handsI’m a naturally curious person and will talk to anybody about anything, happily!

When I was a kid growing up in a very modest house in Lewisville, TX, my friend Joy and I would drive to Dallas Forth Worth Airport-DFW.  (It was a new international airport at the time and very chic.)  There we’d sit all day long, admiring all the people who were coming and going. We weren’t an air traveling family per se, we were more the “pack up the car and go” type, and I loved the idea of getting on a plane even though I had only been on one flight at that time in my life.  It was back when airports were fun, when you could go up to any gate whether you had a ticket or not, and just hang out.  We would talk to people waiting for flights to all over the world and learn about Paris, Dublin and Tokyo from actual people who were actually going there.  I believe this was where I honed a very important skill…. listening.

I took that skill and turned it into two books, countless interviews with all sorts of people and the beginnings of a writing career.  But that’s not the good stuff.  Without these books chock full of incredible stories told by women and the articles I’ve been fortunate enough to write,  I believe in my solar plexus that I would not have gotten through some very painful and rough moments in my life.  And meeting these incredible women, all who have touched me in such specific ways, has been nothing short of a miracle. I may be the curator of great life lessons, those that fit on a post-it and longer tales, but what I gain from that experience is ten fold.  My life has changed so drastically because I feel like I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing. Helping others share their joy, their triumphs and most importantly share their shame, because within that there comes a great healing. And that’s never a bad thing!  Just write it down, Make a Note, tell your story and never forget that’s what brought you to this place today.

Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I was going to travel to many parts of the world, and have adventures of my own, or work in a profession that requires me to observe people, listen and talk to them, and tell stories. I didn’t know then that I wanted to write books and screenplays, direct documentaries and commercials, take photographs, or produce television shows, speak to big crowds of people. but I think the DFW airport was my incubator. Many years later, the idea that I could make a living doing what came naturally was born.

I can’t write about myself without mentioning service, which I feel is the key to a happy and healthy life.  I’m the very proud and loud founding board member of an incredible organization called The Joyful Heart Foundation. Our mission is to help heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. Check out the great work this organization is doing:

And lastly, a six year dream finally came true, when Jason and I became parents to our daughter, Ruby. She’s heaven.  We are blessed.