Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! 

Happy April everyone! We're so happy spring has sprung! Hope the 1st quarter of your year has been healthy, happy, and fulfilling! Keep moving forward!

As always, thanks for reading!  We are always so excited to share with you all the positive resources that we find!  We know it can be a lot to digest sometimes, so we recommend starting with skimming the newsletter first and reading/watching more of what resonates with you in particular :)


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


Quotes We're Pondering This Week—

(We like to find a lot of these, so we recommend for you to pick your favorite single quote here that you read and try and focus on it throughout the week).

“This is a wonderful day.  I’ve never seen this one before!” ~Maya Angelou 

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer 

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." ~Winston Churchill 

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~Jim Rohn

"There is freedom in building boundaries around yourself and not apologizing for them.” ~B. Oakman

“Happiness is only real when shared” ~Jon Krakauer

“The only difference between fear and faith is imagination.” ~Tony Robbins

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ~George Burnham

“The past is not the future. Give yourself permission to chart a new course.” ~Stephanie Leigh Mulac 

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~Groucho Marx

“Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day you get a little better than the day before.” ~Dwayne Johnson

This Week’s Positive Videos—

  • How to Find Purpose in Your Life | Robert Quinn

We’ve started to write out our own life statements/purpose now because of this video, especially every time something bad or challenging happens in our lives. It really ignites us!  Dr. Quinn's stories are really poignant and show how transformative learning can inspire a purpose-driven life!
  • A visual short on happiness:
We've often believed the Darwinian idea of “survival of the fittest” ... But, Dr. Dacher Keltner says it’s actually all about “survival of the kindest.”
  • The Secret to Self-Motivation:
Our brains are designed to keep us alive and protect us from anything that might hurt us.  We are never going to feel motivated naturally.  So we need to take the extra effort to do it.  If we change our decisions we change everything, because often, we are really only one decision away from a totally different life!

This Week’s Positive Resources and Insights—

Focusing on your proper SELF (Sleep, Exercise, Love and Food) will result in better overall health and well-being.
Using lunch as a time for self-care, and other great tips!
It’s a lot about gratitude in a lot of different ways...
“There isn’t a wrong way to meditate, it’s a matter of finding what works best for you.”
“Feelings are meant to be felt, and whatever we resist persists.”
“Our phones have been built to leave us always craving more. They're not inherently bad, but it is something that we should all be aware of.”
Research suggests ways to manage your smartphone use so you stay connected to the people around you.

A phenomenal list and a great tribute to his late grandmother. One of our favorites:

“Beginning each day with love, grace and gratitude always feels better than the alternative. When you arise in the morning think of what an incredible privilege it is to be alive — to be, to see, to hear, to think, to love, to have something to look forward to.”


What We're Listening To

This is a cool app you can download where you can enter your commute time and it will customize a motivational playlist for the exact same amount of minutes.

Ouch is a podcast about people with disabilities. The interviews and discussion are really heart-warming and personal and they have some really cool guests on it as well!

Sci-Fi / Future— 

Imagination is our window into the future. NASA/JPL released a series of awesome posters that strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. Click on the link and look through the images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future. You can download a free high-res version of the poster to enjoy and print out yourself for your wall!
  • Robot Kitchen Arm that can learn recipes and clean up after itself:

For people who are too busy to cook, this might be the answer to getting healthier homemade meals...
“Basically, scientists can now grow specific parts of animals—like JUST the chicken breast or ground beef. They do it by taking the cells from a living animal.”
  "Scientists discovered the new organ, which consists of fluid-filled spaces, in the body's connective tissue."
  The “sixth sense” of how birds perceive magnetic fields...
  "The eastern area of the Sahara Desert has some of the greatest solar power resources – sunlight – on the earth."
  "Bamboo will play a role in India’s energy security and promote green fuel use."
  "It features some of the best future military tech since the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot made F-16 pilots green with envy."

A Thought We've Been Pondering

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ~Rumi

It seems like sadness and joy are opposites, but maybe they go more hand in hand than we think.  Hardship gives us the opportunity to practice and establish joy in all things...because joy is a choice.  Especially when we have a hardship...

What We're Reading This Week—

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

I’ve been delving heavily into the art of storytelling and picked up this book from a recommendation given to me by a friend. It has some good concrete takeaways that you can apply right away. If you’re tired of the story books that just talk high level theory, then give this one a try because it has great nuggets of wisdom that I’ve started applying to the book that Jonathan and I are writing.


Ok, I’m reading this book this week after Mandy finished it last week and WOW. I’ve heard of this book for a while now and I didn’t realize how much info was PACKED into this little book from 1986. It’s amazing that Tony Robbins wrote this when he was 25 years old. Man, so much good information. If you end up going to UPW, it’s a great refresher because it covers many of the same topics covered in the course.

One of my favorite sections is just the one that describes the “Power of State” and how much your beliefs influence your state of mind and how quickly you literally can change. Within the snap of your finger you can go from a state of depression, anxiety, and sadness to one filled with hope, excitement, and power. It’s incredible.

The section on how to read people by purely watching their eye movements when they recall information vs construct information using imagination is utterly fascinating. You can know whether a person uses primarily visual, auditory or kinesthetic means to creat their internal representations of the world and subsequently know how to best reach out and speak to them in a meaningful way. Easily one of my favorite books of all time.

Although a little outdated, it’s interesting to see who was the “richest in the world” at the time and who was famous back then and realize that we really shouldn’t care what people think of us because it will all be forgotten in 20+ years. Just live your passion and life will be OK.


Got a minute?

Take a breath. But use this formula: Inhale 5 seconds. Hold for 20 seconds. Exhale for 10 seconds. Oxygen is the what gives us life. The quality fo your life is the health of your cells. Your cells need oxygen. This method of breathing fully oxygenates your blood and activates your lymphatic system to elimate toxins from your cells.

Got a few hours?

Go see Ready Player One. This might be one of my (Jonathan) favorite movies ever. It’s a great example of how to take a book and update it for the silver screen. Plus it has all the feels of Back to the Future mixed with some classic game and movie references from the 80’s. It also has a romantic storyline to it too. It had all the elements that make for a fun sci-fi adventure movie!

Got a weekend?

If you ever take a quick weekend trip to the San Francisco area, you can check out this fun story-driven murder mystery immersive experience! It’s called The Headlands Gamble.

That’s it for now! 

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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
Mandy & Jonathan Chew

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