Author of In Plain Sight: Faith Is In The Everyday, Amy's work is designed to encourage others to seek and see faith in everyday life. Her authentic photography explores faith within the natural world, while honoring rural environments with the symbolism of the Cross. Inspired to help a young girl she met in Cuba, LiveBreatheAlive.com, has grown into a mission of getting more images of crosses in the world to help people discover, deepen, encourage, and inspire faith.
“I'm not a trained photographer. In the fall of 2015 I used my iPhone 5s 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 work for mass production. Then I looked into making an all-natural tallow skin lotion, but I wasn’t able to find a supply from a local grass-fed farmer. Through my own faith journey, deepening and reconnecting my faith, reading the bible and prayer, I was compelled to take photos of crosses.
Several months later the thought came to me to turn my photos into cards. I had recently visited my cousin in Colorado, still taking photos of crosses, and 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 I had been taking, made into greeting cards, could be the vehicle to help the little girl I met in Cuba. Today, I still communicate with her via email."
Born in Macon, Missouri, Amy's roots run deep throughout Missouri. She's 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, Amy was Senior Vice President, HR Director at Arvest Bank, for the Kansas City market.
Selected to the City of Kansas City's Centurions Leadership program; class of 2015. Amy has served on the board of the Linwood YMCA, in the heart of the inner city, where she often spoke to youth about healthy food options, the International Relations Council of KC as an Executive Officer, and was mayoral appointed to the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, an economic development incentive commission, serving six years. Amy currently provides human resources consulting services, takes photos of crosses and writes about faith.
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Book Interview, Dec. 2020
In this short video interview, three selected photos and messages from the book are discussed with Rev. Trevor Dancer. Talking about the presence of faith in our everyday.
Speaking to groups of all ages about her inspirational story of faith, the "everyday" cross in her book In Plain Sight, Amy uses her experience, insights, and humor to provide an authentic testimony in her pursuit of the Cross. It's a nontraditional path with messages of hope, inspiration, entrepreneurship and perserverance.
"Amy was able to challenge us to rethink our understanding of the cross. The symbol of our faith, is not only contained in specific places designated for faith to be practiced, but experienced and present in obscure and easily overlooked spots. The passion she brings to the topic is palpable and contagious. She sparked conversation within our church and helped open our eyes to see the cross wherever we go. She was a delight and an inspiration to our church and will be wherever she goes." -Rev. Trevor Dancer
Listen Here. Interview with Pastor Dancer, Searching for the Truth - The Cross, January 21, 2018
"In this materialistic, cynical world, Amy’s inspirational message is that it doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to step off the well-worn road and find the path God wants us to walk, pursue the passions that make us joyful, and live a meaningful life of purpose and love." - Shirley Gilmore, Pathways