law of attraction

Good Vibes Only: The Importance of a Positive Attitude

“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”
― J. Sidlow Baxter

Good Vibes Only: The Importance of a Positive Attitude -- The Palmetto Peaches

The Importance of a Positive Attitude

Your vibe attracts your tribe.

No one likes to be around a Debbie/Donald Downer. If you have a negative outlook on life, you will invite negativity into your space.

Helps the inspiration and motivation flow.

When you feel good about your life, you’ll want to continue to do the things that keep you feeling that way. Even if it’s deciding to take the healthy eating route or discovering a new hobby, a little  passion goes a long way.

Boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Being optimistic helps us find the good in every situation. Positive folks complete tasks without worrying about what could go wrong. So if things don’t gi exactly how you planned, there’s still a lesson or experience to be had.

It’s healthier for you.

Nothing good comes from being constantly stressed, angry or sad. Everyone has bad days and gets into funks, but holding onto those feelings won’t help the situation.

Brings more positivity into your life.

A positive attitude is the gift that keeps on giving. It unlocks gratitude for what you already have, which brings more greatness to you.

How do you keep a positive attitude?

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Digital Vision Board: 6 Month Progress

Daaamn, Ace, back at it again with the vision board.

In November, I shared my digital vision board with you in Use a Vision Board So I Know It’s Real. Originally, there were 2 digital vision boards in the post, but I made a rookie mistake by deleting one from Photobucket.

Digital Vision Board 6 Month Progress - The Palmetto Peaches

November 2015 Vision Board

Vision boards are a way to visually keep up with your goals and dreams. If you place it in the right spot, you’re constantly reminded: “Hey girl, you want this. Go get it.” The purpose of my digital vision board was to keep it on my phone as a daily reminder of what I wanted. It’s time for me to admit that didn’t last long. I don’t look at my vision board as much as I initially planned to, which is why my progress isn’t THAT significant. But hey, let’s celebrate the little wins today!

What’s on my digital vision board, and where am I now?

  • Write: Children’s books, coming of age dramas, screenplays, novels…basically everything.

    Update:

    They say real G’s move in silence like lasagna, so once it’s finalized–I’ll share the writing opportunity I accepted. On another note, the more Netflix and #LEMONADE I watch, the more I want to be a professional storyteller. Recently the universe connected me with a potential future mentor. She’s a social activist and writer. If I don’t take advantage of this opportunity, I’ll be the only person to blame. 

  • Travel: The picture with the big moon is New Orleans. The picture of the house with the outdoor fireplace is my future home. I have to add curtains to those big windows though.

    Update:

    So far the only cities I’ve visited outside of South Carolina are Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL. BUT Beyoncé recently added a show in New Orleans September 24th, and I have a pretty strong craving to go! There are some ideas up in the air for summer trips, but I try not to get excited about things until transportation is booked and/or I’m already on the way there. Digital Vision Board 6 Month Progress - The Palmetto Peaches

  • Fit that yellow dress again. I’m taking this off of the list for my sanity. Instead of trying to fit into my clothes, I should focus on being healthy. There isn’t any real progress here. I don’t weigh myself anymore, and my old clothes still don’t fit me well…so there’s that.
  • Become financially stable: Because I can’t do any of these things without money.

    Update:

    I’m definitely not there yet. Soon I’ll be starting a part-time summer gig, and I’m working on a few freelance opportunities right now. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of my financial freedom.

  • Go back to school: Translation = get an iPad.

    Update:

    I got an Amazon Fire, and it is not the business. However, it is better than relying on my phone for everything. Continuing my education is still something I want to do, I just want to make sure I’m going back to get me closer to my purpose.

  • Be a better business woman: Translation = get a new MacBook.

    Update:

    Between my planners and Evernote, I am getting more organized and less overwhelmed. You know what would be nice though? A virtual assistant to remind me to check my planner, or to read it for me. A social media intern would also be nice. P.S I’m entering a MacBook contest on the 22nd. Your good vibes are much appreciated.

