_1430388 These photos were taken outside one of my favorite parks which has been under construction for months. When I saw this sign I knew I couldn’t simply drive past it. This sign is not just positive. It is a beautiful example of positive reframing. Positive reframing is a cognitive behavioral therapy technique I use almost daily with clients. Positive reframing is essentially the age old ‘Is the glass half full? Or is it half empty?’ argument. The belief is that if you can spin things in a positive way, it will cause less emotional distress.

So let’s say you’re sad because summer is ending. A positive reframe for that may be thinking to yourself “Summer ending means fall beginning, and that means pumpkin spice lattes and pretty leaves” :) Ok, so I’m only halfway serious with that example, but you get the point. The thing to remember with positive reframing is that it doesn’t change the situation, or make it better, it just give you a different way to look at something that may initially seem distressing.
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 Have you used this technique in your life? How?

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Our hats are off to Amy Purdy for proudly showing off her prosthetics on the red carpet. The 2014 Team USA Paralympic bronze medalist proudly paired a minidress with her prosthetic legs Thursday night at the OK! TV Awards Party in Los Angeles, an inspiring choice her fans can’t stop calling “beautiful” on social media. Check out the full story here!

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Haven’t shared any of these lately. Figured it was time I stopped keeping them all to myself.._1410708

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Outtakes I // Outtakes II

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Lillian Weber makes a dress from scratch every single day so that a child in need will have something beautiful to wear. Throughout the last few years, Weber has made more than 840 dresses for Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit that distributes dresses to impoverished young girls in Africa and beyond. Weber says she hopes to hit the 1,000 dress mark before too long. All this would certainly be extraordinary enough, but there’s something else that makes Weber’s story particularly astounding: She’s 99! Check out the full story here.

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I think plaid may be  the longest running trends in fashion history (ok, maybe not the longest, but seriously, it’s ALWAYS in). Every year, especially around fall, plaid just creeps back into our lives. If you’ve been around here awhile, you probably already know I’ve had a love affair with the pattern for quite awhile (proof here, here, and here). So of course, I didn’t mind donning a newly thrifted plaid shirt for this week’s Thrift Style Thursday theme..

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Shirt: Thrifted // Shorts: Urban // Scarf: Vintage // Necklace: Spoolish

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Be sure to check out what my fellow thrift style Thursday-ers came up with this week:

Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // Lipstick and Yarn

Aligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya

Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Rachel’s Lookbook // Muddy Flowers

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A family ripped apart by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was reunited Monday for the first time in a decade, thanks to a chance encounter in June which led them to their missing daughter, who, in turn, helped the family find their missing son. Two kids reunited in a week? How amazing is that, check out the full story here.

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