Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dark Chocolate for the Journaler's Soul Blog Tour by WOW! Women On Writing and author Mari McCarthy

Welcome to my stop at Dark Chocolate for the Journaler's Soul Blog Tour! The tour is organized by WOW! Women On Writing Blog Excellence and by the author Mari McCarthy. My stop includes review of the book, author guest post and giveaway.

Author: Mari McCarthy

Release date: 1st of January 2001
Published by: BookBaby
Reading level: NON-FICTION – Writing, Journaling
Pages: 51 pages in eBook
Source: From the author for reviewing and blog tour

The 51 page Dark Chocolate for the Journaler's Soul ebook compiles the journaling journeys of 17 journalers who have shared their stories on Create Write Now's Journal Writing Transforms You blog. Reading these stories is both comforting and enlightening, sort of like dark chocolate, a food that is good for your health despite being sinfully delicious!

In this eBook, travel with journaling experts as they reveal:
• What you should do when you find yourself cheating on your journal
• How you can make the Blank Page work for you
• What it's like to reconnect with your Inner Kid
• How journal writing hastens healing
• What the best time of day to journal is

and many more journal writing tips and tricks, ideas and inspiration that will help you jumpstart your personal journal practice for the first time or the four hundredth time.

My review:

Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul by Mari McCarthy was a book filled with stories from different people who have made journaling to their lifestyle. Journalers shared their experiences and thoughts about their journey, how did they start journaling, how do they do that, why do they keep journals.

I really liked that the choice of the stories was made through a very different types of journalers – they journals introduced had wide range of target groups, so it was interesting to read. If the stories would have been from the same types of journals, it would not have made any sense.

I have been journaling for years myself and still I found some useful tips what else could I do with my journals: drawing, sketching, adding music – just to name few things which I haven’t tried out while journaling.

Content of Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul lives up to the title! If you are journaling it is definitely a useful book to read. I would also recommend it to bloggers, because blogging and journaling are very similar to each other. Mari McCarthy has created an excellent, sweet and useful tool for people who are journaling or planning to start journaling. It inspired me and I liked it!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Author Bio:

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 hosting the next Peace of Mind and Body: 27 Days of Journaling Challenge starting January 2, 2012. Please join her!

And now, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author Mari McCarthy who agreed to write a guest post.
Emotionally Wounded? Journal Your Hurt

by Mari L. McCarthy

Many people find that journaling is the perfect remedy when they're an emotional wreck.

Something's happened: a personal loss or insult or failure. Your insides spill out in copious tears flowing over ragings and rantings as you pace your room; or, conversely, your feelings go on strike and you hide beneath the bedclothes for days on end.

You don't want to cry; you feel bad for feeling bad. It's a vicious cycle and while I recommend respecting and squarely facing all of your emotional responses, there's a point when you literally must do or die. Either let this misfortune rule your existence or get over it.

Nonetheless, if you're really depressed, deciding to "take the bull by the horns" could be an impossibility. And even if your blues are more circumstantial, it's still not at all easy to commit to recovery.

But you can pick up a pen. You can find some paper. You can describe your perceptions, your life, feelings, fears, anguish.

You can move the emotion from your body/mind to the page.

Bit by bit, over time, over the days, you journal and move your emotions from inside to outside. You learn how to see them in this new light, this new world, with a new understanding.

Don't look for solutions, though! Don't expect amazing revelations all of a sudden! Just journal your feelings. Observe, listen, and take a tender attitude towards your self. Pamper your self the way you would on vacation.

Your objective is to write down your perceptions. Later, when you have made many entries, you will find a quiet hour to read over them. And that is when you know that solutions take hold while you are busy living.

• You see that color creeps back in even though your lover left and your world turned black and white.
• You sense the slightest whiff of confidence even though your ego was devastated when you lost your job.
• You observe a slowly growing fascination with something that is growing, even though a death left you friendless and alone.

Your journal is the vehicle that lets you track your progress. It lets you see the bird's eye view. It shows you your own solutions.

What could be more mysterious and wonderful?!

Thank you so much, Mari, for the guest post and a lovely book! I absolutely agree with what you write, a year ago I went through some difficult times, and journaling helped a lot! It also helps during happy times!

Mari agreed to let Me and reading offering a giveaway.
These are the wonderful items you can win. The choice is yous!

1 person can win a copy of Dark Chocolate, a T-Shirt, or Mari's Most Museful Journaling Tips. To win, please leave or comment with your choice in case you win! Don't forget to add your name and email!

The giveaway runs until 12th of January!

The next stop in the  blog tour is @ Empty Nest on the 6th of January. Have fun with following the blog tour!
Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Happy New Year Inga! Thank you for hosting me and for reviewing my book. I refer to it from time to time when I need a journaling jumpstart. WriteON!