As part of the Purposeful Dreamer Experience, each Dreamer will be sharing their creative experience in two phases.
First, the beginning of their creative journey. Their background, feelings and experiences inspiring their creative journey to bring you to the second phase which will be their final art piece and the closure of their purposeful Dreamer Experience. If you would like to learn more about the Purposeful Dreamer Experience, Click Here.
Each dreamer was given a set of questions in an effort to understand their creative process coming from many different backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. Our goal is to inspire YOU to explore your creativity and the benefits it can provide no matter where you are in life.
Today’s journey comes from an amazing soul who has brought so much joy, love and inspiration to the many lives she has touched and continues to touch. Her perspective on art related to her career and life is simple beautiful and inspiring!
I met Amy over 13 years ago and honestly, I don’t know where my life would had turned if we didn’t cross paths, not only because I’m lucky to call her my sister in law (And next door neighbor) but because I’ve also had the privilege to learn so much from her about life and to be a woman in this country. When I met Amy, I was only 23 with a very thick accent which she was never bothered by and thanks to her I was able to develop my HR career starting from an administrative assistant to a Human Resources Professional. She opened the doors to opportunities for me that I never saw possible. Her love, passion and care for people inspired me to pursue this career and inspires me now to continue to support and show others what is possible.
Let’s begin with Amy’s background:
Amy has spent over 20 years in all aspects of the Human Resources field, most recently in Talent Acquisition. She always says the best recruitment of her life was recruiting her parents and brother from Maryland to Satellite Beach, FL and I couldn’t agree more! Today, we all live on the same street!
Amy says she was attracted to human resources because of her love for people and it shows as she has supported the development and recruitment of so many amazing leaders in her organization for so many years. She says:
“I see every person as a unique piece of art – with individualized backgrounds, talents, abilities, passions and stories, I have been blessed to always be surrounded by incredible people from all over the world who teach me every day and lead me to open my mind to new points of view, ideas and inspirations”
What inspired you to create your piece of art for Purposeful Dreamer?
During COVID, my husband had to live in Virginia for 6 months and could only visit occasionally. He is part of me – he brings the best energy and happiness to our home. I missed him….so I tried to keep myself busy – after re-organizing everything in my house, as time went on, I missed him more and continued to realize all of the things I take for granted while he is home and we are together. I decided I wanted to make something for him that was from me. I brainstormed through some of his favorite things and went through a thought process of what that could be. I knew one of the many things he missed was surfing. While surfing, he looks forward to on occasion to see Lei’la (our dog daughter) and I on the beach. I attempted to sketch and paint this for him. While this isn’t intended for anyone but my husband, this is what most recently reminded me of how art can be so good for my soul.
Was there something creative you really enjoyed as a kid or as a teenager and you no longer do?
Art has always been a part of my life – my mom is an artist and my dad has always dabbled in art as well. My mom always encouraged all aspects of art and so we grew up doing all kinds of art projects. One of my favorite parts of art is something my mom taught me years ago while I was frustrated because I “messed up” my painting project for a class. My mom told me, “Amy, that is the best part of art, you can never mess it up and can always adjust it!”. In high school, I took a ceramics class and fell in love – I really only elected it as an easy class and had no idea I would love it so much that I took another class in college. I haven’t done ceramics in some time now only because I forget that I do not need the fancy equipment to do it!
If creativity is still part of your life, why do you do it and what do you gain from it?
Creativity is part of my everyday life. I enjoy helping people in all kinds of ways – one of my favorites being to brainstorm and “figure out” how to do something that someone is struggling with – the satisfaction I get from this is rewarding to my core. I love to paint, draw and especially love to do fun lettering and I could doodle all day! When I do actually take the time to sit down and paint, draw, etc. – it calms me and then centers me. It reminds me that I need to do it more often.
What feelings of the creative process have you experienced this far?
Life is such a journey …. sometimes it’s hard to remember that it is all a perfect balance – without the yin, there is no yang. I don’t think I would have had the wonderful reminder of just how lucky I am every day to have my husband home and I may have never picked up painting again without experiencing all that I did during those heavy COVID months.
What do you hope to gain from your creative experience?
Setting time aside for myself to focus on my inner self while getting satisfaction from creating something unique.