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In #TheHappyArkYear on
December 27, 2017

#TheHappyArkYear: 31 Positive Tasks For January

It’s The Happy Arkansan Year, y’all. You may be thinking, “Amanda, WTF is this?!” Well, it’s going to be a monthly blog post I will put out during the last week of the month that will detail some positive actions that you can do the following month. The positive tasks will be equal to the amount of days that month, and they won’t put you out of house and home monetarily. Hopefully, they will all be individually great, but coming up with 365 tasks over the course of a year is a HUGE undertaking (one I wanted to do all at once, but who has the time to put that together all that right now?!)

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this list of positive quotes. Get your #TheHappyArkYear self ready to read this list and don’t forget to use that hashtag throughout 2018 so I can find you and send you all the love on your positivity journey.

 31 Positive Tasks For January | This year on The Happy Arkansan I am bringing you #TheHappyArkYear, 365 positive tasks that you can do each day in 2018 (and beyond) to become a more happy, positive person. Check out the first list of tasks and come back at the end of every month for a new positive mission!

1. Past Year Reflection

Take some time to reflect on the positive things that have happened to you last year. It’s the start of a new year, but that doesn’t mean that you should abandon all the amazing things that happened to you last year just yet. Take some time today to reflect on last year’s journey in preparation for a wonderful new year.

2. New Year, New Word

Create your positive word for the new year. If you could sum up what you want the new year to be in one word, what would it be? Take some time to create that word and stick it up somewhere you will see it each day.

Your word has to mean something to you–so think on this word today.

3. Ghost A Negative Thing

Drop one thing from your life you don’t want to worry about for the rest of the year. Be it a person, a bad habit, or just a food you eat ghost that thing like your life depended on it. You can leave things in the past! Make sure you follow through on this ghosting.

4. Start Your Positivity Journal

Writing things down can be extremely helpful. Journaling will help you make the most of your year as well as be a great thing to reflect on at the end of the year. This doesn’t have to be something you write in daily, but obviously the more you write in this journal, the better.

5. Bake Some Cookies

Bake cookies (or eat the cookie dough, I won’t judge!) Baking cookies is just such a fun, winter activity so get a cheap package of cookies from the store and bake them up this evening.

6. Charity Time

Whether you donate $5 or an hour of your time, a charity in need will thank you! I recently shared a post all about how to make your donations go further, so be sure to check that out!

7. Share Some Positive Vibes On Facebook

Write something nice on a friends Facebook wall. There is not enough happy and positive vibes on people’s walls outside of their day of birth. Go share a sappy message with a friend for no reason other than happiness.

8. Donate That Ugly Top

You have my permission, throw away or donate one thing from your closet that doesn’t make you happy anymore. We all have something in our closet that we just don’t like now, so donate that top you don’t like in hopes that someone else will love it or trash it if that makes you feel better.

9. Watch A Good TED Talk

There are so many phenomenal TED talks out there, all you gotta do is look for them. I am recommending one of my favorite TED Talks below, but you can pick any talk you want.

10. Explore A New Area Of Your City

Your town is bigger than you think. Grab a friend or go solo to explore a part of your town you have never been to before.

11. You Deserve A Bubble Bath

Take a bubble bath or a longer shower and don’t feel bad about relaxing. Get some of the stress off you by washing it down the drain.

12. Call Someone Just To Chat

Call a friend or family member just to chat. I love just talking with my family (sometimes for hours.) You don’t have to have anything to talk about in particular, just chat with them.

13. Make A Personalized Playlist

Make a personalized playlist for someone you love so they can discover some new music. I love creating mini-Spotify playlist so pick a few songs you think your friend or family member will love.

14. Follow The 1:2 Rule

Whenever you say something negative about yourself today, follow it up with two positive comments about yourself. This will make you very happy today and get you thinking about all the negative things you may say about yourself daily.

15. Fire Meme Delivery

Send a meme to one of your favorite friends. Everyone loves a good relatable meme so go to one of your favorite Facebook meme pages (we all have those, right? I am loving Petty Mayonnaise lately) and pick some memes your friends would love.

16. Get Excited About Your Hobbies

Think about your most creative hobby and do it for a few hours. Taking a few hours to relax with a creative hobby will help you recharge and spark some creativity in your life.

17. Pledge To Say Nice Things To Yourself

Pledge to say 10 nice things to yourself today. Whether you compliment your brains or your beauty, say some nice things to yourself today, throughout the day. Don’t just start your day with 10 nice things to get this over with!

18. Social Media Authenticity

Be real with your audience on social media today whether you have a big following or not. Your authenticity could be exactly what someone else needs and you will feel better because you won’t have to force yourself to be perfect on social media.

