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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…)

In the colleges I’ve toured so far, I can’t help but think how grateful I am for this beautiful detour.

But sometimes…you break a leg.  It’s not very fun.


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So I’ve taken a bit of a rest to heal up, but with time and patience, I’m getting back on my feet! 

After a great New Years Eve, I’m gearing up to perform Gutless and Grateful at the Atlas Intersections Performing Arts Festival in Washington D.C, on February 23rd and 24th!

I’m bringing my one-woman musical to Washington DC – Catch it on February 23rd and 24th in the amazing at Atlas Intersections Festival 2018!
The performances of Gutless and Grateful at INTERSECTIONS are now online.
Discount codes to be announced very soon!

Amy Oestreicher: Gutless and Grateful


What’s the best way to recover from anything?  Start with a positive mindset:  fake it till ya make it.

Fake It Till Ya Make It and Hope For the Best


But sometimes it just takes a forward-thinking mindset to literally move through things. 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

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)

Breaking a leg 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

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 broken leg 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…


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 with a broken leg

It was a pretty terrible experience, to be honest.

But…there’s always new things to learn, new people to meet with every new experience.

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


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What is your detour telling you today?

Oh and more importantly…how do YOU cure what hurts?

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!)


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