Urban Classy Spotlight: Amanda Lynette Romero
Name: Amanda Lynette Romero
City/State: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Occupation: Mental Health Clinician
Gadget of choice: (for your profession) Pen and Paper are my best friend
Personal Style: I am still figuring her out
Inspired by: People. People are captivating, inspirational, and ever evolving. Every day I am in awe at the resiliency and circumstances people can overcome and I constantly humbled by the dedication that people have to prospering beyond their situation
Urban Classy is: Loving yourself inside and out with every facet of boldness, classiness and rough-neck that is instilled within you. Urban classy is fire beneath your feet, flavor in your spirit and beauty in your heart. Remaining gentle enough to exhibit love but rough enough to sustain rough terrain.
My name is Amanda Romero. I am passionate about helping people live their best lives. I was born in the Bronx and eventually relocated to Virginia Beach. For the most part, I was raised by my mother and Grandmother. We washed clothes in a metal bin and made coffee with a sock and my richest memories are of my family and I just spending time together. We never had a lot but we were rich in love and now memories. I am a Navy Iraqi War Veteran (8 years of active duty service), single mother of a 4-year-old girl, and a full-time student at Regent University. In May of 2018, I will be the first woman in my family to complete a Master’s Degree, which will be in clinical mental health counseling and a specialization in addictions. Occasionally, I like to get a work out in when I can, I love to write, we get to church just about every Sunday and spending time with my baby girl is the highlight of my universe. Currently I am working for the City of Virginia Beach in an adult day treatment facility, and a second job with Compass youth and family services as a mental health and skill-building clinician for the severe mentally disabled. Just when you think you can’t overcome, I have found God continues to show you, with faith and prayer anything is possible. I came from a family with deep rooted values and very little resources to succeed, I dropped out of high school at 15, joined the Navy by 19 y/o just to be able to make something of myself. Almost 15 years later, aveteran, a bachelor’s degree, a marriage, a child, and a divorce later…. I am still standing and waiting for the next moment God will surprise me.