Author: Donna Schwartz Mills

BlogHer 16: Diamonds and Rust

Greetings from #BlogHer 16, in beautiful downtown Los Angeles! Eleven years ago, I attended the first, tiny BlogHer conference in Santa Clara, California. At that time, I had been blogging for about 18 months – and the professional knowledge and tools that were presented at that conference opened my eyes to a cornucopia of new possibilities. I also got to meet dozens of fabulous, brilliant, delightful women – many of whom are still my friends today. It was exciting. It was inspirational. And as I attended most of the subsequent conferences, I watched with pride as the three dynamic...

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Sideswiped!

Our drive up to Sacramento for my sister’s annual family New Year’s Eve gathering was uneventful… …until we got sideswiped by a big semi truck, which decided to change lanes right into us. No one was hurt. The driver moved back into his lane as soon as he made contact with us, and we both pulled over and exchanged information. The truck ripped out our passenger side mirror and the passenger door now makes an ominous creaking noise whenever it is opened or closed. But the bottom line is that we made it to our destination – safe, if...

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ShiftCon: Small Steps to Better Health

Leah Segedie is a force of nature. After helping hundreds of women lose weight through her Mamavation¬†website and programs, she decided to tackle the larger problem of toxins and other substances in our industrialized food chain. The result was the creation of the ShiftCon conference, which held its second annual gathering this past weekend in Manhattan Beach, California. And Leah was kind enough to invite me to take part with a complimentary blogger’s registration. I don’t get out much any longer to events like this. My day job marketing for a local IT company has left me with very...

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When the Cat’s Away…

I’m self-employed. After 16 years of being a stay-at-home, work-at-home mom, I like it that way. I don’t have to face a long commute to an office, wear appropriate business attire, uncomfortable ladies’ shoes or makeup (except on those days when I do have to show my face in public) — and have complete autonomy on the time of day I do my work. At least, that’s the way it appears on paper. In reality: The client that underwrites the bulk of this great lifestyle of mine expects me to be available at all times during business hours. To...

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Stop Telling Me What to Do!

So many posts these days play on people’s fears of doing the wrong thing. Maybe we should stop worrying about what others think. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this space to write. We visited the UK, returned, sent my daughter back to her second semester of college, and just last week brought her back home from Chicago. I enjoyed Passover with my family in Sacramento, and spent another four weeks housebound because I broke another toe on my driving foot. I’ve been working my butt off at my marketing job. And I’m dealing with the shame...

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