I’m Mandy, and this site emerged from my own abivalence. I’m a little over halfway to 30 with pieces of life I haven’t quite figured out how to assemble- a husband, a teaching degree, a toddler, a baby, a love for novels, a 26.2 finisher medal. Despite this wealth of fortune, I still often struggle with feeling like I’m doing something worthwhile with my life. I started this blog to force myself to use what I’ve learned through trial and triumph and total failure- because I know that we’re all doing something, even if we haven’t figured out exactly what yet.
I am a freelancer and a reforming bossypants. I am a former elementary teacher, which means that I am increasingly prone to impulsive purchases of organizational items and doing running records on my 4 year old. After enduring years of torturous exercise, I’ve finally figured out how to become a person who enjoys casual workouts. I don’t believe in counting calories or consuming gluten because I like to eat without hating myself for eating. I snagged a brilliant, handsome husband and we produced two cute troublemakers. I am capable of devouring a mystery novel or Netflix series in a day. I used to live in Michigan where I was ALWAYS too cold, now we live in Colorado and I haven’t determined how cold my toes are yet. My writing can also be found on The Washington Post, Ravishly, Scary Mommy and Edutopia. And some other places.
Here’s a picture of me in Forrest Gump’s shoes.