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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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Having a stressful day? You’re not alone! Must of us have quite a lot on our plates, and I bet most people have at least one stressful day a week. (No science to back that up — just some personal experience!) I figure, if stressful days are going to be part of our lives, why not do what we can to make the most of them? After going through a pretty stressful day myself recently, I spent some time reflecting on what could have made (or, in some cases, did make!) the day better. Here are the top 20 items... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at positively present
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“It doesn't matter how slowly you go, so long as you don't stop." Confucius On Being Nice : an important topic we don't talk about enough The Phones We Love Too Much : spend a lot of time on your phone? read this What Is Self-Love Worth to You? : really inspiring post on self-love 7 Years of Getting High vs. 7 Years of Sobriety : timely, since my 7 year is soon! How to Take Things Seriously, Not Personally : three tactics that really do work Top 100 Lifestyle Blogs : so honored to be featured on this list... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at positively present
Joel - Such a great sentence! I do my best to find the good in every situation, even when it's really hard, and I've found that there's always something good if you look really hard!
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Rick - Thanks for reading! I definitely think faith can help you with judgments. The more you allow yourself to be guided by your faith, the more you're able to release the notion that you're in control of everything and everyone. Judging often comes from wanting to change others or a situation that's outside of our control. When you allow yourself to release that control (give it up to God, perhaps), you'll have no need to judge others, and you'll even be more gentle with yourself, too. We're all a work in progress, so just keep doing the best you can!
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If you're reading this, you're probably striving to live a positive, present life — and you probably know just how hard that can be at times. Life is filled with negative situations, people, and internal battles, which makes staying positive a tad challenging sometimes (and by "sometimes" I mean "most of the time"). As I posted last week (here on Instagram — didn't write it, but I 100% support it), "The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to walk away from what you don't." And that most certainly applies to creating more positivity in your... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at positively present
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“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Max Planck Adam J. Kurtz Temporary Tattoos : especially love "I feel great" A Person Is a Person Through Other Persons : really interesting stuff! How We're Harmed by Our Dissatisfaction with Ourselves : a self-love reminder Rules for Making Meaningful Connections : simple yet profound advice Why Some Things Trigger Us Emotionally : and why others might not How to Be More Honest : with yourself, with your work, and with others Facing Sugar Addiction : what are you really hungry for? it's worth... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at positively present
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If you want to live a positive and present life, you've got to cultivate self love. And self love begins with self respect. By definition, respect means, "a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements." Think about someone you really respect — either someone you know well or a well-known figure — and pause to consider what you value in that person and how it feels when you think about him/her. Now, imagine what it would be like to feel that way about yourself. Respecting yourself is a challenge. Life offers lots... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at positively present
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“Compassion is so often the solution." Danielle LaPorte Kindred Spirit Award Nomination! : so honored to be nominated! If you like what I do here, I'd love a vote! :) Instant Insta! : thank you to everyone who has picked one up! get yours here How to Save Ourselves from Ourselves : interesting read about self-love Want to be Happier? : check out this list of 15 tips (including one of mine!) 11 Ways to Stay Productive : even when you're feeling tired or burnt out Setting Daily Intentions Will Change Your Life : intentions > goals 4 Ways to... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at positively present
Zion - I'm so happy you found this post useful! :) And thank you for the wonderful suggestion about creating a course. It's something I've been thinking about and working on behind the scenes for awhile so hopefully I'll be able to finalize and launch it in the near future. Thanks for reading!
