Do Life Right, Inc.

Thank you for watching the 1st Annual Doing Life Right Teleconference

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Hosting the Doing Life Right Teleconference has been a dream come true for me. I would like to thank every speaker who shared an important part of their lives with us. I know I was personally inspired by each and every presenter. I truly believe we are all experts at something, and sharing this expertise can help and inspire the entire world.

I would also like to thank all of you viewers for watching. Without your views, there would be no teleconference.

I'm looking forward to next year's teleconference already! If you would like to present a video in the October 2013 Doing Life Right Teleconference, I'm taking submissions starting November 1, 2012. All proposals, bios, and photos need to be submitted by June 30, 2013. All 5-minute videos need to be submitted by August 31, 2013.

If you missed a talk, here is the full list of speakers from 2012:


Doing Unschooling Right; VIDEO 25 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Sandra Dodd as she tells us about Doing Unschooling Right!

Sandra Dodd has been involved in attachment parenting since 1986, and unschooling since her oldest child, Kirby, didn't go to school, in 1990. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband Keith, son Marty and daughter Holly, who are young adults attending community college and and living rich lives. Kirby works for Blizzard Entertainment, in Austin. Those three were unschooled throughout, and are all past school age, but not past learning! Neither are their parents.

Sandra is a former English teacher whose other jobs have all involved words and ideas and learning too, and whose avocation and hobby has become helping other parents find ways to live more richly and peacefully with their children. Sandra's website has her growing collection of writings, notes, and examples collected from more than a hundred unschooling families over nearly two decades of online discussions.

In "Doing Unschooling Right," Sandra gives us suggestions on ways to create and maintain an environment in which natural learning can thrive.


To find out more about Sandra and unschooling, see:


Doing Living Your Dream Right; VIDEO 24 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Julie Hedlund as she tells us about Doing Living Your Dream Right!


Julie Hedlund is a Picture Book author and Freelance Writer.  She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Children’s Book Insider and The Children’s Book Hub. Julie’s book, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, will be released as an interactive storybook app for the iPad in December 2012 by Little Bahalia Publishing.

Julie is the founder and host of the 12 x 12 in 2012 picture book writing challenge, a monthly contributor on Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books podcast, and the creator of Julie Hedlund’s Template for Storybook App Proposals.  Julie is fulfilling a lifelong dream by leading the first annual Writer’s Renaissance retreat in Florence, Italy in 2013. Her blog and website can be found at

In "Doing Living Your Dream Right," Julie tells us about her five pillars to living your dream. She is clearly an expert on this topic since she is living hers. She's done this through working hard, believing in herself, and by saying "yes" to herself.


To find out more about Julie, see:

Watch this video to find out more about the Writer's Renaissance Retreat that Julie is hosting:


Doing Poetry Right; VIDEO 23 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Renée La Tulippe as she tells us about Doing Poetry Right!


Renée LaTulippe is a former English/theater/public speaking teacher and wannabe starlet. She is now a children's writer who composes poems for her video blog, No Water River, where she also features videos of renowned children's poets reading their own work. Renée is also the editor at All About Learning Press, for whom she co-authors pre-reading books and early readers, including Lizard Lou: a collection of rhymes old and new, and blogs on language and grammar (often under the guise of her alter ego, the Chipmunk of Doom). Renée holds a BFA in acting/directing from Marymount Manhattan College and an MA in English Education from New York University. She lives in Italy with her husband and twin toddler boys.


In "Doing Poetry Right," Renée tells us that poetry is meant to be read aloud, but most people -- including some teachers -- are afraid of it or simply don't know how to appreciate it. Focusing on reading/performing poetry out loud knocks poetry off its pedestal and makes it accessible and fun for everyone. Renée includes her top tips for bringing a poem to life (e.g., playing with language, character, diction, gesture, etc.), along with a lot of warm encouragement. Let's get out of our seats and start sharing poetry!

To find out more about Renée, see:

Doing Special Needs Right; VIDEO 22 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Alana Terry as she tells us about Doing Special Needs Right!


Alana Terry is a homeschooling mom of three. Although she is a self-described expert at tube feedings, cough assist machines and suction pumps, she has yet to be awarded an honorary nursing degree. When she is not chauffeuring her middle son to therapy appointments, Alana writes chapter books and novels, leads academic clubs for homeschoolers in her community, and keeps up her blog up at

In "Doing Special Needs Right," Alana draws on her experience as Silas' mom to address parents of special needs children. She also talks to individuals in the general public who want to best interact with families whose members have disabilities.


To find out more about Alana, see:


Doing Operating Systems Right; VIDEO 21 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Greg Bentley as he tells us about Doing Operating Systems Right!


Greg Bentley has been a computer engineer for nearly 20 years, although he's considered himself a hacker since before he was 10. He has a passion for operating systems and a frustration with the fact that computers still aren't simple for everyone--he believes they should be! Greg has a solution to this problem, and is ready to share it with the world.Greg is co-founder and CTO of ZenActOS, Inc., a software company dedicated to making computers easy to use.

In "Doing Operating Systems Right," Greg tells us about the future of operating systems and how computers should behave. He also explains the difference between monolithic and microkernel operating systems, and the importance of having an OS that protects the user and their data at all times.

To find out more about Greg and his operating system, see:


Doing Post-Massage Right; Video 20 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Jessica as she tells us about Doing Post-Massage Right!


