Even rough days like today can end with smiles and laughter if you surround yourself with love and be present and grateful for what you have. Also, it’s clear to me that being near, on, and in the water is incredibly cleansing. (at Middle of Lake Washington)

Anonymous asked: I'm very pessimistic and want to be a more positive person. You seem to always be so happy and positive. Any suggestions on how I can start making positive changes? What do you do on days where you aren't feeling so great? Thank you!

I’m in a really good place in my life, true. But I hope you don’t think I’m always happy and always positive.

Today was actually a really rough day at work and I found it very hard to keep positive throughout the day. But I just kept reminding myself that all I have is Now. All I have this THIS moment. Thus, all I have control over is how I approach THIS moment. I had actually read this question last night and I thought about it while I went through my not-so-good day today so I would have clear perspective to answer adequately.

First of all, I smile even if it feels weird. I seek out people who make me feel GOOD. I seek people who just bring joy into my life—plain and simple. I do everything I can to make THIS moment better. What can I do to take any current anxiety away? Nothing? Then STOP worrying. I read a lot. I’m currently reading The Power of Now (Eckart Tolle) and Manuscript Found in Accra (Paulo Coelho), two books that are certainly helping me be more aware in my day-to-day. I also love referring back to Change Your Thoughts, Change your Life (Dr. Wayne Dyer) when I need a pick-me-up/reminder. Essentially your outlook on life is a choice. The way you go about your life is a choice. You don’t have to be pessimistic if you don’t want to. 

Live in love. You clearly want to, so why not?

I have never been in a better place than I am in this moment. I am experiencing a joy and completeness that comes with solitude that I never even knew was possible. I am blissed out and completely amazed by the beauty of this world and what it means to be alive.

I hope someone finds my mandala, tucked just off the trail, and I hope it brings them peace and joy.


#mandalamonday is alive and well, as am I! Gratitude for the Now that always is and for the ability to live in the present moment as often and for as long as possible. Gratitude for the solitude that this past week has given me. “Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement. Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life…if you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.” xo.


11 Affordable Housing Alternatives For City-Dwellers By Cat Johnson on Shareable

After World War II, white, middle-class Americans flocked to the suburbs from the city. Today, that trend is reversing. As post-suburbanites move back into cities, escalating housing costs are forcing low and middle income folks and people of color out to the suburbs. The result is that the diverse communities that make cities resilient creative centers are being displaced or forced to find new, affordable housing options.

Through the month of June, we published articles about public housing done rightnew rules for in-law suites in San Franciscobiourbanismhousing auctions in Detroit, a follow-up to Hack the Housing Crisis, and more.

Here, we’ve rounded up 11 affordable housing alternatives for city dwellers—from community land trusts, co-ops, and new kinds of public housing to  micro-houses and Germany’s clever Baugruppen—because if we want cities to thrive, we need to rethink how we house everybody, not just the rich.

I have it in me right now, to get me to where I want to be later.

This is one of the best parts of my walk home from the lake everyday. Reminding me to be ever-present, to relax, to embrace all the joy in life while letting go of damaging thoughts, and to really just go easy on myself. Hope y’all are having a beautiful Wednesday! 💛

gladystardust asked: Hey there! I hope this doesn't sound creepy but I stumbled upon your blog one day and I see your posts every now and then and I just want to say thanks for sharing the positivity and your posts on mandalas, energy, and letting life happen & everything else you share - hope all stays well with you! Would you care to share any of your favorite mantras or affirmations, or positive reminders? Thank you :)

Awe, hello! Not creepy in the least :) It’s an honor to bring event the slightest bit of positive energy to you.

You know, sometimes I’m really awful at giving myself positive affirmations and I’ve actually been consciously seeking ones that really strike a chord in me. I’m incredibly hard on myself and I know I need to accept myself on every level and that I’m living this life the best that I can. I can tell you that everyday on my way to work I tell myself that it’s going to be a good and beautiful day. Outside of that I am seeking the right words for areas in my life where I struggle. 

Here are some that I’ve found:

I give up the right to criticize myself.

I love and approve of myself.

I take pleasure in my own solitude.

I am a unique child of this world.

I follow my dreams no matter what.

I choose to see the light that I am to this world.