19. Unfollow Negativity

Unfollow a negative person in your life on Facebook. You don’t have to unfriend them or cause controversy in your life–just unfollow them for a while so you don’t see their posts in your timeline. Don’t know how to unfollow someone? Check out this tutorial from Facebook.

 31 Positive Tasks For January | This year on The Happy Arkansan I am bringing you #TheHappyArkYear, 365 positive tasks that you can do each day in 2018 (and beyond) to become a more happy, positive person. Check out the first list of tasks and come back at the end of every month for a new positive mission!

20. Get Some New Tunes

Discover some new tunes. I love discovering new tunes I haven’t heard before. Go to your music listening service of choice and find a playlist to listen to so you can find all sorts of new tunes at one time. If you love alternative rock (like I do) check out my post where I share 100+ alt rock tunes with y’all.

21. Clean Out The Moldy Cheese In Your Fridge

Clean out some of the stuff in your fridge. Cleaning out your fridge is a productive thing to do, and a task that we don’t do enough to be honest. You never know what you will find in there, but you will feel better that it’s in the trash and no longer in your fridge.

22. Small Treat Yo Self

Treat yourself to something small (under $5!) This challenge is not about going broke so I will never suggest a splurge, but you can treat yourself so much with just $5. Grab some coffee, get a book on sale from Amazon (it’s surprising how many times I have seen books on sale on Amazon for less than $5, plus you can always get a Kindle book!), or get some donuts from a donut shop. Yes please!

23. Reflect On A Great Thing You Did

What is one great thing you have done lately? Praise yourself for that thing and reflect on it. We often don’t give ourselves enough credit for the things that we have accomplished, and today is your day to do that.

24. Hit The Ground Running On A Task

Get a head start on something you have to do soon. We love to push back tasks that we know we should be doing, but what would happen if we just did the tasks when we are assigned it? A lot less stress, that’s what!

25. Walk To Class/Work Without Headphones

Drowning the world around you out with music is fun, but it doesn’t always make it easy to meet new people. Instead of drowning people out, walk to your class or work without your headphones. Greet people as you pass them by and put out positive vibes to those around you.

26. Stop Multitasking

We all know how I feel about multitasking (and in case you don’t, I think it’s killing our productivity and positivity.) When you are working today, try working on one task at a time instead of being pulled in a million different directions.

27. Read A Post By Your Fave Blogger

Read a post by one of your favorite bloggers. They would love to have you check them out, and you will love catching up with a friendly internet face!

Need some fave bloggers? I shared 25 of my favorite millennial bloggers in a September post.

28. Create Something You Pinned On pinterest

We all have that crafts or recipes Pinterest board that basically acts as a junk drawer where we dump crafts and recipes we like but probably will never do. Get out one of those crafts or recipes and actually follow those instructions today.

29. Sleep Like A Grandma

So many people want to criticize you or tell say you are a grandma if you fall asleep before 9 PM, but sometimes you are tired. Instead of trying to stay up to a “socially acceptable” hour, sleep whenever you feel like sleeping today.

30. Support A Friend’s Business

If you have a friend who is running a blog or business, go show them a ton of love on one of their pages online by liking all their stuff. Engagement really matters in the blogging/business world, and your engagement can spark engagement by other followers and fans. You will definitely be appreciated for all your likes and comments!

31. Wake Up On Your First Alarm

Hitting the snooze button is not good for you. Instead, set the alarm right the first time. Wake up on your first alarm (and if you like it today, try doing it more often, you will really feel better doing it!)

Conclusion

That’s it, 31 tasks to get you in a more positive mood this January. Join me at the end of every month in 2018 for a new set of positive tasks you can complete the next month. I cannot wait to go on this positive journey with you this year. Remember, use the hashtag #TheHappyArkYear so I can follow your positivity journey.

In Lifestyle on
June 15, 2017

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

Keep Reading, Darling

In Lifestyle on
April 13, 2016

If Someone Believes In You, Let Them

Often times when someone gives us a compliment, we don’t truly consider what they say. We may say thank you, but in the back of our minds we are secretly trying to negate all of the compliments they are giving us. Today’s post is all about taking that journey to letting someone believe in you.

 If Someone Believes In You, Let Them | Letting people believe in you when you don't believe in yourself can be hard. Click through to learn my tips for letting go and believing people when they believe in you.

I have a problem accepting compliments. There, I said it. I think we all do. We don’t want to be seen as overly confident and we dread saying “I know” to a compliment someone gives us. Compliments and taking those words in to our souls is so important to becoming better, more confident people. Here are my tips for believing in yourself and believing in the compliments that others give you.

Accept Every Compliment

The biggest thing you can do today to let people believe in you is to accept every compliment you are given. Instead of putting down the compliment audibly or in your head just say, “Thank you so much, I really appreciate that.” Don’t say, things like “Well, I’m not sure about that,” or any other things. Be confident. Be succinct. Don’t add any qualifiers to the acceptance of your compliment. They thought that it was important to give you that compliment. You earned that compliment. That compliment is yours.

