All posts tagged: womens lives

From Fashion Designer To Toy Shop Owner – The Story Of Clementine

Warning: This post contains seriously cute photos that will cause you to smile spontaneously.  It was the end of January; the beginning of a much needed rainy season here in the Bay Area. San Francisco’s infamous fog was slowly creeping in, and not before long, the rain started to drizzle on my windshield as I drove up the 280. I was looking forward to meet my next interviewee. I’ve been having a French moment lately. First, was my encounter with Pascaline of Pascaline Paris, and now I was on my way to meet another Parisian woman with a heart for adventure and entrepreneurship. Our appointment was arranged at Cafe du Soleil, which coincidentally turned out to be a French cafe. When I arrived, I felt like I had stepped right into a hybrid of Parisian life and San Francisco Hipster culture – with plenty of hipsters on their Macs sipping lattes. A few minutes later I met Clementine Marot – Co-Founder of Bonjour Petit. Bonjour Petit – Bringing whimsical european inspired toys to the Bay Area I’m always on the hunt for inspiring new shops and faces, especially in the …

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …

The war on post-partum incontinence is on! And the woman who’s leading the charge

  “ICON’s story is a story of self-love. It’s about being a woman first and a mother second.” -Miki Agrawal Last month, I wrote a post on ICON – underwear for women who tinkle – made by the same makers behind THINX underwear for women with periods. Both brands contribute to improving the lives of girls and women in the developing world. They were social ventures created by serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal, who is tearing it up in the menstrual care space and now innovating her way into…urology care. She wants all of it. Last month she launched her latest ‘side hustle’ venture: Tushy. Can you guess what that’s all about? Before I get to the bottom of Tushy, lets back up a bit. I was lucky enough to catch Miki Agrawal over the phone today and did a 15 minute interview with her about ICON. She’s identifies herself as a feminist, a foodie and a serial social entrepreneur. And I would say she is doing one hell of a job. “She was named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Technology …

Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored or paid post. I won’t make any money from this, and no, you don’t have to buy anything. The opinions expressed are solely my own. I’m sharing purely out of interest and convictions. If you’re not interested, please move along. But I hope you stay!  Empowerment. That’s my word of the year. That word could mean many different things for different people. For me, I’m taking what I’ve learned from previous years of being a new mother, blogger, digital marketer, now a ‘brand explorer’ and using it to open doors to new posts, projects and collaborations (Yes, I just coined the term ‘brand explorer’ because I love discovering ventures with fascinating people and stories behind them.) For some women, ’empowerment’ is what drives their very survival. Without further ado, I’d like to kick-off the year of empowerment with sharing about the Nomi Network. What is the Nomi Network? The Nomi Network is a 501(C)(3) organization whose mission is “to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking by equipping them with leadership, entrepreneurship, and production skills to become …

We’re Still Leaning On Each Other

The collaboration continues… This is part 2 of my series on the ibook “Lean On and Lead” and author Shay Chan Hodges. You can find part 1 here. For most women, “working mom life” is simply life. Nothing special, nothing glamorous, just something that needs to be done. But if you dig a little deeper and ask these moms a few questions, you’ll find that they’re on a tight wire juggling more than they would like. I’m no expert, but I think we weren’t meant to just shoulder these issues alone, instead we might make it better for all of us, if we let it unite us. Every time I read the stories from Lean On and Lead, I get the feeling that it’s partially what Shay Chan Hodges intended. Last week I published a post with short introduction to author and activist Shay Chan Hodges and my take on her iBook Lean On and Lead. In this post I’ll be sharing a few excerpts from our interview. I was grateful to be able to ask Shay a few questions of my own …

Leaning On Each Other – My Interview with author Shay Chan Hodges

Lets talk about motherhood and work. When I was still pregnant with O, I dropped out of the work force. My family encouraged me to. They told me that it would be better for the baby to have his mother take care of him, especially in the early years. All my training in child psychology confirmed this. It would be economically challenging but luckily we wouldn’t be without health insurance and I had help from family. So I didn’t really think twice about it. However the story doesn’t end there. I soon learned that staying at home would be harder for me than I thought. I was the type of person that needed and wanted to work, and if I didn’t, I knew that staying at home alone with a child would ultimately drive me crazy.  So after my husband returned from New York, I began to think about how to go about getting back to work, and be able to be a full-time mother to my son. Although it was tough when my husband lived apart from us in New …

Getting off the tech pedestal…for a brush and canvas (Part 1)

We met 12 years ago at a christian college fellowship in the heart of LA’s westside. She was at Otis College of Art and Design and I was an undergrad at Pepperdine University. And while I may be dating ourselves, it seems like only yesterday we were in LA, and now 12 years later, find ourselves both married and living in the Bay Area. Our journeys from LA to the Bay Area are not so different. We both moved up here to be with our significant others and to take the next step in our careers. I had just graduated from graduate school and began my career in psychotherapy. And she began working at a start-up…that got acquired by Google (You know, no biggie!). It was almost like a fairy tale/science fiction story: Amber Padilla, an exuberant young woman from the far away lands of Orange County, set off to the promise land of Silicon Valley to pursue her dreams; a hope for something greater. She landed her first job in a small company that developed apps for the golden Apple, and before long, …