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 even know where to start. I had no idea what to write about as my first post, so I figured it’d be a good idea to begin with an introduction.

First and foremost…

What is hawk + pearl?

hawk + pearl is my version of a lifestyle and writing blog. On a daily basis, I experience or think of at least one thing that makes me go, “That would be a great topic to write about!” This is my place to do exactly that.

I’ve been contributing to BuzzFeed and Thought Catalog for a while now, and I even write for a living. You may have read my viral post titled “19 Classic Viral YouTube Videos You Totally Forgot Existed” that I wrote about a year ago (if not, go do so now). I also share my thoughts on social media channels like Facebook and Twitter sometimes. However, I’ve never had a place solely dedicated to my personal writing. I’m excited to say that that’s about to change starting now.

Overall, this blog will serve as an outlet for the culmination of things I’d like to share with the world — my experiences, thoughts, tips, tricks, recipes, and more. Whether you come back to read my posts or not, that’s up to you. I’ll be here writing regardless.

What the hell does hawk + pearl mean?

After these eight or so past months of struggling to come up with a blog name, this is what I came up with? “hawk + pearl”?


I know. It’s a quirky name, right? However, it holds meaning to me — and that’s all that matters, so if you don’t like it, then I don’t care! (just kidding… not really though.)

So, why hawk + pearl? I will refer to the explanation I wrote over on the about page:

As a child, I was raised by my father to look for and identify hawks, a symbol of power, perception, observation, and awareness. The middle name of my beloved grandmother, may she rest in peace, is Pearl, commonly defined as “a precious thing; the finest example of something.” The name hawk + pearl was created to represent the integration of the strength of a hawk and the beauty of a pearl.

And last, but not least…

Who am I?

My name is Morgan Mandriota. I’m terrible at introducing myself to others; partially attributed to the fact that I’m kind of awkward, and also due to the lack of interest I have in explaining who I am to others.

If you’d like to learn more about me, you can follow over to the about page for a better attempt at a personal description, or instead I can show you the inner workings of my mind through my writing on this platform as time moves forward.

And that’s it! My first blog post is officially written, completed, and published. Thanks for taking the time to read this introduction — seriously, I truly appreciate it. I hope you’ll come back to read more of my work on hawk + pearl sometime again in the near future.

Until then,


Morgan Mandriota is a freelance sex, health, and wellness writer and the creator of and You can read her content on Betches, BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog, and a bunch of other places on the internet. When she isn't writing, Morgan loves traveling, hiking, eating tacos, and training Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and everywhere else @morganmandriota.


  1. John Parry

    Fuggggin siiickkk! Just gave me something to occupy my insomnia with! Name for the blog is awesome too!

  2. Lori Mandriota

    You always write down those quotes that people say that you find interesting or love. Maybe that would be a great section to have on your blog.

    Wishing you best of luck with your new venture. <3

  3. Roberta-Anne Schmitt

    Wow!!! I am going to read your blog for sure!!! You make it feel as if you are speaking to me, which is so great!! Love the name and now know why it took you a while. You really put a lot of thought into it. Morgan, you are hardly awkward, you are absolutely beautiful inside and out. You are blessed with an amazing set of parents who have and continue to support you as you embark on your life’s journey. Thankful that I get to peek at one tiny aspect of it via your blog musings! Big hugs to you and congrats!!! It goes without saying how very proud your mamma is!

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