One Good Thing About Heartbreak (From The Beauty of Different)

About fifteen years ago, I convinced myself that my life had fallen completely apart, never to be put back together again. I was in my late twenties, and my first marriage had ended. After taking the bar exam (and barely passing), I moved out into an apartment on my own and was promptly laid off from my first legal job ever. I was jobless, alone and running through my savings. Fast. In short, I was a mess. ...more

Indeed life is full of tiny miracles. A good friend of mine shared to me a quote of Taylor ...more

BlogHer Network Member News, Jan 21st: Karen Walrond in Seattle + More

Happy Friday, everyone! Today in BlogHer Network Member News: Updates from Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks, Florinda Pendley Vasquez of The 3 R's Blog, Erica of My Colombian Recipes, Esther Feng from for such a time as this, and Heather of It's Twinsanity!...more

On Creativity with Ali Edwards

When I was enrolled in engineering school, my father gave me all my old report cards. One from first grade was particularly telling: Karen is doing very well in reading and shows a talent for arithmetic, it read, but she shows no aptitude for art. ...more
Great statement "Creativity is problem solving." I am a painter, and everything on the canvas is ...more

Own Your Beauty: There Are No Flaws. Imperfection & Perception With Katherine Center

I arrived in the United States at the age of 11, and my family moved to an extremely homogeneous neighborhood on the outskirts of Houston, Texas. Not only was the culture quite foreign to me, at the junior high school where I was enrolled I looked and sounded different from everyone around me. I managed the best way I could, and in general, I did okay. But the truth is that eleven is such an incredibly awkward age: It's the age when hormones begin to rage, our faces and hair become oily and greasy, and our bodies begin to plump out in shocking ways (or, as in my case, become unforgivingly angular). And cruelly, this is also the time when we start to really become aware of what our society deems "beautiful" -- we watch with wonder on television, in magazines, in movies and on stage the teenagers and adults who are anointed Beautiful, who become the standards for which we are encouraged to aim. ...more

Here's my start to November's homework. ...more

Own Your Beauty, Month 1: Discover Authenticity With Brené Brown

Almost exactly two years ago, I woke up early and lay groggily on my back, trying to will myself to get out of bed and start getting dressed for my executive position as the assistant general counsel of a relatively large software company. As I lay there, staring at the ceiling, feeling somehow pinned to my bed by my bedclothes, I said out loud, almost without thinking: "Enough." ...more

That's the authentic me. I have learned it's ok to be me, to speak my mind, and not everyone has ...more