Hi! I'm Mandie, a MechaniChic.
Let's hit the high points, shall we?
I'm a type-A, ENTJ, homebirthing, homeschooling, homesteading mompreneur. I eat a meat, veggie, fruit, and nuts buffet because I love food, and I workout hard so I can eat more. Because, #girlguns.
My education started early - my dad was a diesel mechanic who worked on small engines at home. I was the gopher. It was a meager start, but I worked my way up to full blown apprentice by high school, when he helped me rebuild the engine on my first car.
I went to college and got a degree in Broadcasting while also trying to double major in Accounting. I worked all over and gained lots of experience, staying mostly in finance after I left the radio world. Meanwhile, I married and son #1 happened. I went back to school for Automotive Systems. After a year, son #2 happened. I was determined. I went back, and son #3 happened almost immediately. Then came the separation and the hard years of #soloboymommin'. 3 years later, I re-met my current partner, who I've known since youth group as an early teen. 2 years later, surprise! Our baby girl. True to self, I decided to start University. Then COVID (which despite me working full-time in person the entire year around active cases, we managed to avoid entirely). Now my oldest in is high school, soon to be driving. How did that happen??
I've always enjoyed getting greasy and fixing things. I'm a daddy's girl, and proud of it. He and I think with metal gears and grease in our noggin and gasoline in our veins.
It was a chance meeting with Rankin Barnes at a homeschool convention that started me on the teaching path in 2014. He is the creator of (c) Crankin Engines, and a darn good mechanic and teacher to boot. Not long after, I discovered the Auto Upkeep curriculum, and started teaching it as a high school credit class.
In 2017, I had the good chance to work at a local mower shop. I loved it and learned a lot. In 2020, I was an accounting controller for a manufacturing company while MechaniChic'ing in the evenings. Thanks to NextDoor and Facebook, my business is booming, so much that I came back to MechaniChics full time in 2021, and became an LLC in 2022!
And here we are. I have a clean criminal background check on file. Be sure to follow my social feeds to keep up with the work I'm doing, and the things you can learn!