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This is designed for those interested in creating a lifelong habit of journaling. Uncover and re-discover the buried treasures and dreams you’ve set aside. Replenish your inner wisdom, and connect with your meaning and mission in life.

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Beyond Journaling: The World Needs Your Message
A key distinction that sets journaling apart from all other forms of creative expression is privacy. In this episode, we take a step beyond. My guest, Doug Foresta, believes firmly in the benefits of private journal-writing, and yet also urges us, “the world needs our voice and our gifts.” Producer and host of Creating Change on Empower Radio and […]
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Q&A: “Does it Help to Shout into My Journal?”
Anonymous callers are so much fun, and ask such close, personal questions. This one asks, “Can a journal help someone with anger management issues?” I’ve got some thoughts of my own on this, but I’ve invited back back Susan Borkin, to include a therapist’s viewpoint. Her book, The Healing Power of Writing,is a great resource for questions like […]
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Stop Drifting, Start Living
I’ve often said on this program: Journaling is a process, not a product; a journey not the destination. This week, meet Jami McQuivey, an author, coach and speaker who is on that perpetual journey of self-discovery, constantly realizing new dreams.  Her first book, Stop Drifting, Start Living containing twenty-two lessons from her travels in China, is being […]
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Journaling When Words Are Not Enough
Several episodes ago, I interviewed Susan Borkin, and we just “clicked”. I’ve enjoyed having her come back to share answers to those of your journaling questions that she has written about in her book, The Healing Power of Writing. In this episode, a JournalTalk listener shares her immense grief over her mom’s absence for the past 4+ years, […]
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Uncovering Many Selves Through Writing
As we journey through the movement of our life, what aspects of ourselves do we birth or bury, in order to make sense of, and give meaning to, our experience? This question was my guest’s inspiration for her newest book. Nearly two years ago, I interviewed Joan Leof, after she inspired me to dig back through my old, […]
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Q&A: “Which Color of Ink Will Take Away My Blues?”
A quick Google search on the term “journaling” will offer at least one measure of social proof that there’s healing power in writing. But can journal-writing really help with long-lasting sadness? Can it cure, or at least relieve depression? Susan Borkin, author, licensed psychotherapist, and pioneer in the field of journal therapy, joins me in answering […]
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Pioneering the Next 30 Years of Journal Therapy
Speaking with Kay Adams is always a treat, and offers the proverbial smorgasbord of lively topics under the umbrella of journal-writing for health and happiness! Kay is author to numerous books on journaling, in addition to being the editor of the ten-volume series, It’s Easy to W.R.I.T.E.! Her Center for Journal Therapy was a sponsor for the 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge, and […]
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Q&A: “How Can Journaling Calm My Anxiety?”
It seems that the questions I’m receiving from listeners about journal-writing are becoming more numerous, more interesting, and more specific as this program continues. I’ve been saving a select handful having to do with psychological conditions for a co-host like Susan Borkin, a psychotherapist who shares my belief in the therapeutic value of journaling. Here […]
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Journaling Tips from Best-Selling Success Coach, Jack Canfield
It is a great honor to have the opportunity to interview a long-time mentor of mine, a man who needs no introduction. And, I enjoyed introducing anyway. Jack Canfield has made his way into the hearts and homes of millions of people worldwide, for one reason or another, and this interview only scratched the surface of a […]
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Q&A: “What’s the Difference Between Self-Analyzing and Self-Awareness?”
Tom asks, “Is there ever a time I would write in my journal when I’m not analyzing something?” To many, keeping a journal is a great tool and practice for problem-solving, so it might be natural to think that’s the only time to visit the blank page. Many people have also used journaling as a practice in […]
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Lighten Up! (Writing to Shed Emotional Baggage)
Too often, we carry around with us the constraints and limiting beliefs of our past. Do you wonder how to identify those pesky, negative and disempowering stories that weigh you down emotionally? Laura Coe is an author, blogger, and certified life coach with a mission to help people shed emotional weight. In her book, Emotional Obesity, […]
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Q&A: “What’s the Best Time of Day for Journal-Writing?”
During a NINETY-DAY journal-writing challenge this winter, where I met a new friend “Wizzy” (Janet Wiszowaty), I was asked “the time of day” question again, so I thought I’d make a short episode about it. What’s the best time of day to make your journal entries? Early Morning is ideal for writing about your hopes or desires for […]
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Journaling: A Toothbrush for the Mind
Several episodes back, I gave some suggestions for what to write if you only have five minutes each day with your journal. We have revisited this idea many times in this podcast series, because like so many people I’ve sometimes only got five spare minutes to write — and some days, those five minutes alone with my […]
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Q&A: “What is a Journaling Challenge?”
It seems that everywhere you turn, someone is offering yet another challenge. Doesn’t life bring us enough challenges without having to invent more? Today’s journaling question was asked innocently by someone who wanted to understand “What is a journal-writing challenge?” My friend Jayde Gilmore of Wings Life Coaching returns to the co-host microphone to help me […]
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When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes!
