Hey—I’m Amber Rae. I write, speak & make art to encourage self-discovery and personal growth.

“Amber Rae is a Millennial Motivator”
— Forbes


"Her name is Amber Rae, and she's here to be a light for the world."

That's what my Mom said the day I was born.

After a near fatal car accident when I was in the womb, doctors said it was unlikely I'd make it to term. My mom didn't buy it, and her conviction is one of the things I love most about her.

She raised me in the ‘burbs of Chicago, and some of my fondest childhood memories include watching her build a business from nothing. She taught me to ignore conventions, speak my truth, and follow my curiosities.


I've always been curious about the human condition, asking questions like: What holds us back? Makes us tick? How do we live our true north? I picked up my first psychology book when I was 11, and I’ve been exploring what it means to be human ever since.

As a teen, I created an online magazine to inspire girls to live well. I thought I'd be an Editor-in-Chief of a magazine one day, but with the internet, I didn't have to wait.

In college, I worked with Apple, creating strategies to get the word out on campus. I took those experiences to the digital agency world, where I worked with global brands on their storytelling and marketing strategies.


I wanted more from life, so I moved to Silicon Valley to join the tech gold rush. While there, I started a blog to document my journey, be real about the ups & downs, and ponder life's big questions. I felt surprised — and delighted — when thousands began to chime in and say, “I feel this way, too.”

After many failed attempts at trying to fit my life into a conventional box, I left tech, sold my belongings, and followed an intuitive call to New York in 2010.

There I worked with Seth Godin, Steven Pressfield, and Derek Sivers to launch their books, accidentally started a coaching and event business, and began to rediscover and reclaim the very-afraid-to-come-out-and-play creative inside of me.


Today, I'm the bestselling author of Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential (Macmillan), an illustrator that turns complex ideas about the human experience into simple and relatable art, and a teacher and speaker on creativity, emotional wellness, and personal growth.

I live in Brooklyn, NY (and around the world) with my husband, Farhad.




Official Bio

Amber Rae is an author, artist and global voice for emotional wellness and personal growth. She turns highly relatable insights on the human experience into viral art, sold-out venues, and best-selling books.

She’s the author of Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential, wand her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, NY Mag, TODAY, SELF, Fortune, Forbes and Entrepreneur.

With a decade of experience unpacking human emotions and the journey of self-discovery, she creates with the intent to wake people up.

Amber has collaborated with brands such as Kate Spade, Apple and One Medical, and reaches over 2MM people per week online with her words and art.

She lives in Brooklyn—and around the world—with her husband, Farhad.