Amanda Johnson

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Craving More Freedom? Then Check This Out

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Have you ever pondered the question, “What is true freedom?”

Now, there are seemingly many kinds of “freedom” out there—financial, creative, time, sexual, etc.

The other day I was having a conversation with the amazing Tara Tag about what financial freedom means. And it dawned on me that financial freedom isn’t having a certain amount of money—it’s knowing that I am able to make a choice based on what’s true for me instead of what’s in my bank account.

I realized that it’s a perception thing—not necessarily reality. I have a choice. I mean, I literally have a choice to spend money on something or put it on a credit card or find a way to create more money or not.

Then I noticed how this is true in so many other areas of my life. In all of these, I have a choice and can, therefore, experience freedom in all of them in any moment.

If we want to be free, we need to acknowledge (and exercise) the choice we have in each moment. {Tweet that!}

In this video, I’m going to share with you just what freedom means to me and how we can go about experiencing more of it in our lives.

Being free doesn’t just mean having a choice (we all have a choice in each and every moment); it means consciously exercising that choice. {Tweet that, too!}

Now it’s your turn! What does “freedom” mean to you?

Head on over to the blog to share your wisdom in the comments below this video. I would love to see what sort of conversation we can drum up.

So many of us crave more freedom (whether that is financial, location, time, etc.), yet how many of us go through life on auto-pilot more often than not? Please pass this along to anyone you may know who craves more freedom and could benefit from hearing this timeless reminder again.

With gratitude …

PS If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up here to receive a few other lessons I’ve learned to experience more freedom and truly love the life I have AND be the first to hear about an exciting project I’m working on!


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What I’ve Learned from the Playground

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who took time to read my announcement and complete my super-short survey! Your responses were fantastic and I look forward to addressing them in the coming weeks. Who knows, your question might even be the next topic for Thoughtful Thursday!

(If you’re curious about what I’m talking about, check this out.)

Now, on to this week’s Thoughtful Thursday.

I’ve never been much of a scientist. Or a cook for that matter. The whole idea of experimenting with things has often left me with butterflies in my belly.

I had this belief that I had one shot to get something “right.” So not only would I put pressure on myself to do things perfectly right out of the gate, I also wouldn’t allow myself the freedom to try something else if it didn’t work.

This has either resulted in me not doing anything at all (out of fear that I won’t succeed the first time) or continuing to do something that just isn’t working (because that’s the way I started doing it, so that’s the way I keep doing it).

Can you relate?

I most recently noticed this coming up for me in how I was creating my Thoughtful Thursdays, so I took a spoonful of my own medicine and added a bit more play to this week’s video.

If you’re anything like me and find you either take yourself a little too seriously or aren’t even willing to try something in the first place for fear of “making a mistake,” then check out this week’s video.

In this video, I’m going to share a couple of the greatest things I’ve learned from watching kids on the playground and how we can apply this to our grown-up worlds.

Imagine if someone told a chef there is only one way to cook an egg. They’d laugh (or something worse)!

So it is with life. There are many ways to whip up the experience we want so long as we are willing to play and experiment with the ingredients until we get the taste we desire.

It is up to us to create the dish we desire by experimenting with the ingredients of life. {Tweet this!}

Now I want to hear from you. What is your favorite way to keep the play and experimentation alive in your life?

Hop on over to the blog to share your comments below this video and get ideas from others.

Life isn’t about getting it “right” the first time around (or the second or third or fourth). As I heard someone very wise once say, “Life is a playground.” So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from being reminded to keep the play alive and experience more joy in life!

With gratitude …

PS If you like these reminders and want to stay up-to-date on the exciting announcement I mentioned at the beginning, be sure to sign up here! I’d love to include you in my updates.


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How to Tackle Any Goal

A few weeks ago, I set myself some goals for where I want my business to be in the next six months.

It didn’t take long before these goals felt super out of reach and unattainable. I started to experience a lot of self-doubt and overwhelm.

Maybe you know this feeling.

Then, I had this incredible coaching session with Jeannine Yoder who asked me a very powerful question which led me to an incredible discovery about what is possible in six months and just what it took to accomplish it.

