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Positively Present Picks : December 30, 2016


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Quote-of-the-week

"The new year stands before us,
like a chapter in a book,
waiting to be written."

Melody Beattie

 

Links-I-Love    
New Year, Same Me : an old post I seem to re-read every new year

21 Innovations that Improved the World in 2016 : hooray for innovators!

End-of-Year Prompts : listen to this podcast for great inspiration

3 Quick Questions for a Happier 2017 : simple, but powerful queries

Forgiveness Is a Great Act of Kindness : more on forgiveness in my book

10 Signs Your Soul Wants You to Unplug : I have way too many of these. yikes.

Purpose is the New Medicine : what if we focused more on purpose? 

5 Key Lifestyle Changes for Staying Sober : lifestyle changes are vital for sobriety

New Year, No Procrastination : some tips for ending procrastination for good

Yoga for Everyone : want to try, but feel unsure? read this NYT article

Mindfully Free of Wanting People to Be a Certain Way : wow, this is powerful

10 Questions to Ask Yourself to End 2016 Feeling Powerful + Positive

Continual Letting Go When You're Overwhelmed : stop romanticizing busy

What Are You Telling Yourself? : pay close attention to the stories you tell

5 Questions for a Deeper Year-in-Review : dig deeper, learn more

Self-Control Is Just Empathy for Your Future Self : wow. that's so true.

Journaling Your Way to Success : journaling is more powerful than you think

 

Listening

Listen to this playlist on YouTube.
Finally on Spotify! Follow me!


"I Was Born a Dreamer" — SHEL
"A Long December" — Counting Crows
"Friends" — Majik
"Green Trees Red Hearts" — Nat Jay
"The New Year" — Death Cab for Cutie
"New Year's Eve"— The Head & the Heart
"Luxuries" — Folded Like Fabric
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" — Sonna Rele
"Frames" — Luke Thompson
"We Will Run" — Jens Kuross

 

Reading

Check out my reading list on GoodReads.
 

Life Word: Discovering Your One
Word to Leave a Legacy
Jon Gordon

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
Ben Clanton

The 50 States: Explore the USA
Gabrielle Balkan
 

I write books too! Check it out...

The Positively Present Guide to Life*

Effortless Inspiration Series:
Gratitude, Living in the Moment, 
Compassion, and Forgiveness*

Stay Positive: Daily Reminders
from Positively Present*
 

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Bye, 2016! : A Look Back at the Year

  Bye 2016

 

2016 was... intense, to say the least. Like most years, there were highs and lows, but something about this year was quite unique. I've seen lots of people online talking about all of the negative aspects of the year (of which, yes, there were many), but it doesn't feel great to join on that bandwagon and reflect on this year's struggles. This year was far from ideal, but a lot of great things did happen. I've spent a bit of time reflecting on the year and, rather than bemoaning the things that didn't work out the way I'd hoped, I've decided to focus on the things that did work out. 

Here are some of the highlights of my year. Hopefully reading through them will inspire you to think about the positive things that happened to you this year. Even if it was a rough one (and I know it was for so many of us), there is always something good to be found if you make a point to look for it. Here's some of the goodness I found in my life...  



POSITIVELY PRESENT PRODUCTS

Products 
For years I've been selling books and e-books, but this year I launched two products for the first time ever: stickers and pins! Launching physical products that I actually had to have made and shipped was a bit of a daunting task for me, but I'm so glad I explored that aspect of business. It's been so wonderful to see people around the world using my stickers to inspire more self-love and wearing my pins to promote more love and less hate. If you want to learn more about the products, check out my Etsy store, Twenty3. (And keep an eye out for new goodies coming in 2017!)

 

YOUTUBE CHANNEL LAUNCH

YouTube


Earlier this year, I launched my YouTube channel! I'd had one for years, but only used it for creating my weekly music playlists. This year, I took the leap and actually started making my own videos. This was not only a new aspect of my business that I had to learn, but it was also a huge step outside of my comfort zone. I'm very comfortable writing about personal things, but talking about them -- putting myself out there in a more physical way -- was scary. As nerve-wracking as it was, I'm so glad that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone! Watch the videos here

 

SIX YEARS OF SOBRIETY

Sober


In 2016, I celebrated six years of sobriety. Even though it's been six years, I'm still amazed that I've gotten (and stayed!) sober. The old me would never, in a million years, have believed that was possible. Drinking was such a big part of my identity for so long and realizing that I needed to let go of that aspect of myself (and actually letting it go) was life-changing for me. It's still a challenge, but, cliche as it sounds, it does get easier, but every year I'm able to celebrate sober is a huge accomplishment for me. (Also, I hope it's an inspiration for you. If there's something you should let go of, you can do it!)

