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The Highlights!

Welcome! I am Amanda, a 38 year old single mother to an amazing 7 year old boy named Blake and full time Staff Education Nurse for a post-acute rehab center. I live and love in Arizona, which has been my home for 12 years, but pieces of my heart reside all over the country through family, friends and my travels. 

My enthusiasm for travel has taken me all over the U.S. and to a few other countries, but my to-go list is still very long! Thankfully, my son loves adventures as well (it is number 2 on his list of Top 3 loves, behind me and his dad!) and he is a fabulous travel partner. 

When I am not traveling, I seek experiences close to home. Concerts, hiking, museums, day trips, you name it! If time and money allow, I'm in! My other interests include writing and journaling, painting, karate, music, and  family time. I am joyful, busy, and blessed!

...And now, the Lowlights...

Contrary to my Christian upbringing and ongoing faith, I have spent the majority of my life as a serial monogamist, though also serially unfaithful, a manipulator, insecure, untrusting, a people pleaser without boundaries, a deceiver, and in general, just bad for my own mental health and overall well being. Around the age of 36, I pretty much hit rock bottom and as I've dragged myself up from that place (along with lots of help), I've put in a more concerted effort toward self-improvement, self-awareness, and overall progress.   

After two failed marriages, multiple other relationship massacres, alcohol issues, emotional self-sabotage, family conflict, boundary issues and bad decisions, I decided enough was enough. I wrote myself a letter of refusal -- the things I refuse to allow for myself or of myself any longer -- and started the slow, ever-evolving journey to a new me.    

I am still, and will be forever, a work in progress. Abandoning Amanda is my passion project, a way to use the joy of writing to seek out answers to the mysteries of my past thoughts, behaviors, actions, and feelings. A discovery and accountability manifesto. An emotional expedition into my inner workings, both historically, presently, and hopefully. This is a terrifying but exhilarating venture into transparency and I truly thank you for your company and support along the way. I am optimistic, inspired and ecstatic!  

A Little Introduction: About
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