I’m Amy – a wife, mother, blogger, cancer fighter, hair stylist, homemaker, lover of beauty and lover of God. After surviving cancer, I decided that I’m on a quest to LIVE fully. To apply what I’ve learned from the past and remember that I am made NEW! I love living simply and meaningfully, enjoying those little moments that add up and create real LIFE. We never know how many of those sweet moments we have left so I’m all about making them count!




I’m married to Todd, my handsome husband of 20 years. He is a man of purpose and you can read about how he lives it out daily in  his Purposeful Living series.

I also have three precious girls – ages 13, 15, 17. These lovelies are my heart and you will see them pop up from time to time. They bring so much joy that at times I feel I could burst! This blog is also a journal, words of mine written with them in mind in case I ever leave the world behind. You can read my direct letters to them in the Leaving a Legacy series.


Cancer has changed me. I was diagnosed in August 2010 with Stage 3b Breast Cancer (Invasive Lobular Carcinoma). I coped by writing quite honestly and candidly while my readers were by my side supporting me through it all. You can read through my ongoing Cancer Journey here.

I am completely different than I used to be and now I’m finding out what’s truly important to me. How I want to spend my time and energy looks different now. Much of that energy and many of my posts are on how I pursue health in every way – spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.


I have a completely new outlook because of how my life has changed over the last few years. My posts and thoughts are deeper, but there is also a lightness and silliness that comes with the knowledge that life here is short. I love sharing the small, simple things that bring me joy and make up life – the tidbits that I want captured and recorded for the future. I’d love for you to join me on this journey of living new! Together we can embrace all things simple, allowing us to be present in each moment.




  • Reply Tracy Collier September 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I am facing cancer again after being diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2012. I just found out I have stage one uterine cancer – yes I took Tamoxifen, but only for about five months, because it made me so sick. Since I had all the side effects plus some and my risk of recurrence was low, I stopped taking it.
    Anyway, new cancer, new location, new diagnosis, same faithful God that is carrying us through! Your posts, as I followed a few years behind you, helped me to process, grieve, struggle, and walk this one out. Now I consider you a trusted friend, one that I pray for often and look forward to meeting, even if it’s not this side of heaven. Blessings to you and your family!

    • Reply AmyNewNostalgia September 14, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I emailed you sweet Tracy. Thank you for your comment…thinking of you much today.

    • Reply Duane Johnston Grain bin formally October 14, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Hey Amy! Love your site! Looks Good! Thanks for the chat yesterday@the Starbucks! Duane

      • Reply AmyNewNostalgia October 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Very nice to meet you Duane! Thanks for checking out the blog!

    • Reply Mandy Belgium February 24, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Hi I just read your post on Amy’s blog and wanted to say Hi and ask how you are doing . My husband and I are travelling similar paths to you both our last daughter flies the nest this weekend if I don’t keep God close I get so overwhelmed x

  • Reply Janine March 29, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Hi Amy. I have wanted to send you a message for the longest time…and only now finding the time. I am in South Africa. I stumbled onto your page by mistake over a year ago. I read everything I could on your fight with cancer. Your positivity and honesty were overwhelming. I find you to be such an inspiration and remind my what it really important. I have just started my journey on homeschooling my two gorgeous children. It has been so overwhelming but we will get there

    Thank you for being you.
    P.s How do I get regular updates from you?

    • Reply Janine March 29, 2016 at 2:22 am

      Haha…just saw your mailing list below lol.

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