I’m Andy Ptacek, proud wifey to my hunky firefighter for 14 years and mama to a couple crazy boys, Tavin 12 and Grant 9. We live in beautiful Glendale, Arizona in our 1973 fixer-upper on a nice chunk of land where we have big dreams of watching our lives unfold in our finally-forever-home.
Although this all sounds very “white picket fence,” my life started out anything but.
Raised solo by my persevering working mom, I paid for tuition at Arizona State University with settlement money I received from a childhood sexual abuse ruling while working full-time to cover rent and food. Without taking much time to really experience college, I graduated early in 3.5 years with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School, and let’s not forget the minor in Interpersonal Communication so I could effectively pretend not to be an introvert.
As an intern at the local ABC affiliate, I became a Rocky Mountain Emmy nominee, but soon after traded TV for PR as my first “real” job. About halfway through my first pregnancy, I realized that climbing the ladder at a 9-5 wasn’t my dream anymore.
Instead of pitching stories to newspapers, magazines, and TV, I wandered into online marketing and co-founded Liquis Digital when websites were built by hand and social media was just being born.
7 YEARS, A FAMILY, AND A THRIVING BUSINESS LATER – I GOT BRAIN CANCER.
It rocked everything. First, in a scary way as I faced the reality of my mortality. Then, in a grateful way as I was spurred to recreate the authentic life I was always meant for. Perspective taught me that I wasn’t damaged. The old me had grown into something new, something better.
My experience with brain cancer grew my self-awareness, my ability to love, my patience, my world view, and my faith.
I believe we all are capable of this, even without a massively traumatic experience to shake us awake.
If you’ve read the book, you know healing the New Again way is a total mind, body, spirit practice. But we can’t do it alone.
We need support. We need community. We need each other.
That is why I’m committed to bringing the New Girl community together for Life Practice events in the form of Renewal Experiences!
If you’re ready to break through circumstance and doubt so that you can live unapologetically, authentically NEW, click below to get on the interest list for our next event!