"Just consider the possibility that the biggest obstacle between where you are now and where you want to get to is your opinion of how possible that is for you." - Jessica Huie
When I read Jessica's words, my jaw dropped. Because it's the hard TRUTH. The truth we wish wasn't true because it means bringing our dreams to life is up to us. And that's scary. It's so much more convenient to blame someone else or point the finger at our lack of time, energy or money. But the truth, the real honest truth, is that we are not where we want to be because of how we are thinking. Specifically, how we think about what's available and possible for us.
It was so much more convenient for me to blame my mom for my lack of financial know-how rather than get curious about where I lacked knowledge and then go out and get educated so I could fill in the gaps. And because of that I stayed in the same stressful...
For years I have been asking myself and the Universe, why am I here? What is my mission in this lifetime? What am I here to do?
I always get the same answer...to create spaces where women can be themselves and where they can step more fully into who they are and what they are here to do. I have heard this answer a million times but have ignored it because I thought it was silly and stupid. That's just something I enjoy doing but it's not my job, my career, or my passion....right?!
But you want to know the truth? I never actually thought it was silly or stupid. And I have actually always loved working with women and helping them get to the heart of a struggle or a dream. But no one around me did this work and I didn't think it was an acceptable or worthy profession.
For one, it's not easy to explain - it's hard to put this work into a box that everyone immediately understands.
It's been a little while since I've sent a newsletter and I’ve missed you so much!!! I have so much to share with you but want to start with some exciting news.
First things first, I am thrilled to announce that I am officially relaunching as a "Rule Breaker Coach"! As a coach, my mission is to help women break free from the limiting beliefs that are holding them back and step boldly into their full potential.
Now, you might be wondering, "Amanda, what in the world? Where did this come from?" Well, let me tell you, it's been a journey! Over the last few months, I've been doing A LOT of soul-searching and reflecting on my own life. I've been navigating tough stuff with my marriage, health and career. And this journey has brought up questions like, "What do I really want out of life?" and "Why do I hold myself back from going after what I really want?" And you know what I've realized? It's all about breaking free from the rules that we've been taught to live...
Last week I was so excited to share that I would be offering an ongoing Monday morning class and this week I am sharing that I actually won't be doing that.
It's complicated but here we go....
A few months ago I got a job as a community engagement manager at a personal development company that focuses primarily on helping women integrate sacred practices into their lives. All the while I have continued to offer coaching as wells as hold the intention to offer movement classes once I felt more settled with my job.
That day came a few weeks ago and so I began putting the word out about my new offering, Soul Care Yoga, which I am so grateful you signed up for. (Thank you for your shared interest and enthusiasm for starting the day and week with such care and heart.)
When I started doing some marketing about my class, my employer lovingly pulled me aside and brought me into deep inquiry about my intentions with this class. They also shared that it did not feel right for me to offer a...
Happy New Year!
By now you have probably received countless emails and scrolled through post after post on Facebook and Instagram urging you to set an intention, create a list of resolutions or pick a word for the year.
It's inspiring AND it's a lot all at the same time.
I hear you and the funny thing is New Year's is my favorite time of year! But I can't hang with the constant barrage of emails and posts, they overwhelm me.
Instead, I need to tune the voices out and create a space of quiet to reflect on my soul's path.
I have found that the clearest path to knowing what's next for the new year, or for a new day, comes from a daily sacred practice. Every day I show up on my yoga mat, in nature and in my journal to better understand who I am, what I want and what I am here to do.
Whether I am at the turn of the year or the turn of a day, I get quiet. I sit with all my thoughts, feelings and desires and just listen.
I ask myself: How am I doing really? And what do I need?
I let my...
I'm fresh from an amazing retreat on claiming and living our soul's purpose. During the retreat we talked about how we are here, on this planet, for a specific purpose. We each have a calling and when we stand still long enough and tune out the chaos of daily life, we can feel it. We can hear it.
This calling lives within our cellular structure and flows within our tissues, blood, bones and breath. It's not separate from us, it is us.
And it is something our soul's chose before we landed in our bodies to live this current life.
It's a mission we accepted, even though we knew, without a doubt that it would not be easy, we would get lost and there would be heart break, pain and discomfort.
Our soul said YES because this calling is necessary to our evolution as individuals and as a society.
We know this, deeply. It makes itself known as we look up at the vast sky and remember...
A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about reinvention and how following my trip to Italy, I felt a longing to reconnect with my wild, true and wise self. The truth is this conversation about reinvention started within my heart years ago.
I have half-heartedly listened to this conversation my heart was having with my mind and body, but have done my best to muffle the sounds and keep going. I heard talk of wanting more, doing less, taking risks, nourishing myself better and living in sacred connection with the earth.....but instead of tuning in, I tuned out.
I kept my eyes forward, shushed the voices within, smiled and said "Yes, please" to other peoples needs, ideas and decisions even though they weren't mine and didn't fit me.
I didn't do this all of the time, but enough times that my breath felt caught between an inhale and exhale. Holding. Waiting. Which way do I go?
Hence, the reinvention.
Now I am turning...
Today I want to share a simple yet powerful practice with you. If you are dissolving into doubtful trains of thought about what lies ahead this week with your business, work, relationships, home, purpose, etc. then take one minute and do this practice with me.
This is one of my favorite practices when I don't know which way to turn, feel overwhelmed or feel ungrounded.
Please don't just read this practice and say to yourself, "I'll do it later". Follow the simple steps below and do the practice now. Do it for your now self. Do it for your future self. Do it because it will make you feel better. Do it to grow your capacity to live more resiliently and more joyfully. Choose a reason and follow the prompts below.
During this practice you are going to open your solar plexus, which is a central point in your body and also a source of power and presence. Connecting to and opening this space will help...
Yesterday afternoon while sitting on the couch drinking lemon honey tea, I was flipping through a book that I haven't looked at in years. It's a book that I bought because of the beautiful images but not one I had actually sat down and read. For some reason it called to me yesterday and so I flipped it open and started from the beginning.
The book is called Art of Attention by Elena Brower. It's like a yoga workbook for teachers and practitioners with writings woven in about reducing tension, finding stillness and embracing your highest possibilities.
In the second chapter, blame is explored. Here, guest writer Gabrielle Bernstein offers her thoughts. She says:
It's easy to stay stuck in the past, wishing we could have done things differently, wishing we could be different.
These words stung a bit.
They were a little too true for me.
How long have I been wishing I would have done things differently throughout all the...
After almost 3 weeks in Italy, one week of crushing jet lag and one week of covid....I'M BACK! And I'm so excited to reconnect with you.
Italy was AMAZING - the landscape, people, lifestyle, food...all of it! I loved it and cannot wait to go back. As much as I'd love to share stories and sit you down for a multi-hour long slideshow of the trip, I want to share something else with you.
I want to tell you about REINVENTION.
Fairly early on in the trip, I realized I was craving reinvention.
But let me be clear, I didn't pin point a desire to reinvent myself until recently. What came first was a feeling of utter and complete boredom with myself and how I live my life.
There was nothing in particular that stirred this feeling but instead a longing that I couldn't quite name that kept washing over me as I walked the streets of various towns and villages, watching men and women of all ages riding bikes and scooters as well...
Who says you have to play by the rules to succeed?
My free guide, Rule Breaker Mindset: 10 Affirmations to Help You Unleash Your Full Potential, will help you break free from the status quo and achieve your goals on your own terms.