Random Thoughts

It’s not a 4-letter word

“I just can’t say NO.”

How many times have you heard this lament from someone who was stressed, overwhelmed, and overcommitted?   As a fundraiser, relationship manager, and a parent of a three year old, the word NO is a part of my life. I hear it and say it on a daily basis – […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Motherhood, Nonprofit Management, Random Thoughts|2 Comments

Cuteness for Life

Everyone is cut out to be cute.  Men, women, gay, straight, young, old – doesn’t matter.  For some, it might take a little practice, but it’s totally possible for all of us.  And it’s much longer lasting, more versatile, and more universal than being hot.  When I’m 80 years old, I’m definitely not going […]

By |December 7th, 2012|Random Thoughts|0 Comments


I love when life gives me moments that affirm I am on the right path. When the universe gives me a wink and a nod.

When I was a senior in high school, I was fortunate enough to be in the position of deciding between two great schools: Brown and Columbia. I had […]

By |November 19th, 2012|Random Thoughts|1 Comment

Enlivening is Easy

Maybe it is the caffeine or the crispness in the air, but I felt particularly alive today. It occurred to me that making the world more alive is pretty darn easy. Here are four things you can do before you even get to work or school:

1. Leave a $1 tip with your cup […]

By |September 13th, 2012|Random Thoughts|1 Comment

Networking Tips for Introverts

I took my first Myers Briggs Type Indicator test when I was 7 (INTJ, in case you are wondering).  As someone with an extroverted job, many are surprised to learn I am in fact an introvert.  As an advancement and fundraising professional, I’ve had to learn how to make my introversion an asset, and wanted to share a few tips with introverts and extroverts alike.  Being an introvert doesn’t mean that I can’t network or hang out at social events, it just means I approach it differently.

By |May 22nd, 2012|Random Thoughts|7 Comments

Working Mom Must-Have List

So in addition to being an advocate against sexual violence, I’m also a working mom – and a new one at that – my son is only 9 months old.  I had no idea what it would be like to balance my challenging job and motherhood, and I certainly don’t have it all figured […]

By |May 10th, 2012|Random Thoughts|6 Comments

The Low Road by Marge Piercy

Thank you, Cecile Richards, for an inspirational speech at Brown University’s 120 Years of Women Celebration and for sharing Marge Piercy’s words.  I left the weekend feeling moved, empowered, and just enough angry to recommit myself to fighting the injustices that still exist in our world.

Alone, you can fight,


you can refuse, you can


take what […]

By |May 6th, 2012|Random Thoughts|6 Comments

Spring risotto

Feeling like a working mom rockstar. This may be my first home cooked meal in a weeknight since baby!

By |April 26th, 2012|Random Thoughts|0 Comments

It’s just a job. So stop stressing about the rest of your life.

I just had coffee with one of the many amazing and soon to be college graduates in my life.  She suggested that I write down my snippets of apparent wisdom that I have picked up over the years.  Here they are in all their (hopefully) glory:


You are not going to change the world by […]

By |April 24th, 2012|Random Thoughts|1 Comment

House: Thing or Experience?

I read an article in the NY Times this weekend about how spending money on experiences makes you happier than spending money on stuff.  Having just bought a new house with my husband, Marc, this article, of course, made me immediate question whether I should have taken the down payment money and gone on […]

By |August 9th, 2010|Random Thoughts|0 Comments