For this week’s Woman Wednesday, AY About You sits down with Dr. Amanda Bledsoe.
Originally from Atkins, Bledsoe graduated from Atkins High School and from the University of Central Arkansas. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Bledsoe went to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Kansas before returning to Arkansas in 2005. She has been a chiropractor for almost 16 years. Bledsoe opened her own practice, Bledsoe Chiropractic, in December 2017.
When she’s not busy at work, Bledsoe has a host of activities that she enjoys. “My hobbies include reading, camping, being outside, a new leap into mountain biking. I love hanging out by the pool,” Bledsoe says.
Bledsoe tells us what it means to her to be a woman. “To me being a woman can mean whatever you want it to mean. I love being a wife. I love being a mother to two children and a dog and a cat. I love being a businesswoman, entrepreneur, doctor, marketing whiz. I love that I get to be all of these things.”
Bledsoe admits that balancing a fulfilling work life with a full family life can be difficult. “There are challenges, which is why I have been a part of coaching and a women’s mastermind for three years – to help find harmony and balance with my faith and family and career. I highly recommend that.”
Bledsoe shares a word of advice to women and girls who may read this article. “My advice to young women is to definitely make goals at a young age – decide what you want, and go after it. If you want to be a stay-at-home mom, great. If you want to run a business or be president, go for it! When opening my business, one of my biggest pieces of advice to others that I learned through that experience was that you only have to jump once. Then just keep swimming or keep riding along the path and trust yourself. Stay focused on your dream and vision – the best is yet to come!”