I know what you’re thinking, and yes. This is the weirdest combination of picture and text, and yes, it is a very unflattering picture of my stud muffin and I. Let me explain!
About five weeks ago, I applied for a scholarship to study movie makeup in Paris. I was kinda scared to get it, because it would mean uprooting both Tommy and I and moving to a different continent, but at the same time, I was super excited by the opportunity. I mean - studying makeup in Paris?! I found out yesterday that I did not win the scholarship, and I was very sad. As is often the case, my bad situation also brought to light my blessings. For the most part, I had only told my closest friends about the scholarship, and when I gave them the news, they were supportive in a wide variety of ways, which made me feel blessed. I told one of my friends “I’m healthy, have a boyfriend who was more than willing to move across the world with me to a country whose language he doesn’t speak, have a great group of friends, and am paid to change people’s lives and play dress up. I have no reason to cry! Plus, I just put on aqua eyeliner. People who just put on aqua eyeliner don’t cry!” She asked to see the eyeliner, I took this picture, and Tommy photobombed it. I decided this is a new beginning. This is the start of #100daysofhappy and a new goal. A more focused direction in life. And I’m excited for it! XOXO, Mandie 💜💜💜💜💜