Tuesday, July 14, 2020

STRENGTH BEYOND MEASURE

Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday.  Did you go to work this morning?  Most of us need to work so that we can feed ourselves, have a place to live and take care of necessities.  It is also important to reward ourselves every now and again.  I have a weakness for shoes and therefore have a closet full of them.

I try not to get carried away with things and possessions but once in a while I spot a heel that would look spectacular on my foot, on sale of course!  Think about your possessions.  What is the one you treasure most?  Its not the one you think.  Its not the one you even consider.  The possession you need to treasure most is your Will, the one that gets you through the hardest times imaginable and never lets you give up.

Today's quote is, "Will is your strongest possession."  Was I right or was I right!  Our will is what keeps us in forward motion.  How else could an actor go on audition after audition with the potential of facing constant rejection?  It is the hope that this one will be the one and if it isn't it is the Will that accompanies them on to the next.

Think of the hardest thing you ever had to do and think if giving up would have been easier, but you didn't give up did you.  You kept going because giving up could never be an option.  You didn't give up because desire and Will took over.  There are tough days.  And guess what.  There will be more tough days ahead, but you are stronger than any of the toughest days and the darkest hours.

Buy new shoes, a cute tank top, a sparkly pair of earrings but know those things pale in comparison to the greatest possession you have...your Will!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy



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Thursday, July 9, 2020

WHEN EGO AND SOUL ARE ONE - Thursday, 7/9

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday.  How do you begin your day?  Are you a fan of routine or is every day different?  During the school year when I am at my day job my mornings are predictable.  I like predictability especially at 4:30 a.m.  The afternoons are different depending upon what I have after work.  Sometimes clients, sometimes errands sometimes nothing.  I am more apt to better handle a surprise in the afternoon rather than in the morning when I'm rubbing the sleep out of my eyes.

There is one thing that I do every single day whether I am preparing for my day job or my summer meditation class and that is, I pray.  I give gratitude for my blessings and the abundance I receive daily.  And by the way abundance comes in many forms.  For me it is not just more clients and filled classes but abundance is also a sunny day, the cacophony of sounds at daybreak, the cool shade from a tree, a text from a friend.  I could keep going.

I bet these things would bring a smile to your face as well.  Today's quote is, "In prayer we unite with the divine creating unity with our ego and soul."  This is exactly what prayer does.  It takes our soul, it takes our ego and melds them together as one.  This doesn't happen just for me but for all of us.  Praying and giving gratitude are synonymous with each other for they are both ways in which we thank God, the Universe, Jesus, The Creator, whoever you choose to pray to.  It doesn't matter because the message is the same: giving thanks.

This is the time to reel in your ego and let it connect with your soul and feel the energy of the divine within you.  Is that a perfect way to start your day or what!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

LET THE SUN SHINE - Tuesday - 7/7

Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday.  I'm still pretty fresh into my glorious summer.  It's only been a few weeks since my day job ended and just not being there puts me in an awesome mood.  There are many things that affect our state of mind and even though it might be hard to rise above, your inner strength is stronger than any challenge.

Today's quote is, "Be the sun in a storm - the rain in a drought - the strength to endure adversity is within each and every one of us."  Challenges are nothing new.  We face them everyday.  The small ones are annoying (running out of stamps) and the big ones could be devastating (company cuts) but through it all we push forward.

It isn't always easy and I get that.  I really do.  I have days just like everyone else where nothing seems to go the way we want it to and curling up in a ball under our bed sheets is the best option for the day.  At some point though we do have to resurface.

There will be storms outside and inside but don't let them sweep you away.  Stand your ground against adversity.  Find your reserve of fortitude and let the sun shine upon you no matter what is going on around you.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

CHANGE YOUR MINDSET - Thursday, 7/2

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday!  Do you remember the day you took your first step?  I don't either.  What I can say with certainty is that I probably fell a lot but was undeterred.  I can't say I know how much thinking we did when we learned to walk.  I would say determination had far more to do with that incredible feet!  No pun intended.

What if we approached every dream and desire we have with more determination and less thought.  Not to say we shouldn't think before we act but sometimes the more we think about doing something, the easier it is to talk ourselves out of it.

All our insecurities start to bubble up to the surface causing us to hesitate, giving more time for doubt to take over, allowing ourselves to shrug our shoulders and give compensation to our thoughts by saying it would never have worked out anyway.

Phooey to that!  Today's quote is, "Anything and everything is possible - do your part and make it happen."  It comes down to determination.  Creating a life you want is hard work, no doubt about it.  You must be willing to be an active participant in your life, not just watch it go by.  Ask yourself three important questions.  1.  Is it worth it?  2. Am I willing to put in the effort?  3.  How badly do I want change?  If the answers are yes, yes and soooooo badly, then you are on your way!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

THE STRENGTH IN US ALL

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.   I am the luckiest girl.  My day job ended a few days ago.  Once again the summer is mine, freeing me up for morning and afternoon Reiki sessions, teaching outdoor Guided Meditation classes and  doing whatever I like.  It doesn't get much better than that!

I value every moment of my time. The time I have to sit and stare at a tree has equal value to the time I need to complete chores and run errands.  Free summers are the greatest gift I receive from my day job.  Without going into gory and truthfully boring detail, lets just say its not my happy place but I made it another year.

Today's quote is, "Inside us all lives a warrior a fighter and a survivor."   Remember that when you are going through a difficult time.  Remember that the strength within you can conquer a bad day, a difficult relationship, job frustration and a rainy day.  If we didn't have such strength we would spend way too much time curled up in a fetal position with a blanket around us.

When things become difficult and even too much to bear, curl up under those covers if you need to but don't stay there.  Don't give in to temporary discomfort.  Time is healing and nothing is everlasting, not even joy.  Relish the good times and understand that difficult phases of life are also what adds to our inner strength.  Be that warrior, be that fighter and be that survivor that lives within you!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

WHEN DARKNESS TURNS TO LIGHT

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  My main objective for you and for myself is to remain positive even when I'm not really feelin' it.  I pinpoint one good thing and most times that does the trick to bring me back from my slump but like you and because I'm human, there are dark days.  The kind of days where you feel stunted by the air around you and completely stagnant.

Rather than sinking down any further, this is a time for stillness.  A time to release worry for what lies ahead.   A time to "just be," knowing that life is ever changing.

