One thing I love about Instagram (and social media) is the friendships that come out of it. Last year I began using hashtags on my photos and one in particular was #donutwhole here in Wichita (it has the most delicious donuts). I clicked on it and saw some other really cool photos from the Donut Whole and that’s when I came across Amanda’s feed. She had beautiful photos and I’m pretty sure I double clicked each and everyone of them. :)
We began talking back and forth about how we love donuts, photography and thrifting. It was a no brainer that we would become friends. Since then we have gone thrifting, met up at local concerts, gone to a macrame workshop, and taken photos together (check it out here and here).
Amanda, you are such an inspiration and a beautiful person. Thank you for being my friend and I cannot wait to go thrifting again (which I believe is tomorrow. eek!).
What is the first significant thing you did this morning?
Turned on my favorite Glenn miller album on my record player, hugged my mom and kissed my dogs.
What inspires you? When are you happiest?
I am inspired mostly by the abandoned and forgotten, the every day routine captured in spontaneous moments, the little moments that spark, or the flicker of light in someone’s eye when they think no one is looking, and turning the mundane parts, into a magical image or story through the lens, or through paper and pen.
I am the happiest when I am surrounded by beautiful scenery, exploring and having adventures with my dearest and closest friends and family, or when I am by myself, reading a book, cleaning, writing or listening to music.
What are you trying to teach yourself right now?
Realizing that being a good person doesn’t alway mean you are perfect and never mess up- but being good means that when you inevitably do mess up, you own up to it, apologize, learn from it, and grow.
…Also, discipline. I’m really bad with self-indulging sometimes ;)
What is your favorite memory and what does it say about you?
My favorite memories (yes, I’m changing it to plural, haha) are from my childhood house growing up. We had a big Greek family living next door with 4 generations living in that house and they alway had the best company and food, and I lived 4 doors down from my best friend from my early life and we had another family next door who we played with all the time, and a nice elderly couple name OJ and Mimi who we adopted as our surrogate grandparents and we used to watch ninja turtles and power rangers in their very dated basement and drank off-brand grape soda on their back porch and listened to stories of the good old days. We rode our bikes and played hide and seek outside until the street lights came on and I don’t remember ever worrying about anything.
I remember feeling joy over the littlest things and creating strong relationships with my neighbors early on in life. We always found something to do/created something to do and I think all of that has carried over into my adult life.
Describe one accomplishment you’ve achieved. Describe one challenge that you have faced.
I’ve had little victories and accomplishments scattered about throughout my life, particularly my adult life, but no one GIANT accomplishment sticks out to me at the moment that speaks for itself- I guess I’m still waiting for my moment to come, and that’s ok! (My biggest goals right now are to travel the US with friends in an old RV and document our journey and the people we meet, and to write a novel and children’s book!).
I would say personally, my biggest accomplishment for myself, as of now, would be inwardly facing my fears of being ill when I found out I had thyroid cancer two years ago. I’m completely clear now (boo yah!) but going through a scare like that really made me realize my own mortality and it helped me grow and honestly made me more aware of my actions and words and how I wanted to affect this world.
What is the last thing you did for work?
I Made a detailed list (I’m an avid list maker) of my plans to redecorate my classroom! I’m a daycare teacher for two year olds. …I’m slightly crazy.
And just for fun, what animal would you like to experience being for a day?
An elephant or gorilla. They are seriously the most fascinating animals for me to observe. I love both of their high intelligences and the things we as humans have in common with them that make me feel, in a way, very connected to them when I watch them closely. I also love how they move, communicate, and feel strong emotions that you can really feel and see.
Thank you again Amanda!
Keep up with her adventures:
instagram // @Pennyandpearl_
twitter // @amanda_please01
facebook // www.facebook.com/amandacasey
Peace + love, Jaclyn