#WWW is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.
You wake up tomorrow and have a record deal with Sony Music; What would the name of your debut album be?
“Don’t Worry – She Can Sing.” I am no professional singer, but I can carry a tune. My sister, on the other hand, is a vocalist in the U.S. Air Force. She has performed God Bless America at two different World Series games and the National Anthem for a variety of professional sporting events. She’s amazing!
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?
In my early 20s I thought success was accomplishing all the things you put on your goal list. Since then I’ve learned that success is knowing yourself well enough to only spend time achieving things you really, truly want to do. For example, I always had “skydive” on my life bucket list. One day I realized that I hate the feeling of free falling. Why would I want to skydive? Bucket lists can be erased and re-written. So can your ideas of what you want do and be as a person, parent or professional. Success is when I achieve something I really, truly wanted – not that I thought other people wanted me to do.
— Now that I’ve retooled my definition, I measure-up quite nicely.
What are some blogging myths that you don’t believe are true?
I think there is a myth among bloggers that you have to fit such-and-such a mold to be successful. I’ve seen people who I initially thought had no shot because they have bad grammar or some other thing I considered important be wildly successful and people I thought were for sure going to be fine fail terribly. As it turns out blogging is less about skill and more about personality.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
My greatest failure is a mistake that I have to make every little bit and learn from again: forgetting to listen. It’s easy to get caught up in the sound of your own words. But there are tremendous, valuable things to be gleaned from the people around us. Sometimes I forget that.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I have two kids. I am rarely alone in my car. But when I am I love to dream and plot and scheme new adventures for my family.
How many hats do you wear Amy?
Whew I am one hat clad gal. My big title is “Senior Content Writer/Editor” at Military.com. That means I manage everything we have on military spouses and families, write new stuff, cover spouse and family news, manage, author and edit the Military.com SpouseBuzz blog, show-up at events and speak or represent Military.com and interact with our readers through our Facebook pages. I’m also the owner and author of HumansOutside.com. And I freelance for a few different publications, including Runners World. And I volunteer with my local Team Red, White and Blue chapter as our functional fitness (read: CrossFit) coordinator. So that’s… let’s see … three big hats? Many little hats.
Which two organizations outside your own do you know the most people at and why?
One of my favorite things about my job is how many wonderful, wise folks I’ve met along the way – military spouses who have really been there and see it all. They have so much to share, it’s incredible. I don’t think I can really do a tally of what organizations I know the most people at, so instead let me tell you about my two favorite military spouse-run groups: NextGen Military Spouse and She Percolates.
NextGen is run by my close friend and milspouse empowerment genius Adrianna Lupher. This girl is going places. She’s a business genius and she takes the people who stand next to her along for the ride.
The gals at Sher Percolates are military spouses and podcast gurus. They do this fascinating podcast that interviews women on what success means to them. It’s fascinating and I always feel inspired by them. I actually have a rule that I cannot listen to it before bed because then I can’t sleep – I have too many ideas.
How do you handle criticism?
Not as well as I could like – but I think that’s probably the same problem everyone has. I like to hope that I take it, examine it quietly and am wise enough to take the good and leave the bad. Not every critic is accurate – but almost every critic deserves to be considered.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Jacey Eckhart is one of my greatest inspirations. She’s a friend and mentor. We were kind of thrown together at Military.com and I can honestly say I feel like the luckiest gal on the planet to have been able to work with her. She taught me so much about listening and learning from other people. She taught me to speak in front of an audience and by mostly not boring (still working on that!). She taught me that it’s OK to have big ideas, OK to take chances, OK to collaborate and OK to not trust every single person who enters my path. All of those lessons have been invaluable.
A big huge thank you to Amy for taking some time out to answer my questions; I hope you enjoyed the interview. Go check her out, she’s doing some big things!
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