Today's quote is, "The unknown is a dark tunnel - a place where you may stumble and fall - have faith that you will find the light and leave the darkness."  We are so uncomfortable in darkness unable to appreciate its quiet beauty.  We like to be in control and when we feel we have none, we get anxious and scared.

I remember a literal blackout many years ago.  Consistent hot weather in New York City caused the entire island of Manhattan and neighboring counties to go completely dark.  At first it was a bit scary but then it became calming.  Calming because there was nothing anyone could do about it.

When you find yourself in that dark place, that place called the unknown and control is not in your hands, give it up to God.  Give it up to the Universe who is probably thinking you need some down time.

Everything is temporary so find peace in the darkness and know that it does not last forever. You may stumble, you may fall but trust that you will also get up and walk through the darkness and into the light.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

BE REAL

Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday.  When I say good morning I mean it.  I really and truly hope that whoever is reading this is having a good morning that progresses to a good day.  We are trained to be polite and to greet one another with a good morning nod or vocal acknowledgement no matter how we feel.  Another common greeting is, "how are you?" or "how are you doing?" even though we might not care one bit.  We know if a greeting is sincere or fake but to make things easy we all go along with it.

I despise phoniness.  I despise a fake smile preferring an authentic frown.  At least you know what someone is really feeling.  Today's quote is, "Authenticity is what you do - the actions you take - not just the words you say."  Asking someone how they are and simultaneously walking away tells me  your'e not really interested.  If you want to know someone's state of mind you need to wait and listen to their response.

Why ask if you don't care?  If there is somewhere you need to be then go!  But on those rare occasions when not pressed for time, take that pause and ask the ubiquitous question with sincerity in your heart.  Does this mean that if you haven't time for a quick chat you avert your eyes to avoid contact?  Of course not.  Concern comes in the form of a text, a phone call or a conversation over coffee.  To those who mean something to you, take the time to show you care and be authentic to them and to yourself.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

THE BREATH OF LIFE

Good morning everyone!  Happy Thursday.  Today is actually a very special day.  My dad whom I love so very much is celebrating his 98th trip around the sun.  How incredibly lucky am I to have him in my life in sound body and mind.  He is amazing if I do say so myself!  His pace may have slowed but at they say, he is sharp as a tack!

What has kept him going all these years is his attitude towards life and his appreciation for everything life has given him.  His pleasures are simple.  Good food, a good joke, the people he loves and Mia, all of which bring joy to his soul.  He has always had the ability to slow down when necessary and observe rather than react. He understands the benefits of a deep breath into the lungs followed by a smooth exhale.

Today's quote is, "Each and every inhalation is a gift - appreciate it and use it well."  Without breath we cease to exist.  We are but a small number of  God's creatures who use this powerful life force energy.  Life begins when we leave our mother's wombs crying, signifying that we have taken our first sip of breath.

We sigh when we are upset and frustrated but how lucky are we to have air in our lungs allowing for that deep relief!  And yes!  What a relief is it.  Think how good you feel after you let out that long ahhhhhh!

Watching my dad has taught me to take nothing for granted and to appreciate everything, even a sigh born of frustration.  Breath is life.  Appreciate it and use it well!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone and YES!  I will pass along your birthday wishes!  ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

GO GO GO STOP

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.  In the days when a lot of moms didn't work, mine did.  I grew up quite familiar with the life of a busy mom, the one responsible for the cooking, cleaning, shopping and the weekly drive to ballet school.

This generation has taken busy to a whole other level.  Not only do we work, cook, shop and clean, we also chauffeur our kids to every conceivable lesson even if it means driving thirty minutes to and from a given activity.

By the time we arrive home we are on auto pilot, preparing dinner, supervising homework, throwing in a load of laundry and thinking about the next day when we have to do it all over again.  I'm exhausted just writing about it.  Not once did I say when nap time is! Who has time for a nap?

I don't recall when participating in a million activities became the norm for children and adults but what I do know is that there are a lot of tired people out there.  I say the new norm should be learning how to put the brakes on this lifestyle.

Today's quote is, "To forge ahead is a challenge to be still is also a challenge."  Our daily lives have become increasingly busy with little or no time for ourselves.  It was only when my three kids were away at school that I actually had some down time.  Everything I did was different.  I was no longer getting frantic "where are you" calls the second a practice ended.  I finally had "me" time. 

I took Mia on longer walks.  I lingered in the shower and even took an occasional bath.  Such simple things yet so rejuvenating for my soul.  In your quest to find your heart's desire, take stock of what is already there, find peace in the stillness and always always stop to smell the roses. 

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

PREPARE TO PREPARE

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday.  The amount of traffic heading out to the beach on any given day never ceases to amaze me.  You would think Saturday or Sunday would be the worst but a random Tuesday could be just as bad.  Adding to an already congested drive is the amount of construction going on on every conceivable highway.

I start to panic when I see those orange detour signs supposedly there to help you navigate your way.  Somehow I always get lost.  I am not only technologically challenged but geographically as well.  How does one prepare when that happens?  What if you know just one way to get to your destination? 

What will you do if your boss tells you your position has been eliminated?  What if the school you were counting on going to rejects you?  What if you were about to make a chocolate cake but ran out of cocoa?  What if it rained every day of your vacation?

Today's quote is, "Prepare alternate plans for your alternate plans."  When the unexpected happens you need a back up plan and you need a back up plan because, well....you never know!  We hope for the best in our daily lives and in everything we do but we can't control the thought process of others nor the weather or so many other things.

Life is a journey and know that there will always be detours along the way.  Prepare for the unexpected!  It might turn out even better than you had hoped!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

THE RIGHT KEY

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.  I grew up with a mom who was constantly losing her house keys.  It is for this reason that my house keys have a special place in my home; the blue tray on the carved yellow table with colorful flowers to the left of the front door immediately upon stepping inside.  Specific enough for you?  Laugh all you want!  I'll never lose them.

We need lots of keys! The ones that can open everything from our homes to our hearts.  All we need to do is find the right one.  Today's quote is, "A gate can always be open - find the key -  let it swing wide and walk through."  My key chain holds 13 keys but to open my house I only need one, the right one.

