Amy Lynne

a little awesomeness

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm


I stumbled upon the article 8 Awesome Things You Should Be Appreciating Right Now (PHOTOS) via a tweet from @postsecret (Sidenote: if you havent’ seen their site, you should. It’s very interesting.) .

 Once I had read the article, I visited Neil Pasricha’s blog site, which lists 1000 Awesome Things. In short, Pasricha began to keep a blog of everyday joys to help him get through some tough times, & the site expanded into two books. They’re all very simple things in everyday life to stop & appreciate. I wouldn’t personally commit  the time it would take to blog something every day, but I really like the idea of it. Life is so stressful & chaotic that it’s so easy to forget all the things we should be grateful for, even if they are very minor in the big scheme of things.

Some of my favorites from his blog are below, but I think you should read them all for yourself as a reminder to stop & enjoy the little things in life!

#959 Planning for snoozes

#956 Using Rock- Paper-Scissors to settle anything

#629 When it feels like the lyrics to the song you’re listening to were written just for you

#620 Singing in the car on the way home from the concert

#334 The first meal you eat after a cold

#321 Taking the day off for your birthday

#449 Staying up so late that everything becomes funny

#490 Driving around with the windows down on late summer nights

#587 Taking your ponytail out

#777 Reading the nutritional label & eating it anyway

And just to add one of my own (which I suppose would be Awesome Thing #1?) from today…

#1 Making it in the door seconds before a downpour hits


all possibilites exist at once

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm

It has been a long time since I have read Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. The book itself was actually pretty decent, considering it really did make me stop & think about life several times. Which is quite a feat for many YA books (yes, I am 28 & I enjoy reading YA from time to time, thank you very much).

There was one part of the book that really stuck out for me. I recently came across it again in my Quotes & Lyrics Journal that I keep (yes, another nerdy thing I readily admit to doing). It obviously stood out for me at the time I read the book, but for some reason it had even more of an impact when I reread it in the past week. So, here it is:

It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends, a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilites exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”

When I was younger I used to read my horoscope all the time. I took the words to heart. Believed it would come true as written.  I’ve been know to say “everything happens for a reason”, both to assure myself & others. I believed that things were meant to be. Soul mates. Fate. Destiny. Signs in the stars. Yup, I was a sucker for all of those things. I’m not quite sure when it changed for me, but it did. I no longer believe in those concepts, at least in  the way I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I wish it were true & everything in life was so simple; if it is meant to be, it will be. And perhaps there is a chance that is true. Who am I to say? But my life experiences have taught me otherwise.

I still read my horoscope, just for kicks. And yes, there are times it is almost dead on (but usually about the bad stuff so I try to avoid reading them…I may not believe in them, but I DO believe in the power of persuasion). I enjoy reading books or seeing movies about two people being brought together by fate & falling desperately & passionately in love…soul mates for eternity. Its a sweet thing to imagine. But I just don’t believe that any of those things were predestined to happen.

 I think that life is made up of random events. You can take any one of them & twist & turn it so many ways to create  numerous outcomes… “Just one false step, one pause, one detour..”  & everything as you know it could end up differently. I believe that we all have a choice in any situation. The choice you make may turn out to be right or wrong…good or bad. It’s all a game of chance. No one can predict the future. The pause or false step you make may separate you from your old friends, but you will likely make new friends that will mean just as much to you. You may have untrue (or maybe true) things spoken about you, but you & those who love you will always know the truth. A relationship may end & it will be a difficult thing, but it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t come along to make you happy; chances are, someone will.

There are so many possibilities in life. If you take the view that everything will fall into place with no effort on your part, that if it’s meant to be it will simply happen, life will likely pass you by in an unhappy haze. You make your own happiness. You have to create it. Good things just won’t fall ino your lap. Yet, you can’t dwell on every small decision either. Surely there is a butterfly effect to every choice made. But you can only surmise what will happen so far down in that chain of events. Life is unpredictable. You can’t control the choices that others make that may collide onto your path. All we can do is try to stay on the path, take a chance on a detour from time to time, accept that we will make false steps, & see where life & all its possibilities take us.

And really, aren’t the adventures & unknowns in life what make it so amazing?

seeing things differently

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

The art of Sandrine Estrade Boulet: “sees different things in the streets than everyone and visualises them with her beautiful illustrations.”

It is fascinating what one can see in ordinary objects. Art that demonstrates that fact is so interesting to me. The work of Sandrine Estrade Boulet is both humorous and beautiful.

Here are some of my favorite images:

Simple Pleasures

Visual Poetry, Photography and Quotes

Books, j'adore

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A year of reading the world

196 countries, countless stories...

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh!

Opening books to open minds.

Sarah Blank Studios

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Ma petite theiere

"I don't know myself sometimes & when it gets to Sunday the cloudiness starts all over again."

A Fanciful Twist

"I don't know myself sometimes & when it gets to Sunday the cloudiness starts all over again."


"I don't know myself sometimes & when it gets to Sunday the cloudiness starts all over again."