Let’s Celebrate 2021 with Champagne and Sprinkles ALL Year Long!

If you’ve read my posts for any length of time, you know I’m big on perspective. And positivity. And celebrating the good stuff in life.  Life’s too short to not sip the bubbly or enjoy the cake. And after the year we’ve just had, it is more important than ever to recognize and celebrate milestones and successes, no matter how

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Ellie LeBlanc

This week’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is both an entrepreneur and a college student. She’s not afraid of hard work and is fueled by a desire to genuinely care for others. I’ve seen her activate her inner superpowers of hospitality and kindness as the Assistant Manager at Evelie Blu Boutique (one of my favorite places to shop!) where she makes each guest who enters

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Rachel Michael

Meet Rachel Michael, style coach extraordinaire! After working with close to a thousand clients at a national online personal styling service, this real-life Wonder Woman started her own Minneapolis-based styling business called Reflect Style. Personally, I’m in love with her mission: to help people look good, feel good and love what they wear. She’s all about refining and celebrating each person’s individual style

Rethinking Resolutions — My POWER WORDS for 2020

1. I’m going to only eat green leafy things and give up wine, cheese and chocolate so I can lose 25 pounds by February.  2. I will write 3 poignant and creative blog posts a week. 3. I will achieve work-life balance in 2020. I used to make New Year’s resolutions like the ones above. And I often gave up on

Risk vs. Reward: Would you ride a mechanical bull? 

I was speaking at a conference in Dallas and arrived early enough to attend a conference mixer, the first night’s networking party. Imagine walking into a huge conference center ballroom, brightly decorated with a State Fair theme, and a thousand people in attendance. Bright lights, vendor booths, corn dogs and cocktails. And tucked between the popcorn stand and one of

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Judi Kroeker

I first met today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman at summer camp. I was eleven. She was twelve. At Swan Lake Christian camp in Viborg, South Dakota, we became friends. We swam, hiked, worshipped, crafted, toasted marshmallows, and sang together–returning each summer through our high school years. Over time, we eventually lost touch, but were reunited nearly two decades later when our daughter Brooke

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Lauren Steinke

When she was six, Lauren’s dad signed her up for her first triathlon–and she fell in love with the sport. Father and daughter, they would train together. It was their thing. When she was fifteen, her dad passed away unexpectedly. Her world was turned upside down, but she continued to train and compete, carrying on the legacy (and the love

Be a Better YOU! Three Weeks to Healthy Habits

When our daughter Brooke was a tot, she loved me a lot. I mean she really loved me and couldn’t function unless I was within a four-foot radius of her tiny body. No doors could separate us. Ever. Gone were my days of peeing alone. When I tried to leave the room, she would cling to my leg like a

#Real Life Wonder Woman — Meet Dayna Deters

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman knows that juggling your career, family, and health can be a challenge. She knows this because she lives it every day. Dayna is CEO of Dayna Deters Fitness, an online personal trainer, co-owner of Integration Fitness, author of Gluten-Free Momma Fit Cookbook and The Girl Who Created Her Own Happiness, a podcaster for Momma Fit, a mom and a wife. Dayna

Tame Your Inner Grinch

Did anybody else read or watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas over the holidays? It’s a Dr. Seuss classic! Yes, he’s the cranky green guy who hates the whole holiday season. He doesn’t like presents, singing, or even roast beast. Nobody knows the reason. Some suggest it is because his head wasn’t screwed on just right or that his shoes