• 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 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 Eat My words.  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, my mother understood this, citing her favorite...

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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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    May 4, 2014
    When Your Anchor is Away
    "My wife was gone; we ate ramen all week." Over the years, I've heard a lot of men make some derivative of this joke.  Often powerful men.  I think it was supposed to be a compliment, to express appreciation. I found it a bit condescending. Until last week. My husband had traveled to Salt Lake City for my 89 year-old father-in-law's funeral. The kids and I were home alone. My husband was kind enough to make a huge portion of homemade mac n' cheese and split pea soup before he...

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