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Before we get into this post, I just want to say that when clicking through Amanda’s links to get to know her a little better, I just binged watched all of her youtube vlogs! SO fun and Amanda comes across beautifully in them. You may also want to check out her gorgeous and inspirational Instagram account. 

Amanda Sandlin is an artist and entrepreneur currently living in New Zealand. She’s the creator and voice behind The Year of Making and makes videos about travel, adventure, and art. 

One of the most impressive things (among the many beautiful projects) in her portfolio is the work she did with Danielle LaPorte. Amanda also has an ebook called “Experiment: The Less Than Complicated + Reallyreallyfun Way To Become Self-Employed“. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about this very talented lady.

How and when, do you typically wake up in the morning?

It varies. Unless I have something on my calendar, I wake up naturally. (I know, I’m so lucky.) Sometimes I’m up before 8, prancing around the house with an absurd amount of energy, and some days I’m under the covers til 10.


What do you do before work?

If I’m behaving myself, mornings usually happen in three parts. 1: Wake up + wash the sleep off of me. I do some Ayurvedic morning practices that really get me feeling good. 2: Water + medicine + movement of some kind. 3: Food + coffee + news/social + a little writing.


How do you keep on top of tasks?

The Asana app! I set daily tasks, goals, and intentions.


How do you stay motivated?

Sometimes I don’t. But usually I just listen to my body and heart and follow their lead. We’re living beings and we ebb and flow and I think sometimes it’s easy to forget that.


What do you have for lunch?

Typically leftovers or a sandwich. So, so glamorous.


How do you beat the afternoon slump?

Give in to the slump and take a nap! Or drink some green tea and watch an episode of Project Runway.


When do you clock off?

Typically around 6, when my boyfriend comes home. But some days I clock back in and get a productive late-night work sesh in.


Is there anything you like to always do before bed?

Eat chocolate and drink a cup of tea.



Rapid Fire Questions…


Pajamas or Grown Ups Clothes?

Grown ups clothes for sure! Can’t work when I feel frumpy.


Regimented Routine or Fly-By-The-Seat-Of-Your-Pants?

Both. I’m totally a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person, but coming back to a routine helps structure my days so I actually get stuff done.


Tea or Coffee? Which flavour?

Coffee. Any. With coconut milk and cinnamon! Mmmm.


One Big Break or Lots of Little Breaks?

One big break.


Work Station or Work From Wherever?

Work station.


Lunch at your Desk or Dining Table?

Does coffee table count? I don’t have a dining table. 🙂

You can find Amanda on Instagram and Youtube and subscribe to her weekly creative newsletter here.

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