To answer your next question, it is pronounced "Ant-toe-notch-ee,"—while waving your hand, of course. I am a lover of stories, long runs without sound, the New York Yankees, my puppy, Dante, teas that don't begin with chai, and every sunset I've ever met. I am an eater of plants and a peddler of words—partial to the ones that read like tiny pep talks for the soul. You know, the ones that sneak in and give us hope.
You probably landed here because you read something I wrote—a column, a quote, a poem, some scribblings from 21 weeks of bed rest. Or maybe you heard me chatting on live radio or a pod about an insight from my upcoming book. Or stumbled on my TED Talk or heard me speak on the topic of optimism, resilience, or storytelling. Or perhaps you discovered the upcoming launch of
Dear Mandy, and want to share your story, or learn more about the gal behind the pen. Whatever the reason,
I'm so grateful you made it.
I hope you'll stick around and find some inspiration for yourself. I hope you'll join me in my mission by sharing your beautiful story with me. I hope you'll leave here feeling a little more uplifted, just for having showed up.
May today be a day,
when you realize it's okay,
to be afraid of the unknown, and
walk through it anyway.