Let’s be honest.
I’m Andy Ptacek, proud wifey to my hunky firefighter for 13 years and mama to a couple crazy boys, Tavin 10 and Grant 7. 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 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 Design when websites were built by hand and social media was just being born.
Ten-plus years, a family, and a thriving business later – I got brain cancer.
It rocked everything. First, in a scary way. Then, in a grateful way. Perspective taught me that I wasn’t damaged. This experience grew my self-awareness, my ability to love, my patience, my world view, and my faith.
The old me had grown into something new, something better. I believe we all are capable of this, even without a massively traumatic experience to shake us awake.
Phew! Feeling pretty vulnerable right about now…
Shall we continue? Scroll on, friend.
My book, New Again: Healing Through Perspective, just launched!
It’s a story that intertwines my crazy brain cancer journey with perspectives that helped me grow through the experience.
Each chapter revolves around a theme and take-away to help you navigate this crazy thing called life with a positive purpose.
In this book, I promise unfiltered truth and all the emotions, because those who know me best, know I can’t hold back.
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