sometimes…

Sometimes things have to fall apart so that they can come together.
Including ourselves.
Yesterday was a good day.
Until a wave of exhaustion and grief hit me out of nowhere.
The tears fell.
The breath was shortened.
The fear, the hurt, the panic and the worry set in.
I fell apart, all at once.

My oldest daughter was feeling it too, which I know is what triggered me. She said she felt like she couldn’t breathe and she just starting crying. This pandemic is affecting all of us – even our kids. And add in a divorce and trying to cope and help children cope…that’s a whole other level. Go through both at the same time… it can be so damn heavy.

So how I got through it… and how I helped my daughter through it…. We sat under the moon outside …we saw lightening bugs. Smiled at the little glimmers of hope and light. We talked about angels and death and this virus and love and loss and grief. We talked about doing our best and letting ourselves feel. We both cried. And it was tough because it made me realize, yet again, how deeply beautiful and precious children, love and life are. The simple things. And then I chatted with a friend who simply held space for me and listened to me cry. Told me it would be okay and these emotions are normal. To give myself space and grace. You know, all the things I write about and encourage my children with 🙃😉 Those moments are what get me through, and I have no doubt someone reading this feels this and can relate…♥️The thing is, we MUST allow ourselves to feel, to fall apart, to be seen when we are at our lowest and to let people hold space for us. It isn’t easy, but we don’t have to pretend to be strong all the time. That is a lesson I’m navigating through right now.

Sometimes it is what it is and that’s it. ✌🏻🙌🏻

I would love to hear from you. How are your children dealing with this? Are you having honest and open conversations with them? And are they reminding you of the simple things that we seem to forget sometimes? And if you don’t have children, how are you dealing with all of this?

let the light in on your human-ness

I don’t believe any of us are broken.
I believe we are human.
I believe we are put here to shine our light, following our own path to love and to serve.
I believe that more often than not, we are placed in difficult situations to help grow us….to show us what truly matters and to help us serve from a vulnerable place of intention, passion and truth.
I have had so many deep conversations with friends over the last several days and so many of us are feeling the heaviness of the world; but with that, we are also finding and feeling the beauty that is in the mundane, the simple, the everyday.
As a collective, we are being forced to stay home, connect, tune inward and trust. And for many of us, surrendering to a force much larger than us, because that faith, surrender and trust are the very things giving us hope and helping us power through.
friends, we are all in this together, remember on the tough days, the things we are facing, are going to make us so much stronger, more resilient, more loving, more appreciative, more human. More as one.
Don’t give up. Beautiful things are coming. And for those facing the unheard of, the hurt, the pain that either this virus is causing, or some other life altering situation, I bow to you, I honor you, I am praying with you and for you. Don’t give up. May you find your light. May you feel the light surrounding you and may you remember we are in this together.
Sending so much love & light to you and yours.

Ishvara Pranidhana /// SURRENDER

Things look a little different this weekend for my last weekend of YTT (yoga teacher training) and this morning’s yin practice (via a Zoom call), we focused on the intention of surrender, or “Ishvara Pranidhana” —in Sanskrit, ishvara pranidhana can be translated to mean “God & Surrender” — and as I was laying in pigeon pose (a hip opener, which btw, we store LOTS of emotions in our hips) – the tears just fell….. I couldn’t pinpoint why – was it because life is weird and uncertain right now (isn’t it always?) or because I am feeling the emotions of the collective and the fear some are feeling now…… or perhaps it was because the journey of YTT has been one of the most life changing experiences I have had thus far in my 38 years and it’s ending, or perhaps it was because I have been emotional this week because it’s almost that time of the month, or perhaps it’s because I’m going through a divorce and the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it. Perhaps it was the fact that I am so incredibly blessed with so many amazing souls who love me and who I love who have shown up and held space, given a hug or just simply told me it’s okay……. Or perhaps it was a combination of all of the above. Whatever it was, I kept my mind focused on the intention and I allowed myself to feel through whatever it was that was coming through. With all of this uncertainty and emotions running high, I feel so strongly that we give ourselves grace and the opportunity to get still and release as we need to. And to simply be where we are.

I encourage you, beautiful souls, to allow yourself to FEEL. To release. To be. To Surrender.

Let me know how you’re feeling through all of this and if you need some relief, some focus, some soul soothing activities to get your mind a little more calm, check out the FREE resources I have available to you. ALL my courses are FREE right now. And of course my book is available on Amazon as well.  https://bit.ly/freebiescovidTSSC

Let me know how you are – love you all!

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higher perspective…

I’m not sure about you, but I find myself looking at the spiritual perspective of everything that happens in life. I believe that there is always a higher power at work and a greater meaning at play.

