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Howdy Everyone!

It's Mandy and Jonathan Chew :)

We're back! Apologies for the long hiatus, but we decided to partake in this year's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which takes place in November, so we were heads down working hard on our novel called Actions Speak Louder Than Time Travel. We're almost done with a 1st draft that we can send out to beta readers! Let us know if you're interested and we may be able to send you a draft so you can share your thoughts and be part of the process!

We're trying to create a new genre called "Positopian" literature which has a blend between sci-fi/fantasy/self-help. It harkens back to the positive aspirational futures such as Star Trek that gives us helpful tidbits to apply to our lives and futures that give us hope.

Anyway, we've been working hard, so thanks for being patient with us!

OH! And we just got back from Rome, Italy where we celebrated my mom's birthday. She had been wanting to go to Rome for the last 5 years and so her wish finally came true! We were lucky enough that we even got to see Pope Francis and were like 10 feet from him!

You can check out our 60-second moment with the Pope here.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Holiday Season filled with light and hope and positivity! :)

Lessons we've learned this month:

  • Always act with Kindness
  • Give others the Benefit of the Doubt
  • Lead with Love and Patience
  • No Matter What Happens, It Will Be OK


- M&J

P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this week’s edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, The Positopian, where every few weeks, we share the most recently published positive news, fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 

A Positive Quote We're Pondering This Week—

"Let today be the day you give up who you've been for who you can become."
- Hal Elrod

Positive Tips We Found—

How 30 Day of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

By Cecilia Meis, Success.com

Can random acts of kindness actually increase and sustain happiness? Turns out they can, but there are exceptions. To find lasting happiness through generosity requires a suppression of our ego, an analysis of our motives and a reflection on how these acts alter our perception of the world.

5 things you can do today to feel happier today

By Today.com

Practicing gratitude is important all of the time, not just around the holidays. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

How to Be a More Patient Person

By Anna Goldfarb, New York Times

Relax. It’s going to be O.K.

“Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness.” - David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine Monk (found in A.J. Jacobs' book, Thanks a Thousand!)

Books that we read last month—

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

By Ryder Caroll

Jonathan has adopted this new method for organizing his thoughts and life. It's revolutionized his whole way of thinking! The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It's about what Carroll calls "intentional living": weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what's truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It's about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things.
Happy Holidays!
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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
Mandy & Jonathan Chew


P.S. If you're like us, always wanting to read even more positive articles, you can check out our publication on Medium!
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