A Personal Note From Me to You

Dear readers of mine:

I’ve received a couple of less-than-kind comments on my blog and a couple of my social media platforms lately, so I knew it was time to address some things.

Now, this is going to come as a big shock to some people, it seems…BUT…I am an actual person, Mandy Hale. A real single woman. Not a random nameless faceless bot that spits out endless inspirational posts and tweets and blogs. I am also a one-woman operation. Everything is me. I do it all. The writing, the editing, the website moderating, the marketing, the social media posting, etc. etc. It’s all me. I don’t have an agent. I don’t have a publicist. I don’t have an assistant. And as of March, I don’t even have a publisher, because after my brother-in-law’s near fatal car accident that cost him his right leg, I walked away from my publishing company of almost four years. Nothing puts life in perspective quite like almost losing someone you love…and I decided life was far too short to stay with a company that I felt didn’t honor me or give me a safe, supportive space to create.

All that said: I am a one-woman show who also has to eat and pay bills. For almost seven years of my life, I have devoted myself to inspiring and encouraging single women through my blog and social media platforms. For about four of those seven years, I did it for nothing more than the joy of bringing light to the lives of women who needed it most. I never asked for one thing in return.

I am a full-time, self-employed writer.  A writer who is literally living on a wing and a prayer that this writing thing that I love to do so much and that impacts literally millions of women each day will work out. I can’t imagine NOT being able to do what I do. I can’t imagine the lives that would be negatively impacted if they didn’t have the daily reminders of hope and encouragement and positivity that God allows me to bring to them through the power of social media. Some people have no other light in their life all day long beyond what they see on their social media feeds. Can you even imagine that?

Over the past few months, I have partnered with two companies that I believe in very much – Singles Swag and Undolus – to promote their causes. And yes, I get paid for that. Modestly, but I do get paid. And I won’t apologize for that. Because these are products that I actually use and love and am sincerely excited to make more people aware of. I am approached all day, every day, by brands and products that want me to promote them, but because they don’t align with me or my heart or my message, I turn them down. But I truly, sincerely believe in the companies I have partnered with and I don’t feel one ounce of shame for helping raise awareness about these companies among my readership. Why? Because I can’t live and eat and pay bills and continue to inspire women across the world each day without some sort of income. As wonderful as it may sound, I can’t do what I do for free. I’m sure you wouldn’t go to your job every day and just ask for smiles and gratitude as compensation, because you wouldn’t be able to live or survive on just smiles and gratitude. So why, then, should I?

It makes me really sad that a few of my readers over the past few days have sent me rude comments saying all sorts of things about my character and my integrity because I advertise products across my platforms. And to even indicate that they are “done” reading my blog because I advertise products across my platforms. In my opinion, if you are someone who believes that writers and bloggers are here only to cater to you, 24/7, without ever utilizing the very platforms they built in order to put food on their own table…then you’re probably not the kind of person I want following me anyway. I very sparingly take on promotional campaigns because I want to keep the blog as pure as I can for all of you. For example, you will never come to my website and be besieged by pop-up ads or anything of the sort, because that annoys me when I visit another site and I vowed to never do it to my own. So it’s literally mind-boggling to me, and honestly a little offensive, that a single woman and entrepreneur can’t exercise the gifts and talents she’s been given, and the platforms she build with her own blood, sweat, and tears (literally!) to make a living for herself without being criticized for it. I guess regardless of how “girl power” my message is, I still haven’t managed to convince some women that it’s okay to go out there and hustle for the life and the future that you want for yourself.

All that said: I love you all. So much. From the bottom of my heart. That will never change. The blog might change, as I change and grow and evolve…but my heart for single women never will. But a girl’s gotta eat. So I will continue to promote my books to you, because they are my life’s greatest achievements and I truly believe they have life-changing principles in them. And I will continue to (sparingly) promote other products that I believe in to you, and I won’t apologize for it. I hope that the content I bring you every day of my life and the words of encouragement I’ve poured out over the past seven years of my life will be enough to keep you coming around. Cause I’m working every day to continue to find new ways to inspire you and connect with you and add a little more laughter and magic to your life, and there’s still a lot of good stuff ahead 🙂

With love,
Mandy

59 Responses to “ A Personal Note From Me to You ”

  1. Jessica J
    August 26, 2016

    Do what you gotta do girl! 100% support you and love your blog and books.