My guest this week was pioneering the field of writing therapy before such a field even existed, and long before the word “journaling” became an internet buzzword. Susan Borkin continues to make a difference for seekers of healing through words, as a psychotherapist and author of books including: When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes, and Writing From The Inside […]
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Q&A: “(How) Do You Ask People to Share Their Journal Writing?”
Leslie, a friend and co-facilitator of journaling workshops in Thousand Oaks, California asks, “When leading a journal workshop, should you read your own private journal as a way to invite others to share their own writing?” A journal-writing workshop is an ideal place to discuss the context and content of your own journal. On one hand, it’s […]
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Six Steps to a Miracle Morning
In December of 2012, a remarkable book hit the virtual shelves of Amazon.com, called The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). In it, author, success coach, and keynote motivational speaker Hal Elrod explains the benefits of a powerful morning routine. This book continues to be a wonderful wake-up call for personal […]
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Q&A: “How Can Journaling Help Me Get My Book Finished?”
Publishing for a public audience and keeping a private journal are two spheres of a Venn diagram that do, in my opinion, have a very interesting intersection. This episode, long-time JournalTalk listener Nestor asks, “How can journaling help me through the process of publishing my book?” Janet Wiszowaty, a Jack Canfield success trainer, joins me in sharing tips […]
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Journaling for My Best Year Yet
My favorite year-end tradition is a private ritual I learned from my 11th grade English teacher: writing my future self a “year in review” letter. Just like a time capsule, I open the letter from last year sometime after Halloween (sometimes the letters are like ghouls from the past!) and before January, I make the time […]
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Journal-Writing for the Warrior’s Soul
Meeting extraordinary people like Laura Probert is my favorite part of producing these JournalTalk podcast episodes. A black belt in taekwondo, Laura is trained in physical therapy, and calls herself a warrior healing expert. She wrote about her own healing journey in Living, Healing and Taekwondo, and today, she is a teacher for people who are fed […]
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Journal-Writing with Your M.O.S.S.
Dima Dupéré introduces a beautiful acronym (M.O.S.S.) to help us remember that journal-writing includes a vast, multi-dimensional, array of options. Passionate about the therapeutic value of words and art, Dima is a social worker who engages creatively to help people thrive. Whether conducting a community workshop, training professionals or offering individual counselling, her focus is on […]
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Q&A: “How Do You Keep Your Journal Secret?”
One of the deepest fears people have about keeping a journal is having their privacy violated. And rightly so. For most of us, privacy ensures safety. And only in a space of complete safety can we allow ourselves to be vulnerably honest. Journal-writing is valuable only to the degree we are willing to honestly explore ourselves and our most precious desires. Whether […]
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Journal-Writing for the Storyteller’s Soul
When I first started keeping a journal in 1985, I had not anticipated its profound impact. By simply recording miniature stories of my daily drama, I unknowingly conjured to life a supportive, consistent voice for the interpretations of my experience. This compassionate narrator offered me a sense of friendship with myself, which was both powerful and healing. It allowed me to […]
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Q&A: “What if I Hate to Write?”
This episode is dedicated to my brother Dan, and his Number One Reason for not taking my journal-writing suggestions. He’s my biggest fan, but admits, “I hate writing!” Kim Ades with Frame of Mind Coaching joins me with a response to Dan (and all those who say “thanks but no thanks” to journaling). The key is to […]
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Journaling to Reconnect Military Families
This week’s journal-writing expert brings a rich, wide spectrum of tools and experience to the table! Dr. Linda Peterson-St. Pierre is a Medical Psychologist who spent 35 years teaching at the University of Nevada Medical School. At the same time Linda held a full time clinical practice and testified for military families in the court system. Stressed by the University’s “publish or perish” mindset, […]
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Q&A: “How Can I Avoid Journaling Burnout?”
Mari Adkins from Journaling Journey asks, “What do you do when you’re burned-out from journal-writing, and how do you get going again?” After some personal discussion about project management, and some Wings Life Coaching from my co-host Jayde Gilmore, we share our strategies for this familiar feeling of being overwhelmed or stuck in our journaling practice. We each […]
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The Pen Pal Therapist
Daughter of two bookworms, Jenna Mayhew cofounded an international counseling clinic called Write As Rain. She treats clients all over the world, using evidence-based methods of written word therapy. In other words, she is something like a Pen Pal Therapist! Warning: This conversation is another of those which became fun to the point of giggly! Jenna and I weaved through the interview […]
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Q&A: “What Makes Journaling So Powerful?”
We’ve heard the 101 reasons to keep a journal, and all the benefits of journal-writing: mental clarity, emotional balance, even physical healing. Today’s question addresses HOW journaling can provide all these benefits. Kim Ades from Frame of Mind Coaching helps me deconstruct the journaling process, and identify what it is about capturing thoughts that makes journaling so […]
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Write Your Way from Manager to Leader
Did you know that journal-writing can be used to further your career and develop valuable leadership skills? In this episode, meet Gina Rae Hendrickson, a friend and colleague whose company, Genius Leadership Tools, helps bring out the genius in you and your team. Together, we interview the Santa Barbara Chief of Police, Camarino Sanchez. Chief […]
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Q&A: “How Can We Use Journaling for Healing After Community Tragedy?”
