Amanda Johnson

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Are You Taking a Vacation or a Suitcase Full of “Shoulds”?

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Ah, summer vacation.

Each year, I take a trip to northern Minnesota and spend a week at a lake cabin with my family.

Sometimes vacations stump me a little. Rather than feeling peaceful and relaxed, I feel conflicted and a little on edge.

This year, I mentioned something to my mother and she asked me a very insightful question that immediately helped me change the way I was viewing my time away.

Do you ever feel like your vacations are just another opportunity to “should” all over yourself or live up to yet another set of expectations?

In this video, I’m going to share with you the wise question my mother asked me and how it helped me go from conflicted to confident while on vacation.

Just because we’re on vacation doesn’t mean we have to take a break from being true to ourselves. {Tweet that!}

Now it’s your turn! How do you stay true to yourself while taking time off?

Head on over to the blog or Facebook page 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 look forward to what little vacation we usually take to begin with, yet how many of us actually spend that time without added pressure or expectations of what vacation “means”? Please pass this along to anyone you may know who could benefit from being reminded to stay true to themselves even when taking some much-needed time off.

With gratitude …

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Want to Get Outta Your Head, Get Into Your Body?

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A common question that I received in response to my survey is: “How do I go from knowing what to do to doing it?” (If you didn’t get a chance to respond to my super-short survey, I’d still love to hear from you!)

This is a great question and one that trips me up time and time again.

I find that there are so many times when I go around knowing exactly what it is I’m “supposed to do” or saying all the “right things” when it comes to being mindful and present—and then I just don’t follow through.

Most recently this has been coming up in my relationship. I can say I’m mindful and honoring the moment, and then I catch myself doing everything but that.

Can you relate?

In this video, I’m going to share with you a fairly simple answer to this seemingly challenging question. It stems from some beautiful advice from the soulful Cora Poage via the incredible Elle Callahan.

Stop asking what I should be “doing” and instead ask how am I “being”? {Tweet that!}

Now it’s your turn! How do you go from “knowing” to “doing”? What does this bring up for 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 “know” just what to do, yet how many of us struggle to actually practice it in the moment?

With gratitude …

PS Please pass this along to anyone you may know who could benefit from hearing this soulful reminder and receive some relief when it comes to this common question.

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 …

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How to Get out of Overwhelm

As a world-class list-maker and scheduler, I know all too well just how to fill my calendar with to-do’s, appointments, and deadlines.

For a very long time I actually wasn’t sure if I could function without these things in place.

It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve tried something new. And, during one of my Masterclass calls this week with Jeannine Yoder it became really clear to me just how overwhelming the idea of all of these lists and deadlines are to me now.

I admit that I might have swung a little too far on the pendulum, and I don’t necessarily suggest that everyone rid their life of to-do lists and deadlines.

But I will say that the greatest thing I’ve learned from doing so is that I’m okay without these things and my days feel significantly less overwhelming.

If any of this resonates with you and you’re interested in experiencing less overwhelm in your life, then be sure to check out this week’s video.

In the video, I’m going to share with you some great advice I received on how to assess where we spend our time and develop a deeper sense of true productivity and power.

If you know anyone who tends to create lists or fill their calendar in order to feel productive or accomplished, then please share this with them so that they can learn one simple question to ask each day to stay out of overwhelm and in their truth.

I’m not suggesting that all list-making and deadlines are useless.

Sometimes the best thing we can do in the moment is make a list or move towards a deadline. And other times we use these things simply as a distraction to help us think we are being productive.

There’s an alternative to lists and deadlines to feel productive and empowered. {Tweet this!}

Now I want to hear from you. What are your favorite tips to stay out of overwhelm?

Hop on over to the blog to share your wisdom in the comments below this video! I absolutely love learning what works for others and your tip might be just the thing someone needs to hear today.

Life isn’t about filling our task list and calendar with things to keep us busy and feeling productive. So please pass this along to anyone who might benefit from learning how to stay out of overwhelm and instead focus on those things that matter most.

With gratitude …

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Are You Tired of Experiencing the Same Challenges Over and Over Again?

