Thoughts. Happiness. Life.

{please excuse the profanity...but MAN this is so true!}

I often have {what feels like} millions of things going through my brain.
If I could have a super power it would be an on/off switch for my thoughts. I would love to be able to crawl into bed and just flip the switch. I wish I could say that my over thinking is more prevalent when I am going through a lot but it is just a characteristic I possess at all times. It has been no secret that I have been through a lot this past year. I left two jobs, ended a 6 year relationship, started my fitness regimen, found a job in a new field AND just turned Thirty. 


I have really spent the last few weeks reflecting, thinking, crying (in a good way), growing and learning from it all. I am the type of person that fills every minute, keeping busy and making little time to reflect on what went wrong in favor of just living. I have never felt so free and my life is a reflection of that. My heart {ME} is so happy. 

I have cultivated some old relationships, strengthened new friendships and I am letting new people into my life. It has been pretty awesome. It is crazy how the healing process works and how different it is for each individual. I wouldn't be at the place that I am today without my work outs, blogging, an insane amount of country music, hours of watching 'Brothers and Sisters' (this show deserves it's own post on how much I learned from it) and true support through open arms and listening ears from people in my life.

Everyone keeps asking me what my "plan" is. I understand why...I am never without one. It is usually detailed, precise, well thought out and actually happens. So I thought I would share what my plan is with you all. 

To be happy, to live in the moment, to love without fear.

I want to be madly in love with someone who never stops pursuing me, to get in a car and just go without worrying about the details and figuring it out a long the way, to take risks, not be so calculated, say yes more than no and without too much thought, and radiate happiness to everyone I meet.

I don't want to live by so many rules, to do what is always expected, to be so contrived. I don't want to be so serious or predictable. 

You may be wondering where this is coming from, why I am sharing this on the Fashion blog. I had a conversation yesterday with someone who reads my blog and is in a position to give me incredible feedback. She asked me where I see my blog going, where my voice is coming from. I was able to answer immediately. After that she said that I always come across as authentic. That was the best compliment EVER. It got me thinking and it made me want to share more. I hope to always have a voice that just one person can relate to (if only one person reads what I write, that is enough to satisfy me). After sharing yesterday that I was feeling uninspired to blog, that conversation changed all that! Thank you, Meg!

When I pull away from blogging it is generally because I have gone into "think mode" which I think is a good thing! I appreciate those that still read and comment even when I am being sporadic. I still haven't been reading your blogs very often, nor have I been commenting. I apologize for the lack of support but I am not apologizing for the break. It is needed. 

Here are a few pics of what I have been up to. I plan to get back to fashion related posts ASAP :)

 Stagecoach. Country Music just soothes my soul.

 Being Silly and Free.

 Bowling on a lunch break with the team. I never even thought that I would have a job that allows me the ability to just have FUN!

 Spending time with my baby sis {and family}. This was at the Angels/Yankees game. Baseball is just a part of us!

 Girls Night Out in the town I grew up in.
Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival.

Spending hours in the sun, at Starbucks with my girlfriends!
Great conversations, giving advice and just accepting.



  1. Mandy you are so amazing and always inspiring to me. I love you lady! This post really touched my heart because I can relate to it in SO many ways. Always keep smiling, and keep being YOU!
    Smart n Snazzy

  2. I love that quote! It's so true. Happiness is the solution to everything. If all else fails, smile.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  3. You really are inspiring and my favorite thing about your blog is that you are authentic. Keep it up girlie!

  4. I have been reading your blog for a while- am obsessed with your fashion and thank you for sharing your journey with us. I love what you say about being happy, living in the moment, and loving without fear- GREAT advice!!

    1. Nellie...I tried to find an email address for you but was not successful! I hope you see this! Your comment means a lot to me and truly reminds me that just one person is reading! I appreciate your sweet comment and I am flattered that you like what I wear and the journey that I am on. :)

    2. You're welcome! Sorry- I didn't realize my e-mail wasn't on my google profile- problem solved. And yes- I am one person reading daily! So thank you, you are absolutely my favorite fashion blog! I am sure my boyfriend would thank you too- my style has now evolved past yoga pants and flip flops thanks to your inspiration :)

  5. so true! i'm so happy for you and how far you've come. you can really see your growth in just your posts. in all of your pics you truly look so happy and i feel like you really glow from inside. keep it up gf!

  6. I'm officially inspired, now i know how to handle that 'problem'...

  7. im so happy for you. you are a real inspiration as a real girl with real problems and real solutions. thank you for sharing your new outlook! xoxoxo

  8. you live a beautiful life, i have never thought otherwise!

  9. Thank you for sharing all of this with us! It is so wonderful to read that you are really in a place where you know what you want. It's definitely not an easy thing to figure out! You are always authentic and always inspiring!


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