Meet the Director of Fort Lauderdale Housewives
Hey Y’all – My roots are in Tennessee, so I can be a little soft spoken and I have a true southern belle twang who despite my journalism career, frequently uses the contraction you all. I left my hometown 2 decades ago with some lofty goals for a young girl. What it got me was a BA in Communications and minor in Journalism from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS (Go Bulldogs!), a 10 year marriage, a successful marketing career and two beautiful kids. Fast forward 2 years later —-> that marriage ended, and the career took too much time away from my kids. So I refocused on my dreams for me and my kids.
With the support of my friends and family, I threw away my comfort zone and decided to focus on growing myself and my dream of working for myself, having full control over my time. Which led me to the happy place I am now…working remotely as fulltime Marketing Manager for Sky Zone, a Pro Blogger, Published Journalist and Social Influencer. Learn more about what I do at itsmandymichelle.com
I’m looking forward to sharing my life, travels and other local information with you.
A little more about me: I am a writer, editor and birthed two charismatic kids, a silly boy and a sweet girl + recently became an instantmom to one cute little girl (ages 6 , 9 and 10). I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, I love sunsets, can spend hours at the beach and if you need a buddy to go check out a new attraction, museum, restaurant or hotel-I’m your girl!
Building a support circle
One thing I found to be more difficult as I get older, is meeting new people. Sure, you can meet new people at work, your kid’s school events or possibly just out at the beach but to me, it seems like it gets more challenging with each year, each life-changing event and the increasing time spent online. But mostly it is challenging to meet ladies from all walks of life, which everyone’s different experiences is to me the interesting part of life! When the opportunity of bringing Housewives in the City to Fort Lauderdale came about, I figured this would be the PERFECT way to not only meet new women myself but also help others that may want to get out and meet new people too! I had seen how amazing Girls Night Out events were in our other cities and I was so excited to bring the same fun to all of you! And before you ask, let me say you do not need to be a “housewife” to be involved in what we do – look at me, I am breaking the stereotype of a typical housewife as I venture through life as a single, work from home mom.
With our monthly Girls Night Out Social Meetup Events, we will strive to get you out of your house, meet some friends, network with other ‘Girl Bosses’ and rock this amazing city.
If you ever see me out and about, please come say hello – I can’t wait to meet you!
Here’s a fun Q&A about Me!
Describe yourself in three words: Detailed, Punctual, Sensitive
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? I have tried many and landed at what I love!
How do you maintain a work/life balance? Working remotely allows me to fit in time for myself and my kids that creates a great balance.
What websites do you visit every day? Skyzone.com , Facebook, Netflix and Amazon
What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it? Unsweet tea – everywhere but Chicfila and McCalisters have the best!
What are your top 3 favorite local places? Breakfast at Andrew’s Diner, a day at Dania Beach and all the beer choices at Riverside Market
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company? Be all in.