The last two weeks have been really emotional. Our situation is not ideal. I am very stressed about supporting a family of six and finding us a house to live in that is big enough for all us and I can afford on my own. My world is heavy.
My 40th birthday is in two days. I am trying to do so much work right now to keep so many balls in the air at some point every day I have tears because I am “doing the best I can” and I am not sure I am doing enough. I am doing my best to stay mentally strong.
May is mental health awareness month. In this moment that brings so many things to the surface for me. With all the chaos going on I truly feel blessed. On chemo days Billy and I have gratitude for the medicine that will cure him. We choose to try to look at what is positive and what “is” in this moment.
Last night this idea came to the surface for me and what turning 40 means. I had the most amazing energy session with Lesha Krantz Nelson. I have been so blessed to have a community of people around me that are trying to help me every day. When we finished, I felt as I always do. I just don’t know how to show gratitude and thanks in a way that my heart truly feels to the people who are holding me up right now. I feel like I walk around in a haze and I wonder if I even say thank you at times. After our session, I experienced the most amazing gift.
This is what I wrote:
I stand alone in my darkness.
I stand alone in my fear.
I will promise to hold you, so your light won’t dim.
I will dry your tears.
I will try to find the time to pause and release the pollution from my mind.
I will be there when my children need to cry.
As my mind settles and my energy clears.
I realize I was never alone.
Every single one of you was always here.
For my 40th birthday, I am going to try to say thanks and show gratitude every day in the month of May. May, mental health month, I will shift my perspective from the stress and the chaos to gratitude to someone or something that is helping me juggle all these balls in the air. They are helping me keep my vibration in a place I need to keep everyone around me in a healthy state of mind. I may not post. I may not say every name I should, but I know I am strong because of the army I have around me. My perspective is positive because of the love and light everyone shares with me every day. I am blessed and I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
May 1st, 2019 Gratitude + Thank-You: FAMILY
Thank you to Billy for trying to put me first even when you feel so ill. Thank you to his three sons for coming into my life and showing me another layer of love and support. Thank you to my children for being beautiful, positive souls in this world. Thank you to my Aunt and my cousins for dropping everything to help my kids when I need them to. Thank you to the Murphy’s for offering us so much support and helping us in ways I can’t even express with the correct words. Thank you to all of my family.
May 2nd, 2019
Gratitude + Thank-you: William Murphy
Can I tell you something just between you and me?
When I hear your voice, I know I'm finally free
Every single word is perfect as it can be
And I need you here with me
When you lift me up, I know that I'll never fall
I can speak to you by saying nothing at all
Every single time, I find it harder to breathe
'Cause I need you here with me
- Lyrics by Marshmellow + Chvrches
Mykla and I are obsessed with this song. As we were screaming it on the top of our lungs last night I started to cry. The words couldn’t ring truer. Gratitude and thank- you every day to him. He has taught me so many lessons. He is fighting so hard through the darkness. His heart is open, and he is doing everything he needs to in order to get stronger and heal.
I am completely in love will all of this man and I feel blessed every day that he came into my life.
May 3rd, 2019
Gratitude + Thank-you: FOR THE LOVE I HAVE FOR MYSELF
How many of say we love ourselves? I didn’t for a very long time. It left me in a pattern of self-destruction and toxic relationships that were always emptying my cup and never filling it back up. I loved myself enough to finally make changes and stand up for my worth. I loved myself enough to get sober. I loved myself enough to put my mental health first.
One of the messages I received today was “move away from the pain and leave it behind.” I am trying so damn hard. I keep asking lately “what is the lesson in this?” Yesterday was messy. This week was messy. I broke down and lost it. My skin was crawling. I was yelling. I was so angry. I try so hard to carry the world on my shoulders and there are these outside forces that just keep this tornado swirling around us constantly and sometimes I lose my footing and I get swooped in.
But then there it is…. the lesson right in front of me. I am not alone in this. I have the most amazing support system. It is okay that I get overwhelmed and upset, I am only human. I am so thankful for the people who pick me up when I break. I am so thankful that our family has help from others.
When I break, it does not equal self-destruction anymore. It doesn’t equal me trying to ignore the problems in front of me. I don’t go on a bender to try to forget everything, only to go down a dark tunnel of disaster with no end. All it means to me now is I need to stop. I need to reassess everything I need. I HAVE everything I need. That means I just need to take a little time to fill my cup back up.
As my best friend put it last month. I level up today. I start a new chapter. This is 40. At the beginning of the year, I had set a personal goal of being in the best shape of my life on my 40th birthday. Well, chaos hit. I have barely gone to the gym in 3 months. I looked damn good at 39! (ha ha this pic was taken last fall).
