Hi. I’m Amanda. Welcome to my site!
In a previous life I graduated from divinity school and served as an ordained Congregational minister. I worked in a lovely church, but being a minister never really fit with my heart, so I left when I was thirty-three, unsure of the next Big Thing, but sure that I wanted to do something that felt right to me.
Since I love food and nature, I went to work at a cheese shop and on my cousin’s small farm. To my surprise, I fell in love with the farm—five acres of organic pick-your-own flowers and vegetables outside of Boston—and stayed for five seasons. I also started farm-to-table catering. My crowning achievement was a rustic country wedding for a hundred, after which I drank all the leftover wine straight from the bottle, and decided I’d stick to cooking for fun.
Somewhere in there I started writing, and it turned into a book, The Do-Over, a memoir about letting go of the “shoulds” and creating a life you love.
I’m also an adjunct professor of world religions in Boston, and I still preach occasionally, though I’m more spiritual-than-religious. I practice hot yoga, meditation, and most of all gratefulness. Forty-two years in, I’ve finally discovered that there’s no map for life, but that’s what makes it beautiful.