Slow mornings made up of snuggles from my sweet dog Grace, sipping coffee with my future husband, and mastering the perfect fried egg.
Anne Lamott, Nora Ephron, Sloane Crossly, Maya Angelou and anyone on the Rumpus.
Does Cher count?
I have always imagined a happy life filled with lots of freedom - freedom to do whatever I wanted; surrounded by the people that I cherish with this illuminating feeling of acceptance and love.
As a child, I was always happiest when I was outside, especially at the beach. I still get extremely happy when I am at/in/near the water. Funny, because I am an air sign.
Sacrifice. (Is that a virtue?? I don’t know). To me, the notion has been perverted - that you must give up in order to achieve. In my experience, life is about a series of pivots and divine detours (which we call sacrifice).
The phrase, “I’m sorry”, has been long overused in my career-life. It’s been a WIP to reverse this over the last year or so. It took a TedTalk to get me to understand just how many women apologize in unnecessary situations.
A hidden talent of mine is being a drummer who used to play in an all-girl band. We had a decent run on a local record label playing around the southeast. I played until I was six months pregnant with my son and had to hang up my sticks for a while. Now we have a houseful of musicians and we have ridiculous fun playing together.
Outside of raising two decent human beings, starting a local charter school is my proudest moment. Working pro bono for six years, immersing myself in learning governance & educational laws, along with creating relationships with board members on both county & state levels has been the most fulfilling position I’ve had the honor of serving.
I would move back West in a heartbeat – either to the Bay Area or the Pacific NW.
"“All I know is”, “Clearly”, “Highlighted”, Galvanize”, “Let’s get started”, and puh-leeze” (for emphasis only). I know our group probably rolls their eyes when I say a few of these — you can thank my Midwest (Chicago) upbringing for some of them.
Helping people in any way that I can — putting smiles on faces just because.
Family and my precious LGBTQ+ family, the Hierarchy team and friends from around the world. They all have helped me grow every day in every way.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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My wife. She is my anchor and home.
Most definitely, original “Astro Boy” by Osamu Tezuka!
Less is more.
Insincerity and/or passive-aggressiveness.
Clearly … Here’s The Thing.
Loyalty, Honesty, Sense of Humor.
Laughter, be it at me or with me !
Feet in the sand, surf crashing, bourbon in hand; take me to the beach with my partner in crime, my wife Jill
My voice; if you know, you know!
Rightneous – because it ok to say; “ I don’t know”.
I refuse to go into any large body of water that isn’t crystal blue because I have an irrational fear that there’s a ginormous carp or something at the bottom.
Other than my mom, I love Rihanna, Michelle Obama, and SZA. They’re all just smart, beautiful, inspirational black women who seem to have it all together.
I feel like I say “cutie pie” and “cool beans” way too much.
I’d want to come back as a rich person’s dog because I know I’d be pampered for my entire life. Being a little frog or a turtle would be cool, too. I could just chill in a pond all day or sit on a lily pad in the sun.