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What do you do when your plans get derailed by…a stomach bug/head ache/sickness/insert here?

Well on a practical note, these are some of my hacks for dealing with head aches:

  • Eat hot, spicy foods. …
  • Try spinach. …
  • Drink a cup of a caffeine-containing beverage.
  • Eat almonds. Almonds contain magnesium, which may help relax blood vessels and relieve headache pain!

But what about a stomach ache?

  • Brew some Chamomile Tea. …
  • Use a “Hot” Pack. …
  • Rice Water. 
  • Use mint!
  • Warm Lemon Water
  • Ginger Root Tea. …
  • Chew Fennel Seeds (really.)
  • Drink Club Soda and Lime (or seltzer!)

Okay…but what about when you have that kind of pain…and you don’t have a stomach?

Me speaking about that…

(Amy raises her hand meekly here…)

After a great birthday weekend, I’m gearing up to perform Gutless and Grateful at Russell Sage College tomorrow.  In the colleges I’ve toured so far, I can’t help but think how grateful I am for this beautiful detour.

My last stop – Haverford College – might be the ultimate definition of a beautiful detour.  What a gorgeous campus in a breathtaking, quaint, delightful town!


Getting there, however, was not the easy part.  And I’m not talking about the Amtrak.


No, this time, the Amtrak was quite enjoyably unadventurous.

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(Refer to the time I did Gutless & Grateful At Fulton-Montgomery Community College.  Rainy Day.  Slippery platform.  Slipped on the way onto the train, literally fell the gap, amazing conductor happened to be there to pull me out of there, after actually landing in a split between the train and the platform.  A few scrapes and a bit sore, but worth it for a great show at FMCC!)


The stomachless stomach ache: Anyway, the “adventure”, or “detour”, if you will, came the night before.

My Crazy Anatomy: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

So, about once a month, like clockwork, I get this awful stomach (or stomach-less) bug, where I’ll be feeling great and then all of a sudden, I’ll feel something in my throat, like I can’t swallow.  Then my stomach(less) starts cramping, it starts hurting, and BAM, I’m obstructed, in awful pain, knocked out in bed, and my father literally has to stick me with IV antibiotics overnight.

It’s not very fun.


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So of all nights, this happens to happen the night before I’m supposed to head off to Pennsylvania to perform Gutless & Grateful.


Talk about fake it till ya make it.

Fake It Till Ya Make It and Hope For the Best


I woke up on Friday morning, waiting for the IV to finish and started vocalizing right away, hoping I’ll be feeling okay by that night. If you act healthy, you’ll feel healthy, right?


And miraculously, THANK YOU BODY!


Gutless and Grateful in New York last month

I am FOREVER Gutless & Grateful! (Hence the Huffington Post title of the same name!)

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Detour or Not, it’s Still a Journey

It was a day of travel, laughing with a fun, sassy conductor on the way up, bonding with my parents and awesome roadies for life, eating yummy train food (spoiler alert for my show: I can eat now, after quite a bit of miraculously innovative surgeries), and getting to Haverford College feeling great, healthy and ready for some stage time!



Its not always easy, but even in the most painful, frustrating, and uncertain times, I really do try to remember what I’m grateful for, and what I can learn from.

When you know what you're grateful for, you know what you're about. (1)

Getting a painful stomach bug the night before a college is bringing me in to perform is not the kind of “learning experience” I like to have all the time, but when something like this does happen – and we all know that there are certain things in life that we don’t expect

(and appropriately, the subject of my TEDx talk),

So let’s use that time as a way to break through the surface and learn something about ourselves that we never would have found out without that detour, glitch, or stomach bug in our lives.

Seven Questions to Ask When Your Detour Derails You:

  1. – Is there a message for me in this experience?
  2. – What’s the gift in this situation?
  3. – What can I learn from this?
  4. – What’s the most loving thing I could do now?
  5. – What’s the most important thing for me to focus on now?
  6. – What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
  7. – What would I do if there were nothing to fear?

You might not be able to answer all of these questions for every “wrong turn” or setback in your life, but remember, nobody expects a detour to happen in life. It’s what happens when we think we’ve got our set-out path all figured out.


And then life takes a detour…


The More Glitches, The Better

In honor of my TEDx Talk on Saturday, I want to hear from you.

Share Your GLITCH!

Share that glitch in your life with #LoveMyDetour – any glitch could really be an opportunity to ask yourself any one of those questions.  And if you have one you’d like to answer, share it!

I’d love to post some Detourist words of wisdom for those needing some extra fuel to make it around that winding, curvy, bumpy, detoured bend…

Send me your pic for my #LoveMyDetour gallery!

Lessons Learned from our Detours

So, I wasn’t happy in all of that stomach pain.

It was a pretty terrible experience, to be honest.

But I did the show, in my red dress, singing, dancing and very relieved!

My detour told me not to give up. And to take a nap afterwards.


Check out some videos here.

What is your detour telling you today?

Oh and more importantly…how do YOU cure a head or stomach ache?

P.S. I’m still performing Gutless & Grateful this year, but now other people are performing it too! Check out how you can perform the show (or excerpts at!)

Coming up this January!


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