Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul Blog Tour (Mari L. McCarthy)
December 29, 2011 in Book Club Possibility, Elementary Educators, Helping Girls and Women Around the World, High School Teachers, Journal Writing, McCarthy Mari, Middle School Teachers, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Writing Skills Tags: Goal setting, journal writing, Mari L McCarthy, New Year's Resolutions, WOW! blog tour, WOW! book giveaway contest
I am super excited to host journaling guru Mari L. McCarthy on her current blog tour for the book, Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul. She is hosting a giveaway contest with this blog tour, and you can win ONE of these three prizes by leaving a comment or question at the end of this post. The three choices are:
- an e-copy of Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul
- a spiral bound book called Mari’s Most Musefull Jounaling Tips
- or a Dark Chocolate T-shirt (see photo below for what this looks like!)
Leave your comment or question by Sunday, January 1 at 8:00 p.m. CST and I will choose one winner–if you are an international winner, I believe your only choice is the e-book (which is fantastic!). USA mailing addresses can choose from the three. In your comment, you can just say PICK ME!, comment on how much you love to journal and how it helps you, or ask Mari a question.
When I read Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul, I was so inspired by the 17 journalers’ stories in the book that I immediately e-mailed Mari and asked her for some more details about one of her other journaling products. I am not a journaler–I am a scrapbooker, which does have a component of journaling, and I always thought it would be neat to journal, but when would I have time? Yet, in the Dark Chocolate book, Mari introduces us to 17 writers who also journal, why they journal, how it helps their writing, and one of their favorite quotes that inspires them. I loved every part of this book–reading the personal stories as well as reading each writers’ answers to the same four questions Mari asked all of them. If you are a journaler already, this book will give you some ideas and some encouragement. If you are someone like me, who has been “thinking” about it, you will not be thinking anymore, you will be doing. This book truly gives nourishment to the soul, and each reader will be particularly touched by one or two of the ladies in it. I loved Mary Ruth’s entry on Mari’s 27 Days program, and I am now starting it on January 2 with other ladies around the world! Join me!
So, without further ado, here’s Mari to tell you about journaling your goals for 2012. Usually, we talk about the kiddos and their books/writing on here. But today, this is for you (and some of your teenagers could actually do this too when school starts up again).
2012: What’s Your Plan? What’s Your Dream?
by Mari L. McCarthy
Have you ever been disappointed because you failed to achieve a goal you had set for yourself? If you have, that’s a really good thing. Now you know that failure doesn’t mean annihilation: rather, it’s a learning opportunity.
But sometimes you might wish for a method that holds more promise. You might think there should be a way to ensure a greater likelihood of success. Making blind stabs at progress gets old after a while.
One cheap and easy way I know to boost your chances of success in achieving goals is to journal about it. Not that journaling will magically transport you to nirvana; but it will open to you a much wider understanding, a more calm and measured approach, and a new sense of purpose and passion. With these supports, you’re able to realize goals far more efficiently.
Take 2012, for instance. You could hurtle into it with no special awareness, letting the world deliver treasures and trash as it wills. Or you could decide to work smarter: define goals, create a plan, stay focused, and always be guided by your mission.
Mission? You know, I mean the thing that matters most to you: the thing that fills your dreams, the vision that represents heaven to you.
BUT! Notice that a vision is not a mission unless it is clearly articulated. That’s where your journal comes in. Write out your dreams for 2012 in as much detail as you can muster. What will the world be like when you realize your goals? What achievement of the past year will you be proud of at the dawn of 2013?
Next step is to write out how you will get there. Inch by inch, anything’s a cinch, right? Make a map that goes from here to the end of next year, in achievable bits building towards your goal. Don’t let that word, ‘achievable,’ stop you cold; but don’t be frivolous, either. Think about what could possibly work.
Now create a new journal, one dedicated to your daily observations as your life unfolds in the New Year. Periodically compare what’s happening currently to what you expected in your planning journal.
Having a written plan makes doing things a lot easier, and more likely to bring desired results.
If you see that what’s actually happening differs widely from what you had planned, no problem! Just write about your impressions and keep learning. Mid-year revisions of a plan are common, even recommended. Your plan is a guide, not a dictator!
At the close of 2012, you’ll have your original map to compare to your journal of what actually came to pass. You’ll enter 2013 with a deeper understanding of yourself. And you might even possess bragging rights to an achievement that’s only a glimmer in your eye today!
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 has published nine books to date. For more on ways that journaling brings self-knowledge, see Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life.
Buy Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul in Mari’s store NOW! AND leave a comment below for your chance to win a copy, a copy of another one of her books, or the super-cute t-shirt!