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.

What to Do When Someone (Who Isn’t a Disney Princess) Says, “Let it Go”

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“Let it go! Let it go!!”

Not just the lyrics to any current 5-8 year old girl’s favorite Disney song. This is also a mantra of sorts for most adults.

The intention is all good, but sometimes the phrase itself can seem dismissive, flippant, or full-on aggravating.

I know for me, when someone says, “Just let it go,” I want to punch them in the face.

Okay. No, not really. That’s not at all my style. But you get my point. It can seem WAY easier said than done.

So, what does “let go” really mean and how do we go about doing it?

The question of learning to let go came up as a response to my survey and is a very common question as we are on this journey of awareness and awakening. (If you are curious to which survey I’m referencing, check it out here.)

In this video, I share my perspective on what “letting go” means to me and just how to go about doing it in a way that keeps most punching unnecessary. (Watch the video if you want to know why I didn’t say “all!”)

By redefining what “letting go” means we can redefine our relationship and experience with it. {Tweet that!}

Now it’s your turn. What is your favorite thing to do when you feel the need to “let it go?”

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.

So many of us hear the phrase “let it go” so often—yet how many of us actually practice this in a way that is healthy and supports our expansion into deeper awareness? Please pass this along to anyone who rolls their eyes at or feels disenchanted when they hear “Let it go!” or who might benefit from learning just how to experience less frustration and more ease.

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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What I’ve Learned about Contradictions

The other day I found myself reading something that completely contradicted something else I had read just a few weeks earlier. And I noticed that I started to feel almost indignant.

Which one am I supposed to believe? How can I learn from two opposing viewpoints?!

Then, I heard this voice in my head say, “Wait a minute, Amanda.

What if it’s not about which one is “right” and which one is “wrong” but rather what is the lesson here for me to take away?”

If you’re anything like me you might sometimes find it difficult or even frustrating to hear opposing or paradoxical statements—especially as we are learning how to expand ourselves into our highest version of ourselves.

In this video, I’m going to share with you how when we are aware enough to receive, it’s less about what one person or authority says on a matter and more about what message we are meant to learn from these seemingly contradictory claims.

It’s not “either/or;” it’s “both/and what’s the lesson I’m meant to learn in this moment?” {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What lesson have you recently learned when you came up against something that at first seemed either paradoxical or downright contradictory?

I’d love to see what lessons you have learned so please take a moment and share with us in the comments below this post. What you share might be just the lesson someone else needs to learn today.

As we continue to expand into our awareness and start to put our parts back together to recreate the whole, sometimes we can get derailed by seemingly contradictory claims instead of remaining in our awareness and growth. So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from being reminded of how we can learn from these contradictions in order to have more of the life we want!

If you want more support in learning to listen to that part of you who is tired of getting derailed by contradictions and who knows the lesson to be learned, I invite you to sign up for one of my complimentary discovery sessions and sign up to receive more tips, tricks, and insights directly to your inbox.

P.S. I’m getting giddy with excitement to tell you more about a program I will be launching soon that helps people learn how to become more aware of their own goodness and begin to SOAR! (And if you are just dying to find out what it means to “SOAR” be sure to sign up and find out when I reveal it to the world!)

With gratitude…


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How to Stay in Compassion and Out of Obligation

Recently, I’ve been struggling—or shall I say “dancing”—with this idea of how I can continue to “work on myself” and do it in a way that reflects my deepest belief that I am good just the way I am and there is nothing that needs to be fixed.

That sounds kind of paradoxical, doesn’t it?

How can I work on something without believing it needs to be fixed?

Sometimes being on a spiritual path can feel paradoxical … and even a little frustrating.

It can feel like I’m beating myself up all the time while trying out new tools and practices (which kind of defeats the purpose).

What I’m learning is that it is possible to expand ourselves and adopt new practices without beating ourselves up.

In this video, I’m going to share with you three questions we can use to see if what we are doing is coming from a place of love and compassion or from a place of judgment and obligation.

Expansion and growth don’t have to come from judgment and obligation. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

How do you know that what you are doing is coming from a place of compassion or coming from a place of judgment?

I’d love to see what works best for you so please take a moment and share with us in the comments below this post. What you share might be just the thing someone else needs to hear today.

As we expand and grow into our deepest level of awareness, we can sometimes fall back into being critical and forcing ourselves to do things that just don’t serve us. So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from being reminded of how we can be loving and compassionate with ourselves while on this lifelong journey!

If you want more support in staying out of judgment and truly loving the life you have, I invite you to sign up for one of my complimentary discovery sessions and sign up to receive more tips, tricks, and updates directly to your inbox.

P.S. I’m getting giddy with excitement to tell you more about a program I will be launching soon that helps people learn how to stay out of judgment and begin to SOAR!

With gratitude…


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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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