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Bloggers Uncensored: with Amanda Gene

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my latest and favourite blog series that I've created. This series is an opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics. This weeks blogger is Amanda Gene.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, my name is Amanda Gene. I'm 30 years old, and I have a blog. I write content each week mainly about disabilities, day in the life, and anything else that comes to mind.

Why do you write?

I love to educate people on disabilities and help dispel the myths that surround the disability community.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging when I was a sophomore in college because it was part of a class assignment. Once I started blogging I could not stop.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

I love working with others and meeting new people. I love hearing from my followers and hearing them say, "Wow, I never knew that."

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

I really dislike the fact that you're judged by how many followers you have. I just want to focus on the content.

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

People with disabilities. Although, things are getting better.

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

I learned that for you to be successful you must be able to work hard at your goals, and that money helps too.

What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom means that I am able to get around in my community and not have to worry about my safety.

What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?

I think that there is a lack of education on mental health and that it's okay to get the health care you need. Here in America is it frowned upon to get help.

What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?

Keep seeking and getting the health care you need. We deserve that.

What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?

Keep telling someone until the bullying stops. Growing up I was bullied. Especially, my sophomore year, I cried a lot and I did not want to go to school. Even though I did not want to go, I still went and I kept telling the teachers and staff about what I was going through. Because I did that the person got into so much trouble that she was removed from the school.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Poverty. I grew up in poverty and now I'm fighting my way out of it as an adult. I know it's hard to get ahead.

What else do you feel strongly about?

I feel strongly about having an education. When I was 16 years old, I asked my teachers to pull me from the Special Education diploma track and put me on the general education track. That spring my teachers changed my track like I asked. That same year, my mother died, I moved in with my loving and supportive grandparents. Instead of giving up, I continued to work for the education I wanted. It did not come without a price, I had many hours of homework, and I had to get on the bus very early in the morning to go to school. It was worth it. On May 28, 2008, I graduated with not only my regular diploma but with honors. I was able to attend college and I earned both my AA and BA in journalism.

Let's end with some fun 'This or That' questions:

Love or money?

Both. I want to fall in love with someone I care about, however I also want to be able to travel and be comfortable.

Work hard or play hard?

Work hard. I would rather be able to attain my goals and dreams than by lazy.

Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?

I would rather have my cups right side up.

Chocolate or sex?

Chocolate. I love dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate.

Plan everything or wing it?

I'd rather plan. It makes my life easier.

Happiness or money?

I'd rather be happy, however money helps.

You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

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There's a new blogger every Sunday at 5pm, see you there!

Love, Han


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