Date Archives February 2017

Celebrating Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Okay, so I guess we don’t actually “celebrate” Groundhog Day, but in the spirit of the movie Groundhog Day, I thought I’d be cheeky and review some things we’ve talked about before that bear repeating.

First, be nice to yourself. It’s so easy to forget this in the hustle and bustle of the day, but seriously, be nice not just to others, but to yourself, too. The rest of us need and love you, and we don’t want you to feel unhappy (yes, I’m talking specifically to you).

Second, look at the bright side. This isn’t always easy in the moment, but how many times have you looked back on a time you felt miserable and realized you wouldn’t be where you are today without having been through that seemingly awful thing (a broken heart, a lost job, an unwanted move?). Think about how future you will benefit from what you are experiencing now.

Third, (one more after this and I’ll stop, I promise), but third, disrupt your own life once in awhile by making the decision to change things up. It’s easy to want things to stay the same, but really, it’s in doing things differently and having new experiences that we live a FULL life.

In fact, the more comfortable you get with initiating change the more comfortable you will be with navigating the inevitable changes in life. This is why I’m always trying new things and encouraging you to do the same.

Finally, never let disappointment in others make you bitter. Okay, maybe I haven’t exactly said this one before, but I hope that you get my drift when I encourage you to keep moving forward and try to be loving, even when people act like jerks. Don’t let what other people do shape who you are.

When in doubt, try this tactic I use on myself. The next time you get upset about something someone did just remind yourself, “that person is not ACTUALLY a jerk…they just play one on TV.” This works well for me!

You were born loving, kind, and generous and I hope you’ll stay that way, but I also understand that life can be a rough ride. If you think you’d be happier if you understood more fully how to love yourself and how to love others more, too, I hope you’ll join me for Love U, Love University.

February is the month of love, it’s also my birthday (I was born February 14th!)! If you act fast, I’m giving the gift of Love U for 30 days FREE. You’ll find everything you need at Love U to become at least 10% more loving by the end of the month. Don’t you think becoming even just 10% more loving this year would make a difference?

Happy Groundhog Day and let me know if you need anything from me. My inbox is always open.

All the love,

D 🙂

P.S. If you want more inspiration or to chat with me, I host a LIVE daily show called The Danielle Daily. You can tune in here weekdays at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT to ask me questions or just soak up the good vibes. If you do pop in, be sure say hello in the comments. I don’t know who is watching unless you comment, so you can join me incognito if that’s your style. See you there sometime.

My Secret Trick to Staying Inspired

Who doesn’t love the natural high that comes with feeling inspired, right? But how to maintain it…that’s always the rub. That feeling of inspiration seems to fade away faster than Frosty in a greenhouse.

It’s natural for the feeling of inspiration to wax and wane, but it’s easier than you think to set yourself up to feel inspired on a regular basis. I have a whole arsenal of tricks up my sleeves that I use each day to keep myself feeling inspired. I’ll share one of my favorites with you here because I think it is one you can use right now, no matter where you are reading this.

Learn something new.

I don’t care what it is, Google a new keyboard shortcut, learn a new way to drive to the store, learn a new way to make toast, learn a new dance step on YouTube, learn a new word on Thesaurus.com, etc.

There’s nothing like learning something new to remind yourself of all the amazing opportunities there are to experience life in new and interesting ways. Give learning something new a try! (I’ll wait why you Google)

Have you ever wished you could learn to become more loving? If so, I invite you to pop over and check out my just opened Love University.

February is the month of love, it is also my birthday (I was born February 14th)! Love is in the air this month, so If you have ever wished to learn to become more loving towards yourself or others, I really hope you will join me for Love University. (If you act fast you can get in for 30 days FREE)

At Love U you’ll become more loving by learning:

  • How to Fall in Love with yourself
  • How to stay with yourself (even when people compare you to others)
  • How to offer love to hostile people
  • How to love friends and family members  (even when they disappoint you with their beliefs or say hateful things)
  • How to decide if it’s for the best to end a relationship (and how to do it gracefully)

I know there is a lot of hatefulness going on in the world right now, and it seems amplified through social media channels such as Facebook…SO many people expressing things that make it really hard for us to love. I’m going to show you how to love anyway and it is going to feel so inspiring, empowering, and downright awesome.

