May
28

I love, love, love springtime in Minnesota. Almost as much as fall.

I’ve spent all morning on the patio, listening to the birds, feeling the sunshine and the breeze. Sixty degrees is perfect for lounging in my robe, eating bing cherries and drinking a homemade latte. And working on my laptop finishing my time sheet for last week (#agencylife).

Life has been moving quickly the last couple of months, with the kids preparing for end-of-the-school year projects and finals (we have one graduating!). And we’ve also been trucking along with finishing the final touches on the house renovation. Each weekend we tackle a little something here and there, such as hanging drapes or artwork on the walls. I’ve gotten to the point where I just want it to all be done, where every room is wonderful and just how I want it to be. We’re still a ways off from that, for sure, especially when I only have a little bit of time to think about it each weekend.

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Apr
30

Laverne Cox spoke at the University of Minnesota April 25, 2017. Photo taken at this event, courtesy of Ms. Cox’ official Facebook page.

I’ve been a big fan of Laverne Cox since I first saw her playing Sophia in Orange is the New Black. Such a great actress. As many people do in this digital world, I liked her Facebook page and followed her on Instagram to see a little more of her life. But I never really knew her story – her journey to becoming a confident transgender woman with a wonderfully successful acting career. When I heard she was speaking in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota last week, I jumped at the chance to attend.

There was excitement in the air as thousands of diverse students waited to fill the theater. Of course we added to the diversity – three 40-year old women dressed in work attire amidst 18-22 year old college students. But instead of feeling like we stuck out, I surprisingly felt like one of the crowd. It was as if everyone’s hearts were filling the room, opening wide to hearing an important message. Collectively seeking insight and inspiration.

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Apr
16

Two months ago, a woman was silenced. She was told to stop speaking, and yet she continued. A man recounted the situation, (I won’t say his name, as this is not really about him),

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

And in that moment, women around the world felt the lump in their throat rise up and come tumbling out with a loud HELL NO. We repeated the phrase, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

It became an affirmation.

Of course we will persist.

A couple of weeks later, Aimee Blanchette published this story: “More than 100 women pack Mpls. tattoo shop to get inked with ‘Nevertheless, she persisted” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A large group of women, many whom I know, all had the same tattoo inked in the same shop, on the same day. The script was designed by Chelsea Brink and the event was organized by Nora McInerny.

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Feb
10

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been working hard to update our house the last few (okay 9) months. Jason bought our house about six months before we met and didn’t put much time or effort into decorating since he knew at some point I might want to be a part of that equation. 🙂

About six months after we married, I started working with my friend Michelle who is an interior designer (Chelle Interior Design) to begin transforming our main level into a functional space that reflected our family and felt like home. We planned through the fall and started the hard work right before the holidays. We’re not quite finished yet – we still need to add drapes and electrical outlets and more decor pieces… but I’m excited to share some of the progress we’ve made.

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Dec
22

Are you familiar with WEGO Health? It’s a network which connects more than 100,000 health activists who advocate, educate and share their health stories with their online communities. Many of them have illnesses themselves, while others are caregivers.

I was honored to be asked to lead a seminar for the WEGO Health Activist Awards week. I shared some inspirational stories of how blogging can make a difference and 10 content ideas to help inspire the writers themselves to keep going. The session was recorded and I’m excited to share it with you here if you’d like to watch.

Thank you to the WEGO Health team for inviting me to share.

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