I am an experience design strategist, mom, artist, writer and generally creative gal.
I presently lead a software design team creating stellar user experiences for multimillion dollar enterprise software.
I also help people unlock creativity in order to feel happier, tell better stories and make a larger impact on the world.
“A good life isn’t a place at which you arrive, it is a lens through which you see and create your world.” (Jonathan Fields’ GoodLifeProject.com) I’ve found myself in a place of reflection and retrospection of the past year of my life and the rapid journey I have been on with integrating different parts of myself that had gone on hiatus after my busy life got the best of me. Last year I wanted to create and write a lot, but at the moment things are shifting. So far this year I mostly just want to enjoy small...read more
Over the last year, despite all the same external circumstances of a highly hectic life, I decided I had to slow down. It has been the best thing I’ve ever done. It makes me smarter with my time, wiser with what I say, kinder to those I interact with and generally less stressed. Granted, there have been a lot of self reflective improvements and growing up I had to do to get better at this, but by far the largest factor was allowing myself time to not feel frantic. Meditation, Bach, walks, painting and reading have all given me quick...read more
Happy New Moon and 2014! Spending some time on a renewed perspective today has been clarifying for me. It is amazing how hard it is to see what is right in front of you and screaming to be expressed. For me, my fantasy novel that I am working on, the light that twinkles so brightly in my daughters’ eyes and the reflection of sparkle off of every single surface on this planet is what fascinates me and motivates me to carry on, despite all the darkness. My core desired feeling that stands out the most today is that I want to feel sparkly....read more
If but my words could soothe your wounds I would whisper words until the end of time But words alone do not heal If you would allow me to hold you So that the weight of the world was not yours alone Perhaps then you could begin to trust again To feel again To believe that life is indeed meant to be lived in full color In shimmering abandon Only then would you once again revel In the moon caressed twirl of a dancing water flameread more
My little baby vomitted on my italian leather shoes last night, and while I may slightly be uncomfortable in the moment, mostly I just wanted my baby to be okay. She has had a pretty hard and sick second Christmas. My family though, we are pretty adaptable at this point. I told my five year old daughter that Santa was more spirit than real, determined not to “lie” to her about it, and whoosh. It went right over her head. Santa is SO real to her. Watching the Croods, courtesy of Santa, I love the message of this cartoon, more than...read more
“Science and technology have amplified the effects of the dysfunction of the human mind in its unawakened state to such a degree that humanity, and probably the planet, would not survive for another hundred years if human consciousness remains unchanged.” – Eckhart Tolle This post will explain the fundamental shifts necessary in moving from the existing culturally influenced approach around experience design to a more well rounded paradigm. Download PDF This is not about good or bad, right or wrong. Instead, this post...read more
Experience Design is not just about digital channels, it encompass the entire delivery mechanism of any company’s product, service or events. It is about getting to the root of your WHY for doing business. My experience thus far in my lifetime has been focused around digital delivery because our culture is quite literally obsessed with devices. I’m unconvinced that the obsession is entirely healthy, yet I am open to progressing the consumption of digital delivery to a better place for humanity. As it seems, the devices are here to stay....read more
I have become rather obsessed with the topic of wellness or wellbeing at work. As we all know, though some live with the latent pain of terrible work environments, work is a huge part of our life. A human life is full of nearly one-third or more of your time spent at work. I have always been, and will always be, a believer that what we do with our time should matter – whether it is at work or in our “personal” time. I’m pretty sure that most companies do not emphasize wellness and wellbeing in the workplace. Why?...read more
I’m forming a creed for some reason that I haven’t figured out yet. It is an evolving work in progress right now… as I am… relationships are the foundation of everything your body does not lie, listen to it create on your own terms wellness must extend to the workplace visualize a better world, then live it in yours work fewer hours, rest more, dance daily healing takes time, be patient nothing worthwhile happens overnight have the courage to use your voice even if you will never be heard slowing down allows for a...read more
Ah the irony that this most thankful day I am tested with lots of kiddo crying and feeling like I could sleep for 100 years (pre-turkey mind you!) Regardless, getting back to happy – while not a formula or science – does involve pretty standard chemistry of the human body. Get outside. See sunlight. Take a shower. Smile and laugh. Eat yummy food and say “Yay!” I can definitely do those things.read more