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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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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
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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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Indya - I haven't listened to The Wreckers in years, but I saw them mentioned this week and realized I'd forgotten how good they are so I went back an revisited them!! :) Thank you so much for voting for me! It means a lot!!
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“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” Meister Eckhart Kindred Spirit Award Nomination! : so honored to be nominated! If you like what I do here, I'd love a vote! :) Pop Your Bubble : have Facebook? check this out to get out of your bubble Crayola's Dandelion : my nickname is Dandelion so this is :( Hidden Blessings in Failure : there's always something good if you look Stop Being a Serial People-Pleaser : excellent advice for people-pleasers How to Make a Rainbow : I love rainbows + these ideas seem fun True Self, False Self :... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at positively present
Joel - That's a great idea. Considering why you're changing can be a great motivator (and a great way to stay positive even when change is uncomfortable). Thanks for bringing that up!
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A few weeks ago, I wrote Clearing the Clouds: How to Cope with Panic, where I delved into the financial aspects of running my own business and shared some of the tactics I'd been using to make the most of a difficult time. Since then, I've had the great fortune to be connected with a number of companies and opportunities. (It's amazing what a little bit of time can do!) I'm thrilled about the opportunities that have come my way, but with new opportunities comes change — and, even when change is positive, it can be difficult to cope with.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at positively present
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“I am not what is happened to me. I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung Kindred Spirit Award Nomination! : so honored to be nominated! If you like what I do here, I'd love a vote! :) Journaling Prompts : so many great ideas for journaling Power Lies in How We Handle Pain : the choice is up to you Depression + Your Health : this powerful video is worth a watch Self-Love Interview : listen to me + Matt Loomis chat about self-love K is for Black : my new favorite Society6 shop. i love it! How... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at positively present
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This week I was fortunate enough to team up with Purina and Barkley the Morkie (Yes, she officially has an Instagram account. If you like cute and sassy, you'll enjoy it!) to celebrate the first annual Beverly Hills Dog Show. Bark and I might not live in Beverly Hills (yet!), but we're thrilled to be part of such an awesome event, raising money for a good cause: Leader Dogs for the Blind — a global organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Learn more about the dog show and the campaign at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at positively present
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“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller via swissmiss You Don't Need Permission : I love this little drawing! Professional Enthusiast : love this shirt (and the concept, too!) Confidence : if you struggle with this, this little card deck might help How to Argue in Relationships : it happens so you might as well do it well Positive Stickers : new stickers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at positively present
Lisa - Thank you so much for this comment! It absolutely made me smile from ear to ear. I'm so glad you enjoy the site, and have it has your homepage. :) Thank you so much for reading, and for your kind words about my work. It really does make me so happy to hear!
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Kathy - It definitely did take a bit of courage, but I think the fear was outweighed by the hope that writing this might help someone else. And writing always helps me feel better too! :) Thanks for being so supportive and encouraging!
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Maria - I'm sorry to hear you're feeling panicky, too, but I'm so happy you came over to the site and found this article. I know how transformative it can be to find someone writing about something you're experiencing; it makes everything a little bit more bearable to know you're not alone. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment!
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Last week, I wrote about things I wish I'd known 20 years ago, and one of those things was dreams can actually come true. The trouble is, dreams coming true isn't always a dream-come-true. Here, let me explain... I've been working for myself since 2012, and while my ideal gig is writing and creating, like most creatives in today's world, I make my income from a variety of (inconsistent...) sources. For the past few years, I've been lucky. New revenue streams have always been coming in whenever old ones were going out. (For example, after publishing a book, I'd get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at positively present
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“Pay attention to what you pay attention to!” Amy Krouse Rosenthal The Art of Paying Attention : it really is an important art My First Erin Condren! : I love it so much (get one of your own here!) Creative Market Shop : have you checked out the shop yet? :) Margaret Atwood + The Handmaid's Tale : one of the best books I've read This Is a Poem That Heals Fish : read about this awesome book here Inspiration + Interruptions : thought-provoking stuff from Agnes Martin White Hot Truth : I cannot wait to read Danielle LaPorte's new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at positively present
CeeKay - Thanks for the comment! I loved reading about the things you would tell yourself! Self-esteem and self-love is so important, and too often we don't focus on doing the work because, as you said, we feel like we should be doing something else more "productive." We're all works in progress, and it's too easy to forget that sometimes!
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Joel - I'm with you on the past stuff. I feel like, while I'd like to forget it sometimes, it has made me who I am today so I try to use it to fuel my present and improve my future.
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Indya - Thanks so much for reading, and for your wise comment! Never give up on your writing!!!
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Kathy - Those are excellent words of wisdom. I'd say those two things to my younger self as well!
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Lately, I've been reading my old journals — particularly from middle school — and it's been so interesting to reflect on how I viewed the world then vs. how I view it now. In some ways, I'm very much the same, but I've also learned so much in the past 20 or so years, and it's gotten me thinking a lot about what I wish I'd known then. I don't want to dwell on the past, of course, but sometimes considering what you would tell your younger self is actually an interesting way to reflect on the present. While reading... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at positively present
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“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” Rosa Parks Creative Market Shop : just opened this shop for design resources! check it out! She Reaches Podcast : I love this podcast + was so honored to be interviewed Is Ignorance the Problem? : a very quick, interesting read from Seth Godin How to Live More Wisely Around Our Phones : if you have nomophobia, read this Hi Hi Hi Hi Hi : this little tweet is silly, but it made me smile big time This Good World : a site to help you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at positively present
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You're probably well aware that your perspective -- or point of view -- matters a great deal. Whether you're positive or negative, happy or sad, focused on the details or eyeing the big picture, looking up or looking down -- everything around you is impacting what you see and think and do. But, as aware of this as you might be, most of us forget about this. We're in whatever place or attitude or frame of mind that we're in and we forget that, oftentimes, our perspective is something that we've chosen. This concept was brought sharply into focus (quite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at positively present
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"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time: a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic." Adrienne Cook Make Your Own Luck : check out this video to see how I drew the image above Best Day Ever App : a great little app for tracking your daily moods Shop Shiny Things! : did you see all of the cool things I've listed? treat yo' self! :) Friday Night Vibes : this dog (and its snack situation) made me laugh The Desire Map : have you read it? I keep coming back to it again + again Saturn's Moon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at positively present
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Last week at a baby shower I saw some women I hadn't seen in nearly a decade. While talking about organizing the baby's new clothes, someone brought up my organization skills. One girl exclaimed, "I only went to your house once, but I still think about your closet all the time! All your clothes arranged by color!" and another chimed in, "Oh my god! Yes! I remember you opening your make-up drawer and seeing all of your eyeshadows organized in perfect rows!" I beamed with pride, picturing my still-organized closet, my current make-up drawer with shadows still in a row.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at positively present