Articulate 360| Rise and Shine

I am really enjoying Articulate’s latest iteration of cloud based design for ID’s.  Check out a demo below using the new “RISE 360” learning tool.


Competency Compass | Rise Demo


45% of all female homicides in the United States are committed by an intimate partner. 63% of that number were killed by a husband or ex-husband. 57% of those women, were killed with a firearm.




The Rebellion


I remember when my Grandmother bought me my first nightgown so that I could play Star Wars with the kids outside.  The Sandpiper apartment complex where I lived was full of boys and I was the only girl.  I was sought after because they needed a “Leia”. Buns tightly wrapped near my ears, I proudly wore that red nightgown and drove my Big Wheel around the block, plastic gun at my side (thanks brother, for letting me “borrow” it).  Cheers erupted when Andy, Luke and the Sandpiper gang saw me coming, glad to have a complete set to destroy the Death Star.

Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of Leia was intentional. She could have stayed with the Leia of first acquaintance, the one that speaks gently and demurely telling a man he is her “only hope”.  Instead, she spoke her lines with easy confidence and stood up to bullies with sarcasm and body language that proved her place among the space gunslingers; trading barbs with the best of them while displaying vulnerability and compassion.

She once said “I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art”. That was accomplished because within minutes of her death, as it seemed that this year couldn’t be any more merciless and cruel, the words “NO NO NO!” sprung from every social media account, every headline and every mouth of the talking heads in broadcast.  Her portrayals and appearances on and off the stage leave us mourning for good reason. She embodied the beauty all women at one time or another possess on the outside-adored, radiant and desired.  She then bravely shared the other side of that moon, when women uniquely suffer the fall of age, addiction and loss.  Her heart in the pages of brilliant books that speak of being abandoned and left standing, wondering where everyone went.  Just last year at almost three o’clock in the morning, she posted the following to Twitter:

Please stop debating about whether OR not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us, ok.

It has only been in recent years that I could appreciate Carrie Fisher’s writing and truth tales, but I have always appreciated and admired her wit and vulnerability. She had the balls to share her struggles off the stage and hold the audience accountable for their expectations. Their expectations confused a relationship; the one where the world had the character playing a woman when really,  Carrie was a person who played a character that she said “ruined her life”. 

We have seen ourselves as sex symbols and  have enjoyed “the gaze”, even if only for a moment before time, responsibility and various relationships take priority to the maintenance of gold bikini-clad bodies.  Accepting this reality is an entirely different ball game that might take on a resistance that includes self hatred and self loathing; where we intentionally erase the things we hope to never remember by soaking our sad selves in a chosen poison.  Carrie Fisher struggled like we all do with this and I believe the extent to which she tried forgetting, shortened her life.  It is cruel that her death comes at a time when she seemed to have managed her demons, laughing at them instead of letting them make a comedy of her.  And by no means is aging and the loss of sex appeal, within the framework of the male gaze, the most significant of tragedies.  I point it out only because Fisher herself wrote and spoke of it often; I myself let it carry me to a dark place all too frequently.

We can all think of an event or circumstance that signifies a personal “ruining”. Heartbreak is everywhere you look, within each breath you take and in the eyes of every person you meet.  I think the significance of Carrie Fisher as an artist to me, was the humor she used to heal through tremendous grief:

“If my life weren’t funny, it would be real and that is unacceptable”.

I used to think the greatest compliment I could ever receive was that I was beautiful and or stunning.  However in the past years of my greatest tragedies, 2016 being the cruelest bitch in my existence, I have laughed at myself and made merry of my circumstance to the delight and joy of myself, my loved ones and closest friends.  That feeling and being told I am funny, where everyone knows how much I hurt but laughs with me in solidarity and acknowledgement, feels more like home than any cat-call, whispered come-on or admiration ever spoken.

Carrie Fisher made it possible to imagine life being funny, made it “ok” to want it to be unreal and had the audacity to suggest its tragedy was unacceptable.  For that, she is my princess.


You Have Wings, Inc. Softly Says, “Hello”…

You Have Wings, Inc. is a non-profit founded in Saint Petersburg, Florida by myself and a few friends in collaboration with other local charities.

YHW, Inc. official logo, designed by EAP

She became official this week and I am proud to be the Executive Director and Founder of something I know will help other women see the world from a different view.  More information to come, but I wanted to give you all a peak as I roll more out over the next few weeks.


What You’re Looking For

I don’t watch much television but when I do, I watch this show.  Why?

  •   Innocent pursuit of friendship and love.
  • See the quote.

“Don’t limit me.”


For more information about this show and about Megan, click the promo below.

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Learning, I Ain’t Got Time for That!

Wouldn’t this be great?


There’s a light flashing on the dash of your car.

You’re in a wedding next weekend and need glam without debt.

The window in your bathroom won’t shut, you left gum in your pocket and now it is all over everything in the dryer.

Do you call a mechanic, salon or plumber?  Should the Maytag man come out and take a look?

If you’re me or any one of the millions of digitally connected people in the world you don’t call anyone. You YouTube.

And what you might not realize is that each time you teach yourself something via YouTube or any other bite sized knowledge transfer mechanism, you’re participating in a science.

This is the same science, theory and study I use to create and design curriculum. It’s called heutogogy, which is the study of self-determined learning.

Earlier this year, I was honored to demonstrate how I use this practice to create learning resources at DemoFest 2016, a part of the Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando Florida.

If you go to the eLearning portion of this site, you’ll find the DemoFest entry.

I’ll break down heutogogy using the module to show you how it works and how I work for my audience:

-Metacognition: UPC 101 tells the learner right up front what they should expect to learn from the module.  Laying out clear objectives helps the audience, your learner organize their experience. There’s no doubt they’ll be thinking about their thinking!

-Needs Assessment: I can never assume my audience knows nothing or everything about the subject matter at hand.  Therefore, in UPC 101, I ask the learner to create a K-W-L chart so they can informally measure what they already know about UPC’s, what they want to know and then as they progress through the module, what they have learned.

-Asynchronous: This means accessible at their convenience.  Your entity should have a learning management system (LMS) to make learning available 24/7. This makes your creation accessible at the  crack of dawn or over lunch- the learner gets to choose.

-Micro: I incorporated short videos throughout the module to introduce topics in a bite-sized way. I try to emphasize that the learner can become an expert in a fraction of the time it might usually take.  Remember adult attention spans are less than a goldfish these days, so the pressure is on for us instructional designers!

So take a page from Google and use your skills to teach in a way that is user/learner directed.

No one whats to be told what to do but you, the powerful ID behind the curtain, can sure steer them somewhere.

With that, I leave you with my Grandfather’s favorite sign off…






Reveal Her to Herself

Madeline Albright once said that there was a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other out.

Sheryl Sandberg suggested that instead of seeking out a woman to mentor you,  your performance excellence and professionalism would naturally attract a leader to take you under their wing. You become an apprentice or protégé’, by earning it.


True to most things in life, sucess in the workplace is not done on an island.

What needs to occur is the intentional encouragement and support of our fellow ladies as they reveal themselves to their own in the workplace.

You see, this year I had the opportunity to be a mentor and it brought about  growth, professionalism and sisterhood that I did not expect.

Disclaimer: I write this not to reveal something that hasn’t been said before, but to document my experience of being a mentor and the enourmous benefits I got out of helping a woman see more in herself.

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