...fun facts and my short list of random, incredibly awesome stuff I love.

Fun Facts About Me

- I was born in New Orleans and grew up just outside of it.

- I finished undergrad and grad school in Southern California.

- I'm a vegetarian foodie, and formally vegan.

- I love gourmet tea, chocolate, bread, cheese and wine, almost any Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon.

- I enjoy quietly camping in nature just as much as I love a fun night in the city, or an afternoon on the beach. There’s definitely room for all three.

- I'm fascinated with the future, technology, what we can do and what’s coming.

- I am really into amazing experiences, great stories and community. 

- I stand for freedom, alignment and play.

- I love music, all kinds. And, while I lean towards raspy, alternative soul, I jam out to anything I think is good.

- I was a journalist in my early 20s. I did some fun interviews, with a few faces you might recognize, here, here and here.

-I went skydiving once...it was cool:)

- I absolutely love to travel!

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Things I Love

Oh the places I could go! I'm pretty sure I could go all of the places with Travel Noire.

I so greatly enjoyed meeting Team Marie, and sharing my B-school story. You can watch it here.

theSkimm, it's how I enjoy my news brief on weekday mornings.

Find my features, and all my recent podcast interviews and guest features here.

I think this Headspace app is a really good starting place for making meditation a daily habit.

I love to send cute little cards using Postable.

Pictures of people that look like you, that look like me, that look like us, blend.

A Few of My Favorite Quotes

“...you develop courage, the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistency. If you’ve seen another truth and had enough courage to change your way of thinking...then say hey everybody, you know what I said last week? I don’t believe that anymore..." — Maya Angelou

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” — Anne Sweeney

“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” — Steve Jobs

“I will always keep the child within me alive.” — Frank McKinney

Feelings, not goals. Femininity over force. Meditation over willpower. Joy over perfection. Bliss over achievement. — Liz DiAlto

“You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.” — Maya Angelou

"Rejection is God's way of saying wrong direction." — Unknown

“Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free 'til they find someone just as wild to run with them.” — Carrie

“Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln

"Successful people in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them."...from scratch. — George Bernard Shaw

...is it possible that you were so worried about your economic connection that you forgot about your soul's condition?" — Maya Angelou

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." — Alan Cohen

"Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand." — Confucius (450 B.C.)

"If you don't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" — Rupaul

"People see God every day, they just don't recognize him." — Pearl Bailey

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"... just walk in like you own the place." — Black Flag

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." — Ellen Goodman

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." — Alice Walker

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." — Derek Bok

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo F. Buscaglia

"The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do for themselves." — Abraham Lincoln

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." - Corinthians 13:4

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy is when adults are afraid of the light." — Plato

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” — Marianne Williamson

"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." — Michael Jordan

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master...” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas A. Edison

"Own your failure openly, publicly, with genuine regret but absolutely no shame, and you'll reap a harvest of forgiveness, trust, respect, and connection--the things you thought you'd get by succeeding. Ironic, isn't it?" — Martha Beck

"When I'm taking my last breath, I want to look at how I used up the best of myself. How much did I sweat, push, pull, rip, fall, hit, crash, explode? ...My dream is to be so well used that in my last half-second, I just burst into dust." — Elizabeth Streb​

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein