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As I’ve talked about here before, I used to have an impressive morning routine that kept me in good mental, spiritual, and physical shape. Keywords: “Used to. Kept.” I fell off my morning routine wagon, and it hasn’t been pretty. It’s been down and out ugly.
Mother Kristin Minara got a set of test results back to discover the baby she was carrying had spina bifida. And just like everything she does, Kristin embraced her unborn child and embraced her new life as a mother of a child with spina bifida. As it is the end of Spina Bifida Awareness month (October), I sat down with Kristin so she and Natalie, her young daughter, could spread that awareness to us.
You come home at the end of another long day, sit down to an excellent dinner prepared by your “stay at home Dad” husband, go for your family evening walk, bathe your son, read him a book, and after he’s in bed, then curl up with your — Facebook. You do too, you do! I see you there. And what do you see but that amazing Cheryl Helmick talking about her annual family fundraiser for charity.
The history of clowning is very old, with origins going back to Egypt 2500 BC. You might know some about it as a world citizen from your knowledge of art history. Or maybe your understanding of clowning begins and ends with Krusty the Clown. Clowning connects humanity with our most basic emotions.
You can bet a pie of delicious New York pizza that I didn’t start a blog and podcast on notable women not having a long list of women already in mind. These are women that I know and know well. I knew who I wanted to interview for the blog and who for the podcast and who for both. I have a list of women and the topics I would love to discuss with them. But for some reason, women having a hard time acknowledging their own awesome.
Nicole Mustaccio is an English teacher in the New Jersey public school system, and she is out about her sexual orientation. She is married to a wonderful woman and mother to two delightful sons. One is named after one of her favorite literary greats, Dante Alighieri, the Italian poet known for the epic Divine Comedy, and her second son, Austin, is an amazing young man who is attending Nicole’s alma mater West Chester University. I talked to Nicole about her experience as a teacher in the United States public school system.
I’m talking about how volunteering benefits YOU. There are four effects to consider: happiness, health, career success, and more time. Check out this short video (less than 90 seconds) to see how research shows how volunteering creates powerful life benefits.
Have you ever ridden a mechanical bull? Did you know that the owner of whatever bar or restaurant you’re frequenting had to get special insurance for you to be able to enjoy that experience?
Neither did I until I worked for my father one summer and had to remember to include the “mechanical bull exclusion” in people’s new or renewal insurance packets. That fine summer of 2002, I read well over 50 books from the Doylestown Library, lived on UPenn’s campus, and learned more about insurance than I ever wanted to know.
As an intellectual exercise, I find insurance fascinating, but once you add in the human element, I quickly lose interest. These are people’s lives we’re talking about. The entire premise of the insurance company doing everything it possibly can to NOT pay you always gets my goat.
But that doesn’t mean I get a pass, and neither do you! Being properly insured can mean all the difference in the world to you and your family in times of crisis.
Enter Meghan Krajewski, my amazing, selfless, and beautiful older sister who joined our father in the family business. As someone newly licensed who just opens her own agency, I thought she’d be a great person to give us Notable Women a look into this world.
Open a magazine, turn on the news, even listen to your mother and her friends, and eventually your own friends. “She ‘let herself go’ after the baby.” “She looks so amazing, she must have had work done. No one looks that good a month after her baby is born.” I would high five anyone who managed to make it to childbearing years without hearing this negative messaging. So is it any wonder that a woman can get negative about her post-baby body? Enter Shelly Robinson, stage right.
I had a friend who just started streaming Grey’s Anatomy who watched this episode for the first time this month, and she Facebook posted about how she remembered her friends being broken years before. All she could do now was drink wine and sob. That’s how good Shonda Rhimes is. 10 years old and that episode is still going strong.
Struggling to take action toward your goals without getting stuck?
Kick those pesky negative thoughts out of the way and start kicking ass.
3 Secrets to Badass Confidence with Melanie Childers
A Super U Summit Talk
Melanie goes in-depth on her 3 secrets to building badass confidence in yourself so that you can go after whatever you want in life – whether it’s running a business or running for office! These 3 secrets are the way to build REAL confidence, so you don’t have to fake it til you make it anymore!
Podcast: The Vanished Podcast with Marissa Jones
In this interview, meet the founder, producer, creator, and host of The Vanished Podcast, Marissa Jones. The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing.
Video: How to Never Fail at Anything with Tania Fox
How to Never Fail at Anything is the hyperbolic title to Tania’s keynote talk. She stumbled upon this secret by being impressively mediocre in French, but speaking it anyway, and ultimately becoming a published and award-winning translator. By the end of her talk, you’ll believe that you too can successfully suck at anything.
Podcast: The View from the Pillow Fort with Crystal Bennett Harris (an episode on rest and resetting)
In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview Crystal Bennett Harris on the view from her pillow fort. We talk about a recent transition she’s gone through and how that has affected her view of her business, her role in it, and what she wants to do next.