The traumatic student shooting in Columbine, Colorado (April 1999). Racial tragedies such as those in Charleston, South Carolina (2015) and Ferguson, Missouri (2014). The Los Angeles race riots of 1992. The World Trade Center collapse of 9/11.  Events so profoundly sad and far-reaching inspire many people turn to their journals for reflection, prayer, grieving, and hope. Is it possible […]
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Journaling Promotes a Voice of Authenticity
JournalTalk has offered me the pleasure of interviewing some interesting people. People who have developed a habit of asking themselves tough questions, listening to the voice(s) within, and staying present to the answers that unfold. This week’s guest is a great example of such a guy. Thai Nguyen writes with a candid, authentic voice. His articles […]
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Q&A: “What are the Rules of Journaling?”
In the first session of every journal-writing workshop I teach, we spend a little time sharing (and debunking!) the myths and rumors we’ve all heard about “the rules” of proper journal-keeping. So when I saw this question online, I knew I had to make an episode about it. Should I start a certain way? Does each entry […]
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For Those With Absolutely NO TIME To Keep a Journal…
Journal-writing can’t get any easier than this. Checking in with your feelings — being aware of what’s alive inside you — is the Ground Zero for living a life of passion, clarity and purpose. In this episode, I interview Jim Kleiber, a leader in helping people do just that. Jim has quite a few inspiring stories to share, and […]
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Q&A: “How Can Journaling Be Used As Meditation?”
Mapping the inner journey. Mindful reflection. Developing awareness. Sharpening perception. These are some of the ways people refer to their writing practice. Is it true that journal-writing can be used as a kind of meditation? Jayde and I take turns with examples we have used, and share ways that have helped others. For example: incorporate […]
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The Soul of Success
Recovering from pneumonia was precisely the reminder I needed to breathe deeply, and move forward on my most important projects in a steady, self-compassionate pace. Before then, I had been burning the candle at both ends, pushing myself to work harder, faster and smarter than ever. Now that I’m healthy and getting back into my […]
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Q&A: “Is Journaling in Schools a Good Thing?
It seems like every subject in school is requiring students to keep a “journal” for enhanced learning. My first reaction to this awareness was happy. But I wonder whether students can be truly honest, while they are also hoping their teachers will award them a good grade? Doesn’t this violate some of the defining characteristics of […]
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Let’s Go to the Hamptons for Journal Camp!
Here’s a short episode to share that I’m feeling much better, and on the mend! Sarabelle Prince, a colleague of mine through the Center for Journal Therapy, shared a very unusual cold remedy with me, which worked wonders. She also shares a great opportunity to take part in a summer Journal Camp. (JournalTalk, Episode #55, May 12, 2015) Subscribe to […]
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Q&A: “What Kind of Journal-Writing Makes for the Best Future Reading?”
Joyce asked a beautiful journaling question: “How can I write in my journal in a way that I’ll enjoy re-reading my entries in years to come?” Seasoned journal-writers know that there’s a treasure chest full of good reasons to go back and re-read past journal entries. But often those gems of wisdom are hard to locate among […]
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Write From The Body Workshops
What’s the connection between the mind and the body when it comes to writing? How might moving our bodies affect the way we feel, think, and express ourselves through language? JournalTalk listeners are in for a treat this week. Elizabeth Schwyzer, freelance writer, newspaper arts editor, and dance critic, shares a special exercise in this […]
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Q&A: “What To Do With Journaling Guilt?”
Carol from New Zealand asks “What do I do with the guilty feelings I get when I stop journaling?” It might be easy to quip, “Just process those feelings in your next journal entry,” but often, the shame is accompanied by unrealistic hopes of “catching up,” and then we avoid journaling altogether. Jayde Gilmore and I both relate […]
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Don’t Leave Home Without Your Journal
Does keeping a journal encumber your vacation, or enhance it? Lavinia Spalding agrees wholeheartedly that journaling on vacation deepens one’s travel experience. But because we understand the inherent challenges, we offer simple, practical tips for travel journaling without feeling like you’re missing the boat. Lavinia Spalding is the author of Writing Away, A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler (named one of the best […]
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Q&A: “What’s the Difference Between a Journal Coach and a Journal Therapist?”
Today’s question from Mark is one of terminology. What do you call a person who helps others achieve new insights and accomplishments, using the power of journal-writing? Is it a Journal Coach? or a Journal Therapist? We could have also discussed the role of Journal Facilitator (which I am currently studying at The Center for […]
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The One Thing About Journaling: Getting Real
As soon as I bought her book, “Getting Real“, I knew I wanted to invite Dr. Susan Campbell to be a guest on JournalTalk. I’ve often shared that the one thing you need for a healthy journal-writing habit — far more important than whether you type or handwrite, or whether you write daily or just sporadically — […]
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Q&A: “Do You Ever Feel a Burning Hole in Your Soul?”
