#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

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

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 — Meet Shea Pederson

Not all super heroes wear capes. Some wear stethoscopes. And sensible shoes. Meet Shea Pederson! This #RealLifeWonderWoman began her professional life as a graphic designer working for the St. Cloud Times for almost 9 years. She decided to switch gears and go back to school for nursing as she had been a CNA while attending college for advertising/graphic design and really

Garbage In=Garbage Out

There’s something on my to-do list that I’ve been dreading to do.  I’ve put it off for nearly a month, but today’s the day I must tackle it.  I must set up my brand new laptop computer. Just thinking about it gives me hives. You see, I’m a bit tech-challenged. Plus, I really like my current laptop. I’ve had it

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Ashley Biggar

Powering up with positivity in all her endeavors, today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is a supporter of local small businesses and a creative. Ashley Biggar is the Director of Downtown Brookings (South Dakota) and is both artist and owner of Creative Impressions. Ashley has carried her passion for helping people in all her affairs – be it at work, in the community, volunteering, or

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Chloe Bratvold

I went to visit our daughter Brooke a few weeks ago. She lives and works in Des Moines, Iowa. Brooke had been telling me about a candle bar she and some coworkers had visited and how the owner was an energetic, young, female entrepreneur who followed her dream of opening Candle Bar DSM in the hip and historic Valley Junction of

A real life Wonder Woman, who wears a cross, not a cape.

“Talking about writing isn’t writing.” This sentence, spoken from my writing mentor Sister Mara Faulkner, changed my life. I’m serious. Her simple, yet powerful words didn’t only alter how I write, but how I approach just about every task or project—and dare I say relationship?—since the day she spoke them. Let me back up and tell you a little more

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Ashley Kelly

Joyful. Caring. Positive. Motivating. Enthusiastic. These are the superpowers that come to mind when you get to know today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Ashley Kelly for more than a decade and have personally witnessed how she cares deeply and finds joy in unexpected places (like a shiny pink tinsel Christmas tree). And one of her superpowers I

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Jacey Spaeth

Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman and I have a few fun things in common. We both attend (or in my case attended, past tense) the University of North Dakota, both are members of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity for women, and both work to empower people (especially women) to live their fullest lives. And yes, we both appreciate a pan of piping hot pizza