001: Let’s Love Ourselves a Whole Lot More with Amy Ferris

Amy Ferris is an author, screenwriter, editor and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis, is an example of the brilliant, entertaining and creative way that she tells the raw and unaltered truth. I greatly admire her ability to be truly herself, which in turn inspires others to do the same. Amy and I talk about the family issues that gave her a sense of her own voice, how her writing workshops help women to dig deep within themselves, and why it is so very badass to love yourself deeply and put yourself at the top of your priority list.    What You Will Hear in This Episode:  Amy was in the middle of writing Marrying George Clooney when her mother was diagnosed with dementia, and that changed the course of her creative path completely.  We all have courage inside of us in this world, and it is up to us to bring it out in ourselves and encourage others around us to do so as well.  Telling the truth about our thoughts, feelings and desires gets easier with age, but much like an onion, there is always more to be pulled back and shared.  Amy’s writing workshops help women dig deep to share their deepest darkest experiences. It is then that once they are done they feel like they can continue being the badass they are meant to be.  Not only is Amy a badass on her own, but she encourages other women to discover who they are and fully express it.  Women will rise up when we really care about each other as true sisters, and focus more on the power within the matriarch.  We must look at all that we have been through to gain perspective and understanding that life is a journey that has ups and downs.  Badass is loving yourself a whole lot more, and not giving all our power away to others.  There is a balance between being open to feedback and letting others burst your bubble. Seek out constructive criticism from those that can help you grow, but be in touch with your own gut instinct.  The Ovary Office series is a partnership with Women’s eNews. It will shine a spotlight on women in politics living courageously, and will serve as an inspiration to women all over the world that it is okay to put yourself out there.    Quotes:  “It was revelatory to write about things that I was shoving in a corner.”  “Courage is like building blocks. We build piece by piece.”  “I want women to start telling their truth.”  “We need to love ourselves enough that we don’t allow someone else to dismiss or discard us.”    Mentioned:  Amy Ferris  @amy.ferris Marrying George Clooney  Shades of Blue Women’s eNews The Ovary Office  Lori Sokol 

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