Posts in Amanda Petersen
Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air (even if the temps don’t show it).  As I was walking outside the other morning, that reality hit me. There is a feeling of Fall in the air, yet the heat of summer is still a reality. This can create some dissatisfaction because you can feel that Fall, shorter days, etc., are happening, yet you are living with the reality that the temperature is still high and Summer isn’t done with us yet.

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What is your relationship with discomfort?

Since this month is all about pondering, here’s what I’m pondering today, as we desert dwellers work and live through yet another hot summer day after a long string of hot summer days: What is your relationship to discomfort? Does the heat of summer carry a lesson for us within? Do the extremes of this season give us an opportunity to learn how to be in other seasons of discomfort? How do YOU move through seasons of discomfort?

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Are you reluctant to promote yourself?

I was part of two great conversations yesterday about reluctance around self promotion, letting people know how amazing your program or services are along with sharing with others something you want to celebrate about yourself. I know I have fallen into that place many times in my life. I can talk about someone else’s gifts and offerings but when it comes to sharing how what I do makes an impact on others I just shut down.

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Come ponder with me

I am sitting here looking for inspiration for this week’s noticing after a weekend with two mass shootings.  There are many more eloquent than me writing amazing things about change, hope, pain, injustice and love.  All I’m wondering about is you.  How are you?  What does the reality of violence, unpredictability, deep love and kindness do to you? 

This is a time to stop and ponder. 

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Playing with words

This week I’m trying another video. Our theme this month is all about “Play” and so I’d like us to consider what happens when we play with words. For example, what other words do you think of, or what feelings do you have when you hear the words, “Summers in Arizona”?

Let’s play with those words and expectations!

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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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