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The Social Impact Heroes of Social Media: Autumn Murray is an abuse survivor who is inspiring her readers to ‘Choose Love’ in all aspects of their lives.

Authority Magazine
May 16, 2019
By: Candice Georgiadis

Autumn Murray Social Impact Hero

Autumn Murray Featured in Authority Magazine

Autumn Murray – Simply Amazing Living

It would be wonderful if politicians would stop dividing the country by political parties. When addressing the media or posting their opinions on social media, it would be refreshing if they went by the creed “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Stop blaming what is going on in this country on one party or another and come together to fix what is broken. We have more in common than not but yet we put all our attention on the few things that cause this division. I want everyone to make the effort to Choose Love and not division. Make the effort to Choose Love regardless of someone’s religion, political party, race, and whatever else that seems to be dividing not just our country, but the world.
Autumn Muray

Autumn Murray Featured in Authority Magazine - The Social Impact Heroes of Social Media

Autumn Murray – Simply Amazing Living

What specific strategies have you been using to promote and advance this cause? Can you recommend any good tips for people who want to follow your lead and use their social platform for social good?

I use social media as my platform in spreading my positive message of “Choose Love.” Social media is key at reaching a broader audience vs. blog posts only.

The key is to post quality over quantity. Yes, you should post regularly. But, if your posts are not impactful and/or relevant, your message will get lost.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

1. Keyways to use social media to get your message across.

There are so many social channels to choose from. Finding what channel(s) work best for you and focusing on them vs. spreading yourself too thin and too many channels that you can’t post consistently on.

For me, I had to step away from Snapchat and put my time and focus on the platforms that work best for me.

2. It takes time to build your following. Stay true to what your vision is and don’t compromise it because you think you will get more followers if you try to do what might be working for someone else.

As I stated above, I tried using Snapchat to gain followers. I only tried it as my friend has thousands of followers on her Snapchat, but that is the only social channel she is active on. For me, I just don’t have the time to spare for it to be successful.

3. Invest in the Yoast plugin for SEO.

The Yoast SEO plugin is worth every penny as it guides you on a step-by-step basis on what you need to do for the best SEO for blog posts.

I struggled with SEO as I was just writing my posts without focusing on it. The Yoast plugin gives you suggestions as you are writing your blog posts on what the best options are for SEO.

4. The blogging life is all about the hustle. Pitching for sponsors/brands is something every successful blogger has to do to make money.

Take a writing class to boost your creative writing skills.
I struggled with my pitching (it is a work in progress) until I took an online creative writing course in addition to getting advice from PR experts on what they are looking for in a pitch.

5. Most importantly, don’t compete with other bloggers.

There is enough profit for everyone to go around. The more you network and partner with other bloggers — the more your business will thrive. We can all learn from each other as well as support each other.
I attend blogging conferences so that I can network with other bloggers and meet up with brands.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

To continue to bring awareness of my “Choose Love” campaign. It would be wonderful if compassionate and influential leaders like Ellen DeGeneres could help drive awareness and take the campaign to the next level.

Ultimately, I would like to raise money with the “Choose Love” campaign and to donate to organizations like Youth Villages. Youth Villages is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

My favorite Life Lesson Quote is “Choose Love.”

If everyone could make the effort to Choose Love and not division. Make the effort to Choose Love regardless of someone’s religion, political party, race, and whatever else that seems to be dividing not just our country, but the world.

If someone with my past can make the effort to “Choose Love,” anyone can. I have been physically abused, sexually abused, and discriminated against because I am bi-racial (my birth mother is white, and my birth father is black). I was adopted by a white family in a Midwestern farming town with a population of 2,700 and I was the only minority in a sea of white people. Throughout my fifteen years of living with my adopted family in the small town, I had crosses burned in front of my face, was told I couldn’t sit next to a boy because I was black, and a long list of other racially discriminating incidents.

The family that adopted me did so because they saw signs of abuse from my birth mother. However, the sexual abuse that I encountered by my adopted family was worse than any physical abuse could have been. Regardless of all this, I still Choose Love.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 

Hands down — Oscar-winning filmmaker, comedian, and actor — Jordan Peele.

I have been wanting to meet him for years! I recently interviewed Keegan Michael Key in Vancouver, Canada and I wanted to tell him my story and get his opinion and contact information. But, I was working, and I wanted to remain professional and not disrespect my sponsor with my interests.

