Have you ever had a time in your life where you just felt stuck?

You can’t seem to shake out of your everyday groove between work, home, shower, sleep, repeat. You say the same things every Monday through Friday; you do the same things with the same people on the weekends. Laundry day is a concrete plan in your schedule—and not just something you do because you ran out of underwear. Your hobbies are rarely played out anymore. It feels like you are replaying the same day over and over again, but instead, you’re getting older.

I totally get where you’re coming from, which is why I want to help you out.

I am literally the queen of the Stuck-zone. My life is a never-ending Tuesday, but I’m finally putting my foot down. It is time for me to quit sitting on the sidelines of my own life, and take some type of action. I’ve gotten comfortable in this lifestyle where I do the same exact things every day, and I’m sick and tired of it. I want to do the things I’ve always loved again, and make the wheels turn again.

Here is where that journey begins. Writing has always been a part of me, for as long as I can remember. Writing down my thoughts, poems, short stories; it’s something that I have always done, but never thought of as a chore. I am taking time out of my long, boring days to refill my life with something that I always loved to do. The only difference is that this time around, I’m publishing my thoughts for the people out there who feel just as stuck as I do. I’m here to help you find your happiness again, as I’m going to find my own.

A Long Island native, I am twenty-two years old, currently working for Good Shepherd Hospice as a Vendor Coordinator, until I can get back to school. I used to be a student at Iona College, which was a beautiful place, with exception for the bills. Speaking of which, because my title at work sounds fancy and ridiculous, basically I just verify home and facility visits for home health aides so they can get paid to do their job. When I’m not doing that, I am normally found painting canvases, on social media, or binge watching TV shows on Netflix with my little old Lab, Lady Jane, and German Shepherd puppy-turned-crazy monster, Luna.

Here are some fun facts about me:

  • My first and middle names together, Amanda Lynn, sound a hell of a lot like mandolin/mandolin, in which one is a kind of guitar and the other is a slicing utensil. My mom didn’t even notice that she did this until I pointed it out when I was twelve.
  • My extended family has many sets of multiples. I have a set of twin nieces and a set of cousins who are triplets.
  • My nephew, Brandon, is two months older than my (not-so) baby brother, Heinrich.
  • Family parallels are real in my family:
    • My mother had two kids in a previous marriage, a girl and boy, in which my sister is twelve years older than me, and my brother is eleven. My godmother (who is also my dad’s sister) has a half-sister and half-brother, twelve and eleven years older than her, respectively, from her mother’s previous marriage.
    • My goddaughter, Kylie, is my brother’s daughter. My godmother, Roxanne, is my dad’s sister. My entire life, I was told that I looked more like Aunt Roxanne than my mom, and ever since Kylie was born, everyone says that she looks more like me than her mother.
  • I have a weird obsession with names. (I talk about it here.)
  • I took six years of French between high school and college, but I was in a dual language program in elementary school, so I also have six years of Spanish education.
  • I can probably quote all of Grease, Dirty Dancing, Pitch Perfect, and a handful of Adam Sandler movies. I can also quote a scary amount of Parks and Recreation.
  • I am constantly full of random fun facts, most of which are about actors, movies, and TV shows.
  • I taught myself how to sing the alphabet backwards to its own tune forwards, as well as spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I can do it on the spot and without any help.

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