I'm Amanda. I'm an essayist and educator. For a while, I wrote about paying off my $48,000 of student loan debt on a site called "Dream Beyond Debt." You can find posts from that blog on this site. Now, I write about saving money, my haphazard journey toward financial independence, and my renewed pursuit of creative writing. And, I'm endlessly interested in the intersection of creating art and making money. I like dogs, hiking, and conversations over coffee. Welcome to my site. I hope you find something of use.