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!
How many of you believe that life happens to you and not much of what you do can change your life? We are simply a character in the story with no control over the plot. As children, we are wild and free. Like a sponge, we soak up knowledge through learning and observation. There’s nothing we cannot and will not do. Embarrassment, fear, and inadequacy have yet to enter and wreck our lives. Ask a child what she wants to be when she grows up, and she will answer based on her desires and ambitions — not practicality. I remember my mom asking my little sister what she wanted to be when she was grown, and she confidently said, “A zookeeper ballerina!” In her mind, she wanted to help animals but also loved dancing — this answer was easy and obvious to her. So when does the switch happen that causes us to start limiting ourselves? We get caught in the clutch of reality and believe our life is defined by our circumstances rather than our thoughts or the control we have over our actions. For the most part, kids think positively. That is why they are happy, carefree, and bounce […]
Excited to have Anna Reel from Anna Motion as a guest blogger! Enjoy! Have you ever felt discouraged by a lack of understanding of who you are? A weight presses in your head and spreads to your gut as you try to make sense of the world around you and how you fit into the puzzle of life. It consumes your mind and your every action. Who am I? Why am I like this? Where do I fit in? I’ve been there. I’ve been in the depths of misunderstanding and have questioned (even cried over) why I am the way that I am. I don’t know when I first learned of the term “introvert”, but I know I had many negative misconceptions about if for years because of the media and the way the people around me treated seemingly “introverted” qualities. People would use it like a foul word, like “stop being such an introvert!” But wait…I was an introvert. Did that mean that I was bad? Did being an introvert mean that I was somehow lesser than? I already could see the differences between myself and many of the people around me. Everyone seemed so much quicker to speak, […]
From a young age, I’ve hated mornings. I’m ashamed to say that my younger siblings used to be terrified to have to wake me up in the mornings when we were kids. I was grumpy, irritable, and greeted the new day as if it were the closest thing I had to an enemy. My college classes were always scheduled for 9:45 a.m. or later, and my job after college was to work evenings and weekends at REI. I didn’t want to wake up. Ever. But then I had kids. They did not get the memo that I like to stay up late and sleep in the mornings. So my habits were forced to shift. Goodbye, long hours of working at night and hello early mornings… Though I’m still not completely welcoming to the early mornings, I have worked toward making them a bit brighter. The way we wake up determines the remainder of our days. Waking up in a bad mood or most commonly known as “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” can have a negative impact. While we can’t predict how our days are going to turn out, what we can do is ensure that we […]
**This post contains affiliate links** One of the things I enjoy writing about is travel. Though the past few years have been full of travel, this year has been focused on our adoption journey — so traveling hasn’t been a high priority. However, I do have a Nashville and (hopefully) Dallas trip coming up. Sometimes a simple life requires more planning, and I prefer to keep things simple, so I’m already planning for my upcoming adventures. Packing for a vacation isn’t an easy task. You might not have enough space in your bag, or you might be concerned at the lack of free space to fill with souvenirs for your return home. However, one of the most frustrating decisions to make when you pack is deciding what to keep in your carry-on luggage. It used to be a challenge to keep everything in my carry-on luggage to prevent me from checking a bag. But then I had kids, and a checked bag became essential. Though I still love when I do my once-a-year trip alone with just me and my carry-on, during most of my travels, I’m with my entire family, and that’s not doable. To help you prepare your […]
Let’s be honest, having a family, running a home, and handling your personal life can get all too consuming at times. While it shouldn’t always be stressful, it’s impossible to keep every plate spinning 100% of the time, and it’s understandable that you can feel out of control at times. That’s life in general. Many days I wake up with a to-do list that’s longer than the minutes I have that day. Even if I scheduled out every “must-do,” it leaves no room for error. And let me tell you, there is always a lot of error! But instead of sitting back and feeling down on myself for all that I didn’t do or being resentful towards the people or circumstances that keep me from reaching my goals, I’ve been trying to focus on the things that I can control in my life. When I spend time on the things I can control, suddenly I have more time to enjoy a nice warm cup of tea, or even arrive at places with time to spare. It can be the smaller things in life that puts a smile on your face. With that in mind, here are some of my top […]