About Me

Thank you for visiting my humble little blog. I appreciate that you’ve taken some time out of your day to read some of my musings. I also appreciate your feedback and comments.

This blog is about my life in progress. It mainly discusses:

  • Working full time in applied anthropology*/archaeology and with Aboriginal languages
  • Books
  • Language learning
  • Creative fitness (I’m an exercise geek)
  • Unconventional Travel

*What’s applied anthropology? It’s anthropology that’s done outside of academia. In Australia, it usually means you work in Indigenous representative bodies (like Land Councils or Native Title representative bodies) OR you work in cultural heritage management. I work in the latter, running my own small consultancy business.

birdposeWhat else would you do but bakasana on Mt Zeil, highest peak in Central Australia? 

I’m a bit eccentric. Besides enjoying yoga, I’m an exercise nut, I adore running, bushwalking (hiking) and camping, I enjoy birdwatching and geocaching. I am a hopeless bibliophile and self-development junkie. I am a published fiction author (under another name), and the winner of a number of short story competitions. I have two children, the most wonderful man as a life partner, two dogs and four chickens (this used to be two cats, and our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, however they have all grown old and passed away).

And before you ask, I HATED Eat, Pray, Love.  Hated it so much, I donated it to a school fete.

Do not ask me about that piece of repugnant twaddle again.

I live in outback Australia.

I live a life that is totally unlike yours.

I do things that most people would find challenging (i.e. sleeping on the ground in a swag, alone in the outback), as well as things that many people dream of – getting paid to go 4WDing, camping and (sometimes) bushwalking.

I have worked almost exclusively with Aboriginal people for the past two decades. I have an B1 level in Eastern/Central Arrernte and am learning Pitjantjatjara. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Google Arrernte or Pitjantjatjara.

This means that I have danced with, been painted-up, and sang in sacred women’s rituals, cried with people in Sorry Business (that’s mourning rites), learned many sacred Dreaming Stories and of course, Aboriginal language. I think that ‘New Agers’ who come to Central Australia looking for Aboriginal ‘shamen’ are insulting and ignorant. Especially those who think Uluru is the ‘heart chakra’ of the world. What a load of bollocks.

2012-07-25 12.01.34If you read through the posts, you’ll find that I’ve had a lifelong battle with depression, and in 2012, was finally diagnosed with Bipolar II. I’m also a HSP -a highly sensitive person- which is apparently common for sufferers of BPII. I don’t suffer bullies, unkind words or throw insults well. I suffer daily with anxieties, thoughts about dying and the meaninglessness of life in general.

You should also know that I am an atheist. I don’t do woo, god-bothering or conspiracy theories well.

Thanks for visiting.

26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Yogini,

    Thanks for leaving the comment. BTW you seem to have a nice and interesting blog. Will be back soon when I have enough time to go through it.

  2. Amanda,
    I’m quite sure you’re doing some great things in life yoga, anthropology, business – sounds really interesting.
    Would like to meet you one day. May be when I’m there in AU.
    Cheers !
    Mani

  3. Hi Amanda, it is nice to find another anthro yogini with a blog. I wish I had the information about life coaching when I was struggling with my PhD, but I think it will come useful now aswell, as I am struggling with my academic career. Anyway, very interesting and useful stuff on your blog.

    My blog is on blogspot, so I am pasting a link here in case you are interested.
    http://fatoumata_toure2002.blogspot.com/

  4. Amanda: not strange at all! i think it makes perfect sense…and i hope we find more and more and more of us! btw nice crow up on the mountain! i’d have been in permanent savasana at the top if i had to scale that rock! totally clicking through all your lovely links now! peace, kelly.

  5. oh thank you, thank you. i hope to never, ever again be asked about *eat, pray wank* (you travel? you do yoga? you must love…). i like the little i’ve seen so far of your blog, but upon reading that you, too, hated that book. i’ll be back!

    • Hi Anastasia,

      Thanks for visiting, and I’m glad you got a laugh out of that. I really detest THAT book. I’ve written a review of it somewhere on the blog last year. Hate vomit puke! (dare I add that I’m a passionate reader?)

  6. (Left this reply to your comment on linda’s blog. Copying it here just in case you don’t get back there to see it:)

    Hi, Amanda.

    Glad you mentioned the point about the Yoga Sutra obsession. I like the Yoga Sutra. I’ve read many different versions and will read many more.

    But I can only read the Yoga Sutra with pleasure and comprehension because I’m even more familiar with the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads.

    Patanjali doesn’t mention either of these, but I’m guessing that’s because his students were already steeped in these basics. He know what they needed was more method, rigor, and stucture, not more philosophizing. So that’s what he gave them. The spiritual underpinnings were simply assumed.

