Name: Amber L. Wright
Business/Blog: Talk to Amber Media
When did you launch your business/blog?
I started my blog, TalktoAmber.com in January of 2013 and established my business, Talk to Amber Media in January of 2015.
What inspired you to pursue your dreams and begin creating the life you want?
Motherhood was the catalyst for me to enter entrepreneurship. When my daughter was born, she brought with her a new set of dreams I didn’t even know I had. The desire to be present for her and not bound to a job that demanded all of my time and attention lit a fire in me and set me on the path I’m still on today.
How does your business line up with your purpose in life?
My purpose in life (in part) is to be an encourager, motivator, and source of inspiration for others. I believe we all have a God-given gift or talent with which we can build our livelihoods around. My gift is communication and connecting with people authentically on an interpersonal level. Combing that gift with my purpose to encourage and motivate, and mix in my education (I hold a master’s degree in Communication Studies) and together you have a public speaking and coaching business - Talk to Amber Media!
What do you enjoy most about living life on your own terms?
Picking up my daughter from school. That may seem like a small thing, but for all of her four years, I’ve had two jobs. My primary job was at a university that required me to commute 10 hours a week and my part time job was teaching at a local community college at night. As a result, I was never able to drop her off to school or pick her up. I left my full time job at the end of 2015 and was able to get a few additional classes to teach. My new schedule gives me the flexibility to focus on my business AND my family. So picking her up, snack in hand, and sharing about her day represents that I’m doing the right thing.
Describe an a-ha moment.
An a-ha moment that came for me recently is how often we take for granted the knowledge we hold. Public speaking and communication comes easily for me, but it may not for others. As an educator, that’s my job - to teach my students what they don’t know about how to communicate effectively. The a-ha moment came when I realized I could still function as an educator in my business - just without a traditional classroom and the grading!
What has been your biggest challenge as a blogger or business owner?
My biggest challenge has been doing everything as a solopreneur. Trying to write posts, network, do the graphics, create and develop content/products, marketing those products, sending emails, monitor and track expenses...whew, Lawd! It gets tiring. But it’s par for the course until I get to a place where I can build a team.
What keeps you motivated on days when you feel overwhelmed?
Remembering why I do what I do, keeping my definition of success front of mind (and not stopping until I get there), and celebrating the things I have accomplished, instead of focusing on what still needs to get done. I also pray, meditate, cry when I need to, and lean on my village for support.
What’s one thing that you makes you stand out from your peers?
My love for popular culture and the ability to tie it in successfully into my work. I like to take things that happen in pop culture and use it as examples when I’m teaching and writing. It helps connect my students and readers to the material and inspire real life application.
What’s your biggest fear? And how do you overcome your fears?
My biggest fear is not living life to it’s fullest potential. Instead of using that as big scary monster that runs me away from my goals, I use it as fuel to barrel toward them. I read a quote a few years ago that said, “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.” That reminds me to keep pressing forward - even toward the things that intimidate me, and give my best. If I mess up, at least I tried.
What’s one lesson that you’ve learned on your journey to being free?
You never know who is watching you and that by simply pursuing your dreams, you can inspire someone else to go after theirs - without even knowing it.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud that of the fact that I built a viable business with my own two hands, from something that started out as a hobby. I’m happy that I’m still growing and learning and I strive to create the life I’ll always be in love with.
How do you support other women?
I believe in encouragement and the power of collaboration. I support other women by asking how I can be of help to them and then following through, being transparent with my own struggles and triumphs, and doing my best to be a source of encouragement.
What does being free mean to you?
Being free means that I’m not holding onto anything or anyone that will keep me from being who I am meant to be or living the life I desire to have. It means that my heart, mind, and spirit are all in alignment - free from guilt, hurt, stress, or unforgiveness.
What is your favorite affirmation or quote?
It always seems impossible until it’s done. - Nelson Mandela
What book would you highly recommend the BeFree Community read?
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Remember that there is no race. Take your time to do things your way and in your own time. It’ll be tempting to compare yourself to others, but never lose sight of the fact that there’s only one you and your path to success is uniquely your own.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
I’m left handed and I still eat Lucky Charms (and will continue to for all of my days! Ha!).
What exciting things do you have planned for 2015?
This year has already been busy! I’ve co-authored a book about blogging, had several speaking engagements, launched my e-course, and started planning my first live event. I look forward to the remaining of what’s already turning out to be a stellar year.