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Amanda Chickman Ellis ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ  Sharing how to thrive๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผfrom the inside ๐Ÿฅ— out ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Lover of FREEDOM ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ+ Health & Wellness ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ+ Spirit Junkie ๐Ÿ’ซ Join My Exclusive Free Community๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“ฒ

Reminiscing.

Reflecting.

Recharging. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

Your dreams only have to make sense to you.

Go chase them! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

I am grateful for the blissful simplicity of this time in my life. Letโ€™s also take a moment to acknowledge how it has also been a splendid yet profound act of self care that seems so elusive most of the time.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day in bed with a migraine. I couldnโ€™t think of a better person to be with or place to soak up some down time than along the #amalficoast .
Thank you Universe for the gentle reminder to slow down, eat a pb&j, take in the views, and enjoy my time with my person. I am cherishing these moments.

So here is your gentle reminder to find ways you can bask in the simplicity of life yet soak up just how profound those same moments are, all at the same time. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

This trip so far has been one for the books... Full of laughter, hunger, sleep deprivation, emergency bathroom runs, winging it, lots of food, so many sights, culture, people watching, sitting, walking, laying, reflecting... And weโ€™ve still got 10 more days to soak, explore, and be present.

My love for doing life with this man grows every day! Iโ€™m so full of gratitude for the abundance in our lives - even when itโ€™s an abundance of toilet paper and pepto ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคญ Cheers to more of lifeโ€™s adventures and living every day to the fullest! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

Daily Affirmations:

I am STRONG.

I am KIND.

I am FREE.

I am BEAUTIFUL.

I am INTELLIGENT.

I am a good FRIEND.

I am a good SISTER/AUNT/DAUGHTER.

I am a good WIFE.

I am a MENTOR, COACH and TEACHER.

I am a LIFE CHANGER.

I am FREE.

I am SHINING MY LIGHT.

I am LOVED. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

Be all in.
Lean towards the light and love.
Do not judge a book by itโ€™s cover.
Have an open mind as you approach life.

I am reminded of these principles after events over the past two days... Sometimes, we tend to prejudge and make assumptions without experiencing things on our own. Jon and I were totally guilty of that when the statue of David. We saw the replica made of marble in the square because we were told by so many how neat it was. We were totally let down when we saw it and couldnโ€™t understand why it was such a big deal. Upon return to our @airbnb , we researched are found out that Michaelangelo crafted this work from a single pierce of marble when he was 26.... still not very impressed.

Jon was curious still (I was like we checked that box, moving on please...) so we planned to see the real deal the next day at the Galeria Dellโ€™ Acadmeia. We arrived on free admission day *score* to a rather short entrance line. I drank my fizz and Jon drank his cappuccino while we chatted in line. Our only priority was to see the statue of David to confirm these unimpressed judgements weโ€™d already made.

After briefly visiting the first few exhibitions, I shared how disappointed I was and that the #louvre in #paris was so much more intriguing and full of richness in every corridor.

Then, we arrive at the real deal and let me tell you, we were both stunned. Any picture taken does this work of art no justice. It is a masterpiece. We were both in awe and speechless. We stared at Davidโ€™s magnificence in silence until we both started to discuss in detail all the aspects that made it so glorious.

All of this to remind us:
๐Ÿ’ซ to lean towards the light and love
๐Ÿ’ซ to not judge a book by the cover
๐Ÿ’ซ to have an open mind as we approach life
๐Ÿ’ซ to be all in at all times without reservation ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

Shine your light like no one else is watching.

Sometimes, it seems when we are on a roll it is โ€œeasyโ€ to keep illuminating. I often find that it is more of a challenge to RAMP myself up when I am full of so much abundance. I begin seeking outward comforts of advice and signs... which is when I tend to turn down a path that does not truly align with my authentic self.

When I shine bright in moments of learning, triumph, challenge, darkness... I do so for myself, but also because I hope that by showing others my path, they can envision a path for themselves... one that aligns with their authenticity, their passion, their light... It isnโ€™t sunshine, rainbows, and fairy tales all the time, but life is full of plenty of moments full of abundance, light, magic and love!

Itโ€™s a matter of mindset, perception, personal growth, the tribe we surround ourselves with, the goals we set, the work we put in, self care, who and what we say yes and no to... and more.

So, my friend, keep shinning your brightest light. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

Trust the timing of your life.

Patience pays off. Hustling is worth it. All in the timing the universe has planned.

I dreamed of a life full of travel, studying abroad, teaching ESL and living on the East Coast. Most of those things havenโ€™t happened (yet), but my life has been so full in so many ways I never dreamt of... and who knows, Iโ€™ve got plenty of time to write new chapters in my book... Love this moment where Jon and I sat and waited patiently for this cafe in Paris to open. We people watched at 8am - saw how hard the people work to keep the community clean, lots of joggers on their morning runs - chatted about life - and just sat and soaked in this joyful time in our lives.

Once you think youโ€™ve surrendered, surrender some more. The universe has your back.

Be present.

Soak up all that life has to offer.

Dreams Do Come True.
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2019 has been so full of abundance and Jon and I are so full of gratitude.
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Weโ€™ve manifested more than weโ€™ve ever dreamed of and the universe is showing up BIG. All of this is a result of surrendering rather than controlling. For so long we worked so hard to manipulate every facet of our lives. Now, we have goals, set intentions, work on being our best version of ourselves, strive towards our goals, love deeply, practice gratitude, learn, grow, be present, rinse and repeat - every single day.
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Dream it, Believe it, Do it
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I believe you have every thing inside of you to live your best life now.
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Remember who you are.

The box others put you in, isnโ€™t your life. You can choose to step into your greatness at any time. Ok and mediocre and comfortable doesnโ€™t have to be good enough for you. Break outside the box.

You were put in this world for a purpose.

Inspired by Rachel Hollis because, my friends, I was MADE for MORE! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

Peaceful start with my morning routine in the fireplace room.

I have realized how much the way I start my day sets the pace for my whole day. So, as many days as I can, I start my morning off with 10 minutes for my miracle morning.
I am grateful for @danikabrysha self care checklist and @yourjoyologistshop affirmation deck. Leaning on the wisdom and light of these two ladies has allowed me to cultivate a space for me and shine some light on myself.

How do you start your day? Do you shine some light on yourself daily?

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