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Take a break from structure

If you ask most people what I am best at or known for as a business leader and person, most will say without hesitation, “Structure and systems.” I would agree. This is one of my natural strengths. Can I let you in on a little secret about why this is true? Do you want to…

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Holding Space

Do you know what I get to do all day long? I have the honor and privilege of holding space for leaders, business owners and people who have great influence in our communities. Most leaders have very few, if any, spaces in their lives where they can NOT be okay, where they can work through their…

The Giving Tree

Did anyone else grow up reading the famous children’s book by Shel Silverstein called The Giving Tree? Before I even dive into this let me say that I LOVE Shel Silverstein. His collection of poetry titled Where The Sidewalk Ends is one of my all-time favorites. However, in a Children’s Literature course I took while working on…

Call Me Amy Jetson

Last week while I was waiting for a flight to board, I walked into one of those newly redesigned stores at the airport where you swipe your credit card upon entry, grab the snacks you want and then you walk out of the store. Invisible scanners take note of everything you grabbed and charge your…

If You’re Going to Make Up a Story…

Has anyone ever not returned one of your calls? Not responded to an email, a text or private Facebook message you sent? Have you ever extended an invitation and not gotten an RSVP? Sent a contract and not heard back with an approval? Been on the receiving end of a strange comment or look from…

Can we do it all?

This is a picture of my kitchen right now. Can I tell you how happy a clean kitchen makes me? (Even if it will be destroyed in mere hours when the children descend upon it again!) I just paid a college student for three hours of ironing, doing dishes, preparing food, cutting watermelon, cutting up…

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A Dangerous Equation

Do you want to know what keeps MOST people from embracing structure in their lives? A dangerous equation that connects two things that in reality are NOT connected at all. It looks like this. My Performance = My Value Applied to structure, it looks something like this…if I follow this (often newly instituted) structure perfectly,…

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Amy’s Top 10 Favorite Things of 2020

In a year that brought so many challenges, there were still discoveries and blessings and favorites.  Here are my top ten favorite things from 2020.  1. Memes I’m not sure if it was because we were all trapped in our homes for months or if we needed the stress release of humor, but those people…

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Creation of the Website Story

When I started the corporation named Rise Up, Inc. three years ago, I held in my spirit only a little tiny spark of an idea. The name of the company was inspired by the song “Rise Up” from the musical Hamilton, and the work I wanted to do was the expression of a compelling calling…

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Stop & Solve the Problem

On a Thursday afternoon in late August sitting at my kitchen table, I grit my teeth together so hard they hurt and felt tears of frustration spill out of my eyes.  My nine-year-old son had just given me his sixth creative excuse to avoid his math homework in less than twenty minutes.  So far, he…