Humble Beginnings

Here is a sentence that I never thought I’d write: welcome to my blog!

I’ve dreamed of being a writer for as long as I can remember, but in those dreams, I imagined the writing life as me and a typewriter in my home office, alone. Perhaps with a cute dog napping at my feet, but there were no other humans in this scenario, I was wearing sweatpants, and I never had to leave my house. Last fall I negotiated my first book deal. After I signed the contract, I thought, great, that’s done, now back to my home office to write the next book. It’s not that I thought there would be nothing else required of me to get this book out into the world, but I drastically underestimated the things that I’d be asked to do. Things that involve pictures, networking and self-promotion; things that require real pants, and leaving my house.

This will be a new adventure for me; one that will take me out of my comfort zone as well as my sweatpants. But some of the most rewarding experiences of my life have been preceded by a panic attack, so I am optimistic. I look forward to rising to the challenge of doing things that I never thought I’d do, and making some new friends along the way.

So dear reader, here we are. If you decide to take this journey with me, I can’t promise to tell you all of my secrets, but I will tell you some of them, and hopefully in the most entertaining way possible. I also pledge not to post meaningless words, because I understand that your time is valuable.

On this blog, I will write about experiences that I’ve had, beliefs that I hold and questions that I grapple with. I will write about faith, parenting and womanhood. The views that I express are my own and should not be attributed to my employer, my publisher, my family or my church. I will ask questions at the end of some posts to encourage discussion because I would love to hear your thoughts. It’s okay if you disagree with me; all I ask is that we disagree respectfully. Comments that are vulgar, irrelevant or offensive will not be posted.  Although my responses will not be immediate, I will respond to every email and read all comments.

I hope that this will become a place where we can inspire, support and encourage one another.

Thank you for being here today. Until we (virtually) meet again, I wish you many hours spent in the comfort of your own home, wearing sweatpants and enjoying Ben & Jerry’s without anyone taking your picture.

All my best,

Amanda

My home office, custom built by the world’s best contractor (thank you, Samir!). It’s not fancy, but I love it, and I think that Virginia Woolf would approve.

My home office, custom built by the world’s best contractor (thank you, Samir!). It’s not fancy, but I love it, and I think that Virginia Woolf would approve.

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