The Story of How I Came To Be Here
(and On How To Stay Creative Amidst Change)
by Amanda Linette Meder
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When I first started my business, I was also actively planning a move across the country.
Shortly after heading west for the Sierra Nevadas though, I found myself in the heart of Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, just after the leaves had begun changing color for the fall.
Though I’d had several websites, and also a career before all of this, my first official office for AmandaLinetteMeder.com was in a fifth wheel trailer that had been gifted to me for the season.
It had no heat, no insulation, and a very limited water supply.
And also, it was complete and utter paradise.
Every morning, I’d wake up to the sounds of birds chattering and the smell of a smoking fire and I'd start every day on an adventure or a hike with my dog, and then I'd go down to the rec hall to get my work done for the day.
I was living at a campsite. And it was at this campsite where I really started diving into all my website work, the work you see here.
That year, though, winter came early at the fifth wheel and being uninsulated, I had to take off yet again, in search of a new home.
For the next 1.5 wonderful years, I lived in the first floor flat of an old stone townhome in South Philadelphia. By all accounts and intensive purposes, it was the nicest apartment I had ever had.
The owner of the building, an animal reiki healer, had agreed to meet me in person and when she did, offered to lease it to me for half-off the market rate, with only a 50% down payment needed to move in. She must have known it was all I could afford.
So of course, I took it.
While a far cry from my three seasons fifth wheel in the Poconos, the-nicest-apartment-I-had-ever-had offered me a whole new range of inspiration, and plenty of sources and wellsprings for my creativity.
Living in South Philly, mainly due to the population, you interact with new people on a daily basis.
New people, new energy, new stories. Every day. The city is ideal for this.
To and fro the train station, the mailbox, the grocery store, not a single place you could go and not encounter another soul.
Living there was a blast.
But alas, there was only so much time I could work with the constant buzz of honking horns, neighbors yelling, and rap music a blaring, before I yearned to be back in the woods again.
Needing yet another change of pace, my significant other and I searched high and low for a new place to set roots.
“To find somewhere beautiful, somewhere it was easy to create.”
This was our motto.
So off we went.
Myself, my dog, and my significant on the quintessential three-month summer road trip.
We traveled all the way up the eastern seaboard, from the beautiful Hudson Valley to the interior forests of Vermont to the Arcadia shorelines of northern Maine and still, we just couldn’t find anywhere that just fit.
Driving home disappointed, a major traffic jam thru the New York bridge system forced us to go West, and travel back down through the Pocono Mountains, where suddenly, I burst into tears.
Albeit quiet, subdued, the Pocono Mountains is where I fell in love with my now life partner.
It’s also where I initiated my new life here and in short: it’s where this whole thing kinda started.
So it was decided: Pennsylvania is where I would stay.
Today, I live in a home I feel built for a queen. A place I call Hlidskjalf.
If you are familiar with Norse mythology, Hlidskjalf is the high vantage point from which the god Odin could see everything that happens in the cosmos.
This is how I feel here. Just like that.
Together, we call it the Eagle's cliff, and with the two-story floor to ceiling windows facing east to the sunrise each morning, it’s nothing short of a literal dream come true.
Every day, I wake up and say to myself,
This . . . this was where I always wanted to be.
And now, I am here.
With the sun glowing at me through the watery trees every day, this is where I write most of my blogs each day, and this is also where every single one of my eBooks, meditations, and eCourses has ever been created.
It is here, where I am also forced to acknowledge how beautiful it is, being alive and being in the forest every day. It is also here where I am able to arrange my work schedule by the circadian rhythm of nature.
On a daily basis, I know of how beautiful it is, but I also know, I had to make a lot of sacrifices to get here. And because of this, I don't take any of it for granted.
Every place I have lived has been given to me as a gift - from the forest trailer to where I am now - and to repay it, I do my best to give thanks in everything that I do.
To do all of this, to accomplish all of this, I had to give up my dream of going back California, and to change it instead, to seek: somewhere beautiful, somewhere it was easy to create.
I also had to be okay with living uncomfortably and unconventionally for quite a while.
And, I had to choose to see everything as a new adventure, an opportunity to learn, and an opportunity to share what I learned with others along the way. To keep going, I followed the path of creating. And being here now is how I continue to creative.
Amanda Linette Meder
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