As I stated above, I want to write a book, a play, or a movie (or all three) on my life experiences. Jordan would be the ideal person to talk to about this for obvious reasons — Oscar-winning filmmaker. However, he is also biracial and would understand some of my discrimination experiences on a certain level. I believe he would have the best advice on how I should move forward and possibly take on the task of making my movie.

Additionally, as we all know, Jordan is a comedian. I want whatever it is I do with my life story to have a comedic aspect to it. I don’t want the entirety of it to be so dark only focusing on the facts. I want my story to be told in a way that is educational and inspirational. Humor and music are what got me through my childhood experiences and they both continue to help me navigate adulthood as well. Jordan Peele is a master at creating unique horror films with a message and I am open to my life story being made into a horror movie with a subjective ending or whatever Jordan recommends as I trust his professional opinion and expertise.

How can our readers follow you on social media?





Please follow me on Twitter for daily inspirational posts about love and inclusion @autumnatlanta. You can also join the “Choose Love” movement by purchasing a “Choose Love” t-shirt and promoting a positive message of love and inclusion everywhere you go. “Choose Love” t-shirt purchases can be made HERE.

I encourage people to post pictures of themselves wearing the t-shirts and tagging me @autumnatlanta on Twitter, @simplyamazingliving on Facebook and/or @autumnatlanta on Instagram. I include all of the photos I receive on my social media posts and/or on Simply Amazing Living.

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!


Thank you Authority Magazine for the feature! 

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  • I just love when people who have gone through tough times use it to empower others!

  • I love this so much! I think it’s so important for all of us to do our part to make the world a better place, and I love seeing celebrities using their platforms to do just that.

  • Nnniiiccceeeee….Choosing love over hate or dislike is everything best the world needs….whether they know it or not! Thank you, Autumn for sharing your life with us.

  • What a wonderful honor! I love the very first paragraph of this post. I keep hoping for a way for our world to come together.

  • Congratulations on being featured in Authority Magazine! Great article. I especially liked the blogging interview section where you encourage other bloggers to collaborate versus competing.

  • Congratulations on your recent feature! This is such an important accolade! Keep it up!

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    June 13, 2019 6:44 pm

    This is so inspiring. People who have gone through so much in life are the best advocates for spreading kindness and choosing love over hate. I hope we all start out own “ripple of kindness.” Any act of kindness, no matter how small, will definitely create a positive impact on others to do the same.

  • I love learning about inspirational people. This is a great interview. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jessica Hughes
    June 13, 2019 11:36 pm

    Theres so much negativity associated with social media nowadays. So great to hear of people using their platform to make a difference!

  • Lavern Moore
    June 14, 2019 12:21 am

    Autumn, you have a very interesting story. I hope you are able to achieve all of your goals.

  • Mavs Escala
    June 14, 2019 6:38 am

    You are such an inspiration. Keep inspiring people!

  • Autumn, thanks for sharing your story. I love to learn about new brave and strong people.

  • What a great campaign, and interesting to read about the story behind it.

  • What a story thank you so much for sharing something so personal. It’s seriously a great post!

  • I love learning about how people got their start. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Thank you for the inspiration and for reminding us to “choose love.” The world needs more people like you. Can’t wait to read more of your blogs.

  • This is great and I loved reading it. “Choose Love” rings for me as I have been a survivor of abuse and choose to love and not hate. I have many people ask me how I can be so positive in the face of everything I have been through. That is easy. I never want anyone to feel like I did. I would rather spread love. Thank you for sharing this for everyone to read. <3

  • This is so great. I really enjoy hearing how other bloggers have started up and how they did. It is inspiring!

  • That was a very interesting interview to read. A very optimistic message and I loled with your “mistake”.A

  • This is so inspiring. I love the opening statement; I can completely relate to it because that is what is currently happening in my country.

  • Inspiring and lovely interview post.. Continue to enlighten and empower people as many as possible. Sharing this great post!

  • Great interview and lucky that you have done it. Love your motto, and it really applies to many of our lives nowadays. If you doubt it, Google it.

  • Aexandra Cook
    July 4, 2019 5:15 pm

    This is such a great interview. You are such an inspiration to all of us. I love how positive you are