I can’t tell you how excited I am to be featuring this special lady. I know, I’ve been saying this a lot lately, haven’t I? But for real, when Amanda agreed to be interviewed for this feature, my day was made. I couldn’t WAIT to introduce her to you.
Amanda Viviers is one of those wonderful, unstoppable people you come across in life. She lives outside the box, she breaks barriers, she is a natural inspirer, and I am quite certain that once she sets her mind on something, there is no doubt that she will achieve it. With degrees in literature, history and musical theatre, and a background in creative directing, Amanda began a journey of re-invention when she became a Mum (perhaps, one year into my own motherhood experience, this is why Amanda’s ventures resonate with me so much?).
Amanda defines her business as “communications”, and within that she wears a whole lot of hats! In her words;
“I am a public speaker and lately have been speaking at an event, about once a week. I am a writer, I have published three books and have the fourth coming out this Christmas. I am a creative coach, where I consult with women mainly about their dreams, ideas and opportunities helping them ﬁnd their voice.”
Her heartbeat is for women having a go and putting themselves out there, without feeling the need to compare themselves to or compete with others. Awesome, right? Hands down, Amanda is one of the most encouraging people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
But enough from me! I interviewed Amanda on all things life and business, and here’s what she had to say…
First of all Amanda, paint us a bit of a picture of your family/day-to-day life at home?
My days are so very random. One minute I’m speaking on a stage in front of a lot of people and the next I am covered in spaghetti picking up Lego for the tenth time that week. My husband and I run two businesses from home. We live by the beach and intentionally away from the city, so that we can slow down the pace of our lives somewhat. I love to knit. So most nights you will ﬁnd me knitting or making, doing something so I put my phone down. I am essentially a stay at home Mum, who believes having a voice and contribution outside of the home, helps me be a better Mum. I love to cook, have I said that already? I love, love, love to create things, so cooking is an extension of this. But I hate shopping, I really do. I would be the best at Ready, Steady, Cook… A cupboard and fridge full of things (that I didn’t have to lug from the car) and I would go crazy!
What do you love about what you do?
The ﬂexibility. The fact that I am able to contribute to a greater picture but spend most of my week at home. The travel. I seriously love visiting new places and new people. This year I was so blessed to go to Nepal with Baptist World Aid and it was profound.
What is the most challenging part?
The aloneness. Coming from a work environment when I interacted with a hundred or more people a day, to just spending most of my time with my kids. And also how one minute being a Mum can be the best and the next minute I am deep breathing, trying not to scream my head off. Calm the farm, calm the farm. Ha ha!
Who inspires you?
I love Brene Brown, I love Elizabeth Gilbert, I love Lisa Messenger but mostly I love everyday people like you. My mum, my writing gang, my Kin Women gang, women who are having a go and not competing with each other.
What characteristics define you and the way that you run your business?
Integrity; what I say I do, that I don’t over promise and under deliver. That I say no, more often than yes, because then when I say yes, it is my best yes.
Authenticity; that I am the same person on my social feed and on stage as I am in real life. That there are no smoke and mirrors. Occasionally some ﬁlters, but mostly that there is a very small distance between my everyday and my online footprint.
What’s your advice for women wanting to a develop a ‘boss’-like mindset?
Find your voice. What is it that only you can say? How is your story steeped in wisdom that can help another? Have courage, step out, you never know what is on the other side of your expression. And never fear failure. It is the greatest teacher. And also never fear that you are too old, too fat, not pretty enough or not enough period. I
promise you are enough. You are enough. You have something to say. Have a go.
Your own business ventures aside, you also work alongside your husband on his business, Maximus & Liberty. Tell us about that?
My husband’s business is a not-for-proﬁt surf brand, that raises funds for surﬁng proﬁts that takes kids of the streets and gets them involved in more positive activities. We named it after our kids. Our goal is to steep our family in a tradition of legacy. That our kids grow up knowing that their names represent Strength and Freedom, and that we as a family live to help others live that way. That this would be the way my kids know the culture of their family!
And how about your new book, Dear Single Self, coming out in December?
So I was single for most of my twenties and thirties and I was so sick of the formulas and simple cliches that people used to try and stop awkward conversations. I asked thirty of my friends to write a letter to their former single selves. And the letters were profound. The book is a collection of these stories and my own.
For more info on Dear Single Self, and to pre-order your copy, please click here.
Thanks heaps Amanda for letting us get to know you a bit better!
Amanda also happens to be ridiculously generous and is offering Her Happy Heart’s readers a free copy of her first eBook “Capture 30 Days” – just use the code “inspire” at checkout!
I really, truly encourage you to connect with Amanda and her work through her various channels: