My Mary Tyler Mom Moment
Opening the Creative Floodgates
If I’m being totally honest, I’ve always been kind of judgemental about stay at home moms.
I always thought having a baby would be a lot of hard work, but part of being a “good” feminist was that even as a mother, you’d have to continue to push boundaries in the workplace. In my mind that meant trying to be in a top leadership position where you can make real change.
John Hughes Movie Soundtrack
Last week I had a creative breakthrough on my motherhood documentary.
I was flipping through some old photos in my phone when I stumbled across a pic of Ginny Rose from four months ago. Her face was round and she was totally bald. It was a screenshot from when I filmed with Mary Perrino a couple of months back and I barely even recognized my little porkadino. I thought to myself “I better get Perrino back over here to film Ginny again.”
Then a light bulb went off.
Boredom is My New Spiritual Practice
My postpartum directorial debut is finally here!
At the beginning of the summer I produced, directed, and edited the music video for EXNATIONS new song John Hughes Movie Soundtrack off their new record Pink Haze.
When Muse Becomes Maker
Being a mom is boring. Sure it’s exhilarating, full of joy, and just about the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life. But it’s also full of long lonely days, talking to yourself, and sometimes counting down the minutes until bedtime.
Becoming a Mother
Earlier this month, Diana and I saw Elizabeth Gilbert talk about her new novel, City of Girls in Brooklyn.
One of the things I love most about Liz is the way she owns her creativity- her relationship to it and her journey with it. From her SuperSoul talks, to Big Magic, she discusses and owns being an artist with such deep conviction and prowess. It’s electrifying.
What the Real Housewives Taught Me About Forgiveness
When I put my arm in to hold her hand or rub her shoulder she screamed louder. When I spoke to her, to try to soothe her, she cried louder. It was clear she needed me and not being able to comfort her made my heart crack wide open. When she cried, I cried.
The Magic of a New Beginning
In our ever-divided and politically polarized world we’ve become obsessed with things being black and white. You’re either on the right or wrong side of history. And while that might be true in the Trump era, more often than not, relationships tend to exist in the grey.
After all, even James Kennedy knows sometimes an argument about penne vodka is actually never about the pasta.
My $20K Mistake
On my first Mother’s Day Ginny Rose, Sal, and I went out to breakfast, talked about Ginny’s birth story, and are lounging all day in our pjs as the rain falls outside on this blustery Brooklyn afternoon. While Sal is teaching Mini how to make nachos, I’m reflecting on the amazing trip I had in Boston this week.
Something I Don't Get About Women
Last summer I paid off $20K worth of debt.
As an entrepreneur, sometimes it’s your job to do the impossible. Sometimes you can raise $100K in Kickstarter in 30 days and other times that firebrand attitude can leave you drowning in debt and totally delusional.
Hands Up if This Speaks to You
My motherhood struggle and journey isn’t unique. It’s something women do, keep doing, and have been doing for centuries. But something I can’t quite understand after experiencing becoming a mom is how our culture keeps viewing the white male as the cultural touchstone of confidence.
Meet Virginia Rose
And in a world full of imposter syndrome, social media overload, and feeling like the work you are doing isn’t enough- there is transformative power in seeing these women go after their careers unapologetically on-screen. Sure, they face challenges, but they keep on climbing. Through their example, they instill you with the confidence to know that you can also take the leap and chase your dream.
17 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mamas
By late the afternoon of the 30th my contractions were getting closer in time and I was in more pain than I knew how to handle. Tiny tears sprouted from the corners of my eyes and Sal and I called Susannah for backup. I was getting closer, I could feel it.
Welcome Ginny Rose (New Video)
After my baby came, if one more nurse told me breastfeeding shouldn’t be painful, I was going to take the plastic tray table and chuck it wheels first out of my hospital room. Because breastfeeding, at least in the beginning – while your nipples are toughening up, your baby is learning to latch, and you’re figuring out the proper way to insert the boob – is very painful.
50+ Hours of Feminist Ruckus
I’ve already learned so much from you.
To appreciate and love the power of my body.
To be present and not rush the process unfolding.
To let go of things that don’t serve me.
Behind The Mac
When Diana and I were working together on Dream, Girl, the first 15-20 minutes of each day were set aside for a pop culture and feminist observational debrief.
My Chipwich Revelation
Yesterday, I took the train home from the Barclays Center and this time, my photos from Apple’s Behind the Mac campaign were on the station walls, covering every inch of the terminal.
My heart felt so full. On the way to the train, I stopped for a chipwich and thought about how tired and drained I had felt earlier, compared to how seen and supported I felt in that moment.
My Testimony in Support of Bill 136-2018
Over the past week, my family, like so many families across the country, was talking about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh- specifically, why victims of sexual assault come forward and why they don’t. As a survivor of sexual assault I have strong and nuanced feelings about this topic.
The Unexpected Sisterhood of Pregnancy
However, before I set out on my own to create Dream, Girl I was working at an advertising company in Midtown as a “perma-freelancer” and was being sexually harassed.
I’m sure my husband and I could do our research, read the baby books, and try to figure this process out alone.
But I’m thankful I don’t have to.