    In any case, I love the combination of the three, and they all have their special role, as I try to get a handle on in:

    What Is It That Brings Us Happiness?
    http://yogademystified.com/what-is-it-that-brings-us-happiness/

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I hope you won’t be on sabbatical too long.

    Bob Weisenberg
    YogaDemystified.com

  7. Hi, Amanda.

    I had a chance to read your farewell blog, even though you have apparently deleted it from your blog. (It still appears in my Google Reader.)

    I’m very sorry to see you won’t be blogging anymore I had saved your blog address and was looking forward to your return. But I understand your decision and wish you all the best. I hope we will still see you commenting now and then.

    I hope you will consider reorganizing all your past blogs into a kind of “e-book” form and keep you site open in that way, so that people like myself who have heard of your writing can still have a chance to read your past blogs in a way that highlights your favorites.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

  8. Hey hon, I just came across your blog via Nadine and read your latest post on my RSS feed. You have since deleted it. I totally get where you’re coming from and laughed out loud with acknowledgement at how ridiculous it can all be. Yoga is not a fad for a lot of us though. It’s helped me find myself in a way that has benefited my life and the relationships I have with people around me, even to the point it has helped them. Each to their own though and all opinions are valid. You take what you want from each and every experience and make it your own.

    Good going with finishing your thesis!! That’s awesome. I can’t wait ’til I get to that point with my own studies.

    I hope you don’t stop blogging because I just found you! 🙂

  9. Hi Amanda,

    I just happened to notice a comment you made on – http://www.americanfreethought.com back in May of this year about short-stature interfering with your advancement in work. My website supportfortheshort.org deals with the little known but much practiced art of Heightism, which is basically for all intents and purposes the systematic and systemic discrimination against the short-of-stature. Heightism damages the short and benefits the tall. In practice there is very little heightism against those who are exceptionally tall. I’m assuming that you’ve been discriminated against because of your short-stature judging from your comments. I was wondering if you’d be willing to share some of those experiences with my website. You can reach me by e-mail at:

    webmaster@supportfortheshort.org

    Thanks very much,
    Joe Mangano (New York, USA)
    webmaster – http://www.supportfortheshort.org

  10. Hi Amanda,

    Meaning to email rather than comment but don’t see your address. I commented awhile back. Congrats on finishing. I envy you–I just dn’t have the patience.

    Dropping a line because I’m in Canberra right now, visiting from NYC. You are in Alice Springs, I think, but I thought I might catch you here for a coffee. My partner (he’s aussie) have just driven across the southern coast from perth. Amazing trip. We’ll be heading on up the coast around the 2nd or 3rd then I’m back to NYC on Jan 18.

    If you do happen to be in Canberra and have a sec for coffee with a fellow yogi blogger, please drop a line.

    Congrats! and all best,
    Anastasia

    • Hi Anastasia,

      I’m at home in Alice Springs -have been back since late August- so I won’t be able to catch up with you. I’d love to catch up, but I won’t be heading to Canberra until later next year. Perhaps next time? Enjoy your holiday.

      All the best,

      Amanda

  11. Hi Amanda,

    Congrats on finishing the thesis. You’ve handed it in on my birthday (today). 🙂 A depression seems quite understandable–I’m glad you’re seeing the edges of it. M partner just got his dream job in Melbourne and is somewhat depressed about it. It happens.

    We crossed the Nullabor, but that’s the closest I’ll get to Alice Springs this time. I might well be back soon, so here’s hoping there is a next time!

    xoAnatasia

  12. Hi Amanda,

    I really enjoyed your site. Except for the depths of your personal experience with yoga, you took me on a wonderful adventure through Australia. Great site. Well done.

    I would love for you to post a short article at my website with a link back to your site so more people can appreciate what you have to offer.

  13. Hi Amanda,

    I’m so glad I found your blog. I have many similar interests, although I am on the ‘beginning’ end of my schooling.. currently looking into psych anthro graduate programs. I shall love reading about your life, travels, & experiences. I did enjoy Eat, Pray, Love… however I read it 2 yrs ago… at age 23… and likely from a much less sophisticated perspective than you. Regardless, looking forward to following along. : )

    Cheers,

    Katelin

  14. Thanks so much Amanda! I can’t wait to catch up on all of your travels. I’ve added AnthroYogini to my blogroll as well. Cheers!

  15. Amanda, lovely space here you have, and thanks for sharing your very honest thoughts on Gilbert’s book. I left a response, and hope to learn more of what books you like, because as you may see from my site, I LOVE books!!!! 🙂

  16. Hello Amanda,

    I typed in ‘non-duality Alice Springs’ and came across a comment on Urbangurucafe. I’m relocating a campervan to Alice with my partner arriving 1st September and we may be around for a few days. If you’re interested in meeting for a chat that’d be delightful.

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