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June 5, 2019

This weekend yet another (I’m sure well-meaning) person came up to me and let out a stream of air. That’s the sign, right? You know it’s coming. She looked at me, then my kids and said, “These days. These days are the best. Enjoy these days. Enjoy every moment.” 

I foun...

December 5, 2018

I bump along the gravel road on Highway JJ, following my hand-written directions, not trusting my GPS to get me where I need to go. The service is spotty, I’m told. I pull up to an old farmhouse and Holly, a 35-pound tricolor mutt, pushes open the wooden-framed door an...

October 16, 2018

It was a rainy Wednesday night in the spring of 2017 when our lives changed. I remember it was a Wednesday because that’s when we would go to the church down the road for a community meal, an art project that usually included glitter and paint (thank God it’s not at my...

July 31, 2018

There’s a gym that’s catching fire in the Twin Cities that’s more than a swipe-in, swipe-out experience; coaches — including mom, fitness entrepreneur and athlete Andrea Jones — who get to know your name with classes that can change the entire outlook of your day. Alch...

April 6, 2018

Stroll into Yarnology a delightful and charming yarn shop on East Third Street in Winona, on any given Thursday night and you’ll see more than just luscious yarns and dozens of knitting needles.

In the heart of the store are cushy couches, overstuffed chairs and a coffe...

March 1, 2018

Jese Mehrkens makes the best granola. Hint: the secret’s in the honey. She should know. Her bees made it. 

While Jese grew up surrounded by animals on her family’s hobby farm in Zumbro Falls— a goat, a cow and 30 cats — there were definitely no bees. Nor were there bees...

February 9, 2018

When I was in college, I remember reading a quote in a magazine that stated “If we’re not making at least three mistakes each week, we’re not trying enough new things.” As a recovering perfectionist, this was a challenging statement. (If you walked into my kitchen at t...

February 1, 2018

Maria Emmerich’s path to becoming a best-selling author, ketogenic lifestyle pioneer and wellness expert happened by accident. She just wanted to feel better.

As an overweight 16-year-old, she lacked energy and didn’t know why. After a visit to her doctor, she walked aw...

September 19, 2017

As the leaves change color and the temperature gets colder, I always find myself reflecting on the summer months and preparing for the end of the year. (End of the year? When did that happen?) I find that each new season is the perfect time for a fresh, new start. It’s...

September 5, 2017

I have a mentor. What’s interesting about my mentor, is that she doesn’t know she is. You read that correctly: I haven’t told my mentor that I’ve chosen her as someone to look up to in my career choices and aspirations. But, it’s my opinion that you don’t necessarily n...

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