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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
Shop the "Anxious" print here.



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
Shop the "Rain" print here.


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
Shop the "Take Care" print here.


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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Keep Moving Forward: 5 Steps to Get Going


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Lately I've been struggling a lot with motivation. There are so many things I want to do and make (and be!), and I've gotten to that point where I feel so overwhelmed that, instead of taking action, I just want to lie down, throw the covers over my head, and do nothing. (And, of course, whenever I do that, I feel guilty and terrible and even more overwhelmed.)

Indecisive about wanted to write about this week, I was sitting here (very unproductively watching endless episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee) and it occurred to me that maybe this struggle — the frustration and disappointment that comes with feeling overwhelmed and, rather than tackling the tasks, doing nothing instead — is exactly the thing I should be writing about. So, rather than write about what I've done, as I often do, I'm writing today about what I plan to do to take small steps to make positive progress! 

 

STEP 1 : ACCEPT WHERE YOU ARE

The first step to tackling any problem, I've found, is acceptance, and I think that's quite true in this situation. First and foremost, I've got to accept where I am instead of frantically worrying about what haven't yet done or fretting uselessly about what I want to accomplish. The complaining and worrying and freaking out is (clearly!) doing no good, so I've got to start by accepting where I am — much as I dislike this particularly unclear and frazzled time in my life. Once I begin to realize that this is where I am (and remember that it's not where I'll be forever!), I bet I'll be able to feel just a tad less overwhelmed and a bit more able to take on what needs to be done. 

 

STEP 2 : USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

This step is actually what made me finally sit down and start writing. I was struggling and then I thought to myself, Why not try working backwards? Instead of writing and then creating an image for the blog post, why not look at the images you've recently created and see if you're inspired by any of them? Of course, the first one I spotted was the one I made for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — and the perfect prompt to remind me that, wherever I am, I can get started using what I have. I might have some limitations at the moment — both physical and mental — but I still have a lot that I can work with! 

 

STEP 3 : MAKE A (SHORT!) LIST

I'm a chronic list maker (could you tell from my listicle blog posts? ha!), but the older I get, the more I notice that lists aren't always as productive as I think they are. Sometimes, as I mentioned, I look at that long list of to-do tasks and feel so overwhelmed I just snap my iPad shut and avoid them all together. This week I'm going to try making short, specific lists. Rather than something vague like "write next week's blog post" it'll be "write 5 tips about X." Getting specific and direct with my lists might (hopefully!!) me take more action. 

 

STEP 4 : DO THE HARD STUFF FIRST

We all have limited amounts of will power that apparently diminish over the course of a day, which means it's important to get the stuff you really don't want to do out of the way first. I've recently gotten into the habit of starting my days out slow and working more later in the day, but this week I'm aiming to get back on a get-up-and-get-to-work schedule, tackling the tasks I dislike first so that it's more likely I'll get them done. 

 

STEP 5 : TRY DIFFERENT METHODS

Staying motivated, particularly if you feel like you don't have access to the tools or mindsets you need, is challenging (which is why there are tons of books on productivity). One method that worked for me for awhile was keeping a "Done" lists alongside my "To-Do" list, where I'd  track what I'd accomplished — however small! I'm going to revisit that one this week, and explore some other productivity habits (like the Pomodoro Technique, which has always intrigued me). We're all different (and we all change, too!) so it's probably a good idea to explore new methods when in a rut. 

 

Wish me luck as I try to get a handle on this — and feel free to share any ideas or resources in the comments section below. I'd love to know what you do whenever you feel overwhelmed with a mountain of tasks that you've been putting off for months. Advice and resources greatly appreciated! 

 

Taking my own advice, I'm doing one thing that's been on my mind but I've been putting off: finding out what's on your mind! I have so many ideas for this year, but I want to know what you want to see from Positively Present in 2018! Click the link below to take the one-question survey.  

 

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Thank you so much!
Can't wait to get create some
wonderful things for you this year!