Boston, Massachusetts (PressExposure) February 13, 2012 -- Following on the heels of January's 27 Day Journaling Challenge, which helped over 100 participants gain greater self-understanding through their journal writing practice, journaling therapy specialist Mari L. McCarthy now presents a compact Challenge, compressed into just seven days, February 20-26.
Recognizing that the pressures of life limit available time for so many people, McCarthy has devised this short class as a way to expose a larger public to the benefits of journal writing. Despite our overloaded schedules, McCarthy advocates for journaling as a calming influence - one that is seriously needed in our increasingly hectic world.
Within the seven days, participants journal intensively. They are guided quickly through common complexities of the process and collect a large amount of new information about their own motivations, personalities, fears, and loves.
The course begins with an orientation towards writing by hand, strongly suggested for the week's exercises. For many, this may be a challenge in itself, since handwriting has mainly given way to the keyboard in these computer-dominated times. McCarthy says that writing by hand is a shorter route to self understanding.
The week continues with exercises that open up self awareness, including work with the tendency to be highly self-critical and an examination of fears that keep us from self-knowledge. The seven days conclude with suggestions for sustained self growth going forward.
McCarthy publishes a website ([http://CreateWriteNow.com]) devoted to journaling, as well as a series of ebooks - or e-workbooks, as she calls them - showing how to apply journal writing to a large variety of life's challenges. Topics have included ways in which journaling can be used in self-discovery, job searches, losing weight, overcoming writer's block, and a host of health and wellness issues.
The course is free, though participants must register in advance and purchase a workbook ($16.97). A private online classroom and private sessions with McCarthy are included in the Challenge. Details and registration can be found at [http://www.createwritenow.com/Who-Are-You-Challenge-Sign-Up/].