A New Look For Avenger of Sexiness!

As I’m prepping everything for Camp Mighty next week, I decided it was time for an all new look for Avenger of Sexiness, and new business cards as well!

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Above is the front of the card, below is the back.

Avenger of Sexiness Business Cards - Back

What do you think? Everything look good and work ok for you? Poke around. Let me know if it works ok on your phone or tablet, or your giant computer screen.

(Oops! I discovered a little issue with the comments cutting off the text, so I’ll fix that CSS tonight.)

Meanwhile, I’m heading south to San Francisco today! Can’t wait to see California again!

Hello, June! Goodbye, June!

Colorado National Monument - Rim Road

WHOOOOOOOSH!!!

That would be the sound of June 2013 flying past me. The month started with a flurry of activity around attending BlogHer Food. From there, there were the summer Flirt, Hot Mama, and White Sheet sessions for a lot of wedding and anniversary gifts, even a zegarki watch, how exciting! I was formulating the plans for the Avenger of Sexiness North America Tour (#aos13 on Twitter and Facebook) … and then it all came to a screeching halt.

I had a very sudden, excruciatingly painful gallstone attack on Saturday, June 22nd. Just days before I planned to leave town. I went to the ER, and they ended up admitting me to the hospital. Instead of heading west on June 25th like I had planned, I had my gallbladder removed. I was finally released on June 27th.

I don’t normally make a lot of plans because I *HATE* it when my plans get changed. I cried on the night of the 29th because I was still at home, instead of in California with my friend Tara like I had planned. It didn’t help that it was the hottest June day in Houston … EVER. I was miserable.

Since our plan always was to drive, and the doctor cleared me for travel when he released me from the hospital, I asked Mike if we could go ahead and pack and leave. There was no way we could do the California leg of our journey, but we could still make it to Portland in time for the World Domination Summit, which I was lucky to score a ticket to months ago.

My Mini Cooper at Colorado National Monument Rim Rock DriveWe spent Sunday morning quickly packing our bags, loading up my Mini Cooper, picking up a GoPro camera to record the trip and heading out. Our journey took us north through Oklahoma City, on in to Kansas, west to Denver, through the Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Ridge Road, across to Grand Junction – where the above photo was taken, at the Colorado National Monument Rim Rock Drive, in to Utah, on through Idaho — and here we are today in Portland, Oregon.

I made it. I took it easy, but I was able to convalesce just as much in the passenger seat of the car as I would have been at home in bed. I did drive the Rim Rock Drive and through part of Utah – INCREDIBLE. I could not be more thrilled with taking this trip, and with being able to be at the World Domination Summit tonight!

I’ll share more in the coming days about the adventure we had getting to Portland and the plans I have for the trip ahead. For today, I’m just going to soak it all in and savor Portland.

You Have to be Brave…

Pacific Ocean view at the Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel

You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.

It is one of those sayings that just stays with me. It follows me around. It encourages me to be brave so that I can help others be brave as well.

As I read the announcements about this year’s Mom 2.0 Conference, that one line hit me like a ton of bricks. Ok, I’ll admit it, it made me cry. My friend Carrie, one of the organizers of the event, had already been telling me that I really needed to join them. When I saw that sentence, I knew it was where I needed to be.

It is hard to believe that it has already been 3 weeks since I flew out to California for that amazing weekend. Things seem abundantly clear now, and while I’ve been quiet here, there is much going on below the surface and behind the scenes.

That line still resonates with me. I think I need to make a sign and hang it in my studio. It sums up how I feel and how I think all women should feel. Be brave. Inspire others. Dream big.

Photograph taken at the opening party at the Mom 2.0 Summit, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel in California, May 2, 2013.