Amanda Sue Howell

I’m Officially a Published Author!

f_book_cover_apostIsn’t it pretty!!! I’m one of 14 amazing authors who co-wrote this book. Each of us covers a different topic, and mine is the importance of team-building!

Here’s the official book description:

“Many heart-felt entrepreneurs struggle to make a living, and make a difference for others, without pulverizing themselves to powder in the process!

To effectively offer authentic solutions to better our clientโ€™s lives, we first have to live it!ย  We cannot ignore ourselves and expect to be effective, productive, and highly influential.

We often make business harder than it has to be. This leaves us feeling frustrated and depleted. We must recover, and learn to lay
the proper foundations in our businesses and personal lives so we can springboard into abundance and success. This book shows you how!

If you have important and meaningful life-work to attend to, these pages will help you function from a position of strength, self-worth,
and value as you determine to bring value to those in your communities.

The Art & Science of Loving Yourself First calls upon the wisdom of 14 experts from a variety of industries, who choose each day to live and work on purpose. Each has managed to reach a desirable level of success without giving away more of themselves than is fitting or appropriate. They understand what it takes to run a business (or ministry) without sacrificing their own essence or well-being.

The writers have learned these lessons from personal experience. They share their truths, tips, and action strategies with readers
who desire to care for self as they build rewarding, profitable careers based on sound principles.

Whether itโ€™s through simple but exceptional systems, clever productivity strategies, empowering self-care habits, strategic planning
and reflection, overcoming specific obstacles, or leading from the right vantage point and for the right reasons, The Art & Science of Loving Yourself First offers the reader practical yet inspirational guidance so they can serve the world from an inspiring and energizing position of contribution, love, well-being, and strength.”

 

Isn’t that awesome??? It is available on Amazon, and I would love for you to buy a copy, read it, and tell me what you think!

Gratitude Makes Me Happy

YouRock - AmandaSueHowell.comI’m so glad you’re reading today!! I’m always glad you when you read, but today I need your help. I want to make this an amazing community for totally awesome creatives, but I need your feedback to make it happen.

It’s a super short survey, and I would be extra appreciative if you would fill it out. You don’t even have to leave the page! Sadly, I have no awesome gifts for this task, but it will ensure a better site/community/blog for the future. But if you email me your mailing address when you’re done with the survey, I will send you a handwritten note!

My Business Superheroes

Natalie Sisson asked this question: Who is your business superhero?

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I really don’t like having to pick one favorite. Favorite book? Favorite movie? What kind of heartless person even thought of these questions??? It’s like “what’s your favorite pair of shoes” or “who’s your favorite child”…not that those are comparable…I’m just saying.

Okay so because I had to at least narrow it down some, I selected 3 of my business superheroes. There’s probably a dozen, but a girl’s gotta start somewhere!

In no particular order, here are my 3 picks, and why I picked them…

April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle

  • She’s funny…the comments during her videos, and the repartee between her & her husband are hilarious!
  • Her site is gorgeous. The green is such a lovely, soothing color & it makes me feel creative.
  • Wednesday Wisdom is awesome. I’m just saying. If you’ve never watched her videos, you should.
  • I’m also a fan of her color inspirations, recipes, and interviews with other awesome people.

Mayi Carles of Heartmade Blog

  • She’s funny….the props, the animated hand movements…it’s awesome!
  • Her little drawings are adorable. It makes everything so personal…her site, her products, you know when you’re seeing something of Mayi’s.
  • The accent. Not gonna lie. It freakin’ rocks.
  • Her Friday video time is amazing. I love videos, because you get to really see someone’s personality shine through. It inspires me, and makes me want to do videos more often.

Alexandra Franzen of Alexandra Franzen

  • She’s funny….are you noticing a theme? I like funny!!!
  • The way she writes is magic. Seriously, I am charmed every time her emails come through my inbox.
  • How can you resist someone who’s newsletter enticement “You’ll get weekly bursts of neon brilliance”?
  • She does cool things like Mad Libs inspired bios. Really? That’s AWSOME!

