“2018’s Going To Be Awesome,” she said.

"2018's going to be awesome, 2018's going to be awesome, 2018's going to be awesome," she said in a mantra of sorts as she backed her way out my bedroom door, and left me smiling through the tears, cross-legged on my bed. "Just keep telling yourself that, Mandy. 2018's going to be awesome!" "I know,"…