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positivity. awareness. self-love.
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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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'” Kurt Vonnegut Generosity Takes Effort : a quick, but very worthwhile, read NEW Lettering Life Lessons : a Joan Didion quote on accepting the past 8 Ways to Survive (and Thrive!) in Midlife : good advice, regardless of age How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone : a much-needed read for me this week What Would You Tell a Friend? : an important question to keep in mind Making the Case... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at positively present
Joel - Thanks for your comment! :) You're so right about how the inner dialogue creates the outer reality, and recognizing this is the first step to projecting more confidence (and also feeling more confident!).
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It's probably not news to you that the words you use have a big impact on how you perceive the world (and how you feel about the world and yourself), but today I want to focus on two of the most powerful words in the world: I am. Every time you think or say, "I am" or "I'm not," you're defining yourself. We, as humans, love defining things. The world is a pretty crazy place, and knowing what we are helps us cope with the chaos. But, while definitions have the power to clarify, they also have the power to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at positively present
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“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." Aristotle Optimism Is a Skill : I, for one, can attest to the fact that it can be learned How to Cool the Flames of Anger with RAIN : angry? this is a must-read! Let's Relax : if you like watching the same things on repeat, you'll love this In a Stressful Situation? : here are some tips for how to react calmly How Helping Others Helped Me Conquer Anxiety : great inspiration here Expand : what a beautiful poem. it really spoke to me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at positively present
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As often as I can, I spend time drawing and lettering on my iPad, thinking all the while about what the words mean and how I might effectively share them with you. This week I decided to share a little bit of that process and, if you like it, I'll keep it up as a new segment called Lettering + Lessons! The Lettering Life Lessons concept is simple: I'll pick a quote, then I'll chat about it in more detail while drawing and hand-lettering it. This is the first time I've tried this so I have to admit: it isn't... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at positively present
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“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." Buddha Know Yourself : wonderful, wise words from Nelson Mandela 7 Life-Changing Truths Most People Are Scared to Admit Balance of Happiness and Realness : a beautifully written piece Fine / Not Fine : a simple but profound representation of life Pile of Good Things : this Rainbow Rowell quote made me smile Rewriting Your Past : don't let a single chapter define your whole story The Power of Perspective : how you can use it to combat anxiety How to Stop Caring About Things That Don't... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at positively present
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Having a stressful day? You’re not alone! Must of us have quite a lot on our plates, and I bet most people have at least one stressful day a week. (No science to back that up — just some personal experience!) I figure, if stressful days are going to be part of our lives, why not do what we can to make the most of them? After going through a pretty stressful day myself recently, I spent some time reflecting on what could have made (or, in some cases, did make!) the day better. Here are the top 20 items... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at positively present
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“It doesn't matter how slowly you go, so long as you don't stop." Confucius On Being Nice : an important topic we don't talk about enough The Phones We Love Too Much : spend a lot of time on your phone? read this What Is Self-Love Worth to You? : really inspiring post on self-love 7 Years of Getting High vs. 7 Years of Sobriety : timely, since my 7 year is soon! How to Take Things Seriously, Not Personally : three tactics that really do work Top 100 Lifestyle Blogs : so honored to be featured on this list... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at positively present
Joel - Such a great sentence! I do my best to find the good in every situation, even when it's really hard, and I've found that there's always something good if you look really hard!
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Rick - Thanks for reading! I definitely think faith can help you with judgments. The more you allow yourself to be guided by your faith, the more you're able to release the notion that you're in control of everything and everyone. Judging often comes from wanting to change others or a situation that's outside of our control. When you allow yourself to release that control (give it up to God, perhaps), you'll have no need to judge others, and you'll even be more gentle with yourself, too. We're all a work in progress, so just keep doing the best you can!
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If you're reading this, you're probably striving to live a positive, present life — and you probably know just how hard that can be at times. Life is filled with negative situations, people, and internal battles, which makes staying positive a tad challenging sometimes (and by "sometimes" I mean "most of the time"). As I posted last week (here on Instagram — didn't write it, but I 100% support it), "The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to walk away from what you don't." And that most certainly applies to creating more positivity in your... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at positively present