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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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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 9 hours ago 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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Melanie - I'm so glad this came at the right time! It did the same for me, which is why I had to share it. I've certainly heard of this question / idea before, but sometimes these things just resonate with you at a certain time in your life. And, no matter what, keep writing!!! I never regret writing too much; I only regret the times in my life when I didn't write enough!
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"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." Friedrich Nietzsche iPad Lettering! : put up a few videos showing how I use my iPad (one is real time, with commentary; the others are just watch-me-draw) The Difference Between Empathy + Sympathy : wise words from Brene Brown 7 Positivity Blogs to Follow in 2017 : so honored to be in this round-up :) Against Productivity : an amazing article for Daily Zen that'll make you think Ditch the Labels : once you do, you'll find out who you really are The Art of Being Yourself :... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at positively present
Derrick - Wonderful thoughts! And so glad you brought up Tolle as well. He really has some fantastic words of wisdom on mindfulness, and staying present really makes so much easier to tune into these gut instincts!
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CeeKay - Thank you so much for sharing these news sources! I'll definitely look into The Week and DeFranco (I've heard of them both, but I've never checked them out). I really appreciate the suggestions! It's hard to find balanced sources of news so it will be great to look into these!
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Derrick - Thank you so much for that comment! It makes me so happy to know you enjoy reading my posts, and your encouragement means a lot to me. What I do can be challenging at times, but I love doing it, and it makes me so happy to know that it's positively impacting people. Taking my own advice is tricky at times, so it's always good to be reminded of that!
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Kelly - You're welcome! Thanks for reading!!
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This week I picked up a book that's been on my shelf for ages. I walk by it daily, but it was only this week that it actually grabbed my attention. And I'm so glad that it did. The book, Right Riches For You, is usually the kind of self-help book I stay away from. For one, the topic -- money -- is one of my least favorites, and, for another, the cover reminds me of some old school motivational book (complete with wispy flowers and '90s Word Art) that people who aren't fans of the self-improvement space usually envision... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at positively present
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From "Colors of the Wind" in Pocahontas "A weak mind cannot control its own projections. Be aware, therefore, of your mind and its projections. You cannot control what you do not know. On the other hand, knowledge gives power. In practice it is very simple. To control yourself — know yourself." Nisargadatta Maharaj Anxiety Makes Me Anxious : a great site + it's a book, too! Uncovering Your True Self : read this for some self-love perspective Good Narcissism : why we need to become better narcissists 25 Important Things Money Can't Buy : the really good stuff is free Creativity +... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at positively present
Kathy - It's definitely challenging when those around you are sharing the news, but it sounds like you're doing a good job of not allowing it to overwhelm you. (You could always ask your husband to refrain from sharing it with you, or maybe only sharing it at certain times!)
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Anxiety is something I've struggled with my entire life in various forms. At some points in my life, it's lessened; at others (like now), it's heightened to the point that, on some days, it feels almost unbearable. But, given my occupation and my desire to try to make my life better from the inside out, I'm always striving to assess and better understand my anxiety so I can counter it with calmness and positivity. Recently, one of the things that's been a big anxiety trigger for me is news. I used to think news was boring and depressing. I could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at positively present
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"Detach from what destroys you." R.H. Sin NEW VIDEO : I show you (+ gush over) Adam J. Kurtz's new products How to Read More : the first one is the one I struggle with big time! Mindfulness Matters : so cool! a game to help practice mindfulness When Things Go Missing : reflections on two seasons of loss 7 Standards We Need to Stop Sticking to : let them go + free yourself Why Do Anything? : a great piece reflecting on procrastination Think of Choices as Effects, Not Causes : love this thought shift 25 Ways to Celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at positively present
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A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Erin Loechner's Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path. I receive a lot of books in the mail, but I only write about them here in special cases -- and this is definitely one of those cases. I'd seen the book around online for weeks, popping up in various Instagram feeds and mentioned in articles and podcasts, but I wasn't sure if it was a book for me. I've loved Erin's work on Design for Mankind for years, but I was nervous that the religious... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at positively present
Alexandra - Thank you so much!! :) Your comment means so much to me. Keep writing!!!
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"Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Status Anxiety about Happiness : it's a big problem here in America Spirit Pig Interview : check out my interview on iTunes here What I Am Trying to Say to You : these postcards are everything Ban These Words from Your Vocabulary : you'll be glad you did! 7 Things Highly Resilient People Don't Do : avoid these for a resilient life In Defense of Silence : I've been thinking a lot about this lately... 20 Habits... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at positively present
Daikuro - You're welcome! It's amazing how little things -- like writing my first blog post -- can lead to much bigger, life-changing things. Life is made of small moments adding up!
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Kathy - Thanks so much! I'm finally feeling better. I believe it was sinus-related, and it seemed to clear up once I took Sudafed. :)
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K - Thanks so much for reading! You should definitely pursue what you're really passionate about. I'd recommend doing it on the side first (as I did) before quitting your job, but you should go after what you love! You deserve to have a job that's better than "I don't truly hate it." :)
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Kathy - Thanks so much! I'm so happy you enjoy the blog!
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Anon - Thank you!! :) I'm so glad you've been along on this journey with me!
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Amy - It really does fly, doesn't it? Thank you so much for being here with me. I so appreciate your support over the years!! :)
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Indya - Thanks so much! I'm so glad you love the post, and it makes my day to hear that I inspire you (one compliment already done for you!!). Thanks for reading!
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