Where is the key you are looking for?  Sometimes it is a word.  Sometimes an experience.  Sometimes a longing and desire.  What is it that sparks something inside of you?  That my friends is the key.  You may fumble for quite some time until you can locate it but trust me!  Its there.   When you find it, you'll know it and the world will open up just as it was meant to.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

PONDERING THE PAST ONE TOO MANY TIMES

Good morning everyone!  Happy Thursday.  I've never been a runner.  I don't like running AT ALL!!!  I like watching track though.  My daughter ran track and jumped hurdles in high school which was really fun to watch.  The interesting thing about watching these runners was that they never looked back even when reaching for the baton.  They hold their hands out ready to grab the baton and RUN!!  Looking back slows them down.

You don't have to be a runner to know that looking back slows you down and holds you back.  That's exactly what we do when we ruminate, ponder and revisit what was and question our actions of yesterday.  Today's quote is, "When you have lived in the past there is no need to return again and again - release it and let it go - allow  yourself to freely move into a beautiful future."  

Shoulda, woulda, coulda.  Hindsight is always 20/20 but the past is gone and you cannot return so why torture yourself?  Why beat yourself up over what you can no longer change.  Letting go is hard, even painful, but you cannot progress by straddling two worlds.  It may take more time than you think but don't give yourself too much.  Misery can be the most comfortable easy chair in the world.

Stand up and get yourself out of that chair.  Release the past, the pain, the heartache and what was.  Let it go.  Literally feel it pushing its way out of your body, mind and spirit.  Hit that refresh button because there is so much more that lies ahead.  I've done it and you can too!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

NOTHING HAPPENS OVERNIGHT

Good morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  Its hard to be patient while waiting for that light bulb to go on.  We toil away doing our daily stuff in the same manner, over and over again, stuck in a pattern where we aren't happy but we aren't unhappy either.  Creatures of habit that most of us are, this routine of ours can go on for years and years.

On the day that begins like every other we suddenly realize there is another way to prepare that eggplant.  There is another way to wear that scarf.  There is a faster route to our destination.  Today's quote is, "An epiphany seems to happen overnight when it is actually years in the making."  

The best epiphany one can have is to realize you are the one who put you where you are and you are the one who can make a change.  That is the part that takes years to grasp.  Its so much easier to remain complacent hovering in that place between contentment and numbness but we all know that's not where we want to be.

Change is hard.  We can be so resistant to it that we are immobilized, oblivious to the fact that we are here not just to exist and take up space but to create, to contribute, to engage, to be happy and to find joy in all the world has to offer.

Our lights are on and indeed we are home, we just need to find that dimmer switch and brighten everything up!

 Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

EXPLORE AND CREATE - Thursday, 5/28

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  My oldest son just graduated from college.  What an exciting time for him.  The world as they say is his oyster!  Do you know why that's a saying?  I don't either but you get the gist which is, there is a whole world out there with a platter full of opportunity.

When I got my college degree the question asked by many was, "so now what are you going to do?" said with a combined tone of sarcasm and wonder.  If your answer was something like, "I'm not sure yet," you were met with looks of sympathy (for your parents) and disgust for the loser they were thinking you were.

Things are so different now.  Gone are the days where people start out in one company and finish with the same one thirty years later.  As hard as it may be for some to find employment there are also numerous opportunities that previously didn't exist, combined with the fact that young people are not willing to be miserable in a job they despise for any length of time!

Today's quote is, "Exercise your right to explore possibilities and create your reality and your world."  I am a firm believer in this.  My day job is a necessity, one that at times I find myself struggling to get to because it brings no reward.  WAIT!  That's not true.  Every two weeks there is a reward sitting in my bank account.

I'm where I am due to my own life circumstances.  Ones that are very different from a recent college grad.  Please don't think I'm complaining because I'm not.  Twenty somethings get a head start on exploring and discovering their passions much sooner than their parents but by no means are they the only ones who get to live their dreams.

While toiling away in my mundane job I have been exploring so many possibilities and have definitely created a reality to my liking.  This day job of mine will soon run its course and when it does I will have exercised my right to be living exactly what I have been so busy creating.  What are you waiting for, after all, it is your right - create your reality and create your world!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.  How are you feeling right now?  I mean it.  Stop reading and find the emotion that matches you right this very moment.  If you feel fine or satisfied or positively gleeful, enjoy the moment.  If you are feeling tired, cranky and miserable, acknowledge that moment equally as well.  All emotions deserve recognition.

My question is why is it so hard to for us to enjoy a moment of happiness without letting our minds drift to something else we want or somewhere else we want to be.  I don't have the answer to that, it is unfortunately our nature which is why, (hint hint) I meditate!

Today's quote is, "We hover between desire and satisfaction to want and to know more exists but be in the moment of joy recognizing right now."  Enjoyment is disregarded if all you think about is what's next.  Incorporating meditation into a daily routine helps slow down the need for instantaneous gratification.  Meditation allows you to just be so that you are not thinking about later, yesterday or next week.

To want more is not a bad thing.  It is what we crave! More success, more financial comfort but also more sunshine, more fun, more excitement and more peace of mind.  Meditation is a tool to bring you closer to all these things including sunshine because you will begin to see the world in a different way.

Want more but be satisfied and grateful for what is already in place.  Ultimately it is not just financial reward that creates happiness but inner peace and gratitude for what is front and center.  Is there room for more?  Always but just for today, just for this instant be grateful, find joy and feel the sunshine!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!~Love, Amy

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

DON'T PICK

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  When I was a kid I had a countless number of bruises on my legs and if you asked me how I got them I'm sure I had no idea! I cannot tell you how many times I have stubbed my toe on my bedpost, banged my shin on the dishwasher and turned my hip right into the kitchen counter but at least now I know where my black and blues come from!   Hard to believe I majored in dance while at college.

I also had my share of bloody scrapes which seemed to take forever to heal.  Scrapes turn into those bumpy scabs creating an activity as I (and I'm sure you) would keep picking at until they bled once again.  GROSS!  How can a wound heal if we keep picking at it?

Today's quote is, "Open wounds will never heal - give them care and love and in time they will be invisible."  Let me repeat the above question.  How can a wound heal if we keep picking at it?  Our scabs have long disappeared but that doesn't mean we have no wounds.  Some of our wounds are so old but somehow we are able to bring them right back to the surface.

When these wounds are caused by the people we love so much, whether an intimate partner or a dear friend, it is ever so painful.  It is said that time heals all wounds.  True that!  Hurtful words cannot be unsaid but we can try and understand why they were spoken.

