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Howdy,
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! :)

Happy mid-January! Crazy how fast time flies! We hope 2018 has been showering you with wonderful experiences! 

As always, thanks for reading. 

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! 


Inspirational Videos We've LOVED—


Your Life Is Not A Journey 
A video filled with great quotes and a great monologue by the British philosopher: Alan Watts:


(4 min)

a cute Brita ad that’s all about the power to change
Starring Rudy Mancuso & Stephen Curry:


(3 min)

The Shift
A full-length film based on the philosophies and teachings of Wayne Dyer:


(2 hours - because it's a WHOLE movie!) SO GOOD!
 
A few stand-out ideas include:
-You don’t attract what you want, you attract who you are.
-You are not what you have, what you do, or what other people think of you. 
-Live from purpose. Your inner calling is not something you find, it’s something you’re connected to always...Follow your own compass. Trust in yourself and the own wisdom that created you.
-When you have a quantum shift (an occurrence or moment in life that causes you to drastically change and lasts with you forever), your priorities usually change too

Studies have shown:

Priorities For Men (before a quantum shift)
1.Wealth
2.Adventure
3.Achievement
4.Pleasure
5.Respected

Priorities For Women (before a quantum shift)
1.Family
2.Independence
3.Career
4.Fitting In
5.Attractiveness

Priorities For Men (after a quantum shift)
1.Spirituality                        
2.Personal Peace
3.Family
4.Purpose
5.Authenticity

Priorities For Women (after a quantum shift)
1.Own personal growth
2.Sense of Self Esteem
3.Spirituality
4.Happiness
5.Forgiveness
 

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.) 
 

“If you did not get what you want it was a sign that you did not really want it or you tried to bargain over the price.” ~Rudyard Kipling

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" ~Martin Luther King Jr. 

“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a bit better… To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.“ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking.” ~Stephen Hawking 

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” ~Wayne W. Dyer 

“It’s all about adjusting along the way, not making the perfect call.” ~Gary Vaynerchuck

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~T.S. Eliot 

“What we focus on we create—Be it good or bad.” ~Gabrielle Bernstein 

“It’s not that your experiences change but that your experience of your experiences change.” ~Gabrielle Bernstein
 


This Week’s Positive Resources and Insights—

A cool interactive chart that shows the books that were most sought after in 2017 and also an interactive map detailing which states in America read what. 
  This YouTube channel focuses on answering the questions we don't get taught in school:  How to Find Fulfilling WorkHow To Choose A Partner WiselyWhat Is an Emotionally-healthy Childhood?Anxiety AttacksFinding Your Mission, and more...
  Lessons on success, trust vs intuition, and accepting what you cannot change.
  News that inspires, promotes positivity, and is run by dedicated volunteers who want to "be the change you see in the world."
 

Cool Inventions WHOA — 

New attachment for wheelchairs just invented, less expensive than an electric wheelchair.
  A smart suitcase that drives itself around, designed by a Chinese robotics startup.
  "The Xmotion’s exterior was inspired by combining traditional Japanese nature views like Mt. Fuji with the electric and modern surrounds of the city, per Nissan, and it feels like something that would be at home in Blade Runner as well as in modern Tokyo."
  These sunglasses seamlessly incorporate brainwave-sensing technology into eye wear and measure your current mental state to help you find focus and manage your emotions.
 

Sci-Fi / Future— 

There's lots to look forward to this year when it comes to Sci-Fi flicks!
  "Erosion on Mars has uncovered large, steep cross-sections of clean, subterranean ice."
  "Two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic matter."
  "Just like something out of the X-Files or Star Trek the Office of Naval Research is developing laser weaponry, life-size robots, driverless boats and virtual reality training games"
 

Fun Things We've Found— 

If you love storytelling, this site is AWESOME. You literally could spend hours combing this site and all its incredible troves of information. Designed like a periodic table of elements, this website covers all the basics for storytelling and story dissection.  It's an incredible (and fun!) resource to dive deeper into tropes, nerdery, archetypes, structure, and so on!
It even has things at the bottom like "Star Wars" or "Ghostbusters" and you can see what elements are present in those movies because it highlights them for you!

If you want to see a particular element and how it's used in different genres like Disney, or comics, or other movies, it's a great way to see how certain story techniques are used.

 

What We're Reading This Week—


Mandy:
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein 

This is a spiritual book about how to connect with the energy of the universe. The book is rich in universal life lessons, meditations you can do, and great sayings like: 

“Your vibes speak louder than your words.”

“Energy flow where your intention goes.”

“Obstacles are detours in the right direction.”

My favorite aspect of the book was how to have more purpose, power, and connection to each day by replacing the fear-based stories that often play (and replay) in our head with positive projections and love-based stories instead. 

“The same way the fearful stories block you from the flow of the Universe, your positive stories empower your life.”

Jonathan:
The Shift: Taking Your Life from Ambition to Meaning by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

I've been struggling with the battle between contentment vs ambition. What it means to be happy. When will I ever stop striving for more. This book had an amazing approach and perspective to help me understand what was really important and what I would be looking for later in life. It actually is a compliment to the movie which is free on YouTube (and linked above). Some really good content in here if you've been wondering what the purpose of it all was and where life goes towards the end of your days.
 
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) by Robert Jordan

I was looking for a good fantasy/sci-fi book and decided to give this one a try. I had seen on the Amazon 2017 list for Top 5 Unputdownable was a book by Brandon Sanderson (Oathbringer) who wrote the last three novels of Robert Jordan's series, The Wheel of Time. So I decided to pick up the first book of the series and it's been actually pretty good! Sony Pictures is even making a tv series out of it.
 

 


That’s it for now! 

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

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

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