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positively present
positivity. awareness. self-love.
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Love it or hate it, the holiday season is nearly upon us, which means, for many, it's time to stress about that gift-giving list of friends, family, teachers, helpers, etc. I stressed so hard this year that I'm nearly done with my list! I absolutely hate leaving things to the last moment, especially when it comes to gift-giving. For one, I want to get those I love something they'll love and, for another, I don't have the money to waste on last-minute, frantic shopping expeditions! If you're like me and want to get your shopping done now so that you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at positively present
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If you want to know the truth, I'm not often happy. I was born with a disposition that lends itself to melancholy and anxiety. I've always been a worrier and I'm prone to bouts of deep, dramatic sadness. But I'm not complaining. You know why? Because happiness isn't my life's goal. And, if you're looking for honesty here, it shouldn't be your life's goal either. One of the greatest struggles I've had over the past (almost!) 10 years of working on Positively Present is misconception that happiness = positivity. In fact, that was one of the greatest struggles of my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at positively present
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Feeling stressed? Yeah, you're not alone. Most of us experience stress, particularly at this time of year when we're reflecting on the months that have passed and looking forward to the typically-busy months to come. If you're stressed, you're probably thinking of in-the-moment things you can do to quell the chaotic feelings (deep breathing, taking breaks, spa-like activities, etc.), but one of the best ways to combat stress is to develop regular habits that keep you calm. Planting positive seeds in the form of stress-reducing habits can greatly reduce your stress level, in part because you don't have to think... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at positively present
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It's hard to believe, but 2018 is the EIGHTH year of this Gratitude Challenge! I'm sharing the prompts a bit early this year so everyone who wants to participate can have a chance to prepare (and get a head start on thinking about gratitude!). I personally like tracking gratitude daily in my Every Day Matters diary, but even though I do it daily, focusing on a single word each day throughout November has served as a wonderful way to move toward the end of the year on a thankful note. Like last year, I'll be sharing my illustrations on Instagram... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at positively present
Becky - I just used one word to start (and sometimes just one letter) and let the phone do its thing! But you could do whatever you want -- it's all just fun so play around with it and see what gives you the most insight!
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"You are amidst all this drama and you can decide to be friends with your life." That sentence was written using predictive text on my phone. You may have seen the trend that was popular awhile back where people would use predictive text to write their life stories or finish the sentence "I was born...", etc. It was silly and fun and I loved it. Last night I was playing around on my phone and the sentence above came together with predictive text, inspiring me to wonder, What kinds of advice might my phone have for me? Obviously the advice... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at positively present
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Get this print in the shop! Another October, another reminder that I'm forever in love with fall. Even though the season hasn't quite arrived yet (these 90° days are killing me!), I can't help feeling my annual autumn obsession arise once again. To celebrate the season, I thought I'd share some of my favorite posts and inspiration about this time of year... October: A Reminder to Live Slowly October is, hands down, the best month of the year. Not only does the weather turn cooler (byeeee, humidity!), but the trees are ablaze with color (and, as you probably know, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at positively present
Barb - It really doesn't ever go away completely, does it? It was challenging to speak up about this, but I'm glad I did. Thank you for commenting and making me feel less alone.
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If you've been following the news at all lately, you've probably heard about a high-profile sexual assault accusation. You've probably also heard about how, as a result of this high-profile case, many women are faced with the unsettling experience of having to revisit their own sexual assault experiences. I am one of those women. I don't want to detail my personal experience here, but, having gone to school in the exact environment as the one discussed in the high-profile case (and having been assaulted by someone who went to the same high school), I'd say that this particular situation has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at positively present
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HOORAY! It's officially the best time of year -- AUTUMN! Per usual, I'm pretty pumped at the arrival of my favorite season. Typically the season brings to mind one of two things: (1) the concept of letting go (à la, the leaves) or (2) the notion of fresh starts (that new-school-year vibe). This week I'm going to focus on the latter, specifically on the hope that comes with a new (school or calendar) year. With a fresh start of any kind (a new season, job, location, etc.), we're often motivated to think about what we'd like the newness to bring.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at positively present
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Okay, so I'll say right up front that the "starting over" I had to cope with last past week is related to the loss of an app, not a person or a situation. It might sound dramatic, but it was just a tad traumatic for me to lose access to the place where I spend a ton of time these days: my Procreate drawing app. When it started crashing repeatedly and the Procreate team (despite their best efforts!) wasn't able to fix it, I knew it was inevitable: I would have to delete and reinstall. Now, I know this sounds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at positively present
Beth - I love hearing about ambiverts! It seems like the best of both worlds: you're not always overwhelmed by people and you aren't afraid to be alone and recharge!
