Author: Amanda Jewell

Our Story.

It’s been quite a year. And throughout this blog, I have shared some of the ups and downs of what has been going on in our life, without too much detail. Although I try to be transparent in my life, there was much about the past year, that I didn’t share. I alluded to the

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Are You “Happy?”

A while back, when I was discussing my blog with my dad, he asked me “Why Happiness?” Not in a condescending way, just out of curiosity. Why was so much of my focus on writing, happiness? To me, in some ways, the answer is obvious; Happiness is something we are all searching for. And yet,

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Define Your Values

I’ve been on a BrenĂ© Brown kick lately. Although I have been familiar with her work, and loved her viral TedTalk, and hadn’t actually read any of her books. Until last week, when I read two. Dare to Lead and Daring Greatly both discuss the importance of vulnerability and how it can impact personal and

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Kind Conversations

Since my last post, I have been thinking a great deal about kindness. ‘You will never regret being kind.’ I wrote these words, and I meant them. These words of advice I gave have filled my thoughts. Since that time, I have been questioning how much of my life I actually live by them. Do

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Parenting on Valentine’s Day

There has been one consistent theme on Valentine’s Day, as long as I can remember, my parents loving me. Growing up, my mom was a Pinterest mom, and Pinterest wasn’t even close to being invented. She always went above and beyond, and still does. Every year, my dad asks my sisters and I to be

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Book Review: The Mask of Masculinity

I recently finished the Book the Mask of Masculinity; And it got me thinking about the masks men wear. What men in my life wear masks? And how can I help men around me remove their masks to live more fully and authentically? Check out the rest of my review on the full blog today!

Room at the Table

I recently had a conversation with a friend was really excited about an accomplishment. She was pumped and you could tell. We chatted about it, and she asked me questions about this accomplishment, which I genuinely didn’t know the answers to. After we hung up she immediately called me back to apologize and make sure

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Moving Beyond Suffering

Beautiful State V. Suffering I was recently listening to an old Tim Ferriss Show Podcast, which featured Tony Robbins. During the podcast, Tony and Tim discuss the two states of being; A beautiful state and suffering. During our lives we are in one or the other. One cannot be suffering just a little bit, but

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Book Review: Can’t Hurt Me

I’m not normally much of an audio-book person. I love the feeling of holding a book in my hand, and highlighting the crap out of it. If you ever borrow a book from me, I can almost guarantee it will be filled with yellow highlighter. I vacillate between tangible books and my Kindle; and recently

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