43: Crafting The Life You Love With Amy Tan
Joining me on the show today is crafter, designer and author, Amy Tangerine. Amy has always had a creative outlook on life. Growing up in Chicago, she wallpapered her walls with pages from fashion magazines.
She has recently written a book titled Craft A Life You Love, a book that shows readers how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling life by focusing on what truly matters. The book was a passion project for Amy that was written to inspire others to live their creative lives. Amy self-published her book, and after it was on Amazon for a while, some publishers contacted her asking to publish her book. It was a great honor for Amy too have been contacted by publishers so she hired an agent to help her shop around for a publisher. It has been really great because it now has color pages and is now selling in bookstores all over the world.
Amy’s life has been a winding journey but she has always used her creativity to ground herself. Some of her earliest craft memories include making friendship bracelets and tie-dyeing shirts. Her crafting progressed through the years and continues to bring her great joy.
More creativity in this episode:
- Amy believes everyone is creative in some way.
- Amy shares how she switched colleges because of her love of fashion.
- Amy’s successfulness in crafting/fashion fueled her entrepreneurship.
- Amy found scrapbooking to be a special experience/release during a very stressful time in her life.
- If you want to get creative on paper, just do what you feel.
- Scrapbooking can involve taking pictures with your phone and printing them out so you have something tangible to hold.
- Crafting the life you love means infusing creativity into your life every day.
- Amy collaborates with American Crafts and has many scrapbook collections.
- Finding your strengths in crafting can make you money
- Find a craft that makes you feel happy and fulfilled.
- Be intentional when selecting your crafts so that you have freedom, fulfillment or fun.
- Amy is involved with City Year and will design their invitations this year.
- Wearing “a lot of hats” is not a bad thing if you balance them effectively.
- Carve out time each day to enjoy your creative endeavors.
- When working on a project, don’t focus on perfection. Give yourself grace and have fun!
Connect with Amy!
Amy on Facebook
Amy on Twitter
Amy on Vimeo