If nobody has told you today, you are amazingly strong. I don’t know you yet, but I know that you already want to improve your life and you are showing up right now. I know how much courage that takes.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amanda. In October of 2018, I stood on the ledge of a Canadian hotel room, ready to end my life. A song playing at the right place at the right time brought me down and I made a pact with myself. I was going to give it my all for one year. If I still felt the same desolation after that, I gave myself permission to jump. The only problem was that I had no idea where to start. I’d seen the counselors, taken the medications, journaled and read as many self-help books as my brain could handle. I’d even turned to the less admirable options of alcohol, cocaine, cigarettes and self-harm.
I eventually concluded that it was time to get back to basics. It wasn’t eating a salad or taking a Yoga class or reading a book. It was reconstructing my lifestyle and way of thinking as a whole.
In 2011 I majored as a Mind-Body Wellness coach with a specialty in Holistic Nutrition at the award-winning Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. I have accumulated over 500 hours of Yoga teacher training, my most proud of which being under legendary wrestler (and one of my childhood heroes), Diamond Dallas Page, through his DDPY program.
I am a fitness instructor for Fitness Beyond Borders, a spokesmodel and fitness coach for The Abs Company and I’ve been published in Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.
My story and work have been featured by FOX and Regional Entertainment News and I am frequently interviewed by a variety of podcasts and publications which you can check out here.
Aside from over two decades of personal experience with mental health, addiction and suicidal tendencies, I have also worked with the It Gets Better project and volunteered as a suicide prevention operator for the Trevor Project. I am a passionate vegan who is involved in animal rescue and championing for fair treatment for animals and have helped get legislation passed to restrict the sale of animals in pet shops to rescues only here in my county. I am the Arizona chapter leader of Days for Girls and even taught myself french in order to better serve girls in Africa.