I Did A Podcast!

Podcast with Dr. Robin

Things are getting more interesting on this blog! Last week, I spoke about my blog as part of an author series. A few weeks before that, I did a podcast that you can now listen to!

The podcast is called Leadership Purpose with Dr. Robin. The host, Robin L. Owens, Ph.D., is a college professor, speaker, author and leadership purpose coach. On her weekly podcast, “she interviews experts who give helpful advice to address issues facing high achieving women leaders today.” She also shares her own stories and life lessons along the way.

It was so much fun doing the podcast and I think it sounds great! Of course I’m biased with my own episode, but I’ve enjoyed listening to all her other episodes as well. They’re inspiring! And I always learn something new and benefit from hearing different perspectives on many life issues that we all face.

On the podcast, I speak with Dr. Robin about my favorite quote, which is also my blog motto, and about my writing and legal careers. And Free Yoga Boston too!

I hope you listen to the episode and enjoy it as well! You can listen on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Emma Andrews Library Author Series

Emma Andrews Library Author Series

I have some exciting news! On Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 7pm, I will be interviewed as part of the Emma Andrews Library Author Series!

Over the past week or so, I’ve shared it on different social media platforms. But of course the news had to make its way here. The main topic is about why and how I blog! It all started here. Hmmm. Well, actually my blogging beginnings go back to the old blog, Anali’s First Amendment.

It’s hard to believe that I moved to this domain eight years ago! And it’s now almost eight years here. For a combined 16 years of blogging! The official anniversary is April 29th, which is approaching fast. Time to start thinking about my new word of the year and the lessons of last year’s wordSURRENDER.

But back to the event! Emma Andrews Library is a small library and community center in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1886 by schoolteacher Emma Andrews as a lending library to serve local children. For me, as someone who grew up with parents who were both schoolteachers, and from childhood to this day always enjoying going to the library, this event feels especially wonderful.

The interview will take place over Zoom, so everyone is invited to watch and take part. It will be a Q&A format moderated by local author and writer Áine Greaney. If you’re interested in registering for the event, send an email to emmaandrewslibrary@gmail.com and you’ll receive a link.

Hope to see you then!

Embrace Women In Art

2018 was quite a year. The most difficult thing was losing my father in March.

After my father became ill, my mom, brother and I started having family dinners every Sunday. Sometimes extended family would have dinner with us too. It became a real source of comfort.

Nothing fancy. Quite the opposite. It needed to be easy, so we would get take-out from a few local places. The main thing was that we were all together sharing a meal. That had been so important to our family while my brother and I were growing up.

After my dad passed, we decided to continue the tradition, but we decided to eat at out at some area restaurants. Over a couple of weeks, we tried a few, but nothing felt right. I think that we were feeling too sad. My father was a huge presence and energy in our lives. And he was gone.

Even though I felt broken, I strongly believed (and still believe) that when a major person leaves your life, someone else will appear.  Not to replace them. But just in keeping with the nature of physics. It has to happen. Energy doesn’t disappear. It’s a constant and just transforms.

My brother mentioned that we should try Bertucci’s. There was one near where he lived, so it would be easy. We had always loved their food and especially the rolls. None of us had been to one in many years, but we thought it was a great idea. Especially after just hearing that many of the restaurants would be closing.

So one Sunday in April, we went to Bertucci’s and our server was a lovely young woman named Kassy. She had just started working there and was so friendly and sweet. We all bonded immediately. We started going back there every Sunday and Kassy was always our server. For the first time in a while, our dinners started feeling happy again.

So why am I telling you this? Well, Kassy doesn’t work there anymore, but she has become like another member of our family and I have been mentoring her. She has an artsy side like me and also making her way in the professional world.

Recently she started a blog called Embrace Women In Art, where she interviews women who are involved in the arts. Her latest post is an interview with me!

Since it’s also Christmas Eve, to those of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas! 🎄

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Updated 5/16/20: The interview is no longer available online, so the link was removed.

Boston Voyager Inspiring Stories from Quincy: Lisa Johnson

Boston Voyager Inspiring Stories From Quincy

Good morning! Usually this blog features interviews with other people as part of the You Pick Six interview series.

Well today, I’m just popping in for a minute to share a different kind of  interview. Boston Voyager Magazine interviewed me for their Inspiring Stories from Quincy series.

I really appreciate the opportunity to tell a bit about myself and my story. Thank you Boston Voyager!

Hope you’ll take a look at the interview when you get a chance!