  • GO TO DISNEY WORLD: I wrote it in all caps, because it is that serious.

    Update:

    I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD for my sister-cousin’s bachelorette party! Hopefully, I can keep it together. The last thing I need is for Mickey Mouse and Princess Tiana to see me drunk-crying in the magical, Disney streets. So. Many. Emotions.

Do you have a digital vision board? What steps are you taking to bring your visions to life?

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Use a Vision Board So I Know It’s Real

In 2010, I spent 2 weeks in the Dominican Republic with International Student Volunteers. I remember crying in the airport, not only because folk in Miami were mean, but because this was the first time I would be around people I didn’t know. It was like the first day of kindergarten except without my mama and cute new clothes. Oh yeah, and I was over 1200 miles away from home. But as the days passed, I began to realize this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only was I helping children and a community in need, I was becoming friends with amazing people who were almost my total opposites. How do you become friends in two weeks? Without electricity, social media or cell phones…that’s how!

When I returned, I had $15 in my bank account and a Ziplock bag full of pesos I could not use to pay my light bill. Did I care? Nope. I was still so full of gratitude and humility after seeing how happy people were with so much less than I had. Fast forward to a few revelation talks later, and I’m introduced to The Secret. First the DVD, then I bought the book. Naturally, I was freaked out; but the more I listened, the more it made sense.

Like I said, two weeks without a cell phone and Facebook helped to clear my mind, which made room for fresh daydreams and ideas. With a little help from The Secret, I decided to make a vision board. Ya girl was full of goals, especially because it was the summer before my senior year of college. I don’t have a picture of the vision board, which wasn’t that visually appealing in the first place, but I remember most of what was on it.

  • Picture of the Queen Bey: After basically stalking her at Bonnaroo, my craving to see Bey in concert kept growing. I was determined to see her perform live. FYI: That vision came true in 2013 and 2014.
  • The word/yearVegas 2011″: I met two amazing Capricorns while in the DR, and we made a pact to celebrate our birthdays together in Vegas. I can do a lot of things, but “go to Vegas broke” was not one of them. This was my reminder to save money, and to not back out.
  • The number 3.5 (GPA) With graduation being less than a year away, I had to have some type of education goal on this thing. I made the Dean’s List and President’s List, but finished with like a 3.389578493 GPA. The damage from 2008 was already done, haha. I tried though!
  • Picture of a melanin queen rocking a mouth-dropping afro: I was hiding my natural hair under braids and for about 2 years. She was the encouragement I needed to not go back to the “creamy-crack”.
  • The wordsLose Weight” I didn’t have a specific goal in mind, and honestly, it was because I didn’t weigh myself in years. This vision didn’t set motion until about 5 months later, when I almost had a meltdown in the Target dressing room while buying new jeans. Fast forward to September 2011, and ya girl was 40lb lighter.
  • “New Orleans” I was obsessed with the idea of living in New Orleans, and not because it was socially acceptable to day drink on Bourbon St. Reason number 1: My dad and his family are from New Orleans. This city is home to all these people I’m connected to, and I don’t know anything about it…or them. Reason number 2: I watched Princess and the Frog, and came to the conclusion that I was Princess Tiana.

So here I am, 5 years after my first vision board, with new dreams and goals. This time I’m taking the digital route, and using more pictures instead of text. To be honest, I need like 10 vision boards to cover every area of my life. I did my brain and iPhone storage a favor, by only making 2 for now.

My Vision Board

Use a Vision Board So I Know It's Real--The Palmetto Peaches

In a nutshell, I want to…

  • Write: Children’s books, coming of age dramas, screenplays, novels…basically everything.
  • Travel: The picture with the big moon is New Orleans. The picture of the house with the outdoor fireplace is my future home. I have to add curtains to those big windows though.
  • Fit that yellow dress again.
  • Become financially stable: Because I can’t do any of these things without money.
  • Go back to school: Translation = get an iPad.
  • Be a better business woman: Translation = get a new MacBook.
  • GO TO DISNEY WORLD: I wrote it in all caps, because it is that serious.

