Living With Kids: Karen Walrond

I couldn’t be more impressed with Karen Walrond. Karen is a life coach, a podcaster, a photographer, a corporate trainer, a lawyer, and an author. As I scrolled through her podcast episodes I downloaded at least eight that I knew I needed to listen to immediately.

But it’s not just her work that’s impressive, it’s also Karen’s compelling story, including this major plotline: her family’s home was completely destroyed in 2017 by Hurricane Harvey. It was horribly devastating and they lost almost everything. Yet Karen’s life is full of joy and hope and light.

I think you’ll love getting to know her as much as I did and taking a peek at her amazing home — the one they built after Harvey. Welcome, Karen!


It’s Easy to Get Away With Rape. This is Why.

Barb Bradley Hagerty spent almost a year researching why it’s so easy for rapists to get away with rape, and her findings are upsetting. She shared what she learned in this article in the Atlantic. It’s a stunning article. And so important. Please, please read it — because statistically, it’s very likely that at some point in your life, you’ll need to advocate for someone who has been raped (and that someone might be you).

Here are a few basic numbers Hagerty shares:
– 125,000 — the rough number of rapes reported each year
– 49 — the number of cases out of 50 where the suspect goes free
– 200,000 — the number of untested sexual-assault kits (estimated by the federal government — private groups estimate it’s a much higher number, like 150,000 higher)

She also explains that based on the research, our assumptions about rapists are very wrong. Three examples:

I learned a ton and want to discuss it with you. Keep reading.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? I had a really lovely trip to North Carolina this week. Ben Blair and I spent a few days in The Triangle (the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area). It’s SO GREEN. And the food is SO GOOD. The shot above was taken at West Point at the Eno River.

We’re home now and I’ve got lots of Alt Summit deadlines happening. For example: 1) A fresh new website launched this week. 2) Tickets for the 2020 conference go on sale on Tuesday. And 3) I’ve got a site visit to Palm Springs early next week to go over venue spaces.

What’s on your plate these days? Anything you’re excited about? Has the heat wave hit your area? How do you handle it? Ready for the link list? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

Thirteen links for your weekend reading.

Living With Kids – Richlie Fikes

Richlie and her husband are house flippers and DIYers and have some of the most unique and interesting ideas for repurposing I’ve ever seen! Their family has lived in Coloma, Michigan for 7 generations, so they flip homes because they love it (and it’s a great business for them), but also because they feel a sense of connection to the past as they bring these old homes back to life. Welcome, Richlie!


Recipe: Lemon Chiffon Cake with Berries

Lemon Chiffon Cake with Berries |

Hello, Friends! I’m traveling today, so I asked Lindsey if she’d be up for sharing one of her favorite recipes. Happily she said yes — but I had no idea it would be a gorgeous recipe. I mean look at that cake! Plus, as you may or may not know, I’m a total fan girl of any lemon dessert. I can’t wait to try this.

Here’s what Lindsey says:

Today, I’m sharing one of my family’s very favorite cake recipes — Lemon Chiffon Cake with Berries. I can’t claim the credit on this one; I first made it when I was part of a baking group in the early days of blogging. It’s from a book called Sky High Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne. But I have tweaked it a bit here and there, and added the berry decoration (and sometimes I even place sliced berries between the lemon curd-filled layers).

This is a top-notch cake that isn’t as complicated to make as it seems.

This post is 3 recipes in one! Come and see.



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