Amy E. Smith is a certified confidence coach, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment expert. Founder of TheJoyJunkie.com, Amy uses her roles as coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker to move individuals to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-love.
With acute focus on helping people “find their voice”, she is highly sought after for her uncommon style of irreverence, wisdom, and humor and has been a featured expert on Fox 5 San Diego and YourTango.com.
Here are a few of the big topics we talked about:
Kelly introduces Amy and asks her to share what joy is to her.
Joy is an emotional state that we thrive in.
Amy shares how she went from focusing on her big time makeup career to realizing it wasn’t bringing her real joy.
Why we look to external validations to bring us joy.
Amy shares a tool that she uses to retrain our brain and the way we handle emotions, using the acronym N.A.C.
How reading personal development, going to conferences and listening to podcasts can actually teach us that what is in our mind, isn’t always true.
We don’t need to believe everything that is running through our heads.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and like you don’t know who you are, start with a no brainer exercise -- ask yourself, “What do you actually know is true?”
Stop listening to the screaming negative voice!
You have to make the choice to love yourself everyday, it’s okay to take baby steps to get there.
Amy shares what her current morning practice looks like.
Kelly asks Amy what her Inner Voice is asking her to do.
In Amy’s Voice:
“We are programmed and conditioned to be addicted to all sorts of things. What would shift if we actually wanted to be addicted to our own happiness and our own joy?”
“The things that actually lit me up were so far out of my consciousness at that point because I was completely enveloped by what I thought I should do and what achievement meant and what status meant and how that correlated with my worth.”
“When I started getting involved in personal development and taking all sorts of courses and conferences and coach trainings, I thought it was in service of me gathering a bunch of skills so that I could impart all that wisdom on other people. And what I didn't anticipate was getting cracked wide open myself.”
“I find that when we get locked into this idea of, I don't know who I am, I don't know what I like anymore. We just spiral out and we're not resourceful, we're not creative.”
“It's not about perfection, and it's not about, "Oh my god, you failed because you didn't do it." It's a, "Oh look at this addition that I have to my day." Even that is a perspective for me.”
Connect with Amy:
Stand Up For Yourself Without Being a Dick (Amy’s free eBook)