Mandy Boyle

NEPA-er with Moxie. Writer. Sometimes Actor. Nerdy Girl.

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So, I’m thinking about upgrading to a premium WordPress theme.

2010 is a brand spankin’ new year and I was thinking about starting off the latest decade right. So, here are a few of the themes I’m considering:


Smart Portfolio


(it’s times like these when I wish I was a designer/programmer/really good at computers.)

Any thoughts? I’d love to get your input!
Should I upgrade or keep this blog the same?

A Helping Hand

I want to help you today.

So, I’m asking: what do you need? If I have the skills or abilities to do it, I most definitely will try.

Send me an email at boyle (dot) mandy (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll see what I can do. :)

Please, don’t be afraid to ask! Even if I can’t do it, I’ll see if I can find someone who will.

Let’s do some great things together.

Here's to a New Year

2009 is done. It’s gone. That’s it. Over with. Now it’s time to move on and look forward to 2010.

For the past few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my 2010 to be like. I don’t want it to be like the last few months of 2009. Too much ugliness. I do however want to continue surrounding myself with the people I care about – something I’ve been doing since I was born – you know, back in the 80’s. :)

My 2010 is going to be about moving forward. I want to continue to grow and learn. I want to do the best I can with what I have. I want my job to be enriching. I want my freelance writing to pick up (which it is already!), and I want to feel in control. Throughout much of 2009, I felt like things just weren’t in my control. I made excuses. I came up with reasons why I was doing things that I knew I didn’t want to be doing. I fell into the trap of becoming so overwhelmed that I functioned on autopilot for months at a time. I don’t want to do that again. If you notice it happening, please dear readers, give me what my mother calls “a come to Jesus talk.”

What exactly is a “come to Jesus talk”? Well, let’s just put it this way:

When you screw up, there are going to be consequences. Sometimes, those consequences involve a lecture or a conversation with someone you love about the things you did wrong and why what you did was wrong and why you should change. You get the picture. My mother lovingly calls these conversations in life “come to Jesus talks” even though they hardly ever even reference religion or involve the name of a Christian idol. They’re simply conversations – and ultimately connections – with people you care about. They are designed to put you back on track so that you keep doing what’s best for you. They bring you back to your original purpose – or at least back to a better beginning than where you ended up.

At the end of 2009, there were some “come to Jesus talks.” I had a few with myself. I had some with my family members. I had some with my significant other. My mother had some with me. Brent had some with me. My family had some with me. Dear friends had some with me. In 2010, you can bet that there’ll be more of them. I have some planned already for those I love. Those I love I’m sure already have plans for me. When I care, I give a “come to Jesus talk” when someone needs it. That’s it. It’s really that simple.

Either way,these talks, which can sometimes be unpleasant, remind me that I can still always get back on track and move forward. I can still do what I want to do, although it may not be in the same way as I had pictured. I can still be happy and prosperous and all of those things that you hope for when you eat pork on New Year’s Day. I just have to change my direction or the way I’m continuing down a path.

May there be “come to Jesus talks”, pork, and prosperity in your 2010.

10 Things

10 Things I Will Do Before the Year is Over

1.) Celebrate Christmas in Vermont.

2.) Finish reading at least one of the books I’m partly through.

3.) Tell my family how much I love them.

4.) See “Precious”.

5.) Secret Santa.

6.) Goose laugh.

7.) Deep clean the apartment. Like really clean it. Like hands-and-knees-holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-that-came-off-there clean.

8.) Yearn for the return of “Glee”

9.) Get my grades. (Keepin’ my fingers crossed for a 4.0)

10.) Paint another picture.

10 Things I Want to Do in 2010

1.) Post on here every day.

2.) Go somewhere cool.

3.) Get published somewhere new.

4.) Relaxation – perhaps yoga? Guided meditation? Something.

5.) Read more books for pleasure.

6.) Paint more pictures.

7.) Take more pictures.

8.) Be a better girlfriend/daughter/friend/sister/cousin/etc.

9.) Not get a concussion.

10.) Spend more time being happy.


I’ve really been sucking at keeping up with posting – though I will try to explain.

My tardiness first began after Thanksgiving. Family was in and spending time with them was just more important. I laughed, shared memories, and spent a lot of time talking to others about what is important, what I should be looking forward to, and what I’m really afraid of. Yes – I am afraid of a lot of things, despite my somewhat fearless exterior. Sure, it’s fun to be fearless, but I am human. I do have feelings. I do sometimes get stressed out and fear for the future. It’s only natural. I’m 21, in love, in college, and in debt. There’s a hell of a lot to think about.

So, after the family departed and I had a small breakdown over what I should be doing with my life (oh, you know you’ve been there before too), I ran into that lovely time of year that always brings the best out of people: Finals Week. I’ve had my rear kicked six ways from Sunday when it comes to school work this semester. The sheer volume is just mind boggling. Couple that with other stuff I have on the side and it’s a pretty deadly combination. I had to make a choice and unfortunately, instead of writing to you dear readers, I chose instead to write of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the questions I have about God.

But now, it’s time to come back. I’ve missed you. The pain has just been to great to keep me away :)

We’ll talk again real soon.

And here’s a hug for good measure.


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