Welcome Lovely Person,
If you're working to heal, free, sustain or empower this world, I'm so honored to have you here.
My name is Amanda Verdery Young, Bombilore’s Founder. I’m a Conscious Business and Mindset Coach. Some fine folks have called me their career midwife. Which makes sense, because I spend my time helping amazing souls birth their dream businesses. I'm also a writer, activist, mama, and ecomystic.*
I have loved 3 things with all my heart since I was little: Nature, Art and Entrepreneurship.
When I was a little girl, I was outside all the time, through every season. I come from New England, and so I grew up steeped in seasonal lore and traditions. Mostly it feels like I'm just in the process of remembering everything I once knew for sure... about life, creativity, the cycle of things.
I also grew up with the rare, 1980's stay-at-home dad. He was just getting his arts management career off the ground in those first years of my life. So, alongside outside play, I also spent many hours playing in his office, while he jammed away at that clunky old macintosh.... I remember the endless trips to the print shop- and how I loved the smell of paper and ink and office-y things. And the eventual musicians hanging around from all over the globe- many of them profound activists.
My dad’s small business seemed like big magic to me.
My mama was blazing the trail in a corporate career, donning football-shoulder-pad outfits and braving a deeply masculine (aka masochistic) professional landscape. But she was - and is- as down-to-earth as any mama could be. She's always been so in awe of the natural world, and she gave that to us alongside badass go-getter-ness.
It seemed easy for my mother to switch from heels and jet-setting to packing all the camping gear. Easy for my dad to go from booking concerts to getting the veggie garden in each Spring.
Or was it?
I can only imagine what they were each navigating back then. But one day in my young life, it all fell apart.
When my parents split, we had just moved to a rural area from a small city.
So there I was, so tender and heartbroken, alone in the middle of the woods for several hours each day. A classic "latch-key kid," my siblings- who made this time bearable- were nevertheless too young to join me.
And I have come to see now that this was when Nature came to my rescue.
This is when I started conversing with the natural world on a deep level. I got lost in the woods behind our house, our field, the old dirt road we lived on... just me and the flowers, trees, the little stream, the birds.
I remember how alive I sensed everything to be. I knew then that the world had a Soul, was magical, was infinite.
I convinced my mom to let me move into the recently-abandoned home office out in the detached garage. Since she wouldn't let me use the expensive electric heat, I was chopping wood and using a wood stove to stay warm at 12 years old... and to stay close to Nature and my own inner voice. School felt emotionally unsafe and frankly absurd to me, though I loved learning… I couldn’t wait to get back to my sanctuary, where I was often blue but rarely lonely.
>>This part of my story, along with my parent’s professional examples, is deeply connected to the way that I teach business development… doing what you LOVE for a living via savvy business know-how guided by the natural, feminist, creative cycles & intuitive power that moves through all things and all of us.
This was the time in my life when I started noticing that I had a knack for helping people see themselves, and that I was very good at developing & organizing big ideas- fast! But it would take me a long time to fully understand and activate these gifts…
I tell you all this because I've come to believe that everything you're meant to be, your purpose and your message... your gifts... they are all already within you, and have been the whole time. Your story and your reckoning with it is the special sauce that we can all benefit from. Babe: you’re needed.
That reckoning can be very heart-rending and wily. Believe me, traveling back to this time, repeating mistakes, getting lost in the woods of my adult life for a while was never easy or a straight line…. but it taught me a LOT… My hope is that it won’t take you as long… that you can benefit from my journey by walking with me for a while…
The triple truth, as my best friend calls it, is that you don't need to "find yourself" or your purpose. You need to remember it. And then, you need to get after it. Right away, and everyday, starting with where you are. That’s the only way you’ll be able to fully understand and develop it.
I give thanks for my life’s journey, for all the magic, strong medicine, and failures. I fell in love with the world once upon a time, with art and writing, with nature and the seasons and with doing what you love inside a hand-made career.
It's all come together for me in Bombilore— which is the third and most aligned business I’ve owned… home to my writing, workshops and coaching practice. It all keeps evolving (see my credentials below), but I’m learning to love my healing process, to face my privilege and pain alike, and to do modern business & marketing on my own terms…
I’d love to inspire and guide you in creating a business you love, remembering your purpose, and dreaming up a fabulous next level for your life.
Entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful pathways to transformation- for self and world- that any of us can take. The more activated folks doing conscious work and getting paid well for it... the better. That's the path I'm on.
I hope you'll join me in restoring the wild feminine to business...
Rewild your gifts.
Do what you love.
Nourish the world.
I work with people all over the world, and call Portland, Oregon home. I live with my musician/school counseling/sweetheart husband Tyler, our spirited and loving little boy, Julian, and one stowaway cat named La Bouche.
I look so forward to connecting with you!
Until then, be well and KEEP GOING!
Get in touch about anything: firstname.lastname@example.org
Credentials & Experience:
-I bought and sold my first business before I turned 30 (2003-2008): The flagship U.S. location of a Czech tea company (Dobra Tea) that now boasts multiple U.S. locations, all independently owned, with revenue in the millions. Pioneers in conscious sourcing of tea & ethical business practice!
- B School Graduate (Marie Forleo's intensive training course in Online Business & Marketing, 2017)
- Experts Academy (with Brendon Burchard, #1 Online Marketing & Thought-Leader Training Course, 2018 + currently enrolled in monthly marketing training in current best practices)
- Brand Consultant, Copywriter, Web Designer (2010-present, with clients & for agencies).
- B.A. Writing & Literature, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
- PR, Development & Marketing Assistant Manager (2009-2013, Managed social accounts, websites, copy, booking and PR for musicians & performing artists).
- High Performance Academy (Advanced Personal Development & Leadership Seminar, 2018)
- 300 hours graduate-level training in Intercultural Communication, University of the Pacific (core trainings: Personal Leadership & Adult Learning, Organizational culture & design, IC communication, the Process of change, Social justice, Mindfulness, Alternative ways of knowing & Non-violent communication)
- Squarespace Circle Member (2016-present, Official Squarespace Web Developers Community)
- Year-long Intensive in 5-Element Chinese Medicine & Plant Spirit Medicine (via lineage of Eliot Cowan, fully initiated Huichol Shaman)
-I read like it’s nobody’s business. Some of my fave, 21st century changemaking thought-leaders: Seth Godin, Joanna Macy, Tim Ferris, Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Brené Brown, Charles Eisenstein, Pixie Lighthorse . . . (Read them all!!).
- I’m a Reiki Master, daily meditator and lover of nourishing rituals. I practice what one of my venerable teachers, Eliot Cowan, calls “Household Shamanism,” a very accessible style of deep imagery work that keeps me in good conversation with all manner of wild, wise, and wily spirit guides and muses. I give thanks to all my guides, who have led me here and helped heal me.
“Our single purpose is to magnify that light we share between us.”
* What’s an Ecomystic?
Well, I’m not exactly sure, but I’m positive that so many of us are ecomystics of these times, as imperfect and messy as our process may be. In short, ecomysticism is what author Carl von Essen calls “The profound experience of nature as spiritual guide.” It’s rooted in the deep ecology movement (and therefore in traditional indigenous ways of knowing) which is defined as “an environmental movement and philosophy that regards human life as just one of many equal components of a global ecosystem.” [Sources: Google dictionary, also see: Foundation for Deep Ecology & the Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects]