We Love Her: Amanda Fink Mandell Pt. VI

- "The Journey Continues" -

After two years of self-discovery and five posts about my fitness journey, I wish I could end this series by telling you that I have figured it all out.  My health, my career, and my life’s path… But that wouldn’t be true.  What I can tell you is that I am totally OK with not knowing everything.  Does anyone have everything figured out all of the time?  At the beginning of this journey I thought I had to know what and where I was headed.  I thought if I did all of this work on myself, one day I would wake up and know what it is that I’m supposed to be doing professionally, and that I would know who to call to make it happen and get it done.  While this isn’t quite what happened, I did reaffirm something that I knew about myself deep down:  I am a multi-talented, multifaceted woman of the world, and I am prouder than ever to share that with you all.  I will never fit into one box and I will never walk in one straight line.

Everyday I learn to love myself more, cherish all of the gifts I have in my life, and try to always seek new opportunities.  Never could I have guessed that 10 years ago my path would lead me back to New York to work in music, find my true love, and be living a healthier lifestyle yet still be pursuing my creative roots.  I learned that I have the ability to create opportunities out of nothing, and I am braver for it.  For me, there may not be that one perfect job on the horizon, because it might not exist yet.  Or maybe I am still on my own path, seeking that next journey leading into the unknown.  In the meantime, I will continue to push myself to chase every opportunity and live for the side hustle.  I can be very successful in my career while seeking out my many artistic passions.  When I was younger it was acting or nothing, but the world is large and I can wear many hats.  I challenge anyone out there to always pursue what makes you happy, professionally or otherwise.

Last Tuesday I helped facilitate Love Squad’s August Speaker Series on the Mophonics Roof Deck, and it was a smashing success.  Never would I have imagined I’d be doing yoga with 30 other women at my office space of seven years, on a roof deck filled with so many memories.  We talked a lot about energy during the panel afterward, and while four extraordinary women spoke I reflected on all of the positive energy that has filled that space.  I admired the deck in its entirety, having been built by a friend and co-worker.  I looked up at the lights we had strung up years ago, and which have twinkled over many special occasions.  I remembered every party we danced at, every birthday celebrated and all of the amazing musical performances backdropped by the Manhattan skyline.  In that moment I felt a great sense of pride as the energy swelled, adding yet another unique and fond memory to the list.

"Daring greatly", and finding courage

I spoke briefly in my first post about “daring greatly,” a term I learned from Dr. Brené Brown’s book of the same title.  It talks about finding the courage to take risks and push past the fear, and this is something that I remind myself to put into practice everyday.  Maybe it’s because of my age, maybe it’s because of my upbringing, or because I have a career that has taught me so much about stepping outside of my comfort zone and connecting with people.  I try to take risks because I know it is OK if I don’t always succeed.  It is better to be in the game then to never have played at all.  Walking into a new class, putting myself out there through writing and trying new things can all be met with disappointment.  But I do them anyway, because you never know what can come from an unknown experience.  I will continue to explore my many paths, help those who need, seek out people who inspire me and work hard feeding my mind, body and soul.

It’s been such a privilege to have this opportunity to share with you all my story.  Everyone of you has your own lifestyles, beliefs and experiences.  I am humbled to be able to write about my own journey and have the courage to put it out into the universe.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my story.  The journey only continues from here and I look forward to what comes next.

By Amanda Fink Mandell

This is the sixth and final installment in Amanda Fink Mandell’s “We Love Her” series. Love Squad’s “We Love Them” series takes a deep dive into the personal fitness journey of a guest writer, in weekly installments told over the course of several weeks. These narratives will get real and open as they talk about life-changing events and personal obstacles that were somehow overcome through fitness, exercise, and both mental and physical wellness.

If you are interested in contributing a personal story of your own as a part of our “We Love Them” series, please email writer@alovesquad.com !

Thank you, Amanda!   #weloveher #amandafinkmandell #lovesquad