April 02, 2017
Erin R

What Makes YOU Feel Powerful? 

Making a decision for myself that other people may not like or agree with. I think women are taught, often unconsciously, to be people pleasers. So on the (rare) occasion that I make a "selfish" decision purely for myself, those are the moments when I most feel empowered. In those moments I am staying true to myself, I am allowing myself to be my own person.

What cheers you up?

The sound of my children giggling. A good glass of red wine. A wink and a smile from my husband.

What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?

Stop worrying about what other people think of you. And learn to get over your shyness!

An inspiring TED talk you loved.

An oldie but a goodie; Dave Eggers' "My wish: Once upon a school". It's as funny as it is inspiring.

High heels or ballet flats?

Ballet flats.

A book you have read more than 3 times.

I'm a sucker for romance and re-read all the Jane Austen novels every few years. (Persuasion is my favorite.)

Favorite way to break a sweat.

Walking everywhere, being outdoors in our fabulous city.

Your go-to healthy snack.

Apples, oranges, nuts.

Your favorite comfort food.


Your favorite city, and quick tips for traveling to that city.

New York. I lived there for nearly a decade. If you visit, don't get hung up on where to stay or what to see and do. Just go, and just start walking around.

What is the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

Unpack. I can't relax until everything is put away.

Who are your favorite women heroes?

Maya Angelou, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, Michelle Obama. And so many female friends of mine who are doing amazing things every single day.

Favorite quote from a movie.

"Talking about love is like dancing about architecture." From Playing by Heart.

Favorite lipstick.

Benefit cosmetics "Benetint rose lip stain"

Favorite perfume.

Viktor and Rolf "Flowerbomb"