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positivity. awareness. self-love.
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Prints available in the shop! I'm in the midst of working on a new book on creativity, and as I've been writing and researching, I've come across so many important benefits that can be achieved when engaging in creative experiences. The list is super long (I'll be exploring them in more detail in the book!), but I thought I'd take a break from my research and write about some of them here. When the average person thinks of "creativity," they typically think about one of two things: (1) a professional creative who works in a creative field (or is a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at positively present
Jana - Thanks so much for sharing (and providing proper credit!). I appreciate that! :)
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Kathy - Thank you! :) As you know, I spend a LOT of time on Instagram, so it's been cool to see the audience grow. It's definitely a strange/scary time to be a creator, but it IS pretty great to see other creators (and even regular followers) looking out for each other and commenting about credit. Hopefully at some point, everyone will know the etiquette and a post like this will be outdated!
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Heather - Thank you! :) I'm so happy you enjoyed the article (and pointed out that line -- it was one of my favorites to write!).
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Rachel - It depends on the reposting app. It's certainly much better than not crediting at all, but if it doesn't include a mention of the creator in the first two lines, it's not ideal. If there's a way to move the credit to the top, that's the best, but reposting apps are way better than not crediting at all! :)
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Kelsey - Thank you for this comment! It was a strange post to write, but I just had to, and it helps a lot to have your support! I hope you keep sharing your music, even when you're afraid. I know how scary it can be to be vulnerable, but the world needs more bravery (and music!).
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"I'm so happy I found your account! I see your work all over the place, but I never knew who made it!" This was a comment I received on Instagram last week, and it's not the first of its kind. Last week I hit the 100,000 follower mark on Instagram, which, silly as it sounds, was a big deal to me. I know I'm supposed to act like I don't care about followers and these numbers don't matter, but when you're a brand — when you work hard to put up content almost daily and the number of people you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at positively present
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Back in January, I created had the idea for an illustration that would feature some of the things I was feeling that weren't exactly the most "positively present." I wanted to showcase the fact that, though I strive to be optimistic and mindful, I, like everyone else, struggle with a range of experiences and emotions that make it difficult to embrace positivity and present-ness at all times. When I first drew it, I wasn't sure if I wanted to post it because, after taking a step back, it seemed random (who would want to look at a coffee cup with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at positively present
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Get the print in the shop here! You know how when you go on vacation and you somehow end up having way more stuff when you head home than you did when you left your house? Life's kinda like that, too. We tend to pick up baggage as we go through life, and, just like when you bring home random souvenirs, if you don't sort through it and get rid of what you don't really love, you end up with a bunch of junk that you'll drag around from house to house for no other reason than the fact that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at positively present
Leslie - Thanks so much for supporting my work! The publisher decided to go without the elastic band this year, but you're not the first person to mention it, so I'm hopeful that the 2020 version (which I'm working on right now!) will bring it back!
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It's been about six weeks since I started worked with my coach, Reba, on my phone overuse issue, and, while I've had my ups and downs, overall it feels like I've made some pretty major progress. Phone overuse is something I've struggled with for a really long time, so of course it's not magically gone with just six weeks of attention, strategizing, and change, but I'm feeling much more positive about (and in control of!) my relationship with my phone. For me, having the accountability of a coach has been massively helpful, because, as with trying to break any bad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at positively present
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Get this print in the shop! On Wednesday I celebrate eight years (!!!!!!!!) of sobriety. If someone told younger me I'd be sober for eight years, I never would have believed such a thing would be possible, but here I am, eight years in! To commemorate the day, I redrew the illustration seen above while chatting about the benefits of sobriety in one of my Lettering Life Lessons sessions. Check out the video below! Can't see the video? Click here to watch on YouTube! Looking for more insights on getting and staying sober? Check out some of the sobriety-related content... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at positively present
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I'm a lot of things, but angry is rarely one of them. (Not because I don't have things to be angry about, of course, but I don't tend dwell on anger the way I might with other emotions.) This week, however, I stumbled, a bit shocked, into some seriously angry feelings. My first reaction was the desire to run from the feeling, to push it down and away, but then I realized it's probably better if I practice what I preach. I certainly wouldn't tell any of you to push down anger and run from from it, so I decided... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at positively present
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Over the past few weeks, I've been working with my coach, Reba Riley (connect with her here!), to combat my phone overuse issue. (Read more about that in Are You Addicted to Your Phone?, Strategies for Phone Overuse (and Other Struggles), and Find Your WHYPower: Inspiration for Breaking Bad Habits) Overall, I've made some pretty great progress. As with all habit-breaking ventures, there have been good days and bad, tactics that have worked and those that haven't been as successful, but I certainly have a much different relationship with my phone than I did a few weeks back. The other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at positively present
