Hi. I'm Deb.
Everything here is inspired by good vibes, fueled by gratitude, and curated with joy. Let your curiosity guide you to what celebrates and supports the best version of you.
I figure at least some people are curious why a woman who is obsessed with wiener dogs and designer vintage would be right here right now stoking the fires of awesomeness.
If that’s you, read on. If you just want to explore, you can always come back.
Once upon a time…
I put myself through college with part time jobs and reselling designer and vintage clothes. It was fun and the hard work paid off. I eventually earned that degree and went on to a PhD in behavior. Little did I know that my expertise would someday transform my life at a personal level.
As I was starting my career, I adopted a wiener dog who was the sweetest, most zen puppy ever, Poncho. I thought he might be lonely, so I got another wiener dog named Peaches. They played to much on the first day I had to finally separate them so I could go to sleep! Needless to say, they became BFFs. Before long, a little wiener dog who was skin and bones moved in for some TLC and joined the pack. Once she was healthier, Baby Madge came out of her shell with her sibs. Eventually, there was a 4th doxie, also a rescue. Jordan was a little nutty, but so freaking gorgeous he could have been a wiener dog super model.
I will confess that they had some coordinating outfits, mostly for holidays. Sometimes I would even get a human version so the whole posse looked great. Call me weird. I’m OK with that. We had fun. I loved those tubey beings to the moon and back.
I met my soul mate and the weens loved him, too, so we made it official. We were a pack! I started traveling more for work around that time and eventually got into travel hacking. In order to take things up a notch, I started a travel agency just because I’m like that.
If you’ve made it this far, you might have noticed a pattern emerging about me. When I do things, I do them all the way with all my heart. That’s part of who I am as a person and 100% my MO no matter what.
In 2019, as I was trying to wrap my head around a year of heart-breaking loss and grief, my husband was quite literally hit by a truck. He sustained major injuries, including traumatic brain injury.
That was a massive wake up call. I was terrified and so grateful that he survived. Watching his tenacity in rehab made me love him even more.
A few months later, I was diagnosed with a rare, incurable disease. That meant I needed to make all kinds of changes ASAP. Like big, forever changes.
Talk about a roller coaster
It took everything I knew about resilience, behavior change, stress, and learning to make it. I was able to transform the trauma, tribulations, and grief of my recent past into post-traumatic growth.
Ultimately, my challenges inspired me to see things differently – in a way that focuses on balance, joy, and being more present for important things. I’ve re-engineered my life so time and energy go to well-being and doing more of what I love.
It turns out that helping others feel freaking awesome is a huge – and I mean absolutely ginormous – part of what makes me feel awesome. What could be better, really? Now I use my expertise to share insights on behavior and ideas to make life more awesome for anyone striving to live their best life.
Et voilà, this site was born.