Amanda's Adventures

Hey everyone. So one year ago today, my beautiful goddaughter was born. I can’t believe that it’s already been a year. She’s so big and so healthy and so smart. I remember the day she was born very vividly. I remember getting text message updates and the official announcement “She’s here!” I couldn’t wipe my stupid smile off my face for the rest of the afternoon. I was so excited to meet this brand new human. After work I headed to the hospital (I was allowed to be in the room since I got all of the required shots) and as I got closer, my heart started beating faster. My excitement was building and building… and then I walked into the room. The lighting was warm and there was a wonderful sense of stillness. I could feel that this space was different… special… sacred. I looked at my dear friend/new mom and saw in her face a mixed expression of exhaustion and joy. We (new mom, new dad, other friend, and I) just watched our new beloved little girl for hours. Just watching her breathe was amazing. We shared champagne and conversation and it seemed like we were in a separate dimension. Every moment was just so rich. Magic. It was wonderful to be reminded of that experience today. I love that little girl so much and I feel lucky to be her godmother.


My Current Top 5 Artists/Albums

1. Rising Appalachia- I love all of their albums, but I’ve been listening to The Sails of Self a lot recently. I’ve even started incorporating their music into some of my speech sessions (as music to drum to for one of my client’s rewards for hard work).

2. The B-52’s- I love their album Cosmic Thing a lot because it exudes positivity, exploration, and fun. Lately I’ve been listening to Wild Planet. It’s a bit edgier and darker.

3. Bill Withers- I’ve been listening to a live version of “Use Me” on repeat for 2 days now.

4. Mary Chapin Carpenter- The album Come On, Come On has been a big part of my life since I was 5. I’m not really into country music, but this album is well orchestrated, beautifully written, and incredibly heart-felt. I know the chords to “Passionate Kisses”. 🙂

5. The Bridges of Madison County (the musical)- I was very lucky to have seen this musical last year on Broadway and I was completely blown away. Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale reunite (they did The Light in the Piazza together) to sing a gorgeous, cello-heavy score by Jason Robert Brown.

Sleep well friends.


{February 21, 2015}   Resonance
Limbic Resonance by Amanda Sage

Limbic Resonance by Amanda Sage

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had this thing where sometimes I meet certain people and I am overwhelmed by a huge amount of resonance and familiarity. It’s like I’ve known them forever, but, in reality (what is reality anyway?), we’ve just met. This led to 8-year-old me formulating several different theories about God and the afterlife and what really happens after we die (reincarnation? souls splitting in 2? congress of souls in the clouds?). I might go over those theories another day, but today I wanted to speak to an experience I had today.

Now, mind you, it’s been a long time since I’ve met anyone with whom I felt this sense of immediate familiarity. Years, probably. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve met many people over the last few years and have felt very connected to and I’ve developed some pretty great friendships. But today was different.

I was in a work-related meeting at a school I’ve visited only a few times. One part of my job is doing specialized evaluations at other school that my company has a contract with. These evaluations are pretty involved and comprehensive and involve many team members to complete. In this meeting, I met a person who was new to the team. She immediately came across as a strong personality with a strong sense of self. Honestly, I was a bit intimidated by not only her presence, but also by her depth of knowledge about her specialized area of study and her passion about it on multiple levels (our student, the school, the district, and education in the US). After the meeting, we talked pretty extensively about our views on the challenges coming up in public education and how there are a lot of barriers in meeting the needs of today’s students. As we shared the different pieces of information we had with one another, I was struck by how I listened to her words with my ears but that I was listening to her message with my soul (cheesy I know). The more I listened and learned the more I saw the layers of who she was and it struck me… I know you. Actually, it’s more like- I remember you. We kept talking and talking even though we both had places to be. We talked about collaborating and sharing a professional project. We shared our art interests (hers- ceramics, mine-leather) and decided that we HAD to have coffee soon and exchanged our personal information. It felt like we could have been talking about anything.

We were aligned on every point.

I don’t know if you realize how rare it is for me to find someone with the same amount of fire in their heart as I do about the topics I care about AND has the same vision on how to create change on a large scale. It’s pretty rare.

But maybe this is just what “meaningful human interaction” is supposed to be like. LOL I don’t know. I don’t get out much. But what I can tell you is that I feel motivated to keep doing what I’m doing and positive that I’m on the right path. I believe that I’ve met each “I remember you” person on my path at the right time. And today was no different.

Hey everyone. It’s been a long time since I posted. And honestly I’m not sure why I decided to post today. I read this in a couple of statuses on Facebook and thought it was worth thinking about. I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on my past and how it influences my present and I’m working to figure out what changes I need to make to lead a happier life. A big part of that is letting go. To me the new moon symbolizes a time of turning-in and contemplation. There is no light and therefore nothing to hang on to or be distracted by. Chinese New Year symbolizes both endings and beginnings. This new year is Wood Sheep. Apparently the themes that will present themselves in the next year with be stability, femininity, and a sense of home and honestly I could not be more excited about that. Lent is a time for reflection and sacrificing. The religious association of the holiday doesn’t really do it for me, but I like the idea of giving something up that is not good for us in the name of trying to be better, even if it’s just for ourselves. Especially if it’s just for ourselves. I think that committing to making better and healthier decisions is always good, but not always easy. I really like Reverend Wolf’s dedication/prayer below. It just resonated with me:

A Lenten Diet
by The Rev. John B. Wolf, adapted

Fast from criticism, and feast on praise;
Fast from cynicism, and feast on joy;
Fast from anger, and feast on peace;
Fast from resentment, and feast on contentment;
Fast from jealousy, and feast on love;
Fast from pride, and feast on humility;
Fast from selfishness, and feast on service;
Fast from fear, and feast on trust.

et cetera