Dating in a 2.0 World, with Greg Behrendt & Amiira Ruotola

I have long been a fangirl of Greg Behrendt’s. He’s Just Not That Into You has been my Relationship Bible for the past decade. And then when he co-wrote THE definitive break-up book, It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken with his wife, Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt, I became a fangirl of hers.

Thanks to the magic of Twitter, I recently got to connect with Greg and Amiira via Skype, and I became a fangirl of THEM. The » Read More

Ten Quotes to Start the New Year With Sass!

I decided that since we’re on the cusp of a new year, there was no time like the present to share my top ten favorite quotes from my book, The Single Woman: Life, Love, & a Dash of Sass. 2013 was a big year for me, as it saw the release my first published book…but I think 2014 has the potential to be an even BIGGER and BETTER year for ALL of us…in life, career, » Read More

He Said, She Said: Why Am I a One Date Wonder?

The Question

Dear Daniel & Mandy: I have been facing a problem for quite some time. It’s become more like a cycle. Whoever I like or get attracted to talks to me for some time, we meet up for coffee/one date…but beyond that, nothing happens. I had a bad breakup two years back and since then I have been single. I have gone on several dates to see if something might work but in the end » Read More

Day 14: Describe the Last Moment You Felt Really, Truly Blissful

The last moment I felt really, truly blissful

My family is dysfunctional. I mean, don’t get me wrong – we’re definitely more Osborne-dysfunctional than Jackson-dysfunctional; but still, like most families, we have our share of bickering and fussing and picking and testing and sometimes hollering at one another. It takes us twelve hours to complete a road trip that would take most families six. My dad has to stop every ten miles to go to the » Read More

Day 13: Describe How You Met the Last Person You Texted & Talk About Your Relationship

How I met the last person I texted and what our friendship means to me.

Alli.

The origin of our friendship is so bizarre, it’s almost not to be believed. I have known Alli since she was literally in her mother’s womb. You see, I was her baby-sitter for about a decade before I was her friend, as we are exactly ten years apart in age.

My sister Cher and I were playing at the end of our » Read More

Coming Soon to the Blog! “He Said, She Said” with The Single Woman & Daniel Goddard

Hey friends! I’m SO excited to be able to tell you about the new blog series I’m starting with star of The Young & the Restless, Daniel Goddard. Because you guys LOVED the “Behind the Curtain” interview I did with Daniel SO MUCH…we decided to make it a regular thing!

“He Said, She Said” will give you guys the chance to submit questions and ask for advice about ANYTHING…from love to career to friendships to marriage » Read More

Day 12: What is Your Proudest Accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment.

There was the time I published two books. And the time I was invited to travel with Oprah and her team as she filmed her Lifeclass in NYC and St. Louis. Then there’s the time I was voted a “Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal and a few months later, named one of the most eligible bachelorettes in Nashville by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. There was the time Forbes magazine compared me » Read More

Day 11: Describe Your Worst/Funniest/Most Embarrassing Date

My worst/funniest/most embarrassing date.

I could fill pages and pages with horror stories (HA!)….but then again, what single woman in her 30’s couldn’t? Or for that matter, what single man in HIS 30’s couldn’t? This whole dating thing, of spending awkward periods of time over dinner or coffee making small talk with a complete stranger and hoping a spark lights (or sometimes hoping a fire burns the place down so you can escape as quickly as » Read More

Day 10: The Meaning of Your Name and How It Fits or Doesn’t Fit You

Day 10: The Meaning of My Name and What It Means to Me

Mandy, short for Amanda, is my name. I didn’t have to Google the meaning of it because I’ve always known what it means. And I’ve always struggled with it.

Loveable. Worthy of love. She who must be loved.

Sometimes, as a single woman in your 30’s, with no romantic relationship of any kind, it’s really easy to feel unloved. Unloveable. Unworthy of love. Which are » Read More

Day 9: Your Favorite Weird/Funny Single Behavior

Day 9: My favorite “weird/funny single behavior”

I’ve fallen behind on the past couple of days because I’ve been in the process of moving, so please forgive me! I honestly have a list a mile long of my favorite weird/funny single behaviors, so I’ll have to try and narrow it down here. I don’t know if you ever saw the episode of Sex & the City where the girls are talking about their “secret single behaviors” » Read More

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