by Amy McKenzie on May 20, 2020
Hi! I am Tamara Luevano. I was born in Lakewood, CA and raised in Long Beach, CA by my father, who was a commissioner in family law and my mother, who was a general surgeon and burn specialist.
I had an early love for animals and especially horses.
I wanted to have a farm. When I was 7, they bought 7 acres in Fallbrook, CA and I got my first taste of buying raw land and homesteading on it.
I much preferred the country to the city.
I will probably be sharing some of this part of my life because it all prepared me for the life I live now.
Because of my love for animals, I wanted to be a veterinarian and ended up becoming a vet assistant and then a vet technician instead.
This has given me the experience needed for sharing with you how I keep my vet bills down and don’t rush to the vet for every little thing.
I also had some wildlife experience at a place called the Wild Animal Training Center.
I have a B.S. degree in Biology/Zoology and went on to get an A.S. degree for Physical Therapist Assistant which I have been doing since 1992.
I love working in skilled nursing with the older generation teaching the importance of exercise to get regain strength after illness or surgery.
I am on my own and have learned many things on how to homestead off-grid.
What has motivated me to start a blog?
Over 3 years ago, my daughter’s boyfriend, Greg, suggested that I do it.
Meet The Author
Amy's lifetime involvement in the theater offered her many opportunities to study with some of the industry's greatest directors, performers and teachers. Her formal education includes the Masters Program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Film Certificate Program as a Teaching Assistant at UCLA. Her career spans four decades and includes venues from offBroadway to television, National Tours to Summer Stock. Over the years Miss McKenzie has worked professionally as a producer, director, founding artistic director, writer, actor, professor and coach. From an early age Amy pursued a passion for personal development, studying a multitude of disciplines from survival techniques to professional leadership training. The degree of her development is evident in her success as a published author, speaker, business owner and transformational coach. Loving all things natural, Amy has committed a great deal of time to the study of traditional and alternative healing. Miss McKenzie is a licensed HeartMath practitioner and holds certifications in various alternative healing modalities including Reiki, Energy Restructuring and Rebirthing. Her commitment to furthering the well being of others is demonstrated by the number of lives she touches in her volunteer work. Drawing on her success as a leader, trainer and presenter for Zija International, Amy teaches several classes at Sharing University, a non-profit business school dedicated to teaching Social Entrepreneurship to the homeless or anyone seeking a better life. In addition, she is VP of Marketing, committed to making this education available globally: www.sharinguniversity.com/live When asked, Amy cites her most cherished accomplishment as having providing her brilliantly gifted daughter, Valia O’Donnell, significant opportunities to fully live a life she loves. Making a difference, one person at a time, is Amy’s driving force.