Care for yourself like that little child who fell on the pavement and now has a bloody knee.  Wash those inner wounds with time and love and care and allow them to turn into distant memories.  Ones that allow you to cast all pain aside.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

RUNNING TOWARDS THE LIGHT

Good morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  On a warm summer night a flickering flame is a guarantee that moths will soon be hovering near by.  There are no moth brains inside its tiny head.  It is instinct that draws them there.

We have more in common with those tiny little creatures than you realize but rather than being  drawn to a flickering flame, our instincts tell us to stay back so we don't get burned while other times we are pulled to the light like a magnet.

Today's quote is, "Instinctively we are drawn to the light the one that turns on our passion."  Of course we are!  Remember when you were starting out in the work force and you had one horrible job after another?  Oh wait, that was me BUT maybe it was you as well.  It took time to figure out where you were going to land.

It took me several unsatisfactory jobs to figure out that I preferred autonomy.  Never very good at playing the game I rolled my eyes often and used sarcasm a bit too freely.  It became quite clear that I needed to do something where I was in charge and was able to be my own boss.

Voila!  Teaching!  That's what I wanted to do.  My first day as a substitute teacher I knew this was my calling.  Teaching was a way to combine what I liked best: being creative, being active and being in charge.  The second I stepped into a classroom I knew I was home.  There is no difference between teaching children geography and teaching adults Reiki.  Teaching is teaching and remains to be one of my passions.

We all have a passion.  The Universe has filled our inner being with all sorts of things to be passionate about.  If you haven't found yours just yet, trust that you will and when you do, you will use your wings to fly.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

STICK TO YOUR GUNS

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday.  Each and every one of us has a belief system but somewhere along the way our beliefs change.  We think differently at different stages in our lives.  What was acceptable in our twenties might change by the time we reach thirty.  What was OK before kids might be totally different once a baby arrives.

Just because you thought something was one way doesn't mean it has to be that way forever.  We all need to be flexible except when it comes to beliefs of equality.  I believe we all deserve love, compassion and forgiveness and I will stand by that until my last breath.

Today's quote is, "I will never compromise my beliefs nor be convinced to change them."   You know what makes me better than you?  Nothing!  Absolutely nothing.  We all deserve the chance to create a life of our choosing regardless of circumstance.  We all deserve to be loved and valued.  We all deserve to be seen as equals in this world.

Does it always happen?  Unfortunately it doesn't but we have the power to change that by the way we treat others.  I believe the bible said it best, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  You are not above or below another.  Every person you meet can teach you something.  We are all teachers and students.  If you must compromise a belief, believe that chocolate chip cookies are the latest heart healthy food!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

THINK IT - SEE IT - LIVE IT

Good morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  Whenever we get lost in fantasy its always something good, something enjoyable.  Perhaps we stop mid email to remember a beach vacation, a walk in the woods or a pretty sunrise.  Since we humans don't really have it all figured out yet, (apologies to those who do), it often takes time to know how we want to spend our days.

I used to envy classmates who found their passion as early as 5 years old.  The ones who just knew they were going to be doctors, lawyers, musicians and artists.  I wasn't particularly passionate about anything when I was young and therefore had no clue where I would end up.  I feared that I would never be passionate about anything.

Clearly we know that to be incorrect but it didn't happen over night.  It was a journey that I traveled on and continue to travel on.  Once the light bulb went off I began to imagine my life as a healer.  Every month I honored the new moon by writing down ten wishes with clear intent.  That part of the journey began eleven years ago.  That's right.  ELEVEN YEARS AGO!  Not two months ago.  I told you its a process!

I was excited and amazed as I watched what was manifesting in my life and all because I put it out there.  Every day I am closer and closer to a life I want to live.  Today's quote is, "Imagination is the first step - manifestation is the second step - living it is your dream come true."   If you feel stuck and are stuck, imagine where you would be if you could get out of the mud.  Once you see that place, climb out and wipe off your shoes.

Step two is to honor the new moon just as I have and still do every single month.  Write down what you wish to see and watch as it unfolds and lastly know you are not asleep nor are you dreaming for what you thought was only a dream has come true!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Thursday, May 7, 2020

STOP CHASING - PURSUE INSTEAD

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday.  I am going to share with you two words that have very different meanings.  The word chase and the word pursue.  What comes to mind when you hear them?  When I hear the word chase my mind conjures up images of my kids running after various types of balls.  The word chase leaves me out of breath as I recall running after Mia, trying my best to get the stick from her during her favorite game.

When I hear the word pursue I envision someone scholarly as in someone pursuing a doctorate.  I recall the inevitable question when my kids all started college, "what major will they pursue?"  When you chase something you are left breathless.  When you pursue something you are left with an accomplishment.  That is the key difference.  Do you want to be out of breath or do you want to reach new heights?

Today's quote is, "Chasing dreams only makes you tired - pursuing them makes them happen."  This life of ours is here to make us happy and in order to find out what makes us happy we need to pursue avenues that resonate with us.  Chasing is reckless and impulsive.  Pursuing is thoughtful and methodical.  Chasing is exhausting.  Picture Mia and me.  It's fun until I start clutching my chest.  No matter how fast I run I will never catch her.

Same for dreams.  You can chase them but you may never reach them.  Pursue your dreams with precision, calculation, intent and the hunger within your soul~in this way your dreams will come true.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

CREATE THE REALITY OF YOUR CHOOSING

Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday.  One of the women I most admire is my mother who grew up in a time when there were limited and few opportunities.  If a woman dared to work outside of the home leaving her husband to fend for himself, she was limited to teaching, nursing or joining the secretarial pool.

My mother was a rarity.  She graduated from an out of town college and created her own business.  Most men wouldn't even let their wives work let alone create a business of their own.  These days two incomes is not considered a luxury but a necessity.  While we all have to eat, pay a mortgage and fulfill obligations we are lucky and blessed that we were born when we were, for the choices we have are endless!

Today's quote is, "Exercise your right to explore possibilities and create your reality and your world."  That's correct ladies and gentlemen.  It is your right!  We have a right to live out our dreams.  You can manifest anything.  You really can.  Why do you think I keep reiterating the fact that what you want, what you truly desire can happen?  I say this because I believe in my heart that we all have a right to be happy in our lives.

