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Howdy,
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! :)

February has arrived...

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 :)

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 two weeks, we share positive fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 


Videos That Inspired Us This Week—

Permanent Problems vs. Temporary Problems:



Mel Robbins introduced this amazing concept–the idea that there are temporary and permanent problems. Many of us, it turns out, waste a lot of time and energy on permanent problems–and that’s holding our lives back.

She wrote a book called The 5 Second Rule which has an awesome 31 day series of videos which is where this one comes from.

Louise Hay - 101 Power Thoughts

TONS of Power Thoughts to inspire you...
 

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 focus on it throughout the week.) 
 

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.” ~Gandhi 

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards." ~Vernon Law 


“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver 

“Love must be put into action, and that action is service.” ~Mother Theresa

"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” ~Desmond Tutu


"Having a dream you don't pursue is like buying an ice-cream cone and watching it melt..." ~Frank Papasso 

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” ~Coretta Scott King

“Pride, gratitude, and compassion, push us not only to cooperate with others but also to help our own future selves.” ~Scott Marcus 


“Hidden in all misfortune is good fortune.” -Concept in The Tao Te Ching
 


From Our Lives



We finally crossed this item off of our bucket list...

 

This Week’s Positive Resources and Insights—

We absolutely love watching inspirational speakers and watching inspirational videos. This site has an entire 30-day course for FREE that you can watch and compiles some of the best motivational speakers out there to help change your paradigm and live a life that is intentional, successful, and inspired! Just peruse some of the awesome videos and watch 1 per day!
  How to fill our lives with more love and joy (both inner and outward). There are some really good tips and takeaways from this article and we highly recommend reading it.
  Wearable Tech posture corrector and trainer that tracks your improvement.
 

We've always heard it's better to prioritize experiences over material things when choosing how to spend money, but we never thought about expanding our definitions of what an experience is...
 

There's lots of little ways you can improve our life every day that you don't realize. Small and simple things like making the bed, changing the background on your phone, and updating your pictures can have a big impact on well-being.
  A guided meditation filled with powerful phrases to help you get on the best path toward having more loving kindness toward yourself and others.
  This is one of the coolest resources we've seen! It's an interactive scrolling website that literally puts things in perspective on why it feels that as we get older, time seems to go faster and faster and faster...

If you're looking for a paradigm shift this weekend, this is a good place to start!
 
 

Inspiring Things from Others — 

Charles Pafites is an 82 year old every day hero who has been hand-making inspirational cards and gives them out to hospital patients for the last 20 years... 
 
  • Making Moves With a One-Legged Tap Dancer...

 
  • One of our favorite idols, Ellen, turned 60 yesterday and THIS is what she did! We are always so inspired when we hear of acts of generous giving, but with this special gesture, it was also the people in this audience that made it even MORE meaningful...
 
Ellen DeGeneres shocked her audience by giving them $1 million dollars!
 
 

Fun Finds  

Always get sad when you finish a puzzle? Well, now there's something out there called an Infinity Puzzle that can keep your puzzle going. Forever. 
 

Sci-Fi / Future— 

A new positive genre in science fiction called Solarpunk, about sustainable energy in the future:
“So much science fiction is dystopian and apocalyptic.  Solarpunk for me is a reaction against that; it is a desire to see a future I want to live in and that I want to be a part of making.”
  Have we taken a HUGE step forward in finding a cure for cancer?
  If you watch this video, it's crazy how well choreographed it looks and how it could look like lightsabers! So awesome! We found it on this reddit thread.
  The Grocery Store of the future has finally opened in Seattle!
"At Amazon Go, there are no cashiers, shopping carts or checkout lines to slow shoppers down."
 

Thought Provoker of the Week— 


There's a book that we saw which had this title: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

We looked at the table of contents, and found them really powerful:
  1. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself
  2. Don’t give away your power
  3. Don’t shy away from change
  4. Don’t focus on things you can’t control
  5. Don’t worry about pleasing everyone
  6. Don’t fear taking calculated risks
  7. Don’t dwell on the past
  8. Don’t make the same mistakes over and over
  9. Don’t resent other people’s success
  10. Don’t give up after the first failure
  11. Don’t fear alone time
  12. Don’t feel the world owes you anything
  13. Don’t expect immediate results

So, we just wanted to share these 13 things with you to give you some food for thought as one week comes to a close and the next one begins!

 

What We're Reading This Week—


Mandy:
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining by Lisa Cron
 

This book is such a game-changer for me.  I recommend that anyone who is interested in story-telling read it!  It really boils down why we respond to stories as human beings and what needs to be in a story to make us really care!


Jonathan:
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
 

 
I am really enjoying this book because I suffer from a strong case of "Imposter Syndrome" where I constantly believe that I'm not good enough or that I don't have the skills or talent needed to reach my goals. I immediately identified with the author of this book and her struggle of answering that same question. The idea of acceptance, and accepting who we are, our limitations as well as the events that happen to us, is the beginning of how to start enjoying life instead of worrying about things not within our control.
 

 

That’s it for now! 

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

P.S.  If you want even more positive articles and resources, check out our publication on Medium. 

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