January 2019

"And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke


With the start of a new year, many people will be contemplating their New Year’s resolutions and think about all the possibilities for 2019. For one reason or another, some of us might use this year as an excuse to shift into a new way of being. Chants of “This year, I’ll do this…” and “This year, I’ll do that...” seem to fill the air. However, studies have shown that by February, most New Year's resolutions are abandoned.

So, what if we join together to make another type of shift? Since many of us might be in search of a "new self," how about instead of New Year's resolutions, we consider a return to our true selves? This means returning to the messages of our hearts...as a way to find our bliss. This seems much more attainable, doesn't it? In this way, we can commit to living in the moment each and every day, thereby tapping into our true selves. Think of it as a New Year, New-er You!
Will you join me?
As part of your new journey in 2019, I’d like to introduce you to Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal , which is now available.

This volume is designed to be used alone, as a self-discovery workbook, or in conjunction with my self-help book Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life .

Unlike many journals, the companion journal lies flat; has smooth lined and unlined pages; and is filled with writing prompts, exploratory exercises, and inspirational quotes—all of which will guide you to tap into the messages of your heart and lead you through the healing and transformational process of telling the story only you can tell—a story that is yours alone. 

Think of this book as your refuge, your companion, your sanctuary, and the container for your thoughts and musings. It’s the place to celebrate the amazing you, whether things are running smoothly or whether you’re going through a rough patch. When you make journaling a regular practice, you will reap the benefits, offering you a new perspective, a sense of calm about yourself and the world, and a new way of being. It is my hope that these pages will inspire you to reflect, create, and muse on your path, providing you with a deep sense of reverence.

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Creatively Yours,

January Writing Prompts
  • Write about the greatest challenge you faced in 2018.
  • Write about someone who inspires you.
  • Write about what brings you bliss.
  • What intentions do you have for the New Year? Write them down.
Recently Published Works

"Dealing with Loneliness During the Holidays" (blog). Psych Central . December 10, 2018.

“Mindful Writing for the Holidays”   (blog). Thrive Global . December 10, 2018.

"Writing for Stress Release During the Holidays" (blog). Psychology Today. December 10, 2018.

"The Handwritten Love Letter" (blog). Qualia Hub. December 12, 2018.

"Woman Warrior: Saved by Writing" (blog). Review Tales: Jeyran Main. December 19, 2018.

"Writing as My Contemplative Practice" (blog). Brevity Blog. December 31, 2018.

"Writing for Bliss in the New Year" (blog). Psych Central. December 2018.
Workshops and Appearances

"Writing a Compelling Memoir"
January 5, 2019
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
91 West Tefft Street
Nipomo, CA


" NEW : Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal"
Signing & Discussion
January 10, 2019
7 p.m.
3321 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA


"Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal"
Signing and Discussion
Lily's of Montecito
Montecito, CA


" Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal"
Signing and Discussion
Ikat and Pearls
Ventura, CA


"Writing for Bliss: Writing Workshop"
February 9, 2019
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
28 Parker Way
Santa Barbara, CA

Suggested Reading
[Wo] Man's Search for Himself [Herself] , by Rollo May. This is a thoughtful and wonderful book to begin the year. In this classic work, May taps into the premise of getting back to our true selves. A psychoanalyst and existential philosopher, he discusses our deep search for meaning in our lives. He also writes about how feelings of emptiness and loneliness go together and often lead to feelings of powerlessness. Highly recommended!

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