Do we make mistakes and foolish choices?  Do we screw up every now and again, sometimes more than we'd like to admit?  Oh boy!  Of course we do.  Does screwing up set us back?  Indeed it does but eventually our mistakes flash at us like a neon sign bright enough to see so we can duck out of the way!

We're not being punished either.  You don't punish a student for a misspelled word.  The Universe doesn't punish its students either and that's what we all are.  We are students in this life who are here to learn and grow, to flourish and bloom, to succeed in creating the very best life we possibly can!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

BACK WHERE YOU STARTED

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  Have you ever watched a dog chasing its own tail?  Its funny isn't it?  Our human minds think we are so much smarter than that pooch running in circles getting nowhere nor catching said appendage.

Funnier yet is that we tend to replicate the same behavior as these furry mammals chasing a tail that doesn't exist.  If a different outcome is desired it is time to slow down and give serious consideration to our repetitive ways.

Today's quote is, "Circular motion is exhausting yet is also no motion at all."  Unless you are on a track team, running in circles is a waste of time.  Knowing what works and what doesn't is what we must figure out.

We've been gifted with a wonderful, thinking brain, a brain much more sophisticated than our beloved pets no matter how smart we think they are.  When mistakes are made over and over again,  you have to wonder if it is no longer a mistake but a choice.  Positive results come from positive actions.

Albert Einstein coined it beautifully stating the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."  I trust that we are not insane.  I trust that you choose to make wise decisions and I trust that running in circles will not only leave you exhausted but dizzy as well.

Use that beautiful brain to the best of your ability and be mindful of your behaviors and actions and I am certain that the results you are aiming for will be achieved.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

SPEAKING IN LOW TONES

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.  Are you a loud talker?  I tend to speak very softly.  I actually have a hard time speaking loudly unless of course I'm yelling to find out who left an inch of milk in the fridge.  Then I'm sure that even the neighbors can hear me.

Are you aware that something else can be spoken using your softest voice?  That something is your character.  That part of you that comes through by the words you use and the way you use them.  Today's quote is, "The volume of your character is heard through what you say and how it is spoken."

I love sarcasm but sarcasm used inappropriately can be mean and cutting.  If that is your intention what does that say about your character?  Words are powerful enough without adding an unnecessary bite.  Years ago I had heard of a local consignment shop that sold clothing.  My kids were young, I had a lot of clothes I no longer wore and I thought it might be a good way to make some extra cash.

I brought three hefty bags full of clothing to the owner.  Unaware that she only took designer duds, my bags were filled with clothes from The Gap, TJMaxx and Marshalls.  Rather than lying to me, (yes, in this case a white lie would have been fine) she looked at me in disgust and in quite a nasty tone said, "I can't sell these, they are all out of style and no one would wear these."

I have good taste and thought of myself as a spiffy dresser.  Guess she set me straight.  I walked out filled with doubt but also embarrassment.  I felt horrible.  Here I was an adult woman almost in tears because someone not only didn't want what I had but insulted me as well.

Could this have been handled differently?  Of course.  That's where the white lie comes in.  Her character came through in flying shades of fushia.  Speak your mind, say what you mean but speak as though you are on the other end of that conversation.  If you do you are sure to speak with kindness, compassion and love.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Thursday, April 23, 2020

PAYING IT FORWARD

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  I get that we can't be upbeat and chipper every second of every single day.  There are days that begin with a wish of being back in our cozy bed ASAP, days where we can't wait to get out of the front door and yet days that simply flow, not terribly exciting but not horrible either.

Each and every day is different.  So is every week, month and year but the important thing is that you are here.  You are here to make your mark!  I hope I didn't frighten you with that statement because instilling fear is NOT my goal.  But seriously, how are you going to share with the world and in what way will you go about it?  What I do believe is that we all have a gift to share for we have been given the greatest gift of all.

Today's quote is, "Our birth is a miracle of creation - what is the magic you will give in return."  Life itself is a gift.  How will we thank our creator for creating us?  In what way will we give back.  Now by no means does this involve nuclear physics.  If it did then I for one would be out!

Reiki is the way in which I give back.  My local bakery makes the absolute best jelly donuts in the world and that is how they give back.  The person who held the door for you is also giving back as is the one who ran after you with the glove that you dropped.  Understand that giving back takes many forms.

We all have a way to share something, a way to help one another and something to give to each other.  Magic is shared in ways that are big, grandiose and larger than life itself but at the same time quiet, discreet and humble.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

YOUR MESS AND YOURS ALONE - CLEAN IT OR LEAVE IT

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.  I love when my kids come home.  I don't necessarily like their messy rooms.  I prefer everything in its proper place like clothing either in drawers or in the laundry room rather than the floor.  Of course my kids think I'm neurotic but what can I say, that's just me!

What's your preference?  Neat or messy?  Do you put that laundry away or does it sit on the couch for days and days and days making a seriously comfy spot for the family dog.  To some, neatness is a priority but not for everyone.  I suppose it really doesn't matter.  The important thing is that eventually there's room for you and Fido on the family couch.  An easy mess to fix.

Wouldn't it be great if that was the biggest mess in your life?  But its not.  Far from it.  How do you handle the big stuff?  Today's quote is, "The mess you made is yours to walk through - step over or clean up."  I've just described all of us.  Some will move through like a wind storm, others will ignore what's happening while still others will face whatever it is head on.

It's up to you and you alone to decide.  I used to sleep.  That's how I handled my messes.  You see if I slept long enough I would wake up and everything would be like it was BUT that was never the case.  The ostrich syndrome is one not written in medical journals but I think it is safe to say we all know what it looks like.

Life can be difficult, wonderful, beautiful, challenging, messy, fabulous and crappy on any given day but to improve anything takes the courage and strength to face any problem, crisis or moment of chaos head on.  It might not be your style but the sooner that mess is cleared away, the better you will feel and the cleaner your life will be!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

SUFFERING - BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOU!

Good morning all.  Happy Thursday.  Is it easy for you to change plans and rearrange your schedule or do you get all bent out of shape when things don't go according to the way you had planned?  In life it is important to go with the flow.  One minute you are sailing away calmly and peacefully and all of a sudden there is a gusty wind.  Such is life.

There are many of us out there who have a really difficult time with change.  Its not good or bad but its definitely harder when you lack flexibility and a vision to see something in a new way.  When you are stuck with one way of doing and seeing things, any other way can feel uncomfortable to the point of pain and worse because it is your own doing.