Okay. I lied. They’re in alphabetical order by surname. I can’t help it…I’m equally right brained & left brained, so I like organized chaos. It’s a sickness, really.

So what has this taught me? I like funny, I like real, and I like wacky. I definitely need to work on integrating more of ALL of that into my own posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your next step – If you don’t know these awesome ladies, go check them out now! I’d also love to hear from you…who are your favorite business superheroes?

30 day challenge

 

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

20 Things You Didn't Know

 

1. I’ll be 28 this month, and I have 4 children. Most people have figured out I have kids, but they can’t quite put their finger on how many. And even fewer know the number, combined with my age. And yes I get weird looks all the time, lol.

2. I thoroughly enjoy Weird Al Yankovic, but I disagree with him when he says “the only question I ever thought was hard, was do I like Kirk or do I like Picard”? Team Picard. Always.

3. The Cupid Shuffle was the class dance for my US Air Force tech school graduation. Don’t ask me why. Oh wait, cause it was the instructor’s favorite song ever.

4. I can do the Cha Cha Slide in 5″ heeled boots. I proved it during tech school, and later at a squadron Christmas party. You had no idea the military danced so much did you? Oh wait, YouTube already outted them. Ha!

SingingAnthem 5. Speaking of the military, I sang the National Anthem at 13 on & off base events. The events included 2 boxing matches (one is pictured to the left), 1 football game, 1 3rd of July celebration (yes the 3rd, so we could spend the 4th with our families), 1 squadron merger ceremony, and 2 retirement ceremonies.

6. Speaking of singing, I can sing in public just fine, but the idea of speaking in public is scary. But I want to be a speaker. Go figure!

7. My last baby was the first one that I had all naturally, and he was my biggest baby. He broke the 10 pound mark! And honestly, there were moments that I didn’t think I could make it, but now that I did I’m so proud of myself.

8. I knew the American Sign Language alphabet when I was very small. In fact, I knew it better than my Sunday school teacher, and apparently I was quite willing to let her know how to do it correctly.

9. Out of 10 children, I’m the only one who wasn’t born in Texas.

10. I’m teaching myself Photoshop, and I’m addicted to photography apps for the iPhone/iPad.

11. My beloved photography tool is a reburb’d Nikon D5100 that I snagged off of eBay. My lessons on DSLR vs. point & click started immediately, when I discovered that you have to purchase the lens separately (unless it specifically says it includes the kit lens).

12. I’m adore washi tape, but I’ve never been able to play with it, because I don’t even know where you buy it around here.

13. I adore furniture in rich shades of mahogany & cherry, but somehow I’ve wound up with a lot of black furniture. At least it all matches!

14. I already have my future house picked out. Its picture, and all pertinent info on size/price/location are glued to my vision board.

15. My husband & I have a story that sounds like a chick flick. Short story version – when we met, he liked me, I didn’t like him, 9.5 months later we were married. Long story version – maybe in a post someday?

16. My grandmother passed away suddenly 2.5 months before we got married. She was represented at the 3-Grandmother Bearwedding as a teddy bear, because as long as I can remember she collected teddy bears. My grandpa was supposed to be seated next to the bear, but there was a mishap and he was seated elsewhere. He told me later that he was glad, because he would have cried. The bear was wearing a purple shirt (her favorite color), and we had placed her necklace around the bears neck. But we got pictures of him holding the bear. It probably sounds weird, but it was right that she be there in some form.

17. I had 7 piercings when I went into the military. But you have to remove them all during basic training, and 3 of them closed up. And no I’m not telling where they are, or I’ll shatter this amazing mysterious air I’ve just built up. ๐Ÿ˜€

18. I like doing nails for my family, but I don’t like doing my own nails. It’s not that I don’t like my nails being done…I just don’t like doing my own. But I’ll paint my toenails anytime.

