So, it’s feel good Friday again! And boy am I havin’ a freakin’ awesome Friday. I’m currently in Destin, Florida, and last night I crashed at the Ramada.

A late night swim, an early morning tan, and a mid-morning, well, a mid-morning drink. It’s 5:00 somewhere right?

And hey, I’m on vacay!

So, I ordered a drink. I’m a vodka kinda gal, so I asked the bartender, to mix me somethin’ up. Anything would do. And I started a tab. Obviously.

“Whip cream?” She asks.

Well, hell yah, who actually on Gods green earth says no to whip cream?

That’s just crazy talk.

And she hands me a drink, “The Mandy Special,” she says. She took note of my name when she took my MasterCard. Keener.

And, that’s where our friendship began. I mean, girl, if you’re going to name a drink after me, you and I are pals, fer show!


So, this girls name, my newest pal, is Colely. And we began opening up our hearts.

Like me, she has had her own struggles with mental health. She has a tattoo of the chemical compound serotonin on her wrist.

Serotonin, for those of you who don’t know, is the neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for regulating happiness, anxiety and mood.


So, when someone says (and when I say) that they have a chemical imbalance, what they’re really saying is, “yo dawg, my serotonin is low.”

We talked about our struggles, our lives, her little girl. And she pointed out her other tattoos. Words. Words that help fuel her drive to keep moving forward in this crazy world.

One read,

“Life is to short to have sorrow
You may be here today
And gone tomorrow.”

In memory of her older brother, who’s life was cut short in an automobile accident.


The second tattoo, which is written in mirror image so she can best see it herself reads,

“Don’t think about all those things you fear
Just be glad to be here.”

And, the final tattoo, an expression I use all the time, but located in a more secret place on her bod…

“It is what it is.”

And ain’t that the truth. So after a few drinks, and a heart to heart. We hugged it out and said goodbye.

After, of course, exchanging our Facebook information!

A new friend, a new town.

Thank you, Colely!

The Mandy Special
Strawberry purée
Mango purée
Whip cream
And a cheery on top.

Love always,




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