Amanda Johnson

Love the life you have and have the life you want

Notice the Small Stuff – Lesson #5

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Evolution is a process. Life is a journey, not a destination. Transformation takes time. As I continue growing, changing, learning, evolving, I find that sometimes I “fall short” and need to be reminded of the lessons I am trying to learn and strategies to move me forward. This week I am going to share one “lesson” a day that has recently come in handy for me and might serve as a helpful reminder for others.

Take a moment to notice the small things.


When I find it hard to be in the moment or my thoughts get out of control or I just want to take a quick mental break, I find it is helpful to observe things around me. I take a moment to notice what I see, smell, feel, hear, taste. Often, I go through my day not stopping to notice the thousands of gifts and expressions of beauty that surround me. They may seem common or ordinary, and therefore I brush right over it. But pausing and being mindful of what I sense and observe, even for a brief second, can give my mind a break and allow me to live in this moment.

Take a moment right now to notice what is around you. What do you see, feel, hear, smell? Join the discussion by leaving a comment.


Author: Presence Matters

Amanda Johnson has one mission: to help people turn their critic into their ally so they can love the life they have and have the life they want. She does this through her work as a writer and presence coach. After years of struggling with depression, motivation and finding any purpose, Amanda made a choice to transform her experience of life. She realized that when she resisted, judged or attached to “what is” she suffered and that this is true for all of us. From this place, the idea to help others cultivate ease and joy through “Presence Matters" was born. Amanda is a seasoned professional with more than 10 years’ experience performing, educating, facilitating and consulting for Fortune 500 companies with the personal mission to reach and change lives for the better. Her passion for helping others—be it a 2nd-grader or a CEO—and her ability to connect with and inspire those she meets are unleashed by her wit, charm, and eloquence, making her message resonate deeply with her audience. For more information and to work with her, visit

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