Welcome to my little slice of the interweb. Allow me to introduce myself; I’m Amanda – a photographer, certified holistic health coach and personal trainer with a serious love for beautifully plated foods, paddleboarding, and great danes!
My journey to health and wellness wasn’t a lifelong dream. In fact, my lifelong dream was to graduate from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and move to New York City and become a fashion photographer. I did graduate from AIFL in June of 2003, but New York would have to wait, the universe had other plans for me. Shortly after I returned to Pennsylvania I met my husband and opened a boutique photography business that allowed me to travel the world.
When my photography business opened in 2003, I had a lot of quick success and my business grew quicker than I could manage. Majority of my days were spent sitting in front of a computer for hours on end editing- often until the wee hours of the morning. I ate, slept, and breathed building a photography business that I had dreamed of since I was a little girl. Workouts had become non-existent with the exception of an eight to ten hour wedding day or running to the door to accept a FedEx delivery.
My body functioned poorly on highly processed, packaged, carb-ified foods. I used my business as an excuse until the excuses had excuses. Surrounded by a pile of designer duds that no longer fit, shit hit the fan, and I had an uncomfortable heart to heart with myself.
Several weeks later, I found myself walking into a local gym filled with shame, guilt, and embarrassment for the person I had become. Hidden in layers of fat and excess weight, I knew the women that I dreamed of being somewhere inside. She just had to fight like hell to reconnect with her. Twelve weeks later, my life changed.
My weight dropped, my business was restructured, and I was beginning to find me. Two years later, my love for health and wellness continued to increase and I decided to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and become a certified holistic health coach.
In an effort to be fully transparent, I am starting over & am excited to share my journey - the good and the bad - the glamorous and not so glamorous process of living your best life possible. I hope that you enjoy this raw and honest approach to health & wellness while navigating the waters of being a creative.