I am soooo excited to introduce you to my friend Amanda Knight from The Cultivated Heart! I first started following Amanda online a few months ago, and have since then connected with her more and through other channels, including our shared love for Hey Sweet Pea and My Own Irresistible Brand! Amanda has a heart of gold and her heart beats for helping others live in THEIR story inside of chasing meaningless goals or dreams that don't truly light them up. I've been so blessed by Amanda and what she shares online, and I can't wait for you guys to get to know her, too! Introducing...Amanda and The Cultivated Heart!
1. Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What do you do? My name is Amanda, but most people know me as The Creative Porcupine. I am a designer who desires to encourage others to #liveintheirstory and find joy among the riff raff. I design tools that help women sow a fulfilling life by cultivating their hearts.
2. Describe a typical day. I wake up around 7:30 and have my quiet time where I read my devotional and write a letter to me and to God while I drink my coffee. I then try to squeeze in some exercise, but usually end up moving onto my computer after cooking breakfast. Once I am at my computer, the day really varies based on the things I set to accomplish in my agenda the night before.
4. What's your favorite way to cultivate creativity? That's a great question. I have honestly never thought about that before. I usually try to get outside if I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I leave my phone and that allows me to just let my mind run wild when I am walking outside.
5. How did you get started doing what you do? The Creative Porcupine came to fruition as a blog the summer of 2012 when I was sitting on my bed and realized that I had worked my college years away striving to reach goals that were ultimately empty. I used to be very distant and did not let people get close to me emotionally, similar to porcupines who you might not necessarily want to get close to. I rarely let people in. By doing that, I pushed away the important (friends, relationships) while striving for the unimportant (perfect grade, honors, etc). This pattern continued as my desire to become an entrepreneur began to rule my life. That day came as well and again, I found myself in a pattern of pushing away the important while striving for the unimportant. The Cultivated Heart is ultimately a byproduct of the things that I realized started changing my heart for the better and helped me lead a more fulfilling life.
6. What are your three favorite reads (books, blogs, magazines?)
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Yes or No by Jeff Shinabarger
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
7. What fills your tank so you can keep doing what you do / how do you rest? I spend weekends with friends and this allows me to completely wipe my mind of work. I use to work every weekend and that was essentially what drove me to burnout. Now I am a bit more conscious of what works best for me and just because everyone else is hustling doesn't mean I have to do that too. Being with my people is what makes life happy and that trumps any extra work that probably could get completed during the week.
8. If you could give another creative entrepreneur who is just starting out a piece of advice, what would you say? It is all a journey, there is no destination.
9. Share five products/apps that make your life easier / you can't life without.
10. Favorite song to throw an impromptu dance party to? Uptown Funk