Owning Pink Bloggers

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Owning Pink Bloggers

Kim AnamiMelanie BatesTinamarie Bernard * Gabrielle Bernstein * Jennifer Boykin * Bethany Butzer PhDPauline Campos * Kris Carr * Leslie CarrStacey Curnow * Danielle Dowling MAOphira & Tali Edut * Laurie Erdman * Jessie Fano * Emelia Fedy * Laura Fenamore * Chris Guillebeau * Leslee HornerHeather KingDanielle LaPorte * Sheena LaShay * Maggie Lyon * Frank Lipman MDMichael Mackintosh Kate Northrup * Lissa Rankin * Mike RobbinsBernie Siegel MD * Agapi StassinopoulosApril Sweazy *  Dana Theus * Monica Wilcox
 

Kim Anami

Kim Anami is a woman on a mission: to illuminate the direct + profound connection between ravishing sex, creative virtuosity and the well-pleasured life. 

As a Life + Intimacy Coach, she’s propelled thousands of people into higher stratospheres of connection, sensuality, energy + aliveness. With a spiritual synthesis of Tantra + Taoism, two decades of coaching + workshop curation, and an unapologetic penchant for luxury sex toys, Kim brings a unique fusion of wit, wisdom, and scintillating inspiration.
 
Kim's musings on love, life + sex have graced the pages of Playboy and will appear in book form in 2013. With an array of digital programs (or “salons” as she calls them), tropical intimacy retreats happening twice a year and a collection of couture crystal & maribou dildos, Kim’s bodacious empire is touching minds, hearts—and other areas—by the millions. Explore her exquisite retreats, salons and 1+1 offerings, at KimAnami.com. Read Kim's posts here
 

Melanie Bates

"I own Pink by wielding a large mental scythe in order to clear away the mind brambles and mental briars along my path while trying to pay attention to the signs and showing love and compassion to those I meet along my way. Phew!"

Melanie is a writer, a nomad, a nondescript heathen, and a life-long student. Sometimes she is a Virtual Assistant to Powerful Women (and a Few Kick-Ass Men). Aside from assisting Lissa in the day to day of Owning Pink business, she's just taken on the role of Editor-in-Pink for OP and her tiny feet swim in the large shoes of Lauren Nagel - OP's former amazing Cap'n Editor Pants. She is also the creator & co-author of the website Femme Tales - Truth with Humor; a cozy little place where she resides with her best friend Monica Wilcox and which houses their creative non-fiction. More on Melanie and her blog archive here.

Tinamarie Bernard

"I own pink by holding up the mirror and learning to see my truth with a little t, and then bravely sharing what I discover to help others hear the wisdom of their own small still voice inside."

I believe that people are yearning for authentic connection, passionate and timeless lovemaking, and a sense of sacredness and play.  We live in a world, however, that has gone ‘sexophrenic.’ Sexual imagery abounds in our culture and media while behind closed doors we are experiencing loneliness, alienation, pain and infidelity.

There is good news: the hallowedness of sexuality is being rediscovered and reconnected and in the process giving those of us on this journey together a chance to eradicate shame and create heart-centered lives.

What enchants me? Anything that deepens emotional, physical and spiritual intimacy between couples. Sensual living, sacred sexuality, and eco-sexuality, the idea that our relationships can reflect the values of sustainability, are some of my favorite things as well. Feminism, erotica, sexual health and provocations about culture sneak in quite a bit in my articles and essays. More on Tinamarie and her blog archive here.

Gabrielle BernsteinGabrielle Bernstein

Recently featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as the next generation guru, motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life – A hip guide to happiness. In September 2011 Gabrielle’s launches second book entitled Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. She also just launched her new site GabbyB.tv.

Gabrielle was just one year out of college, when she co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit professional organization that connects female entrepreneurs. WEN started a local mentor program for young women, WEN Mentors, and is best known for its signature Gift of Service Exchange events. That same year, Gabrielle incorporated her own boutique public relations company, SparkPlug Communications. For the rest of Gabrielle's bio and blog archive, click here.

 

Jennifer Boykin

Jennifer Boykin is the Creator and Chief Rabble-Rouser of the Mid-Life Reinvention site, Life After Tampons. The purpose of the site is to help womenimplement the answer to this question, “What would you DO if you knew you could not fail?”

