Hey, I’m Manda

I live in Chicago with my husband. We are creatives, foster parents, and best friends. I am a writer, speaker and advocate. I don’t shy away from hard things. Obsessed with: Oreos, the magic of storytelling, and days without time constraints. Believing there isn’t a single person we wouldn’t love if we knew their story.

I wasn’t always an author, speaker, and foster mom. In fact, just a few years ago I was a public school teacher who left the classroom to try a career in marketing and then another job at my church. I took a chance on myself at the end of 2018 to launch my own business full-time.

My close friends call me Manda. I live in Chicago with my husband. We are creatives, foster parents, and best friends. I am a writer, speaker and advocate. I don’t shy away from hard things. Obsessed with: Oreos, the magic of storytelling, and days without time constraints. Believing there isn’t a single person we wouldn’t love if we knew their story.

I wasn’t always an author, speaker, and foster mom. In fact, just a few years ago I was a public school teacher who left the classroom to try a career in marketing and then another job at my church. I took a chance on myself at the end of 2018 to launch my own business full-time.

Now, you’ll find me doing exactly what God created me to do, playing more than striving, and prioritizing my husband and our kids over productivity.

Right now, I’m most likely dunking Oreos in milk or sipping on an iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel drizzle. I’m almost always dreaming of a better world. One where marriages are thriving, people are tending to their soul, and foster care isn’t needed.

Want to know what energizes me? Empowering the vulnerable and advocating for redemption! Seeing people own their full identity and do their inner work is about as beautiful as it gets in my eyes. Redemption takes many different forms, but you know it when you’ve experienced it in your own life.

A few things I answer to:

01. Boss

02. Sweetheart

This isn’t a hobby, this is a full-time business and I’ve got a few employees now!

If anyone other than my husband, E, called me this that would be weird.

03. Mama Manda/

    2nd Mom

04. Demanda

The majority of our kids call me by name, but a few prefer to add Mama or clarify that I’m their second mommy.

My mom has always teased that I can be demanding, so it’s a nickname that I’ve decided to embrace.

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Love & Oreos, Manda
 
 

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