Alright, have you ever met someone and been like, “Dang, they are doing so good!” So you stalk them to find out all their secrets to success. Well, that is how I felt when I discovered our next super spotlight!
Meet Amanda Foust, creator of downsupsteacups.com
“I am married to a fun-loving, resourceful husband and am a mama to two contrasting kiddos whose complete opposite demeanors end up making them perfect partners in crime. My son is an adventure warrior while my daughter is a thoughtful caregiver.I value freedom, connection, growth, change, and creativity. Traveling, journaling, and trying new things are my top three favorite self-care rituals. Beauty is something I can easily recognize even in the messy parts of life. My writing journey started with imaginative short stories as a young child from a small town in Indiana. It later turned into a professional website, resume & cover letter writing, and numerous blog post contributions to various sites. I wanted to find a way for my writing skills to be of value to those around me, and that’s when I started Downs Ups & Teacups.”The tears cried, bubbling laughter, and genuine connection that occurs around the teacup is something I have always treasured. -Amanda Foust Click To Tweet
Who is your role model?
This was a harder question to answer than I anticipated! I would say my role model varies for the different hats that I wear. As a mom, my mother and grandmothers are my role models. As a writer, my role model is Hannah Brencher (https://hannahbrencher.com/). As a life coach, my role model is Megan Gilmore (http://www.larkssong.com/)
I see that you have written for quite a few sites including one of my favorites, Scary Mommy. How was that experience for you? And how did you go about landing those writing gigs?
It was so exciting! I had submitted four other pieces to them over the past year and on the fourth piece, they told me that they liked my work but that they had a similar piece already scheduled. They asked me to submit something else. I was a nervous wreck because this was my first real response from them! So I submitted again telling them about their request (hoping that would help get me in the door) and it did! I would just encourage other writers not to give up! As someone who reads through guest posts every day, there are great writers whose pieces simply don’t fit the site. Become really familiar with the voice of the site and write for that exact audience when you submit. Be open to feedback, and don’t give up!
What is your favorite animal and color?
I would say that dogs are my favorite animal. Purple has been my favorite color my whole life! I’m die-hard 😉
Why did you start blogging? Is this your full-time job, or do you work outside of blogging?
Blogging is a full-time job. It started part time so I could stay at home with my kids, but it has morphed into a full-time gig between the sites I work for and my personal blog. I also am a part-time life coach. I plan to make that my full-time business once my kids are in school! Let’s just say, I don’t sleep much ha!
When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?
My husband is definitely the better cook! I would say my favorite thing he makes is enchiladas! But really, I like it all! Just happy not to have to cook!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, first and foremost, I see myself continuing to learn and grow as a mama. Then I see myself as a full-time writer and life coach who is launching her first book to the dreamers.
Last question… If you could have dinner and dessert with one person, alive or dead, who would it be?
If I could have dinner and dessert with one person alive or dead, it would probably be my husband ha! I wish I had an answer that was deeper and more “purposeful” but I really love my hubby and wouldn’t pass on a chance to have a date with him because they are rare!
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Here’s what people are saying about Downs Ups & Teacups:
“Every story ends with encouragement or insight that prompts me to get back on my feet when I’m down in the dumps. Your stories are honest. They’re not all sunshine and they’re not all rain. I think that’s what makes Downs Ups & Teacups so special. Your stories show life for what it is but still offer optimism that I think we all appreciate so much!” –J.M.
“Amanda’s stories are real, relevant and they always encourage me to think a little deeper in the busy everyday life. Her approach encourages reflection, positivity, and gratitude, and I like that it’s always without ever passing judgment.” –A.E.
“I love reading [Downs Ups & Teacups] stories because they can be deep and they can be funny. It really makes my heart swell.” –A.G.