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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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"If you only walk on sunny days, you'll never reach your destination." Paulo Coelho PRINT SHOP! : new, new, new prints in the shop! check 'em out Even If You Don't Feel Ready : "there's no telling where a ripple might lead" How I Learned to Stop Absorbing Others' Emotions : so important! Warm Ocean Mind : love this way of thinking about mindfulness Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You The Evolution of the Alphabet : for all you fellow letter lovers out there Suffering from Imposter's Syndrome? : this tweet will speak to you Much Loved... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at positively present
Jade - Thank you so much for sending healing vibes! So far, I'm doing really well. I'll definitely have to check out Return to Love. Sounds like a good book for me! :)
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Luan - Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
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Philippa - Thank you so much for sharing your experience with memoir writing. It's made me feel so much less alone, and reminded me that it can be useful to share my story, but only when it feels right for me. And thank you so much for your kindness about my surgery. I'm not looking forward to it, but the sooner it's done, the sooner I start healing! :)
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Deanna - Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words! They've helped me to feel more positive!
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Since 2009, I’ve been here on Positively Present, writing about my life and the various challenges I’ve faced in my quest for living more optimistically and mindfully. I’ve written about the ups and the downs, the loves and the losses, the positive progress and the painful setbacks. I’ve written about tough topics, like my sobriety, and easy ones, like the publication of my first book. But, since 2015, I’ve only briefly touched on a set of circumstances that have altered my entire life. I’ve avoided the details because I didn’t want to hurt or embarrass other people. I kept quiet... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at positively present
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Shop this print in the shop! "We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art. We go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones." Anaïs Nin PRINT SHOP! : thanks for all of the support! :) check out the shop! Are We Friends on Pinterest? : if not, we should be! follow along! 5 Second Reminders That Will Keep You Calm : yesss needed these Drop the Mask : a great read on choosing to live an authentic life BAGGU Bags : my go-to shopping bags (I love this design!) How I Learned to Love Myself : a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at positively present
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Shop this print and others here. This April is a crazy month for me, with the next couple of weeks being particularly action-packed. Tomorrow I'm giving a presentation that I've been working on for weeks, and a week after that I'm having (another, ugh!) surgery. Needless to say, anxiety levels are all over the place. To combat them, I'm pulling out some of my favorite anxiety-fighting tips, and I thought I might share them with you, too, in case you're facing some anxiety yourself! GO OUTSIDE I'm not much of an "outdoorsy" person, but there's something about getting outside that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at positively present
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"Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you." David Foster Wallace PRINT SHOP! : thanks for all of the support! :) check out the shop! 365 Meaningful Conversations : love the concept of this project so much How to Transform Your Anger into a Force for Good : very inspiring Embracing Impermanence : wisdom for those with chronic illnesses No Is a Complete Sentence : love this t-shirt (found via Swiss Miss) 36 Questions that Lead to Love : real couples finding authentic connection Spring Awakening : a beautifully written post on the power of spring Museum of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at positively present
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Recently I've been working on a (very exciting!) presentation on open-mindedness, and it occurred to me that it's been awhile since I've written about it here. (Though 7 Benefits of Being Open-Minded is still one of my most popular posts!) To me, this is one of the most important topics in our culture right now (so much so that I'm even thinking of writing a book about it!), so I'll probably be sharing a lot of that here, but first, let's start out with what it means to be open-minded. The dictionary defines "open-minded" as "willing to consider new ideas;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at positively present
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"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat." Laura Ingalls Wilder PRINT SHOP! : thanks for all of the support! :) check out the shop! 5 Steps to Overcome Confirmation Bias : honored to be mentioned here Am I There Yet? : I love Mari's work, and this book looks so inspiring Ways to Get What You Want Without Following the Rules : 51 ideas! On Privilege : two children discussing the concept is powerful Flowers Attracted to the Sun : surround yourself with the right people A Small Fiction : a great Twitter account (warning:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at positively present
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Over the weekend, I (and over 800,000 others!) attended the #MarchForOurLives protest in DC, which is now being called the biggest single-day protest in DC's history. Though I wasn't there long (good ol' anxiety and post-surgery troubles kept me from making it all the way to center of the action), I was present long enough to feel awed and inspired by the sheer magnitude of people, the enthusiasm and determination of those marching, and the fact that all of this was taking place because those who went through a horrific, unimaginable experience decided to take action. Whether or not you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at positively present
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“What you think is a function of the ideas you consume.” Faris PRINT SHOP! : NEW prints added over the past few weeks! check it out! Profit with Purpose Podcast Interview : such a thought-provoking conversation In Cold Spring Air : what a beautiful + perfect poem for this season How to Manage Anxiety Naturally : definitely going to give these a try 31 Journaling Prompts to Change the Way You Think : great for journaling I Believe in My Shelf : this is definitely my new must-have sweatshirt ;) Knitted Tree : I've shared this before, but I just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at positively present
