068: The Power of Telling Your Story, With Amy Dushane


The Sex, Money, and Food Podcast

Sex, Money and Food

Do you feel like you have a story to tell but aren’t sure how to shape it and share it with the world? One person who believes we all have a unique story is Amy Dushane. Amy is a creative entrepreneur with a background in public health, non-profit and education.. One of her greatest passions is to help people discover and share their voice, stories and ideas with the world, which she does through her business Dignity Blend.


On this episode of The Real World Woman: Sex, Money and Food podcast, Amy joins us to talk about her authentic story, why our stories are always evolving, and how she made her goal of working with Dr. Oz a reality!


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Amy grew up in Arizona, and moved to Flagstaff where she went to college. She studied public/community health and earned a minor in biology.


The recession hit right after graduation, and she was so afraid because she didn’t know if couldn’t find a job. Rather than give in to the fear, she moved to San Diego because she always wanted to live by the beach!


That experience was a journey of self-discovery: she moved with a boyfriend from college and got a few different jobs. Eventually she wondered what she was doing and why she was doing it. She wasn’t sure she really loved her boyfriend, she was sleeping on a mattress on the floor and having picnics every night because they had no furniture. And she was working five jobs, but not getting anywhere and never seeing the beach!!


Til one day when her mom called with an idea. Amy had grown up watching the Dr. Oz Show with her mom; in fact, she told her mom one day she would work for him! Well Amy’s mom remembered her prediction and one day called Amy to encourage her to apply with Dr. Oz’s non-profit, HealthCorps.


Her mom told her it was time to make her dream a reality; Amy agreed. She applied, was interviewed and also broke up with her boyfriend. HealthCorps asked if she would move to Portland, Amy said yes and soon she was working for Dr. Oz’s non-profit in Portland!


She worked for him for five years and helped bring health and physical education back into the Portland school system. She taught her students about the connection between their minds, bodies and spirits. She helped them navigate and make choices based on that connection.


In those five years, Amy also taught cooking classes and became a certified yoga teacher. She learned so much from her time working with Dr. Oz’s non-profit, more of which she shares on this episode.


Also on today’s show she talks about how some of the roots of Dignity Blend are based in the work she did for Dr. Oz, as well as her other non-profit experience and her love of other people’s stories. She explains how her own journey with food got her started in public health, and why it’s a topic so close to her heart.  Listen in for all of that and much more on this week’s episode of The Real World Woman: Sex, Money, and Food Podcast.  

Tweetable: “It’s all about our story .” ~Amy Dushane

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Amy Answers the Questions


Q: Rank the following in order: sex, money, food.

A: Food is my #1 jam! Especially living in Portland, it’s like every place you go is great! So food, then money, then sex.


Q: There is nothing better in life than…

A:  connection. I feel like that’s what we are here to do; we are here to connect with other people.


Q: What is your ultimate pleasure in life?

A: My ultimate pleasure is…to come back around to family and really connecting. I’m married to a chef, anything we can do based around kitchen and spending time with family.


Q: What does “crafting  a story” smell like to you?

A: So many equate story to what we’ve grown up with: watching movies, reading books, etc. For it to smell like something I think it’s got to be authentic. It’s got to be good, true…good stories are authentic and are really told from our heart.


Q: What is a mistake or a circumstance you went through that has allowed you to grow and learn?

A: When I was in high school, I was an overweight kid and it has taken me a lot of years to tell the world about this. In my generation, there weren’t a lot of children who were heavier. I had a lot of friends who were thin and little, and could eat whatever they wanted. I wore overalls every single day! So my relationship with food, I had to overcome a lot of insecurities that I had from being bullied in high school. I had to develop a healthier relationship with food and not feeling like I had to try to accomplish something with my body, and not be on a diet all the time.


Q: What book are you reading?

A: Brene Brown’s books Rising Strong by Brene Brown and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.




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Alexandra Harbushka
Alexandra Harbushka
About me

I am an entrepreneur, a daughter, and a lover. My life passion is to help women discover the secrets to having all three of life’s essentials: sex, money, and food. I bring my international experience and corporate success together to help other women thrive as a Real World Woman.

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