Story (at heart) is active translation, the practice of breathing life into words.
German word masters showed me a new way to read.
We all have blind spots. Stories offer reliable mirrors — echoing joys and sorrows, hopes and fears — often as patterns — hiding in plain sight, shaping our lives. And. We carry tales forward; we can revise them.
Our best stories show us what's possible. Looking for yours?
That moment when something speaks to your heart —
Breathe into the energy of those shiny objects.
- A whisper of maybe.
- The absolute knowing of yes.
- Or even an absolute no.
What’s your treasure showing you?
This story whispering practice guided me while I wrote German Awakening: Tales from an American Life. Here’s what I learned:
Wisdom exists in the most remarkable, everyday places.
We are ALL more than we imagine. When we tap into our gifts, love prisms through us. Magic ensues.
(Note to self: It’s a practice. We have to show up. Guidance helps.)
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I’m Frau Amy Hallberg.
Author. Master Certified Life Coach & Creativity Mentor.
Welcome to my world.
Those moments of brilliance feel amazing. First you show up. Let your eyes adjust and walk tiny steps. On a path you may have walked, but never the same way before. And I know (been there often) how much courage it takes to face and move into shadows.
Let me shine a light.
In gatherings and 1:1 coaching, I help frustrated creatives get CLEAR and CONNECT to their gifts. If this message speaks to you (scares you a little?) you’re called to CREATE.
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Amy is the Empress of ReVisioning.
–Susan, Pastor & Fiction Writer
In 2009, this book tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Start writing." I'm grateful to my teenage self from 1987 (just starting her German quest) for leaving breadcrumbs.
Who knew that moving into 2019, we Americans would face so many echoes of Germany's past (& our own)?
That a coming of age memoir about a bookish American girl and who grew up to be a German teacher would weave so many relevant threads? This is my life's unlikely and eerily precise path.
(Mein Lebenslauf. I'm not even German. But what a mirror!)
I'm talking belonging and otherness. Lost childhood. Displacement. How that radiates out for generations. American women creating our sense of self in a male gaze. Climate science. Writers as defenders of freedom. Seriously!
(Also joyfully. This book runs the range of emotions. As in real life.)
Above all, it's my ode to a treasured friendship and people I love, who welcomed me on my way home.
But let's get real. This book goes far beyond me, with a Doppelgänger mission.
First: I'll donate a portion of profits for each book sold to support the wellbeing of immigrant children in America.
Second: On my book tour, I'll host gatherings where creatives can connect and tap into their brilliance.
This is how we bring more love into the world.
So. How can you be a part of this?
You can select event delivery to pick it up in person. And invite me to your bookclub! Receive discounts when you purchase 3+ copies.
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