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Check Your Comfort Zone at the Door! – EP 127

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As Amy Yontef-McGrath prepared to welcome her 50th year, she started to quiet the noise in her head, put herself first and commit to some pretty incredible challenges. Amy began engaged service with a purpose with her “Follow me to 50” campaign - a solo adventure in community service, physical activity and public blogging.

TRANSFORMED • ENGAGED • SERVICE-ADDICT

Amy Yontef-McGrath

Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone will lead to discovering new, beautiful things about yourself and the world around you.
  • Create time for yourself and feed your own soul, from time to time.
  • The little things are actually the big things! It’s not about how much you accomplish or how much time you spend. Taking small steps is the key to growth.

Show Notes:

Meet Amy, a self-proclaimed service addict

Amy Yontel McGrath is a middle-aged badass who was once a public interest attorney and is a self-proclaimed service addict.

When she was turning 50, she launched an innovative platform called “Follow me to 50.” The initiative started because Amy felt stuck in her life. She wanted to try something new and the project took her out of her comfort zone and helped her discover a new passion.

These days Amy encourages others to do the very same thing; to find purpose and passion at every stage in life and to expand the traditional notions of community to inspire action interaction.

The highlight of Amy’s work is teaching others to invest in their communities, and most especially, themselves. In this episode, we learn how her journey really started and how she overcame many of the obstacles.

As Amy Yontef-McGrath prepared to welcome her 50th year, she started to quiet the noise in her head, put herself first and commit to some pretty incredible challenges. Amy began engaged service with a purpose with her “Follow me to 50” campaign - a solo adventure in community service, physical activity and public blogging.

The public service itch that needed scratching

Amy always had public service in her blood, so to speak.

For most of Amy’s life, her goals didn’t reach beyond getting her law degree, getting married, and having kids – –  despite being an ambitious woman. 

But as she began to approach her 50th birthday, things started to change. Adaptation caused forced changes.  Her kids had gotten older and she’d also recently lost her father.  Closing in on 50 and feeling stuck for the first time in her. 

Finally, after three decades of putting others first, and watching others around her find passion in their work, Amy decided it was time to put herself first and make time to nourish herself.

However, she didn’t know where to start. It had been such a long time since she put herself first if she ever hard.

Despite all her fear and uncertainty, she forged ahead. Thus,  “follow me to 50” was born.

Amy decided to do three, major, challenging things that mattered to her. 

  • Dedicate herself to public service by doing 50, solo, public service projects.
  • Start her own blog
  • Do a 50-mile walk

It was important to Amy that each of these tasks be done alone. This was an experience with herself and for herself. She feared that if she brought family or friends along for the ride, they would end up talking about their personal lives and she wouldn’t enjoy the experience as thoroughly.

Although she was beyond scared, Amy told herself she was ready. It was time to take the plunge. Finally, she threw herself, fully, into the activities and she naturally found enthusiasm.  


As Amy Yontef-McGrath prepared to welcome her 50th year, she started to quiet the noise in her head, put herself first and commit to some pretty incredible challenges. Amy began engaged service with a purpose with her “Follow me to 50” campaign - a solo adventure in community service, physical activity and public blogging.

Choosing Yourself

Although she had never written a blog before and had no idea what she was doing,  she pushed herself and journaled all of her experiences. The blog was a wonderful resource for holding herself accountable and to document and share her experience. 

Amy has realized the blessing of solitude and how it can help people find themselves even as they withdraw from the crowd. She now uses her blog to inspire others on their journey to finding purpose and passion.

Giving is Good:

Amy is an avid supporter of Moms Demand Action. After the horrible tragedy of the Parkland shooting and inspired by her 16-year-old daughter who had many questions about the shooting and wanted to make a difference, Amy became an avid supporter of their mission.

Moms Demand Action is a non-profit dedicated to reducing gun violence. Moms Demand Action has a chapter in each state of the U.S and nearly six million supporters, including Amy and her daughter.

As Amy Yontef-McGrath prepared to welcome her 50th year, she started to quiet the noise in her head, put herself first and commit to some pretty incredible challenges. Amy began engaged service with a purpose with her “Follow me to 50” campaign - a solo adventure in community service, physical activity and public blogging.
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