By far, Tom has sent in the toughest journaling question I’ve been called upon to answer. You can even hear my subtle attempts to avoid it. With co-host Jayde Gilmore, I wandered into the wilderness of related side-conversations: Grief, gratitude, trance writing, loving-what-is, depression, and comparing the various levels of journal certification to reiki! We may have even stumbled over the inspiration for […]
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Spring Cleaning: Journaling to De-Clutter!
Proving once again that journal-writing is NOT just an introverted, navel-gazing activity, Carolyn Koehnline shows us how to use our journals to remove clutter from our homes, heads, hearts and schedules. Author of “Confronting Your Clutter”, a practicing mental health counselor, and Certified Journal Therapist, Carolyn guides us toward our compassionate inner voice to support us through transitions. […]
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Q&A: “How Many Words Make a Decent Journal Entry?”
Julia Cameron suggests 3 pages. Jeff Goins recommends 500 words. Some popular websites say 600 or 750 words is the goal. WHAT’S THE STORY HERE? Co-host Jayde Gilmore and I both agree that having a mental marker can help with the consistency and depth of your writing practice. But being overly concerned with word count […]
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Journaling for Mindfulness
After frantically rushing to get to my yoga class on time, I learned a big lesson in mindfulness. In this 50th episode, I give a personal “fireside chat” about my true motivations for this podcast series. I describe the traits of people who live passionately and “on-purpose,” and reveal three simple habits that support them.  Completing a […]
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Q&A: “What Are Some Examples of Transformation Through Journal-Writing?”
The recent podcast on Journaling for Transformation became quickly popular, and some listeners have asked for more specific examples. Kim Ades of Frame of Mind Coaching is my guest co-host, and she surprises me (completely unscripted and unplanned, I promise!) with a testimonial from a JournalTalk listener, who took Kim’s journal coaching program!   If there’s any area […]
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Journaling for Transformation
The most powerful promise of a journal-writing practice is its ability to transform any dilemma the writer is wrestling with into something completely new, approachable, and inspiring. This shift from oppression to opportunity, from turmoil to tranquility, hardly comes without practice, and is often accompanied by the guidance of a coach. Jayde Gilmore is one such coach, and […]
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Q&A: “What Are Some Good Journaling Prompts?”
Cassandra asks, “Where can I get some good journaling prompts?” Co-host Jayde Gilmore and I spread out a few ideas, but they all add up to exactly what Dorothy said after returning from the Land of Oz, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t go any further than my own backyard!” There are both […]
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Journaling with the Stars
For Joan Porte, looking inward and looking upward are nearly the same thing. As a karmic astrologer, she uses the position and trajectory of celestial objects as her prompts for reflection. And from that angle, she arrives at life’s passion, clarity and purpose with astounding results! Those who know me, (including Joan!) know that I’m a skeptic about […]
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Q&A: “How Do I Become a Journaling Coach?”
Sandra asks, “How does someone become a journaling coach?” And the answers are many! Do you have a passion for sharing the benefits of journal-writing with others? Have you experienced some of the tremendous benefits in keeping a personal writing practice, and now you feel the urge to help others obtain those same benefits? In this episode, Heather Severson […]
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Journaling for the Care of My Body
We kick off 2015 with a guest who shares tremendous encouragement for expressing our creativity, and discovering what lights us up. Luisa Tanno is an instructor in many disciplines, including dance, yoga, and writing. I open this episode with some confession about my own vulnerability, and share some ideas that I’m using to incorporate my BODY […]
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Q&A: “What Should I Do With This Awful Gift Diary or Notebook?”
It’s gift-giving season, and those well-meaning friends or relatives know full well that you enjoy journal-writing. But they might not understand your personal style enough to give you the perfect journal notebook! Has this ever happened to you? Someone gives you a diary or journal, maybe one they spent some thought picking out for you, but […]
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Journal-Keeping Tips for Fiction Writers
Ever since my experience with NaNoWriMo, I’m convinced more than ever that journal-writing helps to sharpen the skills needed to write any story or novel. My guest this week is Danielle Hanna, a crime fiction author who believes that her journal is (more often than she’s consciously aware!) the source of her material for publication. […]
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Q&A: “Should I Save (or Destroy) My Old Journals?”
Do your journals scream out like Cheryl’s do, “Should I stay or should I go?” Mari and I stand on either side of this debate with great pointers for anyone who wonders “why hang on to these notebooks?” Cheryl first started keeping her journals because she wanted “proof of her existence”. Today, she believes she’s collected […]
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Writing to Notice the Everyday Miracles
Having grown up in the throes of conflict and controversy in the Middle East, Emmanuel Dagher learned to turn hardships into inspiration, adversity into empowerment. Emmanuel is known online as a spiritual teacher and healer, who offers transformation in the areas of relationship, prosperity, and more. In this podcast, he shares some of his style and techniques; and, […]
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Q&A: “How Can I Stay Consistent in My Journal-Writing?”
