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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

With Love for Books Second Anniversary - Guest Post & Giveaway by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Staying Positive in 2018
By Krysten Lindsay Hager

I was excited when Anniek and Suze asked me to write a guest post about positivity. I think it’s easy to start off a new year feeling positive and making resolutions and lists of goals. However, it’s just as easy to let go of that when things start to go south. So this year I’m making a point of keeping my joy even when things around me get chaotic.

One thing I started to do at the end of 2017 was reread some of the books I loved from my childhood. So often when I read it’s for research for my own writing. One day I was in a bookstore and realized I couldn’t remember the last time I read anything just for fun. It seemed like everything I read is work related in some fashion, so over Christmas vacation, I downloaded a bunch of Babysitters Club Books. I felt instantly transported to my childhood. I mentioned it to my best friend who started reading the series from the beginning and she called it therapeutic. I also found that there were a bunch of books in the series I missed and it was fun to go back and reconnect to that time period.

Another thing I’m doing is making a point to recognize joyful and positive moments. I used to keep gratitude journals and I still do that, but this year I’m adding in a joy section where I write down things that brought me joy during the day. It can be anything from a nice message from a friend to my favorite episode of American Dad being rerun on TV or even the store having my favorite candy on sale. Paying attention to the little things that make me smile helps me shift my focus.

The last thing I’ll share with you is how I’m monitoring what I watch on TV. There are a lot of low vibe programs out there and some really toxic news that comes in. I am going to stick with a few news sources I trust and not take in a constant barrage of headlines. I like history shows, biographies, comedies, and mysteries, but I’m not going to watch anything with an upsetting plot this year. One day I was getting stressed out by something that was supposed to be enjoyable, so I changed the station to an episode of the Simpsons I hadn’t seen before. I ended up laughing and forgetting what was bothering me. Just that one episode erased the bad feelings.

I’d love to hear what you do to stay positive when things get chaotic, so please share in the comments below!

About Krysten Lindsay Hager

I write about fame, fitting in, friendship, self-esteem, crushes, and first loves for teens and pre-teens. I basically took my embarrassing, cringe-y moments from my teen years and made a career out of my own awkwardness.

My latest young adult book is Dating the It Guy, about the girl next door who starts dating the popular son of a politician and finds herself feeling out of place in his world at first. I had fun writing this book because it’s funny, but it also has a message about self-acceptance and appreciating what makes you unique. I write with humour and I’ve found readers really reach out when I share things that I felt vulnerable and insecure about as a teen. I love hearing that they feel less alone about something they are going through when the read about my characters dealing with it, too.

My other YA books include: Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star. My younger teen books: True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, and Landry in Like, and I have a new young adult release coming next year called, Can Dreams Come True?


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  1. Competing with the Star sounds like a great story about the life of teenagers and their struggles while growing up.

  2. Krysten, I totally agree about the news. I do my best to avoid news programs. I suffer from anxiety and too much news will trigger it. It also helps me to stay positive.

    1. Yes, you have to be really careful what type of news programs you watch or it can get dicey

  3. A great post! We all need tips on staying positive. I give my dog a snuggle, take her for a walk or play ball with her. It always puts me in a positive frame of mind. <3

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  5. I have been working on my self esteem. I like to read uplifting books such as these when I am really feeling low. Thank you for writing and sharing.

  6. love the storyline - this would be a fantastic read for me!

  7. I love all the covers they are very eye catching.

  8. I think I need to take on board some of your ideas. I love how positive it all is. I suffer with low self esteem and confidence. I do like reading books from my childhood and love introducing the girls to them.

  9. I love Lindsey books and I want to read this one badly. Thank you for the chance <3

  10. Another enlightening guest post. I don't do anything special really, however I'm a pretty laid back person which does help a lot. Life can get tough and I've been through such phases but thankfully came out on the other side. Remaining positive is always good and making someone else happy makes me happy too.