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Jessica Chan

enableher. Editor

Jessica Chan

Jessica Chan is a graphic designer (http://jessicachanstudios.com/) and Creative Director at Demand by Design, and enjoys running, dining at new places, traveling for fun, reading books on her iPhone, and staying fashionable. A devourer of fashion sites and beauty blogs on the one hand, and an avid listener of public radio and NPR on the other, Jessica is constantly filling her short-term knowledge to capacity with both the latest trends and the latest public issues. She was born in Canada, raised in LA, went to school at UC Berkeley, and has been living in the Bay Area for 8 years.

most recent post. Starting A Design Studio: Don’t Let Inaction Hold You Back– The Time Is Now


Kristine Chan

Software Development Engineer in Test II

Kristine Chan

Kristine Chan is currently a full-time Software Tester at Microsoft in Seattle. She enjoys cooking, baking, and crafting as often as she can find time for. Her home is filled with many gadgets and knick-knacks, including multiple computers, game consoles, and books. She lives with her boyfriend, their cat, and a crested gecko. Kristine was born in Canada, raised in Southern California, completed her engineering degree in UC San Diego, and has been working in Seattle for the last 3 years.


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Special Appearances

Guest Blogger

Guest bloggers on enableher. are special appearances by writers who contribute occasionally to the site. Are you interested in being a guest blogger on this site? Visit the Write For Us page and fill out the form to submit your guest story or learn more about writing for us! We look forward to hearing from you.

most recent post. Karen Blaine Talks About Hypnotherapy, Her Chosen Practice


Jenny Ly

Tech Editor, Various

Jenny Ly

Jenny Ly is currently a Tech Editor for various tech companies in silicon valley. She enjoys the geekier and dorky things in life such as Domos, Jeopardy, and NatGeo, and the History channel. As an on-going work in progress, she fills her days trying to read as many non-fiction and history books as she can, while trying to figure out the simpler things in life such as putting mascara on. Jenny was born in Orange County, received her British History and Political Science degree at Cal State Long Beach, and has been enjoying living in NorCal for the past 5 months.

most recent post. Vegetarian Meets Non-Vegetarian: A Story of Love and Compromise


Heather Martinez

Modern Housewife

Heather Martinez

Heather Martinez is a stay at home mom of a toddler, and naval wife. Her calling in life is truly family. Although she may be domesticated, she's not your typical housewife slaving over a hot stove. Her passions include photography, interior design, party planning, reading, and politics. Making memories and creating traditions, Heather and her family kayak, are avid patrons of musuems and zoos, and unwind at the beach. Heather was born in Southern California and studied Political Science at UC Berkeley. Four years, 5 states, and 6 moves later, she now lives in San Diego County.

most recent post. This Morning Over Breakfast, My Daughter Taught Me to Prioritize


Connye Griffin

Teacher, Writer, and Editor

Connye Griffin

My life has both purpose and meaning because I weave words together to inform, inspire, and illustrate. As a former teacher with thirty-seven years of experience and now as a freelance writer and editor, I have coached others to communicate their messages effectively and listened closely to help others record their memories. I have written, edited, and coached all my days, and these have made for very good days.

most recent post. Never Burn Bridges– You Only End Up Burning Yourself


Tara

Dating Cheerleader

Tara

I have probably seen one too many Sex and the City re-runs, bought Bridesmaids OnDemand three too many times, and read "The Rules" and every other dating book out there in between SATC episodes and Bridesmaids rentals. I am invariably single and LOVE to talk and write about it.

most recent post. Dating in Los Angeles: Is My City Keeping Me Single or My Bad Taste in Men?


Lauren Fraser

Infinite Student

Lauren Fraser

Lauren Fraser is the Director of Health & Happiness (unofficial title, aka Human Resources Manager) for a San Diego-based fitness association. By night, she is an amateur creative writer, part-time MBA student, and professional listener. Her friends call her the “voice of reason” and her greatest satisfaction comes from connecting with people. She lives by one philosophy— Success is a measure of how happy you are— and thus, she is guided by her pursuit of happiness. Born in the Bay Area, Lauren now resides in sunny San Diego, where she intends to stay.


Chelsea Martin

Fondness for Words

Chelsea Martin

I was born in New York, but have spent most of my life as a Florida girl. Nothing but sunshine and summertime for 9 months a year. My southern friends won't let me forget that I was born a Yankee, but I like to think of it as a blessing. Sometime soon though, new opportunity will lead me to a new state which will become my playground. I am young and enthusiastically married. I love to write (acurlydisposition.blogspot.com), edit, cook, bake, and speak Italian among many other things. Right now my goal in life...get to my goal!

most recent post. Keep It Moving: There Are No Setbacks, Just Milestones


Tamara Leigh

World Traveler

Tamara Leigh

My greatest accomplishments are my 5 children (4 daughters, 1 son). After "College Interrupted" for a couple of decades, I completed a BA in Communications in 2009 while single-parenting & working full-time. Recently, I returned to the U.S. after a semester in Germany where I had the opportunity to teach English and my daughters and I travelled Europe, visiting France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy & UK. In addition to blogging, I'm a J.Hilburn Menswear Stylist (http://tamaraleigh.jhilburn.com/), Scriptwriter with The Casting Call Show (http://www.thecastingcallshow.com/) and Co-Host of "Trend On" Link Local Radio Show (http://maint.blogtalkradio.com/accessdenied.aspx).

most recent post. Fashion, Attitude, and Confidence: What You Wear Says a Lot About You


Octavia Gilmore

Advice Enthusiast

Octavia Gilmore

I wear many hats in my physical life. I'm a Human Resources Professional, Interior Decor blogger, full-time mom and pursuing my credentials in Psychology. My life experiences have allowed me to share positive advice and offer healing words to family, friends, co-workers, as well as passersby. My purpose and passion is to continue being a positive influence by offering kindness and guidance to women who are in they eye of a storm or have lost their way towards living their best life.

most recent post. A Multi-Faceted Definition of Love


Sarah Clatterbuck

Cycling-crazed Techie

Sarah Clatterbuck

I am a front-end engineer and engineering manager at Yahoo! by day and an avid cyclist and runner in my spare time. I race for a women's cycling team called Velo Bella and coach on weekends for the Bay Area Velo Girls. As a native to the Bay Area, I love all things adventurous and regularly travel to ride my bike, trek, try out new languages, and sample local cuisine. I feel as though I'm always learning new things in this great adventure called life, and am eager to share my experiences with others.

most recent post. Your Weaknesses Can Say as Much About You as Your Strengths– So Work on Them


Marlayna

Storyteller. Writer. Photographer

Marlayna

Austin, Texas-based Marlayna Glynn Brown creates images of humans. Fascinated by the physical expression of the soul, she specializes in sensual and emotional stories and portraiture, soulfully capturing the variations of human physical and emotional expression. Her desire is to record humans expressing their physical and emotional humanity. In addition to photography, Marlayna’s other creative interests include writing and film making. She wrote, produced and played a small part in the short film, “People That Do Something” and is currently collaborating on two film projects. She recently completed a memoir that is seeking expression. Marlayna works as a ghostwriter, copywriter, and photographer.

most recent post. Teenager Ben Breedlove’s YouTube “My Story” and His Message of Life and Death


Conni Eckstein

Senior Engineer

Conni Eckstein

A mechanical engineer by degree, currently working in software, I've had a long career in engineering and I want to share my ups and downs with young women who may think a STEM degree is in their future. Be sure to check out my blog, STEMz and Roses, for the adventures. Outside of that, I'm in the process of making a mark in the writing field, playing with my grandkids, practicing yoga and working in engineering.

most recent post. How My Professional Engineering License Saved My Career (After a Few Years as a Stay-at-home Mom)

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Sheryl Cardiff, M.A., NASM, FCMT

Mental Skills Trainer, Mental Training Inc.

Sheryl Cardiff, M.A., NASM, FCMT

I work with Mental Training Inc. in the areas of sales and development for their on-line mental training software. I also provide support for clients using the software. The mental training skills that we use for athletes (goal setting, focus control, controlling competitive anxiety, concentration, mental toughness etc.) are now being adapted for the education platform to help students achieve optimal performance in the classroom. Upcoming events are: Key note presentations to Summer Institutes on: Mental Training in the Classroom | Skills to Take Tests Like Champions. Please contact www.summerinstitutes.com for dates and locations.

most recent post. What Is Your Level of Confidence? 3 Confidence Builders to Use Every Day


Dyana

Enginerd

Dyana

Dyana is an Engineer and Product Manager working for a Brain-Computer Interface company in Silicon Valley. Originally from Canada, she moved out of her igloo to California three years ago to get away from all the lumberjacks and beavers. Dyana is a vegetarian and animal rights advocate. A big health nut, Dyana loves to kickbox, run, and do yoga. She is also a P90X grad ;) She is a self-proclaimed sci-fi nerd who is always ready to immerse herself in a great story and eager to educate people on what a Cylon is.

most recent post. What It’s Like to Work at a Tech Startup in Silicon Valley


Martina Robinson

Community Organizer and Poet

Martina Robinson

Martina Robinson is an artist, activist, and academic who lives in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and writes for The Examiner. She is active in numerous social justice struggles and the author of several poetry chapbooks on various themes. She can be reached at martina_robinson@hotmail.com.

most recent post. A Post-Seizure Lesson: Be Your Own Best Medical Advocate

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Globetrotter and Journalist

Globetrotter and Journalist

Globetrotter and Journalist

food enthusiast. amateur photographer. avid reader. travel journalist. globe trotter. native Californian. perpetual student. independent spirit. ambitious woman. Fulbright scholar. wine drinker. UCSD college graduate. LSE master's holder. MBA candidate. human rights supporter. ardent dancer. creative mind. sushi lover. pilates patron. event planner. fashion fiend. passionate baker. adventure seeker. alliteration aficionado. karma believer.

most recent post. 12 Small Changes for a Happier, Healthier Life