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 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

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

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

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet J. Rosemarie Francis

I was recently asked to be a guest on a popular parenting podcast. Solo Moms! TALK is a place for moms to connect and explore the challenges they face in raising children alone. No matter where we are in our mom journeys, we can always use a sisterhood of supporters to help us not only survive, but thrive. And one

Let’s talk about overcoming cabin fever! 

With the Corona virus shaking thinks up here in the U.S. and precautions in place, you are likely reading this at home. As in self-quarantined and working at your kitchen table. Or cuddled up in your fuzzy bath robe watching Modern Family reruns. Or hiding in the bathroom from your kids. Some of you may be home alone. Others may be

A Pledge of Resilience

Lately, the word “resilient” keeps popping up in conversation and in my social media feeds. Apparently, it is a hot topic across generations and across industries. I hear it from concerned parents asking how they can help their kids be more resilient. I hear it from young women who feel like they are crushed by adversity, and wanting guidance. I

How can journaling help you?

What do you think of when you hear the word JOURNAL?  Is it a sticker-covered notebook filled with your childhood scribbles? Flowers, hearts, rainbows, and peace signs? Or is it a lock-and-key diary where your wrote your deepest feelings about your first boyfriend? And hid it under your mattress, of course.  (Mine was orange with a little gold key. 🔑

A Different Perspective on Self-Care

Get a massage. Drink a green smoothie. Slip into a bubble bath. Eat dark chocolate. Read a book. Light a scented candle. Walk five miles. Smear on a mud mask. All in the name of self-care. Self-care is one of today’s buzzwords. Spend just two minutes on Pinterest or Instagram and you’ll see the latest self-care must-dos being thrust into