Pop on over and check out my Love University. Use coupon code LOVE at checkout this month, and join me for Love University absolutely free for 30 days.

See you at Love U!

All the love,

Danielle 🙂

P.S. If you want more inspiration or to chat with me, I host a LIVE daily show called The Danielle Daily. You can tune in here weekdays at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT to ask me questions or just soak up the good vibes. If you do pop in, be sure say hello in the comments. I don’t know who is watching unless you comment, so you can come incognito if that’s your style. See you there sometime.

5 Best Practices for Staying Focused

Some of the best practices I’ve found for staying focused actually involve giving yourself a break from focusing and taking some time to do something that feels relaxing or simply gives your pleasure.

Things like:

  • Meditation
  • Going for a walk
  • Stretching
  • Calling a friend or
  • Savoring a cup of tea

If you find yourself having a difficult time staying focused, maybe it’s time to take a break and refresh before getting back after it?

How about spending between 5 and 30 minutes today giving one of these practices a try?

If you’ve been thinking about trying meditation, I highly recommend my friend Chel Hamilton’s podcast called Meditation Minis which is designed for crazy busy people like us. Chel has a great voice and she’s also just an awesome person so you should definitely check her out.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back again tomorrow with some of my personal secrets to keeping myself inspired. Until then…

All the Love,

D 🙂

P.S. If you want more inspiration or to chat with me, I host a LIVE daily show called The Danielle Daily. You can tune in here weekdays at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT to ask me questions or just soak up the good vibes. If you do pop in, be sure say hello in the comments. I don’t know who is watching unless you comment, so you can come incognito if that’s your style. See you there sometime.

3 Resources That Are Perfect For Keeping You Inspired

Happy Monday!

I woke up to a light coating of snow in my neck of the woods this morning so I’m typing this email to you from under the cozy covers to keep warm.

I know you have a full week ahead of you, so today I thought I’d provide you with a short list of resources that are perfect for keeping you inspired.

The first two resources I’m recommending below are (admittedly) dated. The third is more modern, I promise!

I say these first two resources are dated, not because they have become irrelevant, but because I read these books between 5 and 10 years ago.

However, each was instrumental in helping me to think more positive thoughts, make better decisions, and take more positive actions. I still teach the methods I learned from these books today, so it felt to me like they were still worth sharing in case they hadn’t made it onto your radar yet.

Sometimes oldies are goodies, right?

The first book I’m recommending to keep you inspired is, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay.

This book has been popular for decades, and you may already have a copy, but if not, it contains great information about how our thoughts impact our bodies along with dozens of specific affirmations you can use anytime you need them.

The second book I’m recommending is A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted by Will Bowen.

This book contains a 21-day challenge that was really REALLY difficult and uncomfortable for me but completing it helped me become conscious of how I think and speak and make changes to both. I can’t recommend taking the Complaint-Free challenge highly enough!

For today’s final recommendation I proudly offer my own book, Dear Self, I Love You! Keep Going!: 365 Inspiring Notes from My Bittersweet Year of Heartbreak and Healing.

This nearly 400-page book contains an ENTIRE YEAR’S worth of inspiring notes that (with the free Kindle app) you can download onto your phone or tablet so you’ll have inspiration at your fingertips no matter where you are (I’m told the notes also make beautiful screensavers and wallpaper).

One reviewer called  Dear Self, “One of the best inspirational books out there. Another said, If you want words to inspire you, motivate you, make you smile and feel like you are enough, grab yourself a copy. I couldn’t put it down! Thank you for sharing your beautiful words with the world.”