    • Tess
      September 14, 2016

      I love your book and posts! It keeps me going as a single mum, feeling lonely at times and it picks me back up!

    • Samantha Henrikson
      November 20, 2016

      Hi Mandy, My friend sent me two of your books this year back in June (she is now engaged and wanted to pay your books forward). I just now had time to read them. I could not put either of them now. Your memoir was wonderful and after reading it, I could not wait to read “Beautiful Uncertainty”. I’m not on Twitter, but I’m thinking of joining just to see more of your stuff! Your honesty is so refreshing and exactly what I need to hear at this time in my life. God has sent me your stuff at the right time. Keep blogging/writing-you are awesome! Consider me one of your newest fans!

  2. Sue
    August 26, 2016

    Can’t wait for the good stuff!

    • Mayra Lee
      August 26, 2016

      Omg.. how awful mandy .. But u keep doing ur thing im 100% supportive of you… 3 yrs ago i was introduced to ur 1st book and it truly helped me with my divorce, my selflove and enjoying my single life and not settling for any less than i deserve.. Till this yr that my god almighty send him to me .. hes been my rock, my friend, and loves god as much as i do and has faituh in my lord and has stuck with me thru thick and thin … i hope one day u and all the single women all over the world find their prince i dont know what god has destined for my plan of life but i do know that im gonna enjoy and stay open to his plan and my future with my new relationship like u say when nothing is certain anything is possible as long as we stay open to his plan and have faith … im here 100% for u supporting u and ur books and blog because i believe in u.. And most of all god believes in you … So dont fret on all this haters … i love you mandy ..

  3. Jaime
    August 26, 2016

    You are a wonderful writer abs bring encouragement to my days. Thank you Mandy for that. Continue to light up our world!

  4. Robyn Corcoran
    August 26, 2016

    Dear Mandy: I hope you know how much you’ve helped and supported this single girl right here! Your light and hope and encouragement are all things that have come at the exact moment I needed them. It’s difficult to have a hearts desire and have it not come yet! You have put yourself out there in a way that thousands of us look up to! Thank you for your gift of words. Thank you for risking your heart and letting us into your journey! We’ve got your back!!

  5. Mel
    August 26, 2016

    Mandy, I very much respect your stance here. The phrase that came to mind in reading your blog post here is this: “the laborer is worthy of [her] wages.” And you are. May the Lord continue to guide you and energize your every step with joy and confidence in His love & plans in and through your life. Thank you for all the encouragement and strength you infuse into so many women–myself included!

  6. Elizabeth Calder
    August 26, 2016

    Well said, Mandy! You don’t need those kind of people following you. Personally, I love hearing about these products! Being a single woman is all about sharing the journey and if one of us finds something special (e.g. Single Swag!!) then we should share! 🙂 Personally, I’m super excited to receive mine. And I wouldn’t have known about it if you hadn’t advertised… being in AU and all… 🙂
    Keep up the good work! xx

  7. Pamela
    August 26, 2016

    Amen!

  8. Jay
    August 26, 2016

    People amaze me. If they don’t like your blog or webpage don’t read it. Why be rude. May God help them see passed themselves. Your blogs have brought me light, your books closer to God and understanding of his plan . Must important to be happy on our singleness ❤️

  9. Alana
    August 26, 2016

    Oh my goodness Mandy! Being in the public eye can definitely be trying sometimes and people are so so quick to cast judgement. You’re inspirational and working so hard..easier said than done but I hope you can ignore the haters!

    Side note: your writing across all platforms has helped revolutionize my perspective. I hope everything aligns that will allow you to follow your heart and put food on the table! Xx

  10. Seipati Monethi
    August 26, 2016

    I can’t wait for the good stuff!! Don’t stress about idiots Mandy, we love you.

