10 Quotes from Women Who Paved Their Own Way

This past Wednesday, we celebrated #WomensEntrepreneurshipDay at The Idea Village and highlighted some of our own “women entrepreneurs in New Orleans”:http://ideavillage.org/ideainsider/detail/99/five-women-entrepreneurs-rocking-the-new-orleans-startup-scene.

Today, we are rounding out the week celebrating different voices of women entrepreneurs in a Week in Words.

We recognize that entrepreneurship can be extremely difficult, and women in business often face their own unique challenges. A study published in _American Political Science Review_ found that in collaborative group settings, “The time that women spoke was significantly less than their proportional representation–amounting to less than 75 percent of the time that men spoke.”

But there is great power in communicating your ideas and vision to others, so, today, we are celebrating the voices of women entrepreneurs, past and present.

1. “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

–Audre Lorde, author

2. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat and activist

3. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

–Mary Anne Radmacher, artist

4. “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.”

–Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

5.”A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”

–Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

6. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”

–Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire

7. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

–Anais Nin, author

8. “Don’t just stand for the success of other women– insist on it.”

–Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns

9. “Nothing will work unless you do.”

–Maya Angelou, author and activist

10. “Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the troublemaking individual.”

–Natalie Clifford Barney, author


How To Eat Healthy While You Work

Now that I’m back to the reality of work-life, (the days of coffee shop day dreaming & afternoon naps are long gone) I’ve been having a hard time sticking to my healthy ways.

I’ve been reaching for the bad stuff during those afternoon lulls: Coffee, candy, snacks.

I know, I know. So bad. I won’t even tell you how my workout routine has gone kaputz!

But I am determined to get back on track.

And I got a little help when I came across this cool graphic from Rangemaster.


Rangemaster InfographIt was a helpful little reminder of how important it is to fill up on the good stuff. And now I have some new ideas for yummy and healthy snacks during the work day.

So, in the meantime, while I get back in the swing of things, do you have any advice on how to balance a healthy work-life?


10 Ways to Stay Healthy This Cold & Flu Season

It’s that time of year again– the changing of the seasons. That time when your office mate is sneezing and spreading the love. Your boss is coughing and hacking up a storm, then reaching for the communal snacks. Your better half is in bed with the flu … the bed you sleep in, too.

Eww! Germaphobe alert!

Determined not to get bogged down this year by a dreadful cold like I usually do, I did a little research to find out how I could stave off those awful things.

I interviewed Dr. Mignonne Mary, owner of The Remedy Room, a health and wellness clinic offering IV therapy in New Orleans, to get some advice.

Dr. Mary practiced as a private physician for 12 years before opening The Remedy Room. She had some good tips to share, like why you should stock up on silver. Not the kind of silver sparkle and bedazzle we love though ;)

Here are her 10 tips on how to stay healthy this cold and flu season:

1. Drink Up. If cells are not hydrated, they can’t function properly. We’re made of water. All life begins with water.

2. Prevention is Key.Washing hands is optimal over hand sanitizer. It must be hot water. It takes 20 seconds or longer to get bacteria off of your hands.

3. No Touching. No hands to the eye, nose or the mouth; 80 percent of viruses are getting into our bodies from our fingertips. Use Lysol to wipe down EVERYTHING — handles, phones, clickers, door knobs, computers, tables, especially if you’re working in close spaces. Sneeze inside of your shirt. Sneezing produces 100,000-200,000 aerosol droplets, which can attach to dust particles and can stay present in the air for weeks..

4. Diet: No Sugar, no Junk. There’s definitely a correlation to your diet. If you don’t have a good diet, then your immune system is not going to work properly. I think the reason people get sick around the holidays is because there’s such a drastic increase in the amount of sugar they take in. That sugar competes with Vitamin C to get into the white blood cells to fight infection and free radicals. The more sugar you have, the less your body is able to fight for your immune system. Sugar helps promote the growth of bacteria, fungus, etc.  If you’re sick, or you feel like you’re getting sick, cut the sugar drastically.