So when this beauty landed in my yard a few days ago with fresh kill, I admired from a few dozen feet away to capture these photos and then looked up what the “sign” was when we see hawks.

This is what I found…..

Hawks represent a strong connection with spirit and could be signaling an increased spiritual awareness. They also signal that we need to pay attention to our intuition and to view life from a higher perspective to see the bigger picture.

(Reference: “Understanding the Signs of Everyday Life” by Kadi Best)

Interesting, right?

Besides that, I was stoked to have captured this on my “real camera” 😉

moments in time.

Magical light + locations + humans. Check out all the goodness I was able to capture lately.

[Now booking sessions January – March.]

Florida snow & lots of love. I love this family!
The best photos captured are the ones they don’t realize I get 😉 Look at these eyes – all so full of love.
Small town Christmas. I have been taking their photos for a few years now… it’s been fun watching them grow in many ways!
Gorgeous location, colors & so much love.
I mean…how gorgeous are they? 🙂
Rain couldn’t stop us… so much love & nothing but smiles!
OH MY HEART. This family means so much to me.
I’m so thankful for their friendship, unconditional love & smiles!

Multi family fun …

Stay tuned for more! I am looking forward to another blessed year, more memories & a lot of new photo opportunities and experiences. I’ll be sharing SOON! Thank you all for trusting me with these moments! Much love & wishing you the best in 2020!

the journey continues…

Throughout the years, fitness, in all forms, Beachbody, CrossFit, yoga, running, bootcamp….has brought me through some of the darkest times of my life. And the people I have met through these experiences are forever etched on my heart. There is something powerful and scientifically proven how movement affects our bodies and minds and souls. The community that is formed can be life changing, and thankfully for me, has been. 

A few years back, when I was coaching full time with Beachbody (and loved dearly, it served its purpose for the time and turned my life and many others around) but the missing piece that I felt which led me to life coaching and building online courses …and to most recently publishing a book, was the WHY of why everyone was so desperate to dive into fitness, show up to class, attend a yoga class or CrossFit class and sweat themselves into misery on some days. Ha! Myself included. It goes way deeper than the physical aspect. What I have learned and observed is that people want community, they want to be seen, heard, validated. They want to heal parts of them they may not know (yet) exist and walk away from a class or workout more empowered, satisfied and at peace. They want to feel good! 

That is why I wrote my book. It IS the journey, through the depths and figuring out why we show up like we do. And it’s why I continue to show up. 

Right now, I am on a journey of exploring even more…  the depths of my yin (yoga) to my yang (CrossFit and all other forms of intense exercise that I love!) …I committed to YTT (yoga teacher training) and have never felt more in my truth than now. I love the yang side and it remains, because it’s a part of the journey as well! 😉 What I will do with the training, I’m not sure at the moment, I went into it with no expectations, which I’m learning is the best way to do things sometimes.

YTT brings a lot of peeling back the layers, which can be uncomfortable, but just as anything in life, we don’t grow unless we get uncomfortable. It also means that playing small and surface level things (whatever that looks like) no longer serves my soul and I have to be okay with that and learn to release. It also reminds me how each individual comes into our lives at just the right moment and serves a purpose, that we may not yet understand, but it is there and one day we will see if we are open. The tribe of women in our YTT is divine and I have no doubt we are going to be connected and in touch / in tune for the rest of our lives. I am so grateful.

I have always been a seeker, but not in the sense that I don’t know who I am or what I want, but in the way that I know there is more than what meets the eye and I want to explore it all, to the depths of eternity. And it took me a while to accept that not everyone is going to understand my intensity and that it’s okay if they don’t. I don’t (and neither does anyone else) need a permission slip.

We are all on our own path, our own soul’s journey and we are allowed to be who we were made to be. We are allowed to become and un-become. We are allowed to change directions. To move. To grow. We are allowed to go against the grain and discover what makes our own souls shine… because when we do, we are able to come from a deeper place, a place of truth and love and compassion and pay it forward to others. 

I write this with the intention that it helps reach whoever needs to hear it. I encourage you to explore the true YOU, and release the patterns that have held you back. I encourage you to get still. To see others, to really SEE them and to accept them and love them as they are. Even if it means from a distance. I encourage you to be open to new opportunities, experiences and relationships. I invite you to continue on YOUR path and look at the road bumps as lessons and keep going. The world needs your light. The world needs YOU, just as you are.

I feel you. I see you. I am with you.

If you’d like to chat more, I’d love to hear from you! DM me and please feel free to share this post! 

SHINE BRIGHT!! 

