Welcome to my new Wednesday series, Women Who Rock (and the occasional man). I began to realize that in the process of cutting out toxic people, the tribe I was building was full of diverse and passionate people with unique goals and inspirational projects.
As a Lifestyle Design coach, there is no one else that I would rather feature on my blog than people who refuse to stand idle in life. These first few weeks, I will introduce you to some of my friends and their work. If you feel that you are a kick-ass woman, I would also love to feature you on a future Women Who Rock Wednesday. You can participate by telling me about your story through this survey: click here.
Enough of that, let’s meet woman number one – Amanda Gernentz Hanson.
Amanda is one of my 2017 authors at Pen Name Publishing. As a proud bi-racial author, she joins our growing list of authors representing #OwnVoices and bringing diversity to Ya through #DiverseBooks. This is the perfect Wednesday to introduce Amanda as we are officially releasing the cover for her novel, Something Beautiful, this Friday! If you want the first peek, you can join the Facebook Cover Reveal here.
Now, on to Amanda!
The results of the election. As a biracial women, I was feeling awful and defeated, and I wanted to do something to build up the other people who may be feeling that way. I’ll be doing the project regardless, but I hope other people join me.
GVC Note: The Diverse/Lady Book project is a fantastic book club centering on, well, diverse books and books by female authors! If you want to read along with Amanda, click the above link to start following.
There are a lot of book clubs and projects like this out there, so I don’t know that I had a completely unique idea. But I know it’s unique among the people I know and grew up with, whose bookshelves are almost entirely male and white-washed and who don’t understand that racism and sexism are alive and well in the world. They are really the people who I am trying to reach, even though they’re probably the least likely to read along.
I have lived a relatively privileged life, and I don’t pretend that I haven’t. The biggest challenge that I’ve faced was probably an internal one – trying to figure out who I am and how I identify in a world where you always have to fit into tiny check boxes. I have never fit, and coming to terms with that has taken me most of my life.
I aspire to have the spunk and grace of Jodi Picoult, the drive of Emma Watson, and the nerve of all of the women and people of color who paved the way ahead of me.
Don’t be afraid to start small. As long as you’re posting meaningful and consistent content and are interacting and “advertising” where you can, the right people will find you. Hopefully in droves, but you have to start somewhere.
Don’t give up, but also watch your money. There are better ways to get results than to pay for them.
My life is all about balance. I work full time and am also an author, so I spend a lot of evenings on my computer with Microsoft Word open, writing posts and book reviews ahead of time, and stealing my hour-long lunch to write and edit. I schedule just about everything that goes up online these days, and that has changed the game for me!
Buffer! I love the Buffer app and website. I can ensure that all of the stuff I want out in the world gets there when I want it to get there (but can still live-tweet when I want to, too).
- Guest 1 Emma Watson
- Guest 2 Jodi Picoult
- Guest 3 Sarah Dessen
- Guest 4 Jenny Han
- Guest 5 Dolores Huerta
Does Amanda seem like a kick-ass woman you want to connect with? You can find her on social media here:
- Twitter – @amandamariegh
- Instagram – @amandamariegh
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/aghansonauthor
Also published on Medium.