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positively present picks: january 31, 2014

Do-Whats-RightAvailable on Society6!


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"Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do.
The mind gives up easily.”

Paulo Coelho


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Featured on Nicole's Classes : so honored to be featured!

Society 6 Giveaway! : still a few days left to enter to win :)

MaleficentSleeping Beauty is one of my favs -- can't wait!

Ian Somerhalder : I had no idea how amazing he is! Swoon!

Let It Go App : this could be an interesting way to learn to let go

101 Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs : love a good quote collection

Society6 Wall Clocks : they just introduced these + I love 'em

Cute February Desktop Background : how's it already February?!

DIY Heart Pillow : a perfect Valentine's Day craft

New Budwiser Commerical : in case you haven't seen it (sooo cute!)


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Check out this week's Positively Present playlist on YouTube.  

"Once Upon a Dream" — Lana Del Rey
"Dark Horse" — Katy Perry
"Riptide" — Vance Joy
"Luv, Hold Me Down" — Drowners
"Seasons" — Kye Kye
"Blue Sunshine" — US Royalty
"Make It Love" — The Hummons
"Habits" — Tove Lo
"Glory and Gore" — Lorde
"Wake Me Up" (cover) — Aloe Blacc
"Follow Your Arrow" — Kasey Musgraves
"Frozen" — Tegan and Sara

Pack Up the Moon
Anna McPartlin

positively dani on society 6 + a giveaway!


A little while ago, I started a Society 6 shop, Positively Dani, to showcase some of my illustrations and see some of my creations go from digital to tangible. I also wanted to find a way to bring a bit more positivity to all kinds of products—everything from t-shirts to phone covers to pillows—that don't usually create a positively present mindset. Personally, I've found that the more I'm reminded to stay positive—via positive artwork, inspirational quotes, or motivating attire—the more I'm able to stay in the moment and focus on the good things happening in my life. So I thought, why not try creating some of my own positive, inspiring designs to share with others? 

I've always been a big fan of Society 6 (where you can get amazing designs on so many cool products!) so it seemed like such a great place to start sharing my own work. It was such a great choice because seeing my designs printed in real life was an amazing feeling and the quality of Society 6 products is top notch. It's one thing to see your designs coming to life on a computer screen, but it's even more thrilling to see them printed on actual products. When I received my first Yay for Today iPhone cover in the mail, it completely made my day. In my hand I held something I'd designed! It was so exciting! I wanted to share that exciting feeling with you by offering not one but three giveaways for Positively Dani products. All you need to do for a chance to win is spread the word about the shop! (See details below.)

I hope you'll enjoy checking out the products offered on Positively Dani via Society 6. It's been such a great experience creating them and I'm so excited to be able to share them with you!  



To promote the launch of the Positively Dani shop on Society 6, I'm offering three awesome giveaways (see photos above): Option 1: Yay for Today! Pillow, Option 2: Accept or Change Mini Print, and Option 3: Smile in the Rain Tote Bag. Be sure to note your favorite when you enter to win!


1. Enter by doing one (or all!) of the following. Each counts as an entry.   

    * Follow PositivelyPresent on Facebook.
    * Follow PositivePresent on Twitter.
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    * Follow PositivelyPresent on Pinterest.
    * Link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

2. Leave a comment below, including:

    * Where / how you entered (every follow / like / tweet / etc.) counts!
    * Which giveaway you'd like to win (Option 1, 2, or 3).
    * Your email address so I can contact you when you win  


* Every follow / share / tweet / like, etc. counts as one entry. 
  (Enter as many times as you'd like to increase your chances!) 

* 3 winners will be chosen + notified via email on February 3, 2014.  

* Contest open only to US residents. (Sorry, international friends!)


positively present picks: january 24, 2014

Take it slowThe Fresh Exchange Blog


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"It does not matter how slowly you go
as long as you do not stop."



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Personalized Pet Art : what a cute little DIY project!

Famous Movie Quotes as Charts : some of these crack me up

Writing Is Thinking : a good article (even if you're not a writer!)

Hello 2014! : this free printable will help you stay motived

8 Steps to Transform Negativity into Positive Results

Printable Typewriter Calendar : how cute is this little download?!

Do What You Love to Do : is it a positive phrase? 

10 Tips for a Productive Life : great advice via A Beautiful Mess


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Check out this week's Positively Present playlist on YouTube.  

"Giants" — Bear Hands
"Pretty Hurts" — Beyonce
"I Know Places" — Lykke Li
"Saturdays" — Cut Copy
"I Choose You" — Sara Bareilles
"Skinny Love" — Birdy
"Lost Boys" — Novelette
"Refugees" — Embrace
"Happy" — Pharrell Williams
"Be Young" — Kathryn Ostenberg
"Resolution" — Matt Corby 
"Blue Moon" — Beck

The Map of True Places
Brunonia Barryc

how to make spirits bright (in January!)


