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!
“You talk too much.” If I had a dollar every time I heard this statement throughout my life, I’d probably be able to retire early (wouldn’t that be nice?) My family has said these words, my teachers would write about my excessive talking on every report card, and if my loved ones weren’t telling me that I talked too much, I would catch myself in the act. Because they are right! I do talk too much. And I started to let this truth bring me down. Why is it that I have so much more to say than everyone around me? Why can’t the “be quick to listen and slow to speak” command from the Bible be a little easier? From an early age, I began processing why words came so easily and freely to me. Quickly, my love language popped into my head — words of affirmation. Words are my soul’s sustenance. They are how I process the world around me, how I express my affection, and how I feel loved. All those years of storytelling and endless “chatter” were my way of giving and seeking love. On my journey of self-discovery, through personality assessments and inner intuition, I’ve been […]
Things change after becoming a parent. For one, alarm clocks are a thing of the past. You see, I have two littles who enjoy waking me at the first sign of light peeking in through their blinds. They quietly tiptoe down the stairs and whisper “Mommy…” at the foot of my bed. I swallow my frustration wanting just a few more minutes of rest and put my own needs aside. From the moment we wake and all throughout the day, the needs of my children come first. We have three “healthy” meals each day with some snacks scattered in between. We try to maintain a balance of active play and a few hours of rest time in the afternoon. And then sometimes we are in survival mode until everything cycles back around to begin the new day. Becoming a parent is one of the greatest experiences, it doesn’t matter whether it is your first time, second, or more, the overwhelming love never changes, and the overwhelming feeling of protection grows. However, it is hard to overcome what can feel like being stuck inside a bubble at times — especially when it comes to you and your future. All of your energy […]
Downs Ups & Teacups is about empowerment through storytelling. One group of people I hope to empower is adoptive families. “Mommy, tell me about when I was born. Why couldn’t my parents take care of me?” This question was asked by my almost five-year-old in an unexpected bedtime conversation. Her story is not mine to share. But I wanted to acknowledge how early these questions plague the minds of children who have joined a family through adoption and how unprepared I felt in this moment. Sure, we have talked to her about her birth story, but we had never once been asked: “Why?” I looked into her eyes that carried a hurt I didn’t know she could feel at such a young age, and the floodgates of grief were opened. We sat together as if time had stopped. Suddenly the work I needed to do and the messy house downstairs, that was pleading to be cleaned, could wait. What mattered in this moment was that a little of my daughter’s grief could be uncovered to initiate the healing process I didn’t expect to begin at such an early age. One of the things I learned about adoption is that even though I […]
When you’re dealing with stress, one of the worst things you can do is just let your mind keep running and occupy itself. Often, a hobby can be used as a distraction, but it can also encourage you to practice mindfulness. There are a few hobbies that can help you find peace. Here are a few examples: 1. Meditate Meditation is a common form of self-care. It can help you not only relax but become mindful of your own reactions to better deal with personal difficulties. Nowadays, apps like Headspace are making it even easier for anyone to practice meditation. Yoga is my personal favorite form of meditation — not just because it is beneficial for muscle strength, balance, and range of motion, but it’s often used as the physical component to introduce people to meditation too. Do you have a wandering mind like me and are a meditation beginner? Besimplyit.com has provided an awesome meditation guide and challenge that really helped me! Source: besimplyit.com 2. Travel Finding the center within yourself is all well and good, but you don’t have to sit in one place to do it. It’s becoming easier to travel with a low budget so you […]
I’m a lover of the outdoors, yet I don’t get out nearly as much as I’d like. It’s very rare to hear people say that they don’t like going outside to explore nature. Travel broadens the mind and stimulates the soul. Keeping your perspective in check requires you to head out outside of your comfort zone once in awhile and visit places that will ensure a great adventure! Though I have a long list of places I’ve been, there’s an even longer list of places I’d love to see! So, where should you go next? This world is a large place for the budding adventurer, so making the most of it should first be addressed by identifying what countries can give you the best helping of the wanderlust pie. Here are three recommendations specific to the nature-lovers: 1. Canada Canada is one of my favorite places I have traveled. Its landscapes are practically untouched! I remember crossing the border back into the U.S. after an amazing camping and canoe trip and I was immediately being bombarded with billboards and advertisements. The United States is noisy while Canada gave me space to breathe. The country is beautiful, young, and radiant in its […]