We are excited and honored to bring to you the Woman, Empowered interview series. In this series, we'll feature the stories and wisdom of women who embody the self-love and social impact we at Wabi-Sabi Botanicals are so passionate about.
This week, our Woman, Empowered is Amy Contreras, San Diego-based Intuitive Reader, Lifestyle Coach, and all around Holistic Babe. Empowered and highly intuitive, Amy offers astrological and intuitive insight, guidance, and inspiration for those who seek it. While Amy's journey has not been an easy one, it's equipped her with the wisdom and empathy to serve and lead others out of their own darkness and into the light. Take a look at life through Amy's lens - one of service, beauty, and immense gratitude - in this interview as she touches on her personal journey to self-love, what service has taught her, and her plans to sit down with Oprah (!!!) and chat all things loving and Universal.
What is beauty to you?
Beauty is the essence of love, nature, air, water and the currency of our existence within the universe. Beauty is life and mindful compassion toward ourselves and others, it's the radiance we exude and how we shine within the atmosphere. Beauty begins at a cellular level within each atom. Loving vibration is Beauty inside and out.
Have you always been comfortable in your own skin? What has your journey to self-love looked like?
No, I haven't always been comfortable in my own skin. For about 20 years, I felt inflamed, sad, depressed and had energy spikes that left me foggy-headed. When I found out I was allergic to the foods I was eating, although I thought I was eating healthy, my life changed and I found the true meaning of explosive self-love. It was 2011 when my life shifted. I started training for a bodybuilding competition, got off birth control, went off gluten, soy and sugar and won 1st place. I manifested the feeling and pushed myself to the utmost limits of what I imagined I was capable of and that pulled up a lot of internal demons I was forced to love and accept. I work internally and spiritually daily and even before my gut issues, I worked on a lot of self-love. What my true message is about self-love is that it is a vibrational energy, not a simple act of treating yourself to a facial. It's the constant act of sweet whispers to yourself when no one is around, being kind and respectful to others, animals, plants and, most importantly, the universe.
Why did you decide to go into the wellness field?
I got into the field to research answers as to why I was so sick and literally tired. I felt broken at the time and wanted to fix that. I had been depressed for so long and so unhappy, enough was enough. I wanted to empower other women like myself to find answers, to let them know they weren't alone, and that I was like them.
How does self-care fit into your life?
To work with Amy or to learn more about her mission and work, you can visit her website at www.theholisticbabe.com or find her on Instagram @theholisticbabe.