We had the good fortune of connecting with Annie Armstrong Miyao and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Annie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am always thinking about growing and challenging myself so healthy risk is an inherent part of both my life and career. Big change or trying new things is scary but also invigorating. The challenge of taking a risk can help me clarify my strengths, sometimes figure out what I don’t want, and ultimately build my confidence. I have had a few big career changes in my life, and tolerating the discomfort that comes up around the risk of failure or potential dissatisfaction has helped shape my path, in the best way. As I continue to grow my business, taking risks has led me to some of my most fulfilling endeavors.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a psychotherapist, writer, speaker and mother.

I am always really excited to see the way my clinical practice, writing, public speaking, group workshops and mothering all feed into one another.

Becoming a therapist takes a long time, a lot of patience and years upon years of schooling and training. It is a long path but a remarkably rewarding one. It has enriched my life in countless ways. Part of what I love about my work as a psychologist is how diverse it is; not only is every client different but the ways in which I can engage with the community and culture are always shifting and expanding. I love working one on one with people, holding workshops on Dream Exploration, speaking to large groups and writing about all that I witness and understand about the human condition.

I have a background in theater, it was what I studied in college and the field in which I began my professional career. I was always writing or putting up plays, diving deep into character and the archetypal themes represented in fiction. When I shifted my focus and studies to psychology I went to a Graduate School that drew primarily on the works and theory of people such as Joseph Campbell, and Carl Jung. There was a lot of looking at our shared history and experience of being human beings. I loved studying the ways we are all so different yet interwoven. It connected deeply with me and my history of story telling through theater. This confluence of experience and educations grew my writing and one of my specialities, working with dreams.

Becoming a mother and helping my three kids along their path is the richest and deepest work I do. Also the most challenging, Parenting requires my near constant attention and calls for lots of self compassion, reflection, and resiliency. It is also filled with exceptional sweetness and love so it really fills me up. One of my greatest challenges is balancing it all and making sure I tend to myself while tending to my business and my family. I have to stay really proactive about it and flexible around what that care looks like – as my needs as well as the needs of my business and family are always shifting.

I try and focus on simple ways to take care of myself and for my clients to tend to themselves. This is a big part of my clinical approach and is reflected in some of what I write about, give talks about, and how I engage with my kids. In a busy world it’s hard to carve out big chunks of time to restore, so I try and focus on the simple moments throughout the day that I can reset and find joy.

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?

We moved from Venice to Jefferson Park a few years ago so I would want to visit some old haunts and new favorite spots. A few must do’s/eats/sees would be to head to the beach in Venice for a walk from the pier down towards the Marina then grab some yummy treat from GTA or Gjusta . A visit to LACMA for a gallery walk, or picking up some Bay Cities sandwiches for a picnic at the Getty are also favorite LA outings of ours. The next meal would be at one of my favorite local spots, Highly Likely, Alta or Miz La La. Or we would head to Surfas for one of their paninis and find some yummy inspirational ingredients for a home cooked meal. I would make sure The Huntington or Descanso Gardens was on our short list. We would make time for a hike at Temescal and drive up the PCH to the beach again or bring the kids fishing at the pond at Kenneth Hahn followed by a cocktail at Johnny’s back in our neighborhood.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout
My parents and my husband, who always cheer me on even when I am taking a big risk in my professional life.

Website: anniearmstrongmiyao.com

Instagram: @anniearmstrongmiyao

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