3 Ways to Lay an Empowering Foundation for Thai Schoolgirls

We hear a lot in the media about providing equal access to education. These stories mostly focus on overcoming a lack of infrastructure and cultivating a skilled labor pool, but it’s not always the physical absence of a school or a dearth of trained teachers standing in the way of academic progress. Each society has its own hurdles to tackle....more

Beyonce: Empowerment or Objectification

Last night Beyonce did her usual song and dance at the Super Bowl halftime show. People went crazy, as they always do, and she just might have caused a major blackout. (At least that’s what Twitter seemed to think.) She certainly wasn’t lipsyncing and I thought the Destiny’s Child reunion was pretty great – I really respected her for that....more


My friend Theresa, 44 years old, divorced, no children, smart, ambitious, hardworking, and having just spent a long weekend visiting her mother (who is my age, in her 60's) was frustrated and angry.  We were driving up to Palm Beach looking forward to a day of relaxation, fun, a nice lunch, maybe some shopping, but Theresa was agitated....more

I am Woman, Hear Me Roar. My feelings regarding the recent sex-abuse scandals.

Read the full post here.  If you're a Momma like me, the recent scandals at Penn State, and now, ...more

Be Enough Me: No Regrets

I often asked myself, whether as a daughter, a wife, a mother, and a friend I have done 'enough.'  That if I were to die right this minute, could I genuinely say to myself, that I am 'enough'? After all, I am human.  There are many mistakes I wish I could undo, many choices I wish I hadn't made, many decisions I wish I could do otherwise.  I also wish there were many more lives I could have changed for the better, many more kindness I could have shown, many more...more

15 Lessons I Learned from Oprah

I haven’t missed an episode of the Oprah Show in 8 years, but it’s probably closer to 10.  I feel as though I am one of the few people that actually watched Oprah After the Show on the Oxygen channel several years ago.  I loved it! Thanks to my Mom and Oprah I have kept a journal throughout the years.  I don’t journal daily, but when I feel the need I grab my little black book. So, from my notes, here are a few of the things I have jotted down throughout the years. Everyone acts at the level they know. When people show you wh...more

Write your own manifesto!

 My friend Alexa from SwellDesigner passed this poster from Holstee around recently and...more


Last week I posted a comment on Facebook about the importance of laughter in our lives. Evidently research shows that there are lots of health benefits to such glee. Stress relief, increase blood flow to your heart, and body relaxation are just a few in the plethora of literature. Also, laughter can reduce conflict, bring back balance while keeping you alert and focused. I thought this was pretty neat considering laughing is a fun, enjoyable activity to partake in, and with added health rewards, seems like something I’d like to focus more on....more

Gregory House, MD, and Empowering Lessons Women Can Learn From Him

Every week I tune in to watch Hugh Laurie in House, and I embrace his guts, his brilliance, and even his obnoxious attitude. Gregory House is your typical asocial curmudgeon, but we love him anyway, sometimes against our own will, because he is the kind of person we all wish we could be. He is smart, rude, arrogant, and he says what everyone wishes they had the guts to say....more