Since Amanda’s pastor mentioned SmartHER News on his Instagram at the beginning of the pandemic, Amanda has been following Jenna Lee for her trademark quick, no nonsense, nonpartisan updates. When she spotted Jenna enjoying a pool day with friends last year, Amanda was too nervous to say hello…but she vowed that when Adlibbing Life came to fruition she would invite Jenna to be a guest. Lo and behold Jenna said yes! Episode 3 includes the reasons behind Jenna’s departure from Fox News and the creation of the rapidly growing SmartHER News, where she finds the best margarita in town and how she always gets that winged eyeliner just right. It’s a fun and candid conversation about mom life and work life and everything in between…and why it’s important to follow your heart and keep believing in the possibilities.
It’s a candid conversation between Amanda and her friend, best selling author, and business woman Ellen Smoak about life in the terrific yet transformational 40’s (a decade the ladies love). But it’s also a time that’s included a bit of crap before finding that crowning moment…on the other side of a pandemic no less. Key survival tips include a mantra or two, learning to give yourself grace, to just “be”, and to share your truth…because you never know how it will help someone else if you don’t.
After years of talking about it, Amanda finally does the damn thing and launches her podcast. And since Emily McCoy gave the final nudge to make it happen, it’s only fitting she's first guest. You might know Emily as the Texas Rangers field reporter but Amanda and Emily go back more than 25 years to their first jobs in television, followed by their first bikini waxes and running their first half marathon together. They’re back on set again talking friendship, career, motherhood, and a side hustle that’s a real hustle as Emily shows Amanda the podcasting ropes.