Where are you from? What brought you to Boston?
I grew up in the western part of the state, but then settled into the DC area after college. In 2000, the start-up for which I was working was going belly-up and my now-husband was headed to the Boston-area to get his MBA at Sloan, so I decided to move up here for a couple of years and see where that led me next. Fourteen years later, we’re still here.
Tell us about 52 Dares. How does it work? Why did you start it? What was your inspiration?
The heart of 52 Dares is the #52DareChallenge for women. It’s an inspiring and brave adventure in which a dare arrives in your in-box each week. The dares are designed to creatively engage you in expanding your world and perspective – and the limitations that you place upon yourself. They are playful, varied and meaningful – and totally up to you with where you go with them!
What makes you a Bostonian?
Hmm, that’s a wicked hard question (as I sip my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.)
How do you want 52 Dares to impact the greater Boston community?
My hope is that it engages women in consciously – and bravely – shaping the world in which they want to live – and seeing the possibilities instead of limitations. And to cultivate greater self-compassion as they go. There is plenty that is hard in life; We’re imperfect, messy, in-progress humans. When we can learn to embrace that – to own it without shame – our worlds, naturally, expand.
What else do you like to do? What are your favorite hobbies outside of work?
I’m a mom to three (soon to be four) young kids, which keeps me plenty busy. And challenged. I ground myself with physical activities. I discovered Crossfit two years ago and it’s become a steadying (and strengthening) force in my life. I’ve always loved travel; I’m taking my kids on a cross-country adventure this summer, in fact. And I unwind by lingering in coffee shops and bookstores and taking long walks along the river or down the quaint side streets of Cambridge.
If you could share one piece of advice with the Boston community what would it be?
So often, our default is to come from a place of no: no, I’m too busy; no, I’m not ready; no, I don’t have the answer yet. It’s a practice to come from a place of ‘yes’ – and to open ourselves up what’s here – and possible – right now. But when we do, we often find exactly what we needed. And we move forward.
Oh, and be a heck of a lot kinder to yourself, too. The things we say to ourselves – and how we say it – matters. A lot.