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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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Ina - So happy you found Positively Present! Yes, I do have a post on judging and it's one of my most popular! Here it is: http://www.positivelypresent.com/2009/05/stop-judging.html. I hope you find it helpful!
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Derrick - I'm so glad this post came at the right time! And thanks so much for your kind words. It does help to know that my work helps others! :)
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Lately I've been struggling a lot with motivation. There are so many things I want to do and make (and be!), and I've gotten to that point where I feel so overwhelmed that, instead of taking action, I just want to lie down, throw the covers over my head, and do nothing. (And, of course, whenever I do that, I feel guilty and terrible and even more overwhelmed.) Indecisive about wanted to write about this week, I was sitting here (very unproductively watching endless episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee) and it occurred to me that maybe this struggle... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at positively present
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"We do not need magic to transform the world. We carry all the power we need in ourselves already." J.K. Rowling Winter Calls Us Back to the Questions : the poem in this is perfection The 10 Most Important Things We Can Do for the People We Love How to Create Healing as Art : love the use of art to heal; it's powerful! Optimism Tumbler : this cup just moved to the top of my wish list ;) Love Your Problems : a great article about loving life's repercussions 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time : I love... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at positively present
Lailla - I've gotten rid of stuff for that same reason as well. I remember being sooo worried about my parents reading my journal as a kid and my friends reading it on my computer when I was older so I totally get throwing them out. But the act of keeping one (even if you immediately throw it away) is so therapeutic. I highly recommend it, particularly if you're going through a difficult time. It's always helped me get through the low points!
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Hannah - I do, too. I love looking at them, but I also worry that it's unproductive going back to the past so much. So glad you could relate to this post!
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Maria - Yes, it's so interesting! I, too, prefer the old handwritten stuff compared to my college days, when I journaled on the computer (though there is a lot more written down when I was typing so I guess there's a trade off there). That's wonderful that you save your dad's handwritten things. There's something so special (and comforting) about a parent's handwriting!
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When my parents moved to a new house last summer, I found myself carting boxes of my old stories and journals and art and terrible photographs (amazing to see the "good" photos that we saved and how they look like the kind I'd immediately delete on my phone today) to my apartment. I tucked them away neatly in cupboards and closets (ah, the joy of being a Virgo!), telling myself I'd spend time going through it, determining what I wanted to keep and what could be tossed. Of course, it's been out of sight and out of mind since then,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at positively present
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“If you're searching for the one person to change your life, look in the mirror." Mel Robbins 19 Things to Start Doing in the New Year : #1 and #2 are my favorites Dear Life : Marc Johns always gets me with his illustrations! The Problem with Midlife Is We Think It's Over : so true for so many Go Deeper, Not Wider : definitely want to go much deeper this year 10 Reasons We Don't Stick to Things : it's really challenging, isn't it? Make Mistakes This Year : this is my new favorite quote, for sure Stop Choosing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at positively present
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Happy 2018! 2017 was... interesting (to put it nicely), and I can't deny that I'm looking forward to a fresh start, with 12 whole months of possibilities ahead. That being said, January is always a bit of a tough month for me. For some people, there's the excitement of a fresh start, the glow of the coming year's opportunities, and I want to embrace all of those things too, but more often than not, it's just stressful. The beginning of January often comes with a mix of make-it-the-best-year-ever pressure and it's-ages-before-my-favorite-season (autumn) rolls around again. Like many people, January often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at positively present
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As it does for me every year, the week leading up to Christmas Day has arrived suddenly and in its usual attire: draped in flurry of excitement, carting around to-do lists, and adored with flair that reads, "Can't this season just last a little bit longer?" Even though I celebrate the holiday in the most secular way possible, it still holds a weirdly sacred place in my heart, perhaps left over from my Catholic school days or perhaps because it always signifies the end of another year. Whatever the real reason — a mystery my little agnostic, overly-analytical brain might... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at positively present
Mackenzie - I'm so excited for you, watching Elf for the first time!! :) It's a bit of a silly film, but I love it, and I hope you and your family will too. Have a wonderful vacation!
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Dallas - So happy to hear you enjoyed the post! Elf is such an inspiration of positivity!
