Day 19: Life is Not a Movie

Today feels like a good day to pick up my 30-Day Blogging Challenge where I last left it. I promise I’m going to finish this thing one of these days, you guys!!!

Okay, so here is today’s question…

What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?

I think something about me that people would be surprised to learn is that I don’t think I was ever in love with Mr. E.

For those of you » Read More

Day 18: Day 18: If You Could Have a Conversation With Your Younger Self, What Would You Say?

I started this blogging challenge over a year ago and I’ve only worked my way up to Day 18…though the timing of writing this particular blog is so perfect, I can’t help but believe that even in our busyness and forgetfulness and procrastination, God’s timetable still manages to have its way with us.

I’ve just finished reading Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty, and though she’s married with five kids, I saw so many » 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

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

Day 7: Where You Are in Your Life vs. Where You Thought You Would Be

Where you are in your life vs. where you thought you would be at this point.

Five years ago today, I walked away from the toxic, abusive, destructive relationship I was in and I never looked back. I didn’t have a blog, I had never sent a tweet, and I wasn’t The Single Woman. I was Mandy, the PR girl. I was on a completely different trajectory in life. I was newly single, my relationship with » Read More

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