Month: August 2014

Children and Guns in America: Where Have We Gone Wrong?

Children and Guns in America: Where Have We Gone Wrong?

Taking a LITTLE girl to a shooting range? To shoot a gun that shoots 600 rounds a minute? I’m speechless because this is all COMPLETELY ABSURD. Don’t we want our little girls to learn which sport is healthy and best for them? Don’t we want them to learn about their connection to this peaceful earth?

Meeting Barbara Walters and Sage Advice

Meeting Barbara Walters and Sage Advice

It’s not everyday you get to meet trailblazers. Glass ceiling breakers. It’s not every day you get to meet people who were doing things FIRST. I have been fortunate enough to have met and interviewed some remarkable people over the years since starting this women’s lifestyle brand 5 years ago, next month.

Wordless Wednesday: Tremblant Living for the Loving

A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of vacationing in Mont Tremblant, a beautiful vacation resort about 90 minutes north of Montreal in the Laurentian Mountains. My family has been skiing at Tremblant for years, and while we are used to going during the wintertime, this was our first vacation there during the summer.

Happy 2014 Women’s Equality Day!

Happy 2014 Women’s Equality Day!

Every year, I commemorate this day by either showcasing pioneering women who are breaking glass ceilings, or I discuss the significance and importance of women’s equality.

This year, however, I decided to do things a little differently. Today, instead of honoring how far we’ve come, I decided to celebrate womanhood as a whole… celebrate our similarities, but also embrace our diversities and differences. My girlfriend Tanya sent this to me a while back, and it really struck me.

Wordless Wednesday: Erica Diamond Barbie is Here

Wordless Wednesday: Erica Diamond Barbie is Here

It’s not every day Mattel makes a Barbie® to your likeness. To honor my role as Chief Inspiration Officer of Entrepreneur Barbie® with a mission to inspire entrepreneurship in girls across Canada, Erica Diamond Barbie® took 5 months to make. I am beyond proud and humbled, and if I am to be honest, it’s probably one of the most momentous milestones of my career.

As an entrepreneur since the age of 24 (now starting my fourth entrepreneurial venture), having written a book on female entrepreneurship, as a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, a life and business coach for female entrepreneurs, and having made it my life’s mission to inspire others to take the dive into passion, this feels kind of like the pinnacle of your career.

Trading Prada for Peace

Trading Prada for Peace

I was an advertising executive in the television industry for 12 years before I jumped off the fence. I am an only child, raised by an Asian mother who had her own successful career in the medical field, and a German-American father with a successful career in the aerospace industry. I was raised to excel in my studies and obtain the high-paying executive job and title. I was on my way.

I was fortunate to have found my soul mate and husband in my late 20’s, and we both decided to wait a few years before starting our family. My first daughter came along shortly after my promotion into a management position. Having the financial resources, we had a full-time nanny, which allowed me to continue my career. My job required much time, travel, and intellectual/emotional effort. Being in the entertainment industry, I got to meet and work with famous television and movie stars. In addition to attending awards shows, movie premieres, and launch parties, my husband and I got to attend exciting events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl.

Back To School Shopping with @Aeroplan!

Back To School Shopping with @Aeroplan!

Back to school is almost upon us, and who doesn’t love a good selection (and a good deal?) In case you’re new to this blog, the Aeroplan eStore features over 100 retailers such as Apple Store Canada, Indigo.ca, Dell.ca, and Sears.ca from 10 different product categories including accessories, apparel, gift cards and more. So from the comforts of your own home, you can shop online and earn at least 1 Aeroplan Mile for every $1 that you spend and then double that if you pay with one of the Aeroplan affiliated financial cards. Visit: www.aeroplan.com/eStore for more details.

Wordless Wednesday: 14 Years Married. 19 Years Together.

Wordless Wednesday: 14 Years Married. 19 Years Together.

Wow, these are some wild numbers when you’re just 39 years old! Yes, today, I celebrate 14 years of marriage. We were just teens when we feel in love– 19 years old to be exact… he, 20. We smoked, we drank, we studied, we partied, we slept, we had a lot of sex, we were carefree.

Fast forward almost 20 years later… we don’t smoke, we drink occasionally (okay, him almost never), we still know how to party (when we’re able to stay up past 9pm), we are still having sex (albeit today’s numbers probably pale in comparison) and we ain’t as carefree as we used to be.

Man, real life bites, huh?!

Robin Williams and The Stigma of Depression

In light of yesterday’s tragedy, I wanted to republish an older post on crushing the stigma of depression. I read online, “Maybe Robin Williams’ legacy won’t only be the humor he gave us. Maybe it will be that he brought depression to the forefront.”
It feels today as though a bright light has gone out.

The Power of Risk Taking and How To Get Off The Fence

The Power of Risk Taking and How To Get Off The Fence

It’s easy to stay in our comfort zones – to sit perched on our fences. The familiar far too often keeps us stuck right where we are and prevents us from experiencing personal growth, happiness and manifesting our dreams. But, venturing out into the unknown can seem terrifying and virtually impossible to achieve.

But what if taking the risk, taking that leap to get off the fence actually led us closer to our hopes and dreams? Led us right to our ideal life?

The kids are back in school soon making it a perfect time to finally get unstuck and start making your life happen! This morning on my weekly Lifestyle and Parenting segment on Global TV, I talked about the power of risk taking and how to get off the fence. I also wrote the steps out below.

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