It is time to announce my next featured entrepreneur! She is sweet, spunky, kind and very talented. She has a big heart and a huge passion for what she does. Her name is Amy Breen and she will be sharing all about herself by answering the questions below.
Tell us a little about you.
I am a 36 year old mom to a beautiful 7 year old girl, a wife of 10 years to a really good man (17 all together) and a proud cancer survivor of 3 years! I had worked in the medical field for 15 years until April of 2014 when I was diagnosed. Im hanging in there but everything has changed. I’m not the same person I used to be and I never will be. I was left unable to physically work. Not as fun as you’d imagine. At the beginning of this year with a lot of nudging from my friends I started a little business that I run from my house and I hand-make all my inventory. Things are starting to finally look up after a couple of really bad years.
Where are you from?
I was born in Bellingham, Massachusetts. My parents divorced when I was 8 and I moved with my Mom and little brother to Rhode Island and my Dad and older brother moved to Florida. It was tough but has made our bond that much closer. I’m happy to say my brothers are my best friends. Even if they don’t know it!
I met my husband while working at the 99 Restaurant when I was just a freshmen in college. He was a cook and I was a waitress. We connected from the moment we met and have so much in common while being completely opposite of each other! It’s been 17 challenging years that I wouldn’t change for anything! We got married in May of 2007, welcomed our first fur baby Rocco a year later. Then a year after that we were blessed with our Leah May. Thankfully prior to my diagnosis and infertility due to radiation treatment. She is the light of our lives, the reason I breathe.
What are your hobbies?
I’ve always been a big reader! I love a real book as opposed to a kindle etc. I love to write. I’ve been journaling since I was 13, and started a special one when I found out I had Cancer. It was Ironic because I was running a Surgical Oncology office. I already knew too much! Anyway, I also really enjoy drawing and sketching! After a few lessons from a friend I started teaching myself! Also sewing has always been a big hobby of mine! Ever since I can remember I was making anything out of a bag of random fabrics my Mom had. Who knew it would come in so handy! One last one, which a lot of people find surprising! I practice Martial Arts with my daughter and we are both green belts! We are not stopping, we will get our black belts one day!
What is your passion?
My passion is love. I love everything about it! It drives me in almost everything I do! My heart and soul go into everything I do and make! I’m far from perfect but I was taught respect as a little girl and to treat others as you want to be treated. Seems to be working!
What is your business?
My business name is Fairytale Pillows by Amy. I hand make Toothfairy pillows for children. They come personalized by the customer and have a little pocket to put the tooth in! I also make throw pillows, ring bearer pillows and take custom orders. I absolutely love what I do!
What is your reason, your why, for your business?
My why is my little family. We’ve been through so much together and always seem to come out stronger. My girl kept me going when I was really sick, she gave me a reason to fight. My husband, without complaining, works 7 days a week, 2 jobs, because I can’t work. I’m so grateful for them both! I don’t know what I’d do without them. I want to contribute and my little business is a start. To sum it up, last week, I bought my daughter some fabric she was begging for when I was shopping. It was on sale and I just couldn’t say no. When we get home she comes over to me and says “Mommy, can you teach me how to make a blanket out of this” Then I can become famous like you.” My heart melted…
Life is an opportunity
Life is precious
take care of it
Life is a challenge
Life is life
Isn’t she amazing? We all have that spark in us, we only have to find it and make it grow! That is just what she did! TO ORDER from Amy you can check out her website by clicking here.