Tag Archives: Morning Pages

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 growth.

If you haven’t already heard the story of Hal Elrod’s amazing physical and emotional recovery from what was considered a fatal car accident, you can listen to it here. In this episode of JournalTalk, Hal shares the six key habits he cultivated to redefine himself and his career. (Yep, one of them is journal-writing!) I asked Hal how to develop a life-changing morning routine, even if you are not a “morning person.” This hour is jam-packed with great advice, a few laughs, and as always, a valuable journaling prompt!

The Miracle Morning, by Hal ElrodExclusive Offer for JournalTalk Listeners:  For a limited time, Nathan is offering JournalTalk listeners a full week of customized journal-writing exercises, tailored for their unique concern or situation at a discounted rate. Get details here(JournalTalk, Episode #66, January 12, 2016)

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JournalTalk answers your questions about journaling

Q&A: “What is the Best Time of Day to Do My Journaling?”

JTQA_LogoDo 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 people to recover their spiritual and creative expression.

Unfortunately, a common side-effect of this widespread practice is a belief that Morning Pages is the only way to do your journaling. Our question this week comes from a woman who wonders if it’s okay to try something else. Mari and I offer some suggestions, including the twin sister of Morning Pages, called “Night Notes.”

Please join the dialogue. Do you prefer morning or evening to do your journal-writing? We welcome additional comments and suggestions about journaling at night or day (or both!)

You may reply to this email with your own question to be featured on a future episode of JournalTalk. Or, please call to leave a voicemail with your question at 1-805-751-6280 (only normal toll charges may apply). If your question is featured, we will send you a thank-you gift for sharing your voice! (JournalTalk Q&A, Episode #10, August 26, 2014)

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Voiceover: Thomas Gerrard

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Ambidextrous Journaling

Mari@CreateWriteNow.comIn 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 typing vs. hand-writing a journal.  We also get to hear a few of the many phrases Mari has coined for journaling motivation, such as Journaling for the Self of It.  

Best of all, Mari shares the amazing story that started CreateWriteNow.com.  About thirteen years ago, Mari suffered an episode of Multiple Sclerosis, where she lost sensation and function of the entire right side of her body, including her writing hand.  Being the pragmatic and disciplined person she is, Mari began a daily journaling routine as a method of physical therapy, to teach herself to write with her left hand . . . Only to uncover a buried memory that she actually had always been a lefty from early childhood, but had suppressed the inclination thanks to her Catholic school teachers. Today, Mari credits M.S. not only for her ambidextrous journaling practice but also the inspiration for launching her business.  WriteON, Mari!