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You’re Not a Jar of Nutella And Cannot Please Everyone. - Amy Tisi

“Yes! That’s it! I’ll be an artist when I grow up!” 

That is what immediately ran through my head when I took my first private drawing class back in third grade. Right then I realized I was not only really good at drawing, but, I had had a ton of creativity coursing through my veins that needed to get out.

Since that first drawing class, I took all the classes humanly possible that had anything and everything to do with art throughout my entire life. 

Once I graduated high school, I had it all planned out. I was to go to the college of my choice and get a degree something to do with art. Art was my life and became my identity. 

Whatever that art career looked like, I was bound and determined to make it happen.

Here I am today, probably not quite half way though my life at age 44 and that career having to do anything and everything with art? 

That career of being an artist that I dreamt about day in and night out for so long and worked endless hours to perfect? 

That career that I thought I would be doing for the rest of my life and that was my rock solid identity? 

It was completely and drastically turned upside down by two major life events that made me second-guess every single move I made and every breath I took for the rest of my life.

Sunday, April 8th, 2001 was the day I lost both my parents to a tragic car accident. That day shattered me into a million pieces that I never thought I would ever be able to put back together. 

Not only did losing my parents make me question who I was and why I existed, but, it made me question what I was really doing with my life.

The second event that shook me to the very core was June of 2012 when I had a massive health scare. 

Hearing “your body is shutting down...” from the kinesiologist made the blood rush to my feet and at that moment, had me thinking, ‘how in the hell did I get here’?  

I thought losing my parents was enough trauma in my life to recover from. Now my health, my life, was at stake.

Since those life-altering moments, my life has never been the same. While I thought it was absolutely unfathomable to heal from either event. 

I am so proud and so humbled to say that I am standing taller, stronger, healthier and living life larger, bolder and brighter than I ever imagined. It’s not been an easy road to process, learn, mend and heal from a loss and major health scare. 

Yet, I wouldn’t be who I am today, I wouldn’t be where I am today, taking the risks that I am today, if losing my parents and the health scare didn’t happen. 

I’ve learned to take small yet mighty steps, shed the heavy armor that I held onto for dear life to protect myself, and most of all, I have learned to believe in myself and live life to the fullest.

With all the twists and turns in my life, my journey has taught me an incredible amount – more than I ever imagined. 

Here are a few lessons that have been absolute game changers with how I show up each and every day: 

You can’t control everything but, you can control how you react to the situation. 

When I realized the true meaning of this, I had the most euphoric wave come over me. 

For years, I felt that if couldn’t control everything, something was wrong with me and I needed to try that much harder to control whatever was going on in my life. 

Over time, I’ve learned the harder you try to control, the more disappointed and exhausted you’ll be. 

Life is challenging enough. Too much going on? Take it day by day and do your best each and every day. 

If need be, pause, but, don’t stop. Trust yourself that you’ll know what next step to make and what decision needs to be made.

You’re not a jar of Nutella and cannot please everyone. 

With my parents passing, I attempted to fill the void by trying to please everyone that was in my life. 

The happier I thought I could make others, the better. 

The thought of losing someone again I loved that was so close to me made my heart sink. 

Over time, I realized the more I poured myself into pleasing others without getting the results or responses I wanted, the more I was disappointed in myself and stressed out. 

Everyone has an opinion and rightfully so. At the end of the day, you have to do what you believe in and what is good for you.

Fail, and in fact, chase failure. 

Failure was not an option for me growing up. Whatever I did, it had to be done with exquisite care and done perfectly. 

Failure was a dirty word for me – up until a few years ago. 

I realize now that there is no perfect. In fact, everything is perfectly imperfect. 

If you fail, that means that you’re taking action and actually living life. If it doesn’t work out, that is okay! 

You learned something new and you can be more confident knowing  that one failure gets you closer to where you’re supposed to actually be. Fail and fail forward, my friends.

Do what makes your heart swoon. 

Over time, my love for art has shifted and stepped out of the spotlight. Art was my world, my identity. 

When I no longer had the passion for art or Graphic Design I felt as if something was wrong with me, like a part of me had died. 

However, the artist in me hasn’t died at all. It is still alive and kicking, I just realized that the artist, that creativity in me, needs to explore other avenues that weren’t even on my radar until now. 

Where my heart swoons now is cooking, food, and showing others that there is more to life than just the food on their plate. 

Life is too short to feel as if we have to do that ‘one thing’ for the rest of our lives even if it makes us miserable. 

Go. Take a risk and do what makes your heart happy. It will be worth it.

Live life with no regrets. You have this one life - LIVE IT and live it boldly and proudly. 

About a year after my parents passed and the paperwork was buttoned up, the crazy thought of “What would it be like to live in Las Vegas?” crossed my mind. 

What did I have to lose? 

At that point in time, I realized that if you have an idea or an opportunity to do something that speaks to you, do it. 

You have this ONE life - go and live it. So move to Las Vegas I did. 

In August 2002, I started a new adventure and to this day, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. 

I was only in Las Vegas for two years, but, it was two years of my life that I will never forget. I met some beautiful people who are my near and dear friends to this day.

Life doesn’t always go as planned, and as I have learned over time, that is what can make life magical. 

My journey of life has taught me some of the most valuable lessons that I would have never gotten from a text book nor could have even dreamed of. Life comes to us in ways never even anticipated. 

However, if you’re open-minded and open to what lesson you can learn, a beauty unfolds that is unlike no other.

This article is written by Amy Tisi.

Amy Tisi, is a Healthy Living Coach who helps save lives and can help save yours. 

She works with busy professionals who have sacrificed their health for their success and helps them get to the root of what is going on so that they can live life to the utmost fullest

Kettlebell is her go to source of exercise, loves to travel, cooking, red wine and creating art. Learn more about her, her work and journey at www.readysteadyhealthy.com.

Where to find Amy on social media?

Facebook: Facebook.com/readysteadyhealthy

Instagram: Instagram.com/amytisi

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  1. Such a beautiful article by an amazing lady that I am proud to call friend. Well done Amy!

    1. We think it's a beautiful article too! =)

      Thanks for stopping by.

      With Gratitude,
      Elyse-Anne & Team The WIN


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