The Beginning of the Rest of My Life

Posted By Mandi Lindner on Oct 18, 2012 | 4 comments

Welcome to my new blog, heck, my new life! I was going to start this site with a post about what I’m doing, where I want to go, and how I think I’m going to get there, but things have happened in the past week to make me think that maybe this is how I should start my blog. At the very beginning.

People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end anymore. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. — Steven Spielberg

My friend lost her mom this past week. Another gal I know lost her father yesterday. Naturally, that has me thinking about endings, about life, and what I want to look back on when I get to the end of mine…whenever that may be.

A friend of mine gave birth to a sweet baby boy yesterday. One of my best friends is due any day now with a little (redacted to protect secrecy of gender until baby comes).

I don’t believe in coincidences, I certainly don’t believe in reincarnation, but I can’t help but look at the events of this week and NOT see the circle of life and the message therein

My goal in life has always been to live with faith, to act with love, to never have regrets, and to never be bored. This “philosophy” has taken me around the world, to graduate school, to nonprofits, to a Fortune 500, and, now, back home again.

In truth, I feel like I’ve lived 3 lifetimes since I’ve become an adult, and, if I have my way, I have about 20 more lifetimes planned to fill the next – god willing – 50 years.

That’s why I quit my job two months ago.

Not because I think I can accomplish all of these things for free. But because I believe I have the skills, experience, and gumption necessary to live life on my own terms.

So I quit my job to be a writer. Because if this week has taught me anything, it is that life is too short. It’s too short to wait until the kids are out of the house, the mortgage is paid off, I’m rich enough to retire, and all those other reasons we give. Life is just long enough to fill with the amazing, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring, loving, frustrating, excruciating moments we are proactive enough to endure, experience, and live through.


  1. Woo! I’m so proud of you for taking this step. And for appreciating all the cool things that have happened already. You’re going to have great stories to tell in your old age. 35 is like old, right? 🙂

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    • Thanks Lady! Don’t think I won’t be giving you a call when I write that book about my many friends and acquaintances who are doing the same. To heck with corporate ladders! We want an elevator! Er, or something like that.

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  2. Way to go Mandi! I believe in you and your goals. You have the power, the talent and the amazing will to make your dream come true. Glad that I am able to watch that happen and to ‘electronically’ tag along!

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    • Thank you so much Carole! It’s definitely the digital storytelling skills I learned at MU that helped give me the confidence to do this!

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