Dani, Editor & Creator of PositivelyPresent

Hello! I’m Dani, creator and editor of www.PositivelyPresent.com. After twenty-five years of living with a negative attitude, I decided to turn my life around and start focusing on the positive. In 2009, I launched Positively Present, a blog focused on living positively in the present moment. Working hard to embrace the idea of “living happily ever after now,” I use Positively Present to focus on the positive in my life — and, while doing that, I share my experiences with my readers. In the near future, I hope to write a book based on the site and become a writer full time (a dream come true for me!). 
 
Tell us about a difficult time that you had to overcome, how did you get through it? What did you learn from the experience?

In my life, I’ve faced quite a few difficult experiences. In the past, I handled most of them in a negative way, dwelling on the bad and avoiding the good. Clearly, this approach did not work out too well. I often made bad situations worse and found myself in a vicious cycle of negativity. In reason years, I’ve learned to face difficulties with a positive attitude. Focusing on the good in every situation (and, yes, there is always some bit of good) has proved the best way to handle any difficulty. I’ve learned that whatever attitude I choose determines a lot of outcomes in my life. Choosing to have a positive attitude has made the most amazing difference in every single aspect of my life.
 
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself writing full time, doing what I can do to help others find positivity in their lives. While I hope to write at least a few books related to www.PositivelyPresent.com, I hope that within the next 10 years I also have written and published a novel as well.
 
Please, tell us a little about your blog. What made you want to start writing it?

When I was 25, I had reached a very low point in my life. I was making choices that were affecting me negatively, I was struggling to have positive interactions with others, and I was at risk of doing some serious damage to my life. At that point I realized that no one was going to save me from the mess I was making. It was up to me. I made a list of all the things I wanted in my life and the two that stood out most to me were: I wanted to be positive and I wanted to live in the present. I had been spending a great deal of time dwelling on the negative, focusing on the past, and dreaming about a better future. None of those things were helping me to enjoy the life I was actually living. It was then that I decided I wanted to focus on being positive and present, and, as a writer, it seemed like a great thing to share with others online.
 
What books, songs, or websites would you recommend to inspire others?

I’m a huge fan of finding inspiration everywhere so it’s quite difficult for me to choose just a few to recommend. A great place to check out all of my favorites is on my Inspiration page. A few of my very favorite books are: Being Happy, Andrew Matthews, Guardians of Being, Eckhart Tolle, How To Be Happy, Dammit, Karen Salmansohn, Loving What Is, Katie Byron, and The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle. Some of my favorite sites are: Kind Over MatterGala Darling, and White Hot Truth. Some of the most inspiring songs I’ve heard recently are: “All I Want,” Kate Earl, “Blue Skies Again,” Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + the Machine, “Good Life,” One Republic, “Head Full of Doubt,” The Avett Brothers, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N,” Noah & the Whale, and “Waiting Outside the Lines,” Grayson Chance. You can also see all of my favorite videos and songs on my YouTube channel.

Who is your hero & why? (This could be anyone.)

I have a lot of people that I look up to who inspire me, but I firmly believe that everyone should be his or her own hero. It’s important to have inspiring people in your life — people who bring you up, support you, and cheer for you — but it’s even more important to be your own biggest fan and to inspire yourself to take action and take control of your life. For more about this, check out my article “Why You Need to Be Your Own Hero (and How to Do It!).”
 
Where do you find your inspiration?

For me, inspiration is everywhere. I can be inspired when I’m driving to work, when I’m watching TV, when I’m walking the dog. It’s important to be tuned in to the world around you. Being present is the first step toward an inspired life. When you’re really living in the moment, inspiration is everywhere. That being said, words are probably my greatest source of inspiration. Whether it’s a song or a magazine article, book or blog post, I find words to be incredibly inspiring, which is why I try to spend as much time as possible reading and writing.

You mention on your site that for 25 years you thought negatively, what turned you around?

As I mentioned in question four, at 25-years-old, I reached an unacceptably low point in my life. I felt as though I was struggle in all aspect of my life and I felt terrible about the life I was living. I was unhappy and, though it was tempting to look outside myself for quick fixes to this unhappiness, I eventually realized that the only one who could turn things around and make my life what I wanted it to be was me. It took awhile for me to come to this realization — and to really narrow down my unhappiness to two specific areas (being positive and being present) that I wanted to focus on — but once I did, I started to make some major changes in my life, all of which have led me to where I am today.

How do you feel your blog has helped you, as well as others?
The blog started as a way for me to share my experience with living a more positive and present life. I wasn’t sure if I would like sharing my personal experiences with the world because I am generally a very private (sometimes paranoid) person, but the more I put myself out there, the more others began to respond. Realizing I wasn’t alone in my struggle for a positive, present life comforted me and encouraged me to keep sharing my experiences. Writing down my thoughts — both the good and the bad — served as a great outlet for me and gave me a creative way to express myself as I was learning to live a more positive and present life. Some of the changes I’ve had to make in my life have not been easy, but it has been wonderful to have a supportive online community. And, of course, receiving feedback from others telling me that I have inspired them has made me incredibly happy.

What are a few more things you’d like to say?
In closing, I’d like to remind people that they are stronger than they give themselves credit for. If someone like me can turn my life around and make it into a life I’m happy to be living, anyone can do it. It’s not easy, but all of the hard work has been worth it. No matter what you want out of life, never forget that it’s up to you to make it happen. You may doubt your abilities at times, but, truly, you are stronger than you realize. Keeping a positive attitude is critical to achieving any goal and to living the life you want to be living. For more about me and to read my latest articles, please visit www.PositivelyPresent.com.

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