Hi y’all! I’m Amy Beth Campbell. Yes, my initials spell out ‘ABC’. I happen to think it’s pretty fantastic. I’m a wifey, a daughter, sister, friend, auntie, nanny, blogger, and most importantly, a forgiven sinner in desperate need of my Savior, Jesus.
I wouldn’t be the woman that I am today without the testimony that God has given me and I’m absolutely thrilled that you’re here reading this page to join in on the ride! It is my honor to share with you the background as to what amybethcampbell.com is all about. So grab a big mug of coffee or tea, plop down in your coziest chair with a fuzzy blanket and cuddle up!
After feeling called out of a lifetime pursuit of singing and performing during a wild and bumpy ride of college, I finally graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in PR & Marketing in 2014. Through the process of completing my degree, I created a personal lifestyle blog, fell in love with it, and knew it was an instant ‘fit’. With my fresh degree in hand and budding blogging experience, I had hopes and dreams of hitting the ground running to work in PR & Marketing in the world of blogging and advertising. But God had different plans in mind.
The weekend I celebrated my college graduation and received the gift of airfare to Dallas, Texas to begin the process of a job and housing hunt, was the same weekend I met my now husband, Sam. Sam, a Portland, Oregon native, was a dear friend’s brother (note: this dear friend, Sam’s brother Tim, was courageously fighting a battle with a rare cancer) and completely caught me off guard. Two weeks after meeting Sam and talking from a distance non-stop, I switched my tickets from Texas to Portland-bound where Sam asked me to be his girlfriend.
Sam and I dated quickly and intently. God worked miraculously in both of our lives in our season of dating. I stayed put in my home town in the San Francisco Bay area. He moved and began working for the top accounting firm in SF just three months after we started dating. I landed a position with a large interior design company to manage a retail store and build their social media strategy. It was a job that was supposed to lead to “big things”. The Friday morning I accepted the position, we found out that same evening that Tim’s cancer had come back. In a devastatingly aggressive form after a beautiful gift of several months of remission prior to the news.
I had absolutely no peace about beginning my job the following Monday, but I convinced myself that I needed to. So I did. And guess what? I realized that those big corporate things I was dreaming up were not a part of God’s plan for me. So, I quit. Quitting was difficult. A painfully large ding to my ego, humbling and freeing all in one. I started to nanny again, gave up blogging entirely, and was available to my friends and boyfriend through cancer.
In addition to cancer, my Dad’s health suddenly began to quickly deteriorate. His kidney’s began to fail and his body was in need of critical medical attention. So life looked like this: wedding, cancer, dialysis, and countless trips to the hospital. Desperation for God to heal and intervene. But I fought through – we fought through, my family and soon-to-be family, by the grace of God – and we learned what life looked like to balance the joy of engagement and wedding planning with the pain of heartache and disease.
On August 8, 2015, Sam and I were married. My daddy strongly walked me down the aisle and gave me away. Tim was Sam’s best man. The day was a beautiful, yet an overwhelmingly emotional blur, but we were married. And our dearest friends and family were there. It was an incredible gift.
A month later, two weeks after we returned home from our honeymoon, we watched Tim breathe his last earthly breath and leave us to go be with our Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven. The reality hit: God chose to heal Tim in heaven rather than on this earth. It meant that married life was going to be hard. Really, really hard. And not just because we had to share a bathroom together for the first time! But more because we were being forced into immense grief and pain within weeks of saying ‘I do’. And I had absolutely no control over it. But God did.
A few short month’s after Tim’s passing, I felt God begin to nudge me to share about my process of grief. About my journey of being a new wifey. About being a daughter of Christ who wouldn’t be getting through everything on my plate without my faith. I prayed about what that looked like for months, knowing how much I missed writing, blogging, and PR, but also not knowing if a new lifestyle blog was really going to be the appropriate place to share such deep and vulnerable words. After all, lifestyle blogs are usually about pretty pictures and pretty products, right?!
Let me go on a tangent for a quick minute and explain a bit more behind what blogging these days is all about.
Perhaps you read lifestyle blogs the way many woman read lifestyle and fashion blogs. A combination of emoji heart eyes, girl crushes, feeding your need for fashion, beauty, and style ideas…. and yet feeling inadequate because whatever they are posting about appears to be perfect and unobtainable. I’m going to let you in on a little secret here: lifestyle and fashion blogs are often created to make you think they are perfect. Because guess what? Brands use bloggers to share products and have them seamlessly flow into their “perfect” ad campaign lives. And you know what? I firmly believe that is absolutely 100% okay.
Blogs are created to look picture-perfect because that’s what is visually stimulating. It’s fun and entertaining to look at! Think of it like reading a magazine. Half the fun is the pretty pictures and gaining new ideas and inspiration! Only with blogging, you get to throw in the PR aspect! It’s real life women (many of whom have backgrounds in PR) who work with brands that they know and love to be able to share about products they believe in. This allows brands, bloggers, and readers to come together as one! Pretty neat, right?!
Okay, now that we got that squared away… let’s get back to how this fits into my blog.
When I felt God calling me to share, I knew it would look a little different than just being open and vulnerable on social media. I also knew it was a calling that was more than just sharing outfits and home decor. I felt that he was calling me to use my gifts, my passions, my professional skill set, AND my faith in Him all together. But gosh, that sounded so terrifying! How was I supposed to share about my very personal faith but also talk about a new mascara?! Could the two actually be on one site? Could I ‘keep it real’ and have brands still even want to work with me? Well, after a lot of prayers and wrestling with fear… I took a leap of faith and launched this blog of mine, amybethcampbell.com, in January 2016.
So, welcome! My own little space on this big internet where I strive to share about things that I think are beautiful. Things that interest me. Interior decor, a yummy recipe, my favorite beauty products, and outfit posts where you’ll see me straight cheesing’ in front of the camera. And even though it’s still scary for me to share, you’ll also read about my life. About my struggles, my sins, my quirks, and my flaws. You’ll quickly learn that even though I love to make a house a beautiful home, that I love shopping far more than my husband prefers, and that I’m downright obsessed with beauty products…the underlying factor is – I’m a sinner in need of constant grace. But yet, I’m still loved and cherished by my Father. Just as YOU reading are, too! You are just as cherished. Just as valuable. Just as broken. And just as loved.
As I continue to blog, share, work with brands, and continue to grow… I still so firmly believe that there is room for a real life, lifestyle blog. My biggest prayer in those reading this page about me and my story, reading my posts, and following along here and on social media is that you know that I strive to make every word I write come from my heart. Whether it’s about Jesus or lipstick, ladies…I truly mean it. My promise to you, as readers, is that I will only write and share about things I’m passionate about and believe in. I will do my absolute best to remain honest and truthful and to have this blog feel like a place where you can come hang out with me and chat with a close girlfriend! I know it’s sappy, but it’s true and what I believe in!
What an absolute joy it is to share a bit more about myself here, my journey to blogging, and my heart behind it all! If you have any questions, want to know more, or plain just need a friend to chat with, please always feel free to reach out by commenting on posts, engaging via social media, submitting a form through my contact page or emailing me via email@example.com. It would be such an honor to get to know you more!
Thank you so incredibly much for reading (if you made it through all this, you deserve a funfetti cake made by yours truly!) and being a part of me, my blog, and my story. It means so, so much!
X’s & O’s to the moon and back, amy beth