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Amanda Knaebel

Freelance writer who believes that life is just one big story waiting to be written. Passions include travel, yoga, protecting our planet, getting outdoors, and creating content that builds a loyal and actionable audience.

I have 4+ years of experience writing for a variety of industries and can adapt to almost any tone or style needed. Below, you'll find examples of light-hearted travel blogs, powerful stories about helping others, serious articles regarding electrical safety, interesting perspectives on average humans, and more. 

In addition to these pieces, I have ghostwritten dozens more blogs and website copy for individuals and organizations ranging from small business marketing to cannabidiol to high-end beauty products. If you have a writing project and think I may be a good fit, please feel free to contact me at knaebel412@gmail.com. 

Travel

I have been traveling fulltime since July 2018 and have had the privilege to write for a variety of hostels, surf camps, and tourism companies along the way.

The Perks Of Traveling Solo

Before I started out on my seven-month solo trip across Central America, I was prepared to watch many sunsets on my own, book a lot of tables for one, and get really, really used to keeping myself company. Instead, I found freedom, introspection and dozens of new life-long friends. When you break away from familiar faces and start to navigate on your own, you learn to overcome fears, break comfort zones and discover parts of yourself you never even knew existed.

7 Signs You're In Need Of A Surf & Yoga Getaway

Are you struggling with headaches? Feeling fatigued throughout the day? Lacking entusiasm in the mornings? These may be signs that your body is in serious need of a surf and yoga getaway. Retreats help us reset our minds, rejuvenate our routines and add some fun back into our life. And let’s be honest, most of us could use a lot more of that. If you can relate to any of the seven symptoms below, your body may be secretly crying out for a break.

Birdwatching and Jungle Night Tours in Minca, Colombia

Just a short bus, jeep or moto ride from the bustling city of Santa Marta, backpackers are flocking to the quiet mountain town of Minca to immerse themselves in thick jungles, historical coffee plantations, epic sunsets, refreshing waterfalls and a well-hung hammock or two. The greatest draw to this not-so-well-kept secret is that it is almost impossible to not find yourself marveling at the hundreds of exotic species of birds, plants, amphibians, insects and mammals that call this place home.

Taste of the Island Life: Bocas Del Toro, Panama

When I was planning my second trip to Central America, I wanted to get a taste of the caribbean side. I had heard the flavor was much different on the opposing coast – think calmer waves, clear turquoise water, tropical vibes and creole flavored dishes. You may even run across locals speaking a unique dialect of Jamacian Patios - yah man! Plus, relaxing on a crystal clear beach sounded like a great follow up to an action-packed road trip along the pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Powering Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, I followed DTE Energy crews to Puerto Rico to tell the story of their work to restore power to the island and of the people who had been left in the dark for 6+ months. The overall digital communication strategy was later awarded the 2018 IABC Silver Quill Award.

Day in the life of our linemen in Puerto Rico

It’s about 5 a.m. The island is still dark, but you can hear the waves crashing onto the shore and the harmonized song of the native coqui frogs. You roll yourself out of bed, brush the dirt off your boots and get ready. It’s time to get to work. You make your way to the breakfast table to stock up on the protein and nutrients you will need to complete the tough, manual tasks ahead of you. This is the life of a DTE Energy lineman who has chosen to join the mission to power Puerto Rico.

The power behind DTE’s Puerto Rico Relief efforts

In less than two weeks, DTE Energy trucks, equipment and people will reach the shores of Puerto Rico, joining the massive effort to restore power to the island after Hurricane Maria destroyed its infrastructure back in September. But what does it take to coordinate such an effort, and who does it? Kathrine Horan, manager of Supply Chain at DTE Energy, and her team have been working humbly behind the scenes to coordinate the resources needed to accomplish DTE’s furthest mutual assistance trip in its history.

Telling the story of Puerto Rico's restoration efforts

When I started my communications career at DTE Energy, the last thing I expected was to find myself trekking through a rainforest, sorting through the aftermath of a hurricane, and relying on my limited, self-taught Spanish to get the job done. My role at DTE is to educate, motivate and inspire our customers and employees through creative narratives and communication campaigns. Daily tasks can range from managing an employee newsletter, to publishing articles on our external blog, to fielding q

From ice storms to hurricanes: On the front lines of mutual assistance

For many of the linemen working in Puerto Rico, this isn’t their first brush with restoring power after a natural disaster. Along the circuits, you’ll hear workers swapping stories about climbing poles in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or hanging lines along the East Coast following Superstorm Sandy. For a handful of DTE Energy linemen, their “war stories” date a little further back than others.

How you can help power Puerto Rico

Months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure, many of the island residents are still in the dark and in need of critical, everyday items such as water, food and first aid supplies. DTE Energy is supporting our American counterparts by deploying more than 80 skilled workers who will spend many weeks working to restore power in the northeastern region of the island. However, turning the lights back on is not the only thing Puerto Ricans need right now.

