Chat With Mandy
It’s Mandy, founder/creator/lady-on-the-other-side-of-the-computer-putting-together-the-glossary. After years of not knowing what to do with my thoughts and passions, months of working my ass off to create a meaningful platform for women and weeks of abrupt changes that altered the course of what I am doing, I am here with The Glossary. I thought it would only be fitting if I share a little bit of my voice and story to kick off the new collaborative Stories portion of this platform. While I love interviewing women, asking questions and taking photos, I wanted something more for The Glossary. I wanted women to have a platform to express their thoughts, share their stories and follow their passions.
I am an introvert. I have anxiety. Talking to new people is often difficult for me. When I go to an interview, I have to psych myself up for hours and then take a deep breath the moment I am done. I can’t overload my schedule or my body physically starts to shut down. I feel incredibly awkward in almost every social situation, even though I am pretty confident in my head. Sometimes I don’t have a lot to say, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of thoughts. Often, my heart starts beating quickly, my breathing fastens and I have to cancel plans for no reason other than my anxiety is not always under control. Even though I experience all of this on a pretty regular basis, I love what I do. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, even if I have to give myself a pep talk beforehand. I love planning and hosting events to bring people together, because even if I am paranoid and stressed the entire time, I get joy from watching relationships form. I love reaching out to creative women around the world explaining that I hope I can meet them one day, even though a wave of panic overcomes me every time I hit the send button. That is how I know that this is what I am supposed to be doing.
I want this to be a space for the girls who were bullied in school for being too awkward, the teens that were made to feel bad about the way that they looked or the interests that they had, the young women who were told that they couldn’t do something and the women who push through every day, the good and the bad, to keep living, creating and loving. I want you to be able to read The Glossary on the difficult days when you feel like no one understands you, on the best of days when you cannot wait to exclaim and share the amazing news in your life, the mundane days when you need inspiration and all of the days in between when you want to connect with women who have experienced something similar to you. I want to host events that make even the most introverted woman feel welcome and accepted, because she knows that I feel the same way too.
The Glossary is my way of saying hi, let’s get to know each other because you’re important. I hope that you feel the same way.
So if you ever want to talk, meet, get a coffee, share your story, express your feelings about something that happened to you recently, chat about goals and aspirations, take a girlfriend’s trip, or simply say hi, please, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.