hawk + pearl is a lifestyle and writing blog created by Morgan Mandriota devoted to sharing personal thoughts, observations, experiences, and more.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Of Living Alone

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Of Living Alone | What It's Like To Live Alone

Living alone is an absolutely incredible experience. It is one that I strongly believe everyone should have the opportunity to do at one point in their life. It’s wild how drastically different it is living on your own as compared to coexisting with other people, whether family or friends or a significant other.   What …



Today officially marks one year since I launched hawk + pearl. ONE WHOLE YEAR. 365 DAYS. 52 WEEKS. 12 MONTHS. THIS BLOG HAS BEEN LIVE FOR THAT LONG. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?   When I started this project, I was sticking out the latter half of my two-weeks notice at a full-time job (which prompted …

On Death And Dying

On Death And Dying | hawk + pearl

How can life bless us with something as warm and beautiful as a sunset, yet give us something as harsh, cold, and incomprehensible as death?   That’s what this post is about in one 140-character sentence that’s small enough to fit within a tweet.   I received a phone call today from one of my …

How Is It Possible To Balance Life, Work, And Play?

How Is It Possible To Balance Life, Work, And Play | hawk + pearl

I went out yesterday with a bunch of people I hadn’t seen in awhile, including some who asked how my blog is going. Although I regularly receive a nice flow of site traffic and positive feedback from readers, I found myself responding negatively to their question.   Technically, it’s going well, but the truth is …

3 Positive Habits That Will Change Your Life

3 Positive Habits To Pick Up That Will Change Your Life l hawk + pearl

Hi, all! I hope you’re doing well and your new year is off to a happy and healthy start.   We’re already approaching the end of February, which is insane because I feel like the year literally just started. I wanted to take the time to share some things I’ve been doing this year that I …

Snow Day Playlist: 12 Of My Favorite Songs To Listen To Lately

Snow Day Playlist: 12 Of My Favorite Songs To Listen To Lately | hawk + pearl

Disclaimer: This is a compilation of my favorite songs as of late. By “snow day playlist,” I’m referring to a list of songs that I’m playing on this snow day that I think you should be listening to as well.   It’s snowing outside. It’s cold. We’re stuck inside (I’m not off from work, but …

4 Lessons Learned From My Recent Trip To Florida

4 Lessons Learned From My Recent Trip To Florida | hawk + pearl

Last week, I went down to Florida with my mom to visit my grandpa. We haven’t been down there in a while, so it was nice to not only get out of New York for a bit but to also spend quality time with him (which I’m sorry to say doesn’t happen often enough).   …

Life & The Mysterious Powers Of The Universe

The Mysterious, Powerful Workings Of Life & The Universe | hawk + pearl

Just when you feel you can’t handle any more, the weight is lifted off your shoulders. In your most dire moment of need, you receive what you’ve been lacking. When you feel the emptiest you’ve ever been, the void is filled. Right before you’re about to give up, you’re given the reassurance that you’re exactly …

A Tribute To 23 & A Toast To 24

A Tribute To 23 & A Toast To 24 | hawk + pearl

Tomorrow is my 24th birthday, which means this is my last night as a 23-year-old. …naturally, here I am, spending the last few hours of this birth year reflecting upon the past twelve months composed of successes, transitions, hardships, milestones, and major events.

California Dreaming

California Dreaming | hawk + pearl

I’ve been back in New York for about three days now after fulfilling my dream of going to California (hence why I haven’t posted anything on here in a little while). Ugh. One week spent on the other side of the country is not long enough. I knew it would be different over there, but …

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

happy anniversary, mom and dad!

Dear Mom and Dad, Happy Anniversary! 36 years of marriage (plus 5 years before that) is a really long time to be with somebody else… like, a really, really long time. CONGRATS! I am the luckiest girl in the world to have parents like you. You care for our family and each one of us …

17 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

17 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self | hawk + pearl writing blog

Reflecting back on my younger years, especially those during middle and high school, there are countless things I wish I had known back then. There are so many thoughts I wish I could have believed and so, so many lessons I wish I would have learned earlier.   Here are 17 things I wish I could tell …

SOS: I Have Contracted Nice Guy Syndrome

nice guys vs jerks nice guy syndrome hawk + pearl blog

Every human is a unique individual and every person has their own qualities and blah blah, but when it comes to dating, there are essentially two types of men: nice guys and jerks. Nice guys tend to be complete pushovers and overall flaccid, spineless cowards. Jerks have no regard for a girl’s feelings and only …

It’s Been Two Weeks Since You Passed: A Letter To Steven Larsen

it's been two weeks since you passed steven larsen hawk + pearl blog

In Loving Memory of Steven Larsen 1991-2016 I went to your friend’s party the other night for the fourth of July, but you weren’t there. People were talking about you, but they spoke about you in the past tense. A friend said he made a song about you. A few of us were reminiscing about the …

My Last Minute Decision To Go To Atlantic City Alone

My Last Minute Decision To Go To Atlantic City Alone hawk + pearl

If you follow me on Twitter or know me personally, then you’re probably well aware that I’m obsessed with Dillon Francis. Once I heard he was scheduled to play Premier Nightclub in Atlantic City on June 11th, I knew I had to go. After posting statuses on Facebook and Twitter and asking friends to join …

The “American Dream” Is Not A “Dream” At All

Straying Away From The Dream To Follow Your Dream | hawk + pearl

Straying Away From The Dream To Follow Your Dream Today, I’m going to write about something we all learned about during our younger years. I’m going to write about what I’ve learned about that particular something as I’ve grown older. That something is the “American dream.”

An Introduction: Welcome To hawk + pearl

Welcome to hawk + pearl! Hi! So I’ve finally done it. I’ve finally decided on a domain name that I like enough to purchase and use as my personal blog (I’ve been struggling with this issue for the past eight months or so — you have no idea how excited I am to launch this thing). I don’t …