I am passionate about a number of different topics that can be found throughout the web. Coming from the cusp of two generations that go by “X” and “Millennial” the world of the web is akin to water and very much a part of my life!
I have a background in design with my BFA from Parsons School of Design as well as experience working with customer and product development in the SaaS world where I learned to love the technology that I now want to use to improve the world starting with education.
My current focus in applying technology to education is something that I am calling PTSA 2.0 or MomDadCollabV2, which is about increasing parent participation and the effectiveness of PTA fundraising efforts through the use of web 2.0 tools available. What to finally call the movement is a decision that will be made shortly based on some of the testing I will be doing based on advice from Tim Ferris and Ramit Sethi both of whom I look up to and consult via their books, sites and tweets for advice and insights often.
My Favorite Topics To Write About:
Advocacy: I feel strongly about the rights of all people. In particular I am drawn to stand for the rights of youth, women, and people with disabilities. I love the work of the WFAlliance (Women’s Funding Alliance), Unicef in relation to rights children, and also organizations like Pats Fund who fund research across diagnosis of autoimmune disorders and Gates Foundation who likewise keeps funding various health measures. I am very much pro-ObamaCare or whatever you choose to call it. I very strongly believe that the overall price of healthcare for EVERYONE would go down if we all had health insurance. My favorite article recently published that details how was published by the New Yorker Magazine which describes how I believe the way healthcare should operate.
Business: I function the best when I am working for myself or clients on a variety of efforts. For this reason being entrepreneurial has always attracted me. I enjoy writing articles, building online communities, and coming up with interesting ways to make a few extra bucks. I admire Tim Ferris, Caterina Fake, Ramit Sethi, and Jen Kushell very much in addition to other people as well, but they are the ones I look to the most for tips and tricks.
Community: I have been drawn to community building for as long as I can remember. I did not grow up in a strong community, I think my world of art was the closest friends I had while growing up. I want everyone to feel connected and a part of something. I have started numerous local, national and international communities which are mostly based online. I choose the interned to base these communities in because I find I can reach the most people this way. Local groups are primarily parenting groups (Seattle Hip Mamas, Columbia City Parents), National are fundraising (NMSS Walk/Bike Teams), and International (Moms With MS project with over 600 moms who are currently members).
Health: As I mentioned in the advocacy, I promote healthcare for everyone. I had my first major interactions with the medical field at 18 after having a stroke (birth control), followed by Heart Surgery and was then diagnosed with MS. I am fortunate in other words to have experienced how bad it can get to be in debt regardless of credit or having health insurance and how this really impacts life I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. This along with my technology background and interest has sparked my Medical Analytics Fantasy.
Ideas: Ideas are something that come up all the time. I am in the process of narrowing down and focusing but some of them just won’t go away like my “Medical Analytics Fantasy” which will hopefully come about in some way shape or form in the next few years. Also I love to promote the concept of niche defining and marketing to find creative ways to make money with what we are passionate about. If you ever are interested in working with me on any of these ideas please let me know!
Life: This is the personal blog part of this site. I’m a mom with two girls and one little boy that I am raising with my lovely husband. Stories involving them and all sorts of other factors that go into “Life” are what I write about in this section including stories about the hard parts, like losing jobs, a house, and that sort of thing.
Other passions of mine include time with my husband, kids and friends, staying outside in the sunshine drinking cool iced tea, helping other people to feel better about whatever is bothering them, exploring the new and unknown territories of all sorts of things, most recently alternative medicine, and much more.
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