  11. Caroline
    August 27, 2016

    The work you do is wonderful. I am a counselor and love how you advocate. Your books and blog has redirected me in my personal life and I share about it to my clients. Keep doing what you love. Most people who are critical tend to be unhappy with their decisions and uncomfortable with someone’s success snd confidence. Keep shining.

  12. SusanMichelle
    August 27, 2016

    I’ve found that women such as those negatively commenting on your social networking are lost and need some happy of their own. To be a person who is offended because you are promoting an awesome product seems like an awful frame of mind. I honestly hope they do not stop following you I hope they keeping reading and realize that your tenacity and determination has helped so many. Then possibly one day they will allow it to also help their own life.

  13. Sililo
    August 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy! Don’t pay attention to the Haters! You are anointed by God and your ministry is touching nations! Be encouraged might woman of God!

  14. Merisha
    August 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy. Having followed some of your journey, I truly respect and admire you. True your writings didn’t always speak to me every time I read them, but they did on the other days. And I always felt that when they didn’t speak to me, they certainly did speak to another woman oit there that read it that day.

    As I’m writing this, I’m feeling very emotional. Maybe because I’m PMSing, but most likely because I feel just as passionate as building women up in confidence and God’s love, as you do. So I find it incredibly sad that these women felt the need to tear down what you’ve spent so much time and effort to build up. I noticed the advertising you were doing for those products, and although I didn’t feel the need for Singles Swag and pondered at whether I would use a site like Undulos had it been available in my country, again I felt like there are probably thousands of other women out there who would benefit from it. I admire the fact that you only endorsed products that you believe in. Trust me, that fact does not go unnoticed to a lot of women who have a clue about anything.

    I feel like those women sending you negative comments are selfish, sheltered and completely clueless to not only what it takes for you as I single woman to continuously motivate yourself to keep walking this walk that God has set you on, but also to not see how there are women out there who are hurt and suffering and need your inspiration and products.

    I know these women are not going to be what makes you stop writing this blog, but I will still ask you and encourage you to continue and realise that your voice is the voice of many who are 100% behind you and inspired by you.

    And even if you do something that’s not so perfect, like you rightly said, you’re human, so you’re allowed to make mistakes. God’s still working on you like he is on so many of us as Phil 1:6 says, “And I am confident in knowing that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it to perfection.”

    Love you too…

  15. Regina Sullivan
    August 27, 2016

    Mandy, I’ve bought all your books, I read your blog, follow your social media (really, I’m not a stalker) and even subscribe to Singlesswag. All because you’re inspiring and have a heart for God. Shame on anyone who would say mean things. I’ve always found in my life, that the more closely aligned with God I am, the more the devil tries to attack me. Stay strong! Love you girl!

  16. Phoebe
    August 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy, I read your blog from time to time and just want to say thanks for making it all that easier to find a good gift to send to friends. I love the Swag gift (about to get one for a friend or two), and whhhhhhhaaatt….. another one?! I’ll totally check that out.
    Thank you for being raw in this world that is not kind to single Christian women. I’m encouraged by you, and have at hard times in my life, really found some comfort in seeing your struggle and your faith. KEEP IT UP! I am praying for you right now.

    Phoebe

  17. Joi
    August 27, 2016

    I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago, during a time I was really struggling emotionally and I have NEVER felt anything but love and support from anything you have written, suggested or advertised. Your kind words and personal testimony have helped me unpack my own emotional suitcase. Your words remind me daily that Im not alone. The negative energy of others is sad and selfish. There are those of us who believe that your work is for their sole survival….Not! You made a choice to share your life’s journey and like any great thing others loved it and wanted more. People have no idea the amount of time and effort that goes into creating and maintaining a blog. Your gifts have made room for you. Continue to walk in your light! Nay sayers are those who are still finding themselves.