Making a return on JournalTalk, Heather Severson is back to help me answer a few of your journal-writing questions. Those who have experienced the relief, the insight, the rekindling of passion, or any other benefit from their writing, have noticed how momentary it can be. And when our attention goes sailing another direction, it is normal […]
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Journaling for Everyday Celebration!
Our journaling prompt this week: “What was the best part of my day today?” With her motto, “Cake Every Day”, my guest this episode helps us to identify and appreciate the celebration in every single day. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, panic, depression, or any other energy imbalance, Raychelle LeBlanc coaches methods for healing and gratitude. One main ingredient in […]
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Q&A: “What Does Journaling Actually Do For You?”
A brand new listener asked, “Apart from the obvious (recording your thoughts) what does journal-writing actually do for you?” Each and every single episode of this podcast provides at least one unique answer to this, but Mari and I thought it would be nice to take this opportunity to share OUR favorite benefits. At the conclusion of […]
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Dream Journaling
Our journal-writing activity this week: Choose a magic power you’d like to use in a dream tonight. Follow along with the guided instructions in this episode, for a mini writing meditation! While many writing coaches encourage us to describe and clarify our waking dreams (goals, aspirations, etc.), there are many reasons to explore and befriend your nighttime dreams, too. In this […]
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Q&A: “Why Should I Read My Old Journals?”
Steve raises a question on which Mari and I respectfully (and playfully) disagree. Are your journals stuck in a past that is no longer relevant? Or, are there good reasons (besides wandering down memory lane) to go back and re-reading old journal entries? Some lifelong journal-writers will say the best part about keeping a journal […]
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Frame of Mind Journaling
Kim Ades takes journal-writing to a whole new level. Her company, Frame of Mind Coaching, combines the power of journaling with trained, professional coaching to help clients achieve breakthrough results in a very short period of time. Through her licenseable, online journaling software, JournalEngine, Kim’s clients tap into their own thought patterns to identify hidden beliefs […]
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Q&A: “What Can I Do To Stop Losing My Journals?”
Lila loves journaling, and completely enjoys all the 101 reasons to keep on writing. But she just can’t seem to hang on to one journal long enough to fill it up, so she wrote us to ask, “What can I do to stop losing my journals?” Several suggestions are offered, including: Write a “Dear Finder” […]
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Journaling With Our Inner Committee
First, let’s do a journal-writing activity that I teach in my Passion, Clarity, Purpose journal workshop: calming our conflicted emotions by honoring them one at a time. When faced with a situation that activates several different, seemingly competing reactions, I’ve found it useful to take the time to slow down and give each voice in my […]
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Q&A: “Should I Let My Therapist Read My Journal?”
Someone named Anonymous wrote in with a great question. (By the way, who names their kid “Anonymous”?!!) Anonymous asked, “Should I let my therapist read my journal?” In this letter, Anonymous explains s/he is working through some difficult issues that stem from past experiences, and is considering bringing a four-year old journal, bearing raw, triggering memories, into the therapy […]
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Journaling to Rewire Your Brain!
About one episode in every three, I feel as if I’m unveiling my “new favorite” episode — one that contains a life-altering perspective, and some truly fresh ideas. This is one of those. My guest this week studied neuroscience at the Mindsight Institute with Dr. Dan Siegel and applied her findings to a therapeutic writing curriculum she titled […]
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Q&A: “Can Journaling Help Me Become a Better Writer?”
Raul wrote in to ask, with deep yearning and colorful examples, “Can journaling help me become a better writer?” Both Mari and I reassured him that he’s already on that path, with a significant piece of evidence hiding right inside the four-paragraph question! For a more detailed response to this question, you will surely enjoy […]
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Modern Journaling
Years after the raw experience of writing, do our journal entries carry any value besides the nostalgia and entertainment from reading them?  To answer this question, I opened this episode with a 40-year old tape recording of my family at the dinner table. You might call it the world’s first podcast, from 1973! From there, I raise […]
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Q&A: “Why Can’t I Ever Finish One Notebook?”
Do you ever get bored with a journal notebook you’ve started, and just want to move on to the next one already? What’s that about? With our typical playfulness, wit and creativity, Mari L. McCarthy and I offer some helpful suggestions to Susan who asks, “Why can’t I ever finish a journal notebook?” We cover the full range […]
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Journaling (and Other Dangerous Pursuits!)
My guest this week, Samara O’Shea, is author of three wonderful gems. Each of them highlights a slice of what makes journal-writing such a rich exploration of our hearts. We discuss each of them, and the unique stories and choices Samara has made, from her online business of writing love letters for people, to her […]
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Q&A: “What is the Best Time of Day to Do My Journaling?”
Do you prefer mornings or evenings to do your journaling? Or, both? Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way” has successfully popularized the notion of Morning Pages, which are three pages of handwritten stream-of-consciousness writing done first thing each day. This practice has helped millions of artists, writers, entrepreneurs, business women and -men, and everyday […]
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Desire Journaling
While Fiona Fine may be a feisty feminist, her approach to self-awareness and self-empowerment is equally suitable for all genders. In this episode, my guest teaches us practical steps for journaling a “desire map” to get from where we are to where we want to be. Fiona draws from the tools she developed recovering from life’s traumas […]
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Q&A: “How Can I Restart My Journaling, After Trust Has Been Broken?”
