I’m Amanda. I love to have adventures: seeing new places, trying new things. Even the seemingly mundane can be an adventure with the right mindset. Some of the things I spend a fair bit of time on are writing, reading, trying new recipes, taking a ridiculous amount of pictures (see some of my favorites here), and learning to quill (see some of my work on my Facebook Artist Page).
Originally from Ohio, I moved to Florida after college and had intended to stay there. A few years later, I married my husband Tim (a medic in the U.S. Army) and ended up in Georgia (briefly) and then Germany. We spent four years in Germany, first in Heidelberg, then in Kaiserslautern. Now we live in Texas. We have two rambunctious dogs: Gir (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and Apollo (a Miniature Pinscher).
I have an MA in counseling psychology and a BFA in creative writing. I am also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. In addition to this blog, I keep a fitness blog at Investing in Fitness and have written guest posts for several other blogs. I also write fiction and poetry, and my work has been published in The Burden of Light (the proceeds for which go to The National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance), Two-Thirds North, The Montreal Review, and elsewhere. My story “If I Should Die” was the grand prize winner in Evolved Publishing‘s first short story contest and is featured as the first story in the anthology Evolution Vol. 1. You can access more of my work and keep updated about upcoming publications on my website.