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Amara Inspired on YouTube #IWD

It’s International Women’s Day & to celebrate I made three YouTube playlists, yep three, one for each channel. On my main channel, Amara In Seattle, is a playlist of videos that inspire me, many of these are among my all time favorite YouTube videos for various reasons, explained below.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk: Your elusive creative genius
It would often happen on the way to an old job, that I would suddenly feel like I must MUST write something down.  In this Tedtalk writer, Elizabeth Gilbert, highlights the value of that feeling & helped me to make changes into a Big Magic filled creative life.


St. Patty’s Day Hair of the Dog w/ Hannah Hart & Grace Helbig

There is a moment of true friendship that is captured during this episode of YouTube comedian Mamrie Hart’s show, You Deserve a Drink, when things go terribly wrong.  This video highlights why these three women are pillars of YouTube culture, in large part because they care about each other in the way we all want our friends to.

Finishing with Sprinkle of Glitter – Louise Pentland
When long time British YouTube creator, Louise Pentland, decided to step away from her established YouTube formula to be more honest and direct with her audience it was risky. Inspiring and truly brave, Louise is leading the way in the development of YouTube as a platform for evolving dynamic creators.

Meghan Tonjes – ‘This Year’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
This is probably not Meghan Tonjes favorite song, it was early in her music career and launched her to video success (and landed her on Ellen!), but for me the lyrics continue to be inspiration whenever I need a reminder that this moment and year is part of my journey.

Too Emotional – Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik has stood off to the side from me for a long time. I didn’t watch Blossom as a child but it was there in all its uniquely dressed glory. Her channel is new, but tackles subjects that are very open and raw, using her Big Bang Theory celebrity to open important digital dialogues like this one on feelings.

Living The Mr. Kate Lifestyle – Mr. Kate
I have watched Mr. Kate build her one-of-a-kind channel to over 1 million subscribers through hard work and strange colorful ideas. When this video debuted it brought Kate into my view, and I have watched her be silly, weird, creative, and brilliant ever since. Kate showed me that YouTube offered a one of a kind amazing opportunity. She also inspired me to realize there is room for different kinds of lifestyle channels, helping me to form Amara In Seattle.

Climbing Mt. Fuji – Sharla In Japan
Sharla took me up Mt. Fuji and in the process helped shape my vision for my travel channel, Amara Not In Seattle ~ a place to share travel as I see it: in beautiful experiences. Videos that feel like you are right there, experiencing those one of a kind travel moments.

House Tour – Rosanne Pansino
Ro is the queen of YouTube growth and improvement but it is the way she designed her home, to also be her workspace, that inspired me to see her as a model #girlboss. This design is inspiring, downright clever, and got me to begin dreaming about how Amara In Seattle could blow past expectations. Also, Ro is also a Seattle gal, so I may be a little delightfully bias.

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes – Wendy’s Lookbook
This vid sparked the idea that I want to learn technical video creation skills for artistic reasons, as well as practical ones. The information is presented in such an entertaining way that it immediately got me thinking: I wish I could do that. Now, when I get stuck learning a program or digital process I return to this tutorial to be inspired.

Wild Flag – Romance
There is a moment in this music video when Carrie Brownstein rocks out so hard it answered a question I’d had most of my life: what instrument is for me. This video helped put an electric guitar in my hands and is filled with strength and silliness. The video for Romance is a good reminder that badass and goofy can and should go together.

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What women inspire you? Let me know in the comments below.

Join the discussion in the comments below & by using the hashtags: #HerVoiceIsMyVoice #BeBoldForChange

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Thanks for the Crayons

img_2521When I was thirteen I overheard a father explain to his kids that they could only draw for an hour because he didn’t want them to get used to the idea that art was acceptable. It was the first time I felt sad about art.  It was also the first time I recognized that making art contains an element of fear.

The father limited the crayons because becoming an artist is scary, both for the artist and the people who care about them. The ground to an artistic life is shaky and the path is unclear. For many who make art, there is hardly a path at all.

I’ve found that creating the path to art is part of the art you end up making.

That day, the crayons may have been taken away from those kids but it also was the day my path changed. I learned about the defensive lurch to fight for art that lives inside me. A need for creation that motivates and inspires me to step up and try new things.

Sometimes I fail.

