Posts in Amanda Petersen
Summer Scavenger Hunt

In Arizona, summers are our winters. We are inside our homes and work spaces much more. This means it a great time to look at your home or work in a new way. I use the Summer season to clean out drawers, rearrange furniture or switch whole rooms. Sometimes you know something feels off yet it’s hard to see your home in a new light, so I would like to introduce you to the five elements in Feng Shui and challenge you to a scavenger hunt in your own space.

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Play

I love watching my granddaughter play in the splash pool in my back yard.  One time she had her doll and wanted it to have a boat.  She must have tried 7 different things before she found something that worked.  Each time she had a story attached to what was happening and she was just delighted.  Last night her mom gave her an inner tube that was just a bit bigger than she was and said if you lay on top of it you will find it relaxing.  Well that started an entire series of the tube flipping and all of us laughing as she figured out how to balance on that tube.  Once she did, she felt amazing and confident.

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Who is Your Tour Guide?

When you are in a new surrounding your awareness is heightened. When you stay in a new place you notice everything. Ever have a visitor come stay with you and they see things about your city that you may never have noticed before? When everything is new your brain is on alert trying to categorize things and make sure you are safe. Once you get used to your surroundings then your brain can shut out large chunks and focus on other things.

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Living With a Midnight Sun

Many of you know I love to walk in the early morning. Now that we have reached June my walk is greeted with sunlight. This changes the whole feel of the walk. In the winter I am bundled up and Miss Grace (my Boston Terrier) is walking very fast because she is cold. My thoughts tend to be more inward because my surroundings are all in the dark. I am also much more sensitive to noises and jumpy because I cannot see what is lurking in the dark. Now that the temps are rising and the sun is coming up, Grace is happy to take her time and would like a lot of sniff breaks. My mind wanders off of self-reflection as I see the wildlife and watch dawn greet the day. I am also more relaxed as I can see my surroundings.

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Do You Have Too Many Clowns?

When I was younger a friend gave me a tiny statue of a clown holding a balloon. It was fun, whimsical, and I loved it. Then when I was out shopping, I found another clown statue and bought it. Both made me smile. Then a boyfriend saw them and bought me a clown statue for my birthday. Then someone else saw those and another clown appeared. After that I started looking for clowns when I was out shopping. And then, you guessed it, one day I had over 50 clowns.

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Does Your Business Fit You?

One discussion I have frequently with people in business is about discovering your unique way of doing business. I think this also fits for many ways in life. There are many webinars, posts and trainings on the best way to market, increase revenue or balance your life. I have participated in several and benefited from each. And yet, there was often a disconnect as I put it into practice.

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You Do You

I am going through physical therapy for a torn rotator cuff.  My arm over the months has decided to protect the injury by stiffening up.  Getting my arm to stretch again has been a very insightful (and painful) process.  I am experiencing a push/pull in my arm and in my head around “oh, no my arm doesn’t do that,” “oh, my arm can do this.”  Do I trust that I can do more than I think I can and where is the line of too much?  As I’m stretching myself physically, I’m thinking of all the other areas of my life where I have limited who I think I am.  Areas I can quickly say “oh I can’t do that.” 

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From Death to Life:  Celebrating Changes – Even the Hard Ones

Spring is the time for Holy seasons that surround the theme of overcoming, endurance, death  and new life in ways not even imaginable.  As I am writing this, I am approaching an unusual birthday this year.  As many of you know my two older brothers died at the age of 57 and I am now turning 58. This year is a year of life they never received.

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Feeling it in the Gut

I have learned a lot by having a sensitive gut.  One of my biggest learnings has been that presence is more than a one or two second thing.  It is a choice.  I now choose how I want to be when I eat.  I notice my breathing, how many times I chew the food, why I choose the food I do, the gift of conversation and letting go of any thoughts that are not about being in whatever I have chosen.

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The Importance of Strangers

Last week I introduced the idea of being open with strangers as a spiritual practice. Now let’s share stories. Here is mine.

When I left Graduate school as a final hurrah my daughter and I were going to Disneyland and while there we were going to visit a friend who was going to take our bird. Where we were moving to no birds were allowed. I did the research with airlines, bought a special carrier and a huge box to put the bird’s cage in and was all set.

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