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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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"You can't be hesitant about who you are." Viola Davis The Magic of Mistakes : it's okay (and good!) to make mistakes Charm Comforter : was lucky to get one of these + it's so good! 5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice : hooray for sunshine Overcoming Envy : advice on how to stop feeling insecure We Pay for Our Choices with the Lives that We Lead : thought-provoking! How to Be Happy When You're in an Unhappy Situation Questions to Get to Know Someone : or even get to know yourself The Problem with Life : honestly this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at positively present
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Every year, I host the Gratitude Photo Challenge on Instagram in November, and it's such a fantastic experience every time because it helps me (and anyone else who participates!) to shift my focus to gratitude. This year (for the first time ever!) I've consistently maintained a gratitude journal. I know that's not for everyone (and might even sound a teeeeny bit cliche), but it honestly helps me stay more positive, present, and self-loving. In particular, on bad days, I've found that the few moments I spend writing in my gratitude journal instantly give me a new perspective and perk me... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at positively present
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"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Mahatma Gandhi What Do You Want Your Days to Look Like? : really made me stop + think 7 Tips on How to Be Miserable : watch this video + avoid these tips ASAP iPad Lettering with Dani : check out my lettering videos on YouTube! :) The Benefits of Talking to Yourself : glad to know I'm not super weird, haha Yuna Winter : I'm kinda obsessed with everything on this Twitter account Not Everything Has to Have a Plan : make what you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at positively present
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This weekend I had the privilege of having not one, but two dogs in my home, as I was dog-sitting for a friend. I spend a lot of time with my pup, Barkley, but something about having two dogs, and perhaps being more attentive than I am on a day-to-day basis, made me reflect on how skilled dogs are at staying present. While they don't do it all the time (I can definitely tell when Bark is stressed or anxious about something that just happened or is about to happen), they do seem to be much better at staying in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at positively present
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"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'” Kurt Vonnegut Generosity Takes Effort : a quick, but very worthwhile, read NEW Lettering Life Lessons : a Joan Didion quote on accepting the past 8 Ways to Survive (and Thrive!) in Midlife : good advice, regardless of age How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone : a much-needed read for me this week What Would You Tell a Friend? : an important question to keep in mind Making the Case... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at positively present
Joel - Thanks for your comment! :) You're so right about how the inner dialogue creates the outer reality, and recognizing this is the first step to projecting more confidence (and also feeling more confident!).
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It's probably not news to you that the words you use have a big impact on how you perceive the world (and how you feel about the world and yourself), but today I want to focus on two of the most powerful words in the world: I am. Every time you think or say, "I am" or "I'm not," you're defining yourself. We, as humans, love defining things. The world is a pretty crazy place, and knowing what we are helps us cope with the chaos. But, while definitions have the power to clarify, they also have the power to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at positively present
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“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." Aristotle Optimism Is a Skill : I, for one, can attest to the fact that it can be learned How to Cool the Flames of Anger with RAIN : angry? this is a must-read! Let's Relax : if you like watching the same things on repeat, you'll love this In a Stressful Situation? : here are some tips for how to react calmly How Helping Others Helped Me Conquer Anxiety : great inspiration here Expand : what a beautiful poem. it really spoke to me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at positively present
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As often as I can, I spend time drawing and lettering on my iPad, thinking all the while about what the words mean and how I might effectively share them with you. This week I decided to share a little bit of that process and, if you like it, I'll keep it up as a new segment called Lettering + Lessons! The Lettering Life Lessons concept is simple: I'll pick a quote, then I'll chat about it in more detail while drawing and hand-lettering it. This is the first time I've tried this so I have to admit: it isn't... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at positively present
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“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." Buddha Know Yourself : wonderful, wise words from Nelson Mandela 7 Life-Changing Truths Most People Are Scared to Admit Balance of Happiness and Realness : a beautifully written piece Fine / Not Fine : a simple but profound representation of life Pile of Good Things : this Rainbow Rowell quote made me smile Rewriting Your Past : don't let a single chapter define your whole story The Power of Perspective : how you can use it to combat anxiety How to Stop Caring About Things That Don't... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at positively present
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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 May 22, 2017 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 May 19, 2017 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 May 15, 2017 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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