My name is Mandy. I am a fan of all things plaid and argyle, dog mom to Hannah the golden retriever, wine and coffee connoisseur, world traveler, Florida Gator, and HR nerd.
As the daughter of a Southern Baptist minister and a special education teacher, I moved with my family throughout the South of the U.S. during my childhood. I was born in Martinsville, Virginia (most notably known for its Speedway, which is the shortest track in Nascar racing), but I spent most of my childhood in several small towns in eastern North Carolina — Greenville, Ayden, and Wilson (pronounced Wilt-s’n). Just before my senior year of high school, my family moved to Gainesville, Florida.
After I graduated with a degree in Human Resources (HR) from the University of Florida (GO GATORS!), I worked for a couple of years doing HR in a large healthcare system and soon entered my quarter-life crisis when I was offered an opportunity to move and do more HR work overseas in New Delhi, India for two years. I’ll admit that I was a bit scared to move so far from home after having never left the US, but I accepted this adventure. I am so grateful I did because it was life-changing, and I pushed boundaries like I never had before. When it was time to return to the States in 2005, I returned home to Gainesville where I spent the next seven years continuing to develop my career in HR, enjoying time with friends and family, but yearning deep down to move overseas again. I then joined the Foreign Service as a Human Resources Officer in 2012. I spent a year in Washington, D.C. in training where I learned Foreign Service HR and Russian and then lived and worked in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for two years. Then, I learned Portuguese and lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil for a couple of years, and now - I'm living in Yangon, Myanmar - a.k.a. Rangoon, Burma. I have a pretty cool job.
I have loved writing since I was very young. I get as much from writing as I do from traveling. I suppose this Web site is a hodgepodge of my writing including (but not limited to) my life experiences, tributes to loved ones who bring value to my life and my very random thoughts.
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