Hi there! You might know me online as The Sensible Mama or Sensible Amber. But here, I’m just Amber Wardell. Like you, I wear a lot of hats. I’m a cognitive psychologist, business owner, and author by trade. I’m also a wife to Charlie, a mom to Roman and Abby, an avid roller skater, and a tamer of dragons. Well, bearded dragons. They’re technically lizards but whatever.
My purpose has always been to help women prioritize themselves, engage in meaningful self care that actually fulfills, and find nourishment rather than emptiness in the many roles they occupy. A few years ago I began a radical journey of self care that completely changed my life and my relationships. I saw my marriage heal, and then thrive. I became a more patient mother who, paradoxically, had more to give to my kids when I gave more to myself. I took charge of my mental health through therapy and finally getting my anxiety under control with medication. I am a different person than I was a few years ago. I am finally free, fulfilled, and full.
I’d like to show you how to do the same. It’s actually pretty easy, once you master the sometimes tricky concept of not making yourself small to make room for everyone else. Here, you’ll find permission to do exactly that.
My three biggest passions are marriage, motherhood, and mental health. That’s mostly what you’ll find on this page. I also occasionally like to talk about feminist ideas, entrepreneurship, and the random mishaps of navigating the world as a socially awkward people pleaser in recovery.