That’s all for today. I hope you find one (or all) of these books helpful for keeping you inspired. If you grab a copy of my book be sure to let me know what you loved about it by leaving a rating and review on Amazon.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a post on the 5 Best Practices for Staying Focused, so look for my email then.

All the love,

D 🙂

P.S. If you want more inspiration or to chat with me, I host a LIVE daily show called The Danielle Daily. You can tune in here weekdays at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT to ask me questions or just soak up the good vibes. If you do pop in, be sure say hello in the comments. I don’t know who is watching unless you comment, so you can come incognito if you’d prefer. See you there sometime!

P.P.S. I LOVE writing a P.S. because it reminds me of passing notes with friends back in grade school!  🙂

The Science Behind Staying Inspired

I’ll admit that sometimes I like to see if there is research to back up my beliefs about something and sometimes I deliberately ignore what “experts” might have to say because I am certain the usual rules don’t apply to me. Do you do that too?

In my experience, there are two keys to staying inspired.

The first is to focus my attention on the things, people, and experiences that cause me to feel good as often as possible.

The second is remove my focus from the things, people, and experiences that cause me to feel bad whenever I have that option.

I don’t always have the option to remove my focus from what feels bad (anyone else working on taxes right now?), but when I do, I take it.

This way of approaching life has not always made me popular, but it has been a reliable way to keep myself happy and feeling positive and inspired by life.

Research has shown that some of the best ways to stay inspired are to:

  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Meditate
  • Play games
  • Zone out
  • Do something creative

It seems to me, that the main reason so many of us feel uninspired by life is because we spend more time focused on what makes us feel bad than we do on what makes us feel good. A simple (I didn’t say easy) change in focus would lead to spending more time feeling positive, happy, and free.

This makes complete sense to me, but hey, I could be wrong and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

This weekend, practice spending more time focusing on what feels good and when you have the option to remove your focus from what feels bad, take it. Let me know how you did and how it felt.

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with some resources to help you stay inspired.

All the Love,

Is this the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen?

This is Tennyson Rose, also affectionately known as baby T. I have permission from her mommy to use this photo of Tennyson (thank you, Tori!).

When I saw the look of excitement and happiness on baby T’s face I couldn’t help but feel inspired by her zeal for the unknown and I can’t imagine a more shining example of why a positive focus matters.

Baby T isn’t even 2 yet, so it wasn’t that long ago that she was struggling to sit up, suffering through her first cold, or falling on her bottom while learning to walk.

In spite of all that, her enthusiasm for the unknown remains undiminished and her focus remains positive. Good things happen in life and painful things, too no matter what our age.

Each day really is a mixed bag of experiences and emotions, isn’t it? Happiness, laughter, tears, and wondering if we’ll ever recover or if things will really all will be okay in the end.

It’s so easy to let the yucky stuff cause us to forget that good happen each day, too.

What I love about baby T is that she hasn’t yet learned to dwell on the painful stuff happening in the world or worry about what uncomfortable experiences might be in her in the future, she simply takes life as it comes and expects that something exciting is always around the next corner.

If that’s not the right way to live, I don’t know what is.

No matter what uncomfortable or painful experiences we’ve experienced or will experience, a positive focus ensures that we are present for and participate in the fun, exciting, and joyful ones, too.

Note: A positive focus does not mean we stop acknowledging that bad things happen (last time I checked denial wasn’t healthy or an effective strategy). However, a positive focus does mean we refuse to allow the bad to keep us from acknowledging the good, and that my friend, is POWER.

Today when we’re faced with the unknown, let’s think like baby T and take life as it comes. I mean, how many awesome moments have already happened in your life? Why stop believing there will be more moments like that around the corner?

I’ll be back soon with another inspiration-packed blog.

All the love,

 

 

P.S. If you want more inspiration or to chat with me, I host a LIVE daily show called The Danielle Daily. You can tune in here weekdays at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT to ask me questions or just soak up the good vibes. If you do pop in, be sure say hello in the comments. I don’t know who is watching unless you comment. See you there sometime!