I met Amby Felix virtually, through her blog, and then started following her on instagram. One day she posted fairy dust cupcakes and I knew then, there had to be more magic where that came from . I mean if I'm honest I have an obsession with sparkle. Lovers, Amby was the first person to introduce me to edible glitter ............................................................................. Sorry I passed out again like I did the first time!
She has a sense of humor too! I remember reading the blog post and she made it clear that if remaking the recipe we should not use craft glitter. I laughed, of course not! Who would ever think that .....yea ok, that disclaimer was helpful. But I can't be the only one who thought maybe at a 375 degrees it became editable! Just be honest!
Ever sense then she has become a blogging pal and such a beautiful encourager on this journey. I love that about her. She's always making the most of each day of life and making sure the people around her do the same; while at the same time not at all afraid to show her peter pan stripes! She's a mom, whom I'm totally convinced, is the coolest and to her kids too, she has them doing some of the coolest stuff, like making candy sushi!!! (see a picture below) In this heart to heart Amby shares not only the ladygirl behind AmbyFelix.com but also the makings of AmbyFelix.com. ENJOY!
How did art/creativity come into your life?
I started playing the piano at age 6 by ear. I took guitar class my last two years of high school (where I met my husband) and I never put it down. I've always been drawn to music and anything that allowed me to create.
How do you express yourself daily?
The best way I can express myself is to not apologize for who I am while continuing to being kind to people. If people have a problem with me, it's only a reflection of them.
What did it take to convince you, you were an artist/creative?
I always knew I was creative. I never experienced a moment of epiphany. I was the kid who doodled on her arms so it looked like I had a ton of tattoos and found myself carried away cutting my clothes apart and painting my shoes. I used to pretend to have my own radio show, and my guests were either characters I created or characters I could impersonate. I used to record them on an old cassette player I found in my garage lol!
What shifted for you to take your art to the next level?
Cooking at home was always a pleasurable experience, and I enjoyed learning about it. It was also scary to think that I could do it professionally. It took me a while to summon up the courage or even have an opportunity to attend culinary school. My husband pretty much dragged me to enroll while I continued to kick and scream with self doubt. I learned through my cooking career that in order to grow as a person, you HAVE to face those fears which freak you out. For me, it was working with intimidating people and working in a fast and stressful environment but I absolutely loved it!
What's your inspiration.? How do you feed/care for your artist/creative?
Most people in the culinary world are inspired by their vacation in Province, or local ingredients which is amazing, but I'm inspired by my lifestyle too! Eccentric fashion, video games, anime, animation, and all things whimsy are what inspire me to cook (and play guitar). Don't get me wrong, I am very much in tune with seasonal produce and am so excited about the abundance of ingredients available here in California, and discovering new ingredients from other cultures, but... I'm just not the type of person who is inspired by mushroom picking; I'm inspired by the proud belief that fairies might just so happen to hang out under those mushrooms. ;0)
What's the relationship with art to your day job? What do you tell people you do?
Well, I was a lead line cook, and worked just about every position in a restaurant kitchen, and worked at many types of restaurants, from shady ones, to Michelin rated ones. I grew tired of having to work so hard in order to bring the imagination of others who were in charge to life. I loved the restaurant life, and have so many great memories, but I wasn't able to create as often as I wanted to, and many times, when I did, I wasn't given an ounce of credit, which to me is kinda harsh.
I am a food blogger and I get to play video games, watch anime and play with eccentric fashion as part of my inspiration for my recipe development. I love what I do, and although I work more hours than I did for anyone else, and for over a year didn't receive a dime in return, I was still happier, and it's starting to pay off!
How did your art help you with your love for 1. Self, 2. Others, 3. Life?
1. Early in my career, I tried to figure out who I was creatively as far as cooking was concerned and had no voice. I kept forcing myself to find a style of cuisine that made me happy, which techniques... all of that stuff. I happened to be playing a PC game, saw a dish from the game, thought to myself, " YUM! I haven't made that since I worked at this restaurant..." made it for dinner, blogged about it and casually mentioned it was inspired by playing The Sims 3. I received a lot of positive feedback about how cool it was that I played a game and made something eaten in that game. People were more impressed with how the dish came to life than the recipe itself, which was a huge eye-opener to me.
I had made dishes similar 100's of times, but it never felt memorable because I was just doing my job. I finally started to find my culinary voice and inspiration.
2. When I realized how happy it made my readers, THAT made me super happy. It's so rewarding when people tell me that something I shared on my blog has become a new tradition in their household, and it really motivates me to create the best I can. Other people helped me figure out what I wanted to do for a living. I'm so grateful and it motivates me to keep going when I don't want to work on the boring stuff the blogging world demands like SEO, HTML, website health and everything else that is tedious to me personally. I've started to study photography and am going to invest in a nice camera because I'm so determined to give people the best experience when they visit AmbyFelixdotcom.
3. I get to do what I love for a living. I do not believe in trading time for a fixed rate of money anymore. I believe in living in the moment, taking a risk, and making sacrifices in order to do what you love for a living. I'm so much happier now than I have ever been creatively, financially and spiritually. I know it may seem crazy, but blogging has changed my life completely. I'm thankful for being so creatively anemic in the restaurant world because that, and recovering from some work-related injuries inspired me to find a creative outlet, which is blogging.
Has your art called you to at different way of living and seeing the world? If so how?
I have had the privilege of connecting with other creative and amazing people just like Miss Liv Love through blogging and expressing myself online. As an only child, I've spent most of my recreational time alone, and looking back, I was always doing something artistic. However, I didn't go out and share it with others that much aside from the eccentric outfits I coordinated. Doing so now on my blog has really inspired me to break out of my shell and I've learned how to accept a compliment. I embrace the appreciation from others more. I'm almost 31 now, and I feel more childlike and free creatively than ever.
Has art/creativity been a form of creative therapy for you?
Music and cooking are infinite sources of knowledge. Although I never really translated my past, painful experiences or wandering thoughts through music or cooking, I used those forms of creativity as distractions, and the process of creating is what brings me peace to my spirit, and makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin, which makes me comfortable with my past and insecurities. All of that has been therapeutic for me and I hope some how,I can inspire other people to have those positive experiences because as rewarding being an entertainer is, I also want to contribute in other ways like personal growth through what I do and inspire others to just love themselves. ^_^
Amby is/was one of the first biggest supporters of Unbelievably Human. AND It makes soo much sense why! cause she's a total Lover + TOTALLY Unbelievably Human. From her Love for Self, Others, and Life to the amazing way she expresses herself! I can't get enough of the cool whimsical things that she creates! Who doesn't love a good dose of whimsy? I sure do, and I think it's why Amby and I virtually connected so well. She was totally for my whimsy and me for hers. Thank you Amby for sharing your inspiration in such away that I hope anyone reading this is encouraged to keep finding there voice and open to inspiration coming from anywhere! It could set you on the path of the most wildest and best experiences ever! Love it and love you Amby!
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