Who I am

This blog never has been about my job. It’s all about the Mommy Amanda. Last Friday I was unceremoniously fired from my job as the editor of a magazine (you can quit feeling sorry for me though, I promise).
Being a writer has always been more than what I do. It’s who I am. Like having blondish hair (quit looking at my roots!) or being tall. After four years at a publication that I was with before it even had a name, the job became far more than a paycheck. Me and this job … There wasn’t a clear line as to where one began and the other ended. There was another employee who was similarly devoted and was also fired the same day.
How things ended wasn’t pretty and to refrain from being petty I’ll refrain from elaborating. I will say that when I became pregnant I started to realize that I am more than an editor. More than a writer. And once I had Wilder and crawled out of my sleep deprived haze I began to realize that I wasn’t just a mother either. It’s easy to label ourselves. Editor. Stay at home mom (or SAHM for the mommies out there.) Wife. Sister. Accountant. Engineer. Teacher. Whatever your thing is. But I’m learning each day that people are much more than the labels we choose for each other.
God has consistently and extraordinarily lined things up in my life. Everysinglesolitary event that appeared a disappointment or failure to the outside has brought me something spectacular. I’m confident this is no different.
My eyes are open for what’s next. My arms are full with one seriously big baby (no, really … dude weighs 24 plus pounds). And my heart is confident that the next label will be even better than the last.

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About Amanda Jean Elliott

I am a joyful believer in Jesus Christ, a mother, a sister, a writer, a maker of gluten free roux and a style editor. I love my son Wilder and the wild life that comes with a 4-year-old who has the energy of a pack of wolves. I also love naps (a lot). I love to cook and create my favorite dishes without gluten not because I'm trendy and anti-gluten so much as it makes me feel like I've been run over by a pack of wolves. I teach 5th and 6th grade girls Sunday School and have a classroom of the greatest girls I could imagine. Girls who often teach me more than I teach them. I believe these girls and many others are the spark to start a fire for The Lord the likes of which this world has never seen. I see more and more girls learning about more than just who God is ... but, learning about who God says THEY are. It is my prayer for every woman to know without doubt that we have a good good Father in heaven and whatever is not right on this earth, He will make right in this life or the next.
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One Response to Who I am

  1. Well said Amanda. Good luck to you and enjoy the extra time with Wilder.

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