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Steps to Positivity + Inspiration

It’s pretty obvious that New York has made it lifelong imprint on me — the way I dress, the way I carry myself, my political and social opinions, as well as my general personality.

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The longer I’m out of my hometown city, the more I recognize the differences between my views and attitudes vs. others. More specifically, my occasionally sarcastic, borderline-pessimistic, neurotic and anxiety-fueled, New-Yorker way of thinking and relating to the world around me. For better, or worse, I can totally relate to the characters of Seinfeld… minus the Elaine Benes dancing part.

Sounds like a hoot, right?

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I wish I could change all of that to become this lighthearted and easy-going, go-with-the-flow type of individual, but ultimately the whole “I-am-what-I-am” thing comes into play. At this point in my life, I have enough self-awareness to recognize when I’m falling down the rabbit hole of frustration, annoyance and melancholy and I don’t like it.

In my current role as a wife, parent and business owner, these day-to-day struggles can quickly put a damper on mood, not to mention productivity and creative inspiration. I’ve been thinking a lot about techniques and strategies to maintain positivity and creative gusto and thought that we all could use a positive push in the right direction at times, starting with this list of tips:

STEPS TO POSITIVITY + INSPIRATION

(Even When You DON’T Feel Particularly Positive OR Inspired!)

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1. Create a comforting environment for yourself

What does that mean exactly? Well, for me it’s all about structure, order and surrounding myself with aesthetically beautiful things. A clean house, office and desk is a good start. My world can be a hot mess but as long as my bed is made, I feel infinitely better… but that’s me.

 

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2. Find inspiration in the everyday

Whether it’s by looking outside and noticing the changing landscape, browsing a magazine, or even getting lost in the virtual pages of PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM, it’s important that we think outside our own box and allow others to inspire us.

 

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3. Keep a journal

I am guilty of not following my own advice here, but I really think putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) allows you to an opportunity to document all of the things we have to be grateful for. With so much going on in our over-scheduled lives, it’s easy to overlook all of our blessings. Your journal should serve as your constant reminder.

 

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4. Unplug + Disconnect

Between our obsessions with our phones, iPads and high-speed internet connections, unplugging is critical to just allowing our minds to rest, reflect and recover. Whether through meditation, prayer, exercise, or just watching mindless and entertaining television (Hello, ANCIENT ALIENS!) it gives us a chance to bring the focus inward.

 

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5. Change the Conversation

Frustrated at work? Annoyed with the kids? Upset with yourself? Rather than dwell on what is fueling these negative feelings, take action. Insanity is officially defined as a repetition of an action or behavior with the expectation of a different result. Unless you make a change, you can’t expect the world around you to.

Some of these ideas are not exactly groundbreaking, but hey, they work!

What are some of the things that you do when you’re struggling to stay positive and inspired?

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