Boxes, totes and biceps, oh my!

If you’ve noticed my bulging biceps of of 2021, it is not because I’ve been lifting weights at the gym. It is because I’m getting pretty good at lifting boxes. Lots of boxes.  In the past year, we moved both Marty’s mom and our daughter Brooke to new homes. And next week, we move our daughter Karen. If you’ve moved

#HigherEdHero — Meet Bridget Hamak

While they might not scale tall buildings or catch villains, there are super heroes walking among us. These heroes use their powers to support and guide students and families through their high school and college years. They are creative, energetic, resilient, organized, empathetic, hard-working professionals who make a difference in the lives of those around them. As an author and

#HigherEdHero — Meet Jessie Peck Martin, MEd

As an author of a book on parenting into and through the college years, I meet many folks in the higher ed biz. Several months ago, I was on a panel for a financial aid and admissions event where I met a college admissions coach named Jessie Peck Martin. I was so impressed by this articulate, informed and super intelligent woman.

#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

#HigherEdHero — Meet Kristi Okerlund

While they might not scale tall buildings or catch villains, there are super heroes walking among us. These heroes use their powers to support and guide students and families through their high school and college years. They are creative, energetic, resilient, organized, empathetic, hard-working professionals who make a difference in the lives of those around them.  As an author and

Fun Facts About Champagne

Happy #ChampagneMonday! Today, as we celebrate YOU and all the goodness surrounding you, I thought you might want to learn some fun facts about bubbly.  Effervescent and elegant, champagne is synonymous with celebration, but do you know the back story of this celebratory treat?  The tradition of drinking champagne to mark celebrations originated in the royal courts of Europe prior

Self-care during a pandemic: How do you recharge?

Clients, employees, kids, commitments—these vital parts of daily life bring both satisfaction and challenges. But together they can suck your energy. Add the short, dark days of a long winter along with the extra challenges of living during a pandemic, and, like that Chevy you drove in college, you may find yourself needing a jump-start. How can you avoid burnout

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Delia Perry

I recently had the privilege of joining today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman on her podcast. I had so much fun getting to know her–and what motivates her–that I wanted you to meet her, too! Delia Perry is a wife, mother and host of the Girls 4 Greatness Podcast. She’s a passionate advocate in helping women build confidence and believe in their ability to change,

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

2020…Let it go!

Last winter I had the joy of leading a session at a women’s retreat in the beautiful lake country of Wisconsin. I’d been asked to share a message that would inspire the attendees and also set them up for success in the new year. Many were business owners and entrepreneurs, and all were hard-working, creative types with tremendous passion and