About Me

When I moved to a tiny island on the West Coast of Canada someone suggested that I start keeping a blog. At the time, we were quite interested in small communities, and we were leaning toward a more sustainable life-style, though we didn’t have the vocabulary for it then.

In the last 6+  years that my husband and I have lived on this island consisting of 2500 folks in the Winter, approximately 5000 in the Summer, our realm of learning has certainly expanded.

We had the privilege of care-taking a farm for a year and a half. We learned a little about vegetable gardening, chopping our own wood, processing 500 lbs of apples, picking an acres of blueberry bushes and herding the odd geriatric sheep.

Then we tried on a new adventure, living on a 47ft Sailboat. We moved onto the boat when I was 7 months pregnant and lived on her for 14 months. In that time, we brought home a newborn baby, and dealt with several medical complications. (see Here) We enjoyed our time on the boat for the most part, but after a fortuitous sale as we went into Winter, we moved on land in November 2011. This afforded us a little more space as our baby healed from her surgery and learned to walk.

Through all this, the primary reason for moving to this tiny island was to keep honeybees. This was a dream of mine when we lived in the “big city” but keeping bees is difficult in a basement suite. Currently I have several hives scattered over the island, and Summer of 2010 was the first that I collected honey.  I absolutely love these little bugs!

In the process of all this learning, I became pregnant. We had our little daughter, Gabrielle Sofia, born on December 9th, 2010. We learned a few days before she was born that she has a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. We are learning what this means to our little lives, and how this will affect us as we stumble through the first years of parenthood.

Because of my positive experience birthing my baby (birth story Here) I decided to become a Doula. I am very excited to grow this business of providing non-medical labour support for women. Motherhood has been the biggest adventure of my life and I’m grateful for the opportunity to support beautiful powerful women as they begin their own journeys. I am a DONA-certified Doula. If you have any questions regarding this, please email me.

I have a private ambition to meet as many people as possible so I welcome any comments, emails, connections and friendships!

The purpose of this blog is to invoke curiousity, compassion and connect you with my tiny world. If you have any questions or further comments, feel free to email me at amandaasabee (at) gmail (dot) com


21 Thoughts on “About Me

  1. Michael Conlow on 17 January, 2011 at 12:26 am said:

    I will have a thought for you and your family as i head off to sleep i found your website through http://www.bumfuzzle.com i have followed them from the very start of their travels Now i have your site, I wish you well
    your new virtual friend
    Mad Mike

    • I got home from work yesterday aorotnfen and mowed the lawn and blew leaves before the rain came today. After I mowed my lawn, I went next door to my neighbors house and mowed his lawn and blew the leaves off his property. I slipped a pay it forward card under his door mat when I was finished. He came over and thanked me for what I’d done, and also asked me about pay it forward. I often do things for other people, but yesterday it felt a little different because it gave me the opportunity to tell him about paying it forward; also in hopes that it would have a chain reaction and many lives would be effected by such a positive and simple notion of paying it forward .

  2. Hats off to you and your endeavours to live adventurously, minimalistically and sustainably. Your tiny world is broader than most and I love the way you write!

  3. Peter & Heather Attrell on 19 February, 2011 at 10:22 am said:


    We will be holding you up in our prayers this morning as Gabrielle goes through her second surgery – her hernia.

    Your family has been on our hearts and prayers so much lately – its hard to believe she is only 10 (or so) weeks old..she has gone through more serious medical stuff in her little life than I have in my 56 years.

    We do pray that you will find strength beyond all understanding to get through this.

    < Peter, Heather, Daniel & Steven Attrell

  4. Though I read all your blog entries (through google reader on my phone which means I can’t comment) until these last few entries I somehow managed to miss the fact that you are living on a boat. I have no idea how that is possible. I mean me missing that fact, not you living on a boat.

    Either way, I love how you write about your life and am glad Blogging is such a great way to keep up with all you’re doing!

  5. Stephanie on 14 November, 2011 at 1:25 pm said:

    I stumbled into your blog from reading the windtraveler blog, which lead to zakaboards blog and now yours…my husband and I have a dream to leave in a little less than 2 years from Northern MI to live aboard and cruise the southern caribbean with our now 18 mo old. When I found your blog it was just last week, when your little girl was going in for this-I couldn’t take my eyes off your blog all night…YOU are so strong, I cried for you, I admired you-your writing is very raw and real and heartwarming. I just wanted to say something to you-I have no real words for what you are going through-but your strength seems unhuman or wait perhaps that is what we find when we become mothers? :) . I will write a wish for you and your family in my wish book tonight and say a silent prayer for your little ladies speedy recovery. Keep on being so strong, you are an inspiration.

