About the EDITOR

 

Hi there! I'm Amanda. I like to write, dance, build fires, taste wine, ride bikes, eat veggie arepas, and travel. I also believe in wild women.

I currently work as a freelance writer and live in a tiny house in Portland, Oregon. It's pretty groovy; Portland is full of coffee shops, good hiking spots, and four dollar movie theaters. I have a cool little garden and a mystery cat who comes and plays with me in the morning. 

I started thinking about wild women when I was twenty-two years old and mentally playing that Britney Spears song from 2001. I was learning about myself, and in turn, learning what it meant to be a woman.  The topic really set me on fire, so I started to investigate. I read books on female psychology and the biographies of women whom I admired.  Meanwhile, I was working freelance writer and writing plays and stories in my downtime. It didn't take me long to see that creativity and the female nature are deeply intertwined. 

Why All Run Wild?

We live in a world where society tells women what they should be, rather than embracing what they are. When I was younger, I thought I needed validation in order to be special. My life was controlled by “should” rather than “want.” It took a lot of work (work that I am still doing!) to start being honest with myself. 

When I started sharing my troubles with my female friends, I realized how much we had in common. We all sometimes felt stuck. We worried about our weight.  We did things solely in order to impress men. We were afraid of the unknown, so we avoided taking risks. We ignored our intuition, because we had no idea what it was or how to listen to it. 

I believe that living wild means to embrace yourself, in all the ways. It means to dance with abandon, run in nature, and breathe in the salt air. It means loving your body. It means finding validation from within. It means loving fearlessly and boldly. It means accepting the unknown. It means making love, wandering, taking risks, and howling.