Name: Amy Chan (aka amyfabulous)
Occupation(s): I daylight as a Marketing Maven. And moonlight as a Writer/Columnist for the 24 Hours Newspaper , The Huffington Post and my personal blog,www.amyfabulous.com
Who is your role model: My sister, Alice Chan. She has shown by example that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. She didn’t just talk about change, she went and did it – in her career, moving to New York, becoming a high level executive in the day while taking stand-up comedy on the side… She juggles so much but manages to always be generous, thoughtful, gracious and kind. What a woman!
What do you like most about your job: In my writing, I find it extremely fulfilling to be able to articulate thoughts and feelings in a way that others can relate to. I’ve been so touched by the strangers who reach out to me to let me know how my articles have helped them in some way, inspired them or provided some perspective when they experienced something similar.
Daily ritual: I write every day. Lately, I’ve been practicing keeping a “Live Vision Dream Journal”. Every morning, I write down the life I envision and how my world will look like. The idea is that if you start your morning off this way, you’ll start to manifest it into a reality. I’ve just finished 40 days of doing this. Let’s see if it comes true. =)
The most rewarding part of my job is: Being able to create.
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? In writing – it would be perseverance and honesty. In my marketing career –Almost every opportunity I’ve had has come from someone I know. Building relationships, being kind and approaching relationships thinking “what value can I bring? What can I give?”. Unfortunately, a lot of people approach relationships with “what can I get from you?” and that mentality doesn’t build bridges.
Favourite quote: SUCCESS "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty. to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." -----Ralph Waldo Emerson
Describe your personal style: Feminine, classy chic.
Dream vacation spot? Maldives.
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? Food!
Favourite Vancouver Restaurant: Cioppinos. The Pappardelle is amazing.
What is your biggest indulgence? In general, it would be shoes. If we’re talking about one item it would be my classic Chanel purse.
If there was more time in the day you would: Read more. Write more cards to people.
Favourite social network: Facebook
Favourite Blog: I visit this site for style inspirations everday. The most pretty things that will make any girl’s eyes light up http://fime.tumblr.com/
Where do you go for good ideas? My ideas come from all the different experiences, people, places, etc that I encounter in life. I could be creating a campaign and look back in my memory bank and draw inspiration from a certain meal I had, a picture my mind captured, a magazine spread I saw….
Last song you downloaded: Rainbow by Oh Land
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? To be honest, the toughest challenge in my life has been as of late. I’m rebuilding myself after a really hard heartbreak. And in the process trying to make sure I heal in a healthy way and keep on with grace and integrity.
What are you obsessed with right now? I just got a new place so I’m obsessed with interior design and furniture. Oh, and while I’m at it, women’s empowerment.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? The 5 people you associate yourself the most with, you become.
What advice would you give your younger self? Your empowerment and self-worth is not created by fancy clothes, a perfect body or obsessing over physical beauty. It doesn’t come from tearing other females down. It doesn’t come from men. Your empowerment comes from your contributions, your accomplishments, your integrity, your values and how you love and care for others. Because the other stuff doesn’t last. It can feel good for a moment, and sometimes a long moment, but eventually, it all fades. And you’re left with nothing – except with what you created within.