The World Domination Summit: Fertile ground to get out of your own way and create

I am still processing all that was the World Domination Summit, a gathering of writers, creative and world changers over a warm summer weekend in Portland, Oregon. There are brilliant recaps of the speakers and events here and here. But what happened outside of the scheduled events were just as powerful for me. Continue reading “The World Domination Summit: Fertile ground to get out of your own way and create”

Run to empower women

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“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?   -Mary Oliver

I’ve been throwing myself birthday parties since third grade. Birthdays were an excuse to gather the people I love, feed them and play.

This year, I have a different vision. Women in post-conflict Kamoniyi, Rwanda, gathering around a fresh new start. Clean water. Continue reading “Run to empower women”

5 Life lessons I learned from quitting my PhD program

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Three years ago I was accepted into a fully funded doctoral program in my dream field. I quit my job, loaded up a UHaul and moved to sunny San Diego.

Then, my father was given months to live. Prostate cancer. And my mother, who had long suffered from bipolar disorder, stopped taking her medication. I flew to St. Louis, Missouri and drove hours until I reached a remote hospital near the Arkansas border. I scooped up my mother, like I had so many times growing up, and brought her home. Continue reading “5 Life lessons I learned from quitting my PhD program”