I started LivingThoughtfully to create a space for myself. I created it back in 2017 because I wanted to live more thoughtfully. First, it was going to be a blog, then it has blossomed into just “space” for me to grow. LivingThoughtfully has held this space through many moments. Now that my husband has entered this space, it finally feels like it’s time to launch. So many amazing things happening here in one space. (Blog, Health Support, A Shop & YouTube Channel). I hope it feels like home to you. A room to be inspired to eat healthily, a room to sit and be quiet with yourself, a room to heal, a room to cry, a space to feel human, a space to breathe, and most of all, a home that you know will give back to mother earth, to your family and yourself. We are not perfect, and that’s okay. Nothing is perfect. But if we can create some room for LivingThoughtfully, even if for a second a day, I can rock on my porch when I am old and grey and feel good about the life we lived.
LivingThoughtfully came to mind in the middle of an insomnia-ridden night. I bought the domain and created an Instagram Account. I didn’t know where it would take me. For a while, it was a dumping ground for thoughts and appreciations of life. It is also where I could document my hopes and dreams, in an attempt to become more thoughtful and present for myself and my family.
My first post sparked it all. I was sitting staring at this laundry basket of semi neatly folded white cloth napkins. They were an obsession of mine but part of a chapter that no longer exists. Wow. How pretty and how overwhelming this habit of collecting napkins had become. It was a “Too much stuff” vibe. The more I had, the less washing I needed to do, but the more I had to de-stain, wash, fold and put away. I realized then the things I used to try to escape from the work made more work in the end.
After battling a chronic illness for years, I impulsively started the slow break-up from a 20+ year career. I started to pick off the weight of expenses and ironically gained some more baggage in return. First came the fancy things like extra car music station options. More serious changes came with moving out of our home and back in with my parents. These changes were quickly upturned 3 months later by a pandemic. I fell into a routine. Healing and more Healing. Homeschooling my kids, before homeschooling was cool. More healing. So many things I removed from my modern convenient life (which I still have a super convenient life, I learned after visiting an off-grid true nomadic community in TN). I often feel as though life has all these hidden gems, but we don’t know what we are looking at until we are looking back.
LivingThoughtfully is a site where you can find support on how to heal, from my family and community. You can find solace in wanting to do more for yourself and the planet. We inspire this activism and guide you with products with our tried-and-true products. We only support those that are safe and clean for you and the planet. And most of all, we are here to support you in living that life you are meant to in the home you deserve.
I ask myself daily, how can I live more thoughtfully? Each day I have a new answer, which means I have to keep on evolving. I hope you will grow with us. I have dreams of more to come, and I will hold a space for them to materialize. Until then, I welcome you to my family’s true heart and passion, LivingThoughtfully.
Amanda Sosa Stone spent 20+ years in the photography industry and the past 8 years co-founding and running their family Juice Bar. Beyond working, Amanda has spent the past 6 years on a journey to heal her Lyme disease. She now uses her healing journey to share her insights with her community. Along with her passion for living a healthful life, Amanda also homeschools her two children and studies herbalism