Inspired

Plugging into community

Plugging into community

On Friday, I attended the Women + Girls Research Alliance Summit.   I am honored to be on the advisory council for the Alliance, and, every two years, after conducting empirical research around important issues impacting women and girls in Charlotte, the Alliance hosts a Summit to present the findings and to galvanize energy in the […]

Some poems for the Journey

Some poems for the Journey

A little know fact about me is that I went to graduate school to be a poet.  My very first advisor felt that I had some skills at prose and so I ended up with a dual-focused  MFA (poetry and non-fiction).  While I write non-fiction now, I am still in love with poetry so when […]

unveiling the happy sheet

unveiling the happy sheet

when I was a high school teacher, there was a tradition that I inadvertently started that my students latched onto pretty quickly.  Once, because something stirred it up in class, I printed out a poem that had been a great guide for me in my adolescence, copied it on bright paper, and gave it out […]

The Sunshine Project

I came up with the Sunshine Project in 2010 when I was going through a hectic time and wanted to make sure I was doing what I could do to create joy in my daily life in the midst of tasks and responsibilties. You can do the Sunshine Project at any time of the year, […]

author interview:: Allison Winn Scotch

author interview:: Allison Winn Scotch

I am so excited to reintroduce you to Allison Winn Scotch.  Allison is an amazing novelist whose fourth book, The Song Remains the Same, was just released last week.  When I started out as a writer, I paid particular attention to the bylines to articles that I read and loved.  One name that kept popping […]

Nothing looks as good as confidence feels

Nothing looks as good as confidence feels

On Friday, I talked about my affection for Pinterest inspired menu planning.  Today, I am taking on one of my least favorite part of the Pinterest experience– the Thinspo motivation. Not familiar with Thinspo?  It’s short for Thin inspiration and while I am all for Healthspo (health inspiration; a term I just coined at this […]

tricks and tips for the creative process

tricks and tips for the creative process

Life is a work of art and we are its artists, born with the tools- our innate imagination, curiosity, and playfulness- to create anything we can imagine… Art is simply the name for how you live your life and how you tell others what you think and feel. Sandra Magsamen, Living Artfully We are all […]

Something Magical...

Something Magical…

I am honored today to introduce you to Kaleigh Somers who founded of HUGstronger to help empower college students and reassure them that they are not alone in their struggles, be those personal, professional, academic, or athletic, she developed HUGstronger, a content-driven blog community that operates on the belief that honest, authentic storytelling can change […]

Are you ready to live your announcement?

Are you ready to live your announcement?

Years ago, there was an ad (Nike?) that I just loved.  It read: You are born.  And oh, how you wail! Your first breath is a scream. Not timid or low, but selfish and shattering, with all the force of waiting nine months under water. Your whole life should be like that: An announcement.  I […]