We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I had worked in corporate America for nearly 10 years working on national brands with million dollar budgets. The work at times was stressful and sometimes it was fun. Regardless of what I did, I was able to find meaning in the work. Then, when my husband and I decided we would launch a Chiropractic clinic it was great because I was able to leverage so many things I had learned through the years from working for others into our own business and building our own brand. However, once the clinic was fully launched and off the ground, my husband and I shifted roles, it was really time for him to implement everything he knew and had learned into running the practice daily. While all of this was going on, we had our second child. I quickly learned with 2 kids 2 and under and him holding things down at the clinic working 6 days a week that I needed to stay home full time with the kids and also support our clinic where I could (we were in the process of building a second location).
While all of this was going on, I quickly learned I was losing myself. Between taking care of two tiny humans, and the administrative work of the clinic, I had made little time for the things that I truly enjoyed and loved. I had lost a lot of my passion. So, I got back to it, decorating, crafts when the boys were asleep, entertaining, and planning parties. Those were the things that I loved doing even while I was working, they were my creative outlet. I also loved sharing mom tips that I had learned along the way because the beginning of parenthood can be ROUGH. There was so much to learn, so much I thought I already knew and I was completely lost when I became a mother. I looked to and leaned on other moms who would share wisdom, so when friends started having babies I shared advice and tips with them, I wanted to give as much as I had received. I quickly found that the more information I shared whether on Motherhood, decor, or even parties, the more people would ask and they started having friends of friends ask. This is what really motivated me to begin my own blog. I saw it as a way of capturing things that I could share with others that I found to be helpful so I could help them in return.
It took me a while with two little ones at home, but eventually I was able to start my own blog and build a voice on social media, that Im still working to build.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started Authentically Amber not only as a creative outlet, but also because I found that when I was often searching for content, designers, and those that loved all things DIY with small children, there were very few that looked like me. There were even less talking about some of the authentic and raw parts of Motherhood and the journey we find ourselves. I wanted those mothers to know they weren’t alone, and also I wanted to be an authentic voice that says “hey, life isn’t perfect, all of these perfect images you see on instagram aren’t what its always about. However, in this beautiful and crazy mess of life and mama hood, you can find perfect moments.” So all of the work I do from blog posts to crafts and videos has been about helping moms to find those perfect moments and see the beauty in them, even though we clearly know we are all far from perfect.
Lessons Ive learned along the way? More than I could ever count! Influencing is hard, especially in todays world. There are so many voices and so much going on in the world its often hard to find your voice. What Ive learned is to stick with your voice, remember why you began, and try not to be swayed by never ending trends because they shift so fast, if all your doing is chasing trends, you’ll lose your identity and yourself. This is the biggest lesson for me and what I try to focus on. Remembering why I started, and realizing when things aren’t successful, or as successful as I would like for them to be, sometimes it may not have anything to do with me or anything Ive done. Ive had people come back and thank me a year after Ive shared something that may not have been successful at all when I first shared it. That makes me smile and reminds me that sometimes its just about timing, and whether Im helping one person or 1,000 its all worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, first off, I love entertaining but am also a home body! If my best friends were coming to visit we would likely spend lots of time at my home catching up and enjoying the pool in the backyard. Each time they come to visit we spend tons of time catching up at my home, and then I take them to our clinic, Cornerstone Chiropractic so that they can get a Chiropractic adjustment.
After a few days of that, I would definitely take them to Legacy West for shopping and then dinner at Double Eagle Del Friscos which is where my husband and I usually go for date nights. The VIP is my favorite drink there!
I love a good movie, especially an independent or foreign film, so I would take them to the Angelika Theater in Plano to see a great film.
If it was during the holiday season I would take them to the Gaylord to see all of the Christmas lights because I am a crazy Christmas lady and love all things about Christmas – especially the Christmas lights and the Gaylord is spectacular around the holidays.
For relaxation, I would definitely take them to The Woodhouse spa in Plano, its my favorite place to rejuvenate and relax when Im feeling major mom burnout.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to first thank my Creator because without Him I am simply dust. Every time I write a new blog post or even a micro blog on Instagram I often feel like I dont have the right words. I pray, I ask Jesus for help, and each and every time He is there to inspire me with words and thoughts that I hope and pray reach, inspire, and help someone. Every time I am ready to give up this work because it seems stagnant and Im not growing fast enough, He sends me some encouragement whether from another influencer, or a brand partnership that keeps me going.
Second, I’d like to thank my husband because he was the main one pushing me and motivating me to begin this Authentic journey. He is often the man behind the camera, my “Instagram Husband” he is patient when Im likely on my phone too much because he knows what its for and what Im trying to do. His motivation and encouragement has been essential to the support Ive needed along the way.
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the beach photo is ‘”shore shooters” all of the others my husband took.