“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” — Dalai Lama XIV
Who is Rev. Mandi? If you want me to be honest, and I’m sure you do, it sort of depends on what kind of day I’m having!
First of all, let’s get the formalities out of the way right off the top, shall we? I, like many professionals in our society have a title before my name. I worked extremely hard for many years to get this lovely little prefix, yet a funny thing happened once it was in front of my name. I found that some people were afraid to talk to me, because they felt I was unapproachable and unfriendly.
Well, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, it was because of these judgments that I decided to represent myself with a website back in 2004. Even though the ‘naysayers’ told me that ministers don’t have websites, I knew in my heart that this minister needed to create a place where inquiring minds could go to see the ‘real me’. I wanted to establish a non-threatening place where an intuitive person (ok, so that means everyone!), could read at their leisure about me, what I stand for and what I have to offer, long before ever deciding to pick up the phone, or drop me an email to invite me into their lives.
My hope is that you will experience this as you glance through my site. And when you are finished, feel free to read my blog, or find out more about how we can work together to bring your dream ceremony to life.
Mandi at a glance…….
Now that you’ve captured a bit of the essence of who I am, here’s just a little bit more about me and my journey.
I would have to say that when I look at myself in the mirror, I see someone I like! Is that too bold to say out loud? It hasn’t always been this way, but I’ve worked through many seminars, workshops, counseling and therapy sessions, breakdowns and breakthroughs to realize that I’ve earned the right to say that I think I’m a pretty terrific human being. My wish and hope at the end of all ‘this’ is that in my tiny corner of the universe someone’s life just might be a little better off because I was here. I was lucky enough to find….and marry my college sweatheart at the tender age of 21, and 30 years later, I am still married to the man of my dreams. Together we have two amazing children, who have grown into conscientious, courageous and productive adults.
As for me…..well…..I am dependable, and a somewhat predictable kind of woman who tends to live life a little more in the ‘planned out and structured’ lane as opposed to speeding by on the ‘spontaneous and fly-by-the-seat of my pants’ freeway. Even though I would love to throw caution to the wind and focus on ‘care-free’ more than ‘careful’, I find myself steering away from the unpredictable a lot more often than I would like.
Having the honour and privilege of playing a significant role in weddings and baby blessings is definitely a career made with my personality and lifestyle in mind. I have always worked well as a planner and scheduler (nothing thrills me more than crossing things off my lists….just ask my husband!), and I am not afraid of a little friendly chaos in the eye of the wedding day storm. Give me a deadline or a due date, and you can depend on me to have the assignment completed; usually with a smile and way ahead of schedule!
I have always considered myself to be a good earth school student. I am studious, conscientious and I thrive when I am in an environment that encourages personal and spiritual growth and evolution. I honestly didn’t know the depth or breadth of this desire, until I began discovering, examining, and eventually understanding, my own spiritual nature back in 1996. It was through attending a special little non-denominational church that I discovered quite by accident, that I was exposed to a world of amazing possibilities. My eyes were opened to a different way of living as I began to see my life from a whole new perspective; one that gave me permission to live from the inside out.
It took many long hours of homework, exams, class time and tutorials before I ventured out on my own to officiate my first wedding ceremony, baby blessing and eventually my first funeral. With a strong sense of purpose and my family by my side, I took a leap of faith and trusted that I was heading in the right direction; the path of a non-denominational minister, mentor and life coach. It has been a labour of love; a journey of self-discovery and introspection; one I still love whole-heartedly to this very day. And, if by chance I have the honour of meeting you one day, I will truly consider it a privilege, as my life becomes richer with every wonderful person I meet along the way.
“I will be as a firefly, and my light will brighten the world” — Og Mandino