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Tomorrow the Every Day Matters 2019 Diary is officially on sale! Yes, 2019 might feel far away now, but the days fly by quickly and, since the diary has sold out in previous years, I wanted to make sure you had a chance to check it out before it does! The 2019 edition is the fifth (!!!!) one I've created, and it's, in my opinion, the best one yet. As with previous versions, this diary/planner features 12 monthly themes, 52 inspiring quotes, and 52 corresponding activities to help you take action on the inspiration in real life. The 2019 monthly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at positively present
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You might recall that, a few weeks ago, I wrote about phone addiction. Shortly after I wrote that post, my friend Reba Riley offered to help me work on it! As Reba and I work through this, I'll be sharing some guest posts from her here, featuring her wisdom and insights, so you can learn along with me. Check out the last post Reba wrote, Strategies for Phone Overuse (and Other Struggles), and stay tuned for more strategies, info, and (hopefully!) progress as Reba and I work together on this! Check out the paragraph below this post for my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at positively present
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For the past few months, I've been struggling with physical pain, something I've never been great at dealing with. (Though, admittedly, I've gotten better at it since 2015, when I had my first surgery!) Waking up day after day with physical pain is a strange experience if you've never been through it before. Obviously the physical part isn't ideal, but the toll it takes on your mental state is even more of a challenge. When pain starts impacting your whole life — where you can go, what you can do, how much work you can accomplish in a day —... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at positively present
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A few weeks ago, you might remember that I wrote about phone addiction, which is something I'm really struggling with. Shortly after I wrote that post, I was talking to my friend Reba Riley about my problem, and she offered to help me out! I'm so thrilled to have someone to work with as a I strive to overcome this, as we all know how hard it can be doing it alone. As Reba and I work through this, I'll be sharing some guest posts from her here, featuring her wisdom and insights, so you can learn along with me.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at positively present
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Check out this print in the shop! Over the years, I've received requests to write about staying positive as a parent or about how to be a good parent, but, since I'm not a parent and never plan to be one, it's not a topic I have any business writing about. However, over the weekend, I became an aunt for the first time so now it's time for me to sharing all of my positive parenting tips! I'm kidding. I don't have a clue what it's like to be a new parent, and, even those who have been new parents... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at positively present
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About a year ago, I wrote a post called Wireless Wonderland: Managing Phone Use to Stay Present, and I'd love to say that I've taken all of those tips and mastered my phone use since then, but I'm afraid quite the opposite has happened. I spend more time than ever on my phone, and it's gotten to the point that I feel out of control when it comes to my phone usage. I read recently that Americans spend and average of about three hours a day on their phones, and I was shocked. Only three hours? I spent three hours... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at positively present
Rena - Don't worry, the RSS feed will still work in blog readers! This is just for people who receive the RSS feed via email (twice a week). Now those who sign up with receive only one email a week instead of two to cut down on the excess email.
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IMPORTANT!! IF YOU WANT TO KEEP RECEIVING EMAILS, YOU MUST SIGN UP BELOW! :) I'm making some changes over here at Positively Present! Right now, if you're on the email list, you receive an email every time a new blog post goes up (Monday and Friday), but I'm switching it up and getting a new email service. Important to know: If you want to keep receiving emails, you MUST sign up below. The old email service will be deleted this weekend so if you don't sign up below (or here), you'll miss out on Positively Present in your in-box. Positively... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at positively present
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Whether you feel love, hate, or indifference for the work you do, you're probably familiar with the anxiety that can hit at the end of the weekend when you know the workweek is upon you. Even though I'm incredibly fortunate to do what I love for a living, I still face that stressful Sunday feeling (though, admittedly, it's much less intense than when I had a typical office job, but that's mostly because I work every day so there's no true start to the week for me!). Settling my brain down on Sundays is a challenge, but I've finally come... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at positively present
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Click to check out this print and others in the shop! "To be happy we must not be too concerned with others." Albert Camus PRINT SHOP! : thank you so much for all of the print shop love! :) Do It Wall Art : absolutely love this inspiring + creative pice of art Spread Positivity : what a pretty + motivating little sticker Pain Is Energy : such a thought-provoking way of thinking of pain 5 Journal Prompts to Help You Release Anxiety : trying these for sure Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety : definitely want to check this out Dog... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at positively present
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If you've been following along on Instagram over the past few years, you know how much time I've spent drawing. I've done a few of these "Lettering Life Lessons" videos before, but this time I focused on the topic of creativity itself and how much I've learned from spending time doing creative things (particularly drawing). I've experienced so many benefits from taking the time to draw every day, and you can learn about just a few of them in this video. Head's up: it's very long (over 50 minutes!) and quite rambling at times, but you get to watch me... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at positively present