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Happy birthday to my little sister! 🎉 Since she's celebrating her birthday today, it seems like the perfect time to talk about the positive benefits of having a sibling. Like all human-to-human interactions, sibling relationships vary wildly. Some people cannot imagine life without siblings; some people would give anything for that to be a reality. Most people are probably somewhere in the middle — at times, overcome with gratitude and love; at others, irritated beyond belief — but no matter where you fall on the sibling-love spectrum, there are some great benefits of having siblings in your life. I spent... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at positively present
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“Mistakes are the portals of discovery." James Joyce Kindred Spirit Award Nomination! : so honored to be nominated! If you like what I do here, I'd love a vote! :) Instant Insta! : thank you to everyone who has picked one up! get yours here Why Self-Help Books Matter : and here's a good one to read ;) How to Improve Your Productivity at Work : great tips (+ illustration too!) Inviting the Unknown : how to live more richly by embracing the unknown Know Your Worth : this video is essential for everyone to watch Worrying Pointlessly? : here's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at positively present
Kaye - Thanks so much! So happy you like it! :)
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I've been hard at work on a new product, and it's finally here!!! I'm so excited to announce the first INSTANT INSTA Card Deck: Self-Love Edition! For the Year of Self-Love, I wanted to create a product to help others promote self-love, and I decided the best way to do this would be to combine two things I personally love: Instagram inspiration and card decks (I have a slight obsession with them... especially this one. and this one. and this one.) You guys love the things I post on Instagram, and one of my absolute favorite things is when someone... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at positively present
Lili - So true! If we allow stress to rule us, we never get anywhere. Great point about looking at the big picture of our lives and goals. Keeping those in mind while going through change can make it easier to accept, as the positive change is most likely helping you get closer to your ultimate goals. So happy to hear Positively Present inspires you. :) Keep writing!
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Matthew - It really is all about mindfulness and, being an INTJ like you (!!!), it's definitely something I am constantly working on as well. It doesn't come easily to me, but it's definitely true that the more you practice, the easier it starts to become!
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Indya - I haven't listened to The Wreckers in years, but I saw them mentioned this week and realized I'd forgotten how good they are so I went back an revisited them!! :) Thank you so much for voting for me! It means a lot!!
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“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” Meister Eckhart Kindred Spirit Award Nomination! : so honored to be nominated! If you like what I do here, I'd love a vote! :) Pop Your Bubble : have Facebook? check this out to get out of your bubble Crayola's Dandelion : my nickname is Dandelion so this is :( Hidden Blessings in Failure : there's always something good if you look Stop Being a Serial People-Pleaser : excellent advice for people-pleasers How to Make a Rainbow : I love rainbows + these ideas seem fun True Self, False Self :... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at positively present
Joel - That's a great idea. Considering why you're changing can be a great motivator (and a great way to stay positive even when change is uncomfortable). Thanks for bringing that up!
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A few weeks ago, I wrote Clearing the Clouds: How to Cope with Panic, where I delved into the financial aspects of running my own business and shared some of the tactics I'd been using to make the most of a difficult time. Since then, I've had the great fortune to be connected with a number of companies and opportunities. (It's amazing what a little bit of time can do!) I'm thrilled about the opportunities that have come my way, but with new opportunities comes change — and, even when change is positive, it can be difficult to cope with.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at positively present
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“I am not what is happened to me. I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung Kindred Spirit Award Nomination! : so honored to be nominated! If you like what I do here, I'd love a vote! :) Journaling Prompts : so many great ideas for journaling Power Lies in How We Handle Pain : the choice is up to you Depression + Your Health : this powerful video is worth a watch Self-Love Interview : listen to me + Matt Loomis chat about self-love K is for Black : my new favorite Society6 shop. i love it! How... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at positively present
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This week I was fortunate enough to team up with Purina and Barkley the Morkie (Yes, she officially has an Instagram account. If you like cute and sassy, you'll enjoy it!) to celebrate the first annual Beverly Hills Dog Show. Bark and I might not live in Beverly Hills (yet!), but we're thrilled to be part of such an awesome event, raising money for a good cause: Leader Dogs for the Blind — a global organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Learn more about the dog show and the campaign at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at positively present
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“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller via swissmiss You Don't Need Permission : I love this little drawing! Professional Enthusiast : love this shirt (and the concept, too!) Confidence : if you struggle with this, this little card deck might help How to Argue in Relationships : it happens so you might as well do it well Positive Stickers : new stickers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at positively present
Lisa - Thank you so much for this comment! It absolutely made me smile from ear to ear. I'm so glad you enjoy the site, and have it has your homepage. :) Thank you so much for reading, and for your kind words about my work. It really does make me so happy to hear!
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Kathy - It definitely did take a bit of courage, but I think the fear was outweighed by the hope that writing this might help someone else. And writing always helps me feel better too! :) Thanks for being so supportive and encouraging!
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Maria - I'm sorry to hear you're feeling panicky, too, but I'm so happy you came over to the site and found this article. I know how transformative it can be to find someone writing about something you're experiencing; it makes everything a little bit more bearable to know you're not alone. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment!
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