Rachel Abdelfattah can feel the excitement as 2015 inches closer every day. She is set to take a trip to Cancun, Mexico with her fiancé in January and planning to be wed within the months that follow.
The past few months have been the best of her life and she sees no end to her freshly positive outlook on life. This feeling of euphoria hasn't come naturally for her and it took a life-changing effort of self-determination and will to get her there.
Struggling with issues of self-worth, depression and love was nothing new to Rachel in the early part of 2014. She had a history of working with psychoanalysts, licensed social-workers and therapists only to leave her feeling unfulfilled.
“I moved to Sacramento from the Bay Area in February of this year, I had no job, I was in a dead end shallow relationship, and did not love myself enough to change any of it,” said Rachel.
Her friend encouraged her to do session with a psychic life coach that she recommended. Rachel was hesitant because she had already paid for these types of services before in a wasted effort. Her friend decided to pay for Rachel's first session as encouragement. Reluctantly, she decided to go. This is where she met Amy Tammen.
Amy Tammen is a life coach, self-help radio host and author serving clients in the Bay Area and beyond. This includes people from South America, Canada and India. She uses a mixture of psychic abilities with intuition and feeds off of her clients' energy to guide them in a positive direction. Amy also practices using oracle cards and numerology, which is a study of the significance of numbers.
Rachel’s session with Amy went great. Amy picked up on things before Rachel would even explain them. This was very comforting to Rachel and she decided to do a follow-up session, which, eventually led to weekly sessions. Amy would give her homework and exercises to work on in her everyday life.
“It was so exciting to put the effort into reading the books and doing the homework she recommended, seeing results, and moving to the next subject,” said Rachel. “I was never a good student, but she made me feel like I was acing life and I was.”
By the end of June 2014, they were focusing on the love aspect of Rachel's life. Amy told her to make a list of all the qualities Rachel wants in a man, which, turned out to be quite a long list. After gaining her self-confidence back, Rachel was determined to find a lover to her standards. She joined the online dating site Match and almost immediately was on a date with a man who met most of all the qualities on her list. The two are now infatuated with each other and engaged.
Amy is a Millennial born in 1980 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born 6 weeks premature. She was the first premature baby born that year that required no additional ventilation or separation from the regular nursery. Amy's mother Crystal Smith refers to her as her miracle baby.
Amy's family headed west to California when she was four years old. Amy grew up in a southern California town just outside of Long Beach called Bellflower. The divorce of her parents led to a move to South Pasadena with her mother at the age of 12.
A small apartment in the town center of South Pasadena is where Amy considers home. It was within a few blocks of her high school South Pasadena High School. There were always people hanging out at her house. Amy's mother was always supportive of the community friends who would gather at their residence.
“In numerology, the number five means never a dull moment and high energy. It was a number five apartment, and that's exactly what it was,” said Tammen.
She remembers the tight-knit suburb community with wide streets and abundant palm and oak trees. Growing up in a single-parent household was challenging at times. The community showed strong support for Amy's family and a fellow parent on Amy's brother's football team took her prom dress shopping when her mother couldn't.
“Most people don't realize that Pasadena is just a 15 minute drive from downtown L.A., so you get the suburbs, but you still feel very urban,” says Tammen. “I love the tradition. The Rose Parade is there and the history. Everybody that lives there has been there for a very long time and they take great pride in their city. It really taught me to honor relationships.”
Amy grew up under an umbrella of Christianity on her mother's side of the family. There was also a mystic part of her family’s faith and prophecy was always a part of life growing up. She remembers being able to sense things about people before they would say anything.
“I remember being seven or eight years old and just pacing the house. My parents couldn’t get me to go to sleep because I was really anxious,” Amy said about a particular night. “In retrospect I know what it was. I was predicting an earthquake. But prior to that, I always knew things about people.”
In her adolescence, Amy envisioned herself being in the public eye performing music or theater. She was always in some type of band singing. Amy compares her love for self-help to what she loves about performing on stage, whereas, people embody an energy or a presence and reflect it.
Amy chose to attend the University of Southern California (USC) for its famed tradition where she was introduced to performance poetry. She then attended a creative writing graduate program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. This is where she met her future husband, Matt.
After graduation, Amy still felt unfulfilled. She felt that she did not respect herself to the level that she deserved. It led her to a journey of self-help. She learned to connect her intuition to her spiritual background and personal growth to guide her through life. She decided to use her tools as a way to help others. She used her abilities working as a talent recruiter matching potential job candidates up with positions.
Amy began working with a mentor Dianna Dorrell who taught classes in numerology and healing practices out of Angel Light Books & Gifts in Berkeley, California. She decided the next step forward in her professional career was to start a radio show. In 2010, she started an online radio show from her small apartment in Berkeley doing personal readings and self-help teaching.
“People that reach out to me, they have something to solve. They have something that's heavy on their heart and I want to give them peace of mind, clarity, direction and guidance to get them on the track to feeling good again. That's incredibly important to me,” said Tammen.
The radio show progressed into regular callers and people asking for private psychic readings and flourished into her full-time career. Since the start of her radio show Amy has read for over 2000 people and had 75,000 listens to her at least 260 shows.
In November 2014, Amy released her book, A Journey To Self Love. The book made Amazon's best-sellers list on November 14. It was ranked second in journal writing, 12th in motivational and 50th in spiritual book sales.
Tammen explains the book is about becoming whole. “Life can only love you as much as you allow yourself to be loved. It all starts with you. The essence of becoming whole is making your needs, desires, wants, aspirations and self-care your number one priorities,” she writes in an excerpt from her book.