I’ve always been successful in keeping my journal private (I think!) but I realize that one reason people may find it difficult to take up a diary or journal-writing habit is because they fear of it being found, and read, by someone for whom it was not intended. This week, Mari and I explore some […]
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Journaling to Cultivate Joy
Judy Shafarman, lifelong teacher in many public and private institutions, has written a number of journal-prompting books which you may find helpful. In this interview, Judy and I buzz from one stimulating topic to another, exploring some unique ideas and assignments for unsent letters, grief and loss, and cultivating joy through journaling. (JournalTalk, Episode #36, July 29, 2014) […]
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Q&A: “How Do I Stop Writing In Circles?”
Our journaling question this week touches on a very important concern, especially for those who are using journal-writing to work through some difficult issues. Sometimes we feel we are writing in circles, rehashing the same thoughts over and over, without any progress, relief or resolve. If you have ever experienced this, Mari and I have a few […]
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Journaling Mid-Year Resolutions
Dust off those notebooks from January! Let’s take a look at what we promised ourselves, and check-in with our progress. July is a great time to make course-corrections, and bring a fresh enthusiasm to our goals. You didn’t set any goals for 2014 yet? No problem, it’s not too late. I have learned that the biggest factor […]
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Q&A: “What Can I Write in Just 5 Minutes?”
We are all so pressed for time. Busy is the new cool. Our journaling question this week is for all who feel they have such a full, hectic life that that they simultaneously have too much going on and nothing (or no time) to write. Like Carolyn who brings us this week’s question, you may have heard […]
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Devotional Journaling and the S.O.A.P. Method
My guest this week is Brandon Starnes, the Associate Pastor of Student Ministry at the Church at Clayton Crossings. Brandon is co-author of Impact Journal, a book of Biblical journaling prompts packed with incredible discussion points for each day. I enjoyed talking to Brandon because:  (a) He is living proof that journal-writing is not just for the […]
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Q&A: “How Can I Archive All My Handwritten Journals?”
Whether you type or handwrite your diary or journal, you’ll eventually need to answer the question, “How can I preserve and protect all this writing from fire, flood or other natural disasters?”  Unless you are Mari L. McCarthy, who throws all her journals away (wouldn’t you love to be her trash man?) this question is […]
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The Unsent Letter … For Spiritual Healing
My friend Shirley, spiritually bruised as a child by a group of religious fundamentalists, describes her recent experience of writing a letter to Jesus, and Jesus’ reply back to her. This powerfully healing journal-writing technique, known as the “Unsent Letter”, is one of many that are described in this week’s book spotlight.  (JournalTalk, Episode #33, […]
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Q&A: “How Do I Keep My Diary Private?”
All the experts agree that privacy is one of the most important factors to getting great benefits from journal-writing. In this episode of JournalTalk Q&A, Mari L. McCarthy and I respond to someone who asks, “How do I keep my journal private from a family member with whom I usually share everything?” Mari and I offer up a few suggestions, […]
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My Experience of the Progoff Intensive Journal Workshop
Despite its revolutionary methodology, and the unique impact it has made on so many well-known writers and artists, I fear that the Progoff Intensive Journal Workshop is no longer as well-known as it once was. After venturing to Arizona to experience it for myself, I returned a new man. In this short episode, I share the three most […]
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Q&A: “How Can I Get My Teenager Interested in Journaling?”
In this episode of JournalTalk Q&A, Mari L. McCarthy and I contemplate a question sent to us from a parent who asks, “How can I get my teenager interested in journaling?” Mari and I offer up a few suggestions, and we look forward to hearing yours! Fuel the dialogue! Feel free to write your comments below with […]
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Journaling for Reconnection to Self
Listen to Beth Terrence share some ways journaling can facilitate a sense of connection. Beth Terrence is a Shaman, Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner, Speaker and Writer. She has been working in the field of holistic healing and transformation for over eighteen years. Her mission is to support others in living a heart-centered, balanced and joyful […]
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Q&A: “What Activities Do I Offer in a Journaling Group?”
Mari L. McCarthy from Create Write Now joins me as we answer your questions on journal-writing. This week, we were excited to hear from someone who wants to start her own neighborhood journaling group, and asked, “How should I structure the time we spend together journaling?” Fuel the dialogue! Feel free to write your comments below with more journaling questions. […]
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Sexy, Sacred, Soulful Journaling
I met Jackee Holder online, giving away some amazing free downloads, such as her Journaling Journey Guide. After speaking with her for just a few minutes, I knew you’d love hearing her wealth of experience and high-impact stories about keeping a soulful writing practice. Based in the United Kingdom, Jackee is an Executive and Leadership coach, […]
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Q&A: “Does Blogging Count As Journaling?”