So, I didn’t reach my physical goal (yet!). But I can tell you this, I am in the best mental shape of my entire life. I still break but I am mentally stronger than I have ever been. For that I have gratitude. My whole life has been preparing me for this moment. I will get up tomorrow and fight harder than today. He will be okay. When he wins this battle, my cup will be overflowing.
May 4th, 2019
Gratitude + Thank-you: Friends + Supportive Parent Network
The saying it takes an army is an understatement. Lately, my life has been so overwhelming trying to juggle medical appointments, being the head of the household, two small children and work for myself, without my friends and the other parents helping me, I couldn’t make it all work. I appreciate every one of you who takes the time to support me and my children. I need you and I could not do it without you.
May 5th, 2019
Gratitude + Thank you: For this moment
Those close to me know what transpired this week. If I wrote it all out most of you wouldn’t believe me. I somehow was cast as a lead character in a soap opera I do not want to be a part of. It has been chaos from all angles. As my aunt put it earlier “I am clearing a lot of shit right now”. …. Little did she know I am currently reading a book called “Clear your Shit”.
I am showing up universe. I am listening. I am thankful for this moment as I sit outside this coffee shop reflecting. I am a survivor. I always have and I always will.
May 6th, 2019
Gratitude + Thank-you: For today we are here.
I give thanks in that.
May 7th, 2019 Gratitude + Thank-you: For my patience.
As I get older, I am able to stop, slow down and process the situations I am in. This tool alone can save so much self-destruction and grief. I allow people to steal my power. No matter how manipulative or emotionally abusive, I can slow down, process and not react.
May 8th, 2019 Gratitude + Thank-you: For my Aunt
I have written before about our journey of growth and forgiveness. We have been through a lot together. Some of the hardest years of my life, I was not talking to her. We grew. We forgave. We support each other and our dreams. Little did we know but we were supporting each other even when we were not talking. They were lessons we both needed to learn. We are now business partners in a company that I know is going to do great things, Crystalline Tribe.
I love watching her help people realize their true gifts and giving them a different perspective. Her classes are more than self-love, forgiveness and learning about your intuition. They are all filled with tools to empower yourself so you can live your authentic life. I love being one of her students. She has come into her authentic self and she is teaching a community to as well.
( I missed a few days! I jotted words down in my journal but I decided to be authentic and not post just the words. Life gets busy! Time to start again. Nothing is perfect.)
May 13th, 2019
Chemo Day #4 - Gratitude and Thank you to everyone who has helped us financially over the last few months. This is an overbearing and unexpected situation. Without our family, support system and the wonderful businesses donating their time and helping us, we would not have made it. Thank you @bigdeluxetattoo @regalbarberco and now this Saturday @xoxo_hats_for_strength
Our family is blessed and I don’t have enough thank you’s in the world.
You can still register for the event this Saturday. Go to @xoxo_hats_for_strength to learn more. ❤️
May 14th, 2019
Gratitude + Thank-you: My fitness community.
@saltlakepoweryoga, @mamaloves23, @rise_boxing, and @otfparkcity …. You have all supported me in a time that self-care unfortunately for me is the last thing on my list. Thank you for reaching out and giving me the push and support I need to keep myself strong. When I work out, I feel better mentally. When I work out, I can keep the anxiety at bay a little bit more. I can breathe a little bit easier. When I work out, I am a little bit stronger to take on the world around me.
July 10th, 2019
So it was brought to my attention yesterday that my 30 days of gratitude blog just ended without a finish. I had planned to close it out but life happened. I was writing on my phone a list of things I was grateful for every day. I realized writing something every day was harder than I expected.
I wake up every morning and I try to start my day not stressed about what needs to be done but grateful for what I have. Last night I was overwhelmingly grateful that I got a date night and a chance to attend a concert with this man. This exercise taught me that we don’t need to go over the top with everything we do, it can be a simple “Thank-you World, Angels or whatever belief system you have” when you awake. And if you miss a day trying to reach a goal it isn’t the end of the world. Start again tomorrow or the next day.
This society we live in of instant gratification and always having to be “the best” at everything is damaging our souls. We only have to be the best version of ourselves. And whatever that means to you will change sometimes daily or maybe even from hour to hour. Be gentle with yourself and respect your own journey. Thank you to all of you who take the time to read my blogs and message me, you are an amazing part of my journey and I am so grateful for you.
I do suggest people try this exercise. It helps you shift perspective. Shift your perspective and you will start to vibrate higher. Acknowledge your part in your own journey.
- Amanda ( @missdjlux ❤️)