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

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

Almost Doesn’t Count…Or Does It?

I decided two weeks ago today to try online dating for the first time. Well, a dating app, actually. And since I haven’t really dated at all in more than two years…being out there again…putting myself out there again…has been exhilarating and terrifying and new and different. Or in other words, everything my life seems to represent these days as I continue to transition from one version of myself to another. To finally feel ready » Read More

Losing Myself…& Finding Myself…in An Unexpected Place

I’ve always been a sucker for a romantic comedy. Or a romantic dramedy. Or really a romantic movie of any kind. From a very young age, I was mesmerized by motion pictures, but particularly ones that dealt with matters of the heart. In 5th grade, my teacher would turn on Gone With the Wind every day during snack time, and though we only got to watch it for about 15 minutes a day (which meant » Read More

Ten Ways to Follow Your Heart & Date Smart

Dating in the year 2016 can feel a bit like the Hunger Games. Can I get an AMEN? Dodging the players, avoiding the cheaters, and shaking the creepers all while trying to decide whether to swipe right or left can be exhausting. If you’re thisclose to deleting dating all together, I want to encourage you with a few tips from my friends at Undolus.

I first introduced you to Undolus last month, but to refresh your memory: It’s » Read More

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 » Read More

Three Lies Single People Need to Stop Telling Ourselves

Someone asked me the other day what I think are the biggest challenges that single people face. And in my opinion, the answer is simple: It’s the lies we tell ourselves (yes, I’m talking to myself here, too. See this for the proof). The constant broken record we have on repeat in our minds, all day long, as we search for a reasonable explanation for our seemingly endless singleness. Here are three lies we tell ourselves that are » Read More

Twelve Reasons I’m Not Sad to Be Single

1.) I like the idea of sharing my life with someone…I’m just not sure I’m ready to share my closet. (70 pairs of shoes and counting…)

2) First kisses.

3) Messy breakups.

4) Because some days I just don’t feel like shaving my legs. (Shhhh…)

5) No one to cook for except me means I regularly have Frosted Flakes for dinner. And that’s GRRRRRRREAT! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself)

6) About 85% of the movies on my shelf are chick flicks. And I » Read More

Why We Cling to People Who Don’t Love Us

Why did I cling to a guy who didn’t love me for almost eight years?

I’ve been asking myself that question a lot lately, as I see friends of mine trapped in similarly hopeless situations. Situations that I can see so clearly as someone who has been there and is now standing on the outside, looking in. They can’t see or think clearly because they’re in the thick of it. Too close to it. I guess » Read More

Stop Apologizing For Having High Standards

“But he’s got hair!”

This is my mom’s reasoning these days as to why I should date someone. This is what it’s all come down to. 37 years on this earth, at least 20 solid years of those spent looking for my Prince Charming…and this is the lone standard I’m trying to meet?!

In my mom’s defense, she wants to see her daughter get married sometime before she’s in the nursing home. And she does make a » Read More

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