I was born Amanda Maria Lopez at Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx, New York. I am of Puerto Rican descent. I was a straight A student. My parents emphasized education and they struggled to make sure I had the best education possible. Going to college became my life’s mission. I graduated from the Bronx High School of Business in 2006. I graduated with honors. I had about 4 or 5 letters of acceptance from various colleges; however, my parents couldn’t afford to put me through college. I was stuck in limbo, working at Toys R Us and doing absolutely nothing with my life. It was around that time that I made the most important decision of my life to join the Air Force. I love my family, but I had nothing going on for myself in New York City and I knew I had to move on. Basic training was difficult for me. People thought I didn’t have what it took to be in the military. But through all the blood, sweat, and tears I always thought of one thing “this is all you got left.” That thought pushed me through basic training. The look on my instructors face as I was about to get on the bus to my next journey was…priceless to say the least. While I was in the military, I got married and I started a family. I have two kids now. They are my life and soul, my sun and my moon, and I will do anything for them. I never gave up my dream of attending school while I was in. I stared taking online classes while working and taking care of my kids. I will be getting my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics July 2014. In the end, I had six successful years serving in active duty Air Force. I got out of the military November 2012 and settled down in California. I took a couple of months to myself to rekindle my relationship with my family, my kids and my husband. Now I am back in action! The job market was tough in California. I couldn’t find ANYTHING! So my husband and I decided to make a bold move and relocate to American Samoa, where he is originally from. From city girl to island girl, oh the irony! But I have some island blood in me, so I think that’s what’s keeping me sane. The job market out here in American Samoa is just as bad, if not worse; but, this is my “last frontier.” I need to do what I have to do in order to provide for my family. I decided the best way of doing that is to market myself, and about.me is one of the best ways to do it. If you like what you see, please follow me! Otherwise, stay safe and God Bless.