All posts by amandagoins

I'm a very eclectic person, and I love my life and all those in it.

Transcending Limitation: The Importance of Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

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Each of us has hopes, dreams, and passions for ourselves as individuals, and for the impact we wish to have upon others and the planet.  We all want to shine, and use our gifts to their utmost expression.  We all want to make our mark on the Earth, contribute, and impact others in the most positive and inspiring way we can.  Many of us, however, sell ourselves short.  We box ourselves in with limitations and obstacles.

Many times the only thing which stands between us, and the achievement of our dreams is action.  It may be radical action, the sort which pushes us beyond our limits and far outside of our comfort zone.  This is where the adventure begins.

It is easy and comfortable to fall into routine. A certain amount of consistency is good, and may be necessary.  However, those who have changed the world; the dreamers, the doers, the freethinkers, and the revolutionaries all have one thing in common.  They have dared to knock down the walls that box them in.  They have let go of fear and the concept of limitation, and have summoned the courage to leap forward into the unknown.

I am working on this myself.  I am challenging myself daily by clearly defining what I wish to accomplish, as well of bringing into my awareness what I obstacles I push must aside in order to bring what I desire into fruition.  I have learned that it is imperative to let go of fear of change, and the need to always be in control.  I am taking steps each day toward what I wish to accomplish.

A good place to start to is to simply brainstorm.  However you choose; make a list, start googling ideas, be creative and try paths that you have not approached before.  Also, be open, your dreams and goals may change and evolve.  Just keep moving forward.  Invest your energy each day in working toward making your life the highest quality for yourself, and toward making yourself the best version of your being.

It is important to remember, even those taking radical action to change themselves and the world need rest.  Give yourself plenty of rest and self care.  You simply cannot be the best version of yourself if you are over-extended and exhausted.  So rest well, eat well, and spend as much time outdoors as possible.  Those things have always worked for me, to reset and refresh.

My wish for you, and each of us, is that we all move forward with radical action to follow our passions.  To mold our lives in such a way that we are the happiest and most fulfilled version of ourselves.  When we reach this state, we also evolve into our best form of contribution to society at large, and everyone flourishes.  So move forward, with peace and inspiration in your soul, and propel your life in the direction of your dreams.

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As always, so much love!  ❤ ❤ ❤

Vibrantly Living as Your Best Self

You are more than the name you were given at birth and much more than social constructs and society say you are.  You are more than you can imagine.

YOU are stardust, you are creative force, you are an individual expression of Source, and you are a unique embodiment of Love.

The time of striving is over.  You do not have to change or mold yourself to please anyone.  You are enough, in fact — you are so much more than enough.  Do not underestimate your impact.  For even a pebble can make a great wave — and you are so much more than a pebble. You are a rare a beautiful gem.


Discard all the baggage which may be holding you back.  Do not just drop it, but cast it into oblivion.  YOU ARE FREE.

In every moment, you are being perfectly yourself.  I believe that all of us have always done the best with the circumstances we have been given.  We have all made mistakes; but the glory of mistakes is that they are stepping stones rather then stumbling blocks.  We learn from each one and we propel ourselves forward.


Follow your heart, move forward with vibrancy and passion  — and do not look back.  Accept every facet of your being — each is a puzzle piece in the masterpiece of your existence.

Being the best version of yourself, to me, means daily choosing to approach life through the lens of love, compassion, and empathy.  When you look at another individual, see their soul, look past their appearance or circumstance. Accept others as they are without judgment, but rather with an appreciation for their part in your journey. Love them as you love yourself, as Jesus taught.  This “Golden Rule” is a key component to most religions… and it is the element which unites them all.  To love one another, is to see each person as a part of yourself, with more commonalities than differences.  This is when we reach true unity with individuals, and unity with all that is.


