#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Erlange Elisme

One of the best parts of my job is the people I meet while traveling the country to speak. I was recently speaking in Georgia where I had the pleasure of meeting today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman. Simply stated, Erlange Elisme has a heart for children. This past September marked her 30th anniversary in education. That’s a lot of years of serving and advocating

Visualize Success with a “Murder Wall”

Our daughter Brooke was home last week and got me hooked on a Hulu series called Only Murders in the Building. It’s a quippy, quirky, whodunnit kind of comedy-drama and stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. Their three characters have a shared interest in true crime podcasts and work together to investigate a death in the apartment building

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Liz Fiedler

Today’s real life Wonder Woman is turning grief into sunshine. One bloom at a time. 🌻 The day after her husband’s funeral, Liz Fiedler learned she was pregnant with their second daughter. She has since channeled her inner superpowers to continue the vision she and her late husband Josh had to turn their century farm into a legacy of love

#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