Eliminate the junk food. No processed foods. I push people toward the comfort foods, like soups and broths that have a lot of trace minerals —elements that come from the earth that help you to function and help your cells to function properly. Have home-made soups, not canned soups. Always avoid alcohol and caffeine when you’re sick.

Dr. Mary

5. Get Your Vitamin C EVERY DAY. I highly recommend that people supplement with vitamin C every day. (1000mg a day) It’s important to have multiple doses throughout the day, rather than one large dose a day. If you feel like something is coming on, I would take it every hour. Vitamin C through IV is better than oral because the vitamin C goes directly to your cells. You can get vitamin C by grabbing some of these quick fruits or veggies: orange (1=70 mg), grapefruit (1=88 mg), red pepper raw (1=226 mg), mango (1=60 mg), kiwi (1=74 mg), broccoli raw (1/2 cup=93 mg).

6. Pump up the Vitamin D and Zinc. Add these to your supplements before cold season arrives. I’d rather a patient take tiny doses more often than a whammy dose twice a day. I would say take another 2000 IU’s (international units) of vitamin D a day while you’re sick. Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon. Foods fortified with vitamin D, like soy milk, cereals, cheese, egg yolks, lean beef and lamb offer good amounts of vitamin D. Nuts and beans, such as chick peas, cashews and almonds contain zinc.

7. Get Your Omega 3 Fatty Acids. At least 1000 mg-2000 mg a day helps to heal the outside of the cell membrane. If the cell is not healthy, all of the above nutrients won’t get in and out of the cell. Fish such as halibut, herring, mackerel, oysters, salmon, sardines, trout and fresh tuna are the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, but walnuts and edamame also contain omega 3 fatty acids and make for great snacks.

8. Up Your Glutathione. The mother of all antioxidants, glutathione kills free radicals, helps your body’s immune system to fight infection, and reactivates vitamin C. The body naturally produces glutathione, but poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, and infections all deplete your glutathione.

9. Silver Hydrosol. Nothing can live in the presence of silver. It’s a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. In the past, people used silver mugs and plates, because it was safe from bacteria. You can take safe amounts of silver hydrosol as a supplement, too. (Dr. Mary recommends “Argentyn 23″: http://www.natural-immunogenics.com/pdf/Argentyn23Brochure.pdf)

10. B12 Shots or IV Therapy. If all else fails, go for the B12 Shots or IV Therapy. Intravenous therapy is the infusion of fluids directly into a vein — a fast route to hydrate the body and replenish lost vitamins and minerals. By using IV hydration, all of the administered nutrients are absorbed immediately into the bloodstream.

This post originally was published on the #IDEAinsider blog.


Health Benefits of Ginger

When I first found out about ginger, and all of its’ magical healing properties, I went on a ginger kick. And then somewhere amidst the busyness of life, I forgot all about it. But I was reminded of how delightful it is when I had this delicious little package arrive at my door recently.

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Gingerona is an all natural drink that contains only four ingredients: water, ginger, lime, and mint. (If I haven’t told you already, I’m kind of obsessed with mint.) The two of them together…that’s a love affair in a cup! Here’s all the reasons why ginger is sooo good for your body.

Relieves joint pain. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that have been found to relieve joint pain.

Alleviates nausea. Ginger has been shown to be very useful in reducing nausea. Take it from me, I know! See FMF.

Helps you absorb nutrients. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

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Reduces Pain and Inflammation. Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.

Kills Ovarian Cancer Cells. Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells.

Strengthens the Immune System Ginger helps improve the immune system.

Relieves Morning Sickness. Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75% in relieving morning sickness.

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Fights Common Respiratory Problems. Ginger is a natural expectorant that aids in loosening up phlegm in the lungs.

Helps Prevent and Fight Cold & Flu. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu. The University of Maryland Medical Center says to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day.

Helps Regulate Normal Blood Circulation. Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow.

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Remedies Motion Sickness. Ginger is a known effective remedy for nausea associated with motion sickness.

Helps Prevent Colon Cancer. A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Natural Anti-infammatory. Ginger reduces inflammation, similar to the way aspirin and ibuprofen works.

