If you’ve ever thought, there has got to be a better way…you are in the right place.
I’m Amy Leo, a social worker turned three principles mentor, and until I discovered a principle-based explanation for the human experience, my life was chock-full of insecurity, stress, and worry.
I was like a ball in a ping-pong machine, bouncing from emotion to emotion, situation to situation, self-help program to self-help program, relationship to relationship…and no matter how much I tried to control what was going on…at work, with my singing career, my business, with my body, or my relationships, I only felt more and more stuck and out of control.
Shaming and blaming were my primary approaches to motivation back then.
Not only did this approach to living feel awful, but it wasn’t that effective in moving me closer to my goals.
So, I jumped from one self-improvement technique to another…adding more tools to my toolbox, thinking…okay…this has got to be “the one”…this is the technique or trick that will make all the difference.
But it didn’t make a difference. Not really.
Not in my mental health or productivity or sense of confidence.
Not in the quality of my day-to-day life.
Not for long anyways.
…until I stumbled on to something that rocked my world, a principle-based conversation that turned everything upside-down and inside-out.
WHY DID I CREATE ESCAPING THE RAT RACE?
There is so much information out there: so many techniques, tips, and strategies to follow for a better life. It can feel overwhelming, exhausting, and even self-defeating.
I wanted to co-create a place where people could look: a framework they could always use, for approaching any area in their life that was feeling particularly difficult or “sticky”.
And that’s what my team and I have done at Escaping The Rat Race with our podcast & training programs.
Every month, our podcast feature topics such as: getting free from the rat race of work and money, mindset and mental health, the third week of every month we talk about love and relationships, and the fourth week there is always a wildcard show and theme.
The goal of this grassroots movement is to introduce listeners to constant, fundamentals that are work in their lives that affect how stuck or how free they experience certain areas of their lives.
What you can expect from our podcast and trainings is: more freedom, less stress, and more confidence, because you will learn where to look when life gets difficult to solve problems most efficiently now and as problems arise throughout the rest of your life.
Our listeners and clients tap into their own navigation system, allowing their intellect to serve their innate, inner wisdom, instead of the other way around.
The results you can expect as a community member is greater resilience, sustainable freedom of mind, and the ability to create results even amidst difficult circumstances at work or at home. This is practical stuff indeed!
minutes spent singing + songwriting every day
years learning about human psychology + behavior
the number of people around the holiday dinner table
strategies for being happier, less stressed out, or more successful that I have learned, but haven’t been useful in my day-to-day living.
Passionate about not only music, but mental health, Amy worked with children and teens discharged from NYC area psychiatric hospitals from 2008-2013.
Although she enjoyed her social work job and loved her clients, she often felt “something is missing…there has got to be a better way”.
She was disheartened to find that her clients and their families would only experience brief periods of relief from mental anguish and stress and that lasting positive change was a rare occurrence.
After some reflection, she stepped down to pursue singing and the creation of an organization that would make a true and lasting difference in people’s lives.
She envisioned a place that was free of labels, diagnoses, and snap judgments. A place where people truly felt listened to, valued, and actually felt better for the long-term.
To her supreme delight, Amy found an organization that was doing just that! She stumbled across Divine Play in Charlottesville, VA in March of 2015.
Since learning about the Three Principles also known as the Inside-Out Revolution or the Single Paradigm, she has been experiencing more freedom, peace of mind, and greater clarity, not only in business and relationships, but also in her music career. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur indeed and self-released her own album in 2013 and is currently working on her second.
Working with clients in this capacity, from an educational model, feels much different than her social work days because this framework is in alignment with how change really occurs, from the inside-out.
She is excited to share this conversation with others, so they too can experience more freedom and less worry in their lives. Learn more about how this conversation can benefit you, email ratrace at amyleo.com.
Official Creds: Certified Intensive In-Home Counselor & Respite Counselor, Three Principles Apprenticeship Program Graduate, Divine Play (trained with Dr. Jack Pransky, Mara Gleason, Dr. Dicken Bettinger, Jeanne Catherine Gray, Jen Lucas), Professional Singer-Songwriter, Complete Vocal Academy Graduate Copenhagen, Denmark (Extensively trained in the CVT Vocal Technique,) Professional speaker with over 450 seminars hosted, Psychology, B.A., Nonprofit Management, MS. candidate
"Amy Leo is overflowing with vitality and passion for life. She hears the music that life plays. She lives life full on. She brings her passion for life into her podcasts which are always interesting and will point you to your own common sense solutions. Listen and you will realize that you no longer have to feel like life is a race that you are behind in.”
--Dr. Dicken Bettinger
"I had the pleasure of a session with Amy to help me work through some relationship issues. Amy is a beautiful and bright spirit with a deep grounding presence. Her clarity about life and relationships is extraordinary. Without running to fix anything in my life or the relationship, just her deeply loving presence, confidence and wisdom allowed me to sink deeply back into my own peace of mind and clarity in the moment, which is exactly what I needed to move forward confidently and calmly. I highly recommend working with her."
- Shirly Weiss, Internationally known Coach + Entrepreneur
"Amy coached me on my intimate relationship when I was experiencing difficulties. Amy's care and attention helped me feel safe in opening up, something I have difficulty doing in the area of relationships. As my fixed thinking shifted I got insights into how my experience can change and that come what may I will be alright. I would have no hesitation in recommending Amy's coaching to anyone who wants to explore this domain more deeply".
“FINALLY FEEL LIKE I CAN LIVE AND BE ALIVE AND AT PEACE”
“The…most helpful thing is knowing that the rest of the days of my life finally feel like I can live and be alive and at peace with myself regardless of the hardest of down times which always exist. I can be myself, I can make mistakes, I can forgive myself, I can remove fear, I can love and maybe even love unconditionally. I can overcome. I can be of a nature that helps others in ways I never imagined possible.”
- Kelly M., Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist-Tech Entrepreneur
“WORKING WITH AMY ADDS AN EXTRA LEVEL”
“Working together with Amy adds an extra level for me with her education and background credentials. I never liked or resonated with even the mere idea of going to some therapist to try and have them “figure me out” when I can’t even figure out myself. What moves me the most for this to be productive and helpful to myself and those around me in every day interaction is that obviously Amy was willing if not more open minded to embrace a new approach that is producing results – I being one example.”
- Client + Father of 2
“HER PASSION AND ENERGY FILL THE ROOM WITH AN ESSENCE THAT YOU COME ACROSS ONCE IN A LIFETIME.”
“Working with Amy is continually a wonderfully and spiritually uplifting experience. Her passion and energy fill the room with an essence that you come across once in a lifetime. It’s a great feeling to be progressing with one of the world’s most productive, forward-thinking individuals.”
- Lucas Fable, CEO/Producer, One Sound Label
“MORE IN THE PRESENT”
“Every day I am able to embrace the truth that “the secret” is hidden within ourselves. As I go about my day I am more in the present sense of life than I ever thought possible with unlimited potential to grow!”
- Client, 45
“Amy has an uncanny ability to simplify issues…and is able to harness her zest for life in a way that ignites inspiration in those who are lucky enough to cross her path. “
- Jordan M. Nacht, Founder & Chief Inspirational Officer of The Pivotal Approach
“CALMER STATE OF BEING…LESS EASILY BOTHERED”
“[Amy is] a wonderful being of light…Some benefits I’ve had are a calmer state of being, a more patient and less easily bothered demeanor.”
- Veronica L., 25
"I gained so many benefits from these sessions. First, I was able to be more aware of my thoughts, feel comfortable in silence, and let go of my anxiety around my business and pleasing others. I know before the session I was nervous, during the session I teared up a little because everything we talked about and worked through had always made me anxious and it was a relief to know I didn’t have to feel that way! I mean money has always been a sensitive issue with me and since this 1-1 session I have had a better relationship with money and my thoughts and anxiety around it."
- Meaghan McElroen, Entrepreneur