  18. Lisa Jones
    August 27, 2016

    I support you 100%! I’m a single woman but also a single Mom. I completely understand that a girl’s gotta do what a girl gotta do. And a strong woman will do it on her own, not running from man to Man to do it for her. I thank-you for all that you do. You inspire the weak and genuinely care. Stay strong and Beautiful! And keep in mind, what was brought against you will not prosper but will raise you UP! Whoever is saying what they are saying is promoting you. They should remember that! It’s God’s job to judge, not anyone else! We love you Mandy Hale!

  19. Amy
    August 27, 2016

    Mandy, you inspire me daily! I am in a waiting period right now, and will be making a beautifully uncertain major life change soon, that will require me to give up a lot. And when I read things like you parting with your publisher (a sure thing) for the unknown, it totally encourages me! It reminds me true happiness is possible, even if it means getting out of your comfort zone. Keep on being you and only you, and the right readers and followers will stay!

  20. Devita J
    August 27, 2016

    Mandy, you know I love you and have your back any day! Don’t worry about nasty people. I know, its so easy for me to say that without experiencing it but you are never going to please everyone! You have a big heart! I think we automatically get that sometimes as small town southern girls but one thing our moms taught us was to never let anyone take advantage of you! I have added you to my prayer list not only because I love you but I can’t imagine all the things you experience on that platform. They can’t all be pretty. Please let me know if I can help in anyway. Love, Devita J.

  21. Lorry
    August 27, 2016

    Very well said Mandy! I applaud you and everything you do. Your power gives me power! Sad to say this world is full of some negative cruel people, but there are definitely others, like myself, who are overjoyed to find people like yourself who want to help others and empower them! I know it’s easier said than done…but just sweep the naysayers under the rug…rejoice in the fact that there are a lot of us that love what you do and NEED what you do! Keep on being you….the world needs more of you!

  22. August 27, 2016

    Dear Mandy,
    Your books have been such a comfort to me and inspired me to value myself. I am in a different season of life than you, single again and not pursuing marriage, but I have found so much common ground and can easily relate to so many of your thoughts, feelings and struggles. You are doing great work and your situation reminds me of a great song by Taylor Swift- Shake It Off!!

    Thank you for having the courage to say what needs to be said and for your advocacy of the abundant single life!

    Lisa

  23. Karen
    August 27, 2016

    To be life-giving is so essential, but not without it’s pain! I affirm your ongoing blessing to so many of us. And I mourn those who have stooped to speaking curses (strong word, I know– but what is the opposite of speaking a blessing…?) Sometimes I need to avoid the internet just to avoid the trolls! For even criticism can be given in a kind way i.e. “speaking the truth in love.”
    Anyway, I wanted to say “Chin up!” and your post handled the criticism with form and grace.

  24. Kirsten Schuh
    August 27, 2016

    Not sure why people would hate. Reading your books and watching you pave the way on how one should embrace being single helped save my life. Calling off my engagement and splitting up with my ex fiancé was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I moved back to Franklin, TN. Your books are a gift to me don’t let people make you feel down on yourself your just the way God wanted you. Your spiritual gift is reaching single ladies with scripture! Thank you! ❤️

  25. August 27, 2016

    You do you girlfriend. I’m on the other side of how you are doing things. I’ve got no sponsors, no job and am on gov money (not proud of that but such is life). Does God use me to impact others less because of it? No! I love what I do and the impact, though smaller than yours, is still great! You need the money to do what you love and you’re careful who you let sponsor you! There is nothing wrong with that that I see! Remember even Jesus Himself had haters. Keep doing what God has called you to do the way He’s called you to do it and He will bless it all. Keep your head up girl. You are loved. I’m praying for you. Also remember that the ones Satan attacks the most, are the ones he’s afraid God is and will use the most.

  26. Joylynn
    August 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy – Just wanted to send you love and light. Please don’t let a few naysayers distract you from the work that God has called you to do. Not everyone is going to understand your journey and that’s ok because it’s YOUR JOURNEY not theirs. And if they can support than all you do is pray for them. For every two people who stop reading your blog (and let’s be real….they won’t stop regardless of what they say), you will gain 10 new readers in their place. Thank you for being such an inspiration for all of us single ladies. Hope you have a blessed weekend. Xo

  27. Rose
    August 27, 2016

    Your blog’s are amazing! They have provided me with so much hope! Keep up the good work! As a woman of God thank you for standing up for what you believe in! It’s inspiring! God says in his word to confront in a place of love and respect. That’s exactly what you did! Just remember a few will try to bring you down, but remember there are hundreds, thousands, and even millions of us that think you are fabulous! God Bless you and your loved ones! Looking forward to the next blog!

