• You've stumbled upon 'The Good Stuff.' Whether you're here to share in my adventures or just passing through, I'm glad you're here!

  • #InstaLife

    #HappyBirthday Jancz 💗 Just remember that "no one likes you when you're 23"... Love, Sissy
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#SpooGirls #sisters #tothemoonandback #sassysisters #theyearof26 #sisteract @janci_lamour #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: There are few things more beautiful than a wheat harvest. There's a reason we sing "...for amber waves of grain."
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #canont5i #photography "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson
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...Happiness, yes, Tom was certainly right about that.
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #theyearof26 #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: Sharing my #TravelJournal from my work trip to #EstesPark a few weeks ago. My sweet mama also got to tag along and we made a mini vacay out it, complete with a great hike!
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#TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #hiking #Colorado #GemLake #PaulBunyansboot #latergram #canont5i #wanderlust #igotitfrommymama #gooutside The company alone was worth the two blisters I earned #billygoattrail #hiking #weekendvibes #mylifebelike #theyearof26 This is what slow, sweet summertime is made of 🍷☀️👫
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@smvwinery @sugarloafmountain #winery #chardonnay #drinklocal #theyearof26 #weekendvibes #mylifebelike #lazysaturday
  • My Favorite Words.

    'The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still' -Exodus 14:14

    "You've got to know your limitations. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way." - Johnny Cash

    "Courage is the ladder that all virtues are mounted on." - Mr. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.

    "It's your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it's one less minuteyou haven't lived." - Gilmore Girls

    "Faith, it does not make things easy, it makes them possible" - Luke 1:37

    "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the lights that I have." -Abraham Lincoln

    "Writing is a struggle against silence." - Carlos Fuentes

    "At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away." - Grey's Anatomy

    "Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. And when it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them." - Marilyn Monroe

    “It’s not that I believe everything happens for a reason. Some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast. There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is." – Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

    "Opportunity knocks; that doesn't mean you have to knock the door off the hinges." - Sam Herringshaw

    "Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors." – William P. Young, The Shack

    ‎"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - Robin Williams

    "I think I'd miss you even if I'd never met you."-The Wedding Date

    "If you don't even believe in the possibility of magic, you'll never ever find it." - Castle

About Me.

Hey friends! I’m Amanda Jae.

I have an unusual last name and laugh a little too loud
— especially when I am not supposed to.
I usually have a cup of coffee in my hand, which I spill at least once a day.
My love for words is unparalleled and I wholeheartedly believe in the impact they have.

So here’s the thing.

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I spent a lot of time in college trying to polish and perfect how to use my words.
I’m a fairly run of the mill 20-something with interests that stretch far and wide.
There’s nothing extraordinary about my life story and I have never felt like I have the expertise to be throwing my wisdom opinion at the topics trending on the web.
Basically I feel like a writer without a beat.

My blog has taken on quite the range of topics, strange looks and lonnnnng hiatuses over the past few years. I keep thinking,  why write if my mom’s my only reader and I don’t have anything unique, or witty to say.
But finally someone asked me:

“Does writing make you happy?”
– Yes –
“Then just do it for yourself and don’t worry about the rest of it.”

So here we go again.

 I am an ag teacher’s daughter and a 3rd generation florist, originally from beautiful Northeast Oregon. I’m lucky to live a life full of adventure and a lot of beautiful views, but my favorite one is back in those Blue Mountains and I plan on making it back there for good someday.

I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural communications and journalism. My career began in the Kansas pork industry and I recently moved to our nation’s capitol to work for the U.S. wheat industry. I left a little bit of my heart back in those Kansas Flint Hills but I am sure excited for the chance to live in my history books.

I’m currently living what I like to call the “#postgradlife.”
It’s full of new experiences, mishaps and a lot of calls home to Mom.
I’ve been raised to believe that learning never ends, and indeed, it doesn’t.

I firmly believe that farmers and what they do, is one of the most honorable professions, and I consider it a privilege to have a career in agriculture and use my words on their behalf.

I have a new favorite song just about every week and the patience of a five-year old.
All you have to do to see my true colors come out is sit beside me at a sporting event.
You might as well not sit down if it’s the K-State Wildcats or the Portland Trailblazers.

I love Jesus, 80’s movies, turquoise, pigs, messy hair, watermelon and mason jars.
I’m slowly adding to my own personal library and
own every season of Criminal Minds and Gilmore Girls.

I’ll never turn down a glass of good wine or my dad’s cooking.
My mom is my best friend and thank goodness my sister shares my sense of humor.

I don’t believe in coincidences, wish I could hug my family every day,
and gosh, I really do miss those mountains.

I may never find my beat, but I’m okay with that now.
Thanks for stopping by my blog anways.

Allons-y,
Amanda Jae

9 Responses

  1. I am not for sure how you found my little blog Country Linked, but I am so glad that you did! Reading your about made me smile. I was a Kansas resident at one time, love turquoise, pigs, mason jars and I too have seen and love every episode of Gilmore Girls. Best of luck on your getting back to blogging!
    Laurie – Country Link

    • Laurie – I figured that a part of returning to blogging also means engaging with new people. I found your blog through Dirt Road Charm’s link up post.Sounds like we have a lot in common! Looking forward to reading your blog!

      Amanda – The Good Stuff

  2. It’s a pleasure to meet you Amanda Jae.

    Lauren at PainttheTownAg.com is in your current neck of the woods and she’s made of ag awesome, too.

    Best,
    Emily Grace

  3. Found your blog via Friday Favorites 🙂 My blog has taken lots of hiatuses too…but you’re right…as long as we like it and we like writing, why not keep trying?! 2015 has been my most successful year so far. I love that your post grad life consists of lots of phone calls home to mom because mine does too! Ha!

    • Thanks for the comment Kylie, that was the first time I was brave enough to join a link up! So far in 2015 I’ve been good at keeping up with so we’ll see how it goes. Looking forward to reading yours as well!

  4. How fun to read. Just a bit about myself your GRANDPA Howard was one if my favorite Uncles, my mother’s youngest brother. I have heard about the digging for years, Susan is always talking about going there. Your blog is very refreshing.

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