Author Archives: Amanda

About Amanda

I blog about deliberate, purposeful living and parenting. I'm a bit sappy. I mostly like to talk about ideas that inspire me to more effectively live and interact with the world around me. Sometimes I try to be funny, but there is a slight chance that I am the only one who actually gets my humor.

Photo Shoot Anxiety

I’m nervous y’all.  And you can tell I’m nervous because I always use the phrase “y’all” when I’m nervous even though I’ve never lived further south than the Chicago suburbs. But I have people coming over to take my picture … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Indisposable | Comments Off on Photo Shoot Anxiety

Let Your Light Shine

I wrote a few weeks ago that I was having difficulty with the idea of blogging.  I was letting all of the negative comments get to me.   Some of these comments were written, but most of them never actually … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Indisposable, Uncategorized, writing | Comments Off on Let Your Light Shine

The Hard Days

So I had an ear infection, and I believe I blew out my ear drum.  I can’t hear much.   I think I could imagine that such an experience could be peaceful – a brief respite from the noise and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Hard Days

An Honest Answer to an Honest Question

Goosie was cuddled up to me yesterday.  She looked over my shoulder and saw on my screen a picture of a young boy, probably only a year or two old, who was suffering from severe malnutrition.  I could see her … Continue reading

Posted in Motherhood | Comments Off on An Honest Answer to an Honest Question

Post Trauma Fun

So it has been just over two months since TJ was admitted to the hospital. Two months since I saw him lying on the floor after collapsing at Urgent Care.  Two months since I followed the ambulance wondering what was taking … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post Trauma Fun

The Worlds Kids Open for Us

I used to live in a fairly large world.  I lived in a couple of large cities.  I went to college and grad school.  I worked for one of the major advertising firms in the world.  I volunteered and had … Continue reading

Posted in Motherhood, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Worlds Kids Open for Us

Blogging is Scary

I used to love blogging.  It used to be my lifeline.  I used to get almost a high from writing my feelings and thoughts out and sharing them with people.  For me, it was a lesson in existing.  It helped … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

To Be a Woman

So it is International Women’s Day.  I don’t think I ever previously knew such a day existed, but considering the planned Day Without a Woman, it has been on my mind a lot today. I didn’t participate in the Day … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on To Be a Woman

Raising Little Women

If you would have told me ten years ago that I would be raising four little girls one day, I probably would have thrown up. When I’m reminded these days that I’m raising four little girls, the panic sets in. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Raising Little Women

The Politics of Listening

I don’t shut up well. I’m horrible at it. I think I might have been born without the physical structure that stops our mouths from moving or our hands from writing when the situation warrants it. I spent years voicing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Politics of Listening