I first met Amy at a meetup for the Orlando Moms Blog. We both blog for the site and I was so incredibly inspired by Amy. She likes to play modest, but she really is a fantastic woman and mother. I’m so grateful to know her and soak up her awesomeness!
What do you do?
I’m a mom of two, a lecturer in writing and rhetoric at UCF, a freelance editor and writer, and a part-time mommy blogger for orlandomomsblog.com. My girls and I are also theatre buffs, music lovers and singers, and we try to be artists whenever we have time to create something.
Where can we find you?
You can only have 1 skill. What skill would that be?
To perform magic!
What’s your favorite social media outlet and why?
I’m addicted to Facebook. I do instagram a little bit just to try to keep up with the kids, but who am I kidding when it comes to all their social media? I like FB because my family and friends and I can keep up with each others’ lives. There’s just no time to talk to all those people on a one-to-one basis!
You are an incredible inspiration, but tell us…who inspires you?
I’m inspired by great authors and feminists like Virginia Woolf–women who came before us and paved a way for us to follow, making progress and lifting up other women along the journey. I admire women entrepreneurs, great actors like Meryl Streep, trailblazers like Gloria Steinem and Jane Goodall, social justice seekers who never stop working for a better world for everyone. I also marvel at “regular” moms who feel competent to home school their kids, who are brave enough to teach them to drive and then actually let them get out on the streets alone, who “do this” alone when it almost always feels like too much, too soon, too heavy, and too hard
Do you have any advice for a girl or woman out there who is struggling to find her purpose or make her voice be heard?
I suggest taking a class–some type of art class, an acting class, musical instrument instruction, voice lessons if you enjoy singing…even if you’re not “the best” at any of this, there is a thing that happens to a soul that is nurtured in the arts that makes a person better, more tolerant, more forgiving, less judgmental. Those are qualities that can never be wasted.
What makes this life thing beautiful?
There is nothing more beautiful than hearing the voice of my child singing a song–confidently getting on stage in front of hundreds, sometimes nearly a thousand people, sharing the gift of learning, making, and performing music. That’s the moment when I feel like the world holds great possibilities. When people are united by music, there’s hope for all sorts of other things
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