It’s here! For the first installment of Changemaker Q&A, we’ll be sitting down with Amy Clover of Strong Inside Out. I first met Amy at the World Domination Summit, and I am so excited to be able to share what she’s doing with you. She has a smile that can light an entire room, and a story that shows how powerful and transformative taking care of ourselves can be.
One of the (many) reasons that her story resonates so strongly with me is her focus on building yourself up from the inside first – taking care of yourself, building strength, confidence, health and happiness from within. And, she’s living that advice; no hollow message here, just truth and a passionate desire to bring positive change to the world. I sincerely hope that she inspires you as much as she has inspired me!
So, without further ado, Amy Clover.
1. What is the world changing work that you are bringing into existence? (Tell us a bit about what your work means to you and why you think it’s important for the world.)
I am working to raise hope and inner strength through physical movement. Having fought depression and obsessive compulsive disorder with fitness, I know firsthand the life-changing effects of pushing one’s limits. So many people immediately reach for magic pill solutions that act as bandaids, only covering up the problem without treating the actual wound itself. By nurturing our souls and bodies, and becoming present, all the power in the world can be ours. My mission is to help the hopeless realize that there is indeed hope, and it’s only a run away.
2. What was the moment or situation that made you realize the way you were approaching this work was unsustainable? And, how did you find your way back to balance out of those challenges?
When I launched The 30×30 Project Tour last year, I had all the energy in the world. Then, I tried to do it all myself. I quickly realized that it wasn’t the best idea; I was distracted, I forgot to do major things at the events like take pictures with the group or have people sign in, and I was just exhausted. Blissfully so, but still! When I started planning this year’s programs and tour, I realized that I would need help, so I established a system to integrate more groundwork with local partners in each city. This way, I’ll be able to have help in each city and an enthusiastic group of people when I get there!
3. What are you doing differently now – how are you maintaining a balanced place moving forward?
I do not overcommit myself like I used to. I now have to say “no,” most of the time, when just last year, I was eager to say “yes” to everything that I was offered! It feels horrible to let people down, but I know that if I spread myself too thin, what I end up giving falls short on expectations anyways. I’d rather give my all to fewer projects than disappoint with too many.
4. If you could give that past self one piece of advice or guidance, what would it be? Or, if you wouldn’t change anything, why not?
Get help! I’d tell myself that there’s no reason why you can’t ask for help. Also, I’d give myself a system for each event from the get-go. Things were a little shaky at the start of last year’s tour. Can’t wait to just rock this year’s out of the park!