Bad Dates Happen to the Best of Us

Into every girl’s life, a bad date will fall. It’s a certainty. There aren’t a whole lot of certainties in life…but this is one of them. Kind of like the traffic light turning green the minute you start to put on your makeup or the roof of your mouth feeling like it was left out in the sun too long the day after you eat your weight in Cookie Crisp. (Why does Cookie Crisp make the » Read More

Maybe We Could Be Each Other’s Soulmates

I’ve learned a lot about friendship over these past few months.

I decided back in September to start putting myself out there more not just in the dating realm, but with friendship, as well. As I’m sure some of you have experienced firsthand, it gets harder and harder as you get older to maintain a steady circle of friends because it seems like someone is constantly getting married…having babies…moving away. When I sat back and evaluated » Read More

New Beginnings

Welp, it’s been a hot minute, y’all.

Almost four months, to be exact.

A lot of you have asked me where I’ve been. Why I haven’t been writing. Why I haven’t been posting on social media as much.

The truth is…I needed a little sabbatical. A short season away from the written word. Away from being “The Single Woman.” Away from pithy, 140-character soundbites.

I needed to just be Mandy for a little bit. Actually, I needed to figure » Read More

Not Gonna Happen

Truth came to me recently in the form of a fortune-telling bath bomb.

WHAT? You’re probably asking. Mandy has definitely lost it this time. What even is a “fortune-telling bath bomb”?

We’ll get to that in a minute. But first: Here’s the thing. Truth can come to us at any time, any place, in any form or fashion, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Truth can arrive on a regular Tuesday morning. It » Read More

Follow Your Heart…But Take Your Brain With You

Modern dating can be a little overwhelming at times. As someone who has recently stepped back onto the dating scene after a very long hiatus, it’s taken me a minute to adjust. Even before my dating break, I was never a regular dater. I’ve had literally a handful of dating relationships in the past decade. So it’s safe to say…a lot has changed. We text now instead of call. It’s more likely that you won’t even » Read More

The Boy Upstairs

 

I’ve hesitated to tell this story.

I felt like perhaps I should ease into my Bumble adventures by telling you the simple stories…the funny stories…the stories with happier endings. This story is none of those things. It’s complicated. It’s confusing. It doesn’t have a happy ending…just an ending. It’s a story with pages filled less with words than they are blank space. Uncertainty. Lots of questions. Few answers.

In a moment ripped straight from a romantic comedy, a little over » Read More

It’s a Brave New World

So I told you guys a few days ago about how I recently decided to take control of my dating life…or my non-dating life, which feels like a more accurate description of how things were going…by signing up for the dating app, Bumble. And the past month and a half of my life has been one wild ride! As I mentioned in my last post, I have never tried any form of online dating or » Read More

Women Always Know

It’s kind of funny…the things guys think we don’t know.

Like when they fall off. Stop texting as much. Stop calling as much. Slowly begin to pull back. Even if it’s ever so slowly…a little at a time. We know. Even if we don’t want to admit it to ourselves, we know what it means.

It can be even a slight withdrawal of time and attention, and we feel it. As women, nothing gets by us. We’ve » Read More

Let’s Get Ready to Bumbllllllllllle!!!

Soooooo…

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I recently decided to try a dating app for the first time in my life. I’ve had brushes with online dating over the years, but I’ve never committed to it fully. For example, a few years ago I partnered with a pretty well-known dating site during the release of my first book, The Single Woman. The idea was to try online dating through their platform and write » Read More

Whatever Gets You Through the Day

I was talking with someone recently who went through a difficult divorce about a year ago and something he shared with me stuck with me so powerfully, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. He said that during the awful, heart-wrenching time right after his divorce, he was held together by whiskey and Zoloft. Not by friends, or family, or his church, or even God Himself. What kept him going was whiskey » Read More

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