Gift Guide

Now that Halloween is over, it’s officially holiday season 🙂 And to welcome it, I am honored to announce my feature in Rising Tide Society’s Gift Guide 2019.

To share space with some incredible creatives and talents, is humbling.

“Every year, Rising Tide curates a list of shops to feature the artists and makers in our community just in time for the holidays. Through this gift guide, we are also able to give back. This year, with your help, we raised nearly $4,000 for the Rising Tide community to support our local chapters.”

Check out the Gift Guide, as well as all the other incredible creatives & their products / services here: https://bit.ly/2MKd4cx


For more information on Rising Tide Society: https://www.honeybook.com/risingtide/meet-us

I also want to give a shout out to my creative friend, Katlyn as well – look for her Etsy shop in the Kids & Pets section: https://www.honeybook.com/risingtide/holiday-gift-guide-2019/kids-and-pets

simply BE.

I always find inspiration at the beach / in nature.

This little guy reminded me to simply BE. and trust. And go where the current takes me, with no forcing or fighting.

He was so chill, enjoying the waves, the sounds, the sun (and the fish surrounding him;)).

September was a very busy month for me with making connections, planning and learning and on more than one occasion I felt stressed because I wasn’t implementing as much as I would have liked.

But that’s a bs story because just as I live and believe, every step serves a purpose and even though this month is no slower, I am excited to set my intention for the rest of the year to be more like this pelican……to be more chill and enjoy more moments.

What about you?

Are you inspired by this beautiful creature or do you have intentions you are working on?

grounded

G R O U N D E D . . . ⁠in truth.⠀

Living your truth can be a wild ride.⁣ ⠀
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Some will question. ⠀
Some won’t think anything about it. ⁣⠀
Some will judge. ⠀
Some won’t. ⁣⠀
Some will ignore. ⠀
Some will try to shout you down. ⁣⠀
Some will join you & stand beside you. ⠀
Some disappear. ⁣⠀
Some will believe in you. ⠀
Some won’t. ⁣⠀
Some will understand. ⠀
Some will not. ⁣⠀
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No matter what, know this. You are light. ✨ You are love & you are YOU. 💖 Never shrink for the fear that someone won’t accept you for YOU. You are magnificent & are loved just as YOU ARE. Live your truth. Speak your truth. Dress your truth. And know that you are here for a purpose bigger than you can even fathom. ✌🏻🙌🏻♥️🌊⠀

📸credit: @serenity_stephaniem ✨♥️

welcome, humans.

It has been quite some time since I introduced myself on here and updated what all is going on in my world and how that affects you:) So here we go…

I’m Amy, and the hats I wear include mom of two, wife, sister, daughter, friend…. photographer, published author, speaker, workshop host, online course creator, creative entrepreneur, yogi, CrossFitter & foodie. Every time I travel, a local brewery and / or winery is a must. I love the vibe & the passion people put into their craft. All things chocolate, specifically dark and cacao. Music moves my soul and grounds me. Meditating, journaling, and running (with headphone blasting of course) also do. I find a local apothecary in each town I visit and it seems to be my thing. I’m currently going through YTT (yoga teacher training) so that I can peel back the layers of my soul and humanness and to add another layer on to my workshops and future offerings. Stay tuned ;)) When you scroll through my account, you’ll see my musings….. from topics such as passion, creativity, living authentically. To workout tips and food. My passion for photography began when I lived in East Tennessee after college and has grown day by day. I love to find the beauty in the little things that nature surprises us with. I often find inspiration in writing from the photographs I take.

The book I published this year is called “Day by Day – A Creative Guide to Living Your Best Life With Clarity, Intention & Flow” and my intention is to share things here that remind us to do just that.

On this site & my social media pages, I might share journaling prompts, or a recent photo session I did. You might see travels or a book signing /event that I’m hosting. You might see my workouts or my fur-babies. You will rarely see photos of my family, as I like to keep that private, although I will talk about them often.

This account is me, but it’s from my soul and from a place of serving. Sometimes I am quiet, sometimes I am distant. But I am working on peeling the layers back of who I am at my core and I won’t post anything other than from that place. I am working on listening rather than talking and strive to post the real, raw and necessary.

My work is to serve… and I honor you and your time …and hold space for you and thank you for holding space for me.

And if you read all of this, send me an email or a comment… let’s chat… I’d love to know a little more about you and why/how you landed here and if there’s anything I can help with.
Keep shining your light, the world needs it. ❤

And in the words of a dear soul sister @ekaearth, I believe that “humans need humans.” And that is what I am here to do. Connect, honor, love and serve. Glad to have you here, humans. ✌🏻✨♥️