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Why giving thanks is worth your while

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and while I’m based out of Montreal, a lot of my clients, students, and friends are American – so the holiday is on my mind this afternoon.
It’s common knowledge that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for what we have, but have you ever stopped to think what the purpose is for doing it?
Many of us feel that we “should” be grateful for what we have, because there are countless others on this Earth for whom life is a struggle. On some level, we believe we must atone for our good fortune, and expressing gratitude is one way for us to attempt to do that.
Is that really gratitude, though? Or is it just feelings of undeservingness – questioning whether we’re worthy – in disguise?
The fact is, we are all completely deserving of doing, being, and having whatever we can imagine. We are worthy just by existing, and there is nothing we can do to cease being worthy. So, from this perspective, is there another role that gratitude can play?
GratitudeI think there is.
It’s definitely helpful to acknowledge that you have it pretty good, if only to get some perspective on the gravity of your problems. And herein lies a clue to the real reason practicing gratitude is such a good idea (hint: it has nothing to do with being spoiled or “ungrateful” if you don’t).
Nope – the real reason gratitude is important is simple: it feels good, and when you feel good, you beckon more happiness into your life, and are able to model happiness for others.
Practicing gratitude is not some spiritual process that earns us brownie points with God. You already ARE an extension of God (or as I like to call it, “a shard of Source”), and you are already loved unconditionally by Him/Her/It.
So when you focus on being thankful, don’t make it about feeling bad that other people don’t enjoy the same comforts or conveniences that you do. Make it about taking stock of your life, getting into a space of appreciation, and feeling genuinely happy that you are where you are. Make it a whole-body feeling that forms a smile on your lips and a spreads contentment through your belly.
When you do this, you raise your frequency (also known as your rate of vibration) – and you start to attract all the things that match that frequency; otherwise known as all the things you want to do, be, and have. That’s Universal Law.
So if you were wondering how exactly you should delve into gratefulness this Thanksgiving, be sure that you don’t unintentionally make it about what other people don’t have to be thankful for. And don’t make it about how you’d better be thankful, for fear that it will say something damning about your character.
Instead, deepen joyfully into thankfulness, knowing that doing so will invite all your desires to flow to you, and that you, like everyone else in the Universe, is wholly deserving of having everything you desire.
You will then be fulfilling a very important role. Being an example of confident creatorship in your life, by managing your frequency, is the best way you can be of service to those who are currently suffering, unaware that they too have the same inherent, benevolent power that you do.
~ Amanda


The magical world of Lisa Frank

Today my sister sent me a link to a YouTube video about the world of Lisa Frank. Remember her – the creator of all those stickers, folders, and stationery loved by girls all over Canada and the US in the 1980s?

Lisa Frank logo

She’s all about rainbows, unicorns, and stars (so basically, a woman after my own heart), and after getting a glimpse of what goes on inside her head office in Tucson, Arizona, I’m feeling super inspired!

There’s something heart-palpitating about witnessing someone’s lifelong dedication to joy, beauty, and plain old FUN.

Press play on the video below to see exactly what I mean:


Tupac and Lisa FrankHow amazing to be the head of a brand like that… a brand that’s about nothing more than putting smiles on the faces of little girls?

I remember being ridiculously obsessed with her stuff when I was young. Coming face to face with a Lisa Frank display in a store was like encountering a cornucopia of everything I adored and believed in. And that was even before I knew Tupac loved Lisa Frank, too.

Do you have any Lisa Frank memories from when you were young? Leave a comment below and let me know!
~ Amanda


Your Higher Self Is Always Right

Image from http://awakento1.blogspot.com/

I am continually amazed at how there is a part of myself that always knows what’s up.

I may be tossing a problem or question around in my brain for weeks or even months, but once that problem is solved or the issue fixes itself, I can always look back and see that my Higher Self knew EXACTLY what She was doing.

For me personally, this most often manifests itself as Divine Timing disguised as procrastination.

What do I mean by this? Well, sometimes I feel like I’m endlessly delaying a task or project, and I beat myself up about it every step of the way. But in retrospect, it’s crystal clear that my Higher Self had my back all along – and that there was a very good reason for why I hadn’t yet moved forward with the thing I felt I was “being lazy” about.

Take the launch of this site, for example. I experienced two occurrences of Higher Self Wisdom while I was busy preparing to unleash it to the world.

First, I was really struggling with the branding of the site. I spent HOURS working on a header image that looked very different from what you see up there right now – but no matter what I did, it didn’t look right to me.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in a wine bar (ha) in the Vancouver airport with Justin, asking his opinion on the image to see if I could figure out what was bugging me so much about it. He gave me great feedback, and I solemnly vowed to myself that I would finish working on it during our flight to Hawaii. But I didn’t. Instead, I did everything I could to avoid my laptop during our six-hour flight (although incidentally, I watched a great movie about a writer who actually “writes one of his characters to life” – called Ruby Sparks).

It wasn’t until we had landed on the Big Island and I was sitting on a bench, wearing my huge backpack and perspiring lightly, that it hit me: the reason I was having so much trouble designing the header for amandaaitken.com was that I already HAD the brand I was supposed to be using for the new site!

I wasn’t meant to create a new one. I was meant to use the brand that I had developed six months ago, for another project that I was incredibly excited about, but that ended up changing course.

(That happens a lot to me, too, by the way. I’ll think an idea is for one thing, only to realize that it’s really the right fit for something else entirely. More Higher Self wisdom coming in to play!).

As soon as I understood that this “magical outer space” brand was the perfect fit for amandaaitken.com, things instantly started to flow – and I was free to keep designing the site, with a big fat smile on my face.

The bottom line? My Higher Self knew all along that the header image that I’d been working wasn’t right for amandaaitken.com. And She patiently waited for Regular Amanda to figure that out.

My Higher Self had another sneaky agenda, too.

See, November 26th was the day that Mercurent “went direct” after being retrograde since November 6th. During periods of Mercury Retrograde, it’s recommended that you not launch anything new in your business, as the stars aren’t aligned to support fresh endeavours (you’ll be too busy managing unpleasant encounters with people from your past, travel delays, and technological breakdowns). :P

And while I had consciously thought to myself a few weeks ago that maybe I should wait until after this Mercury Retrograde period to launch amandaaitken.com, the impatient part of me briskly dismissed that idea as silly…and attempted to forge ahead.

But some things (especially creative things, healing-related things, and business-y things) can’t be rushed. You can push and push, but they need to come to fruition in their own due time.

And so, I find myself here, launching my site just a few days after Mercury Retrograde is over, in spite of my “best intentions” to do it faster.

Funny how that works, no? :P

The lesson here? Next time you’re annoyed with yourself for not taking action on a project or issue, relax a little, if you can. If it’s “just not working”, or if it feels really bizarrely hard, there’s a darn good reason for it. Your Higher Self ALWAYS has a master plan – even if you can’t see it yet. :)