Hey there! Welcome to The Story Estate. My name’s Mandi, and I’m super stoked to meet you.
“About” pages are always a bit awkward, aren’t they? I mean, you’re here, so I assume you want to know a bit about me. But because you haven’t asked me a specific question, I’m not sure exactly what to tell you. So, let’s pretend we’re two strangers at a party. Or maybe it should be brunch. Yes, brunch! Sipping bloody marys. Duh. Our friends are late, the wait is long, and we’re crammed onto a bench together. We may as well strike up a convo, right? I imagine that might go a little somethin’ like this:
You: Hi, I’m Paige [that’s my favorite name, so I assume it’s yours]. What’s your name?
Me: Hey! I’m Mandi. With an “i.” Sorry, but that needs to be said right off the bat. I can’t go around letting you call me “Mandy” when that’s not my name. And it’s not “Amanda,” either. Just plain ol’ Mandi. Y’know, like that dreamy Barry Manilow song—which is actually about his dog, by the way, not his lover—but I’m a bit jazzier and more upbeat. And with an “i.”
You: TMI, but OK. What do you do, Mandi?
Me: I’m a business writer by day, and a fanciful blogger, unpublished novelist, Oreo enthusiast, adoring wife, movie critic, 3x stand-up comic, Scrabble champion, cat lover, hopeless optimist, and overthinker the rest of the time. How about you?
You: [insert your dream job here, because I want what’s best for you, of course]
***We naturally become the best of friends. The end.***
What else? I practice a life full of active gratitude for the path I’ve taken. I’m a Michigander, born ‘n raised. I have a degree in Creative Writing—which I’ve shockingly been able to put to use in my day job.
Fast-forward several years later. My husband Brad and I have been together for several years—and I couldn’t have dreamed up a better partner in crime. We have a beautiful, modest home that we love making our own. Our two cats, Maynard and Lilith, round out our damn cool lil’ pride. (Yeah, instead of “tribe,” we call ourselves a “pride.” Because our cats look like little jungle cats. We are nerds.)
Check out my blog posts for more on me, stories, ideas, and life in general. Please reach out and say hi! Use the comment feature, and/or find me on Instagram @TheStoryEstate. I’d truly love to connect and be friends.