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lee, hope and the many names behind glassybaby

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012

lee, hope and the many names behind glassybaby

We’ve heard names such as rudolph and robin hood often chosen for pets or stuffed animals, but its not too often a glowing glass votive of light holds such names – or one has even given thought to naming such an object.  But Lee Rhodes, owner and creator of glassybaby has and still names each of her over four hundred glassybaby, not in a corporate office, but with co-workers in her favorite local Japanese restaurant.  Lee tells me, “We’ve always named the new colors at this restaurant with whatever’s on the table.  That’s how we always do it.” If naming night took place over a glass of wine, I like to imagine likely names such as first kiss and cabo emerged. 

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vuong teaches the beauty in tearing down “the great wall”

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012

vuong teaches the beauty in tearing down “the great wall”

When I was a little girl, I loved to make forts.  Forts in my bedroom, forts in the living room, forts in the back yard – no matter where there was a little block of space, I’d find a spot for a fort.  I loved the solitude, secrecy and serenity nestling below a stuffy blanket and stacked pillows.  As a grown woman, I find I’ve still constructed my share of “forts.”  Over the years, I’ve replaced piles of pillows with unanswered emails, my husband has become my security blanket, and now I can lock people out of my house, not just my room.  But, even in my hermit-like happiness, I’ve learned that building forts can be a bit lonely at times.  As an introvert, I’m constantly learning the balance of fort building and fort breaking.

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kirstin talks about being scrumptious and how to bring out scrumptiousness in everyone

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012

kirstin talks about being scrumptious and how to bring out scrumptiousness in everyone

“He told me that I was scrumptious.”  Kirstin, owner of Scrumptious Skin, recounts the story of how she came up with the name of her adorable skincare studio, one of the first times I’ve seen her with slightly blushed cheeks. “And when I was thinking of the name of my business that popped into my head.”  She tells me why that particular name moved from a friend’s complimenting comment to a name for all women to experience when they step into her intimate studio:

 

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mara turns the voices in her head into crucial characters of her plays

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

mara turns the voices in her head into crucial characters of her plays

“We met later in life, long after we had both mostly given up on finding anyone and when much of the dating pool just screamed, ‘Red flag, red flag.’  I’d done all the right things – and a bunch of wrong things – and still found myself single, so there you were…“   

Mara reads Jeannette, a character in her play Life Support.   I first hear a live reading of a selection of Life Support, a bold, honest and highly emotional eight-character play about suicide at my first writing retreat in Tulum, Mexico.  This is not Mara’s first character, this is not Mara’s first play, and this is not her first writing retreat. 

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jessica chooses food as friend rather than foe

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012

jessica chooses food as friend rather than foe

Carbohydrates such as beans, rice, tortillas and potatoes accompanied with rich fats of cream, cheese, avocado and veggies with a splash of fresh salsa are among Jessica’s favorite foods.  “I like the healthy version of Rice-A-Roni®,” she chuckles, unable to pinpoint one favorite meal.  Yikes, oh no!  What do you mean?  I thought dairy was bad?  I thought low-fat was healthy?  Aren’t we supposed to be monitoring our carbohydrate intake?  You might be thinking these thoughts, but Jessica has a life-long knowledge and understanding of food in a very personal way. 

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viji and the un-science of service

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012

viji and the un-science of service

One would not know, with the brightness and enthusiasm in Viji’s voice, that she’s just been up thirty hours straight to welcome the last of the three babies she’s helped lead into the world in the past seven days.  Viji’s voice sings like light.  Her heart is big.  Service is what keeps her going.

 

As a medicinal organic chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, Viji spent close to fifteen years utilizing her chemistry background to design

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erica shares how to lose all anchors one by one

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012

erica shares how to lose all anchors one by one

Many of today’s bestselling books, magazines and online articles display innumerable how-tos, steps to success and secrets to unlocking happiness, meaning and mood.  But poet Erica Goss candidly says, “We are who we are.  We are formed at birth.”  Erica suggests we must stop striving to be ‘someone’ and recognize that we already are who we are.  We already are what we are striving to become and that is enough.  The goal is not to find; the goal is to shine the light on what already is.  Erica says she has come to the point where she fully loves and accepts herself:

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kenton is so colorful, he can afford to wear a little black

Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012

kenton is so colorful, he can afford to wear a little black

Though dressed in black from hat to boot, Kenton is anything but dark.  His smile is bright, his energy infectiously refreshing.  There are not many moments I don’t see him either laughing or making others laugh.  I ask this rowdy prisoner why and how he is constantly content.  He confesses, “I get such a high on making people happy.”  It’s that simple.

While smiles can range from extremely wide to a slight grin, Kenton averages a healthy expression.  Just like us all, he’s had his share of bad days, from a spill on his bike to unwanted endings to intimate relationships, but the difference with Kenton is his optimistic attitude. 

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becky says goodbye to corporate bonuses and hello to boot-camp classes

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

becky says goodbye to corporate bonuses and hello to boot-camp classes

I have often wondered about the intricacies of hiring and firing for employees who work in the human resources department.  Do you fire yourself?  How does one negotiate a compensation package?  Although I still don’t know the exact details, I did learn a lot about how one Human Resources Director’s career turned into one of fitness.  Becky, owner of Commit2Fit, decided to leave the days of interviews and benefits meetings to enter the days of squatting and stretching.  The choice for Becky to leave her position after twelve years in human resources was freeing.  “I don’t see myself in the next twenty-five to thirty years going into a corporate job every day.”

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