The information for this post was sourced from WebMD.com, WHfoods.com, Lifehack.org, and Medicalnewstoday.com.


Yoga and the Saints

Hello lovely. It’s been a long time. Too long.

I’ve been gone but I’m so happy to be back.

And I couldn’t wait to tell you about the coolest yoga class I’ve ever taken. It’s a yoga speakeasy. What’s a yoga speakeasy, you say?

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Yoga Saints 2

It’s a yoga class held every month in a different location throughout the city.

This Speakeasy was at the New Orleans Saints practice facility.

It was OMazing.

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Free to Be yoga studio teaches the Speakeasy class series.

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The energy in there was really something special.

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We sent our intentions to the football Gods to give us a win, but they must not have heard us, because we suffered an awful loss that game.

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Ohhh well. Namaste.

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The next Yoga Speakeasy will be this Sunday at the lovely Longue Vue House and Gardens.


Why New Orleans Could Become a Leader in Healthcare


Happy Friday everybody! It’s been a whirlwind of a week for me! What about you?

I’ve been working hard the past few weeks on a story that I am SO excited about!

What is New Orleans known for?

Po-boys, parties, parades. It’s known for many things, and health is not one of them.

But a lot of new, and exciting things are happening in the city, and local leaders think that could soon change.

Find out why they believe the city of good times could become a leader in healthcare.

Entrepreneurs take part in changing healthcare landscape in New Orleans

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


A Little Help to Keep Me Healthy

summer As seen on Nolavie….

This week, while I was searching for inspiration to write my column, I found it in the most unexpected way. While I had originally intended to write about one of my many adventures at the doctor and the “red carpet moment” I recently had there, my writing path took a turn just as I was drumming up the introduction. I’ll save that other story for another day. Instead, I’ll tell you about how I was inspired to write by a simple and kind gesture.

Have you ever gotten home from work and felt so exhausted that you couldn’t imagine doing anything other than sprawling across the couch? No cooking dinner, no exercising, no talking. Just laying.

This week, I had one of those days. And let’s be honest here. I have them often. I made it home from work at about 7 p.m. and quickly scarfed down dinner (that was thankfully prepared by my mom) so that I could set out to do what I needed to do. I just needed to sit down for a few minutes. Well, you know how that goes.

I needed to go for my evening run and I needed to write this column. And truthfully, I didn’t feel like doing either. (I’m sure my editors will love that.) Half of my brain was trying to get my body to respond and get up, while the other half was trying to flesh out my story idea. But it wasn’t long before my body sunk sideways across the couch in my parents’ living room. “Help,” I mumbled, partially to myself, halfway hoping I’d be hit with a stroke of instant energy by some invincible energy gods. I sunk my head face down in defeat.

I didn’t know how I was going to pull it off, my body was feeling the impact of several unrestful nights of sleep.

Unexpectedly, I peered up, and saw my brother standing in front of me. He reached out his hand, and said, “Come on, the hardest part is getting up.” He gently pulled me up to my feet. It wasn’t the playful demeanor you would expect from an older brother. It was simple, kind gesture, but it was beautiful and filled me with so much gratitude that I felt compelled to write about it. Because sometimes we can overlook the power of a kind and simple gesture. And it was just what I needed — someone to give me a hand, and, quite literally, help lift me up.

So, I mustered all my strength, laced up my shoes and hit the ground running. Then, I sat down to write.

I won’t pretend that staying committed to my health is easy. In fact, it’s often difficult. It takes a lot of work and discipline. And although I am fiercely passionate about it, I don’t always love it. I want to live wrecklessly. Sometimes I want to quit altogether. Other times I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility that comes with managing a chronic illness. It is exhausting to have to be constantly cautious with my body, being vigilant about what I eat, how much sleep I get, managing my stress — which are all factors that directly impact my health. Sometimes, I just want to say “screw it,” drink 3, 4, 5 cocktails, sit on the couch with a big bag of Zapp’s chips and a 16oz can of Coke and feel guilty about none of it — there, I said it!

But you know what, that’s okay. As long as I get back on track.  I can’t always do it on my own. Sometimes I need, we all need, that helping hand to reach down and pull us up.