  28. Katrina Rucker
    August 27, 2016

    Mandy, you are a wonderful soul. Sadly, you have to defend yourself when it comes to the people who wants to tear you down. I love your ultimate clapback at them. So let them talk. They are only hurting themselves, and not you. Why? Well, you got more fans that love you, read your blogs, and unlike them, you are getting your support from us right now. I discovered that when they attack a person they cannot stand and to wish they would go away, they don’t realize that they are making that person they hating on more popular. In other words, by disrespecting you and what you do on social media, you are becoming more POPULAR than EVER BEFORE! And guess what, Mandy; they lost! Your wonderful blog is still up and running, your still writing and encouraging, and as I said before, you got more fans that flock to your website. So don’t even worry about them, Mandy. Sooner or later, they will be eating a humble pie. 🙂

  29. August 27, 2016

    Paul Harvey Aurandt was one of the most honest, most trusted radio announcers that ever lived. If you heard one of his broadcasts, you knew that what you heard was the truth. He advertised certain products on his shows, but only those he had thoroughly checked out and used himself. I purchased some of the items I heard about from him and was always pleased with the results as they were exactly as he described. I appreciated having someone I trusted check things out for me.

    Mandy, I see no difference between what you’re doing and what Mr. Harvey did. You’ve checked out the advertisers you mention and know they provide reliable products. You’re not providing access just to make money, but you should certainly be compensated for that access and your business brand and reputation. I’m sure the companies are grateful to have you as an honest source for their advertising funds.

    Please don’t let the rude behavior and misunderstanding of some get you down. You’re doing a great job! Keep at it!

  30. Mary Hicks
    August 27, 2016

    short and sweet…keep doing what you’ve been doing. you have changed my life as well as many others. of a few don’t like it they don’t have to read it. thank you for being authentic

  31. Heather
    August 27, 2016

    I just purchased 2 of your books today & also just found your blog. Thank you for taking time to help us single gals. For any who don’t respect your efforts or needs as a person -good riddance. Unhealthy people will always try to ruin our day but they only achieve it if we allow it. God knows everyone’s heart. That is what ultimately matters. I also recently purchased the book People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys. Stay strong & thank you for giving us single women a voice.

  32. August 27, 2016

    Girl, you do NOT owe anyone an explanation! You just keep shining and doing the work you were OBVIOUSLY called to do! Did Jesus explain why He healed people? No, He just fulfilled His purpose and let the Pharisees do their hating.

    So hold your head up, promote what’s in your heart, and I pray you make a killin doing it! $$$ We are the righteousness of God and His blessings are not limited financially!

    Above all else, keep writing!!!

  33. Jasmine Q
    August 27, 2016

    Love you & your transparency Mandy!!! Love your books too. On the latest one now!

  34. Jaime
    August 27, 2016

    You’re amazing Mandy! Keep being you and sharing your journey with all of us! I appreciate your honesty and willingness to be open and I appreciate you telling us about products that you actually use whether you get paid to promote or not.

  35. Victoria
    August 28, 2016

    Not an avid commentator. But, after receiving this blog in my email alerts I felt compelled to respond. I give you tremendous credit for all that you do, have done, and most of all for having addressed this issue (an issue I had no idea was even occurring). And while it’s easier for me to go on a rant on how sad and distasteful it is for people to revel in such rudeness. This situation really only highlights your true and inspiring character. To address such things takes courage and the honest truth. It truly is admirable. I must admit that I don’t always see eye-to-eye on some things said in your blogs. But, it’s certainly not enough for me to “unfollow” you or stop reading. I respect your work and what you do. I accept it all. Because realistically we are all different and that’s okay. I believe it takes true courage to accept people as is and still appreciate who they are. And so you know, you are appreciated 🙂 I started following you with a a blog you had written years ago about finding God in a heartbreak (Written sometime in January I can’t remember :). However, I found it at a right time just when I was trying to find myself after ending a 5 year relationship. It was a blog that I found at such a right time. Certainly a tear jerker. Since then I bought one of your books and still continue to follow. And again, some things I don’t always agree with you on. But, it’s not enough for me to discount what you stand for and who you are. Keep your chin up! You’re doing wonderful. Thank you 🙂