If the last time you thought about your own life, someone was crawling out of your uterus, it might be time to pay us a visit.
 
Jennifer’s work combines three decades of marketing, strategic vision, and branding experience with an equal dollop of soulful and prayerful study and work and recovery around issues of — addiction, bereavement, loss, and the Triumph of the Human Spirit.
 
Her vision is to “rebrand a gazillion crones” in three ways: help women reclaim the mojo they’ve lost, make peace with the past, and create smokin’ hot game plans for the second half of their lives.
 
At Life After Tampons, we say, “Quit Your Bitching. Change Your Life.” Because truly, truly -- MidLife Courage is the new MidLife Crisis. Read Jennifer's posts here.
 

Bethany Butzer, Ph.D.

Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, researcher and yoga teacher who helps people create a life they love. She offers tools, techniques and resources that promote wellness on all levels: mind, body and spirit. She serves as a catalyst for positive change and a guide on your path toward living in authenticity.

Why?

In a nutshell, Bethany spent the first 26 years of her life in a perpetual state of anxiety, stress and sadness. She had a rocky childhood. She suffered from anxiety and depression in her early 20s. She took antidepressants for 6 years. She's been through her fair share of dysfunctional relationships. And she's done time in a soul-sucking cubicle. After hitting rock bottom several times, she realized that she needed to make a change. 

With a lot of hard work, courage and determination, Bethany stopped living her life on other people’s terms. She eventually got off antidepressants. She quit her corporate job. She started making her health and well-being her #1 priority.  

One step at a time, Bethany is creating her most authentic life. And she's made it her mission to help others do the same.

Check out Bethany's book, The Antidepressant Antidote, follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and join her whole-self health revolution here. Read Bethany's posts here.

Pauline Campos

Pauline Campos

I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and friend, and a writer. I own my pink by embracing the crazy and admitting that most days, I wake up thinking I can balance it all only to be reminded that it's the crazy I have embraced. I own my pink by owning my imperfections.

Pauline M. Campos is wife to The Husband, mother to “Buttercup,” and has decided that it’s time to make peace with her cellulite after moving to the desert from Michigan where it’s always construction season.

She spent the first two years of her daughter’s life wishing the pregnancy weight off before getting serious, joining a gym, hiring a nutritionist, and jumping into social media full-force with her www.aspiringmama.com blog and her twitter accounts (@pauline_campos and @aspiringmama) because she has an almost OCD-like tendency to multi-task while working on her writing projects. Read more about Pauline and visit her blog archive here.

 

Kris CarrKris Carr

Kris Carr is a best-selling author, a top motivational speaker, and kick-ass wellness coach. She is the subject of the inspirational documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, which she wrote and directed for TLC, and the author of the award-winning Crazy Sexy Cancer book series. Kris’ third book, Crazy Sexy Diet redefines healthy living as we know it. Crazy Sexy Diet is the ultimate diet and lifestyle game plan for wellness warriors seeking peak health, spiritual wealth and happiness. Carr regularly lectures at medical schools, hospitals, wellness centers, and universities such as Harvard. Television appearances include: The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, Today Show, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Check out her website, crazysexylife.com for daily tips, articles and inspiration. Make juice not war! Read Kris's blog posts here.

 

Leslie Carr

“I own pink by being a proud feminist, and a supporter of women’s rights around the world.”

Dr. Leslie Carr is a psychologist, psychotherapist, blogger, speaker, and activist, and she is committed to showing the world that therapy is cool.  She is a regular contributing writer for the online wellness magazine CrazySexyLife.com, and serves on the board of directors for the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP).

Dr. Carr has a private practice in San Francisco, CA, and she offers coaching sessions via Skype to people who are not in the Bay Area.  She works mostly with young women in their 20’s and 30’s who are navigating life and relationships, and her clinical areas of expertise include depression, addictions, grief and loss, and issues related to low self-esteem.

On December 1, 2011, Leslie shared the stage with Lissa at a TEDx event, and you can see her talk, entitled “Reconsidering Psychotherapy,” here.  See what she means when she says, “If you can’t see the role that you’re playing in the circumstances of your own life, you’re powerless to change them.” 
 
More information about can be found at www.lesliecarr.com, and you can read her posts here.
 

