Welcome beautiful people! Welcome to Amanda Unfiltered, where you’ll get a peek of my messy but REAL life, mind, thoughts, emotions, & unpopular opinions and maybe you’ll realize that we aren’t as different as you think :)
I am ecstatic to finally share what I've been working on for the last few months! I think the hardest part was just taking the first step. As a perfectionist and procrastinator (horrible combination btw!!!), it took countless hours of internal dialogue to work up the courage to finally start this - something I’ve been wanting to do for over 4 years but never got around doing it.
It literally has been in my bucket list book (#89) since I was 16 years old :')
It's a shame I waited this long to jump the gun, but what's even more unfortunate is that I would get in my own damn way. All my fears and anxieties, which were tailored to what people would think, would stop me from pursuing a life dream.
I'm a big believer in divine timing, meaning that everything happens when its meant to, so I am grateful to have started this now because I have found a different direction with the blog that aligns more to my purpose of aiding others in their life journey rather than inform on travel tips, which was the initial intent for the blog.
I’ll never forget the moment on October 16, 2021 when I finally got the motivation to start taking the idea of blogging seriously.
The motivation was PAIN.
One of the worst breakdowns I’ve ever had.
I wrote and wrote and wrote all night, expressing how I truly felt. No judgement from anyone else, not even myself. I allowed myself to feel all that I needed to feel. And when I read it back, I realized that my words were so powerful. Words that I knew would touch people, even if it’s just one person.
It was that moment when I heard the little voice in my head say, "You need to tell the world your story, you need to tell and teach the world what you know."
It was one of the most personable journals I ever wrote, and unfortunately I'm still working through it at the moment. But it was a turning point for me, for this page and for my life.
So WHY did I start Amanda Unfiltered ???
Because I wanted to transmute this pain into something good. I wanted to find a platform in which I can openly talk about the countless thoughts that roam my head day in and day out. To be 100% transparent with anyone that comes across my page.
I wanted to start a platform where I can freely express myself without the filters, physicalities, judgment, aesthetics, and I can’t forget...the word limit on Instagram (I always exceeded those *eye-roll*).
I wanted to create this blog to connect with a community of like-minded individuals, and to reach those who are in need of help or advice, whether it involves self-love, trauma, healing, a toxic friend/partner, overcoming anxiety or depression, self-transformation, philosophy, spirituality and life.
I wanted to treat this as a digital journal, one that I can share my stories and my lessons in hopes of it serving as a survival guide for others.
Writing is where I go to be honest about how I feel.
I’ve always had an inner knowing that I am meant to inspire others to live life to the max, to search for truth, to discover who they really are, and to embrace the chaos & pain and channel it toward something positive. I’ve done that for myself and can I just say, my life has changed for the better. I've changed for the better.
The amazing thing about this is that YOU have just as much potential as I do, you can change your life for the better too.
This isn’t going to be the typical blog.
I wanted to treat this as if I'm talking to a close friend, because helloooo we are!
So I’d be writing extremely casually!! Expect some cursing, some SUPER cheesy shit (I’m always ready to whip out some quotes), some grammatical errors, some very blunt things (it’s not personal sweetie), and maybe some things not making too much sense (lets normalize me doing this please).
Shit’s gonna get reallllll personal up in here, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m willing to share these things - not for attention, not for pity, not to show off, but to inspire and to remind people that you are not alone.
We are all more alike than we care to admit. We are all the same inside, like for real. We just think differently because no one is willing to show their true selves, their vulnerable selves.
With this blog, I want to change that. I want to be seen and heard, and I want to inspire others to do the same. I want to bring about change, a change in you and your life.
I want to connect. Human connection…it’s the most beautiful thing in the world, and it all comes down to a simple common denominator - love. Wow, it got really cheesy really fast. I TOLD YOU TO EXPECT IT.
In all honesty, I’m just not afraid of showing who I really am anymore. Days before I sat to write this, I realized that a part of me has always felt so restricted and inhibited because I haven’t been able to find a way to feel free… to be me.
All my life, I convinced myself that adventure or traveling would get me to feel alive again, to feel purposeful. It was my form of escapism though, not my purpose. With taking the time these last few years to reallyyyyyy get to know myself on a deep level, I realized that my true purpose is to simply live the life I was given and to show people how to live it to its highest potential.
I truly truly feel this. It’s an inner knowing, like when you drive to a specific location and you don’t know how you got there, but you trusted yourself enough to arrive.
No thought and no direction, just a knowing. An inner compass.
"Amanda Unfiltered", figured it would be an appropriate name considering I’m ready to show the world the real Amanda.
So let me introduce myself. My name is Amanda Martin, it is SO LOVELY to finally meet YOU. I have a larger-than-life personality and feel as though I view the world in ways most people can’t relate to, sometimes feeling like an outsider. I have sooooo much love for people, places, and life in general. I’m currently obsessed with the song “Get it Shawty” by Lloyd, like seriously I played it all day today.
You’ll get to learn more about me soon, but I would love to know a little more about the person reading this, so comment down below something you're willing to share about yourself. **NOT your job or age or nationality or ethnicity or gender or anything you identify yourself with. I want to know something about the real and raw you! It could be the thing you love most about yourself, the future you envision for yourself, a life lesson you learned recently! I'm excited to see what you have to say :)
So, welcome to my unfiltered life. Welcome to my mind and soul, because this is who I really am. This is me.
*cue “This is Me” from Camp Rock*