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An @EcoSalon Call for Stories of Overcoming Obstacles


At EcoSalon we believe in empowering our readers with inspirational and motivational stories of real women. We all overcome obstacles in our everyday lives, some small, some large. We are looking for your stories on what you have overcome. Drug addiction, a bad relationship, cancer, discrimination… topics that are heavy but that help to remind Read More

Words To Live By: “Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want – you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don’t know. I’ve forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn’t matter, so long as you move.”


— Ayn Rand I came across this gem while compiling a list of 30 Quotes About Personal Fulfillment for EcoSalon. It reassures me when I get anxious about my own progress toward my goals. Sometimes I’m sprinting. Other times I can barely put one foot in front of the other. This quote reminds me that Read More

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


I just gave the classic Dr. Seuss poem an online re-read, and realized how incredibly inspiring it can be… in a pre-school way, but still. Congratulations!Today is your day.You’re off to Great Places!You’re off and away! You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself any direction you choose.You’re on your Read More

Meeting Rose


I went into tonight’s July Microfinance happy hour with pretty standard expectations: rooftop bar, expensive drinks, rubbing shoulders with fellow passionate socially-minded Gen-Yers, spreading the good gospel of the Ahkun Summer Pop-Up (July 30-31, Lower Eastside Girls Club)… basically, my summer thus far. Then I met Rose. Rose was the evening’s guest speaker, but when Read More

Why We Travel


“So let’s not pretend that travel is always fun. We don’t spend 10 hours lost in the Louvre because we like it, and the view from the top of Machu Picchu probably doesn’t make up for the hassle of lost luggage. (More often than not, I need a holiday after my holiday.) We travel because Read More

5 Socially Responsible #TED Talks


TED2011 kicks off today in Long Beach. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been on a TED Talk kick. Here are five eye-opening gems — “ideas worth spreading”, if you will — related to the subjects I discuss on this blog. Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the Acumen Fund, Read More