YOUR WORDS MATTER–and other life lessons from playing Scrabble with Grandma

Some day I’m going to have spectacular silver hair and live in a retirement community where I’ll get to play Scrabble and sip wine every day. When I told this plan to my husband, he shrugged and told me it was a good thing I was already practicing for retirement by hitting the wine and the Scrabble on a regular

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Sadie

In honor of National Service Dog month, we’re shaking things up a bit today on the #WonderWomanWednesday blog and featuring a four-legged super hero. Meet Sadie!  Sadie is loved by Abby, a #RealLifeWonderWoman we featured back in August. You can click HERE to read that post.  Sadie is excited to be featured on the blog today. So let’s get started. 

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Chrissy Gaetke

She’s bold. She’s bright. She can leap tall buildings in a…wait! Well, maybe she can’t leap buildings, but she can eloquently and professionally report the local news and interview guests on live radio. She’s got the gift of gab and knows how to use it. Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is living her dream as a news reporter and talk show host. I had

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Lisa Harris

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman wears many hats. And gowns, and accessories, and shoes. She’s an author, poet, speaker and fashionista who has combined these passions to create a one-of-a-kind company called Fashion Meets Poetry. KR:  Lisa, can you please tell us more about Fashion Meets Poetry? LH:  Fashion Meets Poetry is a mission driven company based on the community platform of Beauty and

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Megon McDonough

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is a talented singer and songwriter who has performed across the country, opening for musical legend John Denver and performing on well-known stages such as Carnegie Hall and The Birchmere. I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to the talented Megon McDonough perform at a recent gala where she entertained and delighted the audience with her mixture of

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Ashley Kibutha

When I first met today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman, I was impressed by her kindness, her intelligence and her ability to hold her own in a boardroom. At the time, I was a spokesperson for a nutritional initiative and she was fresh out of college and starting her first job as a registered dietitian for a regional grocery retailer. We worked together on

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Brooklyn Harren

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking with the 2018 Sauk Rapids Community Ambassador candidates about character, kindness and leadership. In addition to meeting the current candidates, I was introduced to a delightful young woman named Brooklyn, who was just completing her term as a Sauk Rapids Community Ambassador and is currently preparing to compete in the

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Mary Bruno

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is a badass. She’s authentic, funny, raw, hard-working and caring. This former preschool teacher is a renown letterpress expert, college instructor, breast cancer survivor and entrepreneur. Oh, and did I mention she’s a brilliant artist? Please join me and get to know the one, the only, Mary Bruno, owner of Bruno Press in St. Joseph, Minnesota. KR:  Hi

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Susan Meissner

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is the critically-acclaimed author of 20 novels. Her engaging stories feature memorable characters facing unique and complex circumstances, often against a backdrop of historical significance.  Susan Meissner was born and raised in San Diego, California, but spent some of her adult life living in Minnesota as well as in England and Germany, before returning home to southern California.

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Amy Skjei

When I met today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman, it was on the tennis court at women’s league. Little did I know that the kind woman with the killer serve was also a classically trained concert pianist, composer and recording artist. Like Wonder Woman, Amy has depth and character. She’s multi-faceted and multi-talented, with a heart of gold.  These days, Amy’s traded in her