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Hey there Positopians,

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here!

Happy July! We hope you all are doing well!

We recently started reading a book called You are a Badass which has tons of great insights! In it, the author, Jen Sincero, writes, "Life is an illusion created by your perception and it can change the moment you choose to change it."

The universe is full of energy, alive and vibrant, we just have to tap into that on a daily basis! How? Anything you put out comes back to you. So if you put out positivity, encouragement, confidence into the world, it will come back to you in ways you never expected. At least, that's what we're trying to do as we go forward every day, remind ourselves that positive energy = a positive future.

We often let the cancers of the mind grow and grow. What are these cancers? Comparing, Complaining, Criticizing. When left unchecked, they can consume us and take all our energy leaving us drained and depressed.

So take a moment this week, pause, and see what your mind was doing. Change the narrative it's telling you, and maybe you might just change the story of your life!

- M&J

P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this edition of our monthly newsletter, The Positopian, where every month, we share positive news, fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 

"It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday."
~John Guare

"I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too."

~Brian Selznick

A Little Joy to Start Your Day —

For years, this doctor has showed up after strangers’ weddings and — with permission — brought flowers back to her patients

Written by Kellie B. Gormly, The Washington Post

Love, now a Virginia-based doctor, knows that weddings create a lot of leftover flowers — and that means more opportunities for her to collect after-wedding bouquets and centerpieces and give them to her lonely hospital patients, many of whom don’t often get visitors, let alone expensive flowers.

She was forbidden as a young woman from trying on her dream wedding gown because she’s Black. Now, at 94, she finally did it.

Written by Sydney Page, The Washington Post

Tucker’s wish to wear a wedding dress was finally granted, when her family brought her to a bridal shop for a long overdue gown fitting — nearly 70 years after her wedding day.

“If you run from your fears, they will follow you. If you run straight at your fears, they will get the hell out of your way. Fears hate it when you do that.”  ~Jen Sincero 

Coworkers donate their kidneys to each other's husband after finding out they were matches during a chat in the bathroom

Written by Alaa Elassar, CNN 

When longtime coworkers Tia Wimbush and Susan Ellis passed by each other at work, they would smile politely and say hello, oblivious to the fact that they'd one day team up to save their husbands' lives.

Some Joyful Reminders —

"Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens." ~Louise L. Hay 

"You Wouldn’t Plant A Seed. You wouldn’t plant a seed and then dig it up every few minutes to see if it has grown. So why do you keep questioning yourself, your hard work and your decisions? Have patience, stop overthinking and keep watering your seeds." ~Steven Bartlett

Joyful Resources —

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment."  ~Rita Mae Brow

LinkedIn Asked People to Give Advice to Their 20-Year-Old Self. The Same Lesson Came Up Again and Again

Written by Jessica Stillman, Apple News

What do all of these replies have in common? Each focuses on action, experimentation, and course correction rather than pre-planning and rigid goals...

In 12 Words Warren Buffett Just Gave the Best Life Advice

Written by Carmine Gallo, Inc.

Here's why associating with folks who are better than you are at a skill will take you far in life.
Joyful Finds —

Rewire Your Anxious Brain

Written by Ginny Graves, Apple News

There are some awesome tips in this article like:

Examine the Evidence

“Pretend you’re in court and need to provide proof for and against your worried thought,” suggests Gray. If you’re worried that everyone at your job is secretly judging you, say, identify colleagues who have consistently had your back. Then reframe the worry so it reflects the facts.”

Bore Yourself With Worry

If you’re caught in the spin cycle with a single worried thought and can’t break free, take away its power by repeating it over and over…and over. “Say it in your mind 200 or 300 times,” says Leahy. “When you face your fear, it eventually loses its power to scare you.”

“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy."
~T. Harv Eker

Here's to a safe and happy year as we continue on!
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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
~Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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