Amanda Johnson

Love the life you have and have the life you want


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Want to Keep in Touch & Find Out What I Learned about Being Enough?

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Do you miss my face and quirky Thoughtful Thursdays?

Well, I miss you, too!

As I mentioned last week, I’ve moved platforms and will no longer be using WordPress to post my weekly Thoughtful Thursdays. Because I deeply desire to make sure you still receive my posts and continue to be a part of this community, I invite you to sign up to receive my updates directly (if you haven’t done so already)—this will be the only way to know when a new post is available.

If you’re interested to hear part of my raw, authentic story about not being enough, you can check it out here.

Plus, if you haven’t yet signed up yet, you may have missed the first part of my free video series on “Being Good with Being You.” I’d love to make sure that you, my loyal readers, have an opportunity to be a part of this series. You can watch the first video here, where I offer the first piece of the puzzle to go from “never enough” to “always okay.”

After watching, be sure to sign up to receive the rest of the series which is released tomorrow!

Thank you again for your continuous support and engagement. I look forward to connecting with you again in this new way!

With love & gratitude,

Amanda A

PS When you sign up, you’ll receive my FREE ebook, “You Mean I’m NOT Doing It Wrong? A Recovering Perfectionist’s Guide to Being Good with Being You”!

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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 …

PS If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up to receive my 10 dirty little secrets and be the first to hear about an exciting project I’m working on and excited to share with you soon!


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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 …

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!

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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How to Have Your Ego and Beat It, Too

A recurring thought of mine as I’ve been on this journey and started my own business has been: “How do I operate from a place with no ego while building a business centered around letting go of ego?”

First of all, for those of you asking yourselves, “What in the world is she talking about? What is this ‘ego’ she keeps referring to?”

Much of how I think about the ego and what I mean when I talk about the ego is based on Eckhart Tolle’s definition of ego: “Ego is the unobserved mind that runs your life when you are not present as the witnessing consciousness, the watcher.”

In other words, whenever you find yourself getting in your head about something, the ego is in full swing. {Tweet that!}

Now, back to my dilemma (because I know you’re dying to find out what I’m discovering).

As Eckhart Tolle reminds us, there is no getting rid of the ego. The best we can do is observe it as often as we can. By bringing attention to it, we begin to break the hold it has on our lives and operate from a more conscientious place (as opposed to operating on auto-pilot).

If you are interested to learn more about how I’m coming to terms with this and how it can apply to your own life, check out this week’s video.

In this video, I share one of the quickest ways for us to go from knowing what to do with our ego to doing it and just how powerful of a shift that can be.

The ego is here to stay but that doesn’t mean it gets the final say. {Tweet that, too!}

Start to notice when your ego (that part of yourself that feels attached to outcomes and rules, likes and dislikes, identities and beliefs) reacts to something or desires something. Simply noticing when it occurs is the very way to begin to take its power away.

And the less power our ego has in our life, the less frustration and more compassion we can experience.

Now it’s your turn. What do you do when you notice yourself getting in your head too much or operating on auto-pilot?

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 (myself included!) spend so much time and energy getting attached to the idea of being “ego-less” that it becomes just another thing we identify with (which the ego loves!). So please pass this along to anyone who feels the need to rid themselves of their ego or might benefit from learning the quickest way to experience less frustration and more ease.

With gratitude …

PS I’d love to include you in my updates on the program I’ll be launching later this summer, so be sure to sign up here if you haven’t already! As a gift, you’ll receive my dirty little secrets to loving the life I have.


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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.