I was recently signing books at a GALentines event in Central Minnesota. I met so many warm and delightfully chatty people on that chilly February day–sipping fancy coffees, shopping for sweethearts, and talking about how to love on the people in our lives. As I was visiting with one woman, I was so moved by her positive energy and kind spirit
Set Your Priorities like a Chinese Buffet
Do you like Chinese food? I sure do. So does my sweet mother-in-law Alice. Because of this shared affinity, we recently ordered some Chinese takeout. As we ate, we talked about the upcoming year and what we might expect from it. We also talked about our to-do lists—the things we were still hoping to get completed before the end of
#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Samantha Baker
This week’s #RealLifeWonderWoman embodies strength! She uses her superpowers to help others confidentially tap into their own inner strength. Sammie Baker is not your typical wellness coach. She’s the ultimate wellness coach! She understands how intimate and personalized wellness is from one individual to another. Her powerful methods are grounded in self care, compassion and personal responsibility. Sammie has over a
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
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