Hi, I’m Amanda.
You might have figured that out by the bright orange, all caps letters in my header.
I’m Amanda Page. I’m glad you found your way to my website.
This site has been many things through the years. Mostly, I’ve kept it as a space to one day house a robust writing portfolio. I’ve harbored fantasies of it becoming my author’s website. I’ve yet to write my book(s) but I still keep the space. I’m working on making those dreams a reality.
For a long time, I was lost. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but I suffered from a terrible case of fear of commitment. I tried different jobs and lived in different places. That behavior is perfectly reasonable for a writer. It’s called “gaining life experience.” After all, every writer needs something to write about.
In 2015, I started a second site and started writing about paying off my student loans. I carried $48,000 of student loan debt around for almost a decade. Half of it was from my undergraduate degree, and the other half was from my Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. I didn’t need to take out loans for my graduate degree, but I did anyway, and it hurt for years. Those loans were a dark cloud over my life. They made me resentful.
At the time that I started my second site, Dream Beyond Debt, I was working as an adjunct instructor at a couple of different colleges in town. In the course of paying off my student loan debt, I accepted a full-time position at one of the schools where I was teaching. Since then, I’ve been a full-time Assistant Professor, and it has felt pretty amazing to be able to commit to teaching. I don’t think I would have made it as an adjunct much longer. I’m grateful for my current position, and I understand how privileged I am to have it.
It took me 14 months to pay off my entire loan debt. It felt pretty fantastic to commit to paying off the loans as quickly as possible, and then seeing that commitment through. The lesson has carried over into other areas of my life. It has been incredibly empowering. My only regret is that it took me this long to find that power.
I believe I wanted to be a writer from a very early age because it seemed like the only power I had. It was the only way to be heard. I was taught to stay silent. I was taught that if you speak up then you will be criticized and that there is nothing worse. These lessons are not special, and they are not unique to me. Many girls are taught silence. If you don’t speak with your actual voice, you can develop one on paper.
Writing about personal finance is a safe way to speak up. Debt reduction or elimination is always something to be celebrated. Almost a year after paying off my debt, I didn’t know what more I wanted to say about it. I was lost again. I looked over at my namesake site and thought, “Claim yourself.”
I redirected Dream Beyond Debt to Amanda Page. Paying off my student loans is one thing I did in my life, but it is not the only thing. Over here at Amanda Page, I’ll be talking about the other things: writing essays, teaching essays, living a life of integrity, managing my money as a woman in the arts, traveling, raising dogs, dancing. Over here, I’ll be sharing my journey to speak up more, share my truth, and encourage others to do the same. Personal finance empowered me to reach this place in my life. It was a strong foundation from which to strengthen my voice and test out my bravery.
From here, I’ll speak up more. I’ll test my courage. I’ll be louder and braver.
Come on over and listen.
Thank you for hearing me.