That is my wish for all of us, every living creature, that we simply love and accept one another, that we live in greater harmony with ourselves, our community, and our planet.  We each have unique skill set and gifts.  There is something we can learn from every individual we encounter; and if you learn anything thing from me, I hope it’s this:  Learn to love with all your soul, with every breath and moment, and find beauty in all that is.

For now,





Embodying Love as a Way of Life

Love is our natural state of being.  It is fearless and free.  Love is all-accepting, knows no bounds, and transcends all limitations.

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This state of being is empowering.  Becoming an embodiment of love, and casting aside, fear, judgment, and anger may take a bout of courage, or require each of us to step outside of our comfort zone a bit.  However, when we release the burdens of fear, hatred, judgment, and anger — when we break the shackles of social conditioning,  and return to our initial loving way of life, this is when we truly taste freedom.  This freedom quenches the thirst of soul and nourishes the spirit.  It is when we embody love that we truly blossom.


Love is a unifying force.  It allows us to see a part of our essence in everyone and everything we encounter.  We see the worthiness in our own being, and see this worthiness reflected in others.  Though we may have differences, our core is the same.  We begin to find beauty in places we once overlooked; in the simple as well as the complex.

“Love is the bridge between you and

everything.”     -Jalaluddin Rumi

As an embodiment of love, we rise above negativity.  Though negative emotions and experiences may make their way onto our path…  we accept them, learn from them, triumph over them and let them pass.

We begin to mold our own beautiful truth.  A life that is by our design, through our intention and your essence of love.  Love is the life force, the creative force, it is both our muse and our expression — for it is all encompassing.

We begin to re-examine all the ways in which we have been conditioned through a more heart-centered, compassionate, and empathetic perspective.  We embrace others with acceptance, and we embrace our soul’s true essence.

“Dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very

flesh shall become a great poem…”  – Walt Whitman

Remember, you are the greatest form of expression in your life… you are your own  masterpiece lived through a legacy of  love you share with others.

In closing, I hope that you live joyous and free.  That you choose love in every moment, not simply as a way to feel, but as a way to be.  A vantage point to view the entirety of life.

“Immerse you soul in love…”  Radiohead


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Releasing the Burden of Fear


When we are experiencing fear and anxiety, we are robbing ourselves of the freedom and joy of the present moment. Fear can be crippling, or it can be conquered.  Today we are here to discuss the conquering of it.  When your soul is free from fear it takes wing toward the life you desire.

There are many reasons people are fearful.  In contemplating the release of the burden of fear, I chose three aspects with create a great deal of fear and anxiety and fear in  many.  These areas are as follows:  the fear of losing control of a situation and/or it’s outcome, the fear of change, and the fear of that which we do not understand.

A great deal of fear and anxiety are tied to our inner “control freak”.    We lose focus of the present moment because we too busy living in the “what if” mindset.  By this I mean we are contemplating possible outcomes of a situation that is beyond our control, and fixating on our desire to control it. Many times we focus far to much energy thinking, “what if something bad happens” .  In doing so, not only are we completely crushing the potential joy of our now moment, but we are living with the pain of something which may not occur at all.

To remedy this, I suggest  making it a practice to let go of your inner “control freak”.  There will always be situations beyond your control.  However, though you cannot control your circumstances, you can control your reaction and your outlook.  I suggest surrendering the outcome of the situation to a higher power, or simply stepping away from the situation for a moment.  Separate from circumstance, realize that you do not have control of the situation, then let go of it.  Do not let it occupy your thoughts any longer.  Hope for the best outcome, pray for it if you would like, and move forward fearlessly.

The second outlet of fear that I wish to address, is the fear of change.  Many of us are tied to routine and comfort and our lives.  While a certain amount of routine and comfort are pleasant, we must understand that life is constantly in a state of flux.  Things will change, grow and evolve.  We can either embrace this as a truth, or try to deny it and live fearfully.