    ~Benji’s mama


  6. Lea and Baby Stella on 12 September, 2012 at 12:04 pm said:

    My little girl was diagnosed with TOF 20 weeks into my pregnancy, and I’ve been following your blog for a few months now. As we approach the surgery next month, I cannot tell you what it means to me to see Gabrielle–not only is she a total darling, but she’s NORMAL! Doing what any normal little girl does–we’re looking forward to normal soon. :) Thank you for helping us to think past the repair and recovery and focus on the life she’s living.

  7. Helen Towler on 8 February, 2013 at 2:32 am said:

    HI I live in the UK with my 2 girls (aged 15 and 10) and my son (18months). I enjoy reading your blog so thought I would wave from this side of the ocean. We used to live and travel on our 42ft yacht but we are back on dry land for a while to let my children have some space (and a garden) . We home educate the girls so in a way our journey is continuing. We plan to travel again on our boat in a few years. Helen xx

  8. Bayan F on 29 July, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

    Hi Amanda,

    I live over in Irene Bay and recall buying a huge bucket of blueberries last summer at the faire. I was wondering if it was you that had set up a local produce stand? I am in search of another bucket to get me through the winter. Nothing taste as good as a Pender berry on a winters day.

    Thank you,

  9. Amanda:

    I just wondered if you knew the date that John Bradford, bless his soul, passed away?

    I remember it was a huge shock to everyone in Tofino as he had no history of
    heart problems and was really healthy from what I understood so no one expected it.

    He ran a construction company and was a carpenter..
    I heard he was running for Mayor of Tofino or something wasn’t he?.

    Anyhow I was interested/moved to hear you speak of him
    as he was very highly thought of by all who knew him..

    I assume his Wife and Family are still in Tofino?
    I will have to look them up next time I am there..

    Thanks for a fine blog and kind/wise words..

    All the Best..

    John West.

  10. Alanna on 17 July, 2014 at 1:41 am said:

    hello Amanda,
    I am a crafter who has just moved to the island. I’ve studied fine woodworking and beekeeping. Currently I am felting. Perhaps we should meet*

  11. Tiera on 21 July, 2014 at 1:10 pm said:

    Just stumbled across your blog. I thought I would encourage you with your little girl. I was born with TOF in 1968 and had correction surgery in 1972. I had my daughter 21 years ago and she was born completely healthy. I pray that your daughter will go on to grow up strong and enjoy the many experiences that you bring to her. Bless you all.

    • Thank you for your kind words Tiera! That is most encouraging to know people who have “gone before.” Blessings!

      • The type of physician I would like to work for is a Pediatrician. Pediatrician’s spciaelty is to work with children. I have been working with children for a long time mainly because I work at a daycare facility. I’ve got to a point where I feel like I can handle anything that will come my way with them. It would also leave me feeling good at the end of the day to know that I have helped in some way to make a child feel better.The type of physician I would not care to work for is a Epidemiologist. Epidemiologist’s specialize in epidemics caused by infections agents and also work with sexually transmitted diseases. I feel if I were to work in this type of spciaelty I would be putting my self at risk of exposure to these infectious agents. Also I would be focusing a lot of my time on trying to not get infected instead of having a steady mind on what I was actually supposed to be doing.

      • Awesome blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get advice from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Bless you!

  12. Simon Pettet on 14 December, 2014 at 8:10 am said:

    Dear Amanda, I’m a lyric poet and my brand new book of poems has just come out – AS A BEE – http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9781584981138/as-a-bee.aspx – I just wanted to let you you to know! – The title comes from the title poem which itself comes from one of the Buddhist sutras – “As the bee collects nectar and departs without harming the flower or its scent, so let the sage live in a village”
    Blessings.. warm thoughts

  13. Amanda Pettet on 7 May, 2015 at 6:52 am said:

    No, you haven’t posted on your own site! Just came across this and thought wow, how lovely. Hopeyou’re still living, knitting and writing about your life etc. Hope your bees are still producing lovely honey. I live in a small (tiny in fact). Share similar ideas and would probably score a few hippy points myself. I alsohave Canadian family connections (over on the Toronto side-ish).
    Anyway, nice blog, nice life.



  14. Miranda on 10 April, 2016 at 8:45 pm said:

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for the last couple years and am missing your posts!
    Do you plan to blog again?

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