For Amanda, her gut feeling is as important as preparation and hard work. Not everything can be planned perfectly and sometimes life surprises. She works to prepare for what she can, and the rest falls into place.
Most recently - Amanda
fell down under.
She moved to New Zealand. Making the move from Wisconsin and making her longtime dream come true didn't happen overnight, but it felt close. One day her decision was made and not much more than a month later, Amanda was on her way.
How did she get there?
After growing up on her family's dairy farm, Amanda went to college for veterinary sciences, business and international agriculture. She started her professional career, and after a couple of years in the field, she returned to her family farm. She didn't know her exact plan for the future, but after spending a summer on the farm — she was ready to make her next move.
Now in New Zealand, Amanda lives on a 2,000-acre farm with 8,000 sheep, 400 head of beef cattle and a few horses. And she feels right at home. She is an au pair for the farm owner's two children and the eager caretaker of Biscuit — a young calf who lost his mom and needs to be bottle-fed. A happy coincidence, considering that Amanda's most treasured job at home on her farm is caring for the calves.
She spends a lot of her time outside, hiking the scenic mountain trails and exploring the countryside. And she actively seeks to experience the real daily life of New Zealanders. She samples fruits and vegetables exotic to her and commonplace to them. She visits neighboring towns, and she submerges herself in Kiwi culture.
Through this exploration, Amanda will see it all, and then she'll see what happens.
She will stay at the sheep farm and continue to explore the area for New Zealand's summer season, and then she will move on. Where to, she's not sure. But that's how Amanda's story goes, because as much as she's a planner — she's even more prone to see what happens and go with the flow.