12 Ways To Be More Positive Today

A few days ago I posted a simple message on Instagram (follow me there if you aren’t already),

The grass is always greener on someone else's side. It's also probably pretty filtered so don't take it at face value. 💕 

Today on the blog I want to expand on that thought and tell you how you can add this form of positivity into your life and be just as positive as me. Let's chat about how to add more positivity into your life in 12 simple ways.

12 Ways To Be More Positive Today | Do you struggle with keeping a positive, upbeat attitude? Click through to learn my favorite 12 ways to be more positive. You can start all of these ideas today so that you will be well on your way to radiating positivity to all those around you.

1 | Wear What Makes You Feel Powerful

When I am feeling down, one of the best things for me to do is put on pretty clothes and a shade of red or berry lipstick. Wearing the clothes that make you feel powerful and positive is a great way to change around your attitude. It’s a simple task, but strike your power pose in your power clothes, girl! I adore the romper in today’s outfit because, for me, it makes me feel like I can tackle the world. I got this romper last fall from Old Navy so unfortunately it’s not available anymore, but they always have tons of cute rompers in store and online.

2 | Don’t Ignore Your Negative Feelings

So many people think that being positive means that you have to let go of your negative feelings like they don’t even exist. Don’t do that. Ignoring or hiding from your negative feelings won’t do you any good. Instead address those negative feelings, get at the root of why you have them, then move on from them once you have addressed your reasons for having them.

3 | Try To See The Positive Thing In Every Situation

It can be so easy to go into a spiral once a negative event happens, but every negative event has a positive somewhere. Find the small, minute reasons for your positive thoughts to shine free.

Example:

Negative: You studied the wrong chapter for your quiz because you misread the syllabus.

Positive: You are extra prepared for a future chapter or you have more knowledge of the subject matter you are studying.

I know this example seems laughable at best, but when you are trying to be more positive, you gotta think positive. This simple exercise can help you see the positive in any situation, even when far fetched. Plus, if it’s far fetched it may make you laugh, which will make you even more positive.

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4 | Do More Things That Make You Feel Positive

This is such a simple statement, but it can be so important to keeping up a positive life. For me, I am probably most happy when I am blogging. So I blog a lot. In fact, I run two blogs so that I can maximize my happiness and positivity. Find that thing that makes you feel positive and go after it fearlessly. My blog has saved my sanity and positivity so much during my graduate school experience. I don't know what I would have done without my family on this blog when I was going through so much with graduate school.

5 | Plaster Your Room With Positive Thoughts

Y’all know about my obsession with positive thoughts and plastering them everywhere I can. I am seriously all about this. My computer wallpaper is almost always related to positivity and happy thoughts. I also really love using fun printables to share those positive thoughts as well. 

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 6 | Say Your Daily Affirmations

I am all about daily affirmations. In my eyes it’s important to remind yourself daily of all things positive and happy. If you aren't feeling positive create or find an affirmation you can repeat to yourself multiple times throughout the day and when you feel the most negative. Counter your negative thoughts with positive feelings so you can drown out those negative thoughts (especially the small negative feelings.)

 7 | Don’t Indulge Negative People

As I shared a few weeks ago in my post about how to deal with toxic friendships, I do not indulge negative people. This doesn't necessarily mean that I will end a friendship with them, but I don't indulge their negative thoughts. I try to be continuously positive in my life and I remove myself from people when they are being overly negative (which usually just entails going into another room.) I don't do this automatically, but if the negative behavior continues, I don't mind leaving the room if the negative thoughts are negatively affecting me. If you connect with other people's feelings easily this might be the best way for you to keep your sanity.

 8 | Smile At Yourself In The Mirror

One of the best ways to get yourself to be more positive is to smile at yourself and laugh a lot. This can even be a forced smile or fake laugh. The act of laughing and smiling can make you laugh and smile more. This trick is very simple, but it works so well when you are feeling down.

9 | Enjoy The Scenery

Maybe it's just the fact that I live in Arkansas where most of the year it's beautifully green, but sometimes you just need to enjoy the scenery. Go to the park, get some fresh air in your backyard, hammock and lay around. The world is such a beautiful place and taking the time to enjoy the nature all around you is so nice. I may sound like I would fit right into the Disney movie Pocahontas right now, but I think that more people should enjoy the world around them (and for once never wonder what they're worth.)

