We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Ambery Bowman. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Ambery below.
Ambery, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Are you happier as a business owner? Do you sometimes think about what it would be like to just have a regular job?
Being a business owner is not for the weak!
I still have a “regular” job but I am grateful that I have my own identity (business) outside of my regular 9-5.
Like some business owners, there are moments where I still second guess if I am capable of having and growing my own business. There are times where I am getting sales consistently and there are times when things are quiet. In those moments I think about my why. Why did I start my business in the first place? And I remind myself that birthing a business was apart of my purpose that God signed off on. So anything that he has his hands on I don’t need to question or second guess. I get confirmation through random customers who’ve read my book, or people who’ve heard a poem I recite. To know that I am being used to touch people in an impactful way keeps me going. Being a business owner – no matter how fast or slow things are moving, is something I’m excited and proud to be.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
I am the owner of The Woman I am Becoming LLC, a business and brand designed for women who are continuously working to be the best versions of themselves. This allows me to passionately promote self love and self care through the poetry that I write and perform, workshops that I facilitate, and merchandise that I create and sell. I am also the author of To The Woman I am Becoming: the journey to womanhood through poetry. Becoming an author is something that I am most proud of – being completely vulnerable on paper has been easy for me my entire life, but sharing it with the world is a different level of bravery. I’m still amazed that my book has reached the arms of so many people and has touched the hearts of several. I want my story and my experiences to help other women, especially the younger generation. I have a soft spot for young women; we deal with so much growing up that impacts us when we arrive to womanhood. If I can be a light or my words can be a guide and resource to our young women then that defines success for me.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
The first one on my list would be the validation I get of knowing I am doing what I was put on this earth to do. This comes in forms of people in several parts of the world who reach out and share how an article I wrote, my book, or a poem they saw online I performed touched them in a certain way. Or someone coming up to me after a poem to tell me “they needed to hear that.” To know that God is using me to bless other people is the most rewarding thing ever. I seem to get validation the most when I am having moments of feeling low or self-doubt. I like to think that’s Gods way of whispering “keep going.”
The second reward would be networking. I’ve met so many talented poets who have not only poured into me but inspire me creatively and on a personal level. There’s nothing like being in the presence of people you can learn from.
The last thing would be having an outlet to release things. When I’m feeling upset, down, or just need to get some things out, I can go to an open mic and release it. It’s like therapy. And I will walk out of the venue feeling 10 times better. Writing is also therapy, even if I decide I don’t want to share it with the world. It helps me stay sane.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
I had to unlearn that people are obligated to support you- because no one is. As creatives we are passionate and sensitive about what we put out and I think sometimes we feel like the people closest to us should support us, especially family and close friends. I learned quickly that is not the case, and it’s okay. My focus has switched to who does support and appreciate them for it rather than who doesn’t. I’ve also learned that strangers support your craft the most, and I think that’s actually a blessing… to touch people that don’t even know you. But the reality is, no one is obligated to support you.
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