Mari L. McCarthy joins me as we answer your questions on journal-writing. This week, we answer a blogger’s question: Does my blogging count as journaling?  Mari and I should have stated a humorous caveat to our answer, “It depends on whether anybody is reading your blog!” Feel free to write your comments below with more of your questions, or […]
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How To Manage A Lifetime Collection of Journals
My guest this week is Heather Severson, an award-winning writer, educator and gypsy scholar, plying her craft wherever adults gather for self-development and education. Heather’s formal writing practice began with diaries written at the feet of her scholarly grandfather. Thirty-five years and two hundred and sixty-five notebooks later, Heather has a myriad of effective, healing, and […]
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Journaling Q&A: “Paper or Plastic?”
Welcome to the first in a sub-series of JournalTalk podcasts! Mari L. McCarthy from Create Write Now joins me as we answer your questions on journaling. This week, we open the lively and ever-evolving debate about Handwriting vs. Typing your journals. Mari and I touch on several aspects of this question, and hope to bring you […]
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Journaling Her Way to Freedom
My guest this episode wrote in her journal the details of the last forty days of her exit from the public school system, and into her own business as “The Writing Whisperer“. Today, Shannon Hernandez helps people solidify the words they use to connect with their audience, as creator of the “Word Ambassador Circle”, of which […]
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The International Association for Journal Writing
As promised in Episode #13, Ruth Folit (the brains behind the LifeJournal Online software) has come back to share about the International Association for Journal Writing. In this episode, we discuss how the Association got started, its reputation and offerings, and what Ruth has learned from her time as founder. As usual, we get to […]
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Progoff’s Intensive Journaling Method
It’s time to call in the great-grandfather of journaling himself, Dr. Ira Progoff! In this episode, I share a clip from a past interview with Dr. Progoff, who is the founder of The Dialogue House, inventor of the most famous journaling methodology, and as far as I can tell, the first psychologist to ever prescribe […]
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One-Year Celebration of JournalTalk
Happy First Anniversary! This episode is dedicated to you, the JournalTalk listeners, and all your collective wisdom about journaling. We’ve been podcasting together, talking about journaling, for twelve months, and I’m sharing voice messages from fans across the world. Another celebration: I’ve completed my instructor certification from the Center for Journal Therapy, and now taking […]
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Writing for Health & Wellness
Returning to JournalTalk is Dr. John Evans, founder of Wellness and Writing Connections. Back in Episode #15, Dr. Evans shared about his connection to the rewriting of the landmark research compendium, Writing To Heal, by Dr. James Pennebaker. In this episode, Dr. Evans shares an update on that work (including its new title, Expressive Writing […]
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Gratitude Journaling
Happy 2014! While all the buzz about new year’s resolutions continues, you can tune into my “Staying Started” episode for some tips about keeping strong with the promises we’ve made. This episode, I’m kicking off the new year with a dose of gratitude.  My guest this week has powerful, pragmatic suggestions for keeping a gratitude […]
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The Ultimate Journaling Tour-Guide
My final guest for 2013 is the lovely Hannah Braime, another journaling coach influenced by Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and who is now teaching people how to keep in a kind and compassionate relationship with themselves. Hannah will be presenting with Lynda Monk and me at the 2nd Annual Journaling Expo on January 12th […]
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Journaling with Ho, Ho, Ho! (Holistic Holiday Health!)
The Oprah of Therapeutic Journaling is back again, and just in time — with good tidings for our health and well-being during this holiday season. In this episode, Mari L. McCarthy and I discuss a full range of topics: from the upcoming journaling challenges being offered at CreateWriteNow; to the power of mindful eating; to […]
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Journal Magic
Even though the outward process of journaling is simply the writing out of thoughts and feelings from our experience, avid journal-writers will tell you that it is much more than that. The new possibilities and inner worlds of creativity which emerge from journaling are often referred to as magic! Join me and my guest, Sue […]
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A Whole Universe of Journaling!
