The Art of the Jedi Mind Trick

Carlo Proietto, Carrie Fisher, 2018 Pyrography, 31_ x 30.5

This is a transcript from my “Story Slam” presentation for IDEO U. It’s an excerpt from my longer talk.  I’ve wanted to give this talk for years! Actually, it’s been percolating since I first began teaching. I thought about all my favorite things and realized that I could use my love of Star Wars to teach Personal Branding. I even foreshadowed this talk at the conclusion of my first TEDx “The Price of Pleasing.” So What is the Art of the Jedi Mind Trick?   Before I get to that let’s go back A Long Time Ago….  to 1978. I was three […]

Michael Anthony on Overcoming Trauma, Vulnerability, and Ownership

Michael Anthony

In The Interview: Episode #17, Ciara Pressler interviews Michael Anthony, International Speaker, Coach, Podcast Host, and Author of Think Unbroken. Michael and Ciara talk about… Creating a career and life free of cultural expectations How your past can be indicative of present circumstances and how to begin consciously identifying these factors Creating a personal development path that fits your values, goals, and freedom Living with intention and holding yourself accountable Giving yourself permission to start a healing journey and the importance of building a community of healing around you Michael Anthony is a trauma survivor, trauma warrior, and trauma mentor. […]

Chasten Harmon on Art as an Outlet, Intuition, and Defining Values

Chasten Harmon

In The Interview: Episode #14, Ciara Pressler interviews Chasten Harmon, actress, entrepreneur, and advocate. Chasten and Ciara talk about… Her business Plush Armour Community spaces Healing as a person of color during these particularly challenging times The state of the entertainment industry Channeling anxiety, frustration, and tragedy into art Arming the spirit and soul and using violent and dramatic metaphors to talk about creating peace Chasten Harmon is a Los Angeles-based actress who holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and a […]

Petra Kolber on Detoxing From Perfection, Authenticity, and Confidence

Petra Kolber

In The Interview: Episode #10, Ciara Pressler interviews Petra Kolber, author of The Perfection Detox. Petra and Ciara talk about… What it means to be of service to others right now How being a fitness professional created unrealistic expectations and goals Shifting the message away from a need to attain perfection Using the metrics of possibility and future building to measure success Petra Kolber is a speaker, author, mindset coach, podcast host, DJ, and wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a beacon of authentic happiness. As a keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand […]

Karla Starr on Resilience, The Nature of Luck, and Trusting Your Abilities

Karla Starr

In The Interview: Episode #08, Ciara Pressler interviews Karla Starr, author, health and behavioral science fanatic, and freelance journalist. Karla and Ciara talk about… Redefining relationships with uncertainty and focusing what we can control Human psychology and how it applies to properties of stress and resilience How we can apply insights of human psychology to making decisions in business Her upcoming book about how we can make progress despite immense uncertainty Her extensive research on the nature of luck Trusting your own abilities Karla Starr has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles […]

Aurin Squire on Stage and Screen Writing, Collaboration, and Meditation

Aurin Squire

In The Interview: Episode #03, Ciara Pressler interviews Aurin Squire, New York playwright, reporter, and screenwriter. Aurin and Ciara talk about… Writing for stage and screen The necessity of a creative community and collaboration in achieving success Grappling with internal validation in theatre arts Pursuing driving passions Turning the inner critic into internal motivation Cultivating a meditation practice Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, reporter, and multimedia artist. Currently, he’s a supervising producer on the tv dramas The Good Fight and Evil. He’s also been a writer on This Is Us and BrainDead. As a New Dramatists resident playwright, he […]

I Need A Hug… A Single Extrovert’s Worst Nightmare

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Here we are, through March 2020, where most of us probably feel like February was four years ago instead of four weeks. Our lives have been turned upside down, and let me tell you, this weekend was one of the hardest times of my entire life. I don’t think I’ve experienced sadness or anxiety like I have since I was a little girl trying to figure out my childhood that forced me to grow up and take care of myself much faster than any five year old should. Saturday I took a 48-mile bike ride just to wear out some […]

A Challenge for the Curious

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  Childhood, for the fortunate among us, often conjures idyllic memories of seemingly infinite stretches of time. Children are insatiably curious and inexhaustible. Early memories are a montage of innocent exploration of new experiences. Catching fireflies, licking frosting from the beater, splashing in a creek or the surf. Saturday morning cartoons, sleeping in, endless games of capture the flag, reading in secret by flashlight- all things many of us long for in a world that seems hellbent on ripping our most precious resource, time, away from us. “May you live in interesting times” is an ancient curse with Chinese roots, […]

April 2020: The Coronavirus Interlude

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And then suddenly, everything changed. We interrupt our regularly scheduled magazine issue to start unpacking the only topic that matters right now. On April 1, 2020, we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic. Approximately two weeks from its peak in America. But this is only the beginning. We will be changed, permanently, by this uniquely global event. While it’s difficult to editorialize about the coronavirus as it happens, lacking any clarify of hindsight, we decided to use writing as a sort of therapy to explore what this means now, and what it could mean. We are in […]

Accomplishments & Accolades

Reclaim 2019 (Detail)
65 X 51 X 6in
Pigmented wax, acrylic, fabrics, wood, wire

As I was scrolling the Book Of Faces the other night I was struck by all of the end of the year posts that came up. It seems many times when you check out the socialz there are posts where someone will mention how excited they are about all of the things that happened in this past year and what’s to come for the new one and then there’s usually a long thread of comments below saying “congratulations” or “good job!” etc. And if you’re one of the entrepreneurs who had a not so good year, this can sometimes make […]