DTE Energy - Human Interest and Profile Pieces

The best company stories are usually told through the perspective of the people who make up the entity. This a mixture of articles that highlight individuals or groups of people at DTE Energy who make a difference in the company and in the community.

Not your average rocket scientist

Female leadership is a hot topic in today’s workplace, especially in the energy and engineering sectors. Fields typically dominated by males are seeing a shift, with more women entering the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industry and assuming leadership roles. So, what does it take for a woman to get a seat at the table with industry playmakers? Heather Rivard, senior vice president of Distribution Operations – DTE Energy’s largest operational group – credits her success to

The correlation between working safely with electricity and competitive jousting

Brian Stephenson is not just a power quality technician for DTE Energy, he is also a professional jouster, entertaining thousands of fans and festival-goers all season. Stephenson said he fell into the jousting hobby out of “dumb luck” about 12 years ago when a close friend and entertainment director for the former Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire asked him to stand in as a squire for a show.

Community partnership brings color to a Detroit neighborhood

DTE Energy’s Substations and Logistics teams found a unique way to give back to their communities this Month of Caring – by bringing art into the up-and-coming Milwaukee Junction neighborhood of Detroit. The DTE team partnered with Summer in the City – a local non-profit that recruits youth volunteers to help address the needs of Detroit neighborhoods – to cover more than 4,500 sq. feet of brick wall with a large and colorful mural at our substation located at the corners of Milwaukee and Beaubian.

DTE Energy - Electric Distribution Operations

At DTE Energy, I was tasked with finding new and unique angles to discuss electrical safety, infrastructure projects, power outages, and other topics relating to the distribution of electricity.

Downed power lines: Knowing what to do can save your life

Electricity powers our lives in so many ways. So much so, that most of us wouldn’t know how to get by without it. But when power lines come down, that same electricity that energizes our days can quickly become a matter of life or death. DTE Energy is committed to minimizing the risk of downed power lines, such as trimming more trees and adding new technologies to help us better identify and eliminate hazards. Still, there are important things that you and your family need to follow to ensure

Send your kid to college with these practical electric safety tips

As you and your college-bound young adults tick off the items on their packing checklist, don’t forget about electrical safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated 3,800 structure fires on college campuses each year. While most accidental college fires are caused by cooking, many can start from overloaded power strips and outlets, space heaters and other unsafe electrical habits.

DTE thanks customers for their patience during severe wind storm earlier this week

Earlier this week, DTE Energy restored power to 105,000 customers after 60 mph winds blew through Southeast Michigan. About 95 percent of all customers were restored within 25 hours from when the storm started – that’s about 3,600 customers per hour. This storm provided the company with the opportunity to see how its most recent electric infrastructure improvements have increased the grid’s resiliency to Michigan’s extreme weather.

Expanding training center for expanding career opportunities

As DTE Energy is preparing to ramp up investment efforts on the smart grid, their Underground Cable Splicer apprenticeship program is set to double its size, moving from six apprentices per class to a dozen. To prepare for this growth, the company’s Training and Development Center (TDC) in Westland is expanding its underground training area to create twelve more simulated manholes. Simulated manholes allow splicers to learn and practice techniques in a space that is similar to where they’d be working underground – with just a bit more room.

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Testimonials 

Amanda is fearless - as a writer and as an advocate for her clients. She is creative and thoughtful and her writing reflects her zest for life. She is responsive to feedback and is always looking for new ways to learn and grow. If I could ever lure her back to Michigan, I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

Randi Berris, Manager, Corporate Communications, DTE Energy

Amanda has produced thoroughly researched, quality-written articles for me, always on time and with great enthusiasm. She is not only a precise and talented writer but an absolute pleasure to work with! Without question, Amanda is a freelance writer you can rely on to produce great work.

Katrina Tortorici, Founder & Coach, Polished Pages

Amanda delivers superb content consistently. For this gig, I had another writer flake out and Amanda took the job on and delivered it 3 days before my requested deadline, which took the pressure off me. Very skilled writer who communicates well and takes initiative to understand the content needs. Will definitely hire again. 

Amanda is a pure professional. Communicates well, catches my errors and delivers amazing content every time.

Shane Petty, Founder and CEO, Revved Business

Amanda has a true zest for life. Amanda and I first met through Under30Experiences, a travel company for young adults, and she was a coaching client of mine in 2017. I have seen Amanda become very clear about what it is that she wants out of her professional life, make major calculated changes, and going after her dreams - even when it meant stepping way outside of her comfort zone. Her work in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria was both admirable and was a service to Puerto Ricans. Amanda is always open to working and learning from the people alongside her and has an open mind and heart when learning about new cultures and meeting new people, all while pushing herself to grow. Having Amanda's unique perspective as a team member would be a true asset to any organization.

Jennifer DeSimone, Chief of Community, Under30Experiences

Amanda was such a pleasure to work with on my business mission statement and professional bio. She took the time to ask extra questions that made her edit powerful and effective. Big thank you!!!!!

Upwork Client for mission statement and bio

Amanda did an excellent job, and very quickly, just what we needed.

Upwork Client for Corporate Bio

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