By Dayna Del Val

Finder of Passion--mine and yours. Fierce activist for the arts. On point communicator. Strategic and Creative visionary. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Feminist. The order depends on the day.

I really want (and need) to know

I have been accepted in to Seth Godin’s altMBA January class, and I am thrilled about it. Last week, I received the box of pre-reading materials, and because we were snowed in all Thanksgiving weekend, I have already devoured eight of the 11 books. If nothing else comes from the class, which I absolutely do…

A Thanksgiving to remember

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of from house to HOME magazine. Thanksgiving 2004 found my husband and me with no plans. My son was off with his dad, and all my family were out of town. I decided to make a small Thanksgiving dinner for us. Growing up, Thanksgiving meant going…

A little luck and a lot of thanks

Old habits and superstitions are hard to let go of. Think that’s not true? When did you last search for a piece of real wood to knock on three times (or thrice for you, Dr Marry) when talking about needing some good fortune for an upcoming something or other? That’s what I thought. When I…

Extraordinary Podcast Episode 2

My longtime friend, godmother to my son and extraordinary princess party planner, Nicole “Lester” Fenstad joins me to talk about our 30-year friendship, that “distinct smell,” and what it’s like to be where we are today: lamination, Lulu and all.

When a “Waste of Time” Becomes a Gift in Time

My mother recently encouraged me to stop writing about my years living in income-based housing. She noted that I’d likely written enough about that time now and wondered why I kept referencing it. As with nearly all thoughts from my mother, this was more of a kindly command than a suggestion. I countered in a…

Just Get(ting) Over It

When I was a very young adult, I often boldly, and no doubt loudly, proclaimed that as soon as people figured out what was “wrong with them,” the onus was on them to fix it and move on because they had recognized it. If they still had hangups after that, then it was really their…

I started a podcast!

I have always wanted to have a podcast, so today I started one. The details are in the conversation, so I hope you’ll take a listen and let me know what you think. I’m sure partial to my first guest. Also, how fabulous do my fingernails look????? Thank you, Chelsa Alene Salon.

Tipping towards half-full

I wouldn’t say I’m a fully half-empty person, but I am someone who can pretty easily focus on the dark over the light; I tend to spend too much time thinking about areas where I have been overlooked versus moments when I have been lifted up. So in the spirit of trying to be at…

Interesting Investments

I spent this past week at the SOCAP conference. Aside from being in beautiful San Francisco, the conference brought about some unexpected results. Or to speak in the parlance of the conference, it paid some excellent dividends (oh yes, I’m very versed in VC speak now. Ha!) I attended the conference because the Bush Foundation…

My first mate on the journey

Last night, Dr. Marry and I attended the Jeremiah Program gala, Journey for Hope. Jeremiah’s mission is the idea that you solve poverty and inequity two generations at a time by housing, educating and taking care of young single moms and their children. It’s a mission near to my heart because in so many ways,…