Amber King is a writer and artist. She is the creator of the blog Experiments in Vitality.

Hi! I am Amber, an artist, writer, and feminist living near Austin, Texas. I write this blog to share the "experimental attitude" that I find enlivening. 

I used to live according to some strict beliefs. Unfortunately, my beliefs (like all beliefs) were limited. So when I could not force life to go the way I believed it should go, I was deeply lost.

I am grateful for that painful dark night of the soul. I learned something new there: all of life is trial and error.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be in motion. And that, of course, is the definition of vitality.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

As scary as that might sound, I find it liberating. I no longer believe I have to figure out the "right" answer or do the "right thing" with my life. I simply try things that I think would be good for me, and then I pay attention to the results.

I ask myself: Did it work for me? What can I learn from this?

Doing this allows me to let go of so much shame and stress. Now when things don't go as planned, I feel curious rather than feeling like a failure. Every aspect of my life is a learning opportunity.

In this way, experimentation is an act taken to honor aliveness. It helps you grow, grow, grow. It boosts creativity. I believe experimentation is nothing short of cooperating with the vast magical potential of the universe. 

My hope is to help relieve the pressure you might feel to "be somebody" or make your life look like some kind of static ideal. To that end, Experiments in Vitality is a place to share our stories of intentional messiness. It's a place to make meaning from your purposeful trial and error. Remember, it doesn't matter what happens--only that you learn from it. 

Share what you are learning.