It’s pronounced “Kriss”—like a kiss! Which is fine by me, because life really is
I’m a coach, speaker, and founder of bodyheart and Fierce Loving—organizations devoted to helping people experience DEEP FULFILLMENT IN THEIR BODY, CAREER, AND LIFE.
Growing up in a single parent environment in Charleston, WV, I spent most of my time in dance class. It was my escape, my safe place. I was one of those kids who knew from an early age what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to perform on Broadway. Fortunately, I had the passion, drive and determination to get there.
In 2005, I stepped foot on my first Broadway stage to perform in the musical Mamma Mia. I’d worked all my life for that moment and believed it was the key to my happiness. I was wrong. To the outside eye, my life seemed ideal, but on the inside I was miserable. I was obsessed with perfection and having a flawless body, and I spent years torturing myself with crash diets and intense exercise programs.
It wasn’t until 2008, during my Master’s program in Spiritual Psychology, that I realized I was in an abusive relationship with myself. This epiphany changed everything. I overcame a cycle of body-punishment, negative self-talk and victim mentality, and ultimately took ownership of my body, business and life.
From here, massive transformation ensued—both internally and externally. All I wanted to do was share my learnings with others; thus, I created two thriving businesses, bodyheart and Fierce Loving.
I now live in Los Angeles with my main squeeze, Vince, and our two rescue pups, Lucky and Matzah. But my greatest passion is helping people rise to their fullest potential and live beyond their wildest dreams. How good can you stand it is a question I ask often. If you’re ready to find out, click here.
Amber has a thriving coaching practice where she serves a wide range of individuals, and also creates and facilitates her own coaching groups for body, business and life. Her individual clients range from moms, artists, small business owners to corporate and creative executives.
Amber’s work as a professional speaker has been featured at TEDx Malibu, MSN, the White House blog (Obama administration), University of Southern California, Pennsylvania State University and more. Located in Los Angeles, Amber lives with her husband and two rescue pups, and helps people change their lives for the better as a coach, speaker and author.
Fierce Loving was born from loss. In late 2015, my dear friend, coach, and mentor, Michelle Bauman, passed away. She made a significant impact on my life. In many ways, my transformation into a highly successful, soul-centered leader is because of her guidance, support and encouragement.
In my grief, I slowed down to consider what Michelle meant to me. The words Fierce Loving came to mind. She loved me fiercely. She pushed me to the edge of my comfort zone and beyond. She offered me compassion and kindness in moments of doubt and despair. She believed in me. She saw the real me before I did. This is fierce loving.
I started considering, what would I be like if I loved myself the way Michelle loved me? What would my life be like if I loved it fiercely? What would my body be like? My relationships? The answers led to the next evolution in myself and my work—all a beautiful parting gift from Michelle.
I’m a fan of HELPING PEOPLE UNEARTH AND TRUST THEIR OWN WISDOM. so if you’re wondering what Fierce Loving is, I’m happy to share my answer and also invite you to make your own inquiry. What does Fierce Loving mean to you?
For me, we can’t talk about these two words together, without looking at them separately. FIERCE is like channeling your inner Beyonce. There’s a ferocity and strength that comes with it. A mama bear energy. LOVING is more feminine. It’s soft, nurturing, compassionate, and gentle. So Fierce Loving is about honoring the love you are. It’s about showing up in your life fully present—being all in. It’s knowing when to push and when to pause. Ultimately, Fierce Loving is choosing love no matter what.
Easier said than done…and that’s why I’m here. If you’re curious about where to begin, click here and let the journey unfold.
As a compassionate advocate for humanity, I believe change begins within—but it doesn’t remain there. When we become more conscious, it is our responsibility to share our loving kindness. One of the ways I do that is by supporting the organizations below. Know, when you invest in yourself through my work, you are contributing to transformation of the planet.
Best Friends Animal SocietyThe mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. They do this by helping end the killing in America’s animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. They believe that by working together we can Save Them All.
Together RisingIn a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn. They identify areas of concern for their community, and then connect their givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.
National Resources Defense CouncilNRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
Equal Justice InitiativeThe Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Center for Humane TechnologyThe Center for Humane Technology envisions a world where technology is realigned with humanity’s best interests. Their work expands beyond tech addiction to the broader societal threats that the attention economy poses to our well-being, relationships, democracy, and shared information environment. Watch The Social Dilemma to explore more./div>Girls on the RunGirls on the Run® is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.Freedom to Choose: Education for a Second ChanceFreedom to Choose offers workshops and classes designed to teach practical communication, emotional competency and self-responsibility skills to men and women in prison, on parole and probation so that they may return to society and lead productive, successful lives.