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Today Positively Present turns nine!

It's crazy to think I've been doing this for NINE years. While the messaging and concepts -- living a positively present life through optimism, awareness, and self-love -- have remained the same, so many things have changed, particularly in recent years. If you've been following for awhile, you've probably noticed the shift from shared art to photo/quote art, to hand-drawn illustrations.

In the past year, I've gotten really into illustrating (check out the latest on Instagram!), and, after many requests for prints, I finally discovered a way to make it happen! This week, I'm launching my first ever print shop, filled with my original illustrations. I've been working so hard on these for so long and to see them in print has been so amazing! 

 

Anxious Print
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The prints -- available in a variety of sizes, mounted (my personal favorite), borderless or with borders, lustre paper or canvas -- are perfect for adding a bit of inspiration to your home, office, or school. 


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I'm so excited to kick off the tenth year of Positively Present with this new addition to the brand. When I create illustrations for Instagram, it makes me so happy to hear from people around the world who enjoy and feel inspired by them. My hope with the print shop is that my illustrations can be a bit of inspiration in real life, something you can hang up and look at whenever you need a little boost of positivity! 

Positivity Print
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The prints work for all kinds of environments -- everything from a nursery to a workplace to your bedroom -- and I absolutely love how vibrant and colorful they are in person. I've tried a number of print shops, but the colors are often duller than they appear on the computer, but not with these! The beautiful, high-quality paper keeps the colors vibrant, which allows you to bring the exact illustrations you see on Instagram and here on Positively Present into your real life. (And don't we all need a bit more of that in this digital age? There's something wonderful about tangible, in-real-life art, isn't there?) 

 

Take Care Print
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I'm not sure where in the world you get a cool frame like this, but doesn't this look adorable framed like that? (Speaking of frames, AC Moore has some great square ones in a variety of colors, which are perfect for framing the 8x8 size.) I know you're going to love them in person as much as I do! So go celebrate Positively Present's birthday and treat yourself to a vibrant illustration for your home or office! 


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The Lies We Tell Ourselves + How to Stop It

 

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Apologies for the lack of post last week. I've been going through... I don't know what it is, exactly... a tough time? a transitional period?... I have no idea what to call it, but it's been interesting, to say the least. YouTube, in all it's wisdom, suggested this video to me yesterday, and I immediately pressed play. If things have been weird or painful or confusing day after day after day, I figure there must be a bit of internal dishonesty at play, and I wanted to see if the video would open my eyes to some new way of thinking. 

Most of us lie to ourselves, from time to time, to avoid pain. It makes total sense. We lie to ourselves about the things that would be really hard to change (like a marriage, a belief system, a career path). We lie to ourselves about the odd internal thoughts we have in order to convince ourselves we're normal. We lie to ourselves about what we do and don't care about to avoid feelings of inadequacy. We lie to ourselves about all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons.

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75 Questions for Cultivating Self-Awareness


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Self-love is one of my favorite topics to write about, but it’s occurred to me lately that I haven’t spent a great deal of time writing about one of the foundations of this important topic — self-awareness. Self-awareness is conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires, and it’s presence is essential for loving who you are.

You might be thinking, But I know who I am! Of course, we all know ourselves on some level, but self-awareness is something we should— and can!— always be contemplating. Because we’re always growing, changing, becoming, to truly know the self, we must constantly be curious about who we are.

One of the best ways I've found to gain a better understanding of the self is the practice of asking and answering questions. In 2017, I had a wonderful little calendar from Flow Magazine that featured a question a day, and it served as a daily reminder of the importance of questions. Contemplating these questions helped me to gain a better understanding of myself throughout the year. I’ve missed waking up to them this month, so I decided to create my own little list — some of my favorites from the calendar and some that I thought of myself — to inspire self-awareness exploration this week. 

Writing these and reflecting on them was such a great exercise for me, and I hope they inspire you to think about the world (and yourself!) a bit more deeply. 

  1. How do you currently feel about yourself?
  2. Do you engage in activities to escape your reality?
  3. What do you think you could never, ever give up?
  4. Do you believe every thought you think?
  5. Who (or what) always makes you laugh?
  6. Was there a turning point in your life?
  7. How do you spend the majority of your time?
  8. Do you feel inspired by someone or something?
  9. Are you good at being in the present moment?
  10. What was the last thing you purchased?
  11. Do you often remember your dreams when you wake?
  12. What’s on your to-do list that never gets done?
  13. Would you move to another country?
  14. How would your best friend describe you?
  15. Do you consider your childhood a happy one?
  16. When did you last feel disappointed?
  17. Do you have any (or many) guilty pleasures?
  18. How do you feel when faced with change?
  19. What do you think happens when you die?
  20. Do you believe in giving second chances?
  21. What is your greatest strength?
  22. Do you always say what’s on your mind?
  23. How do you cope with stress?
  24. What would you tell your younger self?
  25. How often do you learn new things?
  26. Do you enjoy spending time with others?
  27. What is your favorite time of day?
  28. How often do you ask others for help?
  29. What is your biggest weakness?
  30. Are you good at establishing boundaries?
  31. What’s the best day you’ve had so far?
  32. Do you frequently make wishes?
  33. What would your ideal career consist of?
  34. Where is your favorite place to be?
  35. Do you say “yes” or “no” more often?
  36. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
  37. How open are you with others?
  38. What is currently worrying you?
  39. Do you enjoy spending time alone?
  40. Which sense do you use the most?
  41. How would you define the meaning of life?
  42. What questions are you asked often?
  43. When was the last time you made a change?
  44. Do you enjoy talking about yourself?
  45. What does the word “birthday” connote?
  46. Who do you call when you’re upset?
  47. How often do you procrastinate?
  48. Do you believe people can really change?
  49. What three words best describe you?
  50. When did you last see the sun rise?
  51. Do you think time heals all wounds?
  52. What is your relationship with technology?
  53. Are you good at letting things go?
  54. Do you prefer morning, afternoon, or night?
  55. What are you currently working on?
  56. Are you attracted to a specific type of person?
  57. Would you like to live in a different decade?
  58. What do you enjoy about adulthood?
  59. Do you think you have a big imagination?
  60. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken?
  61. Could you live without the internet?
  62. Why do you get out of bed each day?
  63. When did you last make a new friend?
  64. Do you think your ego gets in the way?
  65. What’s the strangest thing you’ve experienced?
  66. How would you describe your personal style?
  67. What do you like/dislike about your gender?
  68. Do you have difficulty sleeping?
  69. What do you want to learn more about?
  70. Can you accept compliments easily?
  71. What can you do really, really well?
  72. Are you living your life for yourself?
  73. What would you like to be remembered for?
  74. Do you feel connected to your culture?
  75. What does the word “self-love” mean to you?

I'm always looking for more thought-provoking questions. Have you come across any good ones lately that I didn't share in the list above? If so, leave them in the comments below!

 

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