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    I’m The Girl Who Decided To Go For It

    July 23, 2018 Amanda Cross 2 min read
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    Welcome to the first ever edition of Manic Monday! In these posts, I'm gonna chronicle the ups, downs, and motivations behind my blog and biz life. I wanted a place I could sit down weekly and chat with you for a few minutes, and a little Monday post seemed like just what the doctor ordered!

    This past year has been pretty brutal on me. Last year I decided that instead of pursuing my P.h.D, I would be a content creator. I would blog and freelance write as my primary source of income, and this last year has been rocky making that happen.

    I am not going to lie and say that everything has been peachy. I've dealt with a million things getting in my way from depression to power outages and even a month without an internet connection. It's been the opposite of a stable environment for me to grow my business in.

    But you know what, I'm going to devote the next year to change that. I'm going to be the girl who decided to go for it, because, who else will go for it for me? No one.

    I encourage you to go on this journey with me. What will you go for? What are you going to spend the next year going at non-stop? What change will you make in your life to make it successful?

    For me, creating content has been the one happy place in my life for the last seven years. Since 2011, I've come to my blog time and time again to pour out my soul, help fellow millennials, and grow my brand. It has been such a wonderful experience for me over the past few years. I seriously cannot imagine my life without the people I've met through this blog.

    This next year is going to be a beautiful time for me. I am going to put time, effort, and energy into growing this space. I recently made the tough decision to switch platforms from Squarespace to WordPress. I am excited about the transition and creating a space on the internet that feels wholly mine.

    I want to put out more content for you, work with more brands, and make this a space that is genuinely going to help you live your happiest life. For as long as I could remember my lifelong dream has been to help people. Above all else, I know that's what I am put on this earth to do.

    I hope you will join me on this journey and continue checking out these Manic Monday posts. I cannot wait to grow with you as we are the girls who decided to go for it.

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  • Caitlin July 23, 2018 at 9:07 am

    You go girl! Sounds like you’ve got such a bright future ahead. Love this series of opening up about it!

    • amandacross July 28, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Hi Caitlin! Thank you so much for replying to my post. I am so excited about how being open about this will help me and my readers!

  • Andrea July 23, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Love the pull and the positive mind set! This is going to be a good series to read and to keep motivated! Great post!
    Andrea |

    • amandacross July 28, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thanks, Andrea! I am definitely going to keep these posts as positive as possible. I want to always have a quote that will be inspirational and helpful!

  • Leighann July 23, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing your experiences as a content creator. You are such a n inspiration–like, I know that sounds cliche, but it truly describes how I feel when I visit your blog and IG. It pushes me to keep trying and creating content. Keep going, girl–you’re doing fantastic work.

    Also, make time to recharge too, you’re a hard worker and I want you to keep going strong 🙂

    • amandacross July 28, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Thank you so much Leighann! Your comments made my day! Trust me, I will definitely take time to recharge. On the day I posted this I spent multiple hours hiding away in my room with a mini The Office marathon.

  • Tia July 28, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Hey, girl hey! What an inspiring post. I’m on a similar journey over the next year so I’ll look forward to reading about your progress on Mondays! I can hear the determination in your words. Go get it. 🙂

    • amandacross July 28, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Thank you, Tia! I am excited that you want to continue following my journey. You will have to check in on your progress too for the next year!

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    About Amanda

    Hey Y’all!
    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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