Note: If you're reading this in your email or in a reader, be sure to click over to the site today and check out the new look and feel of I did some design updates over the weekend and I'm pretty excited about the updated look! It's been about two months since my book, The Positively Present Guide to Life, debuted, and the launch has been a whirlwind of excitement and hard work. It's been such an amazing feeling to see the book on shelves and to sign books for Positively Present readers in person. (Two more signings coming... Read more

"Never apologize for burning too brightly or collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made." Tyler Kent White WORDS BY DANI : so excited about opening an Instagram shop! Also pretty excited about reaching 4,000 Instagram followers :) Upcoming Book Signings : Arlington (6/14) and Towson (7/19) Radical Self Love : sooo excited about Gala Darling's book debut Live Happy Interview : call in and ask questions on 5/26 9:30am CT How Art Can Heal Anxiety : making things can be so soothing 7 Thinking Patterns You Use to Distort Reality : gotta stop using these! Be... Read more

Not too long ago, I found myself in the middle of a terrible, no good, very bad day . Everything seemed to be going wrong and my mind would not stop returning again and again to negative thoughts and envisioning worst-case scenarios. It was one of those days when I felt like, no matter what, I couldn't stop ruminating on what had/could go wrong and I felt far, far away from the present moment. All I really wanted to do was curl up on the couch and contemplate all the things that weren't going right, but I knew that definitely... Read more

Weekend goals via Erin Guido "There's nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never." Ryan Adams Upcoming Book Signings : Arlington (6/14) and Towson (7/19) Affirmation Creation : create your own affirmations with this cool kit Soul and Spirit Magazine : so excited to be featured in the latest issue! 7 Ways to Stay Positive Around Negative People : great ideas here F*ck That: A Manifesto : absolutely love this (via Gala Darling) 19 Best Productivity Resources : I love round-ups like this! Good Morning... Read more

This article is part of the 2015 Word of the Month series, based on the monthly theme featured in the Every Day Matters 2015 Diary I designed for Watkins Publishing. In the planner, each month has a theme highlighted in the weekly illustrations, quotes, and activities. This month's theme is CREATE. When most people think about the words "create" or "creative," they think of making art -- writing, drawing, illustrating, photographing, etc. -- but creating need not be an artistic endeavor. Creating artistically does have many positive benefits, but art-based creativity isn't for everyone (and, for many people, is somewhat... Read more

Dani + Barkley / "A mother is she who can take the place of all, but whose place no one else can take." Cardinal Merillod So excited about my exclusive interview with Whole Food Love on Women’s Health & Wellness. Listen in to this free event starting on May 11, 2015! Did you know my book's been out for almost two months? Come get a signed copy in Rockville, Arlington, and Towson! Mother's Day Coupons : print out these freebies for a last minute gift Shower Yourself in Positivity : I love this idea so much I might try... Read more

This post is inspired by my exclusive interview with Whole Food Love, which will debut during a free event on Women’s Health & Wellness, featuring expert interviews from 25+ of the top sources in lifestyle advice. Listen in to this FREE event starting on May 11, 2015! No is a very powerful word when it comes to your relationships with others — and with yourself. When you first think about it, the word "no" might trigger thoughts of negativity, but harnessing the power of no can be a very positive thing. In particular, mastering the art of saying no is... Read more

“A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.” Toni Morrison HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO MY LITTLE SISTER! :) So excited about my exclusive interview with Whole Food Love on Women’s Health & Wellness. Listen in to this free event starting on May 11, 2015! How Dogs "See" with Their Noses : this video fascinated me 24 of the Most Beautiful Quotes about Nature : love #4 You Don't Have to Be Friends with Everyone : such a great read 12 Toxic Beliefs You Need to Get... Read more

flower illustration via freepik In our digital-dominated world, the art of putting words on paper isn't as common as it once was, but I think it needs to have a comeback. The act of writing something down — sending a letter or mailing a handwritten card — is so meaningful. It's not only an incredibly positive act (and something the card-receiver greatly appreciates), but it's also a wonderful way to stay present. When you sit down to write something by hand, you bring yourself into the moment, putting your full attention on the words coming from your heart. With Mother's... Read more

Image Source Forever — is composed of Nows— 'Tis not a different time... Let Months dissolve in further Months— And Years — exhale in Years... Emily Dickinson Barnes & Noble Book Signing (Rockville, MD) : come see me May 9! The Time When We'll Be Present & Content : hint: it should be right now 3 Simple Habits to Improve Your Mood : don't wait to get a mood boost If Anna Kendrick Tweets Were Motivational Posters : made me laugh :) Breathe : I'm lovin' this new metallic gold Tattly temporary tattoo Financial Planner : in love with this... Read more