Im so thrilled to share with you this weeks inspiration, one of my closest friends and a very inspiring and caring woman! Not only is this girl super fit but she is also very smart, generous and on a mission to change the world for the better. Amber has been apart of the fitness and health industry for a long time, and along with her own ups and downs she is now teaching others how they too can find a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Im also very excited to share with you the launch of Ambers e-course, an online health and wellness program called 60 Days to a Sexy Soul. Want to know more, check our her links at the bottom.
Hi Beautiful, Lets start with how you would sum up yourself, in one sentence I’m a determined, passionate and loving girl who believes there are no mistakes in life, only lessons.
Couldn’t agree with that more, life and its lessons….So Amber what is your motivation to get up and do what you do every day? I have a burning desire to inspire others to stop merely existing and to start really living. I want people to realise there is more to life than feeling sick, tired, overwhelmed and depressed.
What kinds of things inspire you? And who do you admire or find inspiration through? Travel and culture inspire me, I love meeting people from all walks of life and hearing about how they got to where they are today. I admire people who are passionate about helping others, especially those brave enough to share and relive their stories.
Yes, I think a lot of successful coaches, naturopaths or nutritionists are generally the ones who have lived through the tale, and can help others from their own journey,
What or who was it that inspired you to create a change in your life, to help others and/or to become the amazing woman you are today? Wow!! Where do I begin? I was lucky enough to learn a lot early on in life, My father was diagnosed with Cancer when I was 18 months old, as a result I spent many years visiting him in hospitals… He went through Radiotherapy and survived (unlike the 20 other men on the trial). Naturally I decided I was going to help the World and cure disease! I began studying nursing, before transferring to biomedical science. It was only once I begun work experience for a major pharmaceutical company that I discovered the truth about industry and abandond the medical world in favour of the preventative health promotion of fitness and nutrition.
What was your wake up call or ‘aha’ moment that you realised you had to make a change or that you wanted to create a change in the world around you?
When I was 22 I was hospitalised with depression for the third time. Due to a traumatic few years and a strong family history with the disease I was told by the proffesionals (Medical Drs and psychiatrists) that I was beyond help. I was told I should expect a life of anti-depressants and therapy. I didn’t like my prognosis and certainly didn’t like feeling so damn depressed so I began a journey into self discovery using “alternative” treatments… It was a long, slow road, but with determination I made it through to the life I live now.
Self Love is so powerful and of high importance don’t you think, what would you say are the 3 things you love most about yourself Absolutely! I struggled with this for years!
I love that I have an insanely accurate intuitive streak. I can “feel” a lot of energy that guides me in the right direction… sounds crazy but its true!
My ability to feel – I used to think this was a curse as I felt pain so much, now I see it as a blessing as I can feel and give love so strongly
My passion for health and wellbeing, they say that the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who usually do… Who wants to be normal when you can be crazy?
Crazy is definitely more fun! I know you have been through some challenging times, but have grown so much through them, What would you say has been your biggest personal hurdle or health challenge? Aside from my depression my recent Hip reconstruction and diagnosis of Ankolysing Spondylitis would has to have been a major physical hurdle.
How has it changed you, helped you to grow? How did you overcome it? My hip reconstruction took away my major coping mechanism, which was exercise. It taught me that I had to have multiple coping strategies and that I needed to strengthen my mind. I learnt that you must continually learn and grow as a person to get the most out of life. As Albert Einstein said: “Once you stop learning, you start dying”.
On that, What advice would you give to someone who is going through their own personal challenges or hardships? What do you think has helped you most through your darkest times? When I am at my darkest place I try to remember that there can only be a rainbow after the rain. One thing that I have learnt lately is that it is ok to be sad, sometimes there is so much pressure to stop being sad that you feel like you are never going to get out. This extra pressure creates anxiety and so a downward spiral begins! The important thing is even though if you feel sad you still take some steps towards a better future, even if they are small steps. … The time is going to pass anyway and you are going to wish you started taking baby steps earlier. You have to get uncomfortable if you want to change, you NEED to get out of the house, you NEED to exercise and you NEED to eat well.
I noticed that you love to ground yourself down by the ocean, would that mean you agree that you need to nourish your mind equally as much as the body, if so why? And what is it that you do to achieve this? Hell yes!! Your nourishment comes from so much more than just what you eat. As a western culture we have separated our body from our spirit, which has been to the detriment of our true health. Every other culture treats a person as a whole and despite the lag in medical technology, all of these cultures report a much lower rate of depression, anxiety and suicide. I believe in the concept of nourishing your soul so much that I have actually developed an online wellness program, named 60 Days to a Sexy Soul. The program runs for 9 weeks, covering everything from nutrition to grounding, including the powers of crystals and movement. Food is only part of the equation.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote, mantra or affirmation?
Dream Believe create succeed.
It was a quote that was posted on the wall in the dr’s office when I was in hospital recovering from depression. It was the first quote I ever wrote down and it really resonated with me, I thought if you could dream that something was possible, and if you truly believed in that dream then you would be able to put the work in to create that dream, which would result in succeeding.
Thank you Amber, not only do you inspire me on a regular basis as my best friend but Im sure your story if it hasn’t already, will help many see the light, Im so grateful to have you as part of my life and the “You Inspire Me’ series, Would you leave us with your favourite food or recipe creation?
That would have to be one of your balls Rebecca!! Always a sucker for a healthy treat!!
Connect with Amber:
Web : www.amberwalker.com / www.60daystoasexysoul.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheAmberWalker
Instagram : amberlwalker
Hope you all enjoyed this week, If you have any comments or feedback on anything at all, leave it below! Until next week….keep being inspired to live the best life you can!