Jamie Amelio: It’s Hard Not to Give a Hug


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Author of Staying Bothered, she weaves a story about starting a school in Cambodia, which you can hear on www.TrailBlazersImpact.com, Season 4.

Back in Texas, she emphasizes helping your neighbors. She is trying to put her efforts into the community – small businesses like grocery stores – who and how we can help. All of a sudden, she has 3 of her 6 children and her husband at home, and it’s a big adjustment for working at home. Her college-age students are noctural and everyone is adjusting to different schedules. Her 15 year old misses being with her friends! Coronavirus atmosphere is changing daily. They are really trying to be together at dinnertime.

Make a list of everyone you have wanted to talk to, but haven’t – and call them!  It will help decompress to start over with those who really need it. Run toward the change. Be available for your family.

She is worried about elderly friends who are still getting together to play cards (but this was before mandatory quarantines.)  She talks about her team in Cambodia and the information they aren’t getting. The schools she started have closed down.

She has written an excellent book – I highly recommend it!  You can purchase it from Amazon or from the SHOP page on our website: www.TrailBlazersImpact.com.


About nanmckay

Nan has been President of Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. since 1980. She started Nan McKay Connects LLC in 2019 and has started 4 other businesses over the last 50 years. She has received numerous awards including the Allan Anderson Award of Merit from Minnesota National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Section 8 Administrators Award, in 2018 the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Signature Award for Southern California, and in 2019 she was selected by NAWBO as the California Woman Business Owner of the Year. She was co-founder of Minnesota Women in Housing and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Leased Housing Association for many years. She has two buildings named after her in Minnesota, a 10-story elderly high-rise, the Nan McKay Building, and a family subsidized development, McKay Manor. Nan now hosts four podcast shows featuring stories of women empowerment, oral history makers of affordable housing and community development, and stories of ordinary people coping with COVID-19 pandemic.
www.trailblazersimpact.com; nan@nanmckayconnects.com

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