After creating and leading her first “WriteOn!” journaling workshop in 1985, Kathleen Adams knew she had found her purpose in the world. Since then, she has made an impressive list of accomplishments and contributions to the field. Her book, Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth, is among the most-referenced, pragmatic guides to the craft. […]
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The Journal-Writer’s Guide to Staying Started
One of the most common questions I answer in my journal-writing courses is “How can I keep consistent in my writing?”  In this special episode of JournalTalk, I share some material from my new, upcoming course, Getting Started, Staying Started; and I propose that today is the best time to consider your New Year’s Resolutions. Rather […]
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Journaling After Brain Injury
Barbara Stahura’s life was turned inside-out the moment her husband Ken was struck by an automobile.  The first four minutes of this episode, Barbara tells the story of how she turned to journal-writing to cope with the myriad of stressful details, and to create a path toward healing from the trauma. The rest of the […]
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Kaizen Journaling
Meet Dolly Garland, journaling coach for the brave of heart.  Her name may have you think of the sweetness of Dolly Parton, or the lovable innocence of Judy Garland.  And she may be some of those things, but watch out!  Dolly Garland is a fierce Kaizen warrior, and takes her self-improvement seriously.Her website, Kaizen Journaling, is […]
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Writing To Heal
Who knew, back in Episode #4 when I discovered the amazing-but-unavailable book, Writing To Heal, that I’d eventually be interviewing the co-author of its revised and updated edition?!! I learned a lot from my guest this week, John F. Evans, MAT, MA , Ed.D., a consultant, writing clinician, and an integrative health coach who speaks at national and […]
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Journaling for Authentic Refreshment
Those of you already familiar with Dawn Herring will find this episode a special treat.  She is even more inspiring and engaging than you’ve come to expect from her years of hosting the weekly Twitter chat room she calls #JournalChat Live! Your “Refreshment Specialist” shares bountifully from her years of experience and hundreds of interviews. […]
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LifeJournal Online
My guest expert this episode is Ruth Folit, the founder and director of the International Association of Journal Writers.  (Did you know there was such a thing?!  Yea, go check it out!)  But Ruth will have to come back sometime to tell us more about this amazing library of journaling resources, and the wise council of journal-writing elders . […]
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Turning Journals into Memoirs
Thanks to Joan Leof, my guest expert in this week’s episode, I’ll need to update my website.  In preparation for our interview, Joan did some research about me; she figured out that I had given up on writing a book based on content from my years of journal-writing.  And in our subsequent conversation, she asked […]
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Journaling in Groups
It’s one thing to achieve personal transformation through the act and habit of journaling.  But there’s a new trend emerging among journal-writers: taking that transformation to the level of community.  My guest this episode is Lynda Monk, who has been journaling with her friends for several years, and ready to launch a book on the […]
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Journals Have Feelings, Too!
This podcast series is a way to create and share within a community of people who have remarkable stories of growth and healing through journal-writing.  And the more I look for examples, the more incredible and numerous they come! This week’s guest is Carrie Leigh Sandoval, author of Journals Have Feelings, Too!  In this episode, […]
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Episode #9: Kids Can Journal Too!
Kids Can Journal Too! For the past four months, I’ve been sharing my reasons for creating JournalTalk.  But I also want to share how JournalTalk is creating me!  In this episode, I discuss four profound lessons that I’ve learned since starting this project, along with a whole variety of other stories: I share a journaling exercise […]
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Journaling vs. Blogging
Joseph Bernard, Ph.D. has been blogging about life-enrichment, spirituality, and self-actualization for the past seven years.  Occasionally, he posts an article about the benefits of journal-writing, and that is how we met.  In this episode, we had fun discussing the similarities and differences between journaling and blogging. His blog, ExploreLifeBlog.com is filled with insights and […]
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Episode #7: Journaling Out of the Whirlwind
Journaling Out of the Whirlwind I am consistently impressed with each person I meet in the field of journaling; we are authentically glad to share our secrets, techniques, and we sincerely want to work in collaboration with one another.  My guest this week is Michael Pearlman, M.D., and while he is exceptionally gifted in the […]
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Journaling for the Next Generation
In case you thought I only interviewed beautiful women, I had to prove that there are other men who enjoy discussing their journaling habits!  This episode, I’m pleased to introduce Sam, nick-named the “Digital Journaling Guru”.  Sam’s perspective is unique on several levels. An accomplished Civil Engineer with strong family values, he speaks about helping […]
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Sailing the Seas of Self-Discovery
The JournalTalk podcast goes international in this sea-voyaging episode!  Meet Juliet Platt, a creative journaling coach from Blunsdon (a village about one mile north of Swindon) in the southwest of the United Kingdom.  She’s the author of The Journal Writer’s Handbook, published in December 2012.  The Handbook is a complete journaling workshop in seven chapters, and Juliet explains how she uses the […]
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Episode #4: Journaling via Spreadsheet
Journaling via Spreadsheet My taxes are done!  And I’m another year older.  This episode was recorded after a celebratory dinner, prepared by my accountant friend Kathy Lynch, along with a glass (or two) of wine. Kathy is the only person I know who has maintained her journal for years inside of an Excel Spreadsheet!  And […]
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Ambidextrous Journaling
In this episode, I interview Mari McCarthy of CreateWriteNow, a bold, successful business woman and inspiring journaling coach.  Mari has been referred to as the “Oprah Winfrey” of journaling, leading hundreds of people to self-discovery, healing, and celebration with her straight-talk advice and upbeat wisdom.  In this interview, we learn where Mari stands on the debate between […]
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Episode #2: Public Journaling
Public Journaling Tips from Jessica Jensen In this episode, I conduct a telephone interview with Jessica Jensen, social media and marketing expert.  Jessica reveals her wisdom in connecting people with others, and the magic of synchronicity.  And she shares stories about her entry into the realm of journaling.  We also learn about www.everything2.com, a site […]
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Journaling Course Conference Call
In this first episode, we go directly to the Journaling Classroom and listen in to participants’ sharing about their journaling experience, challenges, tips, and success.  Then Journaling Coach, Nathan Ohren suggests a new journaling prompt for the coming week for participants to deepen their focus and entries.  March 3, 2013  
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