Thursday, November 21, 2013


Hi! Let me first apologize for my lack of posts lately. For the past several months really. My workload and my pregnancy have my head hit the pillow early most evenings. Though I want so much to tell you of my goings on, my thoughts, or my family's silly little antics, I fail miserably at the physical effort it takes to walk up the stairs to my computer.

I'm meeting so many new bloggers with the launch of the revamped Let's Be Friends Blog Hop. Many of you ask me questions. Like you genuinely want to know me. And it's so refreshing and uplifting and I couldn't feel more honored. So, I've cultivated a brief Q&A. I ask that you pick a question and provide your answer/response in the comments below. Why? Because I genuinely want to know YOU, too!

Thank you for your unrelenting encouragement and support – I appreciate you!

1. What are your favorite ways to stay creative? Wow, this question stumped me. I am noticing an abundance of new bloggers surface – crafters, painters, and writers too – and wonder if creativity is the province of the young. At 35, I am certainly less creative than I was 10 years ago. But thanks to the birth of Pinterest, it’s inspired me to take on new challenges. It’s important to prevent putting yourself in a box, so to speak.

2. Where do you get inspiration? Gaining inspiration is incredibly difficult at times. As a writer, I often suffer from “writers block” which can be a major hurdle for a blogger. But I’ve come to realize that my followers don’t expect to be hypnotized by my prose. They appreciate the simple moments of my daily life – inspired by my children and my husband…my favorite people in the world. For it is with them, that I’m often reflective, about life, about humanity, about love. Children, with their fresh outlook on life, can change the way you view the world.

3. Brag about Houston, Tx.  On the eighth day, natives around here say, God created Texas. On the ninth, Texans started bragging. Specifically, for Houston, it’s a great place to live. Houston provides a vast arena of jobs, it’s a fairly low cost of living comparatively speaking, and most importantly gracious hospitality.

4. How do you incorporate your faith into your family? Good question. This definitely sparked some reflection on my end. Overall, there is a Godly expectation for each member in our family – a spiritual statement so to speak. We encourage fellowship in our home by having dinner as a family Sunday through Thursday, where we discuss “highs and lows.” This time together is a wonderful way to reproduce one’s day and identify blessings and his or her thoughts.

5. How did you come about blogging? Initially, my blog was nothing more than a means to stay connected to loved ones across the miles. A method of sharing our goings on, but also a mode of journaling my experiences and thoughts along the way. My blog has only become public since November 2012, and it’s morphed into a myriad of topics from lifestyle, parenting, inspiration, to blogging tips, mama fashion, and giveaways. But above all, it’s my story.

The name All My Happy Endings pretty much describes my mission in life – to choose happiness no matter my circumstance. And to share my deliverance from life’s everyday challenges.

6. How do you like to spend your weekends? I work full-time outside the home during the week, so I try to make up for lost time over my weekends – cuddling in bed in the early morning, tickles and giggles just prior to an evening out to the park, maybe even a wrestle-fest here and there. My husband and I are rather kid- and fun-centric – we like to do activities that that bonds us as an out-and-about family. Sometimes that includes activities that border extreme – biking, paddle boarding, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, hiking, and running. Weekend warrior trips might also include long drives, late Sunday night arrivals, and sore, tired bodies come Monday morning. But it's worth it!

7.  What have you learned about yourself that has surprised you? I've learned that there's no reward in being bogged down by my past. Consider those obstacles, opportunities. That's it. Now go be awesome!

8. Is life how you imagined it would be? This is a pretty timeless question that can be difficult to answer. Let's just say that the life I have today is the life I had hoped for, even though I may have never known it. My story had its challenges, and sometimes even sad ones. But everything that's happened changed me for the better. I should change my by-line to read, "love and loss, letting go, and holding on." A friend of mine recently told me I should write a book. I don't know about a book, but I'm definitely writing a blog.

9. What do you love about yourself? Loving myself requires a conscious effort. I naturally shutter at the thought of loving one's self, as though it coincides with arrogance, selfishness, and the like. I suppose you mean to ask what I think my strengths are, and in that case, I would say my heart. I'm empathetic to a fault, and though I have yet to learn to verbalize it, I feel it. Second would be my lack of jealousy. Don't ever concern yourself about people your age that have accomplished more than you. You never know what people might say about them at their funeral. It might be something along the lines of, "so-in-so cured HIV and made millions, but I remember the time she ran over my cat and drove away laughing." No thanks! I'd rather be a poor person with a loving heart.

10. What's your drink of choice? Oh, that's easy! I really do appreciate a good glass of Cabernet. Martinis, a close runner-up.


  1. Mandi-
    It has been great reading your blog after finding you through the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop, and I love this post! Especially that some of the questions stumped you a bit :) Have a wonderful rest of the week!


  2. Katy, I am so thrilled to meet you and connect with you via the Hop. I hope you're finding the hop most helpful and that you're making new friends. Tiffany and I are grateful for your participation and support!


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