Finding MEANING in the STORMS OF LIFE ❤️

Today was a rather different day for me in the best way. I woke up at around 7am and immediately cracked open a book and sat outside. It’s almost midnight now and I just finished the book (!!!) .

I feel so refreshed and happy. I spent an entire day reading and journaling just trying to make sense of things in my life and to detach from social media as well.

To be very honest with you, I have been extra MIA lately just to kind of BREATHE & accept things that are happening in my life (not quite ready to open up about too much right now). 

I wasn’t prepared for certain events to take place recently but sometimes things happen- we change or events in our life don’t make sense or we just kind of feel lost and it tends to happen abruptly.

So I’ve been dealing with ME & giving myself some extra TLC because I am NEEDING it.
I knew I needed to just burry my mind in a book today, so the book I have been obsessively reading ALL DAY is called, “Everything Happens For A Reason” by Mira Kirshenbaum.

It’s actually pretty ironic that I even gave this book a shot because usually I cannot STAND the saying, everything happens for a reason. 

I’ve hated that saying for years because of tradedy in my family & I thought that “no way can terrible things happen & have a good meaning to them” it just didn’t seem FAIR.

However, this book was gifted to me by my sweet grandma and I had just plopped it on the shelve, for months now the book has just been collecting dust.

For whatever reason, with the way my life is going lately I just kind of thought “what the hell” and gave it a shot, to my surprise I was CAPTIVATED right away by Kirshenbaum’s writing & thus 8 hours later here I am writing a blog post about it…

My thoughts? Well YES everything tragic, awful, life changing that may happen does happen for some reason and it ALWAYS brings us closer to our most true & AUTHENTIC self.

I love this book because Kirshenbaum is a total boss babe, daughter of HOLLOCAUST SURVIVORS, an amazing therapist & has the most beautiful stories to back up every point she makes. Kirshenbaum keeps it REAL & I love it!


Kirshenbaum BROKE IT DOWN & says,


Everything happens to you for one or more of these ten reasons:

To help you feel at home in the world

To help you totally accept yourself

To show you that you can let go of fear

To bring you to a place where you can feel forgiveness

To help you uncover your true hidden talent

To give you what you need to find true love

To help you become stronger

To help you discover the play in life

To show you how to live with a sense of mission

To help you become a truly good person


I really like how she broke it down into 10 reasons because I can relate & reflect. I really took a look at how my life has gone down and was able to SEE what I have gotten or haven’t gotten (yet) out of things that have happened to me.
Reading this was just a huuuuuge breath of fresh air when I was feeling like I was drowning.

Once I started looking at what happens to me as a way to become more ME instead of lost or confused , I felt immediately at ease. 

All I want is to be REAL & truly myself, I think that is when I’ll be the most happy. So any book or person that is going to help me get to that point is welcome and this book was certainly one I needed to hear.

As a person who used to not believe that good can come of bad things, I’m telling you that it’s the WORST way to look at something. We all deserve to be true to ourselves & to let nothing stand in our way of those 10 reasons.

Life will throw huge tidal waves to bring you where you need to be- it’s actually freaking beautiful if you think about it.

SUFFERING is the essence of LIFE.

Without some sort of suffering, how could we ever learn and appreciate ourselves and others?

I’m grateful I picked up this book & took some much needed TLC today. 

I hope you are enjoying your beautiful weekend.

Till next time!



2 thoughts on “Finding MEANING in the STORMS OF LIFE ❤️

  1. Cheryl Ziegler says:

    Another AWESOME blog Amanda dear! How sweet of your wonderful Grannie to give you such an inspiring book. Remember that “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass – it’s about learning to DANCE in the rain”!


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