Hello Readers!! Guess What! This week we are taking the chance to introduce ourselves to you in a little more depth than before! So sit back, relax, and enjoy our Team Member Showcase!

~Defying Shadows Team

What defines you as a person? Who are you?

Hi, my name is Amanda. What defines me as a person is to motivate, encourage, and be creative and kind to people around me and in life itself. I find that within my current job as an Employment Advisor that I am helping my clients that have had barriers within their life to motivate and encourage them to become better people on a daily basis.

What is your personal “motto”?

My personal motto would be to live each day as if it was your last with absolutely no regrets!! I am always a firm believe that I don’t want to get to the end of my life thinking “If only I did that” or “I wish I did that when I was given the opportunity”. Instead I like to look at it as that I achieved something in my life no matter how big or small it is or how obscured it was, as long as it does not hurt anyone around me or break any laws.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Both. When I am in any sort of social situation for the first time I can be can be quiet and reserved but when I to know the person then I open up.

What is your biggest fear?

Heights! I find that I have no problems flying on any commercial flights looking out the wind of the plane, but when it comes to going to visiting any tall building or landmark where there is a considerable height that’s when my fear kicks in.

What is your biggest dream?

To travel more overseas and to write a book.

What motivates you?

Life, that anything is possible and that you can achieve absolutely everything in this life if you put your mind to it.

What makes you happy?

Music (all genres), Travel and my nephews.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

To have more confidence in myself when I was at school and not to let the people around me bully me and put me down. I would tell myself that no matter what others say that ultimately you can achieve anything in life.

Where do you see yourself within five years?

In five years from now I see myself working, travelling, living overseas.

What do you do outside of Defying Shadows?

Outside of Defying Shadows I love to catch up with friends and family, travelling both within Australia and overseas, and exploring new things to see and do in Sydney.

What does Defying Shadows mean to you as a person?

Being able to support, help and give positive advice to people within the community suffering from mental health & illnesses, and being able to give them tips on how to help and manage it effectively.


Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.

You can follow Amanda here: Instagram

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