Archive for the ‘Happiness’ Category

The Most Unique Interview I’ve Ever Done: Meghan Trainor

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The May 2017 issue of Cosmpolitan features my sit-down cover interview with the awesome, talented, interesting, warm, funny, cool singer, performer and songwriter Meghan Trainor, who is just the cutest. I’ve interviewed her before (here’s my last chat with her for Seventeen magazine)

Here’s the story on Cosmo‘s site: Meghan Trainor Living Out Loud.

Why was it unique? Because Meghan was on vocal rest for an upcoming vocal cord surgery, which meant she couldn’t actually, like, speak—instead, Meghan typed on her laptop’s Notes app, while her also awesome bestie assistant JoJo translated for her. Anyway, it was such a fun one.

The issue is on stands now.

—Amy

America the Beautiful

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Here is another one of my latest: An interview with the warm, wise, funny, fierce and inspiring America Ferrera for the March 2017 issue of Redbook.

We met up on the set of the NBC television show Superstore, which she not only stars in, but is also a producer. We got to chat about what (and who!) has inspired her to take chances at work, how she ups her confidence, how she pushed herself to complete a triathlon last year—yeah, a dang triathlon—and what makes her marriage work.

You can read some bites of our talk here on the Redbook site: America Ferrera is Not Afraid of Being a Little Big Scared. This isn’t the whole piece, but it’s a few choice bites. My favorite is what she said at the end of our talk, about how she plans to do more as a women in business—which of course extends far beyond entertainment for all of us…

“We talk about a lot of things we want to see more women doing. We want more women producers, more women writers, more women directors–and you can only say that so many times before you say, ‘I’m a woman. What’s stopping me from doing this?’ I’ve had to ask myself: Why not me?”

Amen, girl. Like a boss.

—Amy

Lauren Graham: Gilmore Girl & Memoir Author

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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For the January 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping, I sat down with actress Lauren Graham to celebrate the revamp of Gilmore Girls and the launch of Lauren’s first memoir Talking As Fast as I Can. She also took me around her neighborhood, where we popped into her charming, cozy, gorgeously decorated personal office where she’s been working on her second novel and the script for the film The Royal We that she’s developing with her former Parenthood co-star Mae Whitman.

So yeah, she’s busy. You can read the full story in the new issue of Good Housekeeping on stands now, or check it out here on the GH website: Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls” Spills her 7 Biggest Get-Happy Lessons.

(And I mean, with my three books on happiness like Bright Side Up and The Happy Life Checklist, could there be a more “me” kind of story to write?)

Hope you enjoy. I did!

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—Amy

Healthy Home-Cooking with Giada DeLaurentiis

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

e466edf52622de43_health1016covsubs This month, for the cover of Health magazine’s October 2016 issue, I had a fun and insightful conversation with Giada DeLaurentiis — chef, TV host, cookbook author, children’s book author, restaurant owner…oh my, the list goes on. She was full of fun stories, great tips and suggestions on how to make home cooking easier, healthier and tastier than ever.

You can read my conversation with Giada on Health.com, Giada DeLaurenttis: “I’ve Never Been a Takeout Girl” and follow along as we talk about what lesson she still uses most from cooking school, what she thinks of cooking shortcuts like canned beans, and her flavor obsession of the moment…which is now on my shopping list.

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And if you want a truly interactive experience, sign up for Health magazine’s No Takeout Challenge, which offers one new recipe per day, prep ideas and shopping lists, plus (the best plus) Giada’s encouraging video tips for making meals at home that are quick, flavorful and easy on your wallet. Sounds #yum to me.

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—Amy

Hannah Davis Gets HEALTH-y

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

HannahTOC_Page_1This month, I took a long gorgeous drive up to Malibu to meet Hannah Davis, who was wrapping up her photoshoot at an insane rented house overlooking the ocean. I sat with Hannah—model, television host, swimsuit goddess and all-around cool chick—on the outside patio while we talked for Health magazine all things health, fitness, food, Project Runway Jr. and weddings (she’s engaged to Derek Jeter).

Here’s a taste of the story. You can read the full interview at the Health.com site, Hannah Davis: I Don’t Want to Go to Birthday Parties and Not Eat Cake.

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—Amy

My BRIDES Essay: Happily Ever Before

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

By all accounts, I had a dream wedding with my husband Gus. But the planning—oh, the planning.

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After the six fast months we pulled our wedding off in Mexico, I finally understood the building stress that can turn some sweet women into Bridezillas. And I learned so much about seeing things “bright side up” that I wanted to share it.

So here’s my essay in Brides magazine: “Happily Ever Before.”

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—Amy Spencer

An idea and a magazine: Visit California!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

As a break from my usual gig interviewing artists, actors, creative stars and up-and-comers, I did a little exploring around my town of Los Angeles for the brand new, redesigned 2016 edition of Visit California—which is technically the California state tourism guide. But cool, like.

The magazine hits on every area of California—Northern wine country, San Diego, the desert areas, etc.—but I got to write about all the latest greatest stuff in L.A. Here’s a taste of the spots I wrote about (speaking of taste, mmmm, those oysters):

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You can also go to the Visit California site for travel ideas. My stories aren’t on there yet, but it’s currently being redesigned as well and will soon be rad. Another option is to actually visit California. I vote for that one.

—Amy

Shai Anything: My InStyle Magazine Interview with Shailene Woodley

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The March 2016 issue of InStyle magazine has a lot of cool things going for it: It’s a big, fat, juicy issue full of new spring fashion; the magazine has a brand new re-design; and it features a cover story I wrote.

I sat down with actress Shailene Woodley—star of the upcoming film The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1—to talk about her upcoming film, her new projects (she’s currently filming the HBO series Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman for which I’ll promptly be hitting that binge-me-now button) and all things life, love and happiness.

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Over dinner at Akasha in Culver City, we talked a lot about travel, fashion, confidence, and learning to appreciate the small moments to reach the ultimate goal: contentment. You can get a taste for the story in this excerpt from my Shailene Woodley interview on InStyle.com where she explains that “happiness is not something I need to achieve.”

Here, she also talks about her recent travels through India and gives a short video interview on the InStyle.com site.

You can pick the issue on stands now or grab the full digital edition of the March 2016 issue. Here’s a taste of what we talked about so you can see why it’s worth it.

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—Amy

Pretty Little Health Cover with Ashley Benson

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

FHEALTHAshleyBensonCOVERor the cover of the March issue of Health magazine, I sat down for the second time with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson.

We met up at the Sunset Towers Hotel for lunch and talked all things squat-doing, party-going, food-eating, anxiety-beating, and happiness-making. You can read the full story on Health.com: Ashley Benson: You Have to Become One with Your Own Body. And the magazine is on newsstands now. For a taste of how gorgeous she looks and how real she is, here’s a sneak peek of the March 2016 issue.HEALTHAshleyBensonCOVER

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—Amy

Calling all Single + Married Women: It’s Been Advice Month!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

I’ve been asked to share my positive thoughts on love for a few publications lately, so in case any of these stories might appeal to you, here they are…

1) First, I loved contributing to this piece called “That Single Life” in the brand new January/February 2016 issue of Women’s Health magazine.

WomensHealthSINGLE The Women’s Health features real women who have bucked the coupledom standards by doing things like buying a house single, having a baby single, and traveling single.

I spoke with writer Faye Brennan about why single women can rock whatever it is they damn want, which is the entire mindset behind my book Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match (Running Press).

Pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Women’s Health to read the full piece about “That Single Life,” but here’s my advice in part #3 about why it’s healthy to be “The Jet Setter” who is traveling solo:

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2) For the story Dating as a Single Parent…If You Dare, I offered some advice for single mothers who are having a difficult time in their dating lives with writer Christine Coppa, who is a single mom herself. You can read the full story here on that one here on the USA Today Network’s Asbury Park Press site, but here’s a small snapshot of some my advice when it comes to where to meet your potential partners:

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3) I also offered some advice for Woman’s Day magazine, about the 9 Important Signs Your Marriage Can Be Saved. I talked to the magazine about the positive signs of recognizing that your behavior might be affecting your partner’s behavior or when you both recognize how much you appreciate your family time. You can read the full piece here on Woman’s Day, but here, again, is a small snapshot of some of my advice:

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—Amy