10 | Find Music & Shows That Make You Happy

A few weeks ago I shared 10 shows that I think you should binge watch this summer and this is one thing that I do that makes me feel happy and positive, that, and listening to music. If you know me, you know that I am basically obsessed with 1990s and 2000s alternative rock, pop music, and hip hop and R&B. I am pretty eclectic like that. Any music that can make me feel something is music I want to listen to. Whatever music gets you excited for the day or whatever shows make your mornings or evenings better are things you need to add more of in your life. Don't watch and listen so much that you neglect responsibilities, but I would definitely do these activities as much as possible.

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11 | Share The Love With Random Acts of Kindness

Random acts of kindness can really impact you and make you a more positive person. You don't even have to see the results of your random act to be impacted. The thought that you helped someone out can be so helpful as well. Here are some ideas for random acts of kindness:

  • Load up a Starbucks gift card and post the barcode on social media. I did this last year and it was so fun to see people share their Starbucks drinks with me.
  • Pay for the food of the car or person behind you in line.
  • Volunteer somewhere like an after school program or animal shelter.
  • Donate to your favorite local or national charity.
  • Support someone who is fundraising on a site like GoFundMe or do small loans through a place like Kiva. I have done loans through Kiva before and they were mostly always paid back on time and when they weren't I was given a notification of when payment was delayed to. The default rate on Kiva is a low 1.41% and it only takes $25 to get started loaning. After you get your small loan back you can loan again and again.

12 | Drink More Water & Eat Healthy-ish

Last, but certainly not least, drink more water and eat as healthy as you can. I am not telling you to give up pizza, I love pizza, but eat it sparingly. Be sure that you are getting in plenty of water throughout the day, and if you are concerned that you aren't get a cute drinking cup or water bottle to help you track your water intake. There are also plenty of apps that you can use to track water as well.

Final Thoughts

I am so happy that we talked about 12 ways to be more positive today. Positivity is so important and I hope that this article gave you some great food for thought on how to be more positive.

How will you showcase your positivity today? 

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11 Things College Students Can Do This Summer

So you don't go freaking insane.

Summer is hard, y'all. For me, anyway, the first month of summer is always a breeze because I can catch up on my Zzzs, binge watch all the shows, and just generally relax. But there is only so much relaxing you can do before you go freaking insane. Or maybe that's just me.

If you relate on a spiritual level to my summer feels--here are 10 things you can do this summer so that you don't go freaking insane.

11 Things College Students Can Do This Summer | Are you looking for something to do this summer so you don't go insane from all the cabin fever of being home for summer break? Click through for the  11 activities that I do each summer that will hopefully give you some ideas on what to do so you can avoid going insane from the lack of activities over the summer.

1. Start a Blog

I am really partial to starting a blog, well, because I have multiple blogs of my own. Blogging is not something to be taken lightly and you really need ton of discipline in order to do it correctly, but once you get the hang of it, creating a blog is really fulfilling and I promise that you won't feel bored when you are blogging. Any time I feel bored I am usually either blogging or napping so I know this to be true.

There are so many different types of blogs out there--don't feel the need to go straight into the college lifestyle blog if that's not your style. There are food bloggers, beauty bloggers, fashion bloggers, book bloggers, and so many more types of bloggers out there. I mean, the list could really go on and on y'all.  I personally run this blog which I categorize as a college lifestyle blog and my business/blogging blog Amanda Cross Blog.

If you ever need any advice about blogging I really encourage you to check out my second blog Amanda Cross Blog (where all my blogging content went that used to be on this blog in case you were curious) or check out my free email course for new bloggers called New Blogger Motivation that I think is perfect for anyone who is interested in becoming a blogger.

2. Binge Watch All The Shows

A few weeks ago I talked about the 10 shows you need to binge watch this summer and that is definitely something I do a lot in the summer so that I don't go insane. I suggest shows with tons of seasons like The Mindy Project, Scandal, or New Girl so you have plenty of episodes to watch. As much as I love some shows like Designated Survivor and BoJack Horseman--those shows don't have as many seasons and are easy to blast through which makes them not as summer binge watch ready (although I still heavily encourage that you watch them).

Are there any shows that you are watching at the moment? I find it so difficult to find new shows in the summer because most of my favorite shows are on break right now.

3. Do Some (Window) Shopping

Ahh, window shopping. Don't get me wrong, I love shopping just as much as the next person, but it's hard to do that all the time. Especially if you are doing this so that you don't go crazy. Chances are the boredom part of summer has come and it's here to stay so you don't want to shop and actually purchase every time you window shop.

Some of my favorite places to window shop are:

These are just a few of my favorite stores. Let me know where your favorite places are to shop so that I can find a new favorite store.

