On December 19th, 2013, I was standing at my kitchen counter thinking of a short, catchy name for my blog. I never thought that not even two years later, I’d see “Amanda Yantos – Dog Mom Days” on a news story!
In the past 2 weeks, I’ve been published in two newspapers. Yesterday. I was on the news! It’s all happening so fast!
On Monday, Amanda Goodman of AZ Family Channel 3 news contacted me because she came across my story in the East Valley Tribune. (I knew it was going to be good because women with the name Amanda are automatically fabulous!). She was interested in covering my blogging story – how I went from trying to find my place in the world to making my living as a blogger and now a BlogPaws award finalist!
Heck yes! Of course I jumped on the opportunity. What excited me most was inspiring someone – hoping that just one person would see my story on the news and think “hey, maybe I could do that!”
I mean, it is a little bit nuts when I think about it. Just two years ago I had just left my miserable corporate job. After working a dead end part time job, I decided to start blogging. Blood, sweat and many tears later, here I am, working for myself full time as a blogger.
Amanda and the camera man knocked on my door around 3:45pm. After scoping out some good interview spots and chatting for a few, it became real. I’ve been living in the greater Phoenix area for 16 years and sooooo many people are going to see me…*deep breaths*
It went extremely well. I wasn’t that nervous. Amanda made me feel really at ease and she was fun to talk to. My crazy kids got let out of the master bedroom to run a muck after the initial interview questions were over, and we got some great shots of them playing.
Holy cow. I really am a full time blogger, my life does indeed revolve around my 5 animals and good gracious…this IS real.
I got a wonderful outpouring of support after my news story aired. Of course, all of Facebook knew I was going to be on the news 😉 People messaged me after my story was shown that I hadn’t heard from in years. Even my Grandma called me this morning exclaiming how proud she is of me and how she told all of her friends!
It’s surreal. It was really weird seeing myself on TV. Sometimes I still don’t believe I live this life and I made my dreams come true. It’s quite unbelievable. But…hard work pays off and that’s why I’m here. Oh, and because of my love for my kids 🙂
Check out the full story here!