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positively present picks: november 28, 2014

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"It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the
submerged truth sometimes comes to the top." 

Virginia Woolf


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How to Overcome Self Doubt : we all have doubts, but don't let them rule

#ProjectPositive : striving to stamp out self-inflicted negativity. love!

Teach People How to Treat You : take control of how others treat you

10 Things You Need in Your Creative Space : or any workspace, really

How to Buy Less + Stop Spending : great article + a free printable

Minute of Life : loving this one-minute video concept and website

Privileges to be Thankful For : how many do you often take for granted?

Grateful : free desktop and iPhone beautiful backgrounds

3 Quick Tips for a Positive Mindset : perfect for a pick-me-up

Feeling Overwhelmed? : if you feel stressed, try doing a Stress Assess

Journeys Are the Midwives of Thought : this quote is so spot on

5 Ways to Stop Worrying : it's can be hard to stop but these will help

Christmas Photo Challenge : celebrate the season with this! 


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Check out this week's
Positively Present playlist on YouTube

"The Days" (Cover) — Jasmine Thompson
"Cold Afternoon" — The Dig
"Happy Idiot" — TV on the Radio
"Magic" — Paperwhite
"Day Glo" — Brazos
"But I Do" — Now, Now
"Journey" — BUNT (feat. Emma Carn)
"Desire" — Years and Years
"Touch" — Shura
"Love You Anyway" — Ji Nilsson + Marlene
"Robbers" — The 1975
"Winter" (Remix) — Daughter


The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman

(pre-order my book, coming in January!)

The Positively Present Guide to Life
Dani DiPirro


how to tackle Thanksgiving Day stressors



Here in America, Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us. For those who love the turkey and mashed potatoes, the football watching and the launch of the holiday season, it can be a joyous time of year. But, unfortunately, the beloved American holiday doesn't always bring joy for everyone. For many, it means an increase in stress due to meal preparation and travel and the inevitable family get-togethers, which, let's face it, don't always go as smoothly as we'd like.

As wonderful as it is to celebrate the holiday (and kick off the holiday season!), it can definitely be a stressful time of year, which is why I've come up with some potential stress-inducing situations and paired them with some coping mechanisms for making it through the holiday. 


STRESSOR #1: Too much togetherness 

You might love your family, but spending significant amounts of time with all of them at once can be a bit much. It’s hard not to get caught up in wanting to be somewhere else when you’ve had enough family time, but when you find yourself overwhelmed by those you love, take a moment to imagine life without them and be thankful for the moments you have with them.

STRESSOR #2: Unexpected delays

Nothing ramps up holiday stress like an unexpected delay—a flight grounded by bad weather, a turkey taking way too long to cook. Instead of fretting about being late or having to wait, try to enjoy the extra time you have on your hands. Read an extra chapter or two in your book, call a loved one for a chat, or start a board game with the family. Rather than dwelling on the delay, be thankful for the surprise of extra time.

STRESSOR #3: Maddening mishaps

Every year it happens: something goes wrong. The food’s burnt. The taboo topic is brought up. The guests who declined arrive anyway. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, choose to focus on what’s right. A mishap might shine a light on a minor catastrophe, but you have the option to redirect that beam to all that’s still going right. Be grateful for the things that have fallen properly into place.

STRESSOR #4: Awkward interactions

During holiday festivities, you’re bound to encounter someone you’d rather not see, cuing awkwardness. Oddly enough, awkward feelings are something you should be grateful for. When you feel awkward, you have a chance to learn, to ask yourself what makes you uncomfortable and either choose to overcome or avoid it. Be thankful for that opportunity. 


Wherever you find yourself on Thursday (and whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving), I hope your day is as stress-free and joyful as possible. And if you need some more inspiration to keep you feeling thankful, check out Get Grateful : A Gratitude Round-Up for articles, inspiration, and activities. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

positively present picks: november 21, 2014


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“People generally see what they look for
and hear what they listen for."

Harper Lee


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Spark Notebook Kickstarter : I designed this for the amazing Popforms team
+ I'm so excited to see the project coming together! yay!

How to Get Shit Done When You're Unmotivated : really great advice here

9 Negative Thoughts That Push People Away : avoid these for sure!

How to Stop Negative Thoughts : tips for getting rid of that negativity for good

Love Your Face : these products look amazing (and inspiring too!)

7 Habits of Happy People : these are all such great habits to aspire to have

Destroy Before You Create : Danielle LaPorte is really on to something...

What Happened When I Stopped Thinking I Needed a Boyfriend

Be Here Now : how staying present can help you manifest what you want

5 Signs You're on the Right Path : a great way to check in with yourself

How I Met the Love of My Life : this story is so very inspiring!

10 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Right Now : some great questions

6 Tips to Heal a Broken Heart : because ignoring isn't healing...

The Viennese Girl : I'm really loving this blog I recently discovered

Why Do We Push Away Positive Feelings? : positivity is power 


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Check out this week's
Positively Present playlist on YouTube

"Blank Space" — Taylor Swift
"Riptide" (Cover) — Jasmine Thompson
"Walk Unafraid" — First Aid Kit
"Love Who Loves You Back" — Tokio Hotel
"Heartbeat" — Mat Kearney
"Helplessly" — Tatiana Manaois
"Try Again" — Miranda Dodson
"Blank Space" (Cover) — Tyler Ward
"Eros (In the Open)" — Young the Giant
"Different Colors" — Walk the Moon
"The Heart Wants..." — Selena Gomez
"Get Away" — Chvrches

Winter Street
Elin Hilderbrand

Your Life Isn't for You
Seth Adam Smith

(pre-order my book, coming in January!)

The Positively Present Guide to Life:
How to Make the Most of Every Moment

Dani DiPirro