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

Life After Loving a Narcissist

My name is Mandy, and for almost seven and a half years of my life, I loved a narcissist.

Gosh, that sounds harsh. It’s hard for me to type, even, because I still feel the need to protect him. Narcissists are really adept at cultivating that protective instinct in the people they entangle themselves with…often so much so, you’re willing to protect them no matter what the cost to yourself.

What is a narcissist? Here are some » 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

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

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

Bold, Italic, & Unapologetic

I attended the CMT Awards last night for the first time in several years…only the second time I had attended since I lost my dream job at CMT in my mid-20’s. (That full story is in my second book, I’ve Never Been to Vegas But My Luggage Has, which just happens to be $1.99 on Kindle & Nook right now). Once upon a time I interviewed celebrities on the red carpet at those awards, a » Read More

Why Singleness Should Be Celebrated, Not Tolerated

As most of you know, I’ve spent the greater part of the past six years examining what it means to be single. And writing three books about it. And pointing out all the many positive aspects of single life. And leading the “Single & Fabulous” parade down the Main Street of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, the Internet, and basically any media outlet that would listen. And generally being the poster child for shiny, happy singleness. » Read More

Single > Settling

Today I had one of those experiences that reminded me of just how much being single can sometimes feel like a series of poop emojis. (No, it’s not chocolate ice cream, people. It’s poop. Albeit, smiling poop.)

I stepped out to take out the garbage and for some reason, twisted the lock on my doorknob as I headed out, so when I got back to my apartment to let myself back in, I was greeted by a » Read More

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