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

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

Your Life Will Be Different…But It Will Be Amazing

My niece Livi drew this picture for her daddy the other day, and it moved me so much, I wanted to share it with all of you. The deep wells of wisdom that little one holds in her 8-year-old soul! As those of you who have been keeping up with my blog over the past couple of weeks know, my brother-in-law Kevin was in a near-fatal car wreck two weeks ago today and lost his » Read More

Scary, Beautiful, Necessary Change.

Some things are going to be changing around here.

I’ve been feeling a stirring, a restlessness, in my spirit, for some time now. Like I was ready for a change. A shift. A new direction. Not just in my writing but in my LIFE. I’ve been writing about singleness for six years now. I’ve explored it from just about every angle possible. I’ve written one self-published and three published books about it. I’ve loved sharing my » Read More

Dash of Sass: Changes & Transitions

I found this quote of mine on another quote page and wanted to share it with you guys today because I feel strongly that this is a season of transition, not just for me but for lots of people. Someone told me yesterday: “I get excited when I see people who are broken because I know the size of the breakthrough that’s coming” and that really inspired me. I don’t know what you’re going through » Read More

And Then Suddenly…Everything Changed

This winter in Tennessee seemed to stretch on forever. One gray, cold day after another passed…the trees bare and stripped of life, the flowers hidden far beneath the winter snow, the sky heavy with clouds that looked like they might never part. Every day for the past few weeks I have looked around as I drove these country roads home, searching for any sign of LIFE. I remember even saying to my mom: “Why is » Read More

Dash of Sass: Wait.

Wait. Don’t lose your cool, don’t assume the worst, don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t throw in the towel and say “God must have forgotten about me” or surrender to the idea that change is never coming or give up hope of ever falling in love or listen to the naysayers who want you to believe you’ll never find your way. WAIT. Breathe. Give things time to work out. Let God bring things to pass in » Read More

Dash of Sass: The Beautiful Uncertainty of a New Season

It’s funny how day by day, nothing on the surface seems to be changing, but then all at once you look around and you find yourself in the midst of a new season. With the best of summer behind us and the best of fall ahead of us, we’re in a transitional time…a time when nothing is certain & everything is possible. New seasons arrive when it’s time…not when we’re ready. And as melancholy as » Read More

Dash of Sass: Your New Season is On Its Way!

Quotes of the Day: I could not have known then that everybody, every person, has to leave, has to change like seasons; they have to or they die. The seasons remind me that I must keep changing. ~Donald Miller There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness. ~Shauna Niequist What is normal at any given time? We change just as the seasons » Read More

Dash of Sass: One Small Change Can Lead to a Better Life

Quotes of the Day: “If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin.” ~Sarah Dessen “People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people » Read More

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