I made these using Moldiv, a collage app, and they’re now the wallpaper on my phone. This makes it easier for me to look at everyday and keep up with. Next on my to-do list is to write down the steps I have to take to make this magic happen! Just in case you were wondering: the doughnuts are a background I chose, not a vision. Do you have a digital vision board, and/or multiple vision boards? What do you do to make sure you see it, or them, everyday? Leave a comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL and tell me all about it!

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Food for Thought: Chasing Dreams

Donni and I attended The Brand Helena K.’s Basic Business: Lunch and Learn over the weekend. The amazing gouda omelet and mimosa I had weren’t the only gems being dropped at BQE Restaurant & Lounge. The guest speakers really tugged on some of my heart-strings.

Even though I claimed (and still claim) 2015 as MY year, the first few months have been a roller-coaster ride. (For the record, I’m not a big fan of roller-coasters.)

A lot of the advice given by the guest speakers related to my current situation. Bels Stacks, owner of STACKS Magazine, dropped a little knowledge on dream chasing. I needed another mimosa at that point, because it brought up all the things I’ve been kicking myself for lately. I didn’t have a strategy for chasing my dream. Hell, social media marketing wasn’t even my dream. I was just tired of working for whack managers and dramatic small business owners. I took the freelance route as a way to make money from a hobby.

There were A LOT of things I could’ve done differently in the past: I could’ve actually tried to enter corporate America after college; I could’ve went to grad school; I could’ve saved money while I was living with my sister; I could’ve demanded the pay I deserved from my clients–but I didn’t. And while I could keep dwelling on that obnoxious list of things when life gets rough; I just need to accept them and #CarryOn.

“Yesterday is a canceled check.”

When author/actress/HBIC, Faye Adams-Taylor, spoke those words, I wanted to slide out of my chair–but I didn’t want to embarrass Helena. All the things on my list of regrets are already done. There is literally nothing I can do to change the decisions I’ve made. However, I can put time and energy into cleaning up the messes those decisions helped create, and try my hardest to avoid making them in the future. As I mentioned before, engaging on social media was something I enjoyed doing and happened to be good at. It wasn’t this fire burning inside me that had to be put out, and that was definitely starting to show.

I started my path as a freelance social marketer for all the wrong reasons, which caused me to settle and get stuck. Over the last few months, all I could think about was how much I didn’t like the work I was doing. I wasn’t satisfied with the performance of my efforts, and when I tried to do something about it–I failed. In December, I reached out to three of my clients with a proposal to enhance my social media approach. When they basically ignored what I had to say–I didn’t care. I didn’t hunt them down or demanded a response. I was over it. It was hard for me to get pumped up and focused to make changes when they weren’t. So I continued posting and tweeting, just to make sure I got paid– all while complaining and sharing horror stories with my friends. The signs were all there for me to move on, but I stayed because I NEEDED the money.

Fast forward to today, and those clients are gone. Part of me, a very small part of me, is freaking out because this is the worst time for me to not have a reliable source of income, but the rest of me is relieved. Although I didn’t expect for it to happen this way, this is what I wanted.

The universe put me at a stopping point. From here, I move on. I focus on making all the things I daydream about a reality. It’s only been a few days since I’ve officially been “client-free”, but it feels amazing to be the only thing I have to worry about. They say “thoughts become things”, and this is proof. The real fun begins now as I figure out my next move. I really just want to escape to an island: run barefoot in the sand, grow my own fruits and vegetables, work in a local bar or coffee shop and maybe, just maybe, figure it all out.

But before I make my great escape, I’d like to hear from my fellow dream chasers. What words of advice or stories do you have to share? Comment below or tweet ya girl @TheAceAlexa!

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