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Having recently received quite a few emails asking for advice on sobriety, I’ve been inspired to think about what advice is particularly useful for someone seeking sobriety. When it comes to living a sober life, one of the best pieces of advice I can give is this: discover what will motivate you to begin ¾ and to keep going. No matter what your situation, the one piece of advice that applies to just about everyone is this: identify how your life will be better sober. Too often, people contemplating sobriety focus their attention on what they might lose — their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at positively present
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“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” Dalai Lama XIV PRINT SHOP! : NEW prints added over the past few weeks! check it out! Our Craving for Generality : very thought-provoking stuff here 50 Positive Quotes : I love a good round-up of motivating inspiration The Joy of Tiny Projects : yes! I love taking on a little project 2018 Reading List : I've been on a reading roll lately! So many good ones! Notes to Self We All Need to Read Daily : these are worth memorizing Is That Self-Care or Self-Sabotage?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at positively present
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The quote above — "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." — has always been one of my favorites. For me, as for most of us, so much of life is about questions. It's about trying to figure out who I am, what I want, what I can bring to the world, what the world can bring to me. It's a daily pursuit of why, when, how, where, and who. For awhile now, I've felt like I've been more in the "question" part of my life, not the "answer" part, and it's gotten me thinking about how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at positively present
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"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." Lewis Grizzard PRINT SHOP! : added even MORE new prints added this week! check it out! Dear March : loved re-reading this Emily Dickinson poem on March The Value of Practicing Awareness : a reminder of why mindfulness matters 23 Things Only People Who Love Spending Time Alone Will Understand How to Develop a Mind that Clings to Nothing : would love a mind like this Potted Paper Shamrocks : honestly want to make these little cuties A Better Way to Use Positive Affirmations : a great six-step... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at positively present
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Print available in the shop! Lately I've been thinking a great deal about the topic of change. I'm not a big fan of it, which is probably why I've started out this year in a bit of a rut. I know change is needed in many areas of my life, but I always takes me a long time to go from "I need to change" to "I'm actually take the steps to change." One of the reasons I think change is particularly challenging for me (and for a lot of other people as well) is that I tend to forget... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at positively present
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"The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates PRINT SHOP! : so many new prints added this week! check it out! Ink + Volt Profiles of Successful Women : so honored to be featured :) Gratitude Comes from Noticing Your Life, Not Thinking about It Finding Goodness in Unexpected Places : inspiration to spread good 10 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Love : I especially love #3 and #7 Peeking Pockets : if I could sew, I'd do this to all of my t-shirts Ikigai : loved... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at positively present
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This week I revisited an old blog post — Unlock 10 Ways to Be More Open, the first post I ever even mentioned my name — to help my current self explore ways of opening up to others. Check it out to see my former self giving advice to my current self so my future self can be better at opening up! Watch me flip through it and chat briefly about each monthly spread here: Can't see the video? Click here to watch on YouTube! I learned a lot about being more open by revisiting my old blog post, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at positively present
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"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." C.S. Lewis PRINT SHOP! : I now sell prints of my illustrations! The Power of Slow Consumption : how much do you remember? 48 Inspiring Quotes on Self-Love : inspiration to love yourself The Optimistic Workplace : this sounds like a good read! Rainbow Slides : definitely would wear these allll summer Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood Positive Vibes Cap : loving this dad cap to spread positive vibes The Secret to Marriage Is Never Getting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at positively present
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NOW OPEN! Click here to check out the Positively Present print shop! Today Positively Present turns nine! It's crazy to think I've been doing this for NINE years. While the messaging and concepts -- living a positively present life through optimism, awareness, and self-love -- have remained the same, so many things have changed, particularly in recent years. If you've been following for awhile, you've probably noticed the shift from shared art to photo/quote art, to hand-drawn illustrations. In the past year, I've gotten really into illustrating (check out the latest on Instagram!), and, after many requests for prints, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at positively present
Laura - We're definitely not the only ones! And awareness is key. Knowing what we're doing won't necessarily fix it, but it's a start!
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Audra - Agreed. So many people lie to themselves in various ways (love how you brought up the stories we tell ourselves because that's so important!), but knowing what we're doing is a positive first step to making change.
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"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." Emily Dickinson Accept Yourself Unconditionally Even When You're Struggling Master the True Art of Reading : it might not seem like an art, but it is Philosophize This! : if you're not listening to this podcast, you're missing out App Alternatives + Screen-Free Solutions : remember not having screens? Do You Love Art? : here's what you should do if you love art How to Turn a Bad Day Around - Even if It's 8pm : yes! turn it around! The Female Price of Male Pleasure : can't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at positively present