After teaching high school for years while raising our two kiddos, coaching the Debate team, and sitting on every random committee I was ever assigned, overwhelm and burnout were two of my besties.
And, if I'm totally honest, I often felt WAY too angsty, like the teens I worked with were rubbing off on me.
But I didn't know why.
I'd done everything "right" hadn't I? I'd gotten a degree and my teaching credential. Married the love of my life and my HS sweetheart. Had two of the most incredible kids ever and even completed my M.A. in Lit.
But there was a niggling in me. Something was missing...but what?
After reading WAY too many self-help books, whining to my husband, and feeling like a loser, I remembered something.
Since I was a young girl, I'd wanted to write, but I'd stopped in my early twenties and forgotten that dream.
Even though I taught writing every single day, I'd forgotten to do it myself. As soon as I picked up that pen, I began to find my way. One journal entry at a time followed by one blog post at a time, I shared my words on the internet while I also wrote my first novel and landed a fancy New York agent.
He didn't sell, The Overlander's Daughter, so I published it myself.
In 2017, I left the public high school to follow my dream of entrepreneurship, working with women to help them create their creative dreams. I also continued writing and publishing my own novels.
Most recently, I've honed my book coaching skills, earning certification as a non-fiction book coach through Author Accelerator, the nation’s leading book-coach training program. You can learn more here.
And I haven't looked back.
Because listening to our souls and creating meaningful work matters.
Even when we're scared and all the resistance and fear and overwhelm comes up, our writing matters, to us, to our readers, to the world.
And that, my friends, is enough.
So...what book has been calling to you?
Let's get it ready to write.
Idea Consulting & Book Coaching
"One of the things I value about Amy is her ability to ask me questions so that I can organize the bazillion thoughts cruising through my mind. Sometimes she sees and vocalizes connections I cannot, and other times she just keeps asking probing and clarifying questions until the ah-ha moment arises. I always leave my time with Amy energized and ready for another forward step."
~Dr. Brandolyn Thran, Educator & Author