Ladies – Need Some Inspiration? Here you go.

For many women, health issues can be an impossible challenge to overcome.  Whether it’s adopting a healthy lifestyle that allows us to lose weight, gain strength and reinvigorate ourselves with the energy to look at our lives and say, “what do I really want to do?” or overcoming a debilitating health challenge – where do we get the reserves and resources to come out ahead?

I was fortunate enough to be able to talk with two incredibly inspiring women who have found their path in life and are incredibly passionate about what they do. I could have talked with each of them all day long – they are both really attuned to supporting other women and building networks and resources to help others.

Take a minute to read their stories – hopefully they will give you a little push to take a little more time for yourself and your health.  Click on the photos to read the stories.


Why I Must Watch HGTV Design Star

Well, I would have watched it anyway…HGTV, DIY, Bravo, Food Network…my not-so-secret addictions. So, after having had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Design Star finalist, Britany Simon, there’s no way I will miss an episode.

A big part of what makes these reality competition shows so much fun is feeling that you are getting to know each of the contestants – the ones you love and the ones you love to hate.  You stress out with them, laugh with them, cry with them and share in their victories each week.  So, here’s your chance to get to know a little more about this Scottsdale native and what she brings to the mix.  Click on the cover to read the story.

I know who I’m cheering for every Tuesday night.

All That Glitters…is in Scottsdale

Are you in the mood for a bit of bling?  Wouldn’t you want it to be one-of-a-kind – made just for you?  Scottsdale jewelry designer, Jacqueline Nerguizian, specializes in amazing custom jewelry that has caught the eye of celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Sandra Bullock, Bret Michaels and Jennifer Lopez.  She’s busy not only designing incredible pieces, but raising five kids, flying out to personally meet with clients and appearing on shows like Access Hollywood and Extra! to give her thoughts on jewelry trends and what the stars are wearing right this minute.

Upbeat and energized, she told me what’s hot this season, how she finds her inspiration and how she balances a busy family life with the work she loves so much.  Click on the picture to read the story.

Batter Up! Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt

Spring has officially arrived in Scottsdale.  Yup, it’s baseball season! If you haven’t made it out to a spring training game yet, next week will be your last chance to lounge in the sun at one of the great Cactus League ball parks.  Meanwhile, gear up for another great Diamondbacks season featuring rookie first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt. Click on the picture to read the story.

New Year, New You – Are you Ready?

The New Year has arrived, and perhaps along with it a list of resolutions, visions, tweaks or improvements. For some, health and fitness objectives will top the list, while others may have financial or professional goals they want to reach. Maybe you want to watch less TV and read more, eat at home instead of going out, finally clean out that closet or garage. Paris might be on your list, or visiting those last National parks. This could be the year you put yourself out there and volunteer for a worthy cause. Maybe you simply want to try something you’ve always wanted to do but have yet to get around to.

I was thinking I didn’t really have resolutions this year – last year had its share of big changes for me and this year I just want to settle in and continue the things I’ve started. But, as a person who loves learning and knows there is so much in the world to discover, understand, see and do….I find my list of “what ifs” growing daily.

I’m thankful for the clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with in this last year, and all of the amazing individuals I’ve met and have had the chance to write about. If you’re still contemplating your New Year’s resolutions, here are two stories of women who changed their lives, one step at a time. Two very different stories, two very different lives, but both Chris and Moll turned difficult circumstances around and have learned how important it is to celebrate life every day.

Click the photos to read the stories, and I hope you will find inspiration or at least food for thought in the experiences of these two strong women (who are both, by the way, in their fifties!)  Happy New Year!


Moms and Tough Guys

This morning I put on my “I survived the Warrior Dash” t-shirt, thinking about a morning spent with my kids and a throng of crazy people, all intent on conquering the 5k obstacle course and having a well deserved beer at the finish line. For us it was all in good fun, and has become the source of yet another quote my kids bring out at family gatherings to tease me….”I’m not a runner, I’m more of an interval person,” was my mantra as I slowed to a walk more than once between scaling walls and clambering across rope nets.  We slogged through the mud pit to finish the course with respectable times before getting blasted with fire hoses in an attempt to dislodge the coating of invasive mud. Enough said.  Although I wouldn’t call it the “craziest frickin’ day of my life”, it was an interesting experience.

I’ve since discovered that there are a growing number of athletes out there who take these events much more seriously than we did, putting themselves through races more grueling than the Warrior Dash.
I interviewed Chris Rutz and found out just how extreme the sport can be, especially when you consider he doesn’t even reward himself with a beer at the end of a race. Click on his picture to read about how real tough guys approach the most punishing obstacle races, and the ultimate test of toughness he faces in December.

Breast Cancer – Two Stories

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and both this year and last I had the opportunity to sit down with two amazing women who have beaten breast cancer.  I’ve learned that every woman’s experience with breast cancer is  unique and their choices so personal.  Each of these women educated themselves on treatment options, acted decisively and didn’t let fear take over.

I hope you find their stories inspirational and informative. And, if you are due (or overdue) for a mammogram, just get it done!  Click on the photos to read the full stories.