• 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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    March 8, 2014
    Christine Damitz | Angel Outfitters
    I met Christine Damitz at Time Out for Women in Layton.  I was so taken by her story about loss and renewal, I immediately asked her to guest blog. The turn of the century found me as a newly married, stay-at-home wife, with no college experience, and intimidated by my new environment. Doubt crept in.  I began to question myself and what I could accomplish. I felt like a clueless kid, and had no idea where I was going. After graduating high school, I had been unable to start college...

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    February 28, 2014
    Nina Dejmanee | My Experimental Career
    Nina and I became acquainted through social media. When I learned that she was becoming an entrepreneur, and was committed enough to travel from Australia to Joanne Wilson's WE Festival in New York, I asked Nina to share her story.  Here it is! *** I indulged myself in a minor career crisis recently. I speak on behalf of those around me – it wasn’t pretty. It all started innocuously enough. I knew I needed a new challenge and had started to explore my options. It had taken me a...

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    February 9, 2014
    Noah’s Ark: When Is It Too Late?
    I'm teaching a lesson in Sunday School this morning about Noah's Ark,  a story many of us have heard since we were children -- people were wicked, the earth would flood, God told Noah to build an ark, only Noah's family and the animals listened, everyone else drowned. My unfiltered response even now is "This is ridiculous.  I would have listened to Noah.  I would have even helped build the ark.  Of course I would have." It's a pretty easy say when we are children. Or new...

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    January 14, 2014
    Jenn Aubert | Role Models Wanted and Found
    Earlier this year, Erin Newkirk, founder of RedStamp, asked if I would be interviewed for Jenn Aubert's book project.  When Erin asks I say yes.  So we spoke.  Below is Jenn's story.  You'll be happy to know I detected absolutely no fear as we spoke -- by phone.  Oh, the wonderful things that happen when we dare.  Enjoy! I have an irrational fear of talking on the phone. But last year I felt compelled to launch a project that involved me interviewing over a hundred successful female...

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    January 5, 2014
    Resolve to Do What Is Hard
    After discussing our triumphs of 2013 at dinner today, we then discussed what we hope to achieve in 2014. My son wants to finish up his Eagle project -- get those last two merit badges and become an Eagle Scout.  My daughter wants to write the first draft of a book, my husband too. I pulled out my handy "I'm going to run a marathon in 2014."  Running a marathon is an acceptable resolution, right up there with losing weight. Today though during the meeting of Relief Society, the...

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    December 27, 2013
    17 Yr-old Kira Stone | I love to write and sing songs!
    A few months ago, Nate Quigley, Founder and CEO of Just Family, e-mailed me with, "You have got to hear Kira Stone sing!  You must have her guest blog!  My daughters think she's fantastic!"  I have to agree.  Give her a listen. Hello! My name is Kira Stone, and I am a singer and a songwriter. I am also a senior in high school, a sister, a daughter, a Mormon, a performer, a Broadway enthusiast, a fourth generation California girl and a popcorn fanatic. I am here to share with you my...

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    December 20, 2013
    Lina Duque | Lessons learned from CEO Mary Jo Haddad
    I just received an e-mail from Lina Duque, a marketing and social media strategist, and advocate of women's leadership, telling me how inspired she'd been by meeting Mary Jo Haddad.  Lina's conclusion:  to be a leader, she must be true to her self.  If you enjoy Lina's post, tweet her at linaduquemba. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Mary Jo Haddad, president and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the most prestigious hospital in Canada and one...

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    December 17, 2013
    Belmont’s 50th Annual Wreath Making Party
    Belmont's 50th Annual Wreath Making party, chaired by Jane Johnson was quite wonderful.  It was a dream of mine to have this be a lovely party for our entire community.  Thanks to a huge host of women in our community who volunteered for set up, decorations, invitations, welcoming, treasurer-ing, program, music, food, clean up, it came true.  (In the process I learned a lot about myself.  The myth that I am a detailed person, for example, has been utterly dispelled.)  The talented...

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    December 11, 2013
    Ladies’ Home Journal: (One of) My Holiday Gifts to You
    I am thrilled to present you with a 1-year print subscription to Ladies' Home Journal! We all need a cozy place to dream, to become who we are -- and almost always that includes our home. May you accept this thank you gift from me to you (or a loved one!) during this holiday season. Click here.   I am going to give away a few more things this month via my newsletter! Sign up here on the right hand of the page. P.S.  If you live outside of the U.S., you are ineligible for the...

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    December 1, 2013
    My first child and forgiveness
    I made a BIG mistake last week. Just days away from Belmont's 50th Annual Wreath Making Party, I realized that the 16" wire frames for the wreaths hadn't been ordered.  As Vice Chair, it was my job to delegate this. I hadn't. When I called the supplier we typically use, she had 200+ frames on hand, but we still needed another 80.  I did finally locate some, but at a much higher price, leading to a cost overage of $150.  A relatively small amount. I know. But the mistake was made...

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