4. Read All The Books & Magazines

Summer means that you actually have time to tackle that reading list instead of just looking and hoping that you could read some of your favorite books. I am sharing some of my favorite books so that you can pick them up if they sound interesting to you (and of course they will all be YA novels because that's all I ever read.) Here are some of my all time favorite YA novels so you have some summer reading!

For magazines I really love the app Issuu. So many fun local and national magazines add their issues to Issuu so it makes reading super fun. I love reading all my favorite Arkansas magazines like At Home In Arkansas, Do South, and Arkansas Times there. Chances are they have TONS of magazines for your state or city there too.

5. Listen to ALL the music

If you know one thing about me, you know that I am OBSESSED with music. Music has been something that has always gotten me through tough times and I really appreciate music for that. One thing that I am constantly doing is listening to music. I try to find new music but I am pretty sure that my musical prowess is stuck in 2006, but that's okay too me.

My baby is my Awesome Al-ter-nay-tive playlist. It's filled with hundreds of songs and over 27 hours of music so listening to it would kind of be like binging an entire season of an hour long television show. It's my baby so scan this code on your Spotify account so you can listen to one of the best things I have ever created in my life. That is if you like alternative rock music of course.

Awesome Alternative

Seriously. go listen to this playlist right now!

6. Color away your boredom

I am all about coloring y'all. One of my favorite things to do is to sit down with a fun coloring sheet and color away. I really love adult coloring books because the designs are usually quite intricate which makes it a little easier to get lost in coloring for hours on end. Coloring is so fun and I may or may not binge watch YouTube while I am coloring. 


i made a coloring booklet for y'all!

I am so excited to share this with you because coloring is so fun. I made a fun little abstract coloring booklet for all my readers. Each page includes fun abstract shapes and lines and I also included a fun quote on each page. This booklet is a booklet for a reason as it only includes 5 coloring pages BUT you can print each one out multiple times and color it in various ways each time. I hope you love this coloring book and it helps you get excited about summer.


In case y'all need more coloring books I have made a really awesome round-up of some really awesome adult coloring books on Amazon so you can buy a few more if you would like to do so. Also don't forget to check your app store for coloring apps. There are so many fun coloring apps out there that make coloring a breeze because it's all digital and you can easily erase any mistakes (and you always color in the lines.)

7. Try Some New Recipes Out

When you desperately need something to do this summer--go on Pinterest and look up new recipes to try. I am quite partial to any kind of poke cake recipe and baking in general. I also love to cook savory recipes as well. Something I am definitely trying this summer is this Chicken Parm bake from Buzzfeed's Tasty. There are so many recipes to try in the summer time and Pinterest is a great place to look for any recipe ideas that you may have. Pinterest has become really sophisticated in how they show recipes and sometimes you can even filter for time and other variables now.

Since I LOVE food one of the most relaxing things for me to do is just go in the kitchen and cook good food. I know that seems so weird, but I love it way too much. What do you like to do for fun? Also leave some recipe recommendations below for me because I am always looking for new things to try.

8. Pin All The Things On Pinterest

Speaking of Pinterest--I love Pinterest for other things besides looking for recipes. I am such a fan of Pinterest and the 8,000+ people pinning along with me. If you aren't following me on Pinterest or any of my social media networks you should totally be doing so. I love to see what everyone is pinning there and I would love to pin along with you this summer. I am constantly trying to come up with new boards and things to pin so you should follow along right now. Check out all of my social media networks below:

Some of my recent favorite boards have been my Wanderlust on A Budget board and my Graduation Caps board because it's always fun to pin to--because I am girl on a budget and there are so many new graduation caps after graduation season on Pinterest.

9. Take An Online Course

No, I am not chatting about an online course from your college (although if you find that fun, I could be talking about this.) I am mainly talking about something fun like a MOOC or an online course on LinkedIn. I take so many online courses for my blogs and it's always cool to take even more.

Taking a course may seem counterproductive to your relaxing but as long as your course doesn't require that much it's okay. Of course, if you are taking an actual summer school course you will have to put a lot more into the course, but if you are just taking a not for credit online course or a course to help you with your blog or something else it shouldn't be stressful to you.

10. Go On Some Fun Adventures (Even In Your Hometown)

Summer is made for adventures and chances are you don't even have to go far. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to go out and look for fun places to take blog pictures. There are so many cute murals in my hometown/places to take photos and I love to take the day with my dad to shoot fun outfits in front of them.

