Yay! You Made It!

Hey, Diva! If you’re reading this right now, it means that you have either been redirected or luckily stumbled upon The Fierce Diva Guide To Life at my new web address, http://ileneevans.com With help from the fabulous Julie DeNeen from http://www.fabulousblogging.com, I made the switch to self-hosted blogging, and if I manage to not break my site, I think I’m really going to like it here! I am thrilled that you made it!  I still have a few boxes to unpack and some formatting work to do to pretty up this place, but please make yourself at home. Your RSS … Continue reading

Use Your Words

It was a conversation I had never planned to have, the one with the friendly customer service representative from the limousine company. Normally, I would hit someone up for a ride, but given I would head to the airport at 4 am on Friday morning, I decided to drive and leave my car there….until I realized that parking would cost more than a car service. Saturday, when I contacted a local car service to make a reservation, the call was taken by the sweet and patient D. D. was friendly, engaging, and not at all in a hurry to rush … Continue reading

Two Worlds

  I’m back in my hostess dress again!  This time, I’m serving up mimosas and lattes to celebrate my guest of honor, Chris Carter from The Mom Café.  I really can’t gush enough about Chris.  She’s a new friend who feels like an old friend, because she’s just that wonderful. She’s warm, wise, inspirational, funny, and her writing is full of gratitude, encouragement and reflects her very strong faith.   Once you have read her post here, I encourage you to visit The Mom Café to read some more of her amazing material. I love the topic Chris has chosen for … Continue reading

For The Love of Lisa and Ashley

  Today is a huge day for me!  It's basically up there with signing a book deal, or being chosen as one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year. Lisa and Ashley of The Dose of Reality are featuring a post I wrote on their blog!   I’m completely humbled by this for many reasons, but mostly because I adore them and I also learn so much from them! First of all, they are super smart.  Did you know they were able to scientifically prove that Arie Luyendyk Jr.is the best kisser on the face of the earth?   They also … Continue reading


I’ve recently begun reading Kristen Lamb’s blog, which I highly recommend to any writer/blogger.  She’s a goldmine of information and also understands and teaches to finding success as a writer in the digital age.  Last week, Kristen blogged about the importance of having successful author presence.   What exactly does this mean? As Kristen noted, presence is a hard thing to explain, but if I were to take my stab at defining it, here’s where I would start.   Own Your Space Presence is about owning your space, whether that space means your blog, your book, your social media page, your … Continue reading

5 For Friday: Guest Post at Coach Daddy

  Oh, the joy of going grocery shopping by yourself – a luxury that only a mother could understand. A mall without kids in tow?  It feels as if you’ve just won the lottery. A girl’s night out? Heaven. Earlier this week, I confessed to not being the “best” at this mom thing. There are times, I’m selfish. There are times that even after being away from my kids all day, I just want to leave the house alone. If I am going to get really honest, there are five places where I’d actually prefer to never take my kids … Continue reading

Miles to Go Before I Sleep – Fierce Diva Anniversary Edition

  I was going for witty and slightly profound.  I thought I’d sprinkle in a little bit of my “yoga talk,” as I often do. But the words weren’t there. So after 17 drafts or so, I scratched the idea of writing a "first anniversary of blogging post" and decided to speak my post instead. I created a vlog. In the words of Lisa and Ashley, "Oh. honey! No!"  That vlog was disastrous – like bad enough for Lisa and Ashley's pinboard disastrous.  My eyebrows move when I talk.  A lot. When I viewed the video I took of myself … Continue reading

Negligees and Chakra Rocks

How did you find me? Facebook?  Twitter? Through another blog? Perhaps you’re one of my personal friends that I coerced in the beginning and said you had to read and share my stuff (and a wholehearted thanks to all of you who have). Although there are behind the scenes tools to allow bloggers to see where their traffic comes from, I’ve never paid much attention to it…until a bout with insomnia combined with too much coffee drove me to my Google Analytics dashboard for maybe the second time since I began my blog (I know there are bloggers crawling out … Continue reading

Coming Home

Hello, blogosphere!  I’m back! I’d like to tell you that I have been away on an exotic vacation.  To the islands, to an ashram, an African Safari. But in actuality, I’ve been hustling around New Jersey, as a mild mannered administrative assistant/freelance writer/yoga teacher by day, and budding entrepreneur by night (more on the entrepreneur thing later).  There has not been as much silence or pausing or deep thinking as I would have liked.  I’ve been working it, if you know what I mean. I’ve been working it so much that I hardly missed my blog as much as I … Continue reading

The Pause

I went seeking truth, the meaning of life, a higher spiritual plane. I wasn’t all that concerned with “chaturanga arms,” or “warrior thighs” or any of the other accoutrements promised by westernized yoga practitioners.  I needed to get down to brass tacks. Why are we here?  Why am I here? And what is the purpose of all of this? I was at a midlife crossroads.  On a treadmill for years of getting by, doing OK, at certain times, being highly successful doing things that I did not love to do.  Things that fed my family but did not feed my … Continue reading