Carmel Valley author to hold workshop to help women navigate life's issues

Carmel Valley’s Janet Larson, the author of “My Diary Unlocked,” is bringing the companion workshop to her book to the Carmel Valley Recreation Center, an effort to help women break down the barriers that keep them from reaching their full potential. “Journey Into Your Soulself” is a seven-week course held on Tuesday nights from March 15 through May 3.

Her hope is that, by the end of the class, women will feel empowered to stay true to themselves and share their unique gifts as they continue the quest for peace, joy and happiness.

“Life is a journey, as long as we’re alive there is always room to learn and grow,” Larson said.

Larson has come a long way in her journey—she grew up in an alcoholic home and was raised with negative beliefs and perceptions about herself.

“I felt like I wasn’t good enough for anyone or anything but there was a conflict inside me because I still had a spark where I knew there was something better in life,” Larson said.

She struggled with unhealthy relationships and waves of depression and anxiety because she didn’t honor her own thoughts and feelings. After hitting a low point, she decided to make a change and nurture the part of herself that was yearning for more.

Larson stumbled on her own diary from high school and was moved by the raw, uncensored expressions of her feelings. Reading her diary gave her a greater appreciation of the contrast between the girl she used to be and the woman she had become. The realization empowered her to “more purposefully chart a course to even greater freedom” and to share her secrets with others.

“My Diary Unlocked,” is an anthology composed of thousands of real diary entries detailing issues that everyone faces paired with research and the tools Larson learned. The book describes her system with the “Freeing Your BEING Compass,” a tool that can be used to navigate life.

She developed a course based on that compass which she has taught in places such as Yoga Del Mar and, last year, she ran a class out of her home with a dozen women.

“We just had incredible breakthroughs,” she said of the women’s work on issues such as relationships, work direction and parenthood.

The seven-week workshop at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center will lead a circle of women through the steps of the compass and “BEING,” Larson’s own spin on mind, body and spirit, which includes “Body, Emotions, Imagination, Natural Self and Genius Mind.”

“We learn that our bodies do not define us but they are a conduit to our soul to share our humanity. We learn techniques to come to terms with healthy expression of our emotions that really honors our inner truth,” Larson said. “We learn the power of our imagination…we start to plug into where we want to be in our lives and where we want to go.”

With the “Natural Self,” participants will learn about how to live in integrity with who we are in our nature, and with the session on the “Genius Mind,” they will learn about how to tap into the inner genius that Larson believes everyone has inside of them.

As a whole, Larson said women will learn to be more mindful. She likens it to being a bird perched in the corner of one’s mind — to be able to see the big picture view of all of life’s choices and how to keep clear of roadblocks along the way.

No longer trapped by self-doubt and negative thoughts, Larson has big goals for the future. She is currently looking for an auditorium or venue in the area to share diary entries from “My Diary Unlocked” and to hold a discussion to bring awareness and insights into critical topics that affect everyone, including body image, healthy emotional expression, the challenges of addictions, anxiety, depression, dealing with the loss of a loved one, bullying and negative self-talk.

Right now she is working with students in the drama department at Canyon Crest Academy, who have used the book’s diary entries in their curriculum. Larson leads discussions of the content that the students have performed in their reads.

“Those diary entries are just magic, in terms of getting straight to the core of issues,” Larson said.

To register for the course, visit SDRecConnect.com and search using the course number 23940. For more on the book, visit mydiaryunlocked.com. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

“Journey Into Your Soulself” is a seven-week course held on Tuesday nights from March 15 through May 3.

Her hope is that, by the end of the class, women will feel empowered to stay true to themselves and share their unique gifts as they continue the quest for peace, joy and happiness.

“Life is a journey, as long as we’re alive there is always room to learn and grow,” Larson said.

Larson has come a long way in her journey—she grew up in an alcoholic home and was raised with negative beliefs and perceptions about herself.

“I felt like I wasn’t good enough for anyone or anything but there was a conflict inside me because I still had a spark where I knew there was something better in life,” Larson said.

She struggled with unhealthy relationships and waves of depression and anxiety because she didn’t honor her own thoughts and feelings. After hitting a low point, she decided to make a change and nurture the part of herself that was yearning for more.

Larson stumbled on her own diary from high school and was moved by the raw, uncensored expressions of her feelings. Reading her diary gave her a greater appreciation of the contrast between the girl she used to be and the woman she had become. The realization empowered her to “more purposefully chart a course to even greater freedom” and to share her secrets with others.

“My Diary Unlocked,” is an anthology composed of thousands of real diary entries detailing issues that everyone faces paired with research and the tools Larson learned. The book describes her system with the “Freeing Your BEING Compass,” a tool that can be used to navigate life.

She developed a course based on that compass which she has taught in places such as Yoga Del Mar and, last year, she ran a class out of her home with a dozen women.

“We just had incredible breakthroughs,” she said of the women’s work on issues such as relationships, work direction and parenthood.

The seven-week workshop at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center will lead a circle of women through the steps of the compass and “BEING,” Larson’s own spin on mind, body and spirit, which includes “Body, Emotions, Imagination, Natural Self and Genius Mind.”

“We learn that our bodies do not define us but they are a conduit to our soul to share our humanity. We learn techniques to come to terms with healthy expression of our emotions that really honors our inner truth,” Larson said. “We learn the power of our imagination…we start to plug into where we want to be in our lives and where we want to go.”

With the “Natural Self,” participants will learn about how to live in integrity with who we are in our nature, and with the session on the “Genius Mind,” they will learn about how to tap into the inner genius that Larson believes everyone has inside of them.

As a whole, Larson said women will learn to be more mindful. She likens it to being a bird perched in the corner of one’s mind — to be able to see the big picture view of all of life’s choices and how to keep clear of roadblocks along the way.

No longer trapped by self-doubt and negative thoughts, Larson has big goals for the future. She is currently looking for an auditorium or venue in the area to share diary entries from “My Diary Unlocked” and to hold a discussion to bring awareness and insights into critical topics that affect everyone, including body image, healthy emotional expression, the challenges of addictions, anxiety, depression, dealing with the loss of a loved one, bullying and negative self-talk.

Right now she is working with students in the drama department at Canyon Crest Academy, who have used the book’s diary entries in their curriculum. Larson leads discussions of the content that the students have performed in their reads.

“Those diary entries are just magic, in terms of getting straight to the core of issues,” Larson said.

To register for the course, visit SDRecConnect.com and search using the course number 23940. For more on the book, visit mydiaryunlocked.com. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

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