Image from d’Oliveira & Associates
In the Burlington County Times article “Cinnaminson girl shares story filled with joy and sadness“, staff writer Todd McHale tells the story of an 11 year old girl who uses her network television appearance to spread awareness for traumatic brain injury, or TBI. 11 year old Lily Nichols had the opportunity to compete on the first ever children’s competition on Food Network’s popular show Chopped. Nichols’ father fell off a ladder and has been dealing with the effects of a TBI. Shortly before the taping, Lily’s father passed away.
“She’s an amazing, amazing spirit,” her mother said. “It was really about her making her dad proud and bringing attention to his illness.”
Lily said her 45-year-old father was a special person.
“He made you feel calm and comforted and no matter what, he didn’t judge you,” Lily said.
“My dad is very close to my heart. And I wanted to make him proud by giving the world, like, a little experience of what he was like.”
Amy, left, and Jen in NYC
This is a subject near and dear to my heart, as well as my business partner’s. Jen and I met in NYC in June of 2006, and we initially bonded over a common love of music. That bond deepened through shared losses. In the article referenced above, Todd McHale mentions that “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers traumatic brain injury as a serious public health problem in the United States, contributing to 30 percent of all injury deaths. In 2010, 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries occurred, either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.” Unfortunately, Jen and I have both been effected by that statistic in very personal ways.
Read more to hear our story. Have you or a loved one been impacted by TBI? Share your stories or leave a comment! Also feel free to share other charities that you support!
I survived weekend one of ACL. I was working security and I was posted inside the front barricades at one of the main stages. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard every excuse in the book at this point on why someone “needs to get in.” It was a great experience, I learned a lot, and I got to use a little muscle here and there. The view point to the stage wasn’t too shabby either. It’s challenging to stand for 13 hours in the sun and the heat, but it was worth it. Its rewarding to help someone who is ill or hurt, and to help keep people safe. I get to do it all over again next weekend.
Here are some tips if you are trying to spend an entire day in the sun, in the front row, to see the headliner of your dreams….
1. STAY HYDRATED
2. STAY HYDRATED
5. FIND MOMENTS IN THE SHADE IF YOU CAN BY SITTING DOWN OR BRINGING AN UMBRELLA
If you don’t drink water, you are likely to pass out before the show you want to see. I saw it happen a lot this past weekend. Also, if you are ever at a festival and you don’t feel good for ANY REASON, even if you took something illegal, if you ask security or a medic for help you will not get in trouble! Its about keeping you safe and helping you. Period. If something is wrong, please seek help for yourself.
Here’s to a safe, happy, healthy, and fun second weekend of ACL! See you there.
P.S. Amyjen Entertainment now has a Facebook page! Please check us out and Like us! Thanks! 🙂
I stumbled upon Noah and the Whale in the last year when I was going through a tough time. They’ve been around since 2008, and I just rekindled my romance with them this week. Listening to their albums just makes me feel like everything is going to be ok. They make my heart a little lighter. Shortly after I discovered them, they happened to be playing a live show here in Austin. Nothing like falling in love with a band and then getting to see them live a couple of weeks later! Enjoy!
I have decided that every other Tuesday I will post a video of a band or song that I’m currently digging. They won’t necessarily be brand new songs or artists, just new to me, or new on my radar, or old favorites currently in heavy rotation. I’ve been hearing the name Beats Antique for quite a while now but I just recently had a good listen. I have to say I fell in love. They have been in heavy rotation for me for the last couple of weeks. I find I’m very into instrumental music lately. My mother lives in India part time, and she studies sacred sound. She introduced me to kirtans and chanting in Sanskrit, which I also find soothing. So here’s a YouTube video of Beats Antique playing live at Bumbershoot 2013 in Seattle. I hope you enjoy it! I’d love to hear what you are listening to lately! I always love to hear suggestions of who to check out next!
Hi. I’m Amy. I am starting an entertainment company, Amyjen Entertainment, with my friend Jen. I’ve been kicking around names for years but everything I came up with was already taken. I was initially going to start this company on my own, but we decided two awesome women with different strengths are better than one. And now we have a name. Its pronounced imagine in case you wondering!
Jen and I met in NYC, where we hung out in this little music scene on Bleecker Street. Now she lives in Tennessee, and I live in Austin, TX. We want to help create unique live music experiences that will create magical memories for people. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of those special memories myself, as does Jennifer, and I want to help create that for others. We want to make money for the artists who create that one in a lifetime live experience because it never happens exactly the same way twice. We want to make money for ourselves. We also want to donate a portion of our profits from every event to traumatic brain injury research, awareness, and rehabilitation. Yes, we want to make money, but its not about the money. It about living our passion and purpose and sharing it with others, and also helping a cause that has effected both of us in very personal ways.
Amyjen Entertainment is just getting started. This is a learning experience for us. Such is life. We are all learning about life and experience every day. I hope that our passion and our spirit for giving back will make this venture a success. Its a journey we are taking, and we hope that you will take it with us.
“You can’t know this right now, but…
your ragged, rugged honesty…
your crazy, passionate, naked vulnerability…
your trusting plunge into the unknown of Life at every turn…
your journey of love and healing…
these change your world, the world of those around you and the world as a whole.
Someday you’ll know how important you are.”
“Well, you don’t know what we can find
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
You don’t know what we can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away” –Magic Carpet Ride– Steppenwolf