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Why Supporting Women Matters- A Visit with Wendy Diamond -Dec 21 on Fearless Fabulous You!

When I first met Wendy Diamond in the mid 1990s we connected instantly. I was running my eponymous public relations firm, and she was launching a cookbook entitled “A Musical Feast.” This brunette bundle of energy with the blue-green magnetic eyes had managed to secure recipes from everyone who mattered in the music business, from Aerosmith to Madonna to Mick Jagger, for her book whose sales raised money for charity. The next time I saw Wendy she was in People Magazine with Hootie and the Blowfish (recipe contributors) and embarking on a multi city book promotion.  A second cookbook with recipes from […]

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Him for the Holidays? Tips on Bringing Your Guy Home

I used to dread going home to Chattanooga for the holidays when I was single. My mother would always invite eligible men to various dinners to meet me.  Most often they were soft, menschy types and this gal liked athletic, preppy boys. Some were interested in meeting other men and not me.  I sighed with frustration hearing comments from family friends like, “Such as shame she hasn’t found a nice man yet.” Note, “she” was usually in the room within earshot. My worst holiday dating experience was when I brought my sophomore college boyfriend home after Christmas. My mother came out […]

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A Clutterfly Seeks Her Wings

My cousin, the Artist Hunt Slonem, is a Collector with a capital “C.” His various and beautifully appointed homes are filled with carefully curated collections from gothic furniture to butterflies to top hats and harps, not to mention his own amazing paintings. I admire his passion for collecting and for the fact that his things bring him Joy. Check out this recent Architectural Digest piece on Hunt. I have a mother with a house filled with art, various stuffed animals, purple ephemera of every shape, size and hue, gifts from friends and fans, and souvenirs from her travels, charity fundraisers, […]

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She Danced Her Way Back To Finding Her Joy- Fearless Fabulous You! Dec 14

Last week’s show focused on managing holiday stress, whether it is yours, a family member’s or your dog’s.  If you missed this episode you can tune into iHeart.com podcast to listen to my podcast with Transformational Coach Jennifer Grace and Camp Bow Wow animal trainer, Laura Roach. This week’s Fearless Fabulous show topic is Joy: How do you define it; how can you capture it; how to recover it and how to share it with others. My definition of “joy” and your definition may be different. But everyone can agree that you can never have enough of it in your life! Patrice […]

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Happy Holicrazy! Tips To Stay Merry and Calm

Given the number of emails filling my inbox and TV segments about dealing with holiday stress I have to wonder, “Are holidays becoming holicrazy?” Are we so stressed over wrapping up the year in a nice package and getting it all done in time that we don’t have time to really enjoy the season? Many of us face shopping for gifts, wrapping up year end finances, planning holiday travel, scheduling the kids’ activities when they are out of school and juggling every day tasks. And then there’s that year-end “taking stock” of your life and making New Year’s resolutions to: lose weight, […]

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I Screen. You Screen. We All Need To Screen.

It was the first and last time I’d bare my derriere for a man I’d just met, but this was for a a colonoscopy, and I believe in taking care of my health.  The last time I had this done was Thanksgiving week 2009 with my internist who was also my gastroenterologist at the time under another health insurance plan. This doctor was arranged by my wonderful oncologist, Maria Theodoulou. She’s my doctor yenta; I look up to her to fix me up with the right specialists to tend to my well-being. It was like a medical blind date without much […]

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Are You a Nervous Nosher?

Holiday times are supposed to be happy times.  Right? Well…Maybe. For many the holidays are stressful. There’s the pressure to “get it all done” before the end of the year. There are the office parties and the family gatherings where you have to be on your best behavior. There’s the financial strain of overspending on gifts and entertaining. And then there’s that end-of-the-year taking stock of what you have- and have not- accomplished. If you feel stressed this time of the year you are not alone. The The American Psychological Association holiday statistics report in 2011 said up to 69% of people are stressed by […]

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Getting Things off My Chest: When Saying “No” Gives You More “Yes”

The conversation usually starts like this: “I really admire what you’re doing and all your success. I have an idea and would love to pick your brain if you have some time. Maybe a cup of coffee?” The thing is, my brain is for hire and not for picking. I’ve been picked and pitched for years to land clients and much of the time was wasted and ideas misused. I have learned a pretty penny about the value of time and how to spend it wisely. So I politely say the usual writer line, “I’d love to chat and and […]

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Fearless Fabulous You! Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. This is a heartbreaking statistic for any woman whose dream is to bear children. Now just think how difficult this is for younger women of child bearing age faced with a cancer diagnosis who are also faced with the reality they may lose their ability to conceive children. Some treatments can cause premature menopause. There are many factors that will impact your fertility after cancer treatment including: age, your diagnosis, type of cancer treatment […]

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When the Cancer Doctor Becomes the Cancer Patient- Lessons Shared by Dr. Susan Love

Dr. Susan Love, author of the best selling “Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book” and founder of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, has made it her life’s mission to pursue research to find both a cause and cure for this disease which affects 1 in eight women. Her commitment to help end cancer became even more clear when Dr. Love was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and experienced being The Cancer Patient. I heard Dr. Love discuss her personal experience and how it impacted her view as a medical professional at the 2013 National Women’s Cancer Survivor Convention in Nashville. I was taken by […]

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