We caught up with Amber Conrad, a model in Los Angeles, California and one of our favourite people to follow on Instagram. We’ve come to admire her positive outlook on life and the way she uses her platform to stay motivated and inspire others. Here, she shares her thoughts on relationships, the importance of having a good support system, and why traveling alone was the best thing to happen to her.
When have you been the most satisfied/dissatisfied in your life?
I’m always satisfied with parts of life and dissatisfied with others. I try to look at dissatisfaction as a sign that something needs to change. As for satisfaction - I do my best to enjoy the feeling & revel in it rather than moving on to the next thing.
What inspires you?
People who keep a positive attitude in the face of adversity inspire me. A close friend of mine had passed away from MS. In the 3 years that I knew Tyler, he never once complained about his condition. He always had the most relaxed outlook on life. I wish I could be more like him.
What's something that challenges you?
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis 5 years ago. It’s a challenge when all of a sudden your body is unable to do what it normally does. I have learned to be patient with myself and allow my body to rest when it needs and to be as physically active as I can be. I don't take my health for granted anymore and try my best to be grateful for what I have. I have an amazing medical team, friends and family that support me, so I am very lucky!
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
That’s a hard one. I’ve been given a lot of good advice! My dad always tells me that one of the best things for romantic relationships is space and the freedom to be yourself - that this is where love can thrive.
What is something you wish you had learned earlier?
I wish I would have learned to feel more comfortable having a voice. To not be embarrassed or ashamed to ask for what I want & need - from relationships, from my career, from myself, from the world. As a woman I think this can be difficult if we’re not taught early on - it’s a work in progress but I’m slowly getting there!
What’s something you thought was a failure or loss that later led to success?
I was laid off from an office job and was pretty upset even though it wasn’t for me. Turns out it was one of the best things to happen to me because it’s given me the time and motivation to pursue things I’ve always wanted to.
What should everyone try at least once in their life?
(When you can) go on a trip by yourself. It doesn’t have to be far or extravagant, but it has to be done on your own. A few years ago, I went on a retreat in northern California for a week by myself. It was an amazing experience and I met some incredible people that I am still in touch with today. When you travel alone, you are much more aware of your surroundings and as a result, more in the moment. I highly recommend it!
Thank you Amber, we appreciate you sharing with us. You definitely have me thinking about my next trip and the importance of self discovery!
You can follow Amber and her journey on Instagram @ambcon.
*Images provided by Amber Conrad