If You’re Struggling

  1. Walk away from the tv, the computer, the cell phone. Even just for 5 minutes. Take a few deeply conscious breaths, go outside, or call someone you trust. Your Mind Matters.
  2. Recovery International offers in-person, online, chat and phone meetings.
  3. IMAlive offers immediate chat with volunteers.
  4. 7 Cups of Tea offers instant support and online counselling, too.
  5. Therapy For Black Girls is committed to making mental health issues more accessible and relevant for Black women. There’s a podcast here (weekly, I think).
  6. The Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386 gives support to LGBTQIA youth.There’s also a text option. Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.
  7. AAAl-Anon and Alateen host in-person and online meetings all over the US.
  8. The National Alliance For Mental Health (NAMI) offers a phone HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) available Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET if you want help finding resources in your area.
  9. NAMI’s 24/7 crisis text line is reached by texting NAMI to 741-741
  10. The National Suicide Prevention Line answers the phone 24/7 800-273-TALK (8255).

Each of these resources is free or low cost (sliding scale) and are available to all religions, sexual orientations and skin colors. Some are staffed by trained volunteers, some are staffed by licensed counselors.

We are all in this together, and there’s no shame in admitting that sometimes we all need a little help. #IDontMind

© copyright HeyAmyLou 2017 – All rights reserved

cross posted to Irish Yoga Chick


May Deal – Pay What You Think Is Fair

A couple of weeks ago maybe, as I was sitting in my office staring out the window, I was overcome with how much my life has changed and how overwhelmingly grateful I am for so much.

A couple of years ago life was upended. All at once. As is life’s prerogative. Initially, this was not o.k.

Not. O.k. At. All.

I was fond of saying “It’s fine if my work life is chaos as long as my home life isn’t.” And vice versa. This was not that. This was all chaos all the time.

A couple of months ago, the last of that chaos worked it’s way out of the picture.

And that’s how I came to be looking out my office window a couple of weeks ago. That office, that window, that view, are the end result of all that chaos. And the view feels good.

HeyAmyLou came to be during all that chaos. And now is the time to celebrate.

So, HeyAmyLou is making May Pay What You Think Is Fair Pricing Month for our newsletter production and design services, mailing list development and maintenance, or website development services.

You tell us what you think is fair pricing. HeyAmyLou will  give you the same great service, product and attention you always get.

HeyAmyLou is a company built around ethics, respect, family, and fun. We take pride in the ability to meet our client’s needs. Pay What You Think Is Fair Month is our virtual cake and candles celebration. A big WHOO-HOO! We MADE it!

We want you and your business to make it, too.

© copyright HeyAmyLou 2017 – All rights reserved

*image created with Canva.

This Is Your Year

Are you ready to make your small business the best it can be? Have you decided that the best use of your time doesn’t include website maintenance or social media marketing? Or maybe this is the year to turn your part-time dream into a full-time gig (congratulations you!). HeyAmyLou wants to help and we’ve got just the right tools and services to strengthen you and your business.

During the month of January many of our services are specially priced because we believe in you and want to be there when you succeed.

  • Website Design and Maintenance
  • Newsletter Production and Design
  • Mailing List Development and Maintenance
  • Marketing Audits
  • Client Scheduling Software Setup and Support
  • One-on-One Collaboration
  • Training – We’re expanding our trainings this year, including how to create the perfect social media plan for your clients / customers and emergency preparedness for small businesses. Trainings can be conducted in small groups or one-on-one.

And, you can receive 20% off any service Feb-Dec. 2017 when your friends hire HeyAmyLou.

Contact us today to bring your small business dream to life.

© copyright HeyAmyLou 2017 – All rights reserved

cross-posted to IrishYogaChick

Save Missouri Libraries

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[Update 4.03.2015: $43 Million now available for priorities, including libraries.]

For many years I worked in the non-profit sector, as the Executive Director of an Adult Literacy Center in Springfield and the Associate Director of Programs for an Adult Literacy Center in Kansas City.

Some of my most impactful mentors were the adult learners with whom I spent so much time. All of them were accomplished, successful, smart and determined. Most of them said the one thing they wanted to do as adult readers was walk into a library without feeling ashamed, alienated, or intimidated because they didn’t know how to read.

That’s the thing about libraries. They empower people. All people. Just the thought of being able to walk into a library and be able to get information out if it was a major motivator for these adults.

That’s my story. There are a million others: The job-seeker who uses the internet to surf job boards. The mother who takes her kids there for story time and receives a minute or two of time for herself. The teenager who checks out books on 3D animation and teaches herself how to code. The family in rural Missouri who goes to the library to stay connected to their community.

Libraries are important. Please share this around and consider signing the petition asking Governor Jay Nixon to release the other 90% of the already allocated funding for 2015.

© copyright HeyAmyLou 2015 – All rights reserved

More Of This. Please.

Philanthropists Pick up Tab for ‘Batkid’ Day in San Francisco

As  I understand it, there were approximately 11,000 volunteers and spectators in attendance for SFBatKid — police
officers and public works department employees were all on regular duty – much like any other San Francisco event.

Doing the math, if it cost the city $105,000 to support 11,000 people during the event, that’s a cost of less than $10 per person. Factor in the probability that the majority of those 11,000 volunteers and spectators put money back into the local economy as they ate lunch in the neighborhood, paid for parking, etc. And the publicity. Oh yes. The cost of publicity for an event of this magnitude would have easily doubled that $105,000 expense. Everyone comes out a winner here.

I realize there will always be detractors, people who think traffic should not have been rerouted, police officers should not have been asked to do double duty, etc., etc. I am not one of them. I believe the city of San Francisco did an outstanding job and the indirect benefits will be felt for a long, long time. Plus, there’s a 5-year-old named Miles whose cancer is in remission who will remember that all of the lousy needles and surgical masks and sick days were followed by a day where he got to be the superhero he is.

© copyright HeyAmyLou 2014 – All rights reserved

Irish Center of Kansas City – Dance Out For Jane April 26, 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped make Dance Out for Jane such a wonderful success! Thanks to the support of our participants and sponsors (Boulevard Brewing Company, Brancato’s Catering, Central States Beverage, KC Screenprint and Mid-Con Management) we raised over $5,000 for the Richard family. Of course, none of this would have happened without the enthusiasm and support of our local Irish dance and music community – Ceili at the Crossroads, Clanna Eireann, Driscoll School of Irish Dance, Eddie Edwards and the session musicians, and the O’Riada-McCarty-Manning Academy of Irish Dance. We couldn’t be more proud to be part of the KC Irish Community!!!
I’m so proud to be a part of this community. 
© copyright HeyAmyLou 2013 – All rights reserved

My #26acts

Today I found myself in line behind a mother and her very active toddler. She was trying to unload her cart and wrangle him, and he was having none of it. So I started talking to him about his cookie monster hat and a display of Pez dispensers with Batman, Thor, and a bunch of Princesses I know nothing about. And, even though I understood none of what he said, he seemed to be very happy to tell me everything he knew about each of the characters he saw. 

His mother completed their purchase and loaded her cart to leave. I waved “bye” to the little boy and turned to start unloading my own cart. Suddenly, there’s a little boy hugging my legs and holding up his hand for what his mother explained to me was a high-five.

Here’s the thing about kindness. Sometimes you get so much more than you give.