Congratulations to Lizzy Okoro for being our February AMPLIFY Ambassador!
At The Amplify Collective, we feature our Coterie members as ambassadors who are women what we think embody and represent the spirit and values of the organization.
Lizzy Okoro is the founder, publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of BUNCH Magazine. Lizzy lived in New York attending graduate school and was inspired by the creative community that she interacted with on a daily basis. With that inspiration, she realized that resources for creatives looking to build and develop their careers were few and far between and decided to create a print magazine in an effort to help connect the dots for these professionals. After launching BUNCH in New York, Lizzy moved back to her native land - Los Angeles where she currently resides with her fiance and puppy, Peter.
How has this community impacted your everyday life?
I've become more aware of what I give and get. I spent a lot of last year feeling absolutely drained by the act of networking. I felt as though I was giving so much of myself and not seeing the return on that investment. Being with women who are here to connect in a genuine, mutually beneficial way has been so important because it has helped me to set the tone with how I interact with other networking opportunities going forward.
Are there any practices or mantras that you use daily to amplify your life and empower yourself?
I am big on meditation and visualizing my future. A few years ago someone mentioned that she practices immersive visualization (not sure if that's an official thing or not!). Basically, if you want a certain car, go test drive that car and imagine yourself owning it. If you want to actively date, go to the places you would want to go with your romantic partner. Even though I can't always do that daily, I try to do it as often as possible and it's been a fun experiment in building the life I want to lead.
Why did you decide to join The Amplify Collective?
Peer mentorship became something that I realized I was missing in my life. As an entrepreneur a lot of people look to me to lead and at a certain point, I looked around and realized that I didn't have anyone to help lead me. Being connected to a community of women who understand the challenges and wins of networking was too good to pass up.
How do you handle failure + setbacks?
I don't think of failure in the same way that most people do. I believe that you only truly fail when you don't try. If you've given it your all and things don't turn out the way you want them to, there is always comfort in knowing that you made the attempt. Most people never pursue their plans because they're scared to fail, not realizing that they will never win with that mindset. As for setbacks, in my experience, a setback is just a setup for a comeback! So lame, I know, but it's true!
How do you celebrate you?
I really struggled with this question which means I probably haven't truly sat down and celebrated myself. Sure, I spend time doing things that make me happy like hanging with friends and family, eating pizza, getting a massage, playing with my dog, and dancing in my living room with my fiance. But too often, I don't celebrate the small wins, instead I get bogged down looking at the future. I'm going to work on that!