Jessica graduated from the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, in Tucson, AZ, in 2001. She has been a practicing Massage Therapist in Arizona and Iowa for the past 11 years. She currently specializes in Deep Tissue/Sports Massage, Reflexology, and Prenatal Massage. Jessica takes continuing education classes each year to further her education and keep up with new techniques.

In "Doing Post-Massage Right," Jessica gives us 7 tips for helping you have lasting results from your massages.


Doing Art Right; VIDEO 19 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Jeremy Steffen as he tells us about Doing Art Right!

Jeremy Steffen is originally from Keokuk, Iowa, and now resides on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Jeremy found an affinity for stark images and bold colors at an early age. This later led to his love of all kinds of art, ranging from classic masters to comic book illustration and video game design. He attended the Art Institute of Seattle majoring in Animation, where he graduated with honors. Jeremy has spent several years in the graphic design field, using both traditional and new techniques to create his works. He likes sharing his knowledge of pop culture, and is a veritable fountain of video game information. He is proud that he has produced artwork internationally.

Jeremy enjoys games of all kinds, music, swimming, and spending time with his wife, Lucinda, and their daughter, Kendra. The Steffen family is expecting a new baby any day now.


In "Doing Art Right," Jeremy explains how important self expression is in creating art.

In addition to his vast experience, Jeremy has worked with Do Life Right, Inc. on several projects:

  • One of the nine illustrators in Cody Greene and the Rainbow Mystery (April 2011) [He created the Naranja Sunburst collage.]
  • Cover designer for Fractured Fate (October 2011)
  • Cover designer for The Howling Vowels (November 2011)
  • Interior designer and cover designer for Together We Sleep (May 2012)
  • Interior designer and cover designer for From the Ground Up (December 2012)
  • Illustrator, cover illustrator, and cover designer for a currently untitled chapter book (2013)

To find out more about Jeremy, see:


Doing Audiobooks Right; VIDEO 18 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Larry Oliver as he tells us about Doing Audiobooks Right!


After college, Larry Oliver continued his education by pursuing his MBA at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He spent nearly 25 years as an executive officer of  3 NYSE companies. His expertise in communication skills, sales and marketing, customer service, training, motivation and coaching served these organizations well.

Larry entered the world of professional voice acting in 2007, becoming quite serious about it in 2009. He especially enjoys narrating audiobooks, animation, and character voice acting. His most recent audiobook release, in October 2012, Advice From Dad: Inspiration for the Next Generation by Bill O’Hearn, embodies much of what has guided him.

Daily, Oliver strives to become the person his dog thinks he is!


In describing "Doing Audiobooks Right," Larry tells us:

Just a few years ago there were a total of 2400 audiobooks recorded. There are presently nearly 50,000 titles available as audiobooks, and soon there will be well over 100,000! This can keep voice actors/audiobook narrators/performers busy for a long time. But, there are tens of thousands of men and women that compete for these titles everyday. This video will provide you with basic information to help you decide if this is something you have a burning desire to do, and if so, what the first steps to give you a foundation of becoming a “published” audiobook narrator/performer are.

Larry Oliver is the voice talent for Bill O'Hearn's Advice from Dad: Inspiration for the Next Generation.

To find out more about Larry, see:


Doing Grocery Shopping Right; VIDEO 17 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Mel Mason as she tells us about "Doing Grocery Shopping Right"!

Mel Mason is a delightfully blissed out wife, mom, massage therapist, holistic health coach, yogi, hiker, outdoor enthusiast, volunteer deejay, music/charity event coordinator, writer, happily average athlete, and is owned by five cats and one insanely adorable rescued pit bull, Mandy. The only two phrases not allowed to be uttered in her presence are “I'm bored” and “I can't.”

Mel completed her undergraduate degree in psychology with a biological emphasis at the University of Arizona in 1998. She was employed at Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine from 1997 until 2007 where she designed and developed interactive web content for physicians who wanted to incorporate alternative modalities into their medical practice. In 2008, Mel graduated from The Providence Institute as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is the founder and CEO of From Knotty To Nice. Captivated by nutritional science and the enormous role lifestyle plays in food choice, she enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in February of 2010. As of January 2011, she is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, as well as the founder and CEO of From Here To Whole. She works with individuals and groups, offering practical ways to infuse whole foods into every meal, and tapping the inner spark that helps her clients reach their true potential in the areas of career, relationships, creative pursuits, and spiritual practice. She's seen all kinds of ridiculously positive changes in peoples' lives, and it feeds her spirit like nothing else.

In describing Doing Grocery Shopping Right, Mel tells us this:

For the first time in human history, there is a surplus of food. There's also a surplus of information and marketing regarding how and what to eat, and it can get confusing in a hurry. Evidence suggests that food choice plays a key role in staying healthy. And just what is “health?” It's a big question to explore, there's no doubt. The foundation of all health begins with the body's ability to protect itself from that which causes disease. What causes disease? Again, a big topic. There has been no invention in the pharmaceutical industry that can mimic the power and precise chemistry of the human immune system. It's by far the most powerful tool we have to avoid and/or fight disease. What strengthens and maintains this most powerful force in the fight for your health? FOOD. What you put in your shopping cart matters, big time. I'll provide practical, easy tips for buying the kinds of food that boost immunity and promote vitality. When viewed as an opportunity to increase quality of life, a trip to the grocery store can become an absolute joy, rather than another item on the to-do list.

To find out more about Mel Mason, check out: