Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

Tracee Ellis Ross: Fit and Fierce

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Some days, I can’t believe my luck—that my job is to sit down to chat with some of the most creative, confident, inspiring, badass women. And this month is no different.

I got to sit down with Tracee Ellis Ross—Emmy winning star of the hilarious and important show Blackish, former star of Girlfriends, daughter of Diana Ross, and the cover star of the March 2017 issue of Health magazine.

You can check out our full interview  here on the Health site: Tracee Ellis Ross: “At 22, I woke up like that. At 44, I work really hard.” 

Read what she has to say about her intense workout routine with Tracy Anderson, the lessons she’s learned with age, how she came to love her body (which is badass as you can see) and her vices (the funniest I’ve heard yet!).

—Amy

Yes, Meghan Trainor

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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I fell hard for singer Meghan Trainor when I got to interview her for the cover of the May 2016 issue of Seventeen magazine.

She’s an insanely hardworking and already prolific songwriter, has killer confidence in herself and her music, is uniquely hilarious, and was as warm and welcoming as a human could be when I visited her at her house.  Plus, she taught me all sorts of new things, like what dressing “scrub” means and how to hang to hang out with your “glam.”

I basically bow to this young one! The mag is on stands now and you can see a few outtakes on the Seventeen magazine site, or grab an issue on stands now.

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—Amy Spencer

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

How to Be Brave, with Demi Lovato

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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I always love interviewing singer/songwriter and actress Demi Lovato. She is one of those wise young souls who has been through more in her 21 years than some people experience in al lifetime. And she’s using her powers for good.

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This time, it’s to guest edit Seventeen magazine’s August 2014 issue, with advice for the readers at seventeen.com about How to Be Confident No Matter What. I sat down with Demi on the couch at her apartment in L.A. while shared her best confident-building secrets, and a few rough moments she’s weathered on her way to loving herself. That’s her editor’s note for the piece. Check out some more of her story here:

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Are You Ready for The Next Happiness Challenge?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Well, The Happiness Challenge I created with Glamour.com is still going strong. And I’m so grateful to all of you who have commented and Tweeted and sent me notes about how it’s going for you. Nothing makes me happier than hearing you’ve been inspired to live a better life.

Today, we just posted Challenge #4! Each challenge is built around the idea that if you embrace all the best aspects of yourself and your life in a balanced way, you will end up feeling stronger, more loving, more confident, more fulfilled and happier all-around. 

If you’re just starting today and want to take the challenge on (do it!), here are the challenges so far.

Challenge #1: Bravery

Challenge #2: Self-worth

Challenge #3: Independence

Today’s Challenge #4: Generosity

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Next week is the final challenge—and the sweetest and the easiest of all.

It’s not too late to join in, because there’s no such thing as being too late for happiness. Every single day, it’s up to us if we want to embrace a happy, fulfilled life in the small moments we face, minute after minute, hour after hour.

This is your year, remember. So take the steps to show life you mean it.

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—Amy

P.S. If you’re enjoying this positive, proactive approach to life, pre-order your copy of The Happy Life Checklist so you can keep the challenge going all year long.

Start My Happiness Challenge!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The countdown is on for my new book, The Happy Life Checklist! It will be on shelves February 4. But I wanted to get the happy going a little early with a fun something I’m really excited about!

I created a month-long Happiness Challenge with glamour.com. For five weeks, I’m going to offer one new challenge a week. If you complete each week’s mission, you will feel more adventurous, less stressed, fulfilled, confident, joyful, kick ass and all-around happy. Sounds good, right?  Then join me in the #happinesschallenge! Seriously, I’m going to do it right along with you.

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You’ll find your first mission at glamour.com. (And next Monday, you’ll get challenge #2.) Check it out and tell me there if you’re up for the fun, and how you think you might complete your first challenge—then share the challenge with your friends! If you take it on, share your plans with me on Facebook, or tweet me at @datingoptimist on Twitter, or Instagram your plans with me @amyspencerla, or Vine me a video @amyspencer on what you plan to do.

However you join in the #happinesschallenge, do it! Your life is no small thing. You can make big changes by taking little steps like this along the way. Make this your year.

So what do you think? Are you ready to get happy?

—Amy

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You can also pre-order The Happy Life Checklist today and get a jump on your happy year!

The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Ways to Find Your Bliss (Perigee, February 2014)

The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss (Perigee, 2014)