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Meet Amy Watters! Amy was born and raised in Kamloops. She is a smiley nanny who loves to hang out by the water!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kamloops?
I was born and raised in Kamloops.
Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
I obviously love my family and friends, but my favourite humans are the tiny kind. I love spending time with the three little girls I nanny, as well as my little pal Arie. Kids have the most beautiful and genuine way of looking at the world.
What is your favourite local store in Kamloops and why?
Hello Toast, and if you don't know why then you obviously haven't eaten there. RUN don't walk and go get brunch.
Describe yourself in one word.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Anywhere tropical. I am SUCH a water and warmth kind of person, so Kamloops winters are not necessarily my highlight of the year.
What is your favourite activity in Kamloops?
My favourite thing about Kamloops is how surrounded by water we are. I never feel more at peace than out in the middle of a lake.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
I can't think of anything specific so I'm guessing I've probably repressed it.
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
I feel like this is a really tough question. I choose to see inspiration as often as possible. I saw a quote recently that said something along the lines of "we need to romanticize everyday life," and I believe part of that is finding inspiration in the day-to-day simplicity. But the girls I nanny are constantly inspiring me to be a better person, which I would say is true of any kids I interact with. Recently, the six-year-old said she didn't want to pick a favourite holiday because it would make the caretakers of the other holidays sad. It's simple comments like this that inspire me to be more aware and have more compassion for others. If she can be that concerned about Santa and the Easter Bunny's feelings then we can all do better as people.
Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
My family would spend every weekend during the summer at Shuswap Lake - anyone sensing a theme throughout this? - and when I think of my childhood that's automatically what pops into my mind. The freedom and independence, waking up to go straight from pyjamas to a bathing suit, with a healthy dose of sugar, staying up past bedtime, freckles, and sunburns (have you seen how pale I am?). I can definitely say that those summers shaped who I am as a person.
Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
My favourite way to give back is to involve the girls I nanny. Whether it's participating in World Kindness Day and making care packages for local homeless people, or simply reminding them to hold doors and be kind, I believe there are so many ways to contribute to a stronger community for the future.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
The fact that waffles are considered mainly a breakfast food... what wasted potential. But in all seriousness, I think we are way too quick to judge each other. Realistically, we are all just doing what we can with what we've got - whether that's information or resources. So if instead of judging, we were able to empower each other to always be striving for better, the world could be a very different place.
Where would you sneak away to in Kamloops to spend some time alone?
This is going to sound so weird... But Staples and Chapters. I have an obsession with stationery supplies, so that's my version of retail therapy. Needless to say, I have an awesome pen collection. Also, a lake but I felt like that would be too obvious.
Where would you like to see positive change in Kamloops and why?
I know there are already many organizations with initiatives in place, but I definitely think greater support for homelessness is always a positive change.
What do you think makes Kamloops great?
I love the community feel of Kamloops. I lived in Calgary for two months and COULD NOT handle the anonymity of the big city. I need small-town support in my life and we definitely have that here.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
1. Spend two months travelling around Indonesia.
2. Become a foster parent.
3. Train at a corporate event for 10,000+ people.
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I don't want to call it a fear... but let's say I'm easily freaked out by birds.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Why did you get into/start this business?
It kind of fell into my lap. I truly believe that timing is everything and, at that moment, I was in a place where I was open to opportunities. I like a good challenge so I went all in. It allowed me to create an income and impact while in school.
What is the goal of your business?
For me, it's to empower other people. Whether it's with the tools to take control of their health or the encouragement and belief in them that empowers them to take control of their dreams and finances. That’s what it’s all about for me.
What has been your biggest struggle either at work or in life?
Moving past what I felt others expected from me and doing what actually fires me up. I spent a lot of time concerned about disappointing people by choosing a new path for myself. Life’s too short to not spend it doing things that light your soul on fire.
What do you always find yourself saying?
"Let's just lift each other up" is kind of my motto. The world has enough negativity so I try to be a little bit of sunshine whenever I can.
Tell us your best piece of life advice.
It's going to sound cliched, but try your best to stop caring what others think of you. I try to live by the quote "Other people's opinions of me are none of my business."
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
Ellen Degeneres. "Be kind to one another" is a sentiment I wholeheartedly believe in. Plus how good of an ab workout would I get from 24 hours of laughter?
Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
You truly are impacting a person's life by shopping locally.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Getting my degree in Microbiology is something I'm very proud of, but so is being brave enough to go against the grain after graduating. I can already tell you that, one day, my proudest accomplishment will be having kids of my own though.
Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
Especially because of the time of year, to any teachers reading this, you're the real MVPs. We appreciate you and so do your students, even if they haven't listened to you all month.
My choice for the KamloopsBCNow In Focus spotlight is:
Ashley Miller - Daring & Distressed.
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