Mari L. McCarthy - Heal Yourself with Journaling Power

Mari L. McCarthy


Mari L. McCarthy is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Create Write Now, and the bestselling author behind Heal Yourself with Journaling Power - the follow up to her multi award winning book, Journaling Power.

Heal Yourself with Journaling Power reveals the medically-confirmed benefits of expressive writing through personal reflections shared by everyday people who've used it to transform their lives. Their stories illustrate how you can use therapeutic journaling to manifest a satisfying life in which you are empowered to overcome debilitating disease, design a more promising future, treat and overcome addictions, nurture your inner wisdom, and rekindle the light in your life.

Mari has first-hand experience with the therapeutic power of journaling. As a highly-successful business consultant, she routinely crisscrossed the country to provide solutions to a who's who of Fortune 100 companies. However, at the height of her career she was forced to shut down her business due to the ravaging effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). After starting and sticking with a therapeutic journaling routine of her own, Mari was able to reverse her debilitating MS symptoms and ditch her prescription drug routine forever.

In Heal Yourself with Journaling Power, Mari shares valuable lessons with readers that are communicated through moving personal stories and heartfelt pearls of wisdom. Each chapter includes inspiration, writing prompts, and exercises designed to make journaling easy and joyful. Readers are provided with dozens of ideas that empower them to journal in a way that supports their hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

In everything that she does, Mari guides, inspires, and empowers you to use your journal to access your intelligence, talents and creativity, and to transform your life daily. I’m so excited for you guys to connect with Mari, check out her new book and her work, and follow along!

I'd love it if you'd introduce yourself, what you do, and what you're working on.

I’m Mari L. McCarthy, the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of, The Journaling Power Center. CreateWriteNow is where health conscious people come to learn how to use therapeutic journaling or as I Iike to call it Journaling for the Health of It to heal the issues in their tissues and create the happy, healthy life they want to live. Currently I’m on a virtual blog tour with WOW-Women On Writing promoting my second award-winning book in the Journaling Power Trilogy, Heal Your Self With Journaling Power.  It presents the Journaling Journeys of 10 Journalers and how they use journaling, the ultimate self-care tool, to master life’s emotional, mental, physical and spiritual challenges.

How did you get started?

About 20 some years ago, I had an MS exacerbation where Iost most feeling and function on the right side of body and needed to teach myself how to write with my left hand. A hypnotherapist introduced me to Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Wayand her Morning Pages practice. Each morning, I’d handwrite 3 stream-of-consciousness pages and I became legibly lefthanded in a matter of weeks. It didn’t take that long to become lefthanded as I remembered while doing my Morning Pages that I was lefthanded but the nuns at St. Bernard Grade School changed me.

What inspired the work that you're doing?

When I realized that journaling/expressive writing was way more than just physical therapy, I knew I needed to set up a company and share Journaling for the Health of It with the world. Yes, the name of my company and my brand name, Journaling for the Health of It were contributions from my Journal as were the titles of the 2 books and 22 eworkbooks I’ve written. My Journal is always providing me guidance, focus and universal messages.

What is your biggest passion? Do you feel like you're living your passion and purpose?

My biggest passion is creative self-expression: sharing my voice with the world. My soul purpose is: Create the Healthy best Team Mari. I believe I’m here this lifetime as Mari L. Mccarthy to love myself unconditionally and help people uncover, discover and recover their true self and share their gifts with the world.

What is your joy blueprint? What lights you up, brings you joy, and makes you feel the most alive?

In addition to creating, creating, creating, creating, what brings me the most joy is sharing AHAs with other journalers who have discovered their voices and want to share their universe of infinite possibilities with others.  

How do you live intentionally? Are there tools/resources/practices that you rely on to help you stay mindful and grounded?

I find that keeping to my daily routine of journaling and meditation, eating fresh foods, spending time outdoors, putting my self-care first every day help me stay connected to my core.  

What would your younger self think about what you're doing now?

My younger self, Team Little Mari, tells me all the time that she can’t believe how happy I am and how fun I’m having living my life from the inside out. 

Do you have a go-to mantra or affirmation?

I have several:  I am healing, I am healing, I am healing. Another is: I am grateful, I am grounded, I am growing and I can, I will, I did.

What is your biggest dream?

To be the physically healthiest Mari L. Mccarthy I can be.

To learn more about Mari and her work you can connect with her on her website and on Facebook @createwritenow and on Twitter @createwritenow



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