Dirty Santa and the Hustler Bag.

I was invited to the "Dirty Santa" party!The girl who invited me was someone I met at a meetup.com event....more

A grateful heart: Getting featured on BlogHer

 Pretty jazzed to have been featured on the BlogHer homep...more

Join the BlogHer Visionaries Panel!

Do you know about the BlogHer Visionaries? It's a powerful group of 4600 articulate women who have strong opinions about everything from social media to consumer electronics to brands and products. Visionaries who opt into the program, have an opportunity to participate in the following: ...more

One month later ... my BlogHer '13 memoir.

It's been a month since I attended the BlogHer '13 conference in Chicago. Procrastination award goes to (thumbs in) this gal. My brain filled up at an alarming rate -- like bubbles in a beaker -- so many words to get out! Inspiration! Motivation! Amazing writers everywhere around me! Brainsplosion! It was a serious chemical reaction set off by the bold and effervescent ingredients of simply being at BlogHer....more

BlogHer 2013 Taught Me

A 'lil over a week ago I went off to Chicago to meet some of my blogging friends and 5,000-ish of our peers at BlogHer '13. It was a conference I'd been looking forward to for many personal reasons. I love blogging, and I love the community. I just needed it all to come together. And that it did. #BlogHer13 taught me a lot about myself and why I do what I do....more

Why I Go To Conferences

    I’ve done a lot of writing for clients these past nine years, and it’s extremely important to me that I do it exactly right – I want my clients to look at my work and think, “Yes, that’s what I wanted. That’s precisely what I had in mind.”...more

BlogHer 2013: The Social and the Savvy (Part 1)

It's now been four days and counting since I got back from BlogHer 2013 (#BlogHer13) and the adrenaline rush of being "social" butterfly Estelle, is slowly dissipating amidst the daily onslaught of my "mom"  responsibilities, from doing six loads of laundry, to cleaning up messes, to dealing with temper tantrums, to organizing like a banshee three supremo playdates for my four-year-old daughter, one after another (sprinkler park, beach trip, pool/shopping trip)....more

Hallway Busking at BlogHer ’13 (BuskHer13!)

It’s so easy and tempting to complain about not having a loud enough voice, about not being heard. But the simple fact is that if I haven’t been heard, the only reason is because I haven’t earned it yet. I need to find my voice and find my stage.All the world is a stage. When did I forget that line? Was it somewhere in the past ten years of working in a cubicle? Was it earlier, during college, when I chose to focus my energy behind the stage rather than upon it?...more
Awesome idea!  I'm working on the details now, but hoping to see you "hallway busking" in person!more

What my hamster, Fat Olivia, taught me about loss and saying goodbye

 This is was Fat Olivia. Actually, let’s talk about her in the present tense. You know, because it’s more fun and less depressing....more