Fake It Until You Make It

This won’t be easy at first. You might not be able to stop yourself from negating a compliment in your head, but still audibly accept the compliment and move toward a place of acceptance in your soul. You may not be able to do both right away, but the least you can do is look like you accepted the compliment.

Write down every compliment

Did someone say something about you that really made you smile or gave you joy? Write that compliment down. This is your compliment proof. You can write these down and tape them to your mirror or put them in a jar for when you are feeling down. Then in those moments, read those compliments. Those are real, live compliments that someone has given you in the past. You earned those compliments and therefore no matter the day, those are yours to keep and reuse. One thing we did in my sorority when I was in undergrad is we took turns to write down our thoughts about a person and put them in a decorated bag during a retreat. At the end of the retreat we got our bags and were able to go through all of our notes and keep going back to them throughout the semester. So whenever we got down about Greek life we can think of the amazing things our sisters said about us and get excited again. By writing down your compliments, you can go back to them and believe in yourself again.

Know you are capable of more

Above all else, know that you are capable of amazing things. You are capable of more than you know, you just have to get to that point, and then you will be capable of even more. Life is about chasing your dreams and chasing all the things you are capable of in life. The more you chase your capabilities, the more capable you become. Start by chasing a small goal and then chase bigger goals. Start wherever you are in your journey to believing in yourself, and know that you are always capable of believing in yourself more. You are always capable of doing bigger and better things. It’s all about starting the journey forward.

One exercise that I have learned over my years is that when it comes to something that you are really excited about, talk about it like it has already happened. Get yourself in that happy mindset. So, if you are excited about getting a promotion, tell yourself, “Remember that one time I got a promotion and it changed the way that I lived and worked? Remember that time that with my promotion at work I was able to better provide for myself and do more amazing things at work?” If you talk about something like it has already happened, you can really begin to see that thing actually happening,

Final Thoughts

As women we are taught to be shy about our accomplishments. We are never taught to step boldly into the sun and shine our light for all to see. In order to accomplish things we have to believe in ourselves and we have to believe that others believe in us too. When someone says that you are an awesome student or worker, believe them. Take that to heart and do better. Work harder. Be stronger. You are capable of so much, darling.

In Lifestyle on
April 6, 2016

What I Learned When I Was Positive For A Month

Over the month of March I was a positive person. At the end of February I had a death in the family that rocked me pretty bad. It was a sudden death and one that rocked the world of everyone in my family. When March came around I was determined to channel that energy into positivity and I came up with the idea of #THAPositivityMonth. One positive quote, every day, for 31 days. This took place on my Instagram and it was such a great idea for me. Here are some lessons I learned after being positive for a month.

 What I Learned When I Was Positive For A Month | Click through this pin to see exactly what I learned when I decided to be positive for the entire month of March. I am talking all about my life as an extremely positive person.

Surrounding Yourself With Positivity Works

The more I surrounded myself with these positive quotes, the more I could feel that change in me. I was a pretty positive person pre-Positivity Month, but I think it has only gotten better with time and this month where I surrounded myself with positivity every day. On the days where I looked up quotes and found all of these amazing things I found that I was actually using the quotes and advice on myself. For example on Day Three the quote was, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them,” This quote by Henri Matisse definitely changed my viewpoint. That day as I was going home from school I looked for those flowers and I took a little while longer that day just to do so.

Your Positivity Affects Other People

What I found so cool was that this positivity has an impact on others. All of my 31 days of positivity combined had nearly 1,400 likes across the pictures and an average of 45 likes. I know that at least an average of 45 people where influenced by my positivity enough to like the pictures, and that’s not even counting people who view the picture but don’t like it. The positivity was infectious and brung people to my page. We don’t have enough positivity in my opinion. I just loved hearing people tell me that I was the first page they went to in the morning during March for this dose of happy and that made me even happier.

You Don’t Have To Be Perfect

I wanted to end this whole month on a very important note. My last quote was “Remind yourself that it’s okay not to be perfect.” I honestly couldn’t think of a better ending to a month that made me so happy and positive. When we get into our moods of happiness it can be hard to recognize that we can be anything but happy. We get in that way of thinking where everything is positive, until it’s not. Then when it’s not, we freak out to the extreme and we don’t consider that we don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be positive 100% of the time. You don’t always have to have a smile plastered on your face. You don’t have to be happy. You should be happy and positive most of the time though, it’s good for your health. Don’t force it too much though, you can have human emotions. Bottling those up does you no good either.

A Month’s Work of Inspiration

Want to be inspired again and again? Check out March’s entire months worth of Inspirational quotes.