#RealLifeWonderWoman — Katherine Zachman Mathiasen

What do you get when you blend a cowgirl spirit, a deep desire to help others, and the love of a good cup of coffee? You get Katherine Zachman Mathiasen, founder of  Angel Reins Stable: A Place of Horses and Healing. Grounded on the simple principle of serving others—both 2-legged and 4-legged—Angel Reins is making a difference in Central Minnesota

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Cheryl Karpen

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is peas-itively (yes, peas-itively) one of the most caring people I know. She’s also one of the smartest, savviest, most creative business women I know. Like Wonder Woman, she balances the dichotomies of softness and toughness, compassion and grit, intelligence and instinct. Cheryl Karpen is the Peas-ident (yes, Peas-ident–are you catching a theme here?) and creative genius behind the

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Kayla Strand

Today’s real-life Wonder Woman has suffered unimaginable loss, becoming a widow at age 28. But in spite of her grief, Kayla Strand chose to find the beauty in life–and in helping others. She followed her purpose and passion to bravely create a foundation in honor of her late husband, Kyle. The INDY Foundation stands for “I’m not done yet,” which

Assume Good Intentions and See What Happens in 2019!

The sun glistened down through the conference room windows. To my right sat a local banker, to my left a college admissions director. I was literally surrounded by the cream of the crop of local business women, movers and shakers in the community, including an architect, non-profit directors, higher education professionals, marketing and public relations executives, a variety of business

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Linda Allen

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman inspires me to be a kinder, gentler, more grace-filled person. She has personally impacted my life in so many ways–too numerous to count. She is my former boss and current friend. (How many people can say that about a former boss?!?) In the time I worked under her leadership, she taught me about prioritizing family and faith, listening

Let your light shine

Have you ever experienced a time where you weren’t sure how to receive a compliment? Did you shrug it off? Or did you accept it with grace?  This is something I struggle with and am not sure why. I love giving compliments. However, I often feel awkward when I receive them, like someone has handed me a lovely gift, but

#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 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 Nicole Taylor

It was a crisp January day in New York City when I first spotted today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman. I caught a glimpse of her as she dashed by. She was quick. She was smart. She was strong. Instead of a cape, she wore a fancy camera around her neck. She was capturing a remarkable day–an assembly of other super heroes who gathered to support

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet CeCe Terlouw

We encounter passionate, fascinating women every day. These women may not chase down bad guys in shiny red boots and may not wear tiaras to work, but they get stuff done. They are employees, wives, sisters, daughters, caretakers, volunteers, mothers, partners, bosses and lovers. They are real women—awesome and inspiring women—with stories to share. I’ve made it my personal mission