Welcome! I’m Amanda Foust, a professional writer and certified life coach. I’m so glad you’re here! At Downs Ups & Teacups, I combine my writing and coaching professions — cultivating self-discovery through the use of storytelling. Relationships, collaboration, and the sharing of stories are life-giving. The tears cried, bubbling laughter, and genuine connection that occurs around the teacup is treasured. Life isn’t always glamorous, so it’s important to talk about the hard things–the downs– alongside the celebrations–the ups. Downs, Ups, & Teacups is a creative place to empower and encourage. Please engage and participate on this page! My hope is for this to be a community where we grow together and a place that provides a positive environment to come and stay awhile. You are welcome here!
Marriage is hard. I remember those first few years feeling like I loved the man God gave to me but didn’t have a clue how to do life with him. I would sit at the edge of my bed in the mornings not quite ready to step out into another day because being the homemaker wife stereotype just didn’t feel natural. It wasn’t long before that I had been in a relationship that sucked me dry. My desire to take care of someone was basically non-existent. David was the third child in his family with a mom and sisters who gave him the nurturing and attention he loved. Compared to me, well, he was “needy!” But the thing about him was that He was also a giver. He didn’t want more than he was willing to give — and that was a beautiful part of his character! But I didn’t know how to meet his expectations. In the evenings, I would stand with tears in my eyes leaning over the hot stove trying to come up with a Plan B for dinner because Plan A was a disaster. When it came to the “big decisions” I would sit back trying […]
Community. It’s a gift I was given from birth but never understood its importance. It was in the Sunday morning church services, the school I attended where I knew everyone’s name, and the summer traditions like the 4th of July fireworks, 4-H Fair, and trips to the local ice cream stand. Everyone knows each other’s family history, we carry each other through the hard times, and we are quick to celebrate the good. Community-living has always been in my blood, and yet I didn’t understand it. My dad was “the doctor” in town, I named other people using terms like: “He’s the fireman, she’s the nurse, he’s the vet, she’s the hairdresser, etc.” because there were only one or two people who held those roles — making them easily identifiable. Because I grew up among close-knit people, I’ve been drawn into community-driven efforts. I find myself with my nose in books that talk about community building and welcoming others into my home. Yet, as much as I desire to join in, the excuses flow as easily as sweet tea in the summer. “I am a terrible cook.” “My house is way too messy.” “I am never ‘presentable’ enough for last-minute […]
When it comes to health, we often limit ourselves to eating right and exercising. As long as you’re avoiding bad food when you can and trying to get your heart rate up on a regular basis, you’re doing your best. Right? But that’s not always enough – especially not for a family. Instead, you need to be thinking of the holistic ways you can care for everyone’s health. By investing in your health, you will notice a difference. Here’s how to make it happen: 1. Prioritize Growth First of all, you really do need to be thinking about everybody’s health in terms of growth. Being visibly healthy isn’t enough. You have to be thinking about the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. For your kids, this is what will help them to grow strong and develop as they should. For yourself, there are always ways you can become the best version of yourself. Look for ways to grow intentionally. Here are 7 Steps Towards A Better You to get you started! 2. Focus On Quality One of the factors to help you with growth and allow you to invest in health is to focus on providing and creating quality food. For this, […]
Excited to have personal and professional development expert, Claire Adams, share tips for mompreneurs to achieve balance! Enjoy! Mompreneurs are the modern-day epitome of the Wonder Woman – they exude confidence, decisiveness and a protective, yet loving warmth. And above all, they seem almost too good to be true, much like an unreachable ideal we cannot fully comprehend, let alone embody. But in reality, Mompreneurs are as human as one can be, imperfectly perfect in their drive to find new ways to make the most of motherhood while pursuing a career. We can learn so much from them. Our parenting journey is riddled with confusion and worry, and a working mother learns to handle the chaos with creativity and resourcefulness. 1. A support system is pivotal. No matter how strongly we believe that motherhood is a full-time occupation (as it truly is), there are times during the day when you need to focus on your work and other chores so that you can switch to back to the “mom role” as soon as possible. You also need that precious time of silence, solitude, and socialization, so perhaps grandparents or your partner in crime can step in and spend some quality time […]
The end of the summer is here, and many of us are preparing for a new school year! Oh, how the summer has flown by leaving nothing behind but memories and sunkissed skin. As someone with a heart for the younger generations, I wanted to share an important concept to teach your kids before they return to school this year. “You will only find fulfillment when you embrace your unique identity in Christ.” When I was young, authenticity was incredibly hard because I didn’t know who I was. I felt different — just like every other young person. But instead of dissecting my differences and sinking into them, I did everything I could to blend in. It’s easy to believe that school aged kids should fall-in line with everyone else and only stand out for things that are praiseworthy and notable right? Wrong. You see, we were created in the image of God, but not all in the same way. God is intricately complex and has created each one of us to reflect different parts of Him. When we are hiding in who He created us to be, we aren’t fully reflecting His image into the world. What does this have […]