Mandy D

Forte e Bella is a blog for women but open to all, dedicated to open dialogue on beauty, life, justice, love and discovering the true nature of a woman’s worth.

“Forte e Bello” is Italian for strong and beautiful. True beauty is not fragile. It is not weak. You cannot distort it or change it from it’s original form. It is the only beauty in the world that is definitive. It is found in a spirit that has learned to truly love in spite of loss, to truly live in spite of fear, to truly laugh in spite of pain, to value others above themselves, yet love who they are, imperfection and all. It is the beauty through which we are able to love fully, give freely, laugh often, sacrifice willingly and live lives with purpose alongside those we love the most. This blog is dedicated to helping women discover and live out of that beauty in their life, their passions and their relationships.

The author of this blog is me, Mandy Dobbelmann, a Minnesota native, now living in the southbay of Los Angeles, CA. I am a blogger, singer/songwriter, music teacher, justice-fighter, minimalist, lover of adventure, people and life. Passionate about social and international justice. Doing my best to use my passion for writing to speak for change.




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    December 29, 2013

    Thank you for following my blog! Happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have 🙂 for sure will be back here !!

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      January 4, 2014

      Awesome. See you around the blogging world. 🙂

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    February 16, 2014

    I am so happy to find your site. It is beautiful. I look forward to following your blog. The post that got me here was the one about the ‘trafficking of women’. This world can be a scary place. It’s hard to really believe how evil mankind can really be. Thank you for posting this and reminding us of this present reality.

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      February 17, 2014

      Thanks so much @Rosh. Glad you found the blog. My prayer is that it will continue to be an encouragement to you. God Bless. 🙂

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      March 13, 2014

      The world can truly be a scary place.Someone said ‘The believe in a supernatural source of evil is unnecessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness’. May God give us the grace to stay strong.

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        March 14, 2014

        So true. His grace alone can get us through this journey.

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        Mandy Dobbelmann

        March 15, 2014

        Agreed @Less-talk. My prayer is that I will use the grace God has already given me to fight and to never give up. Thanks for sharing!

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    May 12, 2014

    Happy to have found you 🙂

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      Mandy Dobbelmann

      May 23, 2014