Today is the first day of Find the Good February: a month dedicated entirely to finding the good all around (and within) you! Read on for more details and info on this week's theme: finding the good ONLINE ...
WHAT'S FIND THE GOOD FEBRUARY?
I'll be honest: I've been dreading February for months. It's so silly, but the thought of a valentine-less Valentine's Day made me feel really down. Last month, I was feeling bummed (due to the post-holidays blues) and not at all looking forward to the cold and (romantic) love-less February so, instead of wallowing, I decided I needed to change my attitude big time. (As my mom used to always tell me when I was a kid, I was in need of an "attitude adjustment!")
The first thought that popped into my mind was to create a self-love campaign (based on some of the content in my e-books Finding Your Self and Loving Your Self), and I was initially really excited about this idea because, as you know, I believe self-love is absolutely vital. (It is, after all, the foundation for all of your relationships!) But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to focus on something even broader than self-love -- and that's when I got the idea for Find the Good February!
I made the decision to dedicate the entire 29 days of February to focusing on finding the good in life -- online, at work, in my relationships, in myself, etc. Because, honestly, the best thing to do when you're having a hard time is to focus on being grateful for what's going right (instead of focusing on what's going wrong). So that's what Find the Good February is all about!
Get ready for a month of blog posts, Instagram goodness, and more -- dedicated entirely to finding the good in life. Each week will feature a different theme around the topic of finding the good, and this week's theme is all about finding the good ONLINE!
FIND THE GOOD... ONLINE!
If you haven't noticed, there's a lot of negativity going on in the world, and a ton of it takes place online. There's bullying and negative comments and all kinds of hostility (especially when it comes to the upcoming presidential elections here in the US). It can be disheartening at times, but this week in Find the Good February, we're going to focus on two things (1) all of the wonderfully positive content online, and (2) celebrating and spreading positive content as much as we can!
This week, I encourage you to...
- FIND POSITIVE CONTENT.
I know it's hard to find sometimes, but it's out there. There are people all over the world writing and creating and sharing uplifting content. It's so amazing that we can all be connected online in so many ways and that we have the power to create and share things with others. This week, seek out positive online content. Try not to click on anything that promotes negativity, and, instead, focus on the things online that bring positivity, encouragement, and joy into the world.
- THANK THE CREATOR.
The best thing you can do when you discover positive content online is tell the person who created it how much you like it. Those who create and share online content would love know that you enjoyed an article, painting, photograph, meme, tweet, etc. Drop the creator a quick email (or leave a comment on his/her site) to let him or her know how much you enjoyed what s/he created. Even if this person is a big-time creator and receives tons of messages, take the time to leave yours too. You never lose out by sharing your gratitude!
- SHARE POSITIVE CONTENT.
Another excellent way to focus on the goodness online this week is by sharing the positive content that you find, spreading the goodness and allowing others to experience it. When you find something really uplifting, spread the word about it by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. Or, if online sharing isn't your thing, email a link to a friend (or, if you're really old school, print and mail an article or image). Not only will you brighten your someone else's day, but you'll also help creators spread positive content. (As an added bonus, it also just feels nice to share something positive with others!) And don't forget to use the hashtag #FindTheGoodFebruary
- SPREAD SOME ONLINE LOVE.
It's important to find and share positive content this month (and always!), but another great thing you can do is create your own goodness by sharing the online love this month. Like as many things as you can on Facebook and Instagram. Retweet tweets and leave comments on your friends' Facebook and Instagram posts. Do you know how long it takes to leave a comment like "Love it!" or "Looking good!"? A matter of seconds -- and it can make someone's day. Clicking a "like" button takes even less time. Of course, the world shouldn't revolve around likes and hearts and comments, but these are small little things you can do that really make others feel nice, so why not spend a few extra moments this week doling out some serious online love?
- HASHTAG IT! #FINDTHEGOODFEBRUARY
I'd love to see what kinds of good things you find online. When you share on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #FindTheGoodFebruary so we can all share in the good things that we find. :) Hopefully this can become an annual event and every time we're struggling to stay positive or need some inspiration, we can click on #FindTheGoodFebruary and find all kinds of great, empowering, enlivening content!
MY FAVORITE ONLINE FINDS
To kick off the week of finding online goodness, I'm going to share some of my current favorite online finds with the hope that you'll enjoy them too! The first thing I've been really loving is the CaseApp website, where you can design your own phone case! I created the one below so I can remind myself to find the good all month long. Want to create one? From today until February 8, 2016, get 20% off on a custom case from CaseApp with the code POSITIVELY20. (If you want to create this exact one, you can download the PNG file here.)
The next thing I've really been loving in the online world lately is YouTube. I've never really understood all of the hype about YouTubers until the six months or so when I really started watching them. There's something really wonderful about following along with others' adventures and getting a glimpse into their lives. Some of my favorite YouTubers of the moment: Zoella, Sprinkle of Glitter, Anna Saccone, and Tanya Burr. Check them out for some lifestyle tips, inspiration, and more.
Third on my list of current online favorites is: Caroline Winegeart's Made Vibrant. I've been loving Caroline's work for quite awhile now, but I recently took her course (Your First E-Course) and was reminded of how talented and awesome she is. Her weekly newsletter always makes me think differently and feel inspired (and this is coming from someone who hates weekly newsletters!). Plus, she's been doing this amazing Abstract Affirmations series that combines her beautiful artwork with inspiring words and I absolutely l-o-v-e it. So, if you're a creative soul looking for bright, beautiful, brilliant inspiration, check out Caroline and Made Vibrant!
Those are just a few of the positive online finds I've rounded up, but you can keep on top of my favorite things (and find new sources of inspiration) with my weekly Positively Present Picks, featuring links I love, books I'm reading, and a brand new playlist every Friday.
I'd love to see what goodness you find online this week! Feel free to share it in the comments section or with me via social media. And feel free to share your own work / writing / sites too!
You know where else you can find good stuff? In yourself! If you're looking for some more soul-searching inspiration, check out the Finding Yourself workbook. Discover more about yourself, and uncover what you want most by downloading a copy of the e-book Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery. Filled with inspiration, questions, and activities to get you thinking about what it means to be you, Finding Yourself is a must for learning more about who you are and about what matters most to you. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your own copy here.