Amy Green

As an architect, Amy is a problem solver trained to create solutions for complex issues from how we make society healthier through design to how we create more productive work environments.

Don’t Let Your Business Run You

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The biggest mistake I made when starting my own business was letting the business run me rather than running my business. I hope to help others avoid that mistake by sharing some of my experience and what I learned starting my company, amy green design, which is now just over two years old. At the start of my business, I was doing everything, and I mean everything, on my own. From designing brochures to my website to taking all cold calls to drafting every drawing myself, it was all me. That meant the business wasn’t scalable, that I didn’t have the bandwidth […]

A Poor Man With Lots of Money


Pablo Picasso once said “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” At first that statement might make us laugh, due to the irony in it, but it gets at the heart of two important issues that are often different sides of the same coin: living simply while enjoying the small pleasures in life versus spending our life amassing money and possessions. Like many people, I’ve experienced mornings waking up panicked, knowing that my bank account is near empty and my credit cards are pretty much maxed out. This is the less glamorous side of “living […]

10 Ways to Continually Recharge Yourself

Charles Heppner: Prayer Rugs

The other night I went to an acoustic guitar event at KGB in NYC and realized it was my meditation time. I was completely in the moment—free from to do lists, networking events, and schedules. I was completely present, doing nothing other than connecting to the beautiful music pouring out from the guitar and the smiles, laughs, and body movements of the musician against the red velvet curtain. This was a time that definitely re-energized me. Moments of unplugging are so important in life; especially in our day and age when technology continually interrupts our life and focus. We need […]

Celebrate Your Success Together

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Sometimes being on a team can feel like a hindrance. Perhaps you feel a team member is holding the team back or that one team member is bringing the whole group down, but when you work with a team that shares your vision for success, then that’s when truly magical things can start to happen in your collaboration with others. Recently, my sister Laurel gave up her full time job, packed her life into a pod, and relocated to Denver where she began freelancing. She had given up the security of regular pay checks and colleagues, and was now truly […]

Setting Smarter Goals

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Most goal setting guides will tell you to set SMART goals. SMART goals are an acronym for those that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. All of those are important aspects of setting a goal but they are missing a key ingredient. I’ll show you how to set smarter goals by including that key ingredient. The key ingredient to smarter goals, much like Game Plan teaches us, is end game. Keeping the end game in mind is what drives us to work so hard to stick with our goals and see they are accomplished. It’s the burning why, the […]

Either the Day Runs You, or You Run the Day

Melissa Murray, the sounds of fallen bone, 2012

The most important plan of each day is how you decide to start your morning. How you start your day effects how you see the rest of your day and whether or not you or the day are in control. Taking time at the beginning of your day, whether it’s fifteen minutes or an hour, to set the mood, pace, and success of our day can make all the difference in how you feel the rest of the day as well as at the end of the day. Starting your morning rushing out of the door as quickly as possible, wearing […]

Focus On the Why

Circles within circles (detail), From the series Suspended Beliefs, 2013, Ink, collage and manual typewriter on paper 36 x 8.5 inches

Hopes and dreams are that magic motivation that pushes us forward and helps us achieve our desires. Without that burning desire, would the Wright brothers ever have built a plane or Steve Jobs have co-created Apple? What is a reason you woke up today? A reason you’re motivated? A reason you started your business or took that job? Don’t lose sight of your why. If you start feeling you’ve lost sight of your why, it’s time to reevaluate, especially if you’ve lost the why of starting your own business. The sightline to our dreams can get blurry at times but […]

Cultivating a Mentality of Prosperity Rather Than Scarcity to Amass Your Wealth: The Story of The Orphanage Orange


“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” –William Arthur Ward The concept of gratitude plays into how we view our wealth, successes, and happiness. If you focus on what you don’t have; a bigger house, fancier car, shinier engagement ring, or that expensive cashmere suit you’ve been eyeing, then there will never be enough wealth amassed to satiate your hunger for more and more consumption. However if you are grateful for what you already have, you put yourself in a mentality of prosperity. And that mentality will help you […]

10 Healthy Habits for a Fuller Life

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Mind and body wellness is proven to help make us more alert, more focused, and more productive, so they are healthy habits worth fitting into our day no matter how packed, busy or stressful our day seems because these healthy lifestyle choices are proven to improve our quality of life. Our bodies function to rebalance hormones, destress, detoxify, and realign during stretching and exercising. Neuroscience shows that not exercising each day is equivalent to taking a depression pill each day. Here are ten healthy habits to follow on your path to wellness, along with easy ways to fit healthy habits into […]

Try One New Thing a Day to Diversify Your Life

The “Our City Exhibition” features a walkable installation based on Cousins’ “Mapping Soulville.”

We’re told we shouldn’t spend all our time partying as a socialite, or as a workaholic at the office, or pumping iron as a gym rat. Following the three pillars of career, relationships, and self we’re supposed to be well-rounded and live a diverse life, right? Encourage you to take that concept one step further and look at our personal roles as they fall into each of those three categories. For career we might have some of the following roles: Mentor: mentor junior staff Liaison: liaison between clients and their expectations to help them meet their goals through their work […]