Hi! I’m Amy.
I’m an unshakable optimist, teacher, author, and entrepreneur dedicated to helping you discover fully and completely, that you are enough, even when you’re not perfect.
I wasn’t always an unshakable optimist. In fact, I was a really fearful kid, with an incredibly low self-esteem, and often suffered from situational depression.
I was a classic people-pleaser—a great student, always volunteering to help out, never created waves. All of my teachers liked me. So why didn’t I like myself? As a kid I didn’t even know a different mindset existed. Assertiveness felt harsh. Setting limits seemed rude. Requesting that my needs be met didn’t even cross my mind.
So, how did I end up building a business helping people worldwide move beyond those very limitations into a space of resilience and peace of mind?
It took patience, courage, and a desire to change.
In the mid-90s I attended a weekend Taoist meditation workshop and immediately fell in love with this style’s deep connection to our heart and incorporation of movement into meditative practice.
I enjoyed the weekend, and was inspired to practice a little bit of meditation every now and then (emphasis on little and now and then). I attended a few more weekend workshops with the same teacher over the next few years, but again, didn’t commit to any formal personal practice.
Meanwhile my people-pleasing self married someone skilled at taking advantage of my well-honed people-pleasing skills. Eventually, I figured out that pleasing him in order to feel loved was not a good choice for me.
This prompted me to finally start a daily meditation practice.
Sometimes the experience was peaceful. Sometimes my brain would spin, and I’d remind myself to go back to my breath and be patient. Sometimes I’d be overwhelmed by grief and despair, and cry my eyes out—but I stuck with it because I knew in the long run something would shift.
Sure enough, it did. Committing to a regular meditation practice helped me cultivate the courage enact change.
It helped me remember to focus on the positive.
It helped me notice when those self-critical stories came to mind, and reminded me to redirect my thought process.
It helped me discover peace of mind and raise resilience.
In truth, I have to say that a regular meditation practice completely transformed my life in a positive way.
So we split in an amicable divorce, moved on and married new people who are better matches for us.
In the midst of this era of my life I became a massage therapist, and ended up working at Google for a dozen years.
While there, I observed that self-compassion was often in short supply. Instead, I noticed many people lived stress-filled lives, frequently without realizing they had choices around how to manage their stress, anxiety, and discomfort.
My personal experience with stress, anxiety, and depression inspired me to help others help themselves. I began offering tools and techniques that could help people cultivate appreciation, acceptance, and compassion for themselves and others.
In 2011 I began facilitating a 30 minute meditation class 3 times per week at Google. One day per week was offered online and was available in 16 cities around the world. But I knew I could do more to help people. I wanted to figure out how present my heart-based and qi-focused Taoist mediation practice to a broader audience.
In 2013 I learned of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education 8-week compassion mediation curriculum called Compassion Cultivation Training. I applied to the teacher training program at the next available opportunity, and now am one of about 50 certified facilitators worldwide.
Ultimately I blended aspects of Compassion Cultivation Training with my longtime Taoist practice and created the Cultivating Mindful Compassion course. This program is the cornerstone of my business, and sparked the idea for my bestselling book.
I’m so grateful for where life has taken me. I’m grateful that every day I wake up and love what I do. I believe we are the authors of our own life, and I’m blessed for the challenges I’ve faced. It helps me appreciate my life all the more and resonate with those who aren’t quite yet at their place of peace.
I created this business to make a difference. To help you build a life that you truly love. A life that is one of a kind, unique and brilliantly tailored for you.
I teach people how to become their own best friends. I encourage people to recognize that taking care of themselves has an impact not only on themselves but on their loved ones and the world.
Remember you were born for a reason. You have a purpose that is bigger than yourself. But YOU have to choose to extend yourself.
It’s your responsibility to know that you’re enough so you can then help others learn the same. No one is going to give you the power to develop mental strength, emotional intelligence, spiritual perspective, or physical health. You must choose to live courageously and create the joyful and vibrant life you want.
I know life is challenging sometimes. It may feel like you can’t overcome obstacles. But I’m living proof that you can! Make the choice to live to your full potential. You have the power to change your life and, by doing so, you’ll change the world.
Start your journey with me because the world needs your light to shine.
If you’ve read this far, thank you!
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Wishing you well,