#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Maureen Putnam

Music is one of this real life Wonder Woman’s superpowers! 🎶 Maureen “Mo” Putnam has a BA degree in piano and voice and a MA in Liturgical Music. Currently, she is starting her 16th year as Director of Music and Liturgy at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish in Princeton/Zimmerman MN, working with the Chapel Choir at Saint John’s University and

#RealLifeWonderWoman – Meet Suzi Retzlaff

This week’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is a wife and mother of two with a background in civil engineering–and a passion for writing. Suzi grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and went to school at the University of North Dakota. (GO Fighting Hawks! 💚 Can you guess where I met her?) Suzi started writing seriously in 2010 and in 2015 was invited to be

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Nene Smestad

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman has been a big influence in my life. She was my first babysitter and my first boss. My aunt Nene hired me as a fifth grader to help out at her store and I worked alongside her all the way through my college years. She hit a huge career milestone this year with 40 years in business as

Eyebrows: There should be two… and other advice for the next generation.

May is such a special month for me. It is the month I became a mom, the month both of our daughters were born, actually. Between Mother’s Day and our daughters’ birthdays, I have so much to be grateful for—and so much to celebrate. I am the Mom who gets a bit nostalgic this time of year, looking through baby

Swing into Spring! (And support each other)

So much has been going on since I last connected with you. Not sure if you noticed it or not, but I took some time off in late February-early March, and did not send out a monthly update. Marty and I went to Florida for some serious rest and relaxation—and NO SNOW! Boy, did I take the R&R part seriously.

3 Documents You Must Discuss With Your College Student

College is NOT high school.  There, I said it. This is one very important nugget of wisdom for parents and students to understand as they prepare for life after high school.  You see, in college roles change. Responsibilities change. And expectations change.  For both students AND parents.  Parenting a college student is different than parenting a high school student. It

Who are the Wonder Women in your life?

Legend tells us that before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, the Amazon princess. She lived on a lush island paradise called Themyscira, where she was raised by a community of women. They were her Amazonian tribe. They believed in her, guided her, and honored her—even when she left the island for the modern world. While Wonder Woman was

#RealLifeWonderWoman REVISITED — Kelly Sayre

Kelly Sayre, one of our past real life Wonder Women, has some big news to announce. She just launched her first book and is throwing a party to celebrate! The best part . . . you’re invited! Sharp Women: Embrace Your Intuition, Build Your Situational Awareness, and Live Life Unafraid  I had the privilege of a “sneak peak” and got

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Barb Novak

I was recently signing books at a GALentines event in Central Minnesota. I met so many warm and delightfully chatty people on that chilly February day–sipping fancy coffees, shopping for sweethearts, and talking about how to love on the people in our lives. As I was visiting with one woman, I was so moved by her positive energy and kind spirit

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Meghan Kelsey

I appreciate a great cup of coffee. So you can imagine my excitement when a new coffee shop opened in our community, literally two minutes from my house. I set up a coffee date at Second Street Coffeehouse with my friend Kathy, another coffee fanatic (perhaps you’ll remember her enthusiasm for coffee and horses from a past #RealLifeWonderWoman feature). As