Today's quote is, "What is it that made you suffer - the answer is nothing - you did it yourself."   I am not Buddha but I agree with him 100%.  It is not what is outside of ourselves that causes suffering but what is within us that causes pain, discomfort, and upset.  It is the way we view certain situations.  I speak not of catastrophic events although there are ways to perceive them as well.  That is another blog altogether.  

What I am referring to is the daily way we create suffering for ourselves.  The struggle that needn't be there but we invite it in all the time.  So what if your plans changed.  So what if the clouds are out.  So what if your heel broke.  New plans may be more fun.  Clouds will prevent a sunburn and now you get to buy a new pair of shoes.  There is always a different way of looking at things.  The glass half full.  The sunny side of the street.  I think you get my point.  

Stop being the one to make yourself suffer.  Be the one who may not get the golden ticket but loves the chocolate even more!


Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

RELEASE - LET GO - A NEW DOOR AWAITS

Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday.  Do you still carry with you the pain from comments  your mom or dad said to you when you were 10?  What about the comments of a previous boss, a current boss or a complete stranger?  The power and strength words have are enormous especially when they are negative.  Words that would never leave our mouths in day to day conversation may find their way out in anger.

Apologies are a wonderful way of getting the offender off the hook but once caustic words have been said they stick to you like velcro.  They are glued in your mind, your heart, your soul and become incorporated into your very being making them hard to disbelieve.

Today's quote is, "So many things change when you let go of old beliefs and walk through that new door rebirthed as a new version of yourself."  What a burden it is to hold onto those old beliefs!  They're cumbersome, heavy and really uncomfortable but when they are released its as though you took off that itchy sweater and can breathe again.

Think of yourself like a snake shedding its old skin and gliding away without ever looking back!  Let go of what you were told so long ago.  Your own convictions of who you are and your capabilities are the only things that matter.  Stand tall my friends!  You are beautiful!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone~ Love, Amy

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

OVERNIGHT SUCCESS DOES NOT EXIST

Good morning everyone!  Happy Thursday.  I love a variety of music.  Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald to UB40 to Bossa Nova and Beck.  I also happen to be a huge fan of alternative or Indie music.  Suddenly there are all these groups creating fabulous sounds playing for an audience of thousands.  Just one amazing song and they are on the radio and filling up concert halls.  Lucky them!

That's the usual common collective thought.  A brand new band who comes up with one song and seemingly overnight they are making millions!  The truth is that band is not a new band.  The truth is that "brand new band" has been around for years before receiving recognition.  Elbow, an English band and one of my favorites has been together since 1990.  Arcade Fire, a Canadian group was formed in 2003.  Tame Impala, a hot "new" Australian band met and formed in 2010.

Overnight success?  Hardly.  Today's quote is, "Invisible behind that phenomenal success and overnight sensation lies will, determination and struggle."  If ever man created a misleading term it was the phrase, "overnight success."  It is one that has been romanticized in novels and movies from fiction to biographies.  We take a person, a business or a company and see their success without understanding what it took to get there.

To accomplish anything takes hard work, focus, determination, drive and the knowledge that failure might be part of the equation.  What preceded Madison Square Garden for any of the above mentioned bands was most likely a smelly, smokey, sleazy bar filled with a bunch of drunks who couldn't care less about what they were listening to.

Whatever it is you want to do or be or create, be prepared for the work that's ahead of you.  Be prepared for the failure, sweat, angst, disappointment and struggle you will encounter and when success comes, and it will... be prepared for the accolades, recognition and emotional income it will provide and you will deserve it all!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WHAT IS A COINCIDENCE BUT A FRESHLY PLANTED SEED

Good morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  Don't you love when you are thinking about someone and just that moment they text you or you run into them at some random place.  Or is it really random?  We call those events coincidences but I like to think of them mini gifts.  There must have been a reason why someone was on your mind.  Cosmically they felt the need to connect with you and so ensued a coincidence.

Today's quote is, "Coincidences are the seeds planted by the Universe to help you grow - change and even alter the course of your life."  Deep for sure but oh so true.  I'm a big believer in meant to be.  Shocker right?  Here's another story from my life.  Let me tell you how my husband and I found our house, the one and only home I have ever lived in with my family.

Years before I even met my husband I had a friend (still do) living in suburbia who I had gone to see.  I had never been there before but I found the area so comfortable and nurturing.  Visiting from the city where I was surrounded by noise and tall buildings, it was refreshing to come upon trees and endless sky.  I remember how quiet it was when I woke up the next morning.  I remember thinking to myself, "I want to live here one day."

That was it.  I said those words, meant those words, never repeated those words but the Universe has very large ears.  Years passed and I came up to this same suburb, this time with my husband and baby to see my friend's (same friend) son dressed up for a Halloween parade.  I had also started to think that it might be a good time to start looking for a house since we were ready to leave the Big Apple for good.

The real estate office we went to advertised a house on a pretty street.  A house that I was advised not to even look at.  Long story short, we ended up buying a house on the same pretty street I wanted to be, in the town where I visualized I would be living in so many years before.  Now was all that a coincidence?  Skeptics will say of course.  Those in the know will mischievously smile at the skeptics because they know the Universe hears all.  What you thought was a coincidence was the end result of that seed you planted so long ago!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Thursday, March 26, 2020

LOOK IN THE RIGHT PLACES

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday.  From time to time we all either misplace things or lose them altogether.  Keys are the first thing that comes to mind but I'm still looking for those sunglasses I misplaced about 15 years ago along with the 2 earrings and ankle sock.  What a wonderful surprise it would be if I found them but I don't think that will happen.

How long do you continue to search for things you know you'll never find.  You hear of found items in the least likely of places but that doesn't happen often.  I have a better chance of finding my earring if I continue looking in my closet rather than in the kitchen because that just makes no sense!

To find what you lost you need to look in the most likely of places so at least you have a shot!  Today's quote is, "Fish cannot be found in a barren sea - when searching for answers look first within yourself where your intuition holds a wealth of knowledge."   My friends, we know so much more than we let on.

That feeling you get when you walk into a room or meet someone for the first time is either positive or negative and based on nothing more than our intuition.  Do we want to stay in this room or leave?  Did we meet a new friend or not.  Intuitively we know things unspoken because we go with what we feel - that wealth of knowledge within us, the kind we never had to study for!

