The Passion & Purpose

In Amy’s Words

As much as I loved to laugh and dance and be silly as a child, I also was a very pensive kid who was amazed by the concept of life.  There was a constant stream of questions that I bestowed upon my parents about our Earth, our purpose here, where we came from, where we were going, etc.  When I wasn’t satisfied by the answers (or when I was overwhelmed by the unknown), I always turned to my journals.  I started writing poetry at a very young age.  My first poem, written at the age of nine, says a lot about who I was then and who I was destined to become:

Cities are growing,
countries are changing,
people are dying,
while new lives are created.
And, in time, all forms of life will be gone,
without a memory left to show
the world that has come,
which too will go.
The answer to life …
Who really knows?

As I continued to evolve and grow, I always kept journals to express my dreams and fears and wishes and goals.  However, other than as a hobby, I never thought about doing anything with writing as a career.  I was a senior in college at The University of Illinois in Champaign when my dad died. I was so devastated by this shocking loss, and I decided I wanted to keep busy throughout my remaining time at school.  So, knowing that I knew how to write, I began working for The Daily Illini.  That decision changed my path in life:  After college, while living in Aspen and contemplating my next move, I decided to take all of my Daily Illini clips and apply to Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. I got in, went back home to get my degree, and then officially became “a writer.”  With my masters in journalism, I quickly got a job at a travel magazine, where writing, editing and putting together a magazine became my work and my passion.

Years later, when I had my first of three kids, I stopped working.  However, I never stopped writing.  I went back to writing journal entries, poetry and short stories.  The pen and the keyboard have always been outlets for me, and I am most proud of the fact that now my three children all feel the same way: They all love to read and write and express themselves.  They all ask questions.  They all ruminate about the meaning of life … at very young ages.  Just like their mommy.

As I continue to write poetry and lyrics and blogs and books, I hope that my kids are inspired to proceed with their self-expression, as well.  I also am honored and humbled by the interest that others have expressed in my words.  The fact that I can motivate some to think differently or laugh bigger or cry easier or hug tighter is what it is all about for me.  I am grateful.  And, I thank you for having an interest in my words.


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