Amy is founder of Live. Breathe. Alive., specializing in providing unique inspirational gifts of her original photography to lift spirits and celebrate connections. Authentic photography explores faith and the natural world, while honoring rural environments with the symbolism of the cross. Starting with a desire to help a little girl in Cuba, Live. Breathe. Alive., has grown into a mission of getting more images and inspiration of faith into the world. Her blog and faith photographs are designed to encourage others to seek and see the cross in everyday life.
“I'm not a trained photographer. In the fall of 2015 I used my little 5S iPhone to take photos that mattered to me, with no intent to do anything with them. Through my interest to help a little girl in Cuba, I considered what I could sell. My first thought was homemade toothpaste, but my recipe didn't come out for mass production. Then I looked into making an all-natural tallow lotion, but I wasn’t able to find a local grass-fed farmer for a supply. Through my own faith journey, deepening and reconnecting my faith, reading the bible and prayer, I was compelled to take photos of crosses. Months later the thought came to me to turn my photos into cards. I had come back from visiting my cousin in Colorado, still taking photos of crosses, and I wanted to send her a cross thank-you card. All I found were pastel, lacy, foo-foo cards of crosses. I wanted a card that was real. I thought maybe the photos could be the vehicle to help the little girl I met in Cuba. And that is how I got started.”
Today, her work is shown as a selected artist in the Now Showing program through the ArtsKC Regional Arts Council and at Signs of Life Books & Art.
Finding her voice after taking care of her ailing dear friend/adopted grandmother of 22 years, giving two eulogies in a four month period, finding a little girl in Cuba and her faith journey, Amy shares experiences and stories on life, love, and faith to help others achieve inspiration in their daily lives on her weekly blog.
Speaking to groups, youth, and organizations of her inspirational story of faith and reaching a goal from a simple idea, Amy uses her experience, insights, humor, and compassion to address topics of life lessons, her spiritual journey, and health. Following a whole/real food eating plan and living with ulcerative colitis for over twenty years, Amy shares her struggles and overcoming with healthy real food to fuel the mind, body and spirit.
Born in Macon, Missouri, Amy's roots run deep throughout Missouri. She has lived in Macon, Fayette, Bolivar, Springfield, Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri. She began her career in human resources and moved to Kansas City in 2000 for professional opportunity. Amy has held senior level human resources leadership positions during her 20 plus years of experience in the private sector. She received her Bachelors’ degree in Business from Missouri State University, and Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University. Prior to starting her own company, Arbor Grove, LLC in 2014, Bretall was Senior Vice President, HR Manager at Arvest Bank, for the Kansas City market. Arbor Grove provides consulting services to help people, employees, and organizations grow and develop.