Aloha! My name is Shanda. It rhymes with panda; hence the blog name. I fancy myself an adventurer–a wild animal, if you will. Most of my days are spent exploring our crazy beautiful planet or wishing I was. You see, life doesn’t come wrapped in a pretty bow sitting on your doorstep like a cute puppy with a “how to” guide attached to the collar. Life is messy. There are “aww” moments and “dammit” moments and “oh my god! NO!” moments. Maybe life is like owning a puppy. The messes tend to be a bit bigger though. So more aptly, life is a zoo.
In 2014, I graduated from The University of Georgia with a bachelor’s in journalism with an emphasis in visual journalism, a minor in English, one class short of a minor in American Sign Language, and a ton of science courses. (Full disclosure: It took me 5 years to finish school because I had a mid-college crisis at the end of my junior year and changed from biology to journalism.) While I was in the greatest college town in the country, I developed a penchant for yelling “GO DAWGS!” and “Dawgs on Top!” in situations completely unrelated to football, but believe me, I yell them even louder on game day.
In my final year of college, I began my career as a photojournalist with a swimming photography company, which allowed me to travel the country shooting everything from tiny tots barely out of water wings to some of the biggest names in sports (here’s looking at you, Michael Phelps). After that, I took on the role of chief photographer at an Atlanta area lifestyle magazine. During that time behind a desk in a room with no windows, I decided it was time to escape.
So I booked my ticket to Hawaii.
I started this blog to share my adventure and perhaps inspire someone to break free from whatever cage they are in just like I did. Come along with me. Let’s get lost.
a cross between a dolphin and a golden retriever
Pretty much anything with Asian roots + Seafood
bad grammar, loud chewers, boring people
favorite tv shows:
boy meets world, criminal minds, gossip girl, vampire diaries, orange is the new black
celebrity girl crush:
I want to be Vanessa Hudgens (her closet and beau though… #goals), and I want to be best friends with Jennifer Lawrence.
celebrity boy crush:
Maybe you should just look at my pinterest board.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how obsessed with Harry Potter am I?:
I would have to say 9 and 3/4. I mean my dog is named Godric Gryffindog. It’s pretty Sirius… Did I mention I’m also a really big fan of puns?