Never disregard that inner feeling because its usually spot on.  Its also referred to you as a gut feeling.  When that gut is screaming its not always from hunger.  Respect your feelings and respect the silent voice in your third eye center.  When glittering indigo sparkles, it is time to pay attention!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

THERE IS GOOD - OPEN YOUR EYES AND EMBRACE IT

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.  Have you ever driven into a blinding sunset when the sun was so bright your'e driving and squinting hoping not to hit the car in front of you?  Its a very dangerous time of day.  Accidents are both likely and frequent as you are literally blinded by the light.

Jealousy and envy have the same effect as a blinding sun where you cannot see anything in front of you yet you continue driving straight into that searing light.  Jealousy and envy cloud our vision so our focus is not on gratitude but what "they" have.  You know who "they" are right?  The ones who incessantly post about things.  Things being stuff because honestly that's all it is.  Stuff!  Yet so many of us want their stuff so badly we disregard what's real in our lives.

Today's quote is, "Jealousy and envy block your ability to see all that is good and wonderful in your own life."  Is this a new topic?  Hell no!  Is this an important topic?  Hell yes!  Sometimes I wonder if jealousy and envy would take center stage in our lives if it weren't for Facebook and all the fabulous vacations, houses, and well....stuff that's posted.

Who cares!  Seriously!  Who cares?  Why care so much about stuff.  Don't we all have our own?  Life is not just about stuff.  It is about the moments we have with the people we love.  It's about the trip to the mall with your daughter who has transitioned to friend.  It's about the conversations with your son who finally shares his secrets with you.  The unspoken words you share with your spouse, the one who knows you like a well read book.

You can always buy more stuff if you want to.  Another sweater, another pair of shoes, a fancier car and on and on but the real stuff - the good stuff is not stuff at all.  I don't know about you but I have all the clothes I could possibly cram into my closet but I always have room for conversation, laughter and love because that my friends is the real stuff of life.  The stuff that makes it all worthwhile!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

STRENGTH IN FORGIVENESS

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  Remember when you were a little kid and you were made to apologize for something you did and then the other person, no matter what would say, "that's ok," even if their arm hurt from where you punched them, their art work was torn to shreds and you ate the last piece of chocolate cake.  The one that they were saving for later.

Simultaneously we learned to atone and forgive and at no point did we think we were giving in.  It was something that wouldn't even occur to us.  We were being taught that when you do something naughty like eating the LAST PIECE OF CAKE you apologized and no matter how badly you wanted that dessert, you found it in your heart (with some prodding) to forgive.

Today's quote is, "At no point is forgiveness weakness."  To forgive shows strength.  To forgive shows understanding even when you don't understand.  A grudge holds you hostage - forgiveness releases you from the prison of a grudge and opens your heart to release the pain.

That anger that you hold so close sends signals to rewire our brains and bodies making them more susceptible to illness and disease.  We are all well aware of what stress does to our bodies.  Anger is even worse.  There are actions that are unfathomable yet for yourself and your own physical and mental well being, forgiveness is necessary.

Never think you are caving in and crumbling when you say "I forgive you," for those three words are the strongest and most powerful ones you can ever recite.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

RIPPLES THROUGH THE UNIVERSE MEANT EXACTLY FOR YOU

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday to you.  How many of you out there are working at the same job for at least ten years?  Wait.  I have a better question.  How many of you are at the same place of employment since graduating from college.  And here's another question.  How many of you are actually working in a field that relates to your college major?  Since you can't answer me directly, (well you can by responding to this blog!) let me tell you my personal history.

I graduated college as a dance major.  Yep, I did.  Knowing that I wasn't going to be a professional dancer but rather an unemployed artist, I immediately went to graduate school and majored in another unemployable field...theatre.  Or was it really unemployable?

After a series of uneventful jobs from kitchen prep at a catering company to secretary at CBS when Mariah Carey was married to Tommy Mottola, (OMG!! I saw her!!!), I wanted something more fulfilling.  I felt an urge to make a difference while incorporating my creative side.  Lo and behold I came up with teaching!  I went back to school, got my teaching certification and jumped in with both feet.

Without boring you with the details of my entire work history I will tell you that what I thought was a useless major turned out to be exactly what helped me as a teacher.  My audience was a group of 5 and 6 year olds who needed entertainment as well as instruction. In a classroom I was able to do both.  My ability to connect with people of all ages has continued to serve me up until this very moment.

As the saying goes, this isn't my first rodeo!  I have been a teacher and healer in many lives and my vocation continues in this one.  Today's quote is, "Reverberating through the Universe are your secrets and your hopes coming back as karmic lessons and innermost desires."  While you may be unclear and unsure of your direction the Universe knows what is in your heart.

Healing was in my heart~ not written on my college diploma.  There were lessons I needed to study and learn before I could serve others.  The Universe knew that for me as well as it does for you.  Your dreams are out there and you will receive them when you are ready!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

LET GOD LEAD THE WAY

Good morning everyone!  Happy Thursday.  Whatever path you are on in your life is exactly the one meant for you.  In life there is no one size fits all.  Our interests differ, life lessons are individually designed and the pace at which we learn and move is unique to each one of us.

What is true is that we are all on a path.  What we need is the strength, faith and trust to follow the direction we are given.  Today's quote is, "Let God take over and lead you on your path."  Choose to see God as the Universe, a higher being or a beam of light.  It doesn't matter.  The only thing that matters is knowing there is a force, a positive force in your life guiding you and nudging you on your way.

Can you deviate from the path?  Of course.  In fact most of us do and that's because we are busy living and learning.  When we take what we have learned and acknowledge that invisible push we get right back on that road in the proper direction.

The most pessimistic of us all can remain as such but take a look around.  Look at a sunrise or a sunset, those orange and red colors that paint the sky. Hear the way the waves sound as they crash on the shore.  Watch a bumblebee sucking nectar from a flower and never tiring out!  After you've witnessed those wonders of nature, let me know if you still think nothing exists that is greater than us all.

My only request is that you put your faith and trust in that power that is higher than you and to know that that power will never let you down.  Take your twists, take your turns, but know in the end you will get there.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

ASSUME AND BURN

Good morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  Remember the game, Telephone?  It used to be played at parties where kids would sit in a circle and whisper something in someone's ear, then the next person would whisper what they heard in someone else's ear and so on and so on until getting back to the first person with what was supposed to be the original message.  Somehow that message would get completely mangled in the process leaving everyone in a fit of laughter.