  36. Sheri Levine
    August 28, 2016

    I just want you to know that you continue to inspire me and give me hope. When people say I’m “too picky” or that “everyone settles” I know I’m not alone. Your truth is our truth for every single woman out there that refuses to settle but strives to live her best life filled with love and joy. I am so grateful to you and your books. Please don’t let the rude, ignorant and mean-spirit words from rude and inconsiderate people get you down; easier said than done, I know. Please always keep in mind the people who love you because YOU give us hope and encouragement. THANK YOU!

  37. Melissa
    August 28, 2016

    Love you and your message Miss Mandy. You don’t owe anyone anything, least of all needing to post an explanation for the right to earn an income! I’m just sorry that this was even required. Much love and blessings to you!

  38. Queen
    August 29, 2016

    Hi Mandy
    Honestly , i dont think i would have been this wonderful & full of hope kind of woman that i am if it was not for you & your teachings – You have taken me from dark place & gave me so much light . I thank you from the bottom of my heart . Im not longer part of toxic people & toxic situations – My life is so clean that other ppl envy me – Its all because of you darling . Hold you head up high – You have done something that a lot of so called influential ppl cud not do . Such a Star !!! Keep shining. South African

  39. Regina Orlando
    August 29, 2016

    I love you, my sister! You have brought light and love back into my life. I know that everything you do comes from your heart!

  40. Robin G.
    August 29, 2016

    Finding you literally changed my life, and has connected me to a network of women just like me. Women trying to do their best in this crazy, wonderful, fast world. You are def a part of my life, thank you!!!

  41. Kary
    August 29, 2016

    Mandy, your site has been a blessing to many women including myself. I came across it several years ago while going through my own “seeking answers” season. I sought God with everything I have and revelations started appearing. Being on the other side of that season now, I still come back to your site to see what else I can learn. Your last two posts have moved me to speak up. First, an explanation was not necessary or required. We will always have people who do not agree or understand. Stand confident in your decisions and keep going. No matter what you say you cannot change people or their minds. Which brings me to the previous post about narcissism. The simple revelation is we allow this type of behavior in our lives when we lack confidence. The confidence in God of who we are. You can warn other women all you want but any woman who lacks this confidence will overlook or reason with all those red flags. A confident woman will see them and turn around. We do the right thing by praying for and believing in these men but we do not have to be with them. We should be speaking life over everyone. My first love, who I allowed to treat me horribly for too long, tracked me down after 20 years. He apologized for how he treated me, he told me he always loved me and that he at that time did not know how to love. He also thanked me for never saying an unkind word to anyone about him. Talk about a wow moment. I apologized to him, I was no picnic in the park myself! To all you fabulous women, seek God with all you’ve got. Pray and believe the best in everyone. Grab that God confidence and never let go. Let go of the past and with love move on.

  42. August 29, 2016

    Well said Mandy! Keep inspiring and aspiring.

  43. Rachel
    August 29, 2016

    Mandy- I love your blog and your books! I’m so grateful that you give a positive voice to single women. People grow and change and you don’t need to explain yourself! Most people change jobs every couple of years. People always have the right to change their minds, and I don’t think you need to be “the single woman” forever. You do not need to answer to anyone! Best wishes!

  44. FELICIA HILLS
    August 29, 2016

    Keep doing what you are doing. God gave you this gift and its OK with him for you to earn a living from it! I have been inspired by your book & blog! It has helped me in so many ways & I always look forward to what you have to say. I wish you much success!