If you’re anything like me and sometimes see goal-setting as scary because you don’t know where to start—or perhaps it just seems totally out of reach so why even bother—then check out this video.

In this video, I’m going to share with you the powerful question Jeannine asked me that totally transformed my belief about my goals along with the five things I discovered that can help tackle any goal in a way that feels easy and expansive.

No matter what size the goal, the only way to get there is one step at a time. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What goal do you have right now that might seem nearly impossible and what is one step that you can take today to move yourself towards reaching it?

Please take a moment and share in the comments’ section below this post. I’d love to generate a number of ways that people are taking steps toward achieving their goals in a way that feels light and expansive so that others can be inspired to do the same.

Goals don’t need to feel unattainable when we remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other. So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from being reminded of how we can experience more ease and less disappointment in order to truly have the life we want!

If you desire more support in experiencing more ease and seeing where you are already accomplishing incredible things, I invite you to sign up for one of my complimentary discovery sessions.

With gratitude…

Amanda

P.S. I’m getting giddy with excitement to make a big announcement which I don’t want you to miss so be sure to sign up if you haven’t already!


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How to Have Less Stress by Cleaning up Your Beliefs: Part 3

Have you ever had that thought “Why does this keep happening to me?”

I just experienced this again recently when I had the thought “I do the work; why am I still struggling with this?”

Then I remembered that, unlike my closet, I need to clean out my beliefs on a regular (maybe even daily) basis in order to experience the life I want.

If you’ve ever struggled with those pesky beliefs that just don’t seem to budge, then this video is for you. We’ll explore the final step in cleaning up our beliefs and some useful resources and tools for doing so on an ongoing basis.

Often it is not our circumstances that need to change but rather our relationship with our beliefs. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What do you want to experience more of in life? And, what beliefs are keeping you from experiencing that?

I’d love to see what you come up with so please take a moment and share in as much detail as possible in the comments below this post. Your story may be just what someone else needs to hear to have a breakthrough.

Spring cleaning our homes might happen once a year but taking stock, going through, and getting rid of disempowering beliefs occurs daily. So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from getting rid of some unnecessary beliefs and experience more peace and ease in life!

Did you enjoy this video series? Then be sure to sign up to receive more weekly videos and updates on my upcoming virtual program, 66 Days to Love the Life You Have, or go ahead and confirm your spot today.

With gratitude,

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How to Have Less Stress by Cleaning up Your Beliefs: Part 2

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I have often been tormented by the questions: Do I keep it? Do I throw it out? What if I need it later?

As I started cleaning up my beliefs the same way I clean out my closet, the same questions started to come up. Our beliefs, much like our closets, can easily get overtaken by years and years of ignoring the build up and not taking time to pause and question what is really going on.

If you’ve ever wondered how to start sifting through your beliefs and learn once and for all how to begin to turn them around, then this video is a must watch! You’ll learn a simple tool to take charge over your beliefs once again and start making a little more space for the ones you really want.

As I mentioned in the video, sorting through our beliefs requires we:

  • Decide what to keep and what to purge,
  • Assess what is serving us and what isn’t anymore,
  • And accept that our beliefs aren’t necessarily true.

That last one can be pretty hard to swallow sometimes. But when we begin to challenge our beliefs, incredible things can happen.

Challenging our beliefs is one of the most powerful ways to start letting them go. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What are 3 beliefs that are holding you back in some way? Then, see if you can find 3 pieces of evidence in your life (or in the world around you) to invalidate or challenge each one.

I’d love to see what you come up with so please take a moment and share in as much detail as possible what you come up with in the comments below this post. Your story may be just what someone else needs to hear to have a breakthrough.

Feeling the overwhelm of beliefs that no longer serve us is something that most of us can relate to. Please pass this along to your friends and others in your life who you think might benefit from having less stress and more ease in their life!

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How to Have Less Stress by Cleaning up Your Beliefs: Part 1

The other day I found myself feeling a little out of sorts and kind of cranky.

Then I noticed that my apartment was starting to get messy—piles of papers were forming all over my small space and dust bunnies were gathering under my book cases.

So I took some time to straighten things up and put things away and it was incredible what a difference that made!