19. I don’t like it when people holler about Jesus’ love, while being wholly unloving. I’m pretty sure the Bible had something to say about people who mess with their neighbor’s eye-splinter, while ignoring the plank in their own eye. I love Jesus. I love my church. Not a fan of religious hypocrisy. Or any hypocrisy for that matter.

20. I firmly believe that Jesus loves all of us. All colors. All creeds. All nationalities. All lifestyles. And I firmly believe that it’s possible to disagree with someone’s lifestyle, but still love them wholeheartedly.

Building Castles in the Air

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost... - Henry David Thoreau | AmandaSueHowell.com

 

If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be? Who would I be?

If you had asked me that questions 5 years ago, I would have gone on a very long-winded explanation of all the amazing things I would do, and see. If you had asked me that question 1 year ago, I would have weaseled my way out of it. What happened? I fell victim to the dream-killers.

You may well ask yourself, what are the dream-killers? And it’s true, they are not often named. But they rear their ugly heads whenever we’re starting to feel the winds of greatness flowing around us. Whenever we begin to feel that we have potential to be Somebody. Whenever we dare to dream beyond our usual confines. Whenever we believe we can take our possibles, into the waters of reality.

How can you spot them? Easy. They’re the ones telling you that you’re not good enough. Or that your head is in the clouds. Or you’re building castles in the air. Or, my personal favorite, you’re just selfish.

That’s right. Selfish. I had the “joy” of being called selfish last year. What were my selfish dreams? To have a seven-figure business. But I never said I wanted a seven-figure business for the fun of it. I never said I wanted a seven-figure business so I could live at Disneyland. I never said I wanted a seven-figure business so I could wear Prada & Gucci. What heinous things did I say? What were my self-centered aspirations?

I want a seven-figure business….

  • Because I have a heart for the children of China, and I want to rebuild their pitiful orphanages (seriously…the orphanages make me want to cry).
  • Because I have a heart for the children of China, and I want to adopt, and that takes money.
  • Because I want to start an organization, helping women who have been/are going through domestic violence.
  • Because I want to give generously to other organizations who are doing the same.
  • Because I want to give generously to anti-human trafficking organizations.
  • Because I believe business-owners have a responsibility to add to the amount of jobs there are out there, and that requires the money to pay them.
  • Because I don’t want my future employees to “just be paid”. I want them to be paid well, to love their jobs, to have vacation time, to have great insurance, etc.
  • And yes, I want to do silly things like get my education, without relying on government funding. Or fund my children’s future educations. Or get my teeth fixed. <— okay that one might be selfish…or it might be a public service. ๐Ÿ˜›

So there you have it. There’s my vision for myself, and for my business. And just because I don’t (often) put it out there anymore, doesn’t mean I’ve given up on it. It just means I’m avoiding the dream-killers.

 

I’m doing a 30 day blog challenge, and today’s prompt was the catalyst for this long-needed post. Thanks Natalie!!! Meanwhile, it’s not too late to join, and I’d love the company. Just click the button below, and sign up! And don’t forget to leave me a comment, and let me know what you thought about this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

30 day challenge

 

August – Month of Authenticity

August - Amanda Sue HowellWelcome to August! August is the last month of summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s also one of our hottest months! Anyone else ready for autumn?

Coaching Focus

In this month’s coaching, we’re focusing on the concept of “authenticity”. How can you be your most genuine self in your business? What is that special something, that only you can give?

Work/Life Balance – Back to School

This month, many children are going back to school. This can be a source of great stress & relief all at the same time. If this will have any effect on your business, we can discuss that as well! We homeschool, so our schooling is usually off & on year ’round. This year however, we’re running mostly alongside public school schedules, because next year our oldest starts camp. Who gave her permission to get older? I’m sure my Mom wonders the same thing. Ha!

In Other News…

I’ve been privileged to be asked to write a chapter for a collaborative book. It’s coming out this month, so stay connected with me, so I can keep you posted.

 

What’s going on for you this month? I’d love to hear about it!