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Lexi - Great point about not all introverts being the same! Also: it's important for extroverts to realize that a lot of introverts are okay (even thrilled) with being alone. Solitude and loneliness aren't the same thing, and a lot of people have difficulty understanding that.
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Rachael - Thanks for sharing your experience of being an extrovert living with an introvert! Trying to understand one another can be very challenging so I'm glad this post provided some helpful insights.
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Kathy - I definitely need to check out some of those other books! I, too, am an HSP, and I was going to write about it in this post but set it aside so it could have it's own post. :)
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Sierra - I hear what you're saying 'cause it can seem like introverts need more accommodation that extroverts, but I think that's because the world is designed to accommodate extroverts so introverts have to request more than extroverts do. But it should always be a balance in a relationship: both extroverts and introverts should strive to be aware of the others' needs and be accommodating and try to find a balance.
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Jules - Thank you! :) Extrovert culture is a LOT, but I think it's getting a bit more aware of introverts (and the internet helps a lot with cutting down on the level of in-person interaction!).
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When you hear the question, "Are you an introvert or extrovert?" you likely have one of three reactions: "I'm such an introvert!" or "Extrovert is so me!" or "Hmm... I'm not sure which one I am..." Each one of those answers is valid and valuable. The problem is, society tends to be dominated by and structured for extroverts, which makes it really difficult for the rest of us -- everyone from the 100% introvert to the ambivert (it's a spectrum, after all!) -- to function in a ways that are comfortable and enjoyable. If you're not sure exactly what the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at positively present
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"Let me check the address," she said as we hesitated outside of the basement apartment door. As a birthday gift, my friend was treating me to a psychic reading, so there we were, hesitantly walking up the city sidewalk. As my friend pulled out her phone to determine if we were at the right location, I peered nervously at the shadowed doorway in front of which we'd stopped. I'd always wanted to go to a psychic — mostly just to say I'd done it — but now that we were standing right outside the door, my logical, this-is-bullshit self was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at positively present
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For years, I've been working solo on Positively Present, and I absolutely love what I do, but I've been looking for ways to expand on my work and on the Positively Present community. Like many who create primarily online, I've struggled a lot with friction between wanting to create and share and not feeling as if my work is valued (and, in some cases, stolen, even by large companies). The world of online creating is still a bit like the wild west. We're all trying to learn the rules, to figure out how we can consume and share and create... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at positively present
Katie - Maybe it has something to do with education, knowing how (and that you should) give proper credit 'cause I was an English major so writing and proper sourcing was a huge part of my education (as was learning to appreciate and celebrate the work of others). People are likely not doing it with bad intent (aside from the times that people remove my signature!) so it can be hard to enforce it without seeming aggressive or mean, but it's important that creators of all kinds make sure they address it when their work is used without permission or credit. The more people that speak up about it, the more the world in general will learn that it's not right and most people will do the kind thing and give credit where credit is due!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2018 on The Art of Instagram Etiquette at positively present
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Kathy - You're welcome! Even when we make something that isn't "special" (though I bet your photo was if someone shared it!), it still feels strange and bad to have it shared without credit. It's extra tricky to deal with because, as you brought up, people often aren't doing it maliciously. They just don't know. That's why I hope this post (and others by other creators) will help spread the word about the kindest way to share! (I'm also working on a Patreon page so people can learn how to directly support me as an artist, and I'm really excited about that!) Thanks for the congrats! Getting excited about followers seems silly, but it's a big deal when you're a creator! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2018 on The Art of Instagram Etiquette at positively present
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Prints available in the shop! I'm in the midst of working on a new book on creativity, and as I've been writing and researching, I've come across so many important benefits that can be achieved when engaging in creative experiences. The list is super long (I'll be exploring them in more detail in the book!), but I thought I'd take a break from my research and write about some of them here. When the average person thinks of "creativity," they typically think about one of two things: (1) a professional creative who works in a creative field (or is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at positively present
Jana - Thanks so much for sharing (and providing proper credit!). I appreciate that! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2018 on The Art of Instagram Etiquette at positively present
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Kathy - Thank you! :) As you know, I spend a LOT of time on Instagram, so it's been cool to see the audience grow. It's definitely a strange/scary time to be a creator, but it IS pretty great to see other creators (and even regular followers) looking out for each other and commenting about credit. Hopefully at some point, everyone will know the etiquette and a post like this will be outdated!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2018 on The Art of Instagram Etiquette at positively present
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