While at High Point University, I have been fortunate enough to partake in extraordinary opportunities that have allowed me to see the world in a larger scale. Pitching my blog to Marc Randolph, the co-founder of Netflix, provided me with an unprecedented opportunity to gain advice on the future of my website. Meeting Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, gave me hope that my passion of helping others will lead to my purpose. When I asked Biz for his advice on this topic he responded: “Don’t copy others, pride yourself in being unique. That’s the only way you will be able to create change in the world.” Collaborating with Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers, on a way to improve HPU’s campus re-ignited a spark within me. Decades have passed since Woz co-invited Apple computers. Decades. And still, his face lights up the moment a new idea pops into his head. His passion for coding and technology is inspiring.
Though I did not realize it at the time, these innovators each ignited a different spark within me. Some good ideas come instantaneously. Others take months of brainstorming. Becoming Mandy, however, was a little bit of both.
I would like to say that my decision to leave The Quirky Conservative behind was a hard decision. Yet, it wasn’t. I joked about it sometimes, but it never went further than a fleeting thought. Leaving the TQC behind wasn’t even an idea that I closely pondered.
One day I was walking through campus to meet Paxton for lunch and to discuss a redesign for TQC. I sat down at a table and blurted out “I think I am going to buy a personal domain. Like, right now.” I did as any millennial would do: pulled out my credit card and acted quickly and somewhat irrationally on my new and enticing idea.
I have always wondered what it would be like to be known as Mandy instead of TQC, both in real-life and online. When I attend conferences or banquets, receive online recognition or meet a reader in person- more often than not, I am referred to as The Quirky Conservative. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against that name nor am I embarrassed by it. To me, Quirky means uniqueness and conservative means to allow your personality to shine though. I have, and still do, feel that TQC is an adequate description of who I am. I want to begin to build my name into my personal brand, not the other way around. It is time to be known by my name: Mandy.
If this is your first time on my site, I thank you for following your curiosity! If you were a reader of TQC, I thank you for being a loyal reader and coming back. I hope my new material (here & here) and my new look measure up to all of your expectations! As always, I hope you leave my site feeling a little more inspired and confident than when you came.
Be sassy, optimistic and a little bit darling.
(Hey, not everything has to change!)
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