Hi, I’m Amy! 🙂 I now reside in Central Florida after living in places like Los Angeles and New York City during my adult life. I grew up in Northern New Jersey and do still consider myself a northerner while I enjoy the weather and all around easier lifestyles that Florida enables. I also get to live near-ish to my mom and see her on a fairly regular basis, which makes me happy and I think is very important.
I am the youngest of four – shout out to my siblings Gail, Ken and Karen! Aside from being a daughter and sister, I’m also a sister-in-law and aunt. Shout out to my bro-fam – Tracy, Casey and Ryan as well as Karen’s family – Alan, Mariska and Michael. I love being an aunt and love that between the four there’s an age spread so I can hear about all different types of life stage happenings. Everyone is strewn about the East coast, so I mostly see them for major holidays. I wish I saw them all more often than I do.
I don’t live alone. I am a mother to the type of children I can deal with – fur children. I have three (sometimes four) rescue cats. Little Kitty is my California valley girl. Soft and snuggly Baby ZZ was adopted on Maddie’s Adoption Day 2013. Then there’s my mischievous but super-sweet boy Teeny who adopted me this year. Anybody else find their male pets act super-differently from their female pets? He’s like living with a tornado! “Sometimes four” is sweet Moe, one of my mother’s cats who stays with me when she goes on her beloved Disney Cruises.
Breast Cancer Survivor
I am a recent Breast Cancer survivor. I’m finally nearing the later stages of my reconstruction process after 5 surgeries, including a
double mastectomy, and a few too many complications. While writing this, I’ve surprised myself. Breast Cancer has been such a big part of my life for over a year now yet, as I organically wrote this, it naturally emerged down a few paragraphs. I was all the things I am above before cancer and continue to be during and after cancer. This was a neat personal realization on cancer not singularly defining me.
I do thank my illness in some ways as it’s made me want to live a richer, bolder life now. That said, gosh, I’d really like to believe that I would have gotten to this place and this motivation anyway. I don’t want anyone reading this thinking welp, shit, I haven’t had the life-changing experience needed to finally find out and solidify my dreams and go for them. We can do this. Maybe I needed this as a kick in the behind but I think we’ve all got this in us. We can Grow Bolder together – let this be the collective, inclusive motivation to go for it.
I’m sure I’m forgetting and leaving out tons. I guess to summarize a little more about me: I’m nice. I am blessed with lovely, loyal friends who, though not near physically, are always with me. I believe in the goodness of others and the kindness of strangers. I believe that positivity begets positivity and negativity begets negativity and I try to see the positive in situations. I try not to sweat the small stuff. I’m kind and like to believe in the kindness of others and of strangers. I believe in us. 🙂
So, who the heck are you!?! 😉