Welcome to ACupful.
Hi, I am Mandy Carter.
I am 33 years old and I decided that my life was built around the wrong ideal. I was chasing the wrong dream, the dream I was taught to have. I have started a journey to live authentically. While on this journey, I want to inspire you to choose to live the life you want. By sharing my REAL life, imperfect story on how I have decided to forgo the norm of working to live and incorporate work into a life of adventure, family time, fitness and joy.
I spent my entire life working towards having the American Dream: a successful career, beautiful home, nice car, and healthy family. I obtained this a few years ago and yet never felt fully satisfied. So I kept striving for more achievements. I worked harder with each year passed, put in more time each week and kept knocking out goals.
It turns out working 60 hours a week for someone else’s dream while missing out on my children’s milestones and not getting any quality time with my husband is not so dreamy after all. So I created my own biz! I am now a freelance writer, editor, marketer and speaker. And I LOVE every minute.
You can now find my monthly column in the Lee Family News. I am the Digital Content & Engagement Editor for TOTI Media, a magazine Publisher in SWFL. I am speaking at the TBEX conference in May. And I am a contributing writer for a number of family travel websites.
But I did what many do, pushed aside my feeling of discontent and refocused to get ahead. Then one day IT happened. Everything I had worked so hard for ended because my employer decided that I did not fit in with the culture of the organization. All my long hours, extra work and missed time with my family was just written off like a bad tv show. However, IT turned out to be the worst and best day of my life. —->Worst day because I was unexpectedly terminated for no reason from a job I loved, worked hard to earn, put in a lot of extra work for and financially needed. Best day because this heartbreaking moment gave me the slap in the face that I needed to truly evaluate my life and what I was doing to be happy.
And I read A LOT of inspirational and career articles during my month of self-evaluation. I came to the conclusion that I want my life back. I was exhausted from the rat race and I decided to choose that cliche road less traveled, hoping it would make all the difference. And I am happy to report that it already has!
Acupful began as a way to track all our family adventures with the hope to use it to inspire and meet others in the same crossroads. I chose Acupful because when I think of a cup I think about what I am going to put in it. I literally fill my coffee cup up daily with caffeine to get energized and focused (plus it tastes good). Figuratively I want to fill my “life” cup up with moments that I enjoy.
I want to seek out what makes me really happy and live each day with no regrets. And I want to create a place where others feel comfortable talking about their real dreams. I believe that honesty and transparency yields the best rewards. So I will share my moments openly in hopes they strike a chord with someone going through a similar situation. And all the neat things that come our way in the process will be shared here as well, because any day is a good day to learn something new!
We all have the same outcome of life. But it’s how we fill our cups that will make all the difference in the journey!
So, grab your cup and join me in filling it up with the things that matter most to you!
And now it is time to meet the hubby… my best friend … my love.