Why I Started A Podcast

Almost two years ago, the idea for Startup Pregnant came to me. But when the idea first arrived, it was to be a book of my own experience. A story of what it was like to work in the tech startup scene in Manhattan while navigating my pregnancy. Over time, however, the idea morphed from a book (still in progress) to grow in shape and size. I started interviewing women and hearing incredible stories. And I knew these interviews need to be conversations that people could listen to. So I ended up starting a podcast. Here’s the backstory, and a sneak peek into where we’re headed.
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Start Here: A New Map to Guide You Through My Website

One puzzle of being a regular blogger is considering what the collection of essays adds up to over time. I’ve written before about why I write, my writing habits and how important it is to me to show up to the process. Recently I made a new map to exploring all of these essays and I’m excited to show it to you.Read the article

7 Moving Memoirs on Life, Death, Sex, Poverty and Parenting

Here are seven memoirs that have stuck with me long after I’ve put them down. From parenting to social pressure, to the deep history of a country, to reckoning with death, dying, and growing up poor: this collection of books takes you inside the experiences of different human lives.Read the article

Here, I Made This For You

I made something that I’ve been working on for quite a while: the Startup Pregnant Podcast is a radio show that dives into the lives and stories of women starting businesses and starting families. We interview lots of parents from all stripes, and business owners of all types. Take a look. It’s now available in iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Would love to know what you think of the first few episodes.Read the article

Our Dying Attention is a Big Problem

Over the bulk of the last year, I’ve been focused on adding meditation, quality, and depth to my life in a meaningful way. That includes: rethinking my relationship to reading, and reading entire books, slowly. With notes. Deepening my ability to focus and pay attention. Putting parental controls on my technology to block social media. Today, I share a round-up of essays that have helped me. Here are 17 essays on attention, anxiety, being over-busy, and why our lack of recharge time is more problematic than we think.Read the article

How to Give Great Advice (and Why Most Advice Doesn’t Work)

It’s fun to brainstorm, to be clever, to solve things. But sometimes other people don’t need us to solve their problem, offer advice, or jump in with the perfect story. Sometimes they just need us to listen. Listening isn’t being quiet: it’s an active process. And it takes work to listen well. Here are a few strategies for being better at giving advice (without giving advice).Read the article

In Search of Mental Focus and Clarity

Those of you that have followed my posts recently know I’m experimenting with my relationships to social media, email, and the internet. I love tech AND I also want to stay smart about my habits, impulsivity, and addictions. Because make no mistake: tech is an addiction, for sure. How do we achieve mental focus in the increasing onslaught of information? Get this: the average person checks email 74 times per day and spends 28% of their time on email. If we’re not questioning this, we should be concerned.Read the article

I Quit Social Media For 30 Days and Here’s What I Learned

Last month, I quit social media for 30 days. I deleted Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from my phone and computer and signed out for the month. Here’s what happened and what I learned. Would love to know what you’ve tried and what’s worked for you.Read the article

A 4-Step Guided Framework for Journaling and Gaining Clarity

Not that long ago, as an eight-month pregnant lady living on stitched-together patches of sleep, finding time to journal was becoming a challenge amongst my pending worries about new motherhood. I decided to try the Clarity Cards as a journaling exercise and loved the results. Here’s the four-step process I used to chart out thoughtful ideas, insights, and clear perspectives on being pregnant.Read the article

My Fall Mastermind is Open for Applications

My Mastermind & Mentoring program will return this Fall. You must apply by August 18th to be considered for the early decision deadline. The latest possible day to apply is September 5th if you’d like to be in the Fall cohort. The program is a little more than 3 months long and requires a dedication to expanding yourself, your business, and your mind. Read the article