124 Creativity and Healing, Interview with Amy Oestreicher
Amy suffered a significant health problem that led to over a dozen surgeries. During one significant hospitalization, her mother brought paints to the hospital. Amy created over 70 mixed media pieces, and upon her release from the hospital, held her first art show. Next, she took her journal entries and created a play, telling her story. Since then, she has continued to create art in different forms.
Q & A
What does self love mean to you?
It means not only do you really enjoy the happy experiences you have, but also the pain and sadness. Take time to honor those.
What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?
Not wanting to deal with those emotions that are difficult to experience.
Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?
My surgeons, but also my mother.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, that’s not the end.
What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?
I do something physical. My yoga mat is right by my bed and I do it first thing in the morning.
Can you share a resource, an app or a tool that we can use to build our selfcare practice.
An app called DOCZ. It’s a peer to peer network.
What book are you reading right now?
What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?
Being on stage.
Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright. As the creator of “Gutless & Grateful,” her BroadwayWorld-nominated one-woman autobiographical musical, she’s toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre for college campuses and international conferences. To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others cope in the face of unexpected events. “Detourism” is also the subject of her TEDx and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour, available December 2017. She’s contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, among others. Learn about her art, music, theatre, advocacy, book, and inspiring story at amyoes.com, or “tweet me at @amyoes!”
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