My name is Mandy. I am a fan of all things plaid and argyle, lego fanatic, dog mom to Hannah the golden retriever, wine and latte 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 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). During 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 and soon entered my quarter-life crisis when I was offered an opportunity to move and work overseas in New Delhi, India for two years. I’ll admit that I was a bit scared to move to 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 yearning to move overseas again. I then joined the Foreign Service as a Human Resources Officer in 2012. I spent a year in training learning Foreign Service HR and Russian and then lived and worked in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for two years. Then, I learned Portuguese and am now living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 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 hodge podge 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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