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Fail Fast & Pre-Mortem Your Next Project

From the Freakonomics podcast to articles from Fast Company, Fail Fast has become the latest mantra for suits, skirts, and sweatshirts alike. As a new manager within a rapidly growing company, I spent the first six months investigating experiential learning as a catalyst to positive change. I was in search of a lateral method to […]

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Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – trust your gut and embrace failure at the sight of intuition. Back in 2007, I was the co-owner of a small design firm. We made great art for corporations, non-profits, and individuals large and small. As young, twenty-something entrepreneurs we dabbled in everything from Android games to rock […]

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How Love, Running, and Rocks Can Lead to Inner Peace

An Extrovert’s War on Introversion It happened during a conversation about my upcoming birthday. Unsure of what to get me, I noted to my fiance that I don’t need any more ‘stuff’ and to think of experiences, the things I like to do. I ran down a list of activities and then I found my […]

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Yoga: Why Breathing Takes Practice

Yoga newbies, this one’s for you! 5 tips for getting through the postures in your next yoga class.   “Exhale into Downward Dog and stay here for five breaths.” I can count to five – I’ve got this… After what feels like minutes turning into hours, my instructor says soothingly, “Four more breaths.” Slight panic […]

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How the Porn Expo Boosted My Body Image & Self Confidence

After moving to a new state and changing jobs, I found solace in the ‘body image’ essays on the web. The stress of redefining a career that used to be entrepreneurial had left its mark on my hips, thighs, and cheeks (both sets). So, here I am, approaching my mid-thirties, wondering if I should “just […]

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Growling Gut Instincts: When Email Etiquette Reveals the Truth

It began with a need. A need to change jobs. I was tired of commuting an hour by train each way and constantly working those unnecessary late nights. Most ad agencies seem to have a similar assumption that working late procures creative agility, I disagree. I’m an early bird who likes to go home at […]

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Hot Chocolate & Evening Routines

It was senior year and I was dating the captain of the wrestling team. Adam would swing by after practice, hop in the shower and then we’d hang out for a bit in the late evening. One November night, Adam engaged in the aforementioned routine, and, it being a chilly winter night, I decided to […]

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Martha Stewart, Camel Toe, Amen.

It’s Saturday morning. My mother called at 8:30am as she often will. Since I didn’t pick up the first time, and I know she’ll call again in an hour, I ring her back. She’s talking to me about work and then, in mid sentence, she cuts herself off and begins to talk to my father. […]

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The Boob or Bust.

Bust. (noun) 1) A woman’s chest. 2) A sculpture of a person’s head, shoulders, and chest. 3) An art student’s tale of woe. Let this be the first of many statements I will make regarding my art education – there were many things being created that made anyone’s typical baby-boomer parents uncomfortable. One of the […]


Merry Christmas from Kotex Tampons

It’s Christmas morning at my parents’ house. I’m a freshman in college. Surrounded by gifts wrapped to the nines, I notice a large, frosted gift bag. While you could only see through it slightly, it appeared to be filled with lots of boxes, all about equal size. “You gotta open these first – before Aunt […]