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The Power of Journaling

Sep 02, 2014 10:54AM ● By Fran McConnell, CPC

Journaling, a practice rooted in self-care, can be a powerful way to help you make sense of your feelings and validate your deepest intentions. Whether you want to better manage stress, make a career or life change, release baggage from your past that prevents you from moving on, reconnect with your true self, or quiet the chatter in your mind that keeps you from being focused and taking action, keeping a journal can help.

Regularly expressing your thoughts in writing often allows you to:

  • Discover or recognize unproductive behavioral patterns and specific areas where you may be“stuck” so that you may begin to address them
  • Create “life to-do lists” that can work as effectively as your chore and work to-do lists
  • Articulate scattered thoughts to understand what YOU really want and how best to accomplish your goals
  • Release negative thoughts, fears, resentments and regrets that you are holding on to so that you can feel lighter and move forward.

Learn more about the benefits of journaling at Journal to Joy, a workshop to be held on October 11, 1 to 3:30pm, at Monmouth Beach Yoga & Wellness, 36 Beach Road, in Monmouth Beach. Whether you are interested in establishing an ongoing journaling practice or simply wish to enjoy an uplifting and inspiring afternoon within a tranquil setting, you’ll be led through soul-searching and intention-oriented writing exercises designed to capture your true essence and heart’s desires and get you moving toward a more purposeful, joyful life. A complimentary journal will be provided.

To register on-line, visit, or call 973-452-2828.

Fran McConnell, CPC, ELI-MP, is a certified professional coach, workshop facilitator, and former human resources executive at a Fortune 100 firm. She is owner of The Balanced Owl, LLC. Visit to learn more or connect with her at [email protected] 

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