What does faith mean to you? Do you have a faith? (i.e. a religion, or something you believe in like karma)

Faith doesn’t mean to me what it typically does to most people. I believe in the power of energy. I don’t even know if that really makes sense? I believe that we are all sources of energy, that we came from another source of energy and then when we die our energy will be transferred on to something else.

Five years ago from now where did you think you would be? How does that differ from where you are now?

Five years ago I was in a much different place in life. Within these past five years I’ve called off an engagement to be married, moved across the country, said goodbye to many people, and made a new life for myself in Portland. I’m still on that artist grind, but it feels good. I’m actively working on myself in mind and body every single day.

Where do you think you will be in another year?

I’m not really sure. Only time will tell.

Are you who you want to be? Who is that person?

Of course! We all should be who we want to be, regardless of if we believe it or not. Who am I? I’m Amy Jo. I’m a lover, giver and creator.

What does your work mean to you? How have you grown/learned from it?

My work gives me life. My work gives me the means to actually live every day and it also gives me the passion to continue on through life.

What has been the best learning experience for you?

Living.

What are your expectations for yourself? Do you meet them?

I tend to have really really high expectations for myself, and it’s impossible to meet them. But this is something that I’m working on every day. Ya know, trying to just live day by day and be proud of what I did do.

What do you consider your “flaws”? Why? How have they hindered you?

I don’t think I have any flaws. I think society tells us that we need to have them, but honestly I think that’s just a bunch of crap.

Do you think you’re someone others can/do look up to?

I hope so!

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about so many things. I’m passionate mostly about love, life, and art.

What about yourself/your life are you most proud of?

I’m proud for still existing.

Do you have any regrets? What and why?

I try not to.

Do you think it is more important to try and make an impact in the world at large, or in your own world? Why?

I think that if you make an impact in your own world that it will naturally spread out into the world at large. You have to start small to be big.

What are some of your dreams? Are they things you work towards, or things that you hope for?

I have so so so many dreams. They are constantly changing but the biggest one that I have right now is to own an art studio/wedding venue and be the CEO of a company. I actively work towards this goal every day.

What “words of wisdom” do you live by? Why?

“A rolling stone gathers no moss”. Just keep moving.

Describe your relationship with yourself.

It’s always a work in progress. I go to therapy every week. I realize when I need to take the time to love myself and take care of myself.

What do you think it means to love? Is this reflective of your experiences with your relationships (including with yourself) or based off an ideal you are working towards achieving?

I think that to love means that you can be comfortable with being uncomfortable. To give and receive equally. And you have to put in a lot of hard work and be kind. This is both reflective of my experiences with relationships with others and myself.

What do you think it means to be kind to yourself? How does this compare to how we are kind to others?

Treat others as you would like to be treated is my motto.

What do you want from your life?

I want to be fulfilled. I want to do everything my heart desires. I want to make an impact and change lives.

Describe your relationship with you art.

I’ve been making art since as long as I can remember. It’s a part of me, and it definitely makes me the person that I am.

What inspires you?

Nature- Mother Earth is a beautiful beautiful thing. Others- Having great conversation can get me inspired like no other.

How has your art brought about an understanding of yourself/your world?

Right now my Nude in Nature series is helping me explore the insecurities that lie deep within myself. I’m also putting myself and those insecurities out there for others to see so they can hopefully work on their own insecurities. It’s brought me to realize that the world is both a cruel and loving place but without darkness there can be no light.

What, for you, is the hardest emotion? Why?

All of them. Haha. I’m always on an emotional rollercoaster.

What, for you, is the significance of creating?

Helping others.

What’s some advice you would give to your future self?

Don’t be so hard on yourself. <3

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