You know when its not so funny?  When we make assumptions about what we've heard and then relay it to other people.  That is an explosion waiting to happen.  Today's quote is, "Assumptions made on hearsay ignite dangerous fires."  There are many types of people but one quickly comes to mind when reading this quote.  That type would be the "know it all."  Only someone who knows everything would be brave enough to make assumptions based on anything and everything they hear.

To some degree we all do this.  Name a topic and we can make an assumption about it.  Fat person?  Stupid and lazy.  Rich person?  Living on easy street.  Physically stunning?  Never alone on a Saturday night.  Smiling person?  Must be great to be happy all the time.  What we don't know is never on the surface but underneath.

That overweight person may be battling an illness.  The seemingly wealthy well dressed man or woman's only friend may be the salesman in a department store.  I read an article about men and women models who did indeed sit home many Saturday nights.  Why?  People were afraid to approach them.  And that happy, smiley person you see?  Perhaps a manic high.

The truth is we never know what lies behind a smile, a frown or extra pounds.  Assuming we do is wrong.  Not only is it wrong but assumptions we make and spread around could have devastating consequences.  Always always think before coming to conclusions of any sort.  Put yourself in the place of another.  We all feel pain and sadness but we can also spread joy and love and I think it is safe to say, we can all assume that's exactly what everyone needs!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Thursday, March 5, 2020

SHINING BRIGHT FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  I know its only March but stores have already begun their winter clothing sales to make room for all the pretty spring wear.  Brighter colored clothing has been stacked on shelves, hanging on hangers and drawing us in as we tire of our black winter wear.

How great does it feel when wintry dark colors are replaced by pretty pastels and bright shades of the rainbow.  Nothing like some new threads to lift our spirits but no matter how beautiful that new cotton sweater is or how great those new jeans fit, that's not what makes you beautiful.

Today's quote is, "The most beautiful side of you is inside - it is the kindness in your heart."  OMG  could I be any sappier?  Before you start rolling your eyes think about it.  Anyone can wear beautiful clothing and look great but when accompanied by resting bitch face that Chanel couture is completely overlooked.  Facial expressions are an immediate attention grabber.  If we look mean and miserable it doesn't matter what designer duds are on our backs.

 A kind and compassionate heart may not show but is felt by those around you.  That's what truly makes you beautiful.  I like beautiful clothes and shoes and shoes and more shoes but beautiful is not worn or seen outside, it is inside deep within our hearts where kindness, compassion and love exist.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy


To learn more about what I do, visit my website:https://amykaufman.co
To schedule an in-person or remote Reiki session with me, visit my website:https://amykaufman.co/private sessions OR email me at amy@amykaufman.co

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

KEEP AN OPEN HEART AND MIND

Good morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  It is Tuesday right?  Of course it is.  The only people who lose track of the days are those who no longer have to report anywhere.  Those are the people who argue what day it is and never seem to get it right.  Monday?  No way.  It's Tuesday, etc. Not really a big deal or call for a major argument.

These days there is a lot more to argue about than if it is Tuesday or Wednesday.  Facebook has allowed all of us to share our expertise on just about every topic including a stranger's life.  Granted there are people who seek advice and we are more than eager to give it.  Good or bad its out there.

When you ask for advice be prepared to be irritated.  Be prepared to hear all kinds of wonderful and ridiculous things you should do to make your children eat more vegetables, get your dog to stop barking, remove gum from your hair and just about anything you can think of.  Opinions are rampant from the inane to the serious.  Politics is a hot topic and many have no fear in not only expressing their views but dissing the attitudes of another's point of view.

We can't all agree on everything but we must be civil and polite when we see or hear something we don't like.  Today's quote is, "And if I disagree with you I will still listen with a compassionate heart and an open mind and sincere respect."   Facebook has become a place where rudeness and nastiness is acceptable.  Disagreements have become heated and mean.

Our belief system stems from so many varied places therefore we arrive at conclusions based on our experiences.  Keep that in mind the next time you read a post that makes your blood boil.  All you can do is try your best to understand that it may come from a place completely foreign to you.  My quote today may have ruffled some feathers and that's perfectly OK.  I know it has been read with an open mind and a compassionate heart.


Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

THE LONG WALK HOME

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  Long walks are something I adore.  Even when I didn't have Mia by my side, I used to take long walks no matter what the weather brought.  OK, not if it brought rain!  During these walks my mind would jump from topic to topic or freeze while I admired a tree, a cloud or a bird in the sky.

These walks were and still are an important part of my day.  I use them to clear my head and make future plans like what to cook for dinner and where I see myself a month from now.  Sometimes I reminisce and review past events that could have been done differently but never do I berate myself for past mistakes. You can't have a smash hit on Broadway without lots of rehearsals!

Today's quote is, "The walk to your destiny begins with challenges obstacles failures successes and ultimately celebrations when your goals have been reached and realized."  We all know about the overnight success right?  Wrong.  Such a thing does not exist.

A client of mine, a graphic designer whose job it is to come up with logos for various products shared a very poignant story.  He was given a design job and when the work was completed his client didn't want to pay the amount agreed upon because it only took ten minutes to draw. His very appropriate response was to say,  "Do you know how many years of schooling and practice went into that ten minute design?"

Do you know how many potatoes a Michelin chef has peeled before getting that five star rating?  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected by so many publishers it made the Guinness Book of World Records.  One hundred and twenty one publishing houses turned it down before it went on to become a best seller selling five million copies.

Sore fingers didn't stop Daniel Boulud from cooking nor did a wounded ego stop Robert M. Pirsig from writing.  That overnight success is a long way in the making for anyone and everyone.  You may feel discouraged and disheartened but never give up.  Take comfort to know that we all begin with challenges, with obstacles, with failures and mistakes but with tenacity, drive and enthusiasm those successes can and will be yours.  I know it isn't always easy but when those goals are reached, grab a couple of glasses and toast to your accomplishments!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy



To learn more about what I do, visit my website:https://amykaufman.co
To schedule an in-person or remote Reiki session with me, visit my website:https://amykaufman.co/private sessions OR email me at amy@amykaufman.co