It's mid-January now and the holiday season is well behind us (most of us have even taken down our holiday decor!), but I've been thinking a lot about the positivity that goes along with the holiday season and how it's so often left behind when January rolls around. Instead of making spirits bright, most of us are making resolutions, focusing not on what's happening around us but on what we should be doing in the year ahead. This time of year, it's all about what's going to happen, not what is happening, which is a swift departure from the holiday season, which tends to be focused more on the present (sprinkled with traditions from the past). 

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the phrase "making spirits bright." It's something I never hear any time of the year other than in December, but why? Why not make spirits bright all year long? I say, let's do it! Let's strive to make spirits bright, even in the middle of January (which, in my opinion, is most when my spirit needs a little brightening!). Let's strive to focus not only on what's coming up in the year ahead, but also on what we can do to make today brighter, better, and more positive. 

Here are some of the best ways I can think of to make spirits bright all year long (and especially in this gloomy month of January!). 



Hold the door for people. Say thank you when someone else has held the door for you. Let other cars go in front of you when you're merging in traffic. Image that it's Christmas Eve. How would you react when you see someone rushing, hurrying, stressed out? You'd probably be less likely to be irritated by their behavior than normal because you're in the holiday spirit (or you'd at least understand why they might be overly stressed). Try to keep that spirit with you and act with courtesy and understanding. 



During the holiday season, many people tend to be a bit more cheery (excluding those who are more stressed, which unfortunately does tend to happen sometimes). When feeling cheerful, people are more likely to give compliments, which are like tiny little gifts that are completely free! Even if you're not feeling particularly cheery, try to give at least one compliment a day. It's such a small thing but it can have an amazingly positive impact on someone else's day. 



You've probably taken down your holiday cards by now, but think back to a few weeks ago when they were still popping up in your mailbox. Wasn't it so fun to receive mail that wasn't a bill or some trash-destined piece of junk? Snail mail is such a great way to keep spirits bright and it works in two ways. One, it brightens your spirits to write a little note to someone you care about and drop it in the mail, knowing how it will delight him or her to open it. And, two, it brightens the day of the person you mailed it to.



Remember those days when you were in the mall and heard the first snippet of a Christmas carol, a sound that instantly brought a smile to your face? (Maybe that's just me, but any sign of an upcoming holiday makes me smile!) The holiday season adds little touches to the world—lights, sounds, colors, glitter!—that make us smile. The decor might have been taken down, but look around for things that will make you smile. And smile at as many people as you can throughout the day—it will brighten both your spirits and theirs. 



The holiday season is frequently when we think about donating time, offering to volunteer at a homeless shelter or even simply help out at a local school. During the holiday season, we also hear a lot about donating to others—particularly toys—but what about the rest of the year? Consider all of the ways you can donate this month (and every month!) to help brighten someone else's spirits. You can donate things you no longer need or want (perfect for those odd Christmas gifts you don't know what to do with!) or you can donate your time to a local charity. Nothing brightens your spirit more than giving back to others!  

positively present picks: january 17, 2014



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"Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved." 

Winston Churchill


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Buddhify : my latest app obsession! check it out!

Barkley Turned One! : my Instagram video of her first year

Be Here Desktop Wallpaper : another beautiful design from Breanna Rose

Three 30-Minute Art Projects : I love how simple + pretty these are

12 Tips for a Happy, Long-Lasting Relationship : great advice via The Bold Life

Random Acts of Kindness for Kids : it's never to early to be kind

1 Happy Thought : another good happiness-boosting app 

Bossy Pants : I think I might need these (for my mom and sis too!)

Year of Wild Sister : the best deal of the year over at Wild Sister

In Love with Love : who's ready for Valentine's Day?!

Alice in Wonderland at Collectionary : I'd love to have all of these

Dancing Dog : this video of a talented pup (via Ellen) had me cracking up! 

How to Eat a Cupcake: this little video made me laugh


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Check out this week's Positively Present playlist on YouTube.  


"Coming of Age" — Foster the People
"The Man" — Aloe Blacc
"Say Something" (cover) — Jasmine Thompson
"Start a Riot" — Jetta
"Dissolve Me" — Alt-J
"Sleep" — Tom the Lion
"Chasing the Sun" — Sara Bareilles
"The Buffalo Days" — Lanterns on the Lake
"Fly" — St Lola in the Fields
"Mean Streets" — Tennis
"Box of Stones" — Benjamin Francis Leftwich 
"Until We Get There" — Lucius
"Young Blood" (cover) — Birdy

The First Rule of Swimming
Courtney Angela Brkic