Mandy Uncensored: Happy 2nd Anniversary!

It’s been approximately two years since I created a blog under the alias “Wandering Mandy“.

I’ve never considered blogging before and kind of fell into it by accident – we were embarking upon an adventure of a lifetime (with no wifi) so I decided to bring along a traveller’s notebook that my husband had given me years ago. It still smelled of new leather and the pages were still crisp and white. As we journeyed to the summit of Kilimanjaro, I spent my early mornings and late nights jotting notes so that I could remember the details from this experience – the way the air felt, the look of the trees, my bodily responses to high altitude, my daily apprehensions, and so on. I wanted to capture it all without the tainted and bias influence of hindsight. Pure and raw emotions!

Upon returning home, I decided to create a blog so that I could share these stories with my family. I used it as a way of preserving my adventures so not only could I relive them but also in hopes that maybe one day, my children would take an interest in reading them. They could see me as something more than a parent, a provider, a maid, a taxi driver, a teacher, etc. But instead, as a woman who is strong yet vulnerable, adventurous yet careless, and brave yet naive. Someone who takes risks, listens to strangers, laughs, loves, and chases her dreams – despite how absurd they may seem. Someone who truly lives.

Once establishing a blog and receiving tremendous support from my family, I decided to branch out into social media. I hesitated at first. Would I be judged? Would people think it’s foolish? Would I be humble bragging? But then I realized that most people probably won’t even care let alone read it … BUT maybe it will reach someone who will really enjoy reading it. Maybe someone who is not as fortunate to have the same opportunities that I have will be able to share my adventures through my stories. Maybe I can bring them with me to share the breathlessness of high altitude, the excitement of going to a foreign land, and the triumph of reaching a summit!

So two years of hobby blogging later, I have a modest 728 Instagram followers, 134 Facebook followers, and 154 Blog followers. Since then, I have created 22 posts, have learned how to use WordPress, and continue to slowly improve my writing. I still go back and enjoy my older posts to relive the bone-chilling temperatures of Kilimanjaro or the smooth, warmth of the Sahara dessert and it still makes me smile.

All this to say, THANK YOU! Thank you ALL for your interest in my Facebook, Instagram, and Blog! Thank you ALL for taking that time to read my stories, to share your comments, and to support my hobby. I am truly grateful and motivated to continue to share my stories with those who are interested.

Life is such a beautiful adventure! Don’t be afraid to reach out, try something that you’ve always wanted to try, taste a new food, befriend a stranger, and put yourself out there.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”

Author: wanderingmandy2018

I am a travel blogger from New Brunswick, Canada and am very passionate about travelling and adventure! I absolutely love going to new places, trying new foods, meeting new people, and having a lot of fun! My adventures range from catching a wave on the North Shore in Hawaii and being breathless on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, to living in a Westfalia van on Vancouver Island and being awestruck by the starry nights in the Sahara desert! I look forward to blogging my adventures and hearing your comments, feedback, and own personal stories! Cheers 🤙

7 thoughts on “Mandy Uncensored: Happy 2nd Anniversary!”

  1. Amanda I admire your adventurous soul. You have done what I have only dreamt of doing. Love your blog and will continue to live vicariously through you. ❤

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Lorraine!! I miss seeing you around but am happy knowing that you are likely enjoying an epic retirement (that is if you stayed in retirement and didn’t come back to work lol).

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    1. Thank you so much “someone”! I love your kind words! 🥰 In a world of uncertainty and fear right now, those words are a breath of fresh air! Thanks for giving me your time and reading my blog!! It’s truly appreciated!

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