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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.

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,

Your goals miss you, let’s plan a reunion!

Back on January 3, I challenged myself to create a new PR (personal record) in my yoga practice, which meant hitting my yoga mat A LOT.

20 times in just 11 days, to be exact.

It was definitely a stretch for me to squeeze practicing twice daily (with 1 scheduled day off in the middle of the challenge) into my busy life, but it was also a lot of fun to test myself and see if I could really do it.

As you can imagine, the feeling when I accomplished my goal was like having lit a huge fire (in the best possible way!). Plus, I got an added boost when I found out from the studio manager that my personal challenge had provided inspiration to many of the teachers and students who had watched me working towards my goal.

My personal challenge had provided inspiration for others. How awesome is that, right?

Don’t you get excited when you see or read about other people setting a goal or taking on a personal challenge and kicking butt at it?

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Is challenging yourself right up your alley?

I thought it would be fun if we spent the next 7 days or so celebrating what we’ve already achieved, and using that feeling of accomplishment to inspire and drive us to challenge ourselves to accomplish even more.

If you’re anything like me, you LOOOVE the feeling that comes along with NAILING a personal challenge. I’ve decided we’re going to use that feeling to spur us on to accomplish EVEN MORE.

But before we do, stop right now and take 5 minutes to write down something you have already achieved.

We’ll be using that achievement (and the positive feelings that go with it) to drive us towards achieving even more.

Did you write something down? Good.

Now, what are you going to challenge yourself to next? Harness the good feelings you received from what you have already accomplished (you did write that down, didn’t you?) and use them to drive you on towards your next goal or goals.

Also, let me know what you’re working towards so I can celebrate and feel the excitement along with you!

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon to add more fuel to the fire, so look for my email then.

All the love,

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