Recently, I caught myself acting in a way that I am not extremely proud of. I got triggered by something that has triggered me many times before and I reacted in a way that I’ve reacted many times before.

Have you ever experienced that?

Well, here’s what happened next. After this undesirable behavior occurred and when I later told my friend about what happened, I noticed that instead of beating myself up about it (as I have been known to do in the past), I was quite compassionate with myself and recognized it as something that happened and moved on.

This was huge for me!

It was one of the first times I recognized that it’s okay that I get triggered or behave in ways that are less than ideal. I’m going to have bad days.

What I’m learning is that it’s not about living a life without any challenges or stumbling blocks; it’s all about how we now respond to these challenges as they arise.

If you’re anything like me and sometimes get frustrated with thinking you’ve “figured it out” and wonder why the same issue keeps tripping you up, then check out this video.

In this video, I’m going to explore why we experience the same challenges over and over again and how we can go from feeling frustrated to feeling free.

The sign of growth isn’t being free of obstacles—it’s responding to them with more love, compassion, and resilience. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

Do you ever find yourself frustrated when you encounter the same challenge because you thought you already had it “figured out”? Instead of focusing on the challenge, share with us how you now respond differently than you did before.

I’d love to see what you discover, so please take a moment and share in the comments’ section below this post. What you share might be exactly what someone else needs to hear today.

Challenges are not going to disappear. Once we accept this, we can begin to notice how growth and evolution are indeed occurring. So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from being reminded of how we can experience more freedom and less frustration in order to truly love the life we have!

If you desire more support in experiencing less frustration and seeing where you are already expanding in your life, I invite you to sign up for one of my complimentary discovery sessions.

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!

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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Ever Wondered What It Would Be like to Give Yourself a Break?

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For the past couple of weeks, I was in a real funk.

I was in a state of malaise pretty much every day. And I felt frustrated with myself that I couldn’t figure out why. I over-analyzed it, worried about it, and tried to make it go away.

What I noticed?

The more I fought it, the more it persisted.

So I eventually tried something else—I let myself off the hook. I allowed myself to be in a funk. I gave myself what I needed in the moment.

Maybe you’ve been in a funk or given yourself a hard time for feeling a certain way before, too.

What I learned is that the greatest gift we can give ourselves during times like these is a break.

Yup. A good ol’ fashioned hall pass.

This doesn’t mean we need to lose ourselves in something else that only takes us out of the moment even more. It means we lovingly acknowledge where we are in this moment and remember that funks happen. And nothing lasts forever.

When we give ourselves a break, we are honoring and accepting where we are in this moment. {Tweet that!}

Of course this isn’t very easy for the ego to accept. The ego wants to remind us just what we aren’t accomplishing or what we “should” be doing or why feeling this way isn’t okay.

Luckily, we are more than just our ego.

And when we choose to observe where we are with non-judgmental awareness and give ourselves a break, some incredible things happen.

1. We discover that things still get done.

Arianna Huffington talks about this very thing in an interview with Marie Forleo where she talks about priorities and to-do lists. And if we are really honest with ourselves, the stuff that has to get done, gets done. No matter how long our list is or how much we think we “should” do.

When we give ourselves a break, we can trust that the important things can still get done and everything else can wait.

2. We get a chance to slow down and reevaluate our values and priorities.

Sometimes we are in a funk or feeling bleh because we haven’t taken the time to understand what we value and how we want to prioritize our time. It’s easy to feel like slaves to our tasks and responsibilities. But, remember, we are always choosing how and where to spend our time.

Taking a break gives us a little breathing room to ask ourselves: is what I’m doing aligned with my values? If not, how can I shift things around so this is the case more often?

3. We are reminded that nothing lasts forever.

Just like seasons, everything changes. Including our moods and levels of productivity. Sometimes it is hard to remember this when we are in the throes of a funk. And yet it is still just as true.

When we give ourselves a break, we are lovingly reminding ourselves that this too shall pass.

Funks happen. Some days are better than others. The next time you experience this, give yourself a break instead of beating yourself up, and see if any of these are true for you.

I’m sure there are other things that can happen when we give ourselves a break. What am I missing here? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!

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