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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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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 13 hours ago 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 3 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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It's the SEVENTH year of this Gratitude Challenge, and I couldn't be more excited to tune my attention to what I'm thankful for throughout the month of November. It's been a bit of a rough year for me, but one thing that has helped me stay positive and present all year long is keeping a gratitude journal (I used my Every Day Matters diary as a way to track gratitude this year, and it worked so well!). Whether things are good or bad, focusing on what you're thankful for makes them even better, and I'll hope you'll join me in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at positively present
Kathy - Thanks for your well wishes! I'm recovering well so far. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this post and shared some of my thoughts. It's not always easy to open up sometimes, and comments like this inspire me to share more!
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Derrick - Thank you!! I've been thinking about doing this style for awhile, and I'm so glad to hear that you like it. I'll definitely be doing more of these!
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Vanessa - Thanks so much! I wasn't sure if people would enjoy this post, but I'm so happy to hear that you did!
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Sue - Thanks for making me feel less alone! I'm so sorry for your loss. It must be a very difficult time for you, but I do hope my words have helped in some way. Journalling during challenges always seems to help me, and I hope it's helping you as well.
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Kiran - Thank you so much for your kind words about this post! And also for the well wishes on my surgery! :) I really appreciate it!
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Wendy - It's nice for me to hear that I'm not alone, too! :) Thanks for reading!
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Deborah - Thanks so much! :)
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Since I'll be undergoing surgery again this week (ugh!) and I've been rushing around trying to get as much work done as possible this so I can focus on my recovery, I decided that, instead of doing my regular blog post this week, I'm going to try something a little different! Almost every day, I find myself jotting down notes and ideas on my phone or iPad — miscellaneous ideas, potential blog post prompts, random thoughts — and I've always thought to myself, What if I just shared these and let people think about them instead of writing a full... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at positively present
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“Don't allow your wounds to turn you into someone you are not." Paulo Coelho October and Puppies : what an adorable little desktop wallpaper Best Blogs to Watch in 2018 : honored to be #2 on this list! :) The Hidden Hypocrisy of Wanting More : very thought-provoking You Must Be Willing to Fail : if you want to create and innovate A Guide to Loving Pumpkin : perfect for the Halloween season Philosophize This! : I've been obsessed with listening to this The Gentle Art of Self-Control : I sure need to work on this one How to Reach... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at positively present
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This past week has been a really challenging one for me, but one thing these tough times have made me acutely aware of is just how much a small, random act of kindness can mean to someone who is in pain (and, let's be real, most of us are in some kind of pain). Over the past week, I've been shown so many little kindnesses — from friends, colleagues, random people I don't even know — and it's really made me appreciate the truth behind the old saying: "Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Random acts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at positively present
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Self-Love Sticker Sheet Hi, friends! It's been an absolutely crazy week for me personally and professionally. On a personal level, I had an unexpected surgery (related to what I had to deal with back in 2015. ugh!), which is why you're not seeing the usual Positively Present Picks right now. On a professional level, I'm working on all kinds of exciting Positively Present things behind the scenes, that I can't wait to share with you soon. Related to these changes, one thing I'm doing is shutting down the Etsy shop. If you want to get your hands on any of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at positively present
Sarah - So happy you liked the post! :) I hope these tips work for you whenever you encounter emotionally draining people!
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Do you have a friend (or coworker or family member) who leaves you feeling exhausted and emotionally drained after you interact with him or her? You're not alone. Empathy and sympathy are incredible skills to have and maintain, but practicing them can, at times, be overwhelming and emotionally (and sometimes physically) draining, especially if you are a highly sensitive person who tends to absorb the emotional states of others. A friend recently emailed me and asked for my advice. What should I do, she asked, when my best friend calls me and shares traumatic events she frequently experiences frequently as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at positively present
K - Wow, what perfect timing! I'm so glad that you're going after what you want now. Singing is such an amazing gift to the world, and it's wonderful that you're sharing your voice.
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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin Things Are What You Make of Them : Adam's new book is soooo good How to Help Las Vegas Shooting Victims : a great round-up of resources GoodNewspaper : love the idea of a paper focusing on all of the good Sneezing Owl : this is just too cute (I watched it like 10 times!) 7 Things to Remember When You're Scared to Speak Up The Only One : an important reminder to reach out to loved ones How to Do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at positively present
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A little while back, a friend reached out to me and said she'd reached a point in her life where she thought it was time for her to seek out sobriety. She was wondering if I had any advice for her, and, as I was replying to her an email, I realized I was basically writing a blog post (I surprised even myself with how much I had to say on the topic just off the top of my head!). If you're trying to get sober or even just considering the idea, here are some things I think are really... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at positively present
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Is there something you've always wanted to do (and probably could) but just haven't done? This week I was presented with the awesome opportunity to do one of my want-to-but-never-have things: a tarot reading! The lovely Kerry Ward, aka Tarotbella, Cosmopolitan's tarot expert, reached out to me and offered to do a reading for me, and it was eye-opening, filled with wisdom that I definitely needed to hear! Most importantly, it led me to ask the question, Why didn't I do this before? It was something I'd always wanted to try, and could have, but just never did. Like so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at positively present
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“Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” Roy T. Bennett Life Goes Like This : what a beautiful, simple, and true piece of artwork The Myth of the "Aha" Moment : reading this really made me think! Relationship Problems? : getting more sleep might be (part of) a solution Byron Katie's 4 Questions : her work changed the way I see the world The Challenge of Not Choosing Sides : how difficult this can be sometimes! Want to Change? : here's the secret to making change actually stick How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain : advice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at positively present