Sometimes I fail hard.

Learning is a process and art is constant learning.

Drawing your own course is easier when you are given crayons and surrounded people who believe you may be able to use them. I am more thankful than I can ever express for my community, those who believe in the spark of possibility, those who remind me that getting lost in the woods is part of many of the best stories, and those who share their art. You rockstars are the best and you make me, and the art, better everyday and I love you for it.

Thank you for the crayons!

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Best Adventures,
Amara In Seattle

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Happy Halloween Scare-attle & Beyond

I am writing this dressed as Captain Amar-ica at Ada’s Technical bookstore in Capitol Hill, Seattle… or Scare-attle as I am calling it today. It is Halloween and it is raining, natch.


In just a few days life gets even busier, at Midnight tonight Nanowrimo begins, I am suddenly going To LA in just a few days (see Nov. 2nd), and later this November is VloggerFair , the YouTube creator convention in Seattle.

But before November takes hold I am going to revel in Halloween magic. For me that began with the creation of the story time video below where I tell of few of my favorite 90’s Halloween memories.

May yours be spooky and inspiring, filled with creativity, adventure, and excitement.  Now I’m off consume a whole lot of pumpkin spice, while I still can.

Best Adventures,
Captain Amar-ica In Seattle Scare-attle.

P.S. behold the raindrops on my glasses…even as Cap I cannot escape the rain. 🙂

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Now Uploading – YouTube Channels!

I am so excited. I just keep saying that. At the start of this month, I begin uploading Amara In Seattle videos and within a week I had launched all three Amara In Seattle channels.

Making the decision to start early, while I am still in a learning phase was hard, but I find that creating is about learning as you go. There are many things I am working to improve, but I am thrilled to dig in and grow. To start. To take one step at a time. But most of all, I am excited to start interacting with all of you, amazing digital rock stars.

I hope you will join me on these of strange, beautiful, and fun adventures by subscribing, liking, sharing, and interacting with the three AIS channels:

Amara In Seattle (#AIS), the main channel. Here we adventure in the pacific northwest looking at history, events, pop culture, Americana, geekery, music, books, technology, social media, DIY, thrifting, vintage, retro, nostalgia and all kinds of other cool stuff.

Amara Not In Seattle (#ANIS) is a travel channel. A place for us to get lost traveling from exotic locales to local experiences, these are life enriching journeys. And to help your travels, there will also be travel tips, tricks, books, and reviews.

Amara In Seattle Vlogs (#AISV) is the catchall. A place to do random stuff like unboxings, DITLOs, super random talking, bloopers, internet trend videos, behind the scenes fun and other such vlogish things. http://bit.ly/2dTHKZF

As I keep saying, I am… well… so excited and I hope you are too. It’s going to be such fun!

Questions? Ideas? Leave me a comment on one of the channels above or send an email to: amarainseattleinfo@gmail.com

Business, Press, Events or Collaboration Inquiries, please email: amarainseattlebusiness@gmail.com

Best Adventures,
Amara In Seattle

All, Journal, Life

Adventures Of A Lifetime

Amara In Seattle (AIS) finally has a landing pad and I couldn’t be happier.

Yesterday marked my first post on this website, so the beautiful wild strange adventures have begun.

Here you will find a plethora of interesting content covering stuff like:

  • Pop Culture
  • Americana
  • Local History
  • Geekery
  • Nostalgia
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Social Media
  • DIY
  • Fashion
  • Beauty
  • Thrifting
  • Travel
  • …and so very much more.

Some of those things my be familiar, the Instagram and Twitter accounts that have been going for years. Then there are the glittering gems like the mixtape project, Mixed with Care, and  Shiny Stuff & Wild Things, a Tumblr sharing small moments of inspiration, joy, and strangeness.

Others adventures are going to be brand new, like my three (yes, three!) new YouTube channels:

But Amara In Seattle is much more than individual videos, projects, and moments, Amara In Seatttle (AIS) is series of adventures led by innovation, creativity, and delight.

What you have found is a community of rock stars forging creation and inspired lives! Have cool ideas? Want to share your inspiration? You can always find me here & by tagging your projects with #AIS

See you soon (I’m so excited!!!)14264076_10105239335017522_7120550377866818869_n

Best Adventures,

Amara In Seattle