Amie Colby “I am Love”
Nominated by Amie’s Aunt Candace
What a gem Amie is. Her spirit is full of grace and love. She is a mother, a student, a survivor and a woman on fire to bless others with her smile, positive energy and story of transformation. You would never know she had to work through a history of addiction, self-neglect or being stuck in bed, because now all you see & know is a woman spreading love. “I am LOVE” is her focus and it is what drives her. She builds her days, her intentions & her weekly theme from it. This is what helps her show up for herself.
She and her kiddos (son/8, daughter 6 & 2) live in a 2-bedroom apartment in the beautiful state of VT. Just a hop, skip & a jump from Canada. The joy that fills her day covers them all, with lots left over. It wasn’t always this way. Amie struggled with giving, giving, giving. Which eventually landed her ill. Only then did she learn that she MUST tend to herself, she must give to herself, she must love herself. Now that this is a habit for her, she fills up her LOVE tank. She has plenty to give away and still feels full at the end of the day.
Amie looks forward to helping others….. “almost to a fault”, she said. She knows first hand what it feels like to be down and alone, so bringing joy to others is what fills her up and lifts her spirits. To cheer someone up, make their day and give away a smile, every day, is natural for Amie! She will have a conversation with a stranger in hopes to make their day. She goes so far as to call herself ‘Chatty Cathy’ looking forward to yet another conversation to share her love.
She learned at a young age how to be there for others by watching her Granny Tee and her mom. Her mom was always standing up for others and loving on people… even in the midst of her addictions. And Granny Tee… what a beautiful woman she was! Always full of a zest for life with her door was always wide open to others. She was touching lives and making a difference.
Currently, Amie is involved in a ‘Women Thrive’ class where she is constantly learning to be a better self, a better mom, a better woman. And now that she is 3 years clean, she is always working on healing past wounds. Growing every day. There are no regrets for Amie. If she could do something over, she’s not so sure she’d want to. She wouldn’t be the woman she is today if she was to start over. She’s learned a lot and those ‘big’ things she didn’t think she’d get over… she did. Which reminds her of a song that sings “The girl she used to be…she’s not that girl any more.”
Oh and her 2 bedroom apartment… it’s actually perfect. The physical closeness they have, has created a loving space for her children.
Because of Amie’s love for herself and others, she has created a wonderful home in a world she never thought of before.