I thought of this title even before I wrote the article, and now it seems overwhelming to write. I could compose an entire novel on the subject of how I went from living in my car at 18 to being a successful entrepreneur. Bear with me as I figure out how to condense this into one blog post you might want to read. LOL!
I graduated high school right around my 18th birthday in 1989, and I was so determined not to go back to the home I lived in with my mother and stepfather that I lived in my car for most of that summer.
At times, I spent the night at a friends house. But overall, I spent almost all summer cramped up in a bright red 1986 Nissan Sentra. I loved that car — perhaps not enough to want to sleep in it, but that was the choice they left me with. I never told anyone this was what I was doing; I just did it.
I was not going back to that house!
I had been admitted to the University of Oklahoma, where I spent one year and flunked out. Sadly, I can't share that story here!
Then I met the man of my dreams and the rest is history, easy peasy lemony squeezy.
Ha ha, NOT!
But I did really meet the man of my (future) dreams. (see my story about lying to him here...dang, I sound horrible).
In 1993 we moved to Houston, where I worked many different jobs. I was once a
a) professional temp; b) (failing) wreath-making, craft show entrepreneur; c) human resource representative; d) visa and immigration administrator; e) mom; f) scrapbook store owner; g) elementary school teacher; h) marriage and family therapist; and i) entrepreneur.
Story over. 😉
A pivotal moment was when I worked in human resources. This was around 1997-1999. There, I met a wonderful man who took me under his wing, got me back in college, and helped me envision the life I never dreamed I could have.
It took several years to complete my degree. In fact, in the meantime, I got married and had three babies — that's how long it took!
In 2010, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. From there, I received my alternative certification and became an elementary school teacher. I love kids, so working with them came naturally for me.
But one day I realized...
I just want to talk to these kids and not necessarily teach them to read. Understanding this was not good for the kiddos. I quit yet another job and went back to graduate school. I completed that degree in two years. Whew! That was exhausting and miserable. Yikes!
I still had not thought about being an entrepreneur. I was doing exactly what God called me to do, which was to help others through counseling. I felt at peace, like I knew I was right were I am supposed to be.
However, as time went on, I kept feeling unsettled again. I knew it wasn't because of what I was doing; I was helping others, after all. But that feeling stuck.
One day, on a whim...
I made a phone call. With very little thought and only a few days later, Amy Wine Counseling Center was born. There is no other explanation other than God.
I could not have opened and grown the counseling center on my own. Nor would I have the ideas and willpower to start a new online endeavor — courses, podcast, and more — in a world in which I know NOTHING!
Yes, there are soooo many stories I left out. Like I said, I could write a novel, but those will come on other days.
Thank you for joining me on this journey and I can't wait to see where God takes us!