We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Makovec and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, why did you pursue a creative career?
I never have been much of a talker/social butterfly (unlike my dad who doesn’t know a stranger) and even as a young kid I would rather spend my time with my nose buried in a book or writing little stories such as “The Day It Rained Lemon Pudding” (a personal favorite of my dad’s) and “The Hillbilly Cop” (my first actual book complete with illustrations) so having a creative outlet is something that has always been a big part of my life. However, it really showed its importance after I went off to college. I’m not going to sugarcoat it…college was a rough time in my life. I had just lost my mom, who was my best friend in the whole world, to breast cancer, I was in a very toxic and emotionally abusive relationship where I wasn’t really allowed to see my friends or family or even leave the house except to go to class, and I had a falling out with someone very important in my life. It was honestly one of the lowest points in my life. I felt so isolated and I desperately missed the carefree, confident, and happy girl I used to be. But then one day, against the doubts of the boyfriend who said “you can’t do it; You don’t have time; It won’t be successful” I decided to finally get back to my writing and start a blog. This was something I always wanted to do (in fact having a successful blog is one of my bucket list items!), but never could I have imagined the impact it would have on my life. I left my toxic relationship, I moved into my own place, I finally started smiling again and I knew from the moment I started the blog that it was what I was meant to do. My blog (and now YouTube channel) is where I can be unapologetically me. It’s a place where I can express myself, connect with others, and also hopefully help them in some way whether that is by bringing someone a little entertaining escape from the hubbub of everyday life, providing tips, or even by helping them through tough times. Just knowing that a few of my articles have made an impact on someone’s life in one way or another creates a joy unlike anything I have ever experienced. This blog is hands down my passion and even though it can be stressful at times I know there is nothing in this world I would rather do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Like many people I went off to college not fully knowing exactly what I wanted to do. Because of my unhealthy love of spreadsheets and list making I initially thought accounting/business would be the way to go. However, after finding out I would actually have to do math and try to understand economics I quickly pivoted to something I knew I always enjoyed learning more about, science and medicine. I transferred out of Wichita State University to McPherson College and crammed four years of a biology degree with a pre-med emphasis into only two. It was certainly no easy feat and free time was not really a thing (in fact, almost 5 years later it still isn’t lol), but I persevered and kept reminding myself that one day all this hard work would pay off. It was the thought of my mom, and later my dad who was diagnosed with bladder cancer during my senior year of college, and the thought that one day I would be able to use all this knowledge to become a doctor and help others as their doctors helped them that really made me want to continue. I ended up completing my own personal research project during my two years at McPherson College where I received a grant from the TriBeta Biological Honor Society for my work and the chance for my research to be published into the scientific journal BIOS which should be coming out this summer! I also graduated Magna Cum Laude (0.05 points away from Summa Cum Laude …grrr! lol) and then tried my hand at one of the hardest tests, the MCAT. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out how I would have liked with the test and I decided to take some time away from the med school path and began working as a microbiologist at Pfizer where I have been ever since. Now I help patients in a more behind the scenes capacity by spending my days in a lab ensuring the medicine we send out of our plant is safe for use! However, while I do enjoy the work I do at Pfizer, after starting the blog I know that that is really and truly where my heart lies and so my sights are currently set on trying to turn that and my online clothing store into my full time career. Fingers crossed! So as you can see my journey to where I am at today professionally was certainly full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and even a few u-turns, but I wouldn’t change it. Sometimes you have to try a few things out before you find what you are truly passionate about and while it might not be easy, nothing in life ever truly is. So choose your hard, know in the end all the hard work you put in will be worth it, and remember there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking the scenic route to get to where you are meant to be.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Truth be told there isn’t a whole lot to do in my little area, but I am up for the challenge of creating a fun filled week! Some ideas that come to mind include a sunset picnic at Coronado Heights with sandwiches AND pie (of course!) from one of my favorite places in town, Main Street Deli. We could also go thrifting in the nearby towns, maybe hit up garage sales on a Saturday morning (me and my besties are all thrifting queens), and then we could treat ourselves to a snow cone from Hopp’s Sno Shack here in town. A visit also wouldn’t be complete without at least one Mexican dinner so an outing to La Fiesta or La Fogata is inevitable. With summer on the horizon we could also spend a day at the Sedgwick County Zoo or visit the beautiful Botanica Gardens in Wichita. Finally, to recuperate from all that, we can make a quick trip into Walmart to grab snacks and movies and then head back to my place where we can cuddle up with my three adorable little furbabies and have a girls day in!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is an easy one for me because I am so fortunate to have sooo many amazing friends and family in my life worthy of a shoutout. However, there are a few I want to specifically recognize. Firstly, I want to shout out my friends Nicole and Kristin. The blog started out as a group venture between us three before it kind of became my own solo mission, but I know I wouldn’t have had the courage to start it without having you two by my side. So thank you for jumping off the deep end with me without a moment’s hesitation and for always supporting my little dream. Next, to my dad who I would have to say is my biggest supporter. Every person he meets he is telling them all about my blog, Youtube channel, and now my online clothing store The Everyday Look. It is certainly some of the best free marketing I have ever had so dad, thank you so much and I love you. And finally, to my current blog community. While we might not be thousands in number (yet! lol) I wouldn’t trade any of you for the world. This little community is so dedicated, loyal, and supportive, and words can not describe how grateful I am to have each and every one of you tagging along with me on this everyday adventure I call life. Y’all have saved me more than you know and writing for y’all is such a great blessing so thank y’all for being everyday adventurers with me.