We also live close to places like Memphis so sometimes we will go there for a day adventure or two during the summer. A good adventure be it in your hometown or out of town is never a bad idea.

The above picture was taken one day when I went exploring around my hometown's downtown area and we found this perfect brick wall that was tucked away and it made for super cute blog pictures. I still venture over to this place sometimes when I am looking to take some fun blog pictures.

11. Get A Job, freelance, or volunteer

Now, for the "dreaded" j word--getting a job or if that's not your style freelancing or volunteering. Having a job during summer break can be extremely beneficial because it gives you money to spend so your summer isn't lame. If you can't spend it because you are working so hard, that may be even better because it will make your fall and spring semester that much easier because of all the money you saved during the summer.

There are many sites to find a job or freelancing opportunities:

  • Indeed: Indeed is probably one of the most popular ways to find jobs and you can even find some good remote positions there as well.
  • Upwork: If you are looking for some good freelance positions Upwork is a great place to find some good opportunities for all sorts of online freelancing jobs.
  • LinkedIn: I love LinkedIn for finding job opportunities. It works better if you are looking for career jobs, but a lot of companies post all sorts of content there.

Final Thoughts

Don't go insane. There are so many fun and useful things you can do over the summer so that you don't go insane. It's just June, although it feels much later, so you still have a lot of summer left to use up. I hope that these steps will help you keep sane this summer and have fun in the process.

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Interview With A College Student: Monique Lawrence

Today on the blog I am sharing an interview with Monique Lawrence, a Sophomore Business major at Siena College. In this interview Monique shares great advice on everything from studying to roommate communication. I am so excited to share her answers with you today. So without further ado, let's start this chat.

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Interview With Monique Lawrence

Name: Monique Lawrence

Major: Business

Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Marketing Communications, Digital Marketing

Year: Sophomore


What made you decide to attend college?
I attended a charter school for all of middle and high school where college is something that was always talked about and encouraged. I was able to look at college campuses and took that we can do anything we put our minds to. My parents wanted me to attend college because they have not been able to get a degree and they wanted me to have a better life. I made the decision to attend college because I wanted to gain more independence, meet new friends, become more open-minded and explore myself as well as new places. 

What has been the best memory of your collegiate life thus far?
The best memory I had in college so far was that I was interviewed by a CEO of a non for profit that tries to help students with the college process because college access is something that is really important to me. A week after the interview, I find my face on a Forbes articles talking about my goals as a entrepreneurship. I was able to catch the attention of the Center of Innovation and am planning on working with them on making a natural hair business in the future. This taught me that resources are all around me in college and I just have to find them as use them well.

What is the best piece of advice you have for incoming freshman?
The best piece of advice I have for incoming freshman is to meet new people. During my freshman year, I joined the Hip Hop Club on my campus and I meet some of my close friends. I also started hanging out in the cafe on campus a lot more and I also meet a lot of the commuters so are really amazing people. This helped me to feel accepted on campus and find out about events and clubs that I joined on campus. 

What organizations are you involved in?
I am a Bonner Service Leader, where I serve 8 hours at a local high school. I am on the EBoard for The National Society of Leadership and Success chapter on campus. I am also in Hip Hop club, The Black and Latino Student Union and the Siena College Entrepreneurship Organization. 

What is your best study tip?
My best study tip is to figure out where you like to study.  During my freshman year, I was a Computer Science major and I would stay in the science building and finish all of my homework. During sophomore year, I changed to Business and found myself doing work in either the library or in the student union. You do not have to be in the library to do your homework. Most of my friends like to do homework at their personal desk or at the Dunkin or Starbucks up the street. Everyone is different with their study space. 

What is your best tip for surviving living in the dorms/residence halls?
My best tip for living in the dorms is communication is important. Most of the issues I had faced could have been solved if all of the roommates talked to each other face to face instead of over text.  Even if it something as simple as someone is coming over to work on a project, just give your roommate a heads up. They will appreciate it at the end of the day.

What is your best tip for eating healthy in college?
The best tip for eating healthy is to track what you eat. I have an Erin Condren planner and one of the boxes on my layout is used to write down what I ate during the day. I do it so I can have an idea of the things I ate and if it is really okay to have another cupcake. While it is important to treat yourself, you have to do it in a way that will make you a better person in the end. 

What is your best tip for sticking to your budget in college?
The best tip is write out a budget each week with how much you want to spend. For example, I spend at least $15 on coffee a week so I started to make my own in my room. Some apps that do this is Mint, which is what I used to track my shopping and food budget. 


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