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positivity. awareness. self-love.
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“I have never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.” Elizabeth Gilbert What's Your Plan Z? : you know, just in case Plan A falls through ;) The Five 15 : I'm obsessed with everything by this amazing brand Get Unstuck and Do the Work : definitely needed this podcast this week When Creativity Is Your Therapy : great interview with Mari Andrew Houses After Dark : dying to get this calming print on my wall I'm Suspicious of Efficiency, and I'm Addicted to It : so relatable... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at positively present
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In recent decades, we've seen some wonderful, positive progress in our world in terms of tolerance and inclusion, but we've yet to rid ourselves of the terrible ailment of hate. It is still pervasive in society, especially here in America, and it is causing pain and heartache every single day. Hate is not an inherent human trait. It's not something we're born with. It's something we learn. As Nelson Mandela famously said, No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at positively present
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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Respond, not React : Tara Brach is so inspiring in this must-watch vid Things Are What You Make of Them : pre-order this book ASAP How to Stay Inspired : because we all know it isn't always easy to do Solitude Is about More than Being Alone : such a great take on this topic Avoiding Life : this Virginia Woolf quote keeps popping up for me... Releasing Judgment : it can such a hard thing to do,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at positively present
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To live your most positive and present life, it's essential that you love who you are. But loving who you are can be quite a challenge at times. Truly conquering self-love is incredibly complex. It’s not just about positive affirmations or breaking up with that guy who treats you like garbage (though those are great starts!). It’s about investigating and assessing every aspect of your life — and continuing to do it all the time, for the rest of your life. When it comes to self-love, we're all works in progress, so I've rounded up some of my favorite reminders... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at positively present
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“The only cure I've ever know for fear and doubt and loneliness is an immense love of self." Alison Malee What If What Holds You Back Can Make You Great? : motivating must-read Everyone's an Aliebn : really excited to get my hands on this book! Boost Your Relationship by Getting in Sync : cultivate that connection 12 Stages of Burnout : learn them so you can find ways to avoid them Google Like a Boss : a great infographic of tips for expert googling What May Angelou Taught Me about Paying It Forward : so inspiring Certainty in Uncertain... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at positively present
CC - I'm so happy to hear that this post resonated with you! What a perfect topic to talk about at your Al-Anon meeting on Friday. Letting go is so hard to do, but healthy detachment is essential for what you're going through. I do some work for the National Association for Children of Addiction, which you might want to check out (NACoA.org). The organization focuses mostly on children of addicted parents, but there are some great insights and resources for parents of addicted children as well (and more coming soon!). Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me!
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Last week Kesha's Learn to Let Go video debuted, and I've had it on repeat for days. The song deals with a topic I used to write about a lot, but haven't touched on lately: learning to let go. We all have things in our pasts that we wish weren't part of our stories. There are things we've done; there are things that've been done to us. When we experience things, especially negative things, it's difficult to let them go. It's human nature to hang on to and remember the bad times — an act of self-preservation to avoid the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at positively present
Jen - Thank so much! I love writing, creating, and curating these links so it makes me so happy to know it's inspiring you. Keep up the great work!!
