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A Leap Of Faith: My Journey Into Entrepreneurship by Amanda Loy

Picture's a typical weekday morning and you wake up inspired to start your day.

You rock out a morning routine that fuels your soul in the comfort of your own home. As you sit down to start your work day, you sneak a peek at your phone and just as expected, money has flowed into your account overnight for doing something you freaking love.

And all you can do is feel a rush of gratitude. An utter realization that in just a few years, everything has changed -- the way you spend your time, your health, your stress levels, your self care, your bank account....your drive. And you genuinely feel on fire, because of your life.

That’s what being an entrepreneur has given me, and why I’m so passionate about sharing this path with others and helping women like me create this life for themselves, too.

Hey, LIVELY ladies! I’m Amanda Katherine Loy.
A virtual health & fitness coach, podcaster, speaker, influencer, actor, and multi-passionate entrepreneur.

The life I painted above? Mine hasn’t always looked this way. If you would have told me a few years ago that I would be an entrepreneur and living a life by design, I would have laughed in your face. I didn’t go the traditional route for college. I got my BFA in musical theatre, but when I left school, I was immediately thrust into the real world of terrible jobs to get by. “Adult life” completely slapped me in the face. Before I knew it, I found myself working seven part time jobs just to barely scrape by and pay the bills. I was exhausted, burnt out, and so frustrated that I was spending all of my hours doing exactly what I had always said I wouldn’t do — working a job (or in this case, jobs) that I didn’t love. The month after my wedding in October 2015, I officially lost it and had my first full fledged panic attack and quarter life crisis, bathroom breakdown movie style.

The very next day, I quit four of my part time jobs.

Would I recommend this? Probably not. I had no backup plan and no idea what I wanted to do, but I did know that I needed the time and space to be able to find myself and figure it out.

And during that period of transition, I connected online with a woman who had quit her full time job working in the nonprofit sector to work from home as a virtual health & fitness coach. She was so full of life and energy, and spent her days working on her couch, on her own terms. She was happy.
I knew that I needed to feel that way too. And so began my journey of entrepreneurship.

Was it a seamless transition? Heck no! The past 3 years have been the biggest rollercoaster of my life and there have been numerous times when I almost up and quit, ‘cause let me tell ya, being your own boss, while awesome, has a lot of struggles attached to it.

But what are all the things it’s given me?

Financial freedom.
A sense of purpose.
Recovery from my own history of disordered eating.
Opportunities to travel.
Soul connections with inspiring and strong women.
Getting to work from home in my pjs.
Time to pour into the other things in my life that light me up.
Partnering with female run companies, like LIVELY, that have such a powerful mission.

Those things are priceless. It’s never too late to say YES to your dreams.
To take that leap of faith and jump towards a new path in life.

Whether it’s wellness coaching, blogging, yoga teaching, or starting your own Etsy shop — follow what lights you up and it’ll lead you to exactly where you’re supposed to be.

xo, your no BS soul sistah,

Check out Amanda on her Instagram @amandakatherineloy

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