About Me – 2

I want to help you build the life you know you're meant to live.

promo-small-business-pressI love my life. I really do.

My husband (and business partner) is fan-freakin-tastic, I have wonderful friends from around the world, and my career is (and has been) exciting, challenging, and fun.

I've often told people that my career (and even my life to some extent) has followed the path of an off-leash dog running through an open, grassy field: I bound around, find an amazing thing and investigate it (sometimes give it a good roll), and then bound off in search of the next adventure.

Sure, there are compromises I've made along the way, and of course some lemons that I've had to make into lemonade, but I wouldn't change anything.

It's a challenge to write "about me" without feeling like I'm bragging, so I'll stick with the high level stuff I'm particularly proud of...

dsc_0450Outlaw Soaps

My husband and I started this amazing soap company, Outlaw Soaps. It's one of the most challenging and exciting things either of us has ever done, and the fact that we've been doing it since March of 2013 is pretty amazing. I've heard that 50% of businesses don't last past their first year, and 80% don't last past their first five, so the odds weren't good, but our goods were odd (or at least odd enough to make a niche).

When I say we started from scratch, I mean we didn't even know how to make soap before we started the business.

Being in business hasn't been easy, and certainly we've had our fair share of financial challenges. But amazingly, I have less credit card debt and a better credit score than I had when I was a full time employee of the Oprah Winfrey Network (more on that in a minute).

Outlaw Soaps has been growing quickly since its inception, and we've been featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Yahoo!, and many other totally legitimate publications. We're honored to be in dozens of really legitimately awesome shops, and we're excited to be in every Northern California Whole Foods Market.

One of the things Russ and I are both most excited about is that we recently created a job and were able to hire a local woman. It feels really good to have built something from absolutely nothing, and now employ Ruth (who is an absolute rockstar, by the way).

I owe a massive thanks to Ray Connors, my co-worker at Oprah and very dear friend, for encouraging me to pursue my entrepreneurial dream.

Check out Outlaw Soaps

Oprah Winfrey is really amazing

The Oprah Winfrey Network

I wish I had a photo of me and Oprah, but I don't, so we're going to use this photo of how I think of her: casually chatting with some really amazing person, and bringing out the best in them.

I worked with the Oprah Winfrey Network (which includes Oprah.com and O Magazine) for a couple years and seriously, it was one of the highlights of my life.

Oprah herself is truly an amazing person.

People always ask if I met Oprah, and yes, I did. We sat together at lunch one day when she was having an all-hands meeting in the Los Angeles office, and chatted about whether I thought it was crazy to do Lifeclass live or if it had to be pre-taped. Of course, I think she's best and most in her element live, so I said "live" (and we went with live -- probably not because of my recommendation, but still).

I was the Product Manager in charge of the Oprah's Lifeclass online presence (including Lifeclass journal, etc), which was not only a really cool project for me personally, but a lot of people used it and it was apparently really helpful. It felt good to make a difference in people's lives.

I also was the Product Manager in charge of the Lance Armstrong Interview online, which was really dang cool. Even though it was a ton of work and a really late night, when I got in my car to go home, and heard the BBC talking about the interview, I realized they had watched the interview online... on our player, on our page.

There are really too many cool things about that job to cover here, but suffice to say, it was a really amazing job. I owe a tremendous gratitude to my mentor and friend, Amy Cohn, for helping me get that job.