We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Lea Gray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber Lea, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I needed a home for all my passions. It started with photography, but then I launched a podcast and put together a few online courses. As things evolved, it just made sense to start a business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a pastor at a local church and I run a creative business. Whether it is meeting with members of my congregation, photographing local entrepreneurs, or recording a new podcast episode, grace is central in my ministry and my creative work. It is my heart’s passion to encourage others and provide practical tips that help people find joy and purpose. One of my biggest challenges has been overcoming imposter syndrome. I do not have it all figured out, but surrounding myself with like-minded people has been a huge help. I only follow people on social media that inspire me, and give myself lots of grace when things do not work out like I plan. I use to think I was ‘too much’ for some people. Lately, I have realized that those just are not my people. It is a process getting comfortable in my own skin, but I am grateful for the journey! The Growth & Grace Podcast is a place for me to share that journey, and help others along the way! I believe that everyone has a story to tell, and that their story matters.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend comes to town, we are going to explore the city like tourists. We’ll check out the aquarium and the CNN center and 100% ride the Ferris wheel! We’ll go to Farm Burger for lunch, and catch drinks at Tree Horn Cidery. On Saturday, we’ll go on a hike at a local North GA state park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends and family who have encouraged and supported me along the way, especially my husband, Andrew Gray. I’m multi-passionate, and I have a lot of ideas. I’m grateful for the people who support me when I pivot or chase something new.