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a happy little moment

So I have this dream that one day I will be walking through some airport and will see my book in someone’s hand as she sits and reads until it is time to board.  Now, this is a terribly impractical dream as I haven’t yet (like that optimistic yet) written a book that really lends itself […]

Early Bird Registration for beautiful you. the workshop

I just realized that the early bird price for beautiful you. the workshop goes up tomorrow so I wanted to remind you, too.  If you want to get the early bird price, email me your registration form today to and mail your check to arrive by Saturday.  Hope you can join us!  beautiful you. the […]

a little sunshine

Thought I’d offer a quick Sunshine Project Update.  When I remember to fill out the chart , it’s a great tool for me to make sure that I deliberately include things that I really enjoy or that give me a spark into each day (and that list has grown from your suggestions and from remembering things that […]

So Long One, Hello Two

Well, the littlest kid turns 2 today.  We’ll celebrate with an end of the bed present ( a fun little something for him to open to start the day), a grandparent’s lunch at our house, and some Happy’s choice time in the  morning and afternoon.  My guess is that Happy’s choice will look like this: […]

Random Bits

Bit # 1  So, last week’s field trip was to Discovery Place, the kid’s discovery and science museum in Charlotte.  When you walk in, one of the first areas you reach is a little play place complete with a toddler area, water table, Legos Wall, etc.  It’s pretty thrilling (and overwhelming).  We walked in and […]

Become a M'ija before September 1!

Alright, we’re in the last full week of Circle de Luz recruitment so I need to make one final plug.  Thanks for considering!  Circle De Luz radically empowers young Latinas by supporting and inspiring them in the pursuit of their possibilities through extensive mentoring, programming, and scholarship funds for further education.   You can help us […]

A little self-appreciation, please

On Friday, I head back to school.  I’ll have 45 students in my seminar and we’ll spend 3 hours together every Friday morning discussing body image, how it is formed, why it matters, what can be done to improve it on a micro and macro level.  They’ll write papers, like their very first assignment: a […]

This, as you might imagine, wasn't so hard.

Random Bits

Boy, did I run into some good fortune last week when I was able to head to the beach with Molly Barker (founder of Girls on the Run), Donna Scott (actor and producer), and Amy Combs (Director of Charlotte Center for Balanced Living).  We all know each other professionally but haven’t really had a chance […]

The Business of Writing

People ask how I got started in the writing business all the time and here’s my answer, “I took a class.”  Yep, ten years ago, I signed up for a continuing education class on writing for magazines and that’s where I learned what I needed to know about the business.  It’s also where I made […]