Then it dawned on me. Just like how we need to spring clean our living spaces to feel a sense of renewal and less stress, we need to do the same thing with our beliefs from time-to-time.

Just like papers, clothes, or boxes that sit untouched for months (or years) start piling up and can add to our feeling of heaviness and dissatisfaction, our beliefs (when gone unexamined) can have the same effect.

And I started by pulling out and looking at some of my beliefs about what it means to put something out into the world that may not be “perfect.” So I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and created my first video series to walk through how I see decluttering our beliefs is a lot like decluttering our closets and it begins with pulling everything out so we can take stock of what we have.

In this first video of my 3-part series, I’ll share the 3 things to remember when starting the process of cleaning out our old beliefs so we can have less stress and more peace.

Now for this week’s challenge.

I want you to begin taking stock of your thoughts, noticing how they’re showing up and how they affect your life. Ask yourself, “What happens in my body when I believe this thought? How do I act and what are the outcomes or results of that thought?” I am fascinated to find out what you learn through this process, so please take the moment and share some of your discoveries in the comments below.

This week’s “tweetable:” We are not our thoughts, just like we are not the box of yearbooks or pairs of shoes in our closet. {Tweet that!}

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How Learning This One Thing Changed My Life

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Why is life so f*cking hard sometimes?

Up until a couple of years ago, this was a recurring question for me. My life was filled with stress, worry, never being good enough, always wanting something more, never knowing what that something was.

My critic ran the show.

I was depressed, moody, uncertain of what to do with my life. I felt like I was going nowhere. And I was so tired of feeling that way.

Then I finally woke up and I started asking a different question.

Why would I want to experience life this way any longer?

It’s pretty clear that most of us walk around every day feeling pretty miserable.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who have woken up and realize that there is more to life than going through the motions, feeling sorry for ourselves, and wishing it could be easier.

Well, I’m here to tell you that we can all wake up and feel less miserable.

When I finally decided that I didn’t want to feel that way anymore, some pretty incredible things started to happen in my life.

And it all started with one crazy idea.

I am not my thoughts.

I am not my emotions either. Whoa.

When we recognize that we are not our thoughts or emotions, we can question them without questioning our true identity. Knowing that I am not the thoughts in my head, I can then sit back and observe them for what they are—just thoughts. Knowing that I am not the feelings in my body, I can observe and feel the emotions for exactly what they are—physical sensations in my body attached to a thought.

I learned that I am okay.

Part of knowing that I’m actually the observer of what is going on meant that I could be okay no matter what happened. If I am not my thoughts, then I am not the one who needs to be perfect (that’s my inner critic). It was my thoughts (aka ego) telling me that I had to be or do it a certain way. When I started to question that, I started to notice that even when I don’t act or do things a certain way, I’m still okay. (I dare you to try it. Think of one thing you always do and stop doing it. See what happens.)

Life got so much easier.

Seriously. Things just feel so much easier when I’m not constantly believing every little thought that pops into my head. My relationships got easier—I wasn’t constantly worried about what the other person thought about me. Work got easier—I wasn’t constantly worried that I wasn’t doing enough or would somehow “mess up.” And alone time got easier because I learned to enjoy the moment while watching my thoughts from a distance.

Things worked out.

When I started exploring this new way of being, I went from living out of fear and scarcity to living from a place of trust and abundance. I went from thinking “what if?” to trusting that it will work out. And guess what? It did! I quit my job with no plan B … and everything has worked out!

I still have those days even now (though they are fewer and farther between for sure) when I slip back into feeling depressed or unhappy or judgmental. The difference is I have learned to accept that this is just part of being human and how to find my way back to my true self.

When we start to question our thoughts, we can change our entire experience of living. [Tweet that!]

What has been one of the most important things you have learned to help you when you’re feeling down or out of sorts? Share in the comments below and help others learn new ways to improve their experience of life.

If you enjoyed this blog, be sure to sign up to receive my weekly updates straight to your inbox. When you sign up you’ll receive my 10 dirty little secrets to loving the life I have. Also, next week I will be launching my new video series, “Out with the Old (Beliefs), In with the New” which you won’t want to miss!