She has two amazing kids, Danny and Jana. Well, grown up kids. Both off the payroll and the health insurance. Yes, we have arrived! Danny is a 28-year-old and is an HR systems specialist with a really long title that she can’t remember that may or may not use the words human capital. He works at Etsy. No he cannot get your kid a job there, he is not a recruiter anymore. We are pretty sure he got his job because they checked Amy’s spending habits there. To quote his 4th grade teacher, “he is a happy-go-lucky deep thinker. Amy is thrilled that he inherited the best of the combined gene pool. There was a distinct possibility that he could have become a very volatile space cadet. Jana is 31 and after working as a volunteer coordinator at God’s Love We Deliver (check it out) and ad EdTech startup she has landed as a creative recruiter (and if they are qualified, maybe she can get your kid a job). Jana was a tough toddler but has turned into the easiest adult daughter a mother could ask for. She is married to the love of her life, Corey, who fits right into this crazy brood. He is a structural architect who sometimes spends his days hanging on scaffolding (a Jewish mother in laws nightmare). All three kids are the light of her life – a crazy woman who is sometimes unsure who is parent, her or them. If you call her an empty-nester there is a good chance she will throw something at you.
Amy is a graphic designer/creative director by trade and works in the PR, Marketing, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, Special Events, Restaurants and Corporate Design industries. Her work includes creative brand strategy as well as art direction and design. Other hats include digital partnerships and corralling cats. She has worked in just about every market, from beer to blood pressure meds. She has an addiction to designing infographics which is a healthy one since she gets paid to do them. Social media is her passion and she has made the transition into incorporating it in everyday business with great joy.
She has been a WAHM since way before we had a name for it. Now it seems every parent works at home and she was obviously a trendsetter. In fact, at the beginning of her motherhood women had to say things like, “I am sorry, I can’t make that meeting, I have a conflict” which translated into: “Sorry, I have to take my kid to the doctor”. Her favorite quote from a fellow working mom was, “When a dad takes off the morning to go to a kid’s play he is a great father. When a mom does, she needs to get her priorities straight”.
Thankfully the working world has evolved and women are now able to strike their own balance, retaining a professional life while still being the kind of parents they want to be – a fact she celebrates every day. This last sentence was written pre-pandemic. It should now read, all parents want to hang themselves every work day because there is not such thing as life work balance. It is all smoke and mirrors. Hang in there, you get used to it. Ish
You can reach her by email at a2zdes (at) gmail dot com and on twitter and instagram: @amyz5