As Summer winds down, fall rolls in and winter slowly unfolds (New Orleans style, of course, with temperatures plummeting to 50 degrees), it gets so much harder to stay active and stick to healthy habits. So, maybe you’ve been thinking about taking a class, or joining a running group or a gym. Perhaps you’ve thought about starting a schedule to walk around your neighborhood or the park. Maybe you plan to cut back on fried foods. Drink more water. Get to sleep earlier. Try yoga. Take the stairs. Whatever it may be, you don’t have to do it on your own. I’m reaching out my hand to pull you up.


What’s The Big Idea?

Hello everybody!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Is the summer really over?! Say it ain’t so! (Even though it doesn’t feel like it here in New Orleans) I always get a certain sadness each year when the summer comes to an end, but then September rolls around, and I get excited for the fall…my second favorite season!

I know I’ve been a little quiet on the blog as of late. Please pardon my absence. I promise I haven’t been lounging at the pool or being a beach bum. I wish! I’ve been working away like a busy bee over here.

I got a big girl job…yay! Now my siblings can stop calling me the “busiest unemployed girl they know.”

I am very excited to share with you that I joined The Idea Village as an in-house reporter, writing and blogging about entrepreneurship in New Orleans.

The Idea Village is a stellar non-profit whose mission is to support entrepreneurs and startups in New Orleans. I like to say it’s a small team doing BIG work. Why am I so excited to join The Idea Village? Because this team is dedicated to helping people in New Orleans fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams…and I am ALL about chasing dreams and pursuing passions. What better place to do that than in my home town?

I am especially excited as I feel that I have a unique opportunity to be a part of something very special here, and use my experience and passion for writing to make an impact.

Now for a little fun..

We kicked off the entrepreneur season with Entrepalooza. And afterwards, it was time for our team photo. You know how hard it is to round people up for a group picture!

Entrepalooza group 2

Wait a minute…

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There it is!

Entrepalooza me & team

And then of course, I insisted that we have an impromptu photo shoot.

These are the Awesome gals I work with on my team! Cameron is a marketing genius, and Rhea, is a social media maven.

Entrepalooza Me, Cameron, & Rhea

And that’s our fearless leader, Tim, floating away with one of his crazy ideas. We loove crazy ideas, in case you couldn’t tell :)

Entrepalooza Tim

It’s such an exciting time to be in the city and watch all of the innovation happen here.

I’ll still be blogging and keeping you up to date on healthy living in NOLA too! Now we just have to make sure we don’t kick those #healthysummer habits to the curb for fall!

Do you have a crazy idea? I’d love to hear all about it!


My Five Favorite Healthy & Fast Food Spots in New Orleans

Hi everybody! If you’re looking for some good, healthy eats this weekend, check out my five favorite “fast-food” healthy spots on Nolavie.

Have a wonderful weekend! xo


West Elm New Orleans & Why We Love Local

Hello everybody! I hope your week is off to a great start! Can I tell you what I’m sooo excited about? We just got a brand new West Elm in New Orleans! I first discovered West Elm when I lived in Atlanta. I spent a lot of time roaming around there and at the mall before I made friends. That’s not weird, right?!

Lovely Juley of the fab Upperlyne invited me to the grand opening, and it was a big, fun party! She collaborated with West Elm to do a makeover of her home office, which I can’t wait to see!

West Elm DJ

Lovely Juley of the fab Upperlyne invited me to the grand opening, and it was a big, fun party! She collaborated with West Elm to do a makeover of her home office, which I can’t wait to see!

West Elm Local sign

West Elm Lion Heart Prints

West Elm drinks

I really love this concept that West Elm has embraced because I think both the company and the local artists both benefit by giving local artists the opportunity to display their work inside of a nationally recognized brand. Brilliant marketing!

West Elm Meet the Makers

West Elm crowd

West Elm Matter

West Elm goods

West elm lights

West Elm Parishes

The new store is so cozy and it’s jam packed with so many goodies. I spent most of the night admiring all of the gems and dreaming up my future home.

Shout out to West Elm for supporting the locals! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship J

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