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I am an interior designer, motivational public speaker and philanthropist. Dubbed a "warrior princess" by best selling author Michael Lewis, My family's lives were chronicled in the blockbuster book and award winning movie The Blind Side.

Reflecting on MLK Day: Learn to Love Those All Around You, Without Prejudice

“Now, I say to you today my friend, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this Nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” This quote, I’m sure, is familiar to all of you. If not, then …

Don’t Let the Bad Guys Win. Stand up, Participate and Take Action

Last week, my blog was about New Year’s resolutions, but it had a Tuohy twist. I wanted to drive home the point that I had hopes many people would make declarations that weren’t so self-centered and went beyond their own desire to better just themselves. Many of you liked it, and some of you did not. One reader declared it lame. Of course, I wanted to tell her to pick up a pen and see what she could come up with and then let me …

2012: A Year to Get in the Game and Make Good Plays

Let’s start 2012 out on the right foot, the correct path, a good mindset, have the best intentions, etc etc, etc. No, I’m not going to talk to you about personal resolutions. I’m not going to give you five steps to healthier living or have you add blueberries to you daily food pyramid. Nor am I going to tell you to drink more water, eat less red meat, walk faster or sleep more. However, all those are excellent recommendations; I should …

Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Do you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

The B Word, the Ultimate Holiday Buzz Killer

I hate the “B” word, no not blonde, since I hear those jokes all the time. BUDGET….it is just like nails running down a chalkboard for me to even think about, much less have to act upon.   However, at this time of year the man I sleep with always reminds me to stay within a budget. He usually brings up the subject every December  when I am in a slight panic that I have not finished my shopping. He …

Women: The Warriors of the Holiday Season

Some things get better with time. The holidays to me fall into that category. We seem to linger with friends a little longer, recognize the true meaning of the season, really enjoy watching all the wonderful classic holiday movies, converse over special ornaments as we hang them on the tree, and on and on….It is only the first of December and I have already watched “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Do you remember in “It’s a …