We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Arends and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amy, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
Yes, I live by powerful affirmation. One of my favorites is- It is safe for me to honor my needs first. Having a daily morning routine is crucial for me to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul. Self care is so important to me because I saw that my mother did not take care of herself. She was overweight and on antidepressants. Although she always seemed happy on the outside, her internal clarity must have been foggy. She made the mistake of going off and on her medication. With the harsh side effects of being on antidepressants this chemical imbalance on her brain cause her to take her own life. It is my mission now to help guide others who have lost a loved one to suicide cope and heal in natural healthy ways. Letting people know it is not selfish, but safe to put your needs first, In turn you will take care of yourself and can be there to help others. I have become a Certified Life Healing Coach and Mental Health Advocate because I believe no matter what losses you’ve endured you are absolutely capable of rising above them to create fulfillment in all areas of your life. To balance and grow to became to best version of yourself and Thrive. Peace&Love  

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have become a Certified Oola LIfe Healing Coach to spread my mission about not hiding the stigma about depression and mental illness. To guide others to have more options to talk openly about real issues going on after the loss of a loved one. To have alternative chemical free products, made by me, and work on the daily self care routines. I have my clients think about 7 core areas of life. To find balance and growth in the areas of Fitness, Finance, Family, Faith, Field (your career) Friends & Fun. It is a life long journey to strive to work towards getting your Oola Life. Oola meaning – Living in a state of Awesomeness. To find balance, growth and fulfillment in life. To truly live your Oola Life. I guide people through a 10 week course. Setting goals, being realistic,  accountable and finding a routine that works best. Going through this process I realized I was out of balance in my Faith, Field and Finance and was able to developed a plan and path to reach my goals. It was not easy to overcome my challenges after losing my mom to suicide but finding my life purpose to help people through their losses feels good knowing I can give back now. Living Laughing and Loving together everyday. I want the world to know you are not alone in your healing journey. I am a Healer here to guide you to non toxic chemical free lifestyle. To breathe, say healthy affirmations everyday and focus on your dream life. I’ve created a Pod Cast for others to share openly about their loss story. Live Laugh & Love After Loss with Amy Arends. Please join me in getting through this life together. Peace&Love

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was coming to visit for a week I would first let her rest up and get ready for some fun adventures. Monday- Santa Monica Pier for some rides Tuesday- Beach day and Seabirds Kitchen for Tacos Wed- Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Hike up the Culver city stairs Thurs- Go to a Yellow Deli Farm and Restaurant – Hike to the Hollywood sign Sat- Go dancing in Gaslamp San Diego Sun- Walk the Hollywood walk of Fame

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to recognize my wonderful husband Hank Arends for his unconditional love and support. My Oola sisters Deana Kitajima and Aubree Roney for our weekly goals setting and accountability checks. And my best friend Willow Yeomens for encouraging me to tell my story and write it for Shoutout LA.

Website: https://www.livelaughlovewithamy.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amysjet/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amy.winovitch
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrgZHNwjaq84-YIwYiJacJA
Other: Pod cast Live Laugh & Love After Loss- https://anchor.fm/amy901

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