We had the good fortune of connecting with SE Amaya and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi SE, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?

Yes, I do have a favorite quote/affirmation. “The Flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” To me this quote means that despite what may be happening around you, if you learn to adapt, face any fear and continue to keep moving forward, you can still thrive in the environment regardless of the chaos. It is choosing again and again to have a different perspective and be positive no matter what. I love this quote because I think that everyone at some point in their life has had to live through difficult circumstances and sometimes learning to bloom amidst that can be hard and uncomfortable. It is about choosing to be consistently thankful and finding ways to see the magic in everything even if it means the sun is the only ray of hope. A resilient person is rare and the most beautiful in character. I like that the quote is a constant reminder that its not about where your growing but that your growing at all.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Author/writer/Singer. I have been writing since I was nine years old everything from lyrics to books. I have one book published. Its called Knox warrior discovery Isles and its available on amazon, amazon kindle, Barnes and noble and Ingram. This book is what I am most proud of. I started it when I was nine and finished it in college. The rest of my written works aren’t yet published but I hope to publish them in the near future. I have been singing since I was three in almost every single church I’ve set foot in and continue to love it. I have a book full of lyrics that I hope to someday turn into actual songs but I need to find someone who plays an instrument because my instrument is my voice. Currently, I am a substitute teacher for a charter school in the central valley. I teach k-12 but will admit k-3rd are my favorite age groups. It wasn’t easy getting to where I am today professionally but one way I overcame the challenges was by never giving up, taking action and reminding myself to keep moving forward. One of the lessons I have learned along the way is to face my fears. FEAR to me used to stand for Forget everything and run but now it means Face Everything and Rise and that is why I continue to chose to Face everything in life and Rise from it. You haven’t failed until you give up, just keep swimming! Chose that and have faith that things will work out. I would like the world to know/see my passion for writing and singing and I hope to help others through the things I have faced in life through my books/written works and lyrics/songs. Sometimes all someone needs is to get lost in a different world a world where anything is possible. a world that can only be found inside a book.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

There are top five places I would take my best friend if they were visiting the area. the first one would be Montage(the beach) in Laguna beach. This is my favorite beach in the orange county., friendly people, amazing views and one of the most relaxing places in SoCal. The second would be Cha for tea in Irvine. One of the best tea places in SoCal and great for trying new foods in that same little area. The third would be the Honda center to watch an Anaheim Ducks game. I’m a die hard since before 93. Our pond is one of the best and well bring the action and great company with fellow Duck fans. The fourth would be an angels baseball game.(Been a fan since 93 and our stadium is one of the best) fun and great eats inside the stadium. Lastly, I would take them to the Disneyland Resort because who Doesn’t like Disney? I’m also an addict and passholder since 89, they would have the best tour guide ever. From inside the parks to downtown Disney, there would be tons of magic to experience including the surrounding hotels and food places like bubba gump shrimp co.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to God because I couldn’t do anything without him. Philippians 4:13

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