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positivity. awareness. self-love.
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Tomorrow the Every Day Matters 2019 Diary is officially on sale! Yes, 2019 might feel far away now, but the days fly by quickly and, since the diary has sold out in previous years, I wanted to make sure you had a chance to check it out before it does! The 2019 edition is the fifth (!!!!) one I've created, and it's, in my opinion, the best one yet. As with previous versions, this diary/planner features 12 monthly themes, 52 inspiring quotes, and 52 corresponding activities to help you take action on the inspiration in real life. The 2019 monthly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at positively present
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You might recall that, a few weeks ago, I wrote about phone addiction. Shortly after I wrote that post, my friend Reba Riley offered to help me work on it! As Reba and I work through this, I'll be sharing some guest posts from her here, featuring her wisdom and insights, so you can learn along with me. Check out the last post Reba wrote, Strategies for Phone Overuse (and Other Struggles), and stay tuned for more strategies, info, and (hopefully!) progress as Reba and I work together on this! Check out the paragraph below this post for my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at positively present
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For the past few months, I've been struggling with physical pain, something I've never been great at dealing with. (Though, admittedly, I've gotten better at it since 2015, when I had my first surgery!) Waking up day after day with physical pain is a strange experience if you've never been through it before. Obviously the physical part isn't ideal, but the toll it takes on your mental state is even more of a challenge. When pain starts impacting your whole life — where you can go, what you can do, how much work you can accomplish in a day —... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at positively present
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A few weeks ago, you might remember that I wrote about phone addiction, which is something I'm really struggling with. Shortly after I wrote that post, I was talking to my friend Reba Riley about my problem, and she offered to help me out! I'm so thrilled to have someone to work with as a I strive to overcome this, as we all know how hard it can be doing it alone. As Reba and I work through this, I'll be sharing some guest posts from her here, featuring her wisdom and insights, so you can learn along with me.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at positively present
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Check out this print in the shop! Over the years, I've received requests to write about staying positive as a parent or about how to be a good parent, but, since I'm not a parent and never plan to be one, it's not a topic I have any business writing about. However, over the weekend, I became an aunt for the first time so now it's time for me to sharing all of my positive parenting tips! I'm kidding. I don't have a clue what it's like to be a new parent, and, even those who have been new parents... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at positively present
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About a year ago, I wrote a post called Wireless Wonderland: Managing Phone Use to Stay Present, and I'd love to say that I've taken all of those tips and mastered my phone use since then, but I'm afraid quite the opposite has happened. I spend more time than ever on my phone, and it's gotten to the point that I feel out of control when it comes to my phone usage. I read recently that Americans spend and average of about three hours a day on their phones, and I was shocked. Only three hours? I spent three hours... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at positively present
Rena - Don't worry, the RSS feed will still work in blog readers! This is just for people who receive the RSS feed via email (twice a week). Now those who sign up with receive only one email a week instead of two to cut down on the excess email.
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IMPORTANT!! IF YOU WANT TO KEEP RECEIVING EMAILS, YOU MUST SIGN UP BELOW! :) I'm making some changes over here at Positively Present! Right now, if you're on the email list, you receive an email every time a new blog post goes up (Monday and Friday), but I'm switching it up and getting a new email service. Important to know: If you want to keep receiving emails, you MUST sign up below. The old email service will be deleted this weekend so if you don't sign up below (or here), you'll miss out on Positively Present in your in-box. Positively... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at positively present
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Whether you feel love, hate, or indifference for the work you do, you're probably familiar with the anxiety that can hit at the end of the weekend when you know the workweek is upon you. Even though I'm incredibly fortunate to do what I love for a living, I still face that stressful Sunday feeling (though, admittedly, it's much less intense than when I had a typical office job, but that's mostly because I work every day so there's no true start to the week for me!). Settling my brain down on Sundays is a challenge, but I've finally come... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at positively present
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Click to check out this print and others in the shop! "To be happy we must not be too concerned with others." Albert Camus PRINT SHOP! : thank you so much for all of the print shop love! :) Do It Wall Art : absolutely love this inspiring + creative pice of art Spread Positivity : what a pretty + motivating little sticker Pain Is Energy : such a thought-provoking way of thinking of pain 5 Journal Prompts to Help You Release Anxiety : trying these for sure Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety : definitely want to check this out Dog... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at positively present
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If you've been following along on Instagram over the past few years, you know how much time I've spent drawing. I've done a few of these "Lettering Life Lessons" videos before, but this time I focused on the topic of creativity itself and how much I've learned from spending time doing creative things (particularly drawing). I've experienced so many benefits from taking the time to draw every day, and you can learn about just a few of them in this video. Head's up: it's very long (over 50 minutes!) and quite rambling at times, but you get to watch me... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at positively present
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"We are not in control of what lessons others are here to learn." Unknown PRINT SHOP! : new, new, new prints in the shop! check 'em out 10 Exercises to Help You Seize the Day! : perfect for staying present Cool Gifts for Dog Moms : for all the dog moms in your life ;) The Ultimate Guide to Saying No : word-for-word tips to help you out 5 Ways to Quiet the Negative Voices in Your Head : great ideas here Why the Other Side Won't Listen : an interesting read from Raptitude Surprising Self-Care Tips : four ideas... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at positively present
