All tagged self help

18 Lessons I Learned in 2018

Last January 1st, I wrote myself a letter. It was part pep talk, part guidelines for 2018. I kept it in the back of my phone case, and in true Amy fashion didn’t look at it once all year. Looking at it now, I can’t say it all changed/came to fruition/magically appeared in a puff of smoke, but I will say there was progress on whatever this journey is. 2018 was a lot. It filled and drained my cup more times than I can count. But I think all in all, 2018 and I were good for each other.

2018 opened me up to analyzing communication, and how our experiences influence our perception.

Here’s what I learned. Don’t expect it to blow your mind, just maybe open your heart to another perspective.

A Guide to Self Love

Humans are born to love, yet fear clouds our rational judgment and convinces us that life is not a series of Hallmark movie moments.

I’m changing my attitude.  I spent years hating Valentine’s Day because I didn’t think I had the energy to love.  Growing up with Lyme, I thought I was too broken to love, and lacked the confidence to love myself.  Now that I’m out of the woods of tick-borne disease, I realize I wasted years afraid love would cause more pain than all the blood draws, injections, and mountains of medical bills.  However, that now sounds crazy.  Humans are born to love, yet fear clouds our rational judgment and convinces us that life is not a series of Hallmark movie moments.  But what if our judgement is wrong?   Looking past the candy hearts and discount bouquets, I want to return to the root of Valentine’s day.  Whether it’s a day spent alone, with a partner, or a group of gals,  Valentine’s day should serve as a reminder that love actually IS all around us (thanks Hugh Grant!).  

Why No One Reads Your Blog

We all have stories to tell.  It's the wonderfully unique aspect of human existence.  Despite what the Millennial haters say, we actually are special snowflakes.  Yet, one look at the internet, and any alien race would hardly see individuality.  Obsessed with writing more, posting more, collecting more likes to earn more cash, we don't consider the actual value of another article promising a recipe for joy that only delivers a half written list of ingredients optimized for Google search ranking.  

The Single Book You're Missing

Focused on her own experiences with gratitude practice and those of her readers, famous actors, authors and average Joes, the author of E Squared (a series of experiments to prove the magic of the universe and power of the mind) Grout approaches gratitude with a humor and logic that lightens the heart, making the reader truly believe anything is possible.  

Touching on the notion that a single person's happiness, kindness, and generosity can change the world through collective consciousness and positive energy, Grout provides a true hope for anyone wishing to change the world.  

All Ears: Podcast That Create Space

On my weekly drives to the IV clinic, binging podcasts keeps my mind engaged, my energy going, and my body calm.  Podcasts keep my temper tantrums at bay while sitting on the Richmond Bridge at rush hour, or nodding off after a long day.  

If you're looking for the perfect mind/body podcasts, here's the list I can't live without.