Women Who Lead

Women Who Lead

It’s long been a personal theory of mine that all women leaders who find success have a responsibility — no, a moral obligation — to blaze their path so bright it illuminates a trajectory for others to follow. If one of us figures out how to navigate the serpentine road

Welcome to Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas

Me again. Melissa. This week I write to you from a room on the 32nd floor of a hotel in Las Vegas. I’m also eating pretzels if that matters, but I don’t think it does. There’s this thin, gauzy curtain that covers a large picture window on the back wall

On International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day. Here I am … a woman. I’m fortunate to be surrounded in my life by some pretty amazing women. They’re strong. They’re powerful. And most importantly, they exude genuine, symbiotic support for others, the type that can shine a warm light on the macabre shadows of

The Unexpectedly Practical Philosophy of Steve Aoki

The Unexpectedly Practical Philosophy of Steve Aoki

The truth was I couldn’t move. Not metaphorically or creatively, I couldn’t physically wiggle a finger. Stuffed hundreds deep into a tacky, plush-red nightclub in midtown Manhattan that smelled of fresh sweat and cheap vodka, I was stuck in place, a proverbial halter-topped sardine of the night, waiting for Steve

On Writing, On Wednesday: The Very First Word

On Writing, On Wednesday: The Very First Word

This is stupid. That’s the first thing I thought when the idea came to me to write about writing, which seemed no different from a balloon maker noodling up a poodle figurine at a circus side show and instead of selling it to the five-year-old cotton-candy-eater who wants one, telling

For the Love of Music

For the Love of Music

On its surface, the story of William Garrett “Snuffy” Walden plays out like an expertly written drama. The innocence of youth, the tragedy of rock ‘n’ roll, the demise, the about-face and finally, the triumph. But as evident in Up to Snuff, a documentary shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival,

Monday Motivation from a Decorated Navy SEAL

Monday Motivation from a Decorated Navy SEAL

When Jason Tuschen speaks, there’s a bright cheerfulness to his voice. The former Navy SEAL, who has 27 years of military and Special Operations experience under his tactical belt, laughs more than you’d expect. He describes his time with the SEALs as “fun.” He even jokes about the bad, fried

The Incredible Lightness of Cleaning

The Incredible Lightness of Cleaning

I recently attempted to #KonMari my house to make it a more inviting, simple, joyful place. In reality, I have no actual idea how the method goes (full confession) but instead, just asked myself with every item: “Does it spark joy?”

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