  45. Tiffany
    August 29, 2016

    Mandy,
    I am sorry you have had to endure unkind feedback. It is great to see you stand in your power, and also stand up for yourself. Go girl!

  46. August 29, 2016

    Well said Mandy!!! The general public has no idea how little writers actually make, especially if they do not self publish. Even if the insults come, keep promoting products you believe in! Use the platform God has given you the gift to create, to not only pay your bills, but also the bills of the people who run the company whose products you promote! God has called you to be a message of encouragement and hope. When the enemy tries to knock you down through others, just decide to step higher!!!

  47. Ebuara Goodness
    August 30, 2016

    Mandy, you won’t know how much these lines you have placed here has blessed me… you see I am a writer and I own a Blog just like you do and working on my books as well. (still in manuscript form. None published yet)… I have always worried how I will live this life, put food on my table and pay bills just by writing. (Just by writing?) At some point, I felt I should just do writing as a part-time thing and then work somewhere/somehow to earn, cause’ as it seem, writing doesn’t really pay immediately… But this morning God took me to read this Blog post where you have stated that you are a full time self-employed writer and you are earning from it now through the partnerships and Ads or so (if I am perfectly correct about what you mean)…

    Yes, I now have joy that there are people out there who take writing as a full time job…

    Mandy, thank you very much for these words. God bless you!

    Oh, for those who throw unpleasant words at you for doing what you know will put food on your table and pay bills, there are honestly not people who should be following you… Keep doing what you should do, and keep your head high. God is your all and source. Amen.

  48. Amy
    September 1, 2016

    The reference u made to “Word Made Flesh”, is that the title of a book and if so who is the author. I usually read all the books authors refernce because I usually like them also.

  49. Elissa
    September 1, 2016

    You couldn’t have said it any better “its okay to go out there and hustle for the life and the future that you want for yourself”.. you often have to be your own supporter and for those who say the negative comments they just have been too afraid to take those steps towards their true purpose such as you have. Keep inspiring! <3

  50. Veronica
    September 2, 2016

    As a single woman i love ur quotes n blogs that keep it real n provide hope thank you. Plus as a single we work so we can live and eat 🙂

  51. Becky
    September 2, 2016

    Youre awesome Mandy! Thanks for all you share and do to help us single ladies! Im so sorry for the negativity youve had to put up with..I hope it stops soon. Thanks for reminding me Im not alone in my single journey:)

  52. Lynn
    September 2, 2016

    Chin up! There is always someone who thinks it’s their job to bring us down where they are.
    No time for that nonsense!

  53. Keysha
    September 5, 2016

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Mandy! I’ve been struggling recently with the wrong ones, and I’ve used the notes I’ve taken from your books to get me back on the right track. If promoting what you love puts food on your table, money in your pocket, and helps you to continue inspiring women like me, you have my support…and I know I’m not alone! Love you and your work…be encouraged!

  54. September 6, 2016

    It is your site, I think that you can promote whatever products you want. People who are not bloggers or even vloggers do not understand how much work goes into it. People think it is so easy to just put up a blog, write a book, or record videos on Youtube when in fact it is not. It takes a lot of work, work that often times over 40 hours a week, and work in which one should be compensated for. It is not like you are asking your readers to pay for your content. So if brands want to work with you, then go right on ahead. I would not feel guilty for anything. Keep doing what you are doing.

  55. Sondray
    September 18, 2016

    You have done enough good for others, yet you continue onwards. There is goodness in your heart and it shows. Carry on & know you cannot please all the people all the time. Let the negativity go for your own happiness. They somehow don’t mean well & are unhappy for whatever reasons personal. Make no apologies for you’ve done nothing wrong towards them by writing your stories and good encouragements. It is your life & dreams & you are doing and living it well.
    PS: I enjoyed reading but was dismayed at this post.

  56. JEANNIE
    October 10, 2016

    I LOVE YOU AND IM PROUD OF YOU FOR SPEAKING UP AND DEFENDING YOURSELF. STAY ON YOUR HUSTLE AND DONT LET ANYONE GET YOU DOWN. GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART.

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