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 22-year-old who sort of lives home and works in HR at Michael Kors . No he cannot get your kid a job there, he is not a recruiter anymore. And yes, he gets a discount, so we love his job. 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 26 and working was a volunteer coordinator at God’s Love We Deliver (check it out). Jana was a tough toddler but has turned into the easiest adult daughter a mother could ask for. Both 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 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. 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 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. 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.
You can reach her by email at a2zdes (at) gmail dot com and on twitter @amyz5