wife, visit Jeanette’s website or go to Amazon.com to make your purchase.
Traditional Book: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Scoops-Grace-Chuckles-Top/dp/0983319618/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336091940&sr=8-1
Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Scoops-Grace-Chuckles-ebook/dp/B007SY032Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336091940&sr=8-2
About the Author
A spunky pastor’s wife of thirty-plus years, Jeanette Levellie authors a bi-weekly humor/inspirational column, God is Bigger, a popular feature in the Paris Beacon News since 2001. She has published stories in Guideposts anthologies, stories in Love is a Verb Devotional with Gary Chapman, articles in Christian and secular magazines, greeting card verses, and poems for calendars. She is also a prolific speaker for both Christian and secular groups, and loves to make people laugh while sharing her love for God and life.
Jeanette is the mother of two grown children, three grandchildren, and servant to four cats. She lives in Paris (not the French one), IL. with her husband, Kevin. Her hobbies include dining out, talking baby talk to her cats, avoiding housework, reading, and watching old classic movies.
To visit Jeanette on her blog, On Wings of Mirth and Worth, click on her picture to the left or copy and past the link below:www.jeanettelevellie.com
About the Book
What do drive-by diaper stores and God have in common? When is blabbing an acceptable habit? Why should you beware of moths and sligs? In her entertaining, uplifting style, award-winning author and humorist Jeanette Levellie weaves 72 amusing stories with affirming Biblical truths. These soul-nourishing examples of God’s favor and grace will help you:
You can win one of ten free downloads of my debut humor devotional, Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top for your eReader. Here are the very simple rules: For each share of this post link on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog, you will receive one entry.
For each like on Jeanette’s Author Page or my Two Scoops Book Page on Facebook, or follow on my Twitter page or this blog, you will receive one entry. If you already like and/or follow me, mention that and I will count it.
Please send me ONE comment at the end of this post to tell me how many times you shared, liked, or followed, so I can give you the correct amount of entries. I reserve the right to verify all information given me, and disqualify anyone from the drawing who falsifies information. (Do not leave comments here to be entered, you MUST go to Jeanette’s blog post for the giveaway.)
Contest starts today and ends midnight, May 10, 2012. Jeanette will announce the winners in a blog post Sunday, May 13, 2012.
….and a $100 Gift Card Drawing~~~WOWZA!!!
Click on the Book Cover above to link to Jeanette's Blog Tour Listing!
Author Jim Farfaglia has recently published Country Boy, a collection of free verse poems and short essays about growing up on a country road outside Fulton and working on his uncle's muck farm. Country Boy was written as a testimony to Farfaglia's family, but the reflections he offers provide a more universal reminiscence for his readers. He notes that when sharing these poems with groups they often rekindle the listeners own rich childhood memories.
For many years Jim ran Camp Hollis, a campgrounds located on the shores of Lake Ontario. He is the co-author of the pictorial essay: CampHollis, The Origins Of OswegoCounty's Children's Camp and also writes a weekly poetry column for Fulton's Valley News.
Country Boy is available for purchase at The River's End Bookstore, through Amazon.com or by contacting Farfaglia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Having a child with disabilities isn't something that anybody plans on, yet each year thousands of people are faced with just that. They are thrown into something that they are unprepared for, and it can leave families feeling secluded and worried about the uncertainty of their future. Fifteen years ago I found myself among these people.
Raising a child with special needs can be both challenging and rewarding. I felt alone for so many years after my daughter was born with multiple medical defects, and felt that I needed to do something to connect with families who were in similar situations. I wanted to not only raise awareness on what is truly takes to raise such a child, but to create a sense of community among the families who are faced with adversity. So I turned to writing.
After months of crafting stories and talking with other families, my new book Sometimes The Wind Blows Sideways: Our Lives with a Special Needs Child was born. A diverse community of parents, family members, and teachers have united for one common goal: To celebrate the lives of our unique children. In this book you read stories of both triumphs and loss, achievements and hope. By the time the book has been finished, you will walk away with a better understanding of what life is really like for these truly amazing kids.
To purchase a copy of this book, you may visit one of the following sites: https://www.createspace.com/3703816
To get an autographed copy of the book, you can visit me on Saturday December 3rd at St. Joseph's Church in Oswego, NY at their holiday craft show from 10-4pm, or visit Lisa Buske's table at the Presbyterian Church in Mexico from 9-3 on the 3rd as well.
To follow Amy's blog, visit WindingRoadBook.Weebly.Com.
I hope that this book will not only bring comfort to your hearts, but will also expand it to make room for more acceptance on those facing challenges in life.
"Behind every special needs child is a parent who has had a hundred tears, a thousand laughs, and a million smiles."
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323