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January 2015, Volume 11, Issue 1, ISSN 1939-8719

Hello,

On a personal note...I wish you all the best for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

I am so pleased to have your subscription to A-Muse Letter! I hope you are enjoying receiving it.

As you know, each month I offer coaching tips, ideas and inspiration to support you in your writing, creativity and personal growth. Please send your comments and questions and I'll write back personally or respond in a future edition of A-Muse Letter.



Inside this issue:

Goals Thinking

Susan Recommends...

For therapists who want to integrate journaling into client work or anyone interested in using journaling as a tool for personal growth and transformation, this pragmatic step-by-step guide will provide an invaluable resource.

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Read what experts in the field are saying about
The Healing Power of Writing:

"Writing is a powerful method to help people get through difficult times. This is the first book that focuses on ways therapists can help their clients harness this powerful method. Check out Susan Borkin's book, The Healing Power of Writing."

-James W. Pennebaker, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin; author of The Secret Life of Pronouns and Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

"An excellent tool for therapists and their clients. Susan Borkin explains precisely how journaling can aid the therapeutic process and offers up practical exercises for addressing a wide variety of problems. Highly recommended."

-Eric Maisel, PhD, author of Secrets of a Creativity Coach and Why Smart People Hurt

"Psychotherapist Susan Borkin reveals how writing-simple, honest, moving, and direct, while also private and unedited-may be one of our best medicines, allowing us to meet self and other in deeper ways, resolve conflicts, ease stress and depression, and much more. From a solid research base to practical hints, stories, and examples, this book will change the lives of both clients and therapists."

-Ruth Richards, MD, PhD, Saybrook University, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School; editor of Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature

"Borkin masterfully presents us with the gift of her accumulated clinical discoveries about writing for psychological well-being. She takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the practicalities and possibilities of writing to deeply enrich, understand, and change our lives. Although written primarily for clinicians, both therapists and non-therapists alike will discover a feast of original and useful expressive writing ideas."

-Ruth Folit, designer/producer of LifeJournal software and founder/director of the International Association for Journal Writing

  • imageLifeJournal Online

This award-winning journal software is now online. Great for journal writers on the go with your Mac, PC you can access your journal on the Internet. LifeJournal has the highest encryption security and is password protected to keep your journal totally private. LifeJournal Online has interactive tools to expand your journaling in ways that you'll love.

I have personally used LifeJournal Online and absolutely love it! It is easy to use and keeps journal entries organized and accessible. You can even test drive it for free. Check it out here.

On occasion I will recommend products and services from colleagues for which I receive a small affiliate stipend. Rest assured, I will never suggest anything I do not completely believe will be of benefit to you.

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Upcoming Events:

Writing to Create the Life of Your Dreams

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - Writing to Create the Life of Your Dreams
De Anza College, Cupertino, California - 9:30 - 4:30 pm

  • Are you feeling stuck, out-of-focus or confused in your life direction?
  • Do you think there is something more for you but don't know what it is or how to find it?
  • Have you lost track of what's important to you?

In this highly experiential writing course, you will learn over ten ways to use journaling to profoundly impact your life and create the life of your dreams. Although simple in methodology, journaling is a rich and powerful resource for contemplation, discovery and change. Be prepared for an experience that will transform, challenge and delight you!

For registration information, please click here!

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GRATIS CORNER

  • Remember, if you haven't done so before, take advantage of our Complimentary Coaching Consultation. Contact me for an informative discovery session via phone or in person. Phone (800) 552-WRITE, that's (800) 552-9748 or write to me at susan@susanborkin.com to find out more.
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  • Have a question about writing or creativity? E-mail your question to Susan. She may use your questions in future issues of "WRITE NOW! A-Muse Letter by Susan Borkin."

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LOOKING BACKWARD, AIMING FORWARD

Happy New Year! This month rather than resolutions, I want to discuss setting goals. What's the difference? Generally, when we make New Year's resolutions, it's more of a wish list. I am resolving to do something, but I have no specific plan to do so. To give your goals more "oomph" here are some ideas.

LOOKING BACKWARD

It's easy to be hard on yourself when you look back at last year and think about what you didn't accomplish. Try this instead. On a piece of paper write down everything you did accomplish, no matter how small you judge the accomplishment to be. Did you clean out a closet or get caught up on your filing? Did you try any new recipes or finally start writing in your new journal? Was this the year you actually used your gym membership? Try this method of giving yourself credit for what you have done before you start with new goals.

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ABOUT SUSAN BORKIN

Susan Borkin, M.A. is a licensed psychotherapist, coach and writer. She is the founder of Write Now! a professional practice specializing in the use of writing for personal and professional growth. Susan specializes in helping people overcome creative blocks and achieve deep personal transformation through the use of writing. A journaling consultant and trainer since 1978, she is the author of When Writing From the Inside Out, When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes, and The Healing Power of Writing (W. W. Norton).

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