Good Life Project Mashup

Know who I love? THIS GUY —> Jonathan Fields. He interviewed me last summer when Evoso was still getting off the ground, about my journey starting/growing Girls Fight Back – and also my philosophy on people speaking their truth in a powerful way. Our interview just happened the fall on the 12th anniversary of Shannon’s […]

Moving Forward from Girls Fight Back

There comes a time when a Founder just needs to walk away. Today is that day for me. But first, I want to tell you a story. On June 21, 1979 an angel was born, and her name was Shannon Elizabeth McNamara. Less than two weeks before her 22nd birthday, Shannon was murdered in her […]

My Interview on the Good Life Project

So yeah. This was amazing. I love Jonathan Fields, and his long-form interviewing style. Of all the media I’ve done where I’m forced to condense some complicated ideas into 2 minutes, Jonathan takes the time to go deeper and have meaningful discussions. Hope you dig it.

My Parental Confession

People often say to me, “Hey Super Mom, I just don’t know how you do it all!” My ego appreciates that. But why is it a badge of pride to be able to do it all? Why is it reputable to make it look easy? Today I have a confession. This parent + work thing is […]

Dance in Your Kitchen

Some days it’s just hard to read the news. Like yesterday, with that horrible tornado in Oklahoma. Also yesterday, the death of 18-year-old rock star, Zach Sobiech, from a rare form of terminal cancer. I spent most of the day working on a speech I’m giving in June, all about the past 12 years of […]

Words + Weddings

In the 80s my Uncle Randy was living in Texas with his partner, Richie. That is, until someone murdered Richie and burned the house down around him. No one was ever charged or prosecuted. It was a hate crime, utterly ignored. Fearing for his life, Uncle Randy fled to llinois, where my amazing parents supported […]

Permission to Create

All through my childhood, I was an artist. I was in the advanced placement art program in elementary school. I remember painting this really strange flamingo (the animal I had an obsessive passion about between ages 7-13) with a bizarrely Q-bert neck looking down at its baby flamingo. I stared at it often in my […]

10 Unconventional Ways to Handle Financial Stress

Feeling broke as a joke? Alrighty then, this one’s for you. To most people, money is security and opportunity – for ourselves and our loved ones. There’s lots of advice out there to “just relax – things will get better” when it comes to money. Or go meditate or exercise or get a good night’s […]

How to Pitch

I was honored to be included in an article by Erika Napoletano for American Express Open Forum alongside Brad Feld (Managing Partner of tech VC firm, Foundry Group) about how to pitch your ideas in business. Specifically when you have to take the mic and speak your truth, there’s a lot on the line…and it […]

Be President of Your Life

Today our nation will determine what man will lead our country for the next four years. Regardless the outcome, I propose we all declare ourselves as President of our own lives. OK friends, it’s Truthy Time with Weed… Recently I was rushed to the ER for the first time in my life. It was for […]

Forced to Stop

“Everything has come to a halt.” This what we hear in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The East Coast, known for it’s go-go-go pace, has been forced to stop. In New York City, many of the subway lines are underwater, and will continue to be for several WEEKS. Folks are receiving this news while sitting […]

Are You Trapped in a Story or Speaking Your Truth?

Yesterday I was working (as a speaking coach) with a client who will soon be giving an important TEDx speech. She wrote a first draft and sent it to me before we Skyped. It was thoughtful and thorough and well researched. It tackled the tough social issue of mental illness, a highly stigmatized condition in […]

Quit Before You Fail

There are instances in life where you simply must finish what you started. A race, for example. YouTube lauds the injured runner who runs to the end anyway, and makes heroes of the kind competitors who help them across the finish line. Or if you’re giving a speech and you have a ‘black hole’ moment […]

Our Children Are Watching

Today my daughter started daycare, and I am officially back to work. For all you parents out there, you know what this means: Emotional Armageddon.  (You might consider avoiding me today…) Maternity leave for entrepreneurs is a joke. It’s not a break. You don’t coo with your baby 24/7. Not because you don’t want to, […]

Speaker Coaching for TEDx Boulder

This past weekend, TEDx Boulder happened. And it was amazing. I had the honor of being a speaker coach to the presenters, helping them craft their messages and improve their stage delivery. I didn’t try to make them into flawless orators, but instead, helped them sift through their own thoughts, words, fears and ideas to […]

3 Steps to Unleashing Creativity

This weekend was my first experience drinking + painting. It was awesome. The margaritas and acrylic paint just flowed. The class was learning to paint the Denver skyline, but I decided to do my own thing and paint a funky owl for my baby daughter’s bedroom. Prior to arriving at Whimsey Sip + Paint in […]

Are you waiting for a sign?

Have you ever really, really wanted something…and then you say to God or the Universe or whoever you think is in control up there: “If this is meant to be, just give me a sign.” And then you wait. And wait. Sometimes you get a hollaback. Sometimes you forget you asked. Sometimes it seems so […]

How to Live in a (sometimes) Violent World

Tragedies like the one that happened here in my back yard in Colorado remind us just how fragile we are. How precious life is. How it can all come to a terrifying halt, amidst a sea of bullets and a cloud of tear gas. The initial shock of the massacre in an Aurora, CO movie […]

Meet my angel baby…

Last Fall I broke the news to you incredible superfans that I was pregnant. I remember being overcome with emotion when I learned my due date was June 16th, because for the past 10 years June was a month of grieving. The inspiration behind GFB, Shannon McNamara, was murdered on June 12, 2001. Her birthday […]

5 Ways to Build Social Good into Your Business

One of the exciting things about being alive right now is how many businesses are realizing the importance of contributing to social causes. If you are starting a new biz venture or would like to weave some cause-driven initiatives into what you’re already doing, here are a few tips: #1: Choose a social issue that […]