Jamie Amelio


Staying Bothered and Teen Angst, Drugs and Suicide (2 episodes)

Ep. 79 - Jamie Amelio's heart was moved by a child in Cambodia who begged her for a dollar. She was bothered by why a child would need to be out asking for money, and the encounter stayed with her. This drove her to launch Caring for Cambodia and invest heavily in building a charity that works to give children education and a future. The experience models her philosophy of staying bothered. If something bothers you, she says, don’t just let it go. She recounts this and other stories that impressed upon her to find some way, even small, to make a tangible change in someone’s life. Shop on our site for her book Staying Bothered: Find Your Passion, Commit to Action, Change the World. In this episode, Jamie talks about her act of staying bothered and doing the right thing, which she did for Cambodian children’s education. Listen in to learn the importance of staying bothered and doing what is right to make a difference. You will also learn the importance of forgiving those who wronged you and letting go of the pain of betrayal.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of continuing to keep your word and doing what’s right
  • How to stay bothered and do small things for big things to happen
  • How to let go of the pain of being betrayed and forgiving those who wronged you

"When you find out that the people closest to you, the people you loved and would go to the end of the earth for, people who are your family, lied to you, that's a tough one. I also felt that the country I love, Cambodia, was lying to me. But I realize no matter how hard it is, forgiveness is the answer." -Jamie Amelio


In this episode you’ll discover:


Jamie describes staying bothered as making a difference by doing the right thing [4:02]

How she became and stayed bothered by issues in Cambodia [5:45]

The history of the Cambodian genocide and how it gave Jamie more hope to help [6:56]

How she started the sustainable schools’ project and how it has grown over the years [13:52]

She describes the amazing children of Cambodia and the opportunities they have now [16:56]

The challenges she faced when she came back to the US and how her life changed [18:10]

Jamie explains her love for tattoos and the meaning behind them [21:43]

How she was betrayed by the people she loved and learned to forgive them [24:07]

The power of forgiveness and letting go of the pain of being betrayed [26:45]

The little things that add up to the big success story that Cambodia has turned out to be [28:32]

"If you have anxiety, it's not going to go away, it's not an instant fix. What you have to learn is how to cope with it."

Ep. 96 - Are you worried your child may be abusing substances? Is your child being bullied? Have you heard about teenage suicide and worried? Listen to this episode of one mother's journey through that world. Hear Jamie talk about what she tried - what worked and what didn't. Philanthropist and entrepreneur Jamie Amelio has dedicated her life to helping children-from founding the ground-breaking charity Caring for Cambodia to leading the front on teen suicide prevention, and ultimately starting the Staying Bothered movement.

Top Takeaways:

    • How to learn from your mistakes and become an even stronger person than before
    • The negative impact of too much social media on teenagers today.
    • Why you need to sit back and look at the underlying factors that lead your kid into bullying.
    • The root cause of teenage alcoholism and why it is prevalent
    • Learn about the wilderness therapy program
    • Learn about the responsibility of parents, teachers, and the community lies in supporting teenagers.

Listen to hear Jamie's experience with teenage mental health issues and suicidal thoughts and how that changed her to become who she is today. In Episode 96, you will hear very important tips on how you can help your child from the downward spiral of mental issues and drug addictions.

In this episode you'll discover:

She shares the horrific stories from her teenage years that completely changed her into who she is today. [2:16]

Today's social issues that bother teenagers and bring them struggle [7:05]

How social media is impacting teenagers and how parents can find middle ground about it [9:24]

How academic pressure you put on your child might lead them into a downward spiral [15:14]

The concept of 'instant gratification and its consequences [17:32]

Why kids take alcohol in secrecy and why we shouldn't crucify them for their mistakes [18:43]

The anxiety signs that indicate our child is thinking of taking their lives [22:16]

What is the wilderness therapy program and how does it help your child heal from their traumas [25:06]

The importance of having a community from school to church that supports you when you're going through a tough time with your teenager [30:03]

Why schools need to have entire departments dedicated to counseling and supporting students [32:48]

Understanding that your child is not perfect and learn to listen to the teacher or and the administrator when they know something you don't [35:25]


In Episode 79, she shared the first part of her experiences in Cambodia in "Graced with Orange: How Caring for Cambodia Changed Lives, Including My Own." Her recent TEDx, "Be Bothered - Stay Bothered," underscores her belief that ordinary people can change the world. She was named as a 2010 Classic Woman of the Year by Traditional Home Magazine. She is also a published author having written Stumpy the Crocodile, a children's book about helping neighbors in need. She also penned Graced with Orange, the story of her Cambodian adventure and CFC, to ensure that her kids would understand what took her away from them frequently.

Jamie Amelio has been staying bothered her entire adult life. While living in Los Angeles, she served on the Board of Directors of Vistas for Children and founded Junior Vistas for Children. In Austin, she serves on two important Lake Travis School District committees that advocate for students' success. And in 2003, she launched Caring for Cambodia (CFC), which today supports 6,700 students each year in twenty-one schools in Siem Reap that have been named by the Cambodian government as the model schools for the entire country. She is a four-time recipient of the Cambodian government's prestigious Golden Hand Service Award. Most recently, Jamie founded Staying Bothered, a global movement to help people find what bothers them the most and to motivate them to get involved and stay committed. Jamie and her husband, Bill, lived in Asia for a decade and now make their home in Austin, Texas. They have six children, including two from Cambodia, and one grandson, all of whom understand the importance of "staying bothered"


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