 

NEW + IMPROVED WEBSITE

  New Site Look

Positively Present turned seven this year, and, in celebration, I gave the brand and the website a little makeover. I spent an incredible amount of time researching, sketching, and brainstorming exactly what I wanted the new brand to represent, and, after countless revisions, I finally launched the new look. I'm so thrilled with how it ended up turning out, and I'm so proud of what the new look represents: Positively Present's goal of promoting positively, awareness, and self-love. If you want to read more about the site's revamp (and the meaning behind it), check this out

 

EVERY DAY MATTERS DIARY

2017 Every Day Matters

For the third year in a row, the Every Day Matters: A Year of Inspiration for the Mind, Body, and Spirit diary launched. Working on this planner is one of my absolute favorite projects because it combines a few things I love doing the most: writing and illustrating and reading lots and lots of quotes. Every year, with the help of my amazing publishing team, the diary gets better and better, and I'm so proud of all the hard work that goes into it. If you haven't picked up your copy, it's not too late to kick off the year with inspiration that'll help you make every day matter. Here's where you can get it in pocket or desk size. 

 

EFFORTLESS INSPIRATION BOOKS

Effortless Inspiration 

One of the best things that happened in 2016 was the launch of my Effortless Inspiration series. The goal of these little books was to provide bite-sized inspiration and on-the-go insights on four topics absolutely essential for living a positively present life: Living in the Moment, Gratitude, Compassion, and Forgiveness. Working on these books was so inspiring, and hearing such positive feedback from people around the world (and seeing the books in different languages!) was straight up amazing. You can read more about the series here

 

6TH ANNUAL GRATITUDE CHALLENGE

Gratitude

For the sixth year in a row, I hosted the Gratitude Photo Challenge, and it was nothing short of inspiring. Dedicating time and attention to focusing on the things I'm grateful for each November is always such a positive experience, but this year I was blown away by the participation and completely thrilled by the opportunity to see people across the globe sharing the things they were thankful for. This year I also collaborated with the amazing Caroline from Made Vibrant, which made this year's challenge even more special! 

 

THIS UNCOMMON LIFE

This Uncommon Life

 

This year's most popular post was, by far, How to Share Your Beliefs (Even With People Who Don't Agree). It was the first time I'd really opened up about politics (a topic I generally try to stay away from, since, quite honestly, it's not often very positive). I was nervous to share the post (along with a new Instagram account, This Uncommon Life), but the post was so well-received, and I received so many messages telling me how my words had helped people cope with the touchy subject of politics. Since positively impacting people's lives really is all I want, the positive feedback I received on this post made my whole year!

 

It's exciting to look forward to the year ahead, but it's also important to reflect on the good things happened over the past twelve months. I hope you enjoyed reflecting on the Positively Present year with me, and I hope it inspired you to think about the things you've accomplished this year. And here's hoping 2017 is the best year yet! 

 

  

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Positively Present Picks : December 23, 2016

  
Dear Santa Love Dani
From a 2014 post. Make your own list using the template here


Quote-of-the-week

"So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up Christmas list
Not for myself but for a world in need
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, no
This is my grown up Christmas list."

Amy Grant + Linda Thompson

 

Links-I-Love    
5 Hang-in-There Holiday Tips : if you're struggling this week, read this.

Give Yourself Time to Just Be : we all can use a little "be" time

Every Day Matters : don't forget to get your planner in time for the New Year

52 Week Photo Challenge : if you're feeling creative, try this in 2017!

Toodles Noodles : just discovered this shop + I'm a bit obsessed with it

5 Ways to Make Mercury Retrograde Work for You : it can be a good thing

Not Everyone Will Get It : not everyone will get you. and that's perfectly ok. 

How to Keep the Spirit of Christmas All Year Long : old post, but still relevant

Why Is Denmark the Happiest in the World? : hint -- it has to do with this

7 Small Habits to Help You Cope in the Digital World : 'cause it's stressful

Google Year in Search : such a fascinating video reflecting on 2016

We Were Made for These Times : reading this left me feeling so inspired

Two Kinds of Winning : very simple, but powerful words from Seth Godin

9 Ways to Silence Self-Criticism : less hate, more love -- for yourself

Holding Out : I've never thought about it before, but it's highly underrated

Staying Sober During the Holidays : it can be really tough. you're not alone. 

Work with Me! : 2017 can be a fresh start for you and/or your brand


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Thanks to Casper for making this super cute graphic for me! :) Check them out here

 

Listening

Listen to this playlist on YouTube.
Finally on Spotify! Follow me!


"In My Mind" — Maty Noyes
"What Up Where You Are" — State of Sound
"All We Know" — The Chainsmokers
"Be As You Are" — Mike Posner
"I Believe" — Brandon Jenner
"Same Drugs"— Chance the Rapper
"Christmas with You" — Richard Readey
"Light the Sky" — Grace VanderWaal
"Don't Wanna Know" — Sonna Rele
"Silent Night" — Demi Lovato

 

Reading

Check out my reading list on GoodReads.
 

The Magic Christmas (Sweet Valley)
Francine Pascal

Pick Me Up
Adam J. Kurtz
 

I write books too! Check it out...

The Positively Present Guide to Life*

Effortless Inspiration Series:
Gratitude, Living in the Moment, 
Compassion, and Forgiveness*

Stay Positive: Daily Reminders
from Positively Present*
 

Some links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and purchase something, I receive a commission. There is no additional cost to you if you use these links, and I will never share links for products I haven't or wouldn't purchase myself. For more information on affiliate links, please visit the Terms of Use page.