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Life and Work with Nadja Amahn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadja Amahn.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in ATL but I’ve been an LA kid my entire life. In this town like many others, there are a lot of things to aspire to or fall behind with. I’ve always been a big daydreamer, and it wasn’t until later in my teens I realized that those daydreams were actually real goals, and with a more conscientious attitude, I could achieve it all.

I moved out of state for a year to get away and somehow ended up working three jobs at once. Although the income was good, that taught me that I can work very hard… for someone else. I had an epiphany, that if I invested as much energy into myself as I do for other people, imagine what heights I could reach.

So, I decided to start focusing first on self-love, and it has become the base of my being. I took the time to learn how to love and accept myself, and make changes where needed (a never-ending cycle). As my love for myself grew, my love for others and my community did as well and I wanted people to experience what I had. I found out that I had a voice, and started speaking about self-love publicly to my follower on socials, growing a little community of self-starters and inspiring women and girls.

Since then, I have been on a mission to spread love & self-appreciation. I have been so blessed to meet so many amazing people who are also on that path who have helped guide me further. My dreams never felt like they were just for me. I’m excited to uplift as many as possible and see them become the dream itself. I hope that in staying strong through my course of life (whatever that may be) while showing others their power, someone who follows behind me can take those steps a little bit easier. Just trying to create a change in a crippled pattern. 🙂

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has definitely been a bumpy one!

The whole reason I first got into self-love was because for a long time, I didn’t believe I had any real worth. Later all in one moment, I realized that I was the only one who could provide what I needed to flourish. Once I did that, I was able to tackle a lot of things I thought were impossible (still working on it), but I have pushed my bounds when it comes to social anxiety. I have now many genuine friends who are inspiring people to the world, trying to make it a better place.

Just this past year has been the hardest one I’ve ever gone through and if I hadn’t been training myself (my mind), I would’ve broken instead of gaining so much strength. It was such a blessing in disguise. I say, “A-rose through the ashes… don’t doubt what your capable of”. Realize that you can control your own mind and when you confidently know how to use it, that is the greatest gift.

[Daily Reminder: Do not bring negativity to yourself, watch what words you use. Switch I can’t, to I will! etc.]

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I have always been an artist, that has been my passion since I was a little girl. Something about creating is satisfying for both my mind and eye. I started out with the basics, drawing and painting all through grade school. I accumulated a lot of knowledge just from life experience and studying the world in a different way. It wasn’t until later after high-school I found some confidence in my work and decided to have my first solo art show in Seattle, WA. I moved back to Los Angeles where I closed off artistically for a bit but was revived once I got into photography. All of the different angles and emotions you can create through the view of a lens was very influential. Incorporating the photography-eye to my art inspired me to pick up a brush once again and start painting. I now work as a freelance artist, and 20% of my painting sales are set aside to go back into the community. People should feel supported by their neighbors and this is my small way of contributing.

Aside from being an artist, I love being either an ear or voice to the public. I speak regularly about self-love and acceptance, I think it’s important for people of all ages to know that there is something special about them that should be acknowledged. There is not, and will never, be another you… and when people realize that instead of try to conform, I think a lot of good will get done. I speak on a live advice column called ‘Self Love with Nadja,’ I get to chat with so many different people of all ages with amazing stories and give them love and light. It’s a mind-blowing experience, and I’m focusing on a way to have that on a grander scale someday.

I am nobody but myself, Nadja. I am proud of who I am and where I’m going… I just want to help more people see themselves as well.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
Media seems to always mention the “challenges” we women face, yet seem to dismiss all the amazing accomplishments that are happening on the daily. I feel that women regardless of the cap are breaking through the roof quite often and are complete bosses about it. If you pay attention to a smaller niche of media, say a blog full of mamas or young black females, the news you see is a lot different. I focus on getting my information from the people who are actively invested in it, not paid to change out a word or two.

Aside from that, I believe that women are capable of anything they put their minds to… and I could not be more genuine about that statement!

Pricing:

  • Small Geometric Painting $30 (20% Donated Back to the Community)
  • Medium Geometric Painting $60 (20% Donated Back to the Community)
  • Large Geometric Painting $100 (20% Donated Back to the Community)

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Image Credit:
Baheem Devaughn, Monhand, Wessy Woo

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