When Muse Becomes Maker

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.

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Becoming a Mother

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.

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What the Real Housewives Taught Me About Forgiveness

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.

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The Magic of a New Beginning

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. 

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My $20K Mistake

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.

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Something I Don't Get About Women

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.

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Hands Up if This Speaks to You

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.

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Meet Virginia Rose

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.

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17 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mamas

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.

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Behind The Mac

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.

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My Chipwich Revelation

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.

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#whyididntreport

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.

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A Brooklyn Love Story

Sal and his band got on stage and started to play- and I felt a shift. I could see the passion, vulnerability, and feel the sheer joy he was exuding. This quiet guy that sat behind me at work transformed into a full blown rock star. It was a side of him I’d never seen before and my stomach filled with butterflies.

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