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Life & Work with Amy Langley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Langley.

Hi Amy, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am the product of a young, single mother trying to find her way in a big city. I was a rebellious teenager and a runaway. After years of instability, dropping out of school, attempted suicide, being sexually assaulted and nearly killed by someone I once considered a friend, I had had enough and gave my life to the Lord at nineteen.

For years I had contemplated writing a book about my experiences growing up but kept putting it off. It wasn’t until I decided to do some research on my great-grandmother’s family that the desire was rekindled. Writing, In Search of Amy, gave me much more than I had ever hoped for as I discovered during the writing process that my father was NOT my biological father. Imagine my surprise after 48 years uncovering this hidden truth. Not only was I able to complete my book during this time, but I was also able to connect with my father and paternal side of the family.

You can only imagine the difficulty this newfound information presented as I still had to worry about my mother, my stepfather, the man that I believed was my father and my siblings. Everyone had their own set of feelings and I was trying hard to accommodate everyone’s feelings until I realized that I hadn’t given myself a chance to process my own feelings.

I decided to take a hard stance. This was my life, and I was going to live it the way I felt led by God to do. Through my prayer, fasting and obedience, I was able to forgive. Forgive my mother and forgive myself. It is definitely my prayer that anyone reading my book sees that the overarching message is love. The love of self, others and God. Everybody has a story, I just pray my story helps someone else as they struggle through their own.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The journey has definitely been up and down. The biggest obstacle for me has been managing the feelings of my family members, especially my mom. I can’t speak for her but I can speak to the issues that have come up since I discovered my biological dad. It’s been a real struggle trying to get her to understand that I can love them both. She hasn’t lost me or even a part of me. It wasn’t until two months ago that I stopped sneaking into the city to see him because I didn’t want her to be hurt that I wasn’t spending all of my time there with her.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a cosmetologist by trade. I am also an author and a crafter. As a cosmetologist, I specialize in hair care. Believe it or not, most of my clients believe that I missed my calling. I do more ministering/counseling than I actually do hair, LOL. I believe in transparency and so it’s very easy to get into deep conversations with my clients. It’s not unheard of for us to end an appointment in prayer.

I’m most proud of (as it pertains to my professional life) my integrity. The beauty industry is a billion-dollar industry. The money is there to be made, but sometimes, the money causes us to disregard the health and care of our client’s hair. I refuse to do anything that will compromise hair care no matter how much money is to be made. I believe that if I stay true on the front end, God will bless tremendously on the back end. I believe this stance sets me apart from others. I am also proud of my book. I’m waiting on someone to approach me about the made for TV movie. 🙂

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Thankfully, I met my mentor years ago while dating one of her sons. I call her my “Naomi.” If you are familiar with the story of Ruth in the Bible, this is the Naomi that I’m referencing.

My advice on finding a mentor is this: Choose wisely. Discernment is key to finding a mentor or networking. There are many predators, thieves and wolves in sheep’s clothing just looking and lying in wait to pounce on an unsuspecting, vulnerable soul. Make sure you choose someone who is not afraid to give it to you “straight with no chaser.”

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Picture with me holding book credit Arminta Mckinney Photography.

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  1. Ernestine Allen

    August 9, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Amy I am extremely proud of all of your accomplishments and yet the best is yet to come. You have shown us what true love of family is all about. I will continue on your journey as you seek higher heights and deeper debts of this thing called life. I know you will never give your quest to keep searching, reaching and stretching until you obtain all of your God given goals. I will always honor, respect and love you.

  2. Kimberly Smith Wills

    August 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Amy, I am so proud to call you my lil cuzzo. You are a great inspiration to me and all that take the time to know you. Continue to keep God first and keep on striving to be the best you can be…everything else will fall into place!

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