• When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different
    dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S.
    may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming,
    we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of
    sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to
    dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.
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    September 30, 2014
    Mamak Charepoo | Making Music with Money
    I met Mamak Charepoo this summer at the South Shore Women's Business Network; she has a Masters degree in Music from Carnegie Mellon, and in Fine Arts from Arizona State.  Recently, she's learned to make music with money and she's coaching others on how to do the same.  Here's her story. *** All my life I followed my heart and did what I loved. That should have been enough but it wasn’t. Seven years ago I found myself separated, divorced and the sole provider for my 3 kids, ages...

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    September 15, 2014
    Alexandra Watkins | Eat My Words
    My friend and colleague Becky Robinson recently shared with me Alexandra Watkins story - which I love!  And she's just published a book titled Hello My Name is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick.  Enjoy! Growing up in a California beach suburb, I was hardly an academic superstar. High school bored me. My dream was to work in advertising like my TV hero, Darrin Stephens on Bewitched. I dreaded the thought of going to college and spending 4 more years in a classroom. Thankfully,...

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    September 11, 2014
    McArthur Krishna | I refuse to be bored in my own life
    Several months ago McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding e-mailed me about a book they were writing titled Girls Who Choose God.  Below is a lot more about McArthur's life.  You won't be bored -- I promise. When I sat down and opened the slightly grungy envelope, I had no idea what was inside.  I had just moved from the US to the Magic Land of India and I admit the scrupulousness of my sorting process had taken a nosedive in the last few days of just trying to Get Out The...

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    August 31, 2014
    I Dream of Being a Change-Maker | Bethany Brady Spalding
    Several months ago McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding e-mailed me about a book they were writing titled Girls Who Choose God.  Because I've taught The Old Testament in Sunday School for the past year, I loved the concept.  I love the book even more.  Today I am sharing Bethany's story (her bio is below).  Next week, I'll post McArthur's. *** I’ve never dreamed of being a writer, but I have always dreamed of being a change-maker. I like to stir things up wherever I call...

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    August 27, 2014
    The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
    I just published a course on Lynda.com titled The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship. If you've been thinking about starting a business and aren't sure where to start, or you've started but need some inspiration to keep going, take a look at how to vet your idea, launch lean, grow and scale, and look for funding to grow. Topics Finding your idea/problem to solve Getting your first customer Writing a business plan Constructing a simple model Deciding on a legal structure Marketing your...

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    August 13, 2014
    Clear the Clutter
    Our home had become cluttered. We didn't set out for to this to happen. I wasn't aware how much of a burden the clutter had become. Or how much my physical space was a picture of the criticism, blame and shame in my head. Until, my husband decided to de-clutter our bedroom. He started with just one wall. That wall is now blank, except for our watercolor of a rooster -- that I love. Now when I walk into our room, I feel calm, not claustrophobic. Mentally relieved. He's also cleared...

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    July 20, 2014
    A Portion of Thyself: Thoughts on Mentoring
    Two weeks ago I reached out to Ruth Ann Harnisch for some coaching -- yep, coaches need coaches too. She was gracious, laser-like, wise, and helped me make a huge course correction. In the intervening weeks, I've wondered -- why haven't I sought out more people to coach and/or mentor me? I've gone on record saying that I haven't had many mentors -- certainly not of the Obi-Wan Kenobi variety.  I've actually heard a lot of people say this.  Having read about the far-reaching effects...

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    June 26, 2014
    Rowena Montoya | How I Started JulieAnn Caramels
    I met Rowena Montoya when I spoke at a Time Out for Women event in early 2014; I was immediately delighted by her story (turns out we are also both from San Jose).  Plus, I couldn't stop eating her caramels. They are delicious.  Enjoy her story! When the economy came crashing down, it affected my husband’s business like so many others out there, a business that together, Frank and I had worked hard to build since 2000 and keep afloat even throughout harsh economic times - but ultimately...

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    May 22, 2014
    Alya Naseer : Don’t Change, A Mother’s Letter of Love For Her Daughter
    About a year ago, one of my Twitter friends, Tanveer Naseer shared that his 14 year-old daughter Alya had written a book titled Don't Change, A Mother's Letter of Love for Her Daughter.  Wanting to support Alya in her dream, I purchased a copy, and subsequently asked if she'd be interested in guest posting and being interviewed.  I especially love her line in the interview -- "Who said you have to call me mom rather than mommy?"  Enjoy. *** Women from all around the world worry...

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    May 18, 2014
    Today I Can
    I had been in New York for the day pitching Springboard Fund. Our 13 yr-old Miranda had just arrived home from Nature's Classroom. And our 17 yr-old son David was just home from prom. The three of us were hanging out:  Miranda watching Japanese anime, David sending/receiving post-prom texts and checking Facebook, and me reading Anna Quindlen's Lots of Candles and Plenty of Cake -- we occasionally chatted. I was happy, content even. These days, I feel more engaged with my...

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