I think a major stumbling block for many is their outlook on change.  If we view change as something that is scary and undesirable, we will make ourselves miserable.  However, if we look forward with wide eyes, and see change as an opportunity to better ourselves, we open so many doors.  Change gives us the chance to grow.  We do not grow in a stagnant environment.  I do my best to see change as a new possibility to seize, and as a chance to mold my life in the way I desire.

The last type of fear I wish to address, is the fear of that which we do not understand.  This can be a very corrosive fear, because this is the type of fear the can turn into judgment, prejudice and hatred.  Look at how much human conflict has been the direct result of individuals choosing to target an idea or person, simply because they did not understand the concept or individual.

Though this type of fear is very dangerous, I also believe it may be the simplest to combat.  My suggestion, is to approach life, and individuals with curiousity.  When you come across something which you do not understand, learn about it. When we learn about one another, our motivations, desires, even our downfalls — we will discover our commonalities.  Through this mindset friendships are forged, and fear is annihilated.

We can reduce so much suffering, in our selves and in the world at large if we move past our fears in a loving and compassionate mindset.  I hope this post has prompted you to examine what in your life may be causing you live with the burden of fear, and to courageously cast that fear aside.   Litany Aganist fear



Releasing the Burden of Judgment


To become truly free, is to live in a state of love and happiness.  The Dalai Lama aptly states, “Love is the absence of judgement”.  We weigh ourselves down greatly  placing value judgments not only on others, but on ourselves.

Many times, people judge another because they wish to feel superior.  Why do people do this?  I believe it is because they do not feel truly confident.  In this mindset, one tries to build a false sense of confidence by belittling others.

We are each on a unique path and our own journey.  I have come to the realization that just because I may disagree with another, or misunderstand their ways, in no way means I am superior to them.  Conversely, just because someone seems to be at a higher level in any facet of life than myself, does not mean they are superior to me.

The core issue is comparing ourselves to others, and placing value judgments on them.  I for one, have no desire to compete.  I think it is key to try to understand one another.  So much of the trouble we have faced has been due to misunderstandings and rash value judgments.  The type of judgments that cause both inner and outer conflict.


So, I propose that we shift our focus. Shift from judgment, which creates fear, to understanding, which leads to acceptance and love.  When we give others the freedom to be themselves in a comfortable and loving environment we create space for the same experience in our own lives.

Approach people with an open mind and a compassionate heart and your life will surely transform. In doing so, you begin to see a bit of yourself in every person you encounter, and feel a deeper connection to all of.  This works not only with humans, but with animals and nature as a whole.  Look for beauty, and you will find it.

As a final thought:

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

We leave you a tradition with a future.
The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
Never throw out anybody.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Your “Good ‘ol days” are still ahead of you, may you have many of them.”

-Sam Levenson, In one Era & Out the Other

I hope this post has encouraged you to seek out the good in everyone.  To look at one another through eyes of love and not judgment.

Sending so much warmth your way,



Finding Balance: Being of Service

One cannot serve others if their inner-well is dry.


Service to others in a highly honorable action, and in doing so you get a sense of deep fulfillment.  However, it is also necessary to maintain a level of service to oneself.  To replenish, and renew your spirit. To seek what it is within your soul that you do for yourself and yourself alone — to nurture your being.  This a level of self care that is necessary in order to be of the highest service to others.

In some cases, such as creating art, you may find an overlap of the two.  Expressing oneself is a wonderful means of self care.  It helps lift what may be a burden, or share what may be a great joy.   Through self expression, you may create something that others connect to as well. Someone may find a bit of their own being expressed in the art that you create.  In this manner you are serving the other individual as well… perhaps on a greater level than you ever imagined, possibly without even realizing it.


We strive so much to rid ourselves of egocentric thoughts and actions, and self- centered thinking (which is very admirable).  However, we too are worthy of our own love, and our own service. Confidence and joy not the same thing as arrogance and mere pleasure seeking selfishness.   Pursuing what it is that sets your soul on fire does not in any way diminish your contribution to others.   In fact, it empowers you to further help others… because you feel renewed and refreshed.

I am not trying to tell you to lessen your service to other, by any means.  I believe we should all assist and contribute as much as we possibly can.  But don’t let yourself get overwhelmed, or spread too thin. Let your love shine in all ways, both outward in service and inward in replenishment.

This may be a difficult balance to find for some, because we have been conditioned to believe that when we take care of our own being we are self-indulgent.  This however is not true… it is when you begin to care predominantly for the pursuit of your own pleasures, desires, and fulfillment that an imbalance begins to occur.  I believe if you are  truly choosing love for yourself and for others without over-analyzing or keeping score, the path will unfurl before you.

So, I leave you with this, take a moment today to pursue something that makes your joyous… then spread that joy to all you encounter.

As always,



Free Yourself: Releasing the Burden of Anger


The time has come to drop all the burdens that are hindering our flight and take wing on our joyous journeys…

We all truly wish to truly be free.  This 4 letter word holds so much depth, meaning, and power. What does it mean to truly be free?

A simple definition of the word is as follows:


adj 1. Not under the control of power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes

      2. Not restrained

verb 1. Released from captivity

So, are you truly free?  

I certainly hope so.

However if you are still holding on to anger, then you ARE under the power of another, the person or ideology are angry with.  You are allowing another to make you feel bitter and enraged.

So how to you remedy this, and become free?

First, let’s explore anger:

Anger  slowly poisons the soul.

At times we all have been angry.  We have all been wronged or betrayed in some manner.  The problem comes when we hold onto this anger instead of letting it pass through us.  Many times we feel a sense of self-righteous indignation — that sense of “I have been wronged, so I deserve to be angry”. In that moment you anger seems justified, and becomes hard to let go of.

Let me ask you this:  How does this feel?  Though you may have a momentary endorphin rush at the onset of such anger, as time progresses and you hold on — the tide will turn.  You begin to feel bitter, resentful, and this anger begins to eat away at you.  You become less joyful and vibrant. You may even begin  to feel depressed.  It is said that depression is anger turned inward.

Take action to free yourself from this corrosive emotion:  I suggest these three things, in any order.

  1. Step Away for The Situation: Shift your focus completely away from that which angers you.  Distract yourself if need be.  Do whatever it is that brings you happiness and joy in the moment, and shifts your  attention.    You may, at this time which to separate yourself from that which is making you angry.  This will allow you to draw your attention away.  Now, take some time for you!  Use this time to clear your head; meditate, listen to music, take a walk,or  be creative.  There are numerous possibilities.   Now that you have shifted your focus away from you anger, you begin to feel a lifting of this burden, and freedom is knocking on your door.
  2. FORGIVE, FORGIVE FORGIVE:  Forgiveness is key. I see there being two ways to forgive, the first is when both parties accept responsibility, apologies are made and kinship is restored.  There my be those who hurt you in manner that you have to cut cords with them, however, always remember to to forgive and send the person away with love. When we forgive another we do not have to approve of their actions. I think Maya Angelou stated it the most eloquently:    “And that doesn’t mean you invite who or what ever it is, to sit at your table and dine with you. It’s about love. You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean forced sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say: I forgive. I’m finished with it.” -Maya Angelo
  3. Let It Go — COMPLETELY:  Do not allow this situation to inhabit your thoughts or feelings any longer.  Do not give it any of your energy.  Move forward with a clean slate and embrace joy and possibility.

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I hope this writing has encouraged you to examine areas of you being in which you may be holding on the anger and resentment, and more than that I hope it has empowered you to release this burden, and given you a greater sense of freedom; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

My wish for each of  you, is that you can experience true freedom, joy, and bliss in all areas of your being, and in your life.  I hope you will continue to join me, as we explore other ways to increase our freedom personally, and as a whole.

For now,



(Aka  Lydia)