I’m glad you decided to stop by. Most people call me Amanda. Friends from a certain era of life call me Mandie. My family calls me Tootie. I’ll answer to anything, really.
I am a writer, a teacher of tiny children and an aspiring comedian. I live with my weird husband, Luke and our even weirder rescue hound dog, Gladys. I like to listen to jazz music when I experiment in the kitchen, sing at the top of my lungs when I’m in my car, and laugh out loud when I’m by myself. I’m an INFJ and an Enneagram 6w7, which is a complicated, emotional, intuitive but decisive mix of everything and usually means most days I don’t even understand myself. I am thankful that I have phenomenal people in my life who take the time to really delve into my twisted little brain. They’re a patient bunch.
I am a huge fan of Jesus and I live to love extravagantly like he did. I’m usually pretty horrible at this, but I know part of following Jesus is being able to admit that you’re going to suck at it, but knowing that His grace has you covered beyond anything you can comprehend. Following Jesus means waking up every morning and letting yourself be wooed by an irresistible, relentless lover. It means continually giving up everything you want for the sake of One you need. It’s a crazy journey, but one that keeps me delighted and fulfilled every day.
In university I started blogging as a new means of procrastination. I did a lot of procrastinating. If you really want to delve into the weird terribly horrible journal-like archives, you can find them here. Please don’t judge.
I have obtained two fancy degrees completely unrelated to writing since I began this journey, and am currently working on a Masters of Theological Studies at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. I write stuff that I think is cool or funny or inspiring. At one point an article of mine went viral and resulted in all sorts of crazy fun stuff. I started writing for Converge Magazine on a regular basis and do some other freelance stuff here and there. I never would have expected the thing I did to put off work would one day be my work. What a beautifully silly concept.
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