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“It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar.” Anaïs Nin Do You Need That? : a quick, powerful read that made me think 5 Ways Relaxation Will Make You More Creative : yay for relaxing ;) At a Crossroads in Your Life? : here are 40 quotes that'll calm you Correct Names : a Twitter account that'll make you think (and laugh!) How to Break the Addiction of Negative Thoughts : it's tough, but possible Forwards Always : this looks like a really cool (read aloud) book 3 Questions to Help you Decide if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at positively present
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While moving can be exciting, it's often pretty stressful. For the past few weeks, I've been helping parents pack for an upcoming move, which included my own mini-move because a lot of things they've been holding on to for me had to find their way into my (tiny!) apartment. Because moving is such a mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing experience (and something most people have to go through at some point!), it seemed like a good time to reflect a little on how to make the most of it. Even if you're not in the midst of moving, check out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at positively present
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"The greatest risk any of us will ever take is being seen for who we really are." Unknown How to Improve Your Mood Right Now : 3 mood-boosting habits We Don't Meet Anyone by Accident : there are various kinds of connections Lorde's Melodrama : been listening to this album on repeat 3 Things We All Need to Know about Desire : such an interesting topic! Are You Still Chasing Happiness?: if so, you'll be on the hunt forever Learning to Confront Someone When You're a People-Pleaser : be brave Growth Doesn't Always Mean Bigger / Better / Faster :... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at positively present
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Last week I celebrated seven years sober, which is pretty crazy since it seems like just yesterday that I wrote this post: Pick the Weeds, Keep the Flowers: My Year of Sobriety. It's easier now than it was then, but as the Kelly Clarkson sings in the song,"Sober," that inspired that post, "Picked all my weeds, but kept the flowers / But I know it's never really over." As anyone who's sober knows, it's never as easy as it might appear to others. But, even when it's hard, it's worth it. Like most of us, I'm still a self-love work-in-progress,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at positively present
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"Be kind to yourself. Be proud of yourself, because you matter. What you do matters. You make a difference." Al Carraway You Are Not Your Numbers : we value numbers way too much Anxious and Awesome Kit : such a great little self-care gift Wanna Reduce Stress in Your Life? : try adding more joy instead No Is a Complete Sentence : love the concept of "inner no-ing" You're Weird : loving this journal for oddballs + weirdos It's Great to Suck at Something : it really takes the pressure off 101 Books to Read This Summer : so many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at positively present
Amy - Yes, I did. Here's the link: http://www.positivelypresent.com/2013/03/morning-sickness-coping-with-loss.html. I'm so sorry if you or someone you know has lost a pet. It's one of the most challenging experiences, but it does get better with time. If you click the "dogs" link to the right, you can also find more pup-related posts. If it was you who lost a pet, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending love to you!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2017 on A Pup's Guide to Being Present at positively present
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On more than one occasion I've written about how our pets can teach us so much about staying present (see: A Pup's Guide to Being Present), but lately I've encountered even more amazing ways that pets (and, in my case, a sweet little pup named Barkley) can inspire and enlighten us with their unintentional wisdom. Anyone who has a pet is probably well aware that our amazing creatures are filled with a wisdom that often escapes us humans (perhaps because they have less to think / worry about than we do!), but we sometimes fail to tune in to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at positively present
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"Not everything you think is real, but what you think creates your reality." Dani DiPirro How to Stop Dwelling : a good way to let go of anxious thoughts 9 Fun Activities That Also Happen to Be Exercise : get moving! Mini Missions : love this concept for conquering your day Start Where You Are : an excellent self-exploration journal How to Live with Critics : whether you're an artist or the President You Are Awesome : it'd be inspiring to see this every day for sure 15 Self-Care Practices for Well-Being : self-love put into action Optimism : is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at positively present
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Freedom is a hot topic every July (at least here in America!), and this year is no except. I happened to be doing a little research on the topic and came across my own blog post, What's Your Road to Freedom? (oddly, this is something that happens to me a lot — I'll be doing some research and stumble across something I wrote years ago. I take it as some sort of sign that it's something I need to revisit work on, or, in my more optimistic moments, as a sign that I already have the knowledge I need within... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at positively present
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"Accept what isn't, so you can move forward with what is." Unknown You Are Not What You Earn : a very important reminder Actions, Not Words, Reveal Values : actions really do speak louder 10 Questions for Mid-Year Reflection : we should do more of this Getting Motivated Doesn't Equal Doing the Work : isn't that the truth! How to Love Your Dark Side : the light and dark can balance each other You Don't Always Need a Plan : go on — leap into the unknown Constraints Can Breed Creativity + Limitations Can Create Freedom 8-Part Plan for Beating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at positively present
Joel - So glad that you, too, appreciate the great lessons we can learn from our pups. (How lucky that you have three!!) So great that you brought up the point about rest and health -- I'm actually writing another pup-themed post right now and that's something I bring up in it!
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2017 on A Pup's Guide to Being Present at positively present
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Derrick - Thanks so much for your comment! You've made some great points, and I really appreciate that. It's hard to balance working in an industry where I have to be online all the time, and not actually let myself get too sucked in to the internet / social media, but I do my best to stay present as much as possible. Thanks for reading!
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Alice, referring to her experiences in Wonderland, in Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Also: me, every time I fall down the internet rabbit hole. Do ever feel as if you're in a different world when you're on your phone? Do you ever feel as if you've somehow fallen into it, like you've gotten sucked into the alternate reality of what's happening on the screen? Recently while watching Disney's Alice in Wonderland, it occurred to me how fascinating — and accurate — it is when people use the term "internet rabbit hole." How often have you gone on your phone to search... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at positively present
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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 Jun 23, 2017 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 Jun 20, 2017 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