I am so excited about this interview, I have met Amy a while ago while she was still studying her coaching course through the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy. I still remember her sparkly eyes, her vibrant energy and the lightness in which she carried herself.
We have met online through Skype and I could have just spent the whole day chatting to her, she is truly inspiring and uplifting. Since then we have been following each other’s journey online and I am so inspired by Amy and all that she has created so far.
She is courageous and is stepping more and more into her truth, what she is here to do and all the beauty that she holds inside and is here to bring into the world. My heart smiles when I think about all that is ahead of her, I have no doubt she is here to inspire many people and help them design the life of their dreams whilst having fun and uncovering their internal roadblocks.
Amy hasn’t had an easy ride, I can relate to so much of what she has been through and her joy for life and lightness in which she carries herself is no doubt a proof that your past does not define who you can be and the life you can live. Amy is a total proof that anything is possible and that you have the power to change your life. Read on, there is hope, soooo much hope, life can be so much better if you do decide to turn your life around and take the steps to heal yourself and find your bliss.
Throughout this interview I had an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness and found myself saying YES to what Amy has shared here so many times, amazing golden nuggets of wisdom they are. Read on and don’t forget to connect with Amy on her beautiful web home Designing Her Life | She Designed a Life She Loved. Amy is also running a beautiful online series called The Inspired 30 (30 days + 30 ways to living your most inspired life), you can find more about it on her Free Gifts Page here.
Enjoy this beautiful interview and get ready to be Inspired by the beautiful Amy.
Amy Mackenzie – Designing her Life
Tell me a bit about your journey, the difficulties and bumps you have encountered along the way?
My journey, what a roller coaster its been. Lots of twists and turns which included a childhood full of lessons – Being brought up as a strict Jehovah’s Witness until the age of 10 (yep no birthdays or christmas until then) to then living life in a household filled with Alcoholism, Gambling Addictions, Verbal and Mental abuse, Money Problems which impacted how we lived (including what we ate and wore etc) and very dysfunctional parents, add in the Primary and High School bullying and Eating and Self Esteem Issues and you are left with a pretty hurt and unhappy young girl. I started drinking from a young age and pretty much ran my own life. I was angry and although I started working towards a better life I carried my “story” around with me and it was a huge chip on my shoulder.
What was your aha moment? What pushed you towards taking action and taking steps towards change?
My aha moment came in the form of a big huge shove (literally I was in a car accident and was hit from behind), I didn’t realise it at the time but my whole life was just set onto a different path. It didn’t happen straight away, I was left in a world of pain (in every sense of the word – physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually) 3 years in I was diagnosed with a form of Chronic pain Syndrome, where my central nervous system tells my brain there is pain 24/7 and there currently is no cure for it. Fast forward through 5 years of treatments, pain meds, severe depression and anxiety, 2 breakdowns and a completely broken version of myself and you have the beginning of a life changing breakthrough. It was in 2012 when I had given up on life but it hadn’t given up on me that I realised I had 2 choices, stay as I was or change it. That was what pushed me towards my journey of self love, soul searching and dream chasing and the only time I’ve looked back is to be grateful for the lessons and experiences that have brought me to this point.
Describe yourself before your journey of transformation/awakening.
A hurt, angry and exhausted version of myself. Of course I was still me and enjoyed moments of life but really on the inside I was breaking.
What has been the most significant change in your life?
My thought patterns and reactions
Norman Vincent Peale once said
“Change your thoughts and you change your world”
And that is exactly what I did.
Gratitude for what I have is a big one too.
Looking back, do you now understand that the difficulties you went through were a part of your journey? And if so, what have you discovered about yourself through going through your experiences? What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself?
I love that you ask this because there is not a doubt in my mind that everything i’ve been through from my childhood to the accident, was meant to happen and that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it. I have realised that I am stronger than I ever knew and yet I am humbled by that at the same time. I have learnt to let go and believe in the beauty of the universe. The most important thing I have learnt about myself is that I have the power to create the life I dream of, everything is a choice in either what I do or how I react to the things that happen to me.
I won’t ask you what advice you would like to have given your younger self because I know your younger self wouldn’t have listened. But what you wish you knew back then?
I wish I knew how to be more in the moment and have the sense of gratitude for all that I did have. And yet If I had I might not see it all as I do now and have such a deep appreciation for life.
What has been your most important life lesson?
Gosh there are so many beautiful lessons and I’m always learning but an important one for me is to make yourself your number one priority and I don’t mean that in a ‘who cares about anyone else’ way, I am talking about taking care of yourself, being kind to yourself, listening to your intuition when it speaks to you, believing in yourself and constantly working on your relationship with yourself, because it is in doing so that you can actually give so much more to the people in your life.
What was the main belief you had to change in your life in order for you to be able to move forward?
That this was all just ‘happening’ to me, like I had no choice or control in the situation. Once I took responsibility for myself, my reactions and limiting beliefs everything shifted in the most amazing way.
If you were to give an advice to someone who is feeling lost, hopeless and struggling in life right now, what would it be?
Do not give up sweetheart. Reach out for help, talk about it and start working through the things that feel impossible. There is always a way around any situation or obstacle and often it is just a change in perspective that can start to turn it all around.
Three words to describe yourself now?
A Dreamer, A Believer and So Grateful
What is the funniest thing you have ever done or your most embarrassing moment?
Oooh good question, I have definitely had a few. The most recent one would be getting caught breaking it down like Beyonce in a hotel lift in Las vegas, I had my back to the doors and didn’t notice we had stopped and the doors were open to a floor of people waiting to get in. Everyone had a good laugh including my husband who had just let me keep dancing away.
What is your most heartfelt belief in life? Share your message with the world! What are you most passionate about?
That fulfilling our soul purpose is our real super power and there is nothing better than being surrounded and fully supported by beautiful, like-minded souls while finding your true path.
I truly believe we can live the life of our dreams and am so passionate about creating an empowering and supportive community for women to do just that.
Is there anything else you would like to add? Perhaps a favourite quote?
I have many favourite quotes but this one always holds a special place in my heart and I feel it is so fitting to this inspiring series.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross
As a Soulful Life Coach and Conscious Leader, Amy Mackenzie brings passion-fuelled women together to dive into their hearts desires and design the life they love. In between traveling the world she teaches women how to create space and time to make their dreams a reality.
Along the way she became the fearless creator of her destiny and founder of The Designing her Life community. Every quote that she posts, every product she talks about, every therapy, book or resource that she shares online are all a part of her soul-fulfilling journey helping herself and other women design the life of their dreams.
Her heart and next project lies in creating The Inspirational Lifestyle Online Series.She uses her experience to inspire and motivate women, to explore a more fulfilled, soulful and inspired lifestyle.
Inspiring Journeys is an empowering interviews series with women who have overcome life’s adversities and turned their lives around, finding themselves along the way.
I have started this interview series because I believe that we all have the power to turn our lives around and find a new route, a route that is guided by our heart.
The universe has funny ways of shaking things up and making us wake up to what is really important in life and what we are here to do, embracing our challenges and growing from our experiences is a wonderful gift.
I have invited some beautiful and inspiring women to be a part of these series and I am so happy to share their journey, wisdom and heartfelt messages with you.
My wish for you is that you find hope, inspiration and courage to follow your heart and use your struggles as your own opportunity for growth and transformation.