Folk Rebellion - Another Set of Shoes: Life Below the Poverty Line

March 15, 2018

Monthly column in Folk Rebellion's The Dispatch. 

Huffington Post - Gendering Children’s Clothing Is Hurting Our Future Generations

December 05, 2017

When I first dressed my son’s infant body in pink leggings, comments from friends and family would drift our way including “Boys don’t wear pink,” and “I wish you’d dress him like a little boy.” To which I found myself responding with confusion more often than not. This was a 10-month old baby. He couldn’t walk. He hadn’t yet learned how to identify color. But he was being indoctrinated into the masculine/feminine binary already. The message was clear: “Pink is not for boys.” - I'm a mom whose tummy has been tucked

May 15, 2017

Imagine a woman who embraced plastic surgery for a few "nips and tucks" to help her out where nature couldn't. What does she look like? You may be imagining a blonde woman with unusually high, bulbous cheeks and a high, frozen forehead. Maybe she has unsightly balloon breasts, or an exaggerated Kim Kardashian booty.


I'm guessing you probably aren’t imagining me. But here I am with thousands of other mothers and "regular women" who have embraced surgery to help where exercise and diet could not.

Cate Costa Venture Catalyst - How to Barter Your Way to a Business

January 23, 2018

What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Classy Career Girl - 3 Things My Best Friend Taught Me About Business

June 19, 2017

If this were the ’50s, I’d be what you’d call a “career gal.” My inner monologue is a female version of Don Draper pitching the rest of my brain on business and marketing ideas throughout the day. “See this typical pair of baby pajamas with the illogical design? Imagine instead…..”

Because we all tend to see things through our own lens, I started to spout a specific brand of female empowerment. Of course women should be in business! We’re powerful, pantsuit-wearing workaholics! What is this nonsense about feelings anyways?

The Work at Home Woman - Work Smart, Not Harder: Double Dip on Ideas and Resources

May 30, 2017

As a work-at-home entrepreneur, freelance writer, and startup consultant, I'm often asked where I find time to start new businesses or seek out writing gigs. It wasn't until recently that I realized I do something that not everyone else does – I double dip when it comes to ideas and resources in order to save time and energy.hat makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

When I Grow Up Blog - The Recession is Bullhonkey: Nikki’s Story

February 02, 2015

First of all, let me just say that not only do I believe this recession is bullhonky, but in general I believe the idea that making money is hard, jobs are scarce and people occasionally have to “settle” instead of pursuing their passions are all equally in the bullhonky basket. Some people call me oblivious. I call me optimistic.

Women On Business - Embracing Your Female Voice

August 05, 2016

I was once told by an employer that my voice was too high and too loud. Even worse, I raised it ever so slightly at the end of a thought, indicating a question or insecurity. He suggested I take lessons with a voice coach.

The Environmental Impact of Essential Oils

July 26, 2017

Essential oils have enjoyed a boom in sales over the last decade as Western consumers search for alternatives to chemical-laden products that are toxic both to their bodies and to the planet. Since the first recorded essential oil blend was recorded in Egypt in 1,500 BC, people around the world have been using essential oils for their perceived medicinal properties. A market research study by Grand View Research estimates that the global essential-oils market is expected to reach $11.67 billion by 2022. Such a high level of demand raises two vital questions: Where are all these essential oils coming from, and what is their impact on the environment?

Star Tribune - To the Pro-Life Activists with the Signs

October 14, 2014

I understand where your protest comes from, but what if your message were one of information and compassion? 

Minority Nurse - Technology in the Workplace

October 14, 2013

Most of us have heard the term “digital divide,” and many of us are familiar with the move towards electronic health records (EHRs) in the workplace. However, very few hospitals or medical offices are discussing the real-life implications of those two facts merging in hospitals and medical offices across the country where nurses who have limited computer experience are suddenly being asked to do electronic charting. 

XoJane - I Donated Eggs and the Process Almost Killed Me

January 08, 2014

Two years after donating eggs, I have nothing but three tiny scars and an overwhelming fear of infertility to show for it. That being said, I fully support donation. 

Humanthology - A Passion for Language

September 09, 2014

My first foray into foreign languages was during 7th grade when I decided that French sounded more exotic than Spanish, and would therefore be the more interesting language to learn. Over the next four years, I became a member of the foreign language club and aced nearly all my exams. Yet at no point did any of it come naturally. Somehow, I still couldn’t speak a word of French without immense effort and there wasn’t a moment of the learning process I actually enjoyed.

Humanthology - How Craigslist Found me a Husband

January 05, 2014

I’m from Cleveland, OH. Land of burning rivers, Great Lakes Brewing company and a general distaste for online dating. After all, only weirdos and losers need to turn to the internet for love. Right? 


Tracy's New York Life - I've Fallen In Love with East Harlem

December 17, 2014

Up until a few years ago, my friends could hear me lamenting about the utter lack of authentic Mexican food anywhere in Manhattan. Sure, Blockheads makes for a great summer margarita stop, and Rosa Mexicano is delicious (if not a little pricey). But what about authentic, double tortilla-layered tacos and creative corn/bean/cheese combinations? That being said; my life in New York lacked a certain… spice. That is until I moved to East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, or in some circles, “that neighborhood by Target.” 

24 Dollar Burger - Isles Bun and Coffee

April 03, 2013

Before doing anything, I needed fuel. So I hopped on Yelp and tried to find a café near the Chain of Lakes that was open early enough to fit into my crammed schedule. One place in particular came up for “Early Sunday morning café” and that place was Isles Buns.

XoJane - My Conformity Ring

March 05, 2013

Let me just say it: I do not want to look at pictures of your engagement ring. You might believe it looks different than everyone else’s or that it means something incredibly intimate, but it doesn’t. Not to me. It’s just a rock set in a piece of metal and no fancy details or braided band will change that. 

I say this without resentment, because I, too, have an engagement ring that is exactly like yours. A rock and a band and a finger that screams “taken” to anyone with a set of eyeballs in their head. 

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