I always have a really hard time writing my “About Me” page. I’m torn between the factual pieces and the philosophical bits. Should I just tell you the information I’d put on a job application or should I go deeper? I always want to go deeper but I’m not sure I should lead with “I sometimes feel like a crazy person.” It’s probably best to start with the easy stuff, like my name.
- I’m Amanda Rose Leonard. You probably noticed since it’s the name of the site.
- I’m a 28 year old from Massachusetts, currently residing in Waltham. In fact, we bought a house here in August 2013.
- The we I’m talking about is my husband. We got married in early 2012 after a six and a half year long courtship. We’re good together.
- I gained a lot and lost a lot of weight in those six and a half years. The gaining was from about 2003 (the end of high school) to summer 2010. I put on 60 pounds. From summer 2010 to present, I’ve lost 50 of those pounds and am working on the last ten. The last ten is the hardest and getting back to high school weight is no small task, either. I’d even go as far as to say that the last ten is about seven times more difficult than the first 50. Crazy? Yes. But true. Hard.
- I received my undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a writing concentration and History minor tacked on. It was a good time.
- While at Bridgewater, I studied abroad at Oxford University for a summer. It was an amazing time in my life and I always think back fondly about it.
- Sometimes I feel like a crazy person who got mixed up in a world of normal people and no one really understands the weird stream of thoughts that go on between my ears. I’m pretty introverted and admittedly spend a lot of time in my head thinking and imagining things. It’s my safe place and I can get lost up there, thinking about a million things at once and sorting them out. This is 100% of the reason why “What are you thinking about?” is the question that I hate the most. In order to explain what I’m thinking about at any given moment takes a bit of back story so that it’s not entirely out of context. “Oh, so I got thinking about how I’d like to go back to England some day and it made me think of Downton Abbey which reminded me about the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918 since that was in season 2. So then I was thinking about Contagion and how I felt like I should have been more terrified of the movie than I actually was because it’s possible that we’ll have another major outbreak of illness in my lifetime. Then I remembered I needed to pick up a prescription at CVS so I’m wondering when they close today.” Yeah. It’s a jungle up there.
- My thoughts consume a lot of my living hours (both awake and asleep). As a result, I’ve suffered from nightmares and insomnia. Sometimes, when things are very hard and I can’t sort everything out, my brain tries to tackle these scary things when I sleep. My brain thinks it’s doing me a solid and I appreciate the effort, but when it results in nightmares and sleeplessness, I can get a little ornery. Those periods of time usually begin and end abruptly and allow me to forget about them quickly.
- I escape my thoughts by going outside of my head. I bake. I run. I watch movies. I jam out to killer tunes. I dance. I use my body to get outside of my head. It brings me peace. (Especially the jamming out and dancing part, which is next.)
- I love to dance and I regret quitting dance class as soon as it became something that wasn’t cool anymore. I don’t want to sound egotistical, but I’m a pretty good dancer. I think it’s important to know what you’re good at and dance happens to be one of those things for me. I’m not a ballerina–it’s not that kind of dance. I like dance the moves the body fluidly. The hips are key. The actual steps are not. Feel the beat, move to it, smile, and get lost in it. Yeah, man. Yeah.
- (To come…)