Inspowering

A couple weeks ago, I went to the #WomenofMarvel panel at the Santa Monica Public Library, celebrating the release of Margaret Stohl’s new Black Widow novel, Forever Red.
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(Which if you don’t have yet, you should go purchase immediately!) Also on the panel was a whole passel of kick ass ladies. Ladies who have succeeded in an industry that has long been dominated by men. That is changing. Maybe not as quickly as it should. And certainly not as quickly as some people would like.
But it’s only going to change if diverse, bold, creative, talented women step up and help make that change! And these women are doing and have done that.

So I’ve made up a new word: Inspowering! An inspowering person is equally inspirational and empowering. They speak of dreams as tangible things. They say dream bigger and they actually mean it! They think outside the box…hell, they set the box on fire and called it pretty!
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I aspire to be the kind of kick ass woman who is unafraid to be amazing. Margaret said something that really stuck with me. She said she grew up being told “bloom where you grow.” Meaning…don’t dream beyond your can. And I think I’ve felt this way for a long time, but couldn’t put words to the feeling.

But my quest to be inspowering to others includes listening to that still, small voice that says big dreams aren’t big enough…what else have you got…what else can you do!

Get ready world! This nerd is ready to conquer more than the city!
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A very special After Who

 

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Over the weekend I was invited to attend the screening and After Who taping for Doctor Who, Series 8. And incidentally the premier of the brand new 13th (if you’re counting correctly) iteration of The Doctor.

Host Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist, and proclaimed die-hard Whovian, had a panel of fellow nerds on his show, After Who, to talk about all things Doctor related.

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Including nerd captain, Wil Wheaton of Star Trek and Big Bang Theory fame.
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Also, Alton Brown from the Food Network, who is a big fan of Who as well.

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And Mark Gatiss, who comes from the all important world of Sherlock, but who also writes for Doctor Who.

 

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Dan Starkey, who plays Strax came on the show as himself and as the Sontaran commander and it was such a treat to see answer a few questions as his character. And finally Natalie Morales, from Girls came on the show to join the boys club.

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More on the episode later. I’m still digesting everything that happened in Peter Capaldi’s first episode as The Doctor. But I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Lots to be excited about in the new season!

imageMy friend and fellow Whovian right before the event.

 

Special thank you to Josh Ricks for getting us in!

 

Kiehl’s Cares

Last night I attended big final event on the Life Ride tour. A tour that began in Milwaukee and went all the way to New York. This wonderful event is the culmination of a 5 year partnership between Kiehl’s and amFAR and their efforts to raise money for AIDS research. In fact you can go to their stores and purchase product right now and part of the proceeds will go towards AIDS research. Make sure to ask at the Kiehl’s counter for more information!

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In light of the tragedy on Monday, I think what this world needs is a little bit of hope and happiness. And this event had happiness written all over it. 

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First they stopped at the Kiehl’s flagship store on East 13th St. A store that has been there for over 100 years. I got the chance to meet Chris Salgardo, the president of Kiehl’s and hear him speak about a cause that is of great importance not only to him, but to so many of the other riders. I also had the chance to chat with a personal favorite, Katee Sackhoff (nerd royalty and BSG alumni.)

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As well as Vanessa Marcil (who I’ve watched on General Hospital since I was in the 9th grade) and Gilles Marini who is far more charming in real life, if that’s even possible!

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After that the riders headed over to the meatpacking district for the big final party. Where Mary J Blige made a quick appearance. 

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Kiehl’s sure knows how to throw a party. From grilled cheese food trucks to a pie bar to airbrush tatoos, this event was pure, unadulterated fun and hey… it was all for a wonderful cause as well!

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