Stacey Curnow

"I own Pink by empowering women to honor their bodies and their bodies' messages. "

Stacey works as a certified nurse-midwife in North Carolina, and over more than 15 years her career has taken her from western Indian reservations to a center-city Bronx hospital to the mountains of southwestern Mexico.

She has been an enthusiastic student of positive psychology for years and applies it to her midwifery and life coaching practices with great success.

She is the creator of a thriving blog and many of her articles have been published in print magazines and online.

She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, young son, and Ruby the wonder chicken. Read Stacey's posts.

 

Danielle Dowling, MA

Danielle Dowling, M.A., is an author, relationship expert and women’s life coach. She is an intuitive strategist who works with women leaders who are ready to stop comprising on the things that matter most — soulful companionship, meaningful sex, sisterhood and above all, self-love. If you're ready to up your game with heart and hustle, Danielle is also available for speaking engagements, radio/telephone and other media appearances. So if you’re seeking fully-realized potential, legendary love or effortless communication befriend her on Twitter or Facebook and pop by www.danielle-dowling.com for regular doses of rapid fire wisdom. To read Danielle's posts click here.

 

 

 

AstrotwinsOphira & Tali Edut

 
Identical twin sisters Tali and Ophira Edut—known as The AstroTwins--reach millions every month with their uncannily accurate daily, weekly and monthly horoscopes. They are the astrologers for Elle.com and MyLifetime.com, and the authors of Love Zodiac, a 450-page guide to understanding the men of every sign. Tali and Ophira have read charts for celebrities including Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and Sting. Their astrological insight has been featured by MTV, SIRIUS/XM, The New York Times, and E! News. Known for "bringing the stars down to earth," The AstroTwins empower clients and readers with their practical and results-oriented advice. For the past 20 years, Ophira & Tali have also been devoted to women's issues, publishing the first national, multicultural women's magazine (HUES) from 1992-99. Ophira edited the groundbreaking anthology Body Outlaws: Reinventing Beauty and Body Image, and its companion website AdiosBarbie.com. 

The AstroTwins are available for private astrology readings by phone or in person. Visit them online at www.astrostyle.com.

 

Laurie Erdman

"I own Pink by practicing radical self care and inspiring others to honor their bodies and souls, so as to live our respective heart's desire." 

Laurie was walking her transitional journey from corporate day job to ceramic artist when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Motivated to not give up her dream of making pots on her 80th birthday, she tapped into her lifelong study of health, nutrition, and spirituality; assembled her support team of health professionals, guides and friends; and created a radical self-care program that is helping her reclaim her mojo.  Laurie admits that it is a roller coaster of a journey but takes delight in being alive and vital, even on days when she does not “feel” healthy.

Laurie has spent her life writing.  She has written on such diverse subjects as farming, food policy and employment rights.  In the last year, she turned her writing passion to her own art; growing her pottery blog where she shares her artistic process and discusses the spiritual sustenance she derives from working in clay. 

While grappling with her diagnosis, she was compelled to fill a void in the print and online world. Laurie was contemplating a new blog about her physical, emotional and spiritual journey with her uninvited guest (as she refers to MS). As she struggled with that decision, she received a sign from the Universe telling her "YES, share it and we will give you a loving community within which to help others." She now writes for Owning Pink about radical self care and her own messy journey to keep and maintain her mojo while living with her uninvited guest.

Owner of Claytastic Pottery and would-be writer, Laurie lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, Skippy the magical woodland creature (a.k.a. dog) and her growing collection of artful pottery. Read Laurie's posts.

 

Jessie Fano

I own pink by declaring my sexual self a full-fledged part of ME. 

Jessie is a typical suburban mom, wife, worker-bee. So much like everyone else, when her midlife awesomeness struck, Jessie went on a mission to clue other women into the fact that – just like her – through their sexuality lies deeper knowledge about themselves. There’s more to Jess than sex, lots more, but helping others Own Sexuality is her mission here at Owning Pink. To post freely, she chooses anonymity.  Her posts are explicit because talking around the reality of our sexual selves is part of how we own it. She’s owning it! And she invite others ready to own it to speak openly, honestly and without embarrassment about the role their sexuality plays in their whole being. Read with care and feel free to comment anonymously as well. Read to Jessie’s posts

 

Emelia Symington Fedy

Emelia is a writer, theatre maker and storyteller. You can find more of her offbeat essays and hear her live at her popular site tryingtobegood.com

Emelia's favourite quote is "live the light, be the light, share the light" probably because she has a penchant for darkness.
 
To read Emelia's blog click here.
 
 

 

Laura Fenamore

“I Own Pink by leading a full-scale, worldwide Body Image Revolution.”

Laura Fenamore, CPCC, is a gifted body image mastery mentor, celebrated lecturer, and beloved teacher of women worldwide. After battling with addiction, severe obesity and multiple eating disorders for most of her life, Laura released 100 pounds twenty-two years ago and has kept it off ever since. This journey led her to help women of all ages, lifestyles and body types to live more joyous, balanced lives.

Laura is the CEO of Body Image Mastery, LLC and she has authored several online books, including a 12-week course that guides woman out of the weight loss battle and into a new life rooted in health and self-love. She recently wrote Weightless: A Body Image Revolution, a memoir/self-help book currently in submission for publication.  

Laura founded OnePinky.com, a global online community that extends support and friendship for women who wish to change the way they feel about themselves and their bodies. She continues to work one-on-one with women through Body Image Mastery, and has a private coaching practice. She lives a healthy, joyful life of faith and gratitude in Northern California. Read Laura's posts.

 

Chris GuillebeChris Guillebeauau

Chris Guillebeau travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people at chrisguillebeau.com. For more than a decade he has modeled the proven definition of an entrepreneur: “someone who will work 24 hours a day for themselves to avoid working one hour a day for someone else.” From 2002-2006, Chris also served as a volunteer executive for a medical charity in West Africa before returning to the U.S. and starting the blog The Art of Non-Conformity. When not roaming the world on a quest to visit every country (151 down, 41 to go), Chris lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

Leslee Horner

Leslee Horner is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home-mom turned writer and artist. In 2007 after catching an episode of Oprah about The Secret, Leslee began to think about what kind of life she wanted to create. She remembered her talent and passion for writing and dove back in. In the years since, she has written 4 yet-to-be-published novels, several articles for local magazines, and many, many blog posts. Leslee is represented by a wonderful literary agent who is currently shopping her novel, Summer of Stars, about a teen girl who starts flashing back to a past life during the Holocaust. Summer of Stars will be the first in a Young Adult trilogy.

Leslee has also recently delved into the world of art. She paints and collages and often mixes the two. She also enjoys creating intuitive pieces for others. Her work is featured on her website as well as in a local gallery in Tallahassee, Florida where she lives.
 
Another one of Leslee’s passions is spiritual pursuits. She loves to read about metaphysics and learn about the power of the mind and our oneness with Spirit. She practices meditation and is always looking for new ways to tap into and connect with source energy. Leslee attends a Unity church where she teaches the middle-schoolers. Leslee’s ultimate goal is to inspire and positively influence the world in which she lives. Read Leslee's blog here.

 

Heather King

Heather King has become known as an online truth-teller, writing her way through her story on the popular and award winning blog, The Extraordinary Ordinary. She is the mother of three, a writer, editor and speaker. Her writing has been featured across the web and her story has been featured on Fox 9 News, in Redbook Magazine and in Minnesota Parenting Magazine. Heather believes passionately in the power of authenticity and transparency as a means to genuine connection, vibrant community and peace.

Heather is living a sober life after years of dependent drinking and writes about her recovery journey and motherhood, two of the central themes to her life. She now relies on humor and creativity as coping mechanisms. You can read more about Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary. Read Heather's posts here.

 

 

Danielle LaPorte

 

Danielle LaPorteis the author of the book The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide for Creating Success on Your Own Terms(from Random House/Crown). An inspirational speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist, she is the creator of the online programThe Spark Kit: A Digital Experience for Entrepreneursand co-author of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. Over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice onDanielleLaPorte.com, a site that has been deemed "the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality."

You can find her on Facebookand on Twitter @daniellelaporte

 

 

Sheena LaShay

Sheena LaShay is energy manifesting in many forms. She is a writer, artist, siren, and dancer who expresses her authentic SELF through creativity, empowerment, sensuality, and spirituality. It is her hope to inspire you to be your authentic SELF wholeheartedly.

She loves learning new things, rethinking old ideas and exploring interesting concepts. That’s how she learned to film, direct, and edit her own videos.  To date her videos have been viewed over 250,000 times on YouTube. That same inquisitive nature is credited towards her learning photography, being certified in business sustainability and becoming an active student in the pole dancing community among many other interests and passions. Sheena has written blogs, articles, plays, poetry and short stories ever since the age of 7. She has 11 years of experience stage managing, directing, acting and writing for theater & other performing arts. 

Sheena is motivated by her past & the prospect of a limitless future. At the age of 16, she graduated from homeschool and received a full academic scholarship to college. She’s a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and is an active advocate in that field. She was raised in a cult and lived to tell about it.

When left to her own devices Sheena creates experiences & projects such as C.R.E.A.T.E. 2011 or she spends time reading any book that she can get her hands on. Right now she is on a journey to explore issues of sexuality and sensuality as it relates to spirit, nature, community and the arts.

Sheena lives in New York, writes for Vertical Art and Fitness magazine, travels as much as she can and is constantly looking for ways to create ritual and ceremony in her everyday life. You can find out more about her life, interests and calling by visiting her website or chatting with her on twitter and facebook. You can read Sheena's posts here.

Maggie Lyon

Maggie Lyon is a writer on wellness and spirituality, a motivational speaker, and a holistic lifestyle consultant. A practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Iyengar yoga for the past 20 years, Maggie is committed to guiding others on their individual quests to awaken to the sweetness in life. Maggie also draws on her training in natural health, holistic nutrition, and energy medicine, plus her remarkable personal experiences, to further support living in tune with spirit as means for self-empowerment and transformation.

In addition to her blog, LyonLifestyle.com, Maggie contributes regularly to Feminist.com, ExperienceLife.com, The Huffington Post, DrFrankLipman.com, and for Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation. She has also written for TheBeautyBean.com and Yoga Journal. Maggie lives and practices in New York City.
 
Visit Maggie at www.lyonlifestyle.com, friend her on Facebook www.facebook.com/LyonLifestyle or follow her on Twitter @MaggieLyon. Read Maggie's blog here.
 
 

Frank Lipman MD

Dr. Frank Lipman is an internationally recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine. He is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where for over 20 years his personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest for life. Focused on sustainable wellness – instead of quick fixes – he offers patients a customized blend of Western medicine with acupuncture, nutritional counseling, vitamins and herbs, relaxation techniques, physical therapy and bodywork. In 2010 he developed Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a line of leading-edge supplements and health programs. He is the author of Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again and Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health. Visit his blog, follow him on Twitter or join his Facebook community today. Read Frank's blogs.

 

Michael Mackintosh

I am owning pink by opening my heart and mind wide to the grace of life. I am here to ground in the joy and wonder that eternally exists and share this from the depths of my heart.”

Born in South Africa, Michael spent 18 years in Cambridge, England studying meditation, philosophy, fine art, design, health and well-being. He taught Raja Yoga Meditation and Personal and Spiritual Growth and Development in Cambridge for eight years, and co-founded Mood Foods, a thriving organic raw superfood chocolate company in Europe. He has traveled extensively throughout India, Africa, Europe, and the United States.

A profound interest in the sheer wonder of life since a young age has inspired Michael to pursue a lifestyle he calls “Living in Magic.” This involves a deep understanding and appreciation of all life as an interconnected whole, where everything from meditating first thing early each morning on the beach, to writing a book on Freedom, is an integral part of enjoying and increasing the Magic in his life. Learn more at www.livinginmagic.com.

Michael’s days are devoted to activities that dovetail exquisitely into his Living in Magic lifestyle. These include organizing and running trainings and courses in Spiritual Development and Living Your Dreams, composing articles on wellbeing and spirituality (many of which will be gracing the space of Owning Pink!), leading meditation classes & satsangs, conducting Gentle Warrior Retreats, giving spiritual business & marketing advice, hypnotherapy, recording transformational meditation CDs and lots more.

He is the founder of Divine Abundance LLC & Success Ultra Now LLC – both of which serve to help people take their lives to the next level. Michael is passionate about life. His mission is to help others live their highest potential with flawless ease and grace, and to help change their inner worlds allowing the outer worlds to flourish. Read Michael's posts.

Kate Northrup 

"I Own Pink by laughing as loudly and as often as possible and telling the truth with as much love and compassion as possible. I own pink by owning my freedom."

Kate Northrup is a professional freedom seeker and creative entrepreneur. She created financial freedom for herself at the age of 28 through building a team of more than 1,000 wellness entrepreneurs in the network marketing industry. Her philosophy is that if you free yourself financially you can be fully present to your purpose on the planet. She’s writing her first book (Hay House, Spring 2013) and she continues to mentor entrepreneurs in creating financial freedom. Find out more and download her free guide, The 5 Things You Gotta Do to Create Financial Freedom, at http://www.katenorthrup.com. Read Kate's posts here.

 

Lissa Rankin

“I Own Pink by being ALL ME, ALL THE TIME and encouraging others to do the same. I believe we can all have mojo (MOre JOy) by stripping off the masks we wear and being authentic to the core of who we are.”

Lissa Rankin M.D. is the founder and guiding spirit of Owning Pink. As a practicing gynecologist, a nationally-represented professional artist, teacher, mother and author of the forthcoming book, What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend (St. Martin’s Press, September, 2010), Lissa models how to live a life full of mojo, meaning and authenticity. Read Lissa's posts.

Learn more about Lissa.

 

 

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is a sought-after speaker and coach.  He’s the bestselling author of two books, Focus on the Good Stuff andBe Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. Mike has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, as well as in ForbesSelf, and Fast Company. He’s a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Oprah.com and his books have been translated into twelve different languages. Mike is the former host of his own radio show, “Let’s Get Real with Mike Robbins.” He’s invited around the world to speak at a variety of venues, events, and for various organizations, including: Google, the Agape International Spiritual Center, Stanford University, the San Francisco Giants, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Wells Fargo Bank, and many more. He and his wife Michelle, along with their two girls Samantha and Rosie, live in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.Mike-Robbins.com. Read Mike's posts.

Bernie Siegel MD

For many, Dr. Bernard Siegel — or Bernie, as he prefers to be called — needs no introduction. He has touched many lives all over the Planet. In 1978, he reached a national and then international audience when he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician who has cared for and counseled innumerable people whose mortality has been threatened by illness, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our Society grapples with today. In May 2011, Bernie was honored by the Watkins Review of London, England, as one of the Top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet. He continues to break new ground in the field of healing, supporting changes in medical education to “humanize” medical practice.

Bernie was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He graduated with honors and holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained to become a surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 1989, Bernie retired from Yale as an Assistant Clinical Professor of General and Pediatric Surgery to speak to patients, their families and caregivers.
 
In his latest book, his 12th, published in September 2011, entitled A BOOK OF MIRACLES: Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love, Bernie is described in the Foreword written by Deepak Chopra who tells us “Bernie Siegel began his writing career twenty-five years ago, and from the outset he didn’t shy away from miracles. The title of his first book — LOVE, MEDICINE & MIRACLES (1986) — flaunted his disagreement with mainstream medicine. An MD who advised more love as a path to healing would have been in enough trouble. Opening the possibility of miracles was grounds for dismissal. In his new book, Bernie reaffirms his original beliefs, and with a lifetime’s wisdom and experience, he trusts in miracles more than ever.”
 
In 1978, nearly a decade before retirement, Bernie launched ECaP — Exceptional Cancer Patients, in which he and his wife and co-worker, Bobbie, remain active today. ECaP is a therapeutic approach Bernie calls Carefrontation that helps patients interpret their drawings, dreams and images to express their feelings about the healing process. The physical, spiritual, and psychological benefits that emerge strengthen the immune system, a direct response to the power of the Mind-Body Connection about which Bernie has written and spoken extensively. He is currently working on other books with the goal of empowering patients and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency. Bernie believes that in the next decade, the roles of consciousness, spirituality, non-local healing, body memory, and heart energy will all be explored more intensively as scientific subjects.
 
Read Bernie’s regular blog posts on his website where you will also find his books, articles, and CDs.  Read Bernie's Owning Pink blog archive here.
 

Agapi Stassinopoulos

Agapi Stassinopoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

At age 18, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and afterward became a member of the Young Vic. She moved to the United States to do film and television, and later attended the University of Santa Monica, where she completed her Master’s in Psychology.

While her sister, Arianna Huffington, was doing research for her book about Greek mythology, Agapi’s love for the gods and goddesses was ignited and led to two books of her own—Conversations with the Goddesses and Gods and Goddesses in Love—as well as a one-woman show and a PBS special. She also coproduced and cohosted a documentary called “Quest for the Gods,” shot on location in Greece.

