Hard Things and the Hope of Recovery

Writer, teacher, and storyteller

Mimi Snow Photography

What I do

I write about things that are hard: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, and how I use my experience to show up with grace and find hope.

My experience includes: multiple 12-step recovery programs (18 years), traumatic brain injury survivor (8 years), the LGBTQ community (let’s just say a lot of years!).

Everyone in and out of recovery, from tie-dye to black tie, can understand and relate.

TL;DR: inspirational memoir shorts sprinkled with spirituality and a bit of humor.

Memoir Stories: Amy’s Adventures of Being

  • Grey and white kitten chewing on the stem of a stuffed, orange, pumpkin.

The Parable of a Pumpkin

November 2nd, 2023 12:23pm|

Who knew that a life lesson could come in the form of a foam pumpkin? For the second year in a row, my co-workers and I have [...]

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Sequencing My Sexuality

October 23rd, 2023 12:01pm|

In my 20s and 30s, I wanted everyone to know. In my 40s, I wanted no one to know. In my 50s, I don’t know what I know. Sexual [...]

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The Power of Permission

October 9th, 2023 1:42pm|

If I cut off my hair, will I lose my femininity along with it? (<—recent thought) My hair is shedding—a lot. This is the t [...]

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The Way to a Will

August 27th, 2023 6:05pm|

For years I went to bed crying because I couldn’t write my book. Not couldn’t, per se, more like wouldn’t. Or is it fair to s [...]

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The Continuance of Courage

July 30th, 2023 12:42pm|

I’m supposed to speak at a 12-step meeting tomorrow, and I don’t know what to say. "Speaking” at a meeting means that you sha [...]

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Grace from a Gecko

July 16th, 2023 8:00pm|

Of all the things, I never expected a tiny gecko to appear in my kitchen sink. It’s HOT here in the desert, extraordinarily s [...]

Published Elsewhere Online and In-Print

Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration

Top 6 Finalist: The Nasiona Writing Prompts Tournament #6

Micro-Nonfiction / Poetry writing prompts series #6: “When I Learned I Was Different Is. . .”

Storied around the experience of identifying with the LGBTQ community.

Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration

Featured in the book Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration

A collection of stories by almost 90 brain injury survivors from across the world.

These stories offer strength and inspiration to fellow survivors and help others understand the journey they go through.

Midwest Book Award finalist.

“Smart, Fresh, Inspired and Thought Provoking.”

“Her raw honesty speaks to all humans, experiencing all of life’s challenges and joys and leaves one feeling connected. She has a talent for pulling the covers off the struggles we all face and taking away their illusive power by sprinkling them with a bit of levity and humor. Simply refreshing!”
Noelle G., Operations Manager

“The strongest themes deal with humility and recovery. The silly notes are much more subtle. She plumbs the depths of darkness with a ladylike sweetness.”

Lucinda B., Website Designer

“Amy’s writings have become welcome guests in my life. Her stories have all of the comfort of coffee with an old friend, one that knows me and my struggles.”

Mitchell L., Musician

“Amy writes highly sensorial, descriptive, and even poetic slice-of-life scenes, often with an underlying inspirational message.”

Rebecca G., Grant Administrator