All posts by Amanda Panda

Growing up on the white sandy beaches of Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach, Fl, Amanda was raised in the salt air. She comes from a family of boaters and fisherman who have taught her the healing power of nature and mother ocean. Amanda has spent her whole life basking in the salt water and ocean air. It was no surprise when she discovered surfing and sailing that she fell in love with them. Both are the ultimate connections with nature, mother ocean, and all her power. Beyond the water, Amanda is a loving mother of two beautiful children, Maia, 10, and Sebastian, 8, who are following her footsteps with their love for the beach. Amanda has always had a carefree loving spirit and a passion for adventure. In 1995, her love for surfing brought her to Costa Rica where she began her adventure of learning to surf, sail, speak another language and experience foreign culture. Since then, she has been traveling for surfing, studying the Spanish language and culture, including a foreign exchange program in Mexico, 2002. She has traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, San Andres, the Florida Coasts, east and north west US coasts, including Southern California where she broadened her horizons not just in Surfing but connecting with an array of cultures and inspiring her passion to bring it all together for others to experience. Through her experiences she has been preparing for the day when she could bring this carefree adventurous lifestyle to others. Amanda's scholastic education and professional experience includes Personal Training, Nutritional Coaching, Spanish Language Education, Travel & Tourism, and Graphics Technology. Now Amanda is ready to bring her talents, knowledge, and creativity to the world to help others get inspired and to experience this wonderful expression of life while creating long lasting bonds of friendship, balance, and health through the world of Surfing and love for the water.

5 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself While Herding your cats

Ever try to herd cats? That is what I feel like on a daily basis trying to get done everything on my list. Even as a Personal Trainer I have to find balance to deal with things that come my way that were not on my list and take care of my own health needs. My daily routine is a mountain of chores including trying to build this website, coaching my clients, perform new client consultations, study for my new big Personal Training exam, look for new ways to build my businesses, home chores, art projects, personal reading and take care of my loving family with 3 kids. It almost seems impossible to get it all done! As a matter of nearly is.. my day almost never goes as planned. I have to prioritize my tasks and always be ready to take care of new challenges. I also must find time to take care of myself during these never ending tasks. How do I fit in eating healthy, exercise, surfing, yoga, and my own mediation? I don’t always. It is a daily struggle but I keep on plugging!

So many times I hear friends, family and clients complain of the same issues. They never have time to take care of themselves because they are too busy putting everything and everyone around them first. I understand that we have to work and we have to take care of family, even under times of severe stress. The mistake we often make is putting all these “fires” before our own well being. We think, “As soon as I finish this, I can do that”,  “I can’t do what I want, I never have time”, or the famous “” by the time I am done with everything else, I have no time or energy for myself.” We all have the same excuses…and you are right. The problem is, if we don’t make time for ourselves we will never feel complete. We need to take time out everyday to read, exercise, meditate, and have some quiet time in order to function effectively for all our other demands.

Here are some tips to help you to “herd your cats”.


1. Use a planner.  Keep a daily/weekly planner and schedule all your to do’s along with your personal time and STICK TO IT!! A plan is nothing if we don’t implement it.  After all, we never plan to fail, we only fail to plan.

2.  Combine your daily health goals. (This will be another blog topic)! Examples are working out with the family or loved ones, including family or loved ones in home health challenges, practicing yoga and mediation, or my personal favorite, Surfing! Surfing is playtime, mediation, quiet time, can be family time, and is great exercise!

3. Prioritize your “fires”. If something unplanned comes up, decide how important is it really? Does it have to be done right now? Can you deal with it later after you accomplish your original goals? So often we put others needs before our own when in can wait.

4.  Reschedule when necessary. If something comes up that must be dealt with immediately, reschedule your planned activity immediately after, for later that day or as a priority the next day. The sooner the better.

5. DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT  MAKING TIME FOR YOUR HEALTH. Believe it or not, your health is the most important thing you manage in your life. Without it, you will not be able to take care of the rest of your responsibilities, physically and mentally. Make time to prepare to eat right, make time to work out, and make time to meditate.

Yoga Cat

Just remember that you are not the only one who feels like they are herding cats trying to get through your daily grind. The goal here is to still make the time to take care of your health on a daily basis and not to compare yourself with others. Just because others are not taking care of themselves, doesn’t make you any healthier for doing the same.

ChicaSurfer Update!

Thank you for being so patient with me!!! has been going through so many growing pains the past 2 years! Back in November I was certain that I was moving to Costa Rica by the first of 2014. Then it was postponed to a 6 month my travel adventure got postponed until further notice.  However, I am now happy to share that not only I will be combining all my passions in this blog but that I will have some help from a very good friend of mine, Jennifer Subero.  Jennifer has a bachelors in finance, she is fluent in Spanish, as well as passionate and very knowledgeable about health, wellness and world travel. I look forward to her contributions to our blog!!
Chicasurfer has always been an outlet for my umbrella for travel, surfing, SUP, Yoga, health and wellness.. but I want to do more than share my experiences, I want to share the experiences of others too. After all, isn’t that how we learn, inspire, motivate and get entertained? So if you have any stories you would like to share in any of those categories PLEASE inbox me!!!
Hope you have an active and inspiring day!!!
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I have some interesting stories to share from some friends of mine living in Costa Rica, a family who relocated to Panama, a Chicasurfer traveling to Nicaragua for the first time and so much more to come!!

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Pura Vida!!!!!

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