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Print available in the shop! For the past few weeks, I've been strapped in tight on an emotional rollercoaster, soaring up and whizzing down and then climbing back up again. My surgery went well and I'm recovering much more quickly than I thought I would (hooray!), and I over the past two weeks, I was amazed by the kind comments, emails, DMs, and texts I received after writing The Power of (Not) Telling Your Story. I've been filled with gratitude and love for all those who have shown me support — both in real life and online — over the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at positively present
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"If you only walk on sunny days, you'll never reach your destination." Paulo Coelho PRINT SHOP! : new, new, new prints in the shop! check 'em out Even If You Don't Feel Ready : "there's no telling where a ripple might lead" How I Learned to Stop Absorbing Others' Emotions : so important! Warm Ocean Mind : love this way of thinking about mindfulness Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You The Evolution of the Alphabet : for all you fellow letter lovers out there Suffering from Imposter's Syndrome? : this tweet will speak to you Much Loved... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at positively present
Jade - Thank you so much for sending healing vibes! So far, I'm doing really well. I'll definitely have to check out Return to Love. Sounds like a good book for me! :)
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Luan - Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
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Philippa - Thank you so much for sharing your experience with memoir writing. It's made me feel so much less alone, and reminded me that it can be useful to share my story, but only when it feels right for me. And thank you so much for your kindness about my surgery. I'm not looking forward to it, but the sooner it's done, the sooner I start healing! :)
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Deanna - Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words! They've helped me to feel more positive!
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Since 2009, I’ve been here on Positively Present, writing about my life and the various challenges I’ve faced in my quest for living more optimistically and mindfully. I’ve written about the ups and the downs, the loves and the losses, the positive progress and the painful setbacks. I’ve written about tough topics, like my sobriety, and easy ones, like the publication of my first book. But, since 2015, I’ve only briefly touched on a set of circumstances that have altered my entire life. I’ve avoided the details because I didn’t want to hurt or embarrass other people. I kept quiet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at positively present
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Shop this print in the shop! "We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art. We go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones." Anaïs Nin PRINT SHOP! : thanks for all of the support! :) check out the shop! Are We Friends on Pinterest? : if not, we should be! follow along! 5 Second Reminders That Will Keep You Calm : yesss needed these Drop the Mask : a great read on choosing to live an authentic life BAGGU Bags : my go-to shopping bags (I love this design!) How I Learned to Love Myself : a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at positively present
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Shop this print and others here. This April is a crazy month for me, with the next couple of weeks being particularly action-packed. Tomorrow I'm giving a presentation that I've been working on for weeks, and a week after that I'm having (another, ugh!) surgery. Needless to say, anxiety levels are all over the place. To combat them, I'm pulling out some of my favorite anxiety-fighting tips, and I thought I might share them with you, too, in case you're facing some anxiety yourself! GO OUTSIDE I'm not much of an "outdoorsy" person, but there's something about getting outside that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at positively present
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"Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you." David Foster Wallace PRINT SHOP! : thanks for all of the support! :) check out the shop! 365 Meaningful Conversations : love the concept of this project so much How to Transform Your Anger into a Force for Good : very inspiring Embracing Impermanence : wisdom for those with chronic illnesses No Is a Complete Sentence : love this t-shirt (found via Swiss Miss) 36 Questions that Lead to Love : real couples finding authentic connection Spring Awakening : a beautifully written post on the power of spring Museum of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at positively present
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Recently I've been working on a (very exciting!) presentation on open-mindedness, and it occurred to me that it's been awhile since I've written about it here. (Though 7 Benefits of Being Open-Minded is still one of my most popular posts!) To me, this is one of the most important topics in our culture right now (so much so that I'm even thinking of writing a book about it!), so I'll probably be sharing a lot of that here, but first, let's start out with what it means to be open-minded. The dictionary defines "open-minded" as "willing to consider new ideas;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at positively present
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"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat." Laura Ingalls Wilder PRINT SHOP! : thanks for all of the support! :) check out the shop! 5 Steps to Overcome Confirmation Bias : honored to be mentioned here Am I There Yet? : I love Mari's work, and this book looks so inspiring Ways to Get What You Want Without Following the Rules : 51 ideas! On Privilege : two children discussing the concept is powerful Flowers Attracted to the Sun : surround yourself with the right people A Small Fiction : a great Twitter account (warning:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at positively present
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Over the weekend, I (and over 800,000 others!) attended the #MarchForOurLives protest in DC, which is now being called the biggest single-day protest in DC's history. Though I wasn't there long (good ol' anxiety and post-surgery troubles kept me from making it all the way to center of the action), I was present long enough to feel awed and inspired by the sheer magnitude of people, the enthusiasm and determination of those marching, and the fact that all of this was taking place because those who went through a horrific, unimaginable experience decided to take action. Whether or not you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at positively present