Hi! I’m so glad you’re here.
To borrow a quote from Austin Powers,
My name is Amber. I’m 36.
I’m an open book, an over-thinker, and a fun-haver. I have zero chill about anything in life, especially dogs, GIFs, or Taco Bell, all of which have immediate and direct access to my heart.
I’ve been married for 16 years to my husband, Nate.
He won me over with his ability to quote obscure movie lines and then sealed the deal when he stood outside my bedroom window holding a boombox over his head, just like John Cusack in that one 80’s movie. What can I say, we’re movie people. Over the years our love has grown down roots, weathered a few storms, multiplied in the form of small humans, and become more than just a feeling. He is my person.
I’m a mom to two tiny tenders:
I do not pretend to have it all together but I do try to make the most of every moment along the way.
As I’ve grown out of those early years of motherhood, that tender season that can be engulfing in so many good and hard ways, I’ve come to realize that while my role as Mom is one of my greatest privileges in life, it is not my sole identifier, the only important work I’ll ever do, or the final chapter in the story God is writing for me.
In recent years I’ve begun to wake up to my creative self and the dreams tucked away in my heart. I’ve begun to uncover them, name them, and pursue them. Things like writing, podcasting, wellness coaching, and building communities where women can feel like the best version of themselves and cheer each other on.
Those desires were always there, in the peripheral of my heart, but for a long time I let fear, doubt, and the minutia of the day keep me from acknowledging them or moving towards them.
I’m now passionate about helping other women uncover, cultivate, and pursue the things that make them come alive because I truly believe that when we stop waiting for a “convenient time” that may never come and simply give ourselves permission to pursue our passions, we indirectly (or directly?) become a better wife, mom, friend, and human.
Like so many women you probably know, I’m someone who’s struggled deeply in the health and fitness arena. For too many years I was stuck in a loop of negative self-talk regarding my body image, shame over my “failure” to maintain a certain level of fitness, and a general sense of overwhelm when it came to eating well & exercise.
(Let’s just say I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I do have a carb tooth. Which no one seems to acknowledge as a real problem?!)
After years of yo-yo dieting, feeling miserable, and verging on desperation, I finally began to focus on changing my mindset around health, to take into account my whole wellbeing: body, mind, and heart. I stopped rejecting the body I live in and began learning to value it, honor it, and treat it as an ally.
As a result I’ve been able to find freedom, and joy, and a long term commitment to my journey towards health and wellness.
It’s no longer about an end goal or destination, it’s about enjoying the process because “the process” is my actual life. It’s not about seeing a certain number on the scale or on the label of my pants, it’s about showing up in the world as my true self, and liking that version of me.
While I have learned practical tools that helped me lose a (literal) buttload of weight, I’ve gained a deeper sense of peace & calm in this area of my life where there was once tumult and heartache… And that means more to me than anything else.
Because of this newfound freedom and joy I became a wellness coach and I now get a ridiculous amount of joy from helping other women get free from shame, fear, and self-doubt through my monthly FIT(ish) & FREE workshops.
About the Blog
This is a space where you can always expect to laugh, be encouraged in motherhood, get inspired in your creative work, find permission to dream bigger, and feel empowered to take ownership of your health & wellness.
My heart is to help you feel like the best version of YOU and my hope is that you’ll leave here feeling a little lighter, a little freer, a little braver for a second.
If you’re a woman who wrestles with guilt, fear, and self-doubt but secretly wishes you didn’t,
who wonders if you’ll ever be at peace in your body,
who longs to explore your creative self but wonders how that’s supposed to look in your actual right now life,
Or who needs to be reminded that those pieces of yourself that feel “lost” or forgotten or insignificant, are actually the very key to the unique art you have to offer the world,
Then this blog is for you.