Amy is a beautiful soul inside and out. She has created a company out of her passion for living a healthy and whole life. When she agreed to be a Goddess of the Month I was thrilled. I knew that my readers would love to hear her story and how she started a delicious nut milk company. She is down to earth and has so much wisdom to offer. Amy, thank you for sharing your truth and for being a part of the Body Bliss Life Family! <3
What inspired you to create your own company?
I’ve always had a creative mind when it came to business. Even as a small child I loved coming up with “inventions” with my dad. We came up with a lot of original concepts that actually eventually ended up being brought to market by others. That’s the thing with ideas, you have to act on it right away, or someone else will! I find the creative process really fulfilling, I love business, I love learning and I love self directing my life. I think if you interviewed most entrepreneurs you’d find they share similar traits.
My family and friends have all asked the same thing! Nut milk? The simple answer is that I found something I’m passionate about that I LOVE enjoying and producing AND there was a hole in the market! Globally, no one is producing and selling nut milk (soon to expand to seeds and possibly grains) that compares in taste, quality and nutrient density to aMYLK. People love it and that lights me up inside!
It all boils down to LOVE. I felt guided to this place. I spent a lot of time soul searching, connecting with Source and seeking joy. Many years ago I experienced some heart break and consequently some health issues that lingered for many years. Through the process of trying to heal, I explored a lot of dietary changes and life and mindset changes. I introduced daily smoothies, elixirs and protein shakes to my diet. When I learned that the nut milks that I was using were filled with synthetic vitamins and stabilizers and very few actual nuts I started to think about making my own. One day, it all just came together and I knew. I thought, THIS IS IT! One week later I had formed a company. I LOVE what I’m doing. This is my passion and I[‘m so excited, hopeful and happy to share it with others. Finding and passing on what works for me brings me more joy than I can express.
Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why?
My mother. She is giving, graceful and kind to her bones. It is hard not to admire my mom for her elegance, sophistication, intelligence and beauty. She’s got all these hidden talents and is incredibly hard working. The most wonderful thing about my mother is that she has never faltered in her faith in me. I have always felt supported. She has made home making and child rearing an art form. Her life is art to me.
If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?
Pine Pollen and Mucuna Pruriens. Amen. I am in love with Pine Pollen and I imagine pine trees would be hard to come by on a tropical island. Pine pollen is gold. It makes me feel like my body is humming. A simple sniff of it and I feel all tingly. I love it. It can act as an aphrodisiac, but I find that it is highly energizing for me. It can help balance hormones which is especially important for both men & women as they approach middle age.
Mucuna Pruriens is my second choice because of it’s ability to help elevate one’s mood. If I were stranded on an island I think I might feel a lot of tension from fear and loneliness. Macuna Pruriens can soothe the nervous system and elevate your mood. It takes the edge off and supports your overall well being. I can just see myself now, cracking open some coconuts and making aMYLK elixirs with a big smile on my face sitting on a sandy beach somewhere. Yes. I would be just fine.
What is your morning ritual?
Journaling. My life is very full. With four children ages 8-16 and a start-up company the ONLY me time is very early in the morning and this is sacred time for me. My children all know that if they wake up and mommy is writing, they need to let me be. It is in this space that I remember who I am and connect with my soul and decode all the daily occurrences that life presents to me as opportunities for growth. This is where I speak to God.
How do you honor your feminine body?
I have a lot of Venus in me and I don’t diminish it for anyone. We are really funny in America about our attitudes toward sexuality and sensuality. On the one hand we are bombarded by media to be sexy and to look amazing, and then on the other hand we are not supposed to “show off” or be too sensual or we might give people the wrong idea. What if we could just BE without SEEMING to be anything at all? I have come to love, cherish and celebrate my femininity. I let my hips sway when I walk because I am a woman! I’m proud of my curves and how I feel when I own them. In a world of Yang, it feels good to let myself be Yin.
Where do you find Bliss in your life?
I am a joy seeker. “Seek Joy” is the number one tenet of my life. In everything I do, I aim to feel joyful. I have found that happiness isn’t the destination, it is the journey. It is following the trail of breadcrumbs which are the tiny sparkles of joy in life that lights me up. I try to follow the tiny sparkles every day. I smell the flowers. I read. I hike. I make aMYLK smoothies. I swim in waterfalls & I travel as often as I can. I do these things for the simple reason that they bring me joy. When I feel joyful, I light myself up and I radiate the world with my happiness. I have designed my life so that even the things I have to do, I feel pretty happy to do. At a minimum, I aim to feel grateful, because even things that seem hard, painful and challenging have purpose in our lives. It has taken some time for me to realize this. LOL.
If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be?
Let love lead.
Amy Colville is the Owner and Chief Joy Seeker at aMYLK, a plant-based mylk company located in Portland Oregon. A mama of four, former collegiate soccer player and lifetime entrepreneur, Amy now finds her bliss making and delivering the world's best plant mylk.