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depression

Aug 8th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 1 min read

Have you ever been depressed to the point of not wanting to get out of bed? I’ve always suffered from mild depression. Sad days are just a part of my life. I’ve had really good years, months, weeks. I’ve had really bad years, months, weeks. This year is a bad year time. I find it most aggravating when I can’t pinpoint the cause. I guess…

Journaling

Apr 9th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 4 min read

In the last few months, I’ve taught a couple journaling classes. When I was a teenager especially, I journaled all the time, but since adulthood it has been a hit or miss activity for me. Mostly because I had outgrown the ‘Dear Diary’ phase and usually just felt selfish after writing about my life. Over the years, my journaling has turned mostly to writing my…

February

Feb 24th, 2017 Uncategorized Amanda Stanley 4 min read

“For most of the world February is just a month but for you February is a season.” Do you have a best friend? Someone that you have almost a secret language with? I do. I got insanely blessed with two. We are this little trio that text daily in a group text. We celebrate birthdays together. We’ve been known to vacation together. We rejoice in…

Learning

Feb 18th, 2017 muses Amanda Stanley 1 min read

I need to learn how to take a compliment. When someone tells you something nice about yourself, they want you to smile and nod, right? Why do I feel the need to explain myself or make a weird face? I need to learn how to handle this better… I need to learn that sharing my life is ok. Just because my experience is hard and…

Shame

Feb 17th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 2 min read

Not that long ago, I wrote about having space in my life. For about 6 years we lived life in perpetual survival mode which leaves little space to be creative. I have slowly been coming out of that for a few years now. This week marked a big milestone for us. Gavyn made it an entire year without needing to see his neurosurgeon! This Tuesday…

creativity

Jan 31st, 2017 everyday Amanda Stanley 1 min read

While the world crashes and burns around me, I have the feeling it is going to be a good year, personally. My creative juices are at an all time high. Last year I bought a Journaling Bible. At first I was too nervous to do anything with it, slowly I got brave and began to draw on the pages. Then this year hit and BAM….

Behind the Sunday best

Jan 25th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 3 min read

Being my honest self, not wearing my Sunday face, what would that look like? What story would I tell you? I might tell you about how my life hit an all time low not that many years ago. We had three boys at the time, my husband was a freelancer, two of the boys had special needs, my life revolved around keeping us afloat, doing…

Morning post

Jan 25th, 2017 everyday Amanda Stanley 2 min read

2017 started off with a bang and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. I try to find humor in the chaos of life. I laughed with a friend last night as we remembered 2016 started off with Gavyn having a massive seizure and spending a week in the hospital. This year started with my husbands diagnosis of an incurable disease. That’s how…

Merry Christmas

Dec 21st, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 3 min read

And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:7 & 11  The story of Jesus’ birth is a familiar tale to us. I…

Childhood

Nov 15th, 2016 Uncategorized Amanda Stanley 5 min read

I don’t like to talk about how I grew up. When I think about my childhood, I have this weird mixture of feelings that swirl around in my stomach. It’s safe to say it’s a topic I have safely avoided until recently. Which in and of itself is odd to me. I suppose it is due to the fact that the majority of my friends…