Agapi has been invited to speak at various international events and global conferences, and has also spoken about health and well-being for The Spirit of Women organization, which represents hundreds of hospitals around the country.

An inspiring teacher, Agapi conducts seminars worldwide for both men and women, empowering them to recognize their individual gifts and create the lives they want. She is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post. Read Agapi's posts here.

April Sweazy

 

"I own pink by learning every day how to live fearlessly and love fully."
 
April is a writer, a daydreamer, a Personal Protection Agent, and most notably a mommy to her spastic and snuggly cat Emmy and an Auntie to her precious three year old niece.  On occasion she’s even been known to consider herself a fledgling sketch artist.  When she looks through the windows of life she sees things in watercolors, bright, vibrant, slightly running together, rich, warm, luminescent.
 
Professionally she has spent twelve years in the protection industry, serving in many capacities. Over the past seven years she has been a dedicated Executive Protection Agent, traveling with and providing close quarters personal protection for her clients. Currently she is on hiatus from protection work in order to focus on her own personal journey of healing and self discovery.
 
She would rather run through the rain and get drenched than wait for it to pass. In fact she hopes it will rain so she can run through it.  She would rather spend quality time with a close friend or two than spend the night out partying.  She would rather pick wildflowers with her niece than do just about anything.  She is convinced that happiness is found in the little things and thinks these things make her more of who she is than any of the education or training or work experience she’s had.   
 
April has a playful, goofy side and nerd-ish tendencies.  She takes great amusement in being as random as possible with her thoughts because she believes that magic lies in random observations. She’s prone to laughing uncontrollably for no reason at all when she’s around people she’s comfortable with.
 
She’s passionate about many things, the national campaign to end domestic violence, raising awareness about child abuse, working with battered women to help them take control of their lives back, and animal rights.  She feels called to stand in the gap for those who are still learning how to stand for themselves.
 
She is a minimalist to the extreme, expect her to not need much in order to be happy. She’s an introvert learning to have extrovert qualities, and she is excitedly wide open to wherever the road of life takes her.  Read April's blog archive here.
 

Dana Theus

 "I own pink by believing that anything is possible when we dig down deep, reach up high and release everything else. I'm on a constant journey to create the future, discover more about myself and make the world a better place."

Dana is a business consultant, entrepreneurial leadership coach, wife, mom, spiritual seeker, traveler, Stonetosser and enthusiastic life explorer. She's also a wanna-be writer and Lissa Rankin's business partner at Owning Pink. Fascinated by our desire, need and talent to create - and change ourselves and the world in the process - Dana enjoys exploring all aspects of creation, especially the human drive to achieve success in all its various forms. One of her passions has taken her on a quest to discover the fundamental principals of Pink Business, capture them and share them. How better to serve our world than to evolve the process of creating wealth and value into a practice that spills over with heart and soul, enriching everyone involved? Read Dana's posts.  

Monica Wilcox

Monica’s spent a good chunk of her life with more imaginary characters than friends of the flesh.  These apparitions weren’t the cool kind who crept out of the shadows to play Barbies but the ones who hung out in the back of her head.  She’s carried the weight of enough characters, and their dismal situations, to fill the stages of Broadway for a full season.

In the meantime she was trying to live out her own story.  After graduating from University of Wyoming with a degree in psychology she worked for a therapeutic wilderness program counseling teenage sexual perpetrators before she worked as an educational/career counselor.  The highlight of that career came while working with injured American veterans in Europe.  She liked the job but deep inside, the stories and words were swirling, trying to locate the escape hatch. 

Three year ago, after a hard push onto the path of consciousness, little anecdotes centered around the synchronistic events and miraculous happenings that surround each of us every day started leaping from her typing fingers. Before she could help herself she had become a freelance writer, publishing in numerous magazines, websites and newspapers.  By the time her life-long best friend, Melanie Bates, talked her into starting a literary site together she’d learned that when it comes to your passion, it’s best not to resist; Femme Tales-Truth with Humor, was born.

Monica feels life is best when you hand your biggest dream over to the Universe, sit back, trust, then watch in utter fascination what it sends back.

Her family has recently moved to the Bay Area where she’s fighting for time to edit her novel while she enjoys the blissful hiking, biking, wine and a few fascinating characters; in the flesh and otherwise. Read Monica's posts.