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It was a cold and cloud-covered Saturday morning in November 2003, and my boyfriend had just tearfully confessed his betrayal while lying next to me in bed. He was regretful and apologetic, swearing it would never happen again, professing his love in such a desperate way that I immediately demanded he leave. After his departure, I paced and wrote pathetically dark poetry (most have faded from memory now, but I recall one that revolved around the concept of using my blood as ink to write out a list of his flaws — ah, how morbid and dramatic I was!). Somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at positively present
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“There is no right or wrong path. There is only the path that you choose. Whatever you choose, there will be many opportunities for you to grow and expand.” Kuan Yin The Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) : this is in my new favorite thing :) Ultimate Book Gift Guide : it's not too late to get a great gift Our Disagreements Can Open Us Up to One Another : they really can! 8 Simple Secrets to Transform Your Mood : your mood is all up to you Productivity Is Really About What You Don't Do : how true that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at positively present
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As a writer and a reader, books are one of the best aspects of life in my opinion — and they're always at the top of my gift lists every holiday season. Last year I rounded up a list of some of my favorite recommendations in the Ultimate Book Gift Guide, and this year I decided to add to the list. If you already perused last year's list, start from the top, as that's where I'll be adding the newer recommendations. No matter who is on your shopping list (or maybe you're just looking for some good reads yourself!), you're... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at positively present
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“The future lies before you like a field of fallen snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show." Unknown How to Figure Out What Makes You Happy : and incorporate more of it The Types of Friends You Need to Live a Happy Life : great list! 5 Things We Need to Hear This Time of Year : all of these are so vital Forgiving (Even When Someone Doesn't Say Sorry) : it's powerful Is Someone You Know Grieving? : the holidays are hard. send one of these. Overcome Boredom, Complaining, + Overwhelm : honestly, it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at positively present
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Whenever I'm super stressed and anxious (particularly when I have upcoming doctor's visits or surgeries scheduled), I've noticed that I tend to turn to games like Solitaire, Scrabble, and Boggle. Unlike zoning out with a show or YouTube video, games keep my mind engaged and I have to be paying attention to them (instead of my nagging anxiety-ridden thoughts). I'm actually in a bit of a Scrabble phase right now, but for a good chunk of 2017, I was all about Solitaire. And, of course, being me (creator of this fine site that you're reading today, haha), I started noticing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at positively present
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“This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.” Mitch Albom Dreams for Breakfast podcast : so great to be a part of this episode! When You're Quick to Judge... : read this tweet from Chance the Rapper 100 Questions to Spark Conversation : perfect for all the holiday parties! How to Survive the Holidays When Grieving : a challenge, for sure Greatest Gift : Habit Nest sent me this + it's such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at positively present
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After encountering hours of Black Friday commercials (love you, Hallmark Channel, but I could do without the incessant selling!) and watching a video entitled "How Likely Are You to Die in a Black Friday Sale?," it's pretty hard for me to deny that the holiday shopping season is upon us. I've always been a huge fan of gift-giving, but, the older I get, the less impressed I am by the ever-growing fervor of holiday shopping. It's a wonderful feeling to find a perfect gift for someone you care about, but so much of this gift-giving feels forced, feels like it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at positively present
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“Forgive yourself. Again and again. As many times as it takes to find peace." Unknown She Needed to Escape to the Woods : this speaks to me! 10 Tips to Take Control of Your Life in an Uncertain World Coincidence Project : what a cool + inspiring concept Why Do We Love Pets? : an expert explains our pet-loving culture 26 Time Management + Productivity Tips : a great list of ideas In Quite Places, We Face Questions That Can Make or Break Us When Did You Last Look Up? : an inspiring early Christmas tale 5 Ways to Dive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at positively present
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This week, I made this illustration for the "Freedom" prompt of the 2017 Gratitude Challenge, and it really got me thinking about how freeing the act of letting go really is. But it's also really difficult to do — at least for me it is. I'm pretty picky so when I let a person / thing / experience / idea / behavior into my life, I find it challenging to let it go (even when I know for sure it's no good for me). But, as I say often, it's often the most challenging things that are the ones worth... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at positively present
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“Happiness is not found in things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release." Nathaniel Hawthorne Looking for a dog sitter for the holidays? : I'd pick Rover for Barkley! How to Enjoy Being Alone : thanks to Alaina for sending this to me 20 Moods : so important to understand the many moods we all have Your Pleasure Is Your Power : do less of what you don't like Give the Joy Back : loving this colorful (yet simple) print Empathy and the Art of Conversation : empathy is so incredibly vital Gratitude Works : 12... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at positively present
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Artwork inspired by FreehandMagic on Instagram and Etsy Over the couple of weeks, I've been recovering from surgery, and, though it ended up being a relatively easy process compared to others I've had, it's still never a fun experience. (Though, to be fair, playing Scrabble with my mom while watching Hallmark Christmas movies was pretty enjoyable!). Recovery in the physical sense it tough, and I've made it a little bit more challenging on myself by diving into Russell Brand's amazing book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, while in rest-up mode. The book is so good — I'd recommend it to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at positively present
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“Don't ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn't." Michelle Obama 2017 Gratitude Challenge!! : it's not to join in on the fun Want Inner Peace? : here are 15 things you can start doing today It's Ok to Feel Things : absolutely in love with this simple print 20 Reminders that Might Help You When You're Feeling Anxious Kindness Quotes! : perfect to share on World